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Christian World News: May 30, 2014

This week on Christian World News: India's new Prime Minister takes control. Why some Christians fear his rise to power. Plus, the Pope's historic visit to the Holy Land - hear what he had to say to the region's embattled Christian community. ... Read Transcript


George: THIS WEEK ON

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,

INDIA'S NEW PRIME MINISTER

TAKES CONTROL.

WHY SOME CHRISTIANS FEAR HIS

RISE TO POWER.

Wendy: AND THE POPE'S

HISTORIC VISIT TO THE HOLY

LAND.

HERHEAR WHAT HE HAD TO SAY

TO THE REGION'S EMBATTLED

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY.

George: PLUS THE

SUDANESE WOMAN SENTENCED TO

DEATH GIVES BIRTH IN

PRISON.

HOW HER HUSBAND IS WORKING

TO BRING HIS WIFE AND NEW

BABY HOME.

George: A CONTROVERSIAL

FIGURE TAKES CONTROL IN

INDIA.

HELLO, EVERYONE, I'M GEORGE

THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

THE WORLD'S LARGEST

DEMOCRACY HAS A NEW LEADER.

THE B.J.P. PARTY WON

OVERWHELMING IN THE RECENT

ELECTION, BUT WITH THAT WIN

COMES CONCERN OVER WHAT

COMES NEXT FOR INDIA'S

CHRISTIANS.

GARY LANE BRINGS US THAT

STORY.

Reporter: INDIAN

CHRISTIANS ARE CONCERNED

ABOUT THE B.J.P. PARTY'S

LANDSLIDE VICTORY.

SERGEANT GEORGE SAYS TO

PREDICT THE FUTURE, JUST

LOOK AT THE PAST.

THE PAST EXPERIENCE IS

WHENEVER THEY CAME INTO

POWER, THEY HAVE NOT BEEN

KIND TO US.

THEY ALWAYS TRIED TO VIOLATE

THE CONSTITUTION GUARANTEES

GIVEN TO THE CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITY IN INDIA.

SO THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

ARE FEARFUL ABOUT THE

INCOME.

Reporter: MODI IS THE

NEW PRIME MINISTER.

HE WAS CHIEF MINISTER OF

GUSHARA, DURING THE RIOTS IN

WHICH NEARLY 2,000 PEOPLE,

MOSTLY CHRISTIANS, WERE

KILLED.

HAVE WE SEEN AN IMPROVEMENT

FOR THE CHRISTIANS, OR HAS

PERSECUTION GOTTEN WORSE?

PARTICULARLY ACTS HAVE

COME DOWN.

BUT ECONOMICALLY THEY ARE

TRYING TO SPOIL THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY BY

TAKING THE SMALL LITTLE

PRIVILEGES THEY ENJOYED IN

THE PAST.

AND THEY ARE DRIVEN OUT OF

THEIR PLACES.

THEY'RE NOT ALLOWED TO RUN

BUSINESSES.

Reporter: THOUGH LESS

IN NUMBER IN RECENT YEARS,

PHYSICAL ATTACKS AGAINST

CHRISTIANS HAVE CONTINUED.

THEY DOCUMENTED 4,000

ATTACKS AGAINST CHRISTIAN

CONVERTS IN 2013.p

INDIA'S PREDESH IS ONE OF

THE WORST AFFECTED STATES,

NOT ONLY FOR CONVERTS, BUT

FOR THOSE MINISTERING TO

THEM.

LAST WINTER MILITANTS

ATTACKED THIS CHRISTIAN'S

WIFE.

AS I OPENED THE DOOR, I

SAW THREE PEOPLE STANDING.

I COULDN'T IDENTIFY THEM.

THEY WERE NOT THE REGULAR

CHURCH MEMBERS.

WHEN I ASKED THEM TO

IDENTIFY THEMSELVES, THEY

HIT ME HARD AND MY HEAD

CRACKED.

THEY CONTINUALLY BEAT

HER.

ANOTHER PERSON WAS HITTING

ME, AND THEN THEY STARTED

STABBING ME.

HE BENT DOWN, AND THEY

STABBED HIM NINE TO 10

TIMES.

HE WAS SCREAMING JESUS'

NAME.

AFTER A WHILE, THEY THOUGHT

HE WAS DEAD.

THEY CAME OUTSIDE THE ROOM,

AND ALSO STABBED ME A COUPLE

OF TIMES.

Reporter: THESE

CHRISTIANS SURVIVED, BUT

OTHER, LIKE PASTOR SABABO,

WERE KILLED IN CHRISTIAN

ATTACKS.

SUDAKA READY SAYS THE LAW

SHOULD BE UPHELD.

THE CONSTITUTION HAS

GIVEN FREEDOM TO INDIVIDUALS

TO CHOOSE ANY RELIGION OF

THEIR LIKING.

Reporter: BUT THE

QUESTION NOW IS, WILL

INDIA'S NEW PRIME MINISTER

AND GOVERNMENT HONOR THE

INDIAN CONSTITUTION?

EVEN IF THE GOVERNMENT OF

AMERICA WANTS TO DO BUSINESS

WITH INDIA, THEY SHOULD MAKE

CLEAR THEY SHOULD PROTECT

THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO

THE CHRISTIANS OR THE

MINORITIES, AND THEY SHOULD

ALSO PROTECT DALITS.

Reporter: THE DALITS

ARE THE POOREST OF POOR, THE

LOWEST IN INDIA, CONSIDERED

BY HINDUS TO BE BENEATH THE

FEET OF GOD.

THEY'RE THE SO-CALLED

UNTOUCHABLES.

ABOUT 80% OF NEW BELIEVERS

COME FROM THIS GROUP.

AND NOW THEY WONDER, WILL

THEIR NEW GOVERNMENT PROTECT

THEM, OR MUST THEY LOOK TO

GOD ALONE FOR THEIR

SECURITY.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: INDIA IS

UNDERGOING POLITICAL CHANGES

THIS MONTH, BUT IT IS

EXPERIENCING SOCIAL AND

SPIRITUAL CHANGES AS WELL.

George: TRADITIONALLY

THEY ARE HINDUS, AND IN

RECENT YEARS A MAJOR SHIFT

HAS BEEN TAKING PLACE IN THE

HIGHLANDS OF CENTRAL INDIA.

HUNDREDS OF MEN, WOMEN, AND

CHILDREN ARE BEING BAPTIZED

AS CHRISTIANS.

ASK DENESH WHY SO MANY

TRIBAL PEOPLE ARE ACCEPTING

JESUS CHRIST, AND HE GETS

TEARY-EYED.

WHEN YOU DO GOD'S WORK

FOR YEARS AND BEGIN TO SEE

THE FRUITS OF YOUR LABOR, IT

IS OVERWHELMING.

YOU SEE THE CHANGED LIVES.

YOU SEE THE ETERNAL

HAPPINESS ON THE FACES OF

PEOPLE.

AND HOW CAN IT NOT MOVE ME?

George: HERE IN A

CORNER OF ROCHERSTAN, THE

CHRISTIAN CHORUS IS RISING.

THE TRANSFORMATION IS

ALMOST IMMEDIATE.

FAMILIES STOP PRAYING TO

THEIR ANCESTORS, THEY STOP

DRINKING AND THEY STOP

WITCHCRAFT.

George: AND DENESH IS

PART OF THE REASON WHY SO

MANY ARE TURNING TO CHRIST.

FOR TEN YEARS, HE SERVED IN

A BIG CITY, VERY MUCH LIKE

THIS ONE.

BUT THEN GOD TUGGED ON HIS

HEART AND TOLD HIM HE HAD TO

GO BACK TO HIS VILLAGE, GO

BACK TO HIS ROOTS, GO BACK

TO HIS OWN PEOPLE AND SHARE

THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS

CHRIST.

I WAS LIKE JONAH AND MY

BIBLE.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LIVE IN THE

CITY.

I WANTED TO REACH OTHERS

WITH THE GOSPEL, NOT MY OWN

PEOPLE.

George: IT IS FRUIT OF

HIS DECISION TO RETURN.

ONE DAY PASTOR DENESH

TOLD ME ABOUT JESUS CHRIST.

HE TOLD ME IF I PUT MY TRUST

IN HIM, I WOULD BE HEALED.

THAT MY LIFE WOULD BE

DIFFERENT.

I DID.

George: SO HE JOINED

178 PEOPLE OF HIS TRIBE AT

THE EDGE OF THIS RIVER, AND

HERE THEY WERE BAPTIZED BY

PASTOR BENESH. DENESH.

I KNOW ALL OF THESE MEN

AND WOMEN PERSONALLY.

I KNOW WHAT THEIR LIVES WERE

LIKE BEFORE THEY MET

CHRIST.

NOW TO BE A STONE IN THEIR

SPIRITUAL LIFE IS AN

ENORMOUS PRIVILEGE.

AFTER I ACCEPTED CHRIST,

I STOPPED DRINKING, I

STOPPED SMOKING, AND I

STOPPED GETTING INTO

FIGHTS.

GETTING BAPTIZED IS MY WAY

TO SHOW THE COMMUNITY I'M A

CHANGED MAN.

TODAY JESUS CHRIST IS MY

SAVIOR.

George: MANU WAS AMONG

THE DOZENS OF WOMEN WHO GOT

DUNKED IN THE RIVER THAT

DAY.

I AM VERY THANKFUL AFTER

MY BAPTISM.

AND I RECEIVED CHRIST IN MY

HEART.

I WILL FOLLOW HIM THE REST

OF MY LIFE.

George: AND HER HUSBAND

AND CHILDREN ALSO DECIDED TO

FOLLOW CHRIST AFTER THE

PASTOR SPENT SEVERAL

OCCASIONS WITH THEM.

MY FAMILY IS BLESSED

BECAUSE OF CHRIST, AND

BECAUSE SOMEONE WAS WILLING

TO COME AND SHARE THE GOSPEL

WITH US.

George: PASTOR DENESH

IS IN ONE OF THE LARGEST

TRIBES IN INDIA.

HE SAYS FOREIGN MINISTERS

HAVE BEEN MINISTERING IN HIS

AREA FOR OVER 135 YEARS, AND

HAVE NEVER SEEN THE RESULTS

HE IS SEEING TODAY.

CHRISTIANS ARE STILL A

MINORITY IN A MINORITY IN

THESE PARTS, BUT REPORTS

CLAIM AS MANY AS 300,000

HAVE BECOME BELIEVERS IN

JUST THE LAST 10 YEARS, MANY

OF THEM FROM AMONG THE BILL

TRIBE.

WE HAVE ABOUT 42 HOUSE

PRAYER GROUPS MEETING IN

ABOUT 32 VILLAGES.

IN THE COMING YEAR, MY GOAL

IS TO SEND OUT MISSIONARIES

TO NEIGHBORING STATES TO

REACH OTHER BILL VILLAGES.

George: GIAVANI IS ONE

OF THOSE WHO TRAVELS FROM

VILLAGE TO VILLAGE.

WHEN SHE IS NOT ON THE ROAD,

YOU'LL FIND THIS SPRY

65-YEAR-OLD

LEADING A HOUSE

GROUP.

ON THE DAY CBN NEWS MET HER,

SHE AND DOZENS OF OTHER

BELIEVERS WERE HAVING CHURCH

ON THE STREET.

OUR GROUP IS GETTING SO

LARGE, WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH

SPACE IN MY HOUSE.

George: ABOUT SIX YEARS

AGO, SHE USED TO ROAM THE

STREETS OF THIS REMOTE

VILLAGE, IN ESSENCE, AS A

MAD WOMAN.

SHE USED TO WALK AROUND

NAKED.

BUT THEN SHE HAD AN

ENCOUNTER WITH THIS MAN,

JESUS CHRIST, AND TODAY SHE

LEADS A THRIVING CHURCH HERE

IN ROCHESTAN.

PEOPLE USED TO MAKE FUN

OF ME.

PEOPLE SAID I WAS CURSED.

THEN I MET THE PASTOR AND I

WAS HEALED.

George: PASTOR DENESH

SAYS THESE TESTIMONIES ARE

JUST ANOTHER REMINDER FOR

HIM HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO

OBEY AND TRUST GOD.

I'M LIVING THE FRUITS OF

MY DECISION TO COME BACK TO

MY VILLAGE.

IS IT EASY?

NO.

DO WE FACE CHALLENGES?

YES.

BUT WE HAVE CHRIST TO LEAN

ON.

HE IS ALL WE NEED.

Wendy: IT REMINDS ME OF

WHAT THE FIRST CENTURY

CHRISTIANS MUST HAVE BEEN

LIKE?

George: IT IS A

MIRACLE.

AND SEEING THE TRANS

TRANSFORMATION OF THAT LADY

IS SO POWERFUL.

Wendy: AND POPE FRANCIS

STIRS CONTROVERSY IN

ISRAEL.

AND WHAT HE HAD TO SAY TO

THE PALESTINIANS AND THE

REGIONS, NEXT.

Wendy:

Wendy: WELCOME BACK.Ñ

POPE FRANCIS MADE A

THREE-DAY VISIT TO ISRAEL

AND JORDAN THIS WEEK.

SOME OF HIS COMMENTS STIRRED

CONTROVERSY, BUT HE REMINDED

THE WORLD HIS EFFORTS WERE

SPIRITUAL, NOT POLITICAL.

George: AND BEFORE HE

LEFT, HE DELIVERED A SPECIAL

MESSAGE TO CHRISTIANS IN THE

REGION.

HERE IS A LOOK BACK AT HIS

TRIP.

Reporter: AT ISRAEL'S

BENGORAN AIRPORT, THEY

GREETED THE PONTIFF.

POPE FRANCIS VISIT IS THE

THIRD PAPEL TRIP TO ISRAEL

SINCE THE YEAR 2000.

HE CAME WITH THE GOAL OF

BUILDING BRIDGES, AND

BRIDGING THE POLITICAL

DIVIDE BETWEEN ISRAELIS AND

PALESTINIANS.

FRANCIS ISSUED A SURPRISE

INVITATION TO PEREZ AND

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

PRESIDENT ABBAS TO PRAY

TOGETHER AT THE VATICAN, AND

BOTH ACCEPTED.

AT THE LAST DAY OF HIS

VISIT, FRANCIS PRAYED AT THE

WAILING WALL.

AND HE MET WITH HOLOCAUST

SURVIVORS AND PRAYED, NEVER

AGAIN, LORD, NEVER AGAIN.

ONE MAJOR REASON FOR THE

VISIT, SIGNING A JOINT

DECLARATION WITH

BARTHOLOMEW, THE PATRIARCH

OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX

CHURCH.

IT MARKS THE 50th

ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF A

RIFT BETWEEN THE EASTERN AND

WESTERN CHURCHES THAT BEGAN

NEARLY 1,000 YEARS AGO.

AND THEY EXPRESSED GRAVE

CONCERN FOR CHRISTIAN

PERSECUTION IN THE MIDDLE

EAST, AN ISSUE ADDRESSED BY

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU.

YOUR HOLINESS, IN THE

HEART OF THE MIDDLE EAST, A

TURBULENT AND VIOLENT MIDDLE

EAST, WHERE CHRISTIANS ARE

OFTEN PERSECUTED, ISRAEL IS

AN ISLAND OF TOLERANCE.

Reporter: DURING HIS

TRIP, FRANCIS CALLED FOR A

TWO-STATE SOLUTION, AND THAT

MEANS A DIVIDED JERUSALEM

SINCE PALESTINIANS ALSO WANT

THE CITY AS THEIR CAPITAL.

NEAR THE END OF HIS VISIT,

POPE FRANCIS SAID MASS AND

GREETED CHRISTIANS AT THE

GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE.

I THINK HE IS A MAN THAT

WILL DO MUCH GOOD IN UNITING

THE CHURCHES.

Reporter: DURING HIS

VISIT, POPE FRANCIS TOLD THE

CHRISTIANS LIVING IN

JERUSALEM HE UNDERSTOOD

THEIR DIFFICULTIES, AND

INVITED THEM TO BE

COURAGEOUS WITNESSES OF THE

RESURRECTION OF JESUS.

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU TOLD

FRANCIS THAT ISRAEL PROTECTS

CHRISTIANS.

Through Translator: WE

PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF

CHRISTIANS IN ISRAEL.

THAT, UNFORTUNATELY, DOES

NOT EXIST IN MANY PLACES IN

THE MIDDLE EAST.

EVEN IN BETHLEHEM, WHERE

YOUR HOLINESS VISITED,

JESUS' BIRTHPLACE HAS BECOME

A MUSLIM CITY.

Reporter: AND POPE

FRANCIS STOPPED BETWEEN

BETHLEHEM AND JERUSALEM.

WHEN INCITEMENT IS AT

AGAINST ISRAEL STOPS, THERE

WON'T BE A NEED FOR THE

SECURITY FENCE, WHICH HAS

SAVED THOUSANDS OF LIVES.

Reporter: POPE FRANCIS

CLARIFIED HIS INVITATION TO

SHARON PERES AND MAHMOUD

ABBAS TO PRAY TOGETHER AT

THE VATICAN.

Through Translator: IT

WILL BE A PRAYER MEETING.

IT WILL NOT BE FOR MEDIATION

OR TO LOOK FOR SOLUTIONS.

NO, WE WILL MEET TOGETHER TO

PRAY ONLY, AND THEN EVEN

WEDG EACH ONE WILL RETURN

HOME.

I BELIEVE PRAYER IS

IMPORTANT.

PRAYING TOGETHER WITHOUT

DOING ANY SORT OF ARGUING,

THIS HELPS.

Reporter: IT IS

SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN

ROME IN EARLY JUNE.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

George: COMING UP, LIFE

AND DEATH IN A SUDANESE

PRISON.

FACING A DEATH SENTENCE, A

CHRISTIAN WOMAN GIVES BIRTH

BEHIND BARS.

MER IBAND THEN

George: UNITED NATIONS

PEACEKEEPERS ARE TRYING TO

EASE ESCALATING VIOLENCE IN

THE CENTRAL AFRICAN

REPUBLIC.

MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN GROUPS

HAVE BEEN LAUNCHING FRESH

ATTACKS ON EACH OTHER.

THURSDAY A GROUP OF YOUNG

CHRISTIANS WAGED A RYE

RETALIATORY ATTACK AND

DESTROYED ONE OF THE LAST

MOSQUES IN BANGI.

AND MUSLIM REBELS LAUNCHED A

GRENADE AND GUNFIRE ATTACK

ON A CATHOLIC CHURCH.

THAT ATTACK KILLED AT LEAST

15 PEOPLE, INCLUDING A

PRIEST AND A PRESIDENTIAL

GUARD.

Wendy: UPDATING YOU ON

THE ETHIOPIAN WOMAN

SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR

REFUSING TO RENOUNCE HER

DEATH.

MERIAM IBRAHIM GAVE BIRTH

WHILE SHACKLED TO HER PRISON

FLOOR.

THE HUSBAND WAS ALLOWED TO

VISIT THE MOTHER AND CHILD.

THEY NAMED THE NEW BABY.

AND MERIAM STILL FACES

DEATH.

WE RECENTLY TALKED WITH

MERIAM'S BRATD

BROTHER-IN-LAW, GABRIEL.

Reporter: GABRIEL IS

VERY CONCERNED ABOUT MERIAM

AND HIS BROTHER.

HE IS MOSTLY CONCERNED ABOUT

HER HEALTH.

EMOTIONALLY, SHE IS NOT

GOOD.

AND MY BROTHER SAYS SHE HAD

A DIFFICULT PREGNANCY.

THE BABY IS OKAY.

THE LITTLE GIRL.

Reporter: MERIAM WAS

NOT ALLOWED TO GO TO THE

HOSPITAL.

SHE WAS FORCED TO DELIVER

HER NEWBORN BABY GIRL IN

PRISON.

AND THAT CONCERNS GABRIEL.

HE TOLD ME BY PHONE THAT

THAT IS A VIOLATION OF

MERIAM'S HUMAN RIGHTS.

SHE IS SUPPOSED TO BE

GOING TO THE HOSPITAL.

EVEN IF SHE HAS GOT A GUARD

WITH HER.

SHE STAY OVER THERE IN THE

HOSPITAL FOR THE DELIVERY.

I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY DON'T

DO THAT.

THAT IS NOT RIGHT AT ALL.

I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE COULD

DELIVER IN THE CELL.

WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY.

IT CONCERNED ME A LOT.

AND I TRIED TO LET SOME

OFFICIAL OF THE U.S. KNOW.

Reporter: NOT LONG AGO

A REPORTER ASKED THE STATE

DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ABOUT

MARTIN.

DANIEL AND MERIAM'S 19 MONTH

OLD BABY BOY.

BUT THE STATE DEPARTMENT

SPOKESMAN SAID, WE DON'T

KNOW IF HE IS AN AMERICAN

CITIZEN OR NOT.

AND DANIEL, APPARENTLY, IS

RECEIVING SOME DIFFICULTY

FROM THE U.S. EMBASSY AND

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT.

GABRIEL SAYS THEY'RE NOT

COOPERATING.

MY BROTHER, HE WENT TO DO

THE PAPERS FOR THEIR SON.

AND MERIAM STARTED THE

PROCESS.

AND AFTER THAT, SHE STOPPED

DURING THE PROCESS.

THE AMBASSADOR IS SUPPOSED

TO SPEAK FOR HIM.

AND MY BROTHER SAID, YOU

DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT

THE CASE.

WHY YOU GOING TO SPEAK FOR

THE CASE.

BECAUSE HE WENT OVER THERE,

LIKE, FOR THE FIRST TIME AND

THE SECOND TIME.

I DON'T THINK THE AMBASSADOR

OVER THERE HAS INTEREST.

IF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

TALKS, AND TALKS TO THE

SUDANESE GOVERNMENT, I THINK

SOMETHING IS GOING TO

HAPPEN.

MY BROTHER IS JUST

WAITING AND HOPING.

HE'S GOING TO WAIT.

HE IS GOING TO PRAY AND SEE

IF GOD MAKES A MIRACLE.

Reporter: GABRIEL SAYS

RUMORS HAVE BEEN CIRCULATED

ON SUDANESE TELEVISION THAT

MERIAM WENT TO A MOSQUE AND

PRAYED.

HE SAYS THAT IS A ABSURD.

SHE IS A CHRISTIAN.

THAT'S A RUMOR.

PEOPLE SAY SHE PRAYED IN THE

MOSQUE.

I KNOW SHE IS A CHRISTIAN.

AND SHE NEVER WOULD TURN HER

FAITH DOWN.

SHE SAID SHE IS GOING TO DIE

A CHRISTIAN.

Reporter: MANY

CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD

OR PRAYING FORMER YAM AND

FOR MERIAM AND HER FAMILY.

AND I ASKED GABRIEL WHAT

SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE PRAYING

AT THIS TIME?

WE ASK GOD JUST TO SAVE

HER LIFE.

WE ASK HIM TO SAVE HER

LIFE.

WE DON'T KNOW HAVE NOTHING

TO DO THAT HAND.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE

SOMETHING YOU CAN DO IN YOUR

HANDS -- YOU CAN DO IT.

WE ARE GOING TO WAIT AND

PRAY AND ASK GOD TO SAVE

HER.

Wendy: WE AT CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS ARE PRAYING

FORMEFOR MERIAM AND HER NEW

BABY AND HER QUICK RELEASE.

HER HUSBAND, DANIEL, HAS

APPEALED HER CASE.

UNDER SUDANESE LAW SHE WILL

HAVE TWO YEARS TO CARE FOR

HER CHILDREN IN PRISON PRIOR

TO EXECUTION.

George: WE WOULD LIKE

TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS.

JUST POST YOUR COMMENTS ON

OUR CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS

Facebook PAGE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Wendy: THAILAND IS HOME

TO THE WORLD'S LARGEST SEX

INDUSTRY.

EACH YEAR TOURISTS FROM

AROUND THE WORLD TRAVEL

THERE, SUPPORTING A SEX

TRADE.

George: ONE CHRISTIAN

MINISTRY IN THE HEART OF

BANGKOK IS HELPING YOUNG

PROSTITUTES AND TOURISTS

FIND A WAY OUT.

Reporter: AT AGE 14,

MIN QUIT SCHOOL BECAUSE HER

FAMILY DID NOT HAVE THE

MONEY TO SUPPORT HER

STUDIES.

SHE WANTED TO ESCAPE

POVERTY, SO SHE ESCAPED HER

RURAL HOME TO WORK IN

BANGKOK.

BUT HERE SHE MET A MAN WHO

GOT HER PREGNANT.

AFTER GIVING BIRTH, I

BROUGHT MY SON TO THE

PROVINCE, AND I WENT BACK TO

BANGKOK TO WORK IN A MASSAGE

PARLOR.

BUT LATER I WAS ENTICED TO

GO INTO PROSTITUTION BECAUSE

I NEEDED THE MONEY.

Reporter: BUT MIN HAD

TO BEAR THE SHAME AND FACE

THE DANGER THAT WENT WITH

IT.

I WAS ALWAYS DOING DRUGS

AND DRINKING.

THERE IS NO WAY I CAN DO THE

WORK WITHOUT GETTING DRUNK

FIRST.

ONE TIME SOMEONE SMOTHERED

MY FACE WITH A PILLOW AND

TRIED TO RAPE ME.

I REMEMBERED AT THAT MOMENT

SOMEONE TOLD ME I COULD PRAY

TO GOD.

SO I PRAYED TO GOD AND I

SURVIVED THAT NIGHT.

Reporter: A FEW MONTHS

LATER, A CHRISTIAN

INTRODUCED LE HER TO NIGHT

LIGHT MINISTRY.

HE GAVE ME A NEW LIFE AND

NOW I WANT TO SERVE HIM.

Reporter: NIGHT LIFE

RESCUES WOMEN IN THE SEX

TRADE INDUSTRY, AND IT

TEACHES THEM TO SUPPORT

THEMSELVES.

NIGHT LIGHT FOUNDER SAYS

PROSTITUTION HAS INCREASED

RAPIDLY SINCE THE MINISTRY

STARTED IN 2005.

THAILAND HAS VERY GOOD

SEX TRAFFICKING LAWS, BUT IT

IS VERY HARD TO ENFORCE

THEM.

Reporter: LAST YEAR

NIGHT LIGHT ASSISTED 26,000

WOMEN, MOSTLY TO GO HOME.

ANNIE IS GRATEFUL THAT CBN'S

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" PROVIDED

FUNDS TO REMODEL THE NIGHT

LIGHT OUTREACH CENTER.

THIS IS THE LOCATION OF THE

COFFEE SHOP THAT "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" HELPED TO BUILD,

RIGHT AT THE HEART OF THE

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HERE IN

BANGKOK.

AS YOU CAN SEE, THE LOCATION

IS VERY STRATEGIC BECAUSE IT

IS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF

TWO BARS.

AND THROUGH THIS COFFEE

SHOP, THE NIGHT LIGHT

MINISTRY, TOGETHER WITH

"ORPHANS' PROMISE," WE'LL BE

ABLE TO REACH OUT TO MORE

WOMEN IN PROSTITUTION, AND

ANYONE THE MALE SEX GROUP.

MEN AND WOMEN CAN COME

OFF THE STREET TO GET A GOOD

CUP OF COFFEE, AND THERE

WILL BE PEOPLE AVAILABLE TO

BE WILLING TO LISTEN TO

THEIR STORY.

AND OUT OF THOSE

RELATIONSHIPS, WE EARN THE

RIGHT TO SPEAK INTO THEM, TO

GIVE THEM HOPE.

Reporter: THE CENTER IS

ALSO USED FOR PRAYER,

WORSHIP, CHRISTIAN PARTIES,

AND MEDICAL CLINICS.

AND A TRANSFORMED MIN HELPS

IN THE OUTREACH PROGRAM.

GOD HAS GIVEN ME A BURDEN

FOR THE WOMEN IN THE

STREETS.

I INVITE THEM FOR FOOD AND I

PAINT THEIR NAILS FOR THEM.

Reporter: TOGETHER

NIGHT LIGHT AND "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" ARE GIVING MORE AND

MORE WOMEN LIKE MIN A BETTER

OPPORTUNITY FOR A NEW LIFE.

LUCILLE TALUSEN, CBN NEWS,

BANGKOK.

George: THE GOSPEL OF

JESUS CHRIST PIERCING THE

DARKEST PLACES IN THE

WORLD.

Wendy: AND OUR

WONDERFUL REPORTER, LUCILLE

TALUSEN, ALWAYS GOING INTO

THESE DANGEROUS PLACES.

WE SALUTE YOU, LUCILLE.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, GOOD-BYE.

AND FROM ALL OF US HERE AT

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS, GOD

BLESS YOU.

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