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700 Club Interactive: Stop Targeting Christians - June 2, 2014

CBN's own George Thomas shares how Christians all over the world are being persecuted and what believers in the US can do to help. Read Transcript


Gordon: COMING UP, THEY

ARE BEATEN, LOCKED UP, AND

PERSECUTED, AND THEY ARE OUR

BROTHERS.

WE'RE BEING PERSECUTED

AND IMPRISONED, AND IN SOME

CASES MARTYRED FOR OUR

FAITH.

Gordon: THE MOST

DEPRESSED PEOPLE IN THE

WORLD.

IT IS MASSIVE PERSECUTION

AND INHUMANITY FOR ANYBODY

WHO DARES TO CALL HIMSELF A

FOLLOWER OF JESUS.

Gordon: ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

IN MORE THAN 100 COUNTRIES

AROUND THE GLOBE, AND THAT

MAKES UP 75% OF THE WORLD'S

POPULATION, MILLIONS OF

PEOPLE EVERY DAY OF THEIR

LIVES ARE SUBJECT TO

HOSTILITY, IMPRISONMENT, AND

EVEN DEATH SIMPLY BECAUSE OF

WHAT THEY BELIEVE.

Terry: LAST YEAR

THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS WERE

MARTYRED FOR THEIR FAITH,

AND THAT'S DOUBLE OF NUMBER

OF BELIEVERS WHO WERE KILLED

THE YEAR BEFORE.

NOW A COUPLE OF HIGH-PROFILE

CASES ARE BRINGING

INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION TO

THE MOST PERSECUTED GROUP OF

PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.

GEORGE THOMAS HAS MORE.

George: TODAY'S GLOBAL

WAR ON CHRISTIANITY IS

VIOLENT AND REAL.

DR. DAVID CURRIE IS WITH

"OPEN DOORS," A GROUP THAT

HAS SERVED THE PERSECUTED

CHURCH FOR DECADES.

THERE IS MASSIVE

PERSECUTION AND INHUMANITY

FOR ANYBODY WHO DARES TO

CALL THEMSELVES A FOLLOWER

OF JESUS.

George: "OPEN DOORS"

PUTS OUT A LIST OF THE WORST

OFFENDERS.

NORTH KOREA HAS BEEN AT THE

TOP OF THAT LIST FOR 12

YEARS IN A ROW.

WE HAVE ABOUT 50,000 IN

CONCENTRATION CAMPS TODAY,

AS A MINIMUM.

George: NINE OF THE TOP

OFFENDERS, SOMALIA, SYRIA,

IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, SAUDI

ARABIA, THE MALDIVES,

PAKISTAN, IRAN, AND YEMEN

ALL HAVE LARGE ISLAMIC

MAJORITIES.

ISLAMIC EXTREMISM IS THE

MAIN DRIVER OF PERSECUTION.

IT IS VERY DANGEROUS TO BE A

CHRISTIAN IN A COUNTRY WHERE

ISLAMIC EXTREMISM IS

PREVALENT.

George: TAKE THE CASE

OF IBRAHIM, A WOMAN

SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR

REFUSING TO RENOUNCE HER

FAITH, AND SHE WAS SENTENCED

TO 100 LASHES BECAUSE

SUDANESE LAW DOESN'T

RECOGNIZE HER MARRIAGE TO A

CHRISTIAN MAN.

IN 200 KIDNAPPED GIRLS, MOST

OF THEM CHRISTIAN, AND THEIR

FATE REMAINS UNKNOWN.

THEY WERE ABDUCTED BY BOKO

HARAM.

AND THEN THERE IS THE PLIGHT

OF PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI.

HE HAS BEEN IN PRISON FOR

MORE THAN 20 MONTHS FOR

REFUSING TO RECANT HIS

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

AND HE IS NOT ALONE.

DOZENS MORE IRANIAN

CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN

ARRESTED IN RECENT MONTHS,

AND MANY MORE ARE UNDER

CONSTANT SURVEILLANCE.

"OPEN DOOR" SAYS THESE AND

SCORES OF OTHER CASES

HIGHLIGHT THE STRUGGLE

FACING BELIEVERS AROUND THE

WORLD.

AN ESTIMATED 100,000 OF THEM

ARE MURDERED EVERY YEAR FOR

THEIR FAITH IN JESUS.

WE BELIEVE THAT THE WORLD

WATCH LIST IS A WAKEUP CALL

ON THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN

OUR CULTURE, WHAT IS GOING

ON AROUND THE WORLD, THAT

WE'RE BEING PERSECUTED AND

IN SOME CASES IMPRISONED AND

MARTYRED FOR OUR FAITH.

Gordon: FOR MORE, HERE

IS GEORGE THOMAS.

WELCOME BACK.

George: GREAT TO BE

BACK.

Gordon: HOW HORRIBLE IS

IT THERE?

George: IT REALLY IS

HORRIBLE.

TODAY YOU HAVE FROM GREAT

BRITAIN TO THE VATICAN TO

OTHER LEADERS, WORLD

LEADERS, THAT ARE BEGINNING

TO SPOTLIGHT THIS TRAVESTY

THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE.

CHRISTIANS ARE THE MOST

PERSECUTED GROUP OF

BELIEVERS OF A RELIGION

AROUND THE WORLD, AND THE

FACTS ARE CLEAR.

YOU CANNOT GET BEYOND THESE

FACTS.

Gordon: EVEN MORE THAN

THE JEWISH PEOPLE?

George: ABSOLUTELY,

YES.

JUST FROM A NUM CU A

NUMERICAL STANDPOINT.

YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A

TERRIFIC PIECE COMING UP IN

A FEW MINUTES, THAT IN THE

MIDST OF THIS INTENSE

PERSECUTION, THAT HAS BEEN

THE SEED BED.

YOU TALKED ABOUT THE BLOOD

OF THE MARTYRS AS A SEED BED

OF THE CHURCH.

IN THE MIDST OF THAT

PERSECUTION, THERE IS A

LEVEL OF FIRE AND BOLDNESS

THAT IS INFUSED WITHIN THESE

CULTURES, THAT THEY KNOW

BELIEVING IN THIS MAN, JESUS

CHRIST, BEYOND JUST A

TRANSFORMATIVE POWER THAT HE

BRINGS INTO A PERSON'S LIFE,

THEY HAVE THIS ASSURANCE

THAT WE CAN CONTINUE --

OTHERS DON'T KNOW ABOUT

JESUS CHRIST, AND WE HAVE TO

TELL OTHERS, AND THAT

CONVICTIONS THERE.

Gordon: WHERE IS THE

INTERNATIONAL OUTRAGE?

WHERE IS THE U.N. ON?

WHERE IS EVEN OUR OWN U.S.

STATE DEPARTMENT ON THIS?

WHY ISN'T THERE OUTRAGE?

WHY ISN'T THIS BEING

PUBLICIZED.

YOU HEAR INTERNATIONAL NEWS

REPORTS IF SOMEONE IS KILLED

ON THE WEST BANK, BUT YOU

DON'T HEAR ANYTHING ON THIS

SUBJECT.

WHY?

George: I THINK IN THE

LAST MONTH, MONTH AND A

HALF, THE TWO CASES,

IBRAHIM, AND 200 NIGERIAN

GIRLS WHO WERE KIDNAPPED,

THEY GARNERED WORLDWIDE

ATTENTION.

BUT CBN HAS BEEN PROFILING

SAEED ABEDINI, THE PASTOR,

LANGUISHING IN ONE OF THE

WORST PRISONS, AND ABOUT 25

OTHERS ARE IMPRISONED FOR

THEIR FAITH.

LET'S START WITH THE UNITED

NATIONS.

I THINK IN THE ND UNITED

NATIONS TODAY THERE IS A

CLIMATE, A PARTICULAR

INFLUENCE, BY THE ISLAMIC

NATIONS.

PARTICULARLY ONE PARTICULAR

GROUP CALLED THE

ORGANIZATION FOR ISLAMIC

CONFERENCE.

THEY HAVE PUT ENORMOUS

PRESSURE ON THE U.N. BODY TO

(A) FOR EXAMPLE, TO BRING

ABOUT A RESOLUTION THAT

WOULD MAKE IT, I GUESS, A

BLASPHEMY LAW.

THAT ANYBODY WHO SAYS

ANYTHING GEL AGAINST ISLAM,

THERE WOULD BE PUNISHMENT.

SO THE ISLAMIC COUNTRIES

HAVE EXERTED A LOT OF

PRESSURE ON THE UNITED

STATES.

AND THERE IS TO SOME EXTENT,

GORDON, A LIBERAL POINT OF

VIEW FROM THE

REPRESENTATIVES WHERE THEY

JUST DON'T WANT TO TALK

ABOUT CHRISTIANITY.

THEY DON'T WANT TO COME TO

THE DEFENSE OF CHRISTIANS

WHO ARE LANGUISHING AROUND

THE WORLD.

FROM THE UNITED STATES POINT

OF VIEW, LOOK, IT IS A

TRAVESTY.

THE PRESIDENT JUST RECENTLY

TALKED AT WEST POINT ABOUT

THE IMPORTANCE OF FREEDOM

AND STANDING UP FOR

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND

FREEDOM OF THOUGHT, FREEDOM

OF SPEECH AROUND THE WORLD.

THAT IS THE BEACON OF THE

UNITED STATES.

AND YET EXAMPLE AFTER

EXAMPLE CONTINUES TO SHOW

THAT WE DO NOT STAND UP FOR

THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING FOR

THEIR FAITH, WHETHER HINDU,

BUDDHIST, OR CHRISTIAN.

Gordon: IS THAT BECAUSE

WE'RE AFRAID TO?

George: TO SOME EXTENT,

DEPENDING ON THE FAITH THAT

IS BEING PERSECUTED.

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE

DOCUMENTED THE CASE OF

ISLAMIC -- FOR EXAMPLE, IN

THE WORLDWIDE LIST, 36 OF

THE 50 COUNTRIES ARE

PREDOMINANTLY MUSLIM

COUNTRIES.

THESE ARE HARD-CORE FACTS,

GORDON.

WHEREIN IF YOU'RE IN A

MUSLIM COUNTRY AND YOU

HAPPEN TO NOT BE A PART OF

THE RULING ORTHODOXY, IN THE

SENSE OF BEING PART OF THE

ISLAMIC FAITH, YOU'RE

PERSECUTED FOR YOUR FAITH.

AND NOBODY SPEAKS TO THIS

ISSUE.

THERE IS SOMETHING VERY

INHERENT IN THESE COUNTRIES

THAT MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT

FOR PEOPLE OF FAITH,

ESPECIALLY CHRISTIANS, TO

PRACTICE THEIR FAITH.

Gordon: LET'S TALK

ABOUT THE PARADOX.

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE

PERSECUTION, YOU'RE ALSO

SEEING THE FASTEST GROWING

CHURCHES IN THE WORLD.

George: YEAH,

INCREDIBLE.

Gordon: SO EXPLAIN

THAT.

HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN WHEN

YOU'RE SUBJECT TO ARRESTS,

YOU'RE SUBJECT TO TORTURE,

YOU CAN BE KILLED IN THE

STREETS, AND YOUR KILLERS

HAVE -- THERE IS NO

JUSTICE.

HOW DOES THE CHURCH GROW IN

THAT ENVIRONMENT?

George: I THINK YOU'LL

HAVE TO ASK GOD ABOUT THAT.

BECAUSE HE IS DOING

SOMETHING NOMINAL AROUND THE

WORLD, ESPECIALLY IN THE

MIDDLE EAST, SOUTHEAST ASIA,

AFRICA.

FROM THE OPENING OF THE

21st CENTURY, THE

STATISTICS SHOW THERE HAS

BEEN A TREMENDOUS MOVE OF

GOD IN THE MUSLIM COUNTRIES,

UNLIKE ANY OTHER TIME PERIOD

IN THE HISTORY OF ISLAM.

I THINK A COUPLE OF FACTORS,

ONE, ACCESS TO THE

INTERNET.

ACCESS TO SATELLITE

TELEVISION, AND THE BOLDNESS

THAT IS HAPPENING WITHIN

THESE COMMUNITIES.

PEOPLE REALIZE THEY RECEIVE

THE GOSPEL.

YOU HEAR THE STORIES OF

THESE INCREDIBLE MOMENTS

WHEN A COUPLE IS WALKING

ALONG THE SHORES OF NORTH

AFRICA, AND FIVE OR SIX

MONTHS PRIOR THEY GET A

VISION OF JESUS CHRIST.

AND IT HAPPENS IN AN

ENCOUNTER OF THE SHORES OF

SOUTH AFRICA.

SOMETHING HAPPENS AND THEY

INTRODUCE EACH OTHER TO

JESUS CHRIST, AND THEY SAY I

HAD THIS VISION FIVE OR SIX

YEARS AGO BO ABOUT THIS MAN

IN WHITE, AND WHO IS HE?

I THINK THE INTERNET HAS

CHANGED THINGS.

MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE

BEGINNING -- I TELL PEOPLE

WHO ARE, IN SOME WAYS AFRAID

OF ISLAM, AND THE GROWTH OF

RADICAL ISLAM AROUND THE

WORLD, I SAY TO THEM, DON'T

BE DISCOURAGED BECAUSE GOD

IS MOVING IN THE LIVES OF

MUSLIMS AROUND THE WORLD IN

A PROFOUND WAY.

WE DON'T NEED TO BE AFRAID

OF MUSLIM PEOPLE.

GO OUT AND REACH OUT AND

BEFRIEND THEM.

WE HAVE SO MANY

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS THAT

COME TO OUR SHORES -- HAVE

THEM OVER.

HAVE FRIENDSHI FRIENDSHIP

EVANGELISM.

IN THE MIDST OF THIS

PERSECUTION, GOD IS MOVING,

AND IT IS PROFOUND AND IT IS

WIDESPREAD.

Gordon: TWO OF THE

COUNTRIES ON THIS LIST, IRAQ

AND AFGHANISTAN --

George: ON THE

WORLD-WATCH LIST --

Gordon: YES.

WERE INVADED BY US.

WE INSTALLED THEIR

GOVERNMENTS.

WE PUT IN PLACE THEIR

CONSTITUTION.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THERE

IS INCREDIBLE PERSECUTION

WITHIN THOSE COUNTRIES.

WHY?

George: I REMEMBER IN

KABUL, ABOUT MY THIRD OR

FOURTH TRIP TO AFGHANISTAN,

AND I WAS THERE WHEN THE

AFGHANS WERE WRITING THEIR

CONSTITUTION.

WORD HAD LEAKED OUT THAT

SHARI'A LAW, THIS SYSTEM OF

JURISPRUDENCE WITH ISLAM WAS

CODIFIED IN THE

CONSTITUTION.

IT WOULD BE THE PRINCIPLE

UNDER WHICH ALL OF THE

CONSTITUTION WAS LAID OUT.

I GOT ON THE PHONE AND

CALLED THE STATE

DEPARTMENT.

I SAID, SIR, DO YOU KNOW YOU

HAVE SENT YOUR LAWYERS,

AMERICAN YALE-TRAINED

LAWYERS TO HELP WRITE THE

CONSTITUTION.

DO YOU KNOW THAT SHARI'A LAW

WILL BE THE FOUNDATION OF

ALL LAW UNDER THIS

CONSTITUTION, AND THE

GENTLEMAN OF THE STATE

DEPARTMENT SAID TO ME, WHY

DO YOU CARE.

AFGHANISTAN IS 99.9% MUSLIM,

WHY DO YOU CARE?

WHEN WE LEFT IRAQ AND

AFGHANISTAN, WHEN IT COMES

TO THE WRITING OF THE

CONSTITUTION AND DID NOT

INSIST THAT SHARI'A SHOULD

BE A SOURCE, NOT THE SOURCE,

WE BASICALLY WASHED OUR

HANDS OF THE SITUATION

THERE.

I KNOW, GEORGE BUSH SAID

IRAQ WOULD BE THE BLUEPRINT

AS THE WINDS OF DEMOCRACY

BLOW THROUGH THE MIDDLE

EAST -- IRAQ WOULD BE THE

BLUEPRINT, WOULD BE THE

SHOWCASE PIECE OF HOW

FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY CAN

COME TO THE HEART OF THE

MIDDLE EAST.

WELL, GUESS WHAT?

WHEN WE ALLOWED IRAQIS TO

CODIFY SHARI'A LAW IN

THAT -- I ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE

I HAVE TWO BAROMETERS,

WHETHER DEMOCRACY TAKES ROOT

IN A PARTICULAR COUNTRY.

ONE, HOW DO YOU TREAT PEOPLE

WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN THE

RULING ORTHODOXY FAITH,

ISLAM, AND HOW DO YOU TREAT

WOMEN?

BECAUSE WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE

EAST MAKE UP IN MANY

COUNTRIES, IF NOT HALF OF

THE MAJORITY OF THE

POPULATION.

HOW DO YOU TREAT WOMEN IN

THESE SOCIETIES?

TODAY, UNFORTUNATELY, THERE

IS NOT AN EXAMPLE ACROSS THE

MIDDLE EAST WHERE WOMEN ARE

TREATED CORRECTLY AND WHERE

FREEDOM OF RELIGION IS

PRACTICED.

AND WHEN THOSE TWO ASPECTS

ARE NOT ENSHRINED IN THE

COMMUNITY, THE CHANCES OF

DEMOCRACY TAKING ROOT ARE

VERY, VERY SLIM.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT

MORE ON GEORGE'S INSIGHT AND

WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE

WORLD, GO TO CBN.COM, AND

YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW GEORGE

AROUND THE WORLD BY LIKES

HIS Facebook PAGE,

Facebook.COM/GEORGE THOMAS

REPORTING.

AND, GEORGE, THANKS FOR

BEING HERE.

George: IT'S GOOD TO BE

HERE.

THANK YOU, SIR.

Gordon: TERRY, OVER TO

YOU.

Terry: STILL AHEAD,

WE'LL TAKE YOU TO THE PLACE

WITH THE FASTEST GROWING

CHRISTIAN POPULATION IN THE

WORLD.

FIND OUT WHERE THAT IS,

NEXT.

Terry: THE NEW

PRESIDENT OF IRAN PROMISED

TO PROTECT THE CHRISTIANS IN

HIS COUNTRY, BUT THAT HASN'T

HAPPENED.

INSTEAD, THE ATTACKS ARE

GETTING WORSE.

DESPITE THE PERSECUTION, THE

CHURCH IN IRAN IS GROWING.

GARY LANE BRINGS US THIS

EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT A SECRET

MEETING OF NEW BELIEVERS

FROM IRAN.

Reporter: THIS IS A

RARE VIEW THAT FEW OUTSIDERS

WITNESS, A SECRET MEETING OF

IRANIAN CHRISTIANS IN A

NEIGHBORING COUNTRY NOT FAR

FROM THE BORDER.

THESE BRAPPE BRAND NEW

FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST RECEIVE

BIBLE TEACHINGS AND

PARTICIPATE IN THEIR VERY

FIRST COMMUNION.

THANK YOU FOR THE BLOOD

OF JESUS.

Reporter: AFTER A FEW

SONGS AND PRAYERS, SEVERAL

ARE BAPTIZED.

IN THE NAME OF THE

FATHER, SON, AND THE WHOLE

SPIRIT.

AMEN.

Reporter: THEN IT IS

BACK FOR MORE LATE-NIGHT

BIBLE STUDY AND TRAINING

BEFORE RETURNING TO IRAN.

FOR THE FIRST TIME THESE

CHRISTIANS LEARN HOW TO LOOK

UP AND MEMORIZE SCRIPTURE.

THEY ARE KURDS, FORMER

MUSLIMS, WHO CONVERTED TO

CHRISTIANITY.

IF THEIR IDENTITY AND THIS

LOCATION IS REVEALED TO THE

POLICE, IRAN AGENTS WOULD

COME AND EVEN KILL THEM FOR

BEING APOSTATES.

BEFORE THIS MAN BECAME A

CHRISTIAN, IRANIAN POLICE

CAUGHT HIM EATING A SANDWICH

INSTEAD OF FASTING DURING

THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN.

THE JUDGE ORDERED HIM TO

RECEIVE 70 LASHES.

SIMILAR TO THE SENTENCE

IMPOSED BY THE TALIBAN.

I WAS TIED DOWN.

ABDULLAH HELD THE QURAN IN

HIS HAND AND A SOLDIER BEAT

MY BACK WITH A CABLE.

IT MADE ME FEEL DEEP HATRED

TOWARDS ISLAM.

ALL I DID WAS GRAB A

SANDWICH AND EAT IT.

WHY IS THAT A SIN?

Reporter: LATER DAUD

MET SOME CHRISTIANS ON THE

INTERNET WHO INTRODUCED HIM

TO CHRIST.

HE EMBRACED CHRISTIANITY

AFTER WITNESSING MIRACLES OF

HEALING AND DELIVERANCE.

HE KEEPS HIS NEWFOUND FAITH

SECRET, WHILE QUIETLY AND

CAUTIOUSLY SHARING HIS FAITH

WITH OTHERS IN THIS CITY.

RIGHT NOW IT IS REALLY

SCARY BECAUSE IF THE

GOVERNMENT KNOWS ABOUT IT,

I'M PRETTY SURE THEY WILL

EXECUTE ME.

Reporter: AND ANOTHER

FORMER MUSLIM TURNED

CHRISTIAN, RAZA, SAYS SHE

SHARES HIS FAITH BECAUSE HE

WANTS MUSLIMS TO LIVE IN THE

LIGHT.

RAZA SAYS AN AGGRESSIVE

GOVERNMENT CRACKDOWN AGAINST

CHRISTIANS CONTINUE.

IRANIAN AGENTS COME AND

ARREST US, SAYING THAT WE

ARE SPIES FOR WESTERN

COUNTRIES.

THEY SAY BECAUSE OF THAT,

YOU ARE A TRADE TRAITOR TO

YOUR COUNTRY AND SHOULD BE

EXECUTED.

Reporter: IN FACT, FEW

OF THE 40 KNOWN CHRISTIANS

IN IRAN HAVE BEEN CHARGED AS

AAPOSTATES.

THE OFFICIAL CHARGE IS

USUALLY ESPIONAGE.

THAT'S THE CHARGE AGAINST

IRANIAN AMERICAN PASTOR

SAEED ABEDINI.

STILL SERVING AN EIGHT YEAR

PRISON SENTENCE.

SAEED IS WELL-KNOWN

BECAUSE HE IS AN AMERICAN.

WE CERTAINLY NEED TO PRAY

FOR HIS SITUATION AND HIS

FAMILY.

BUT THERE ARE MANY OTHERS

LIKE HIM.

Reporter: THEY ARRESTED

A 35-YEAR-OLD IRAN

35-YEAR-OLD IRANIAN

CHRISTIAN.

HE IS SERVING SIX YEAR IN

EVAN PRISON.

AND THEY SAID A PRISON GUARD

RECENTLY BROKE HIS FOOT

DURING A MASSIVE ASSAULT,

AND IT WENT UNTREATED FOR

THREE DAYS.

HE LEARNED A VERY

PEACEFUL LESSON, IN SAYING

IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE MOMENT

FOR HIM BECAUSE HE WAS IN

THIS PAIN OVER THE EASTER

WEEKEND, AND IT GAVE HIM A

VERY DIFFERENT VIEW OF THE

WHOLE EASTER STORY, AND

FINALLY HAVING SOME RELIEF

ON A SUNDAY MORNING WAS

GREAT.

Reporter: HE WENT ON TO

SAY, "WE FORGIVE THEM FOR

ALL THEY HAVE DONE BECAUSE

WE ARE FOLLOWERS OF THE ONE

WHO SAYS, FATHER, PLEASE

FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW

NOT WHAT THEY'RE DOING."

AND YET THE CHURCH CONTINUES

TO GROW.

THE COURAGE MEANS THAT

THE CHURCH CONTINUES TO

GROW.

SO IT IS REALLY -- ALTHOUGH

IT IS A STORY OF SUFFERING,

THERE IS ALSO A STORY OF

GROWTH IN THE CHURCH IN

IRAN.

Reporter: IRAN HAS ONE

OF THE FASTEST GROWING

CHRISTIANS POPULATIONS IN

THE WORLD.

RAZA SAYS MORE AND MORE

IRANIANS TELL HIM THEY HAVE

GROWN TIRED OF THE

OPPRESSIVE POLICIES OF THE

AYATOLLAHS.

PEOPLE FEEL A HUNGER AND

A THIRST TO KNOW THE TRUTH.

WHEN I TALK TO THEM ABOUT

CHRIST AND TELL THEM HOW GOD

LOVES US, THEY BECOME SO

EXCITED AND THEY JUST KEEP

SMILING.

SO

Reporter: SO WHAT ROLE

CAN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT PLAY

TO HELP OTHERS IN IRAN?

IT WOULD BE IMPORTANT FOR

POLITICIANS ALL AROUND THE

WORLD TO PUT THE PRESSURE ON

IRAN.

NOT JUST FOR THE CHRISTIANS,

BUT FOR THE FREEDOM OF MANY

INSIDE THE COUNTRY.

Reporter: EVANGELIST

RAZA ASKS FOR A PRAYER.

PRAY THAT GOD WILL GIVE

US FAITH AND POWER IN OUR

FAITH.

BECAUSE CHRISTIAN FAITH IN

IRAN IS NOT EASY.

IT IS DIFFICULT, DMPLETION,

DANGEROUS, AND RISKY.

AND PRAY FOR SALVATION TO

COME, THAT ALL IRANIANS WILL

BE SAVED.

Reporter: WITH THE

IRANIAN FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST

IN THE MIDDLE EAST, GARY

LANE, CBN NEWS.

Terry: AMAZING STORY.

IN THE MIDST OF SO MUCH

TRAUMA, SO MUCH HEARTACHE,

SO MUCH IN JUSTICE, THE

CHURCH FLOURISHES.

Gordon: THEY HAVE A

FELLOWSHIP WITH THE LORD IN

THE MIDDLE OF THEIR

SUFFERINGS.

WHEN YOU HAVE THAT

FELLOWSHIP AND HIS PRESENCE

SO TANGIBLE AROUND YOU, IT

IS INFECTIOUS, AND THAT'S

WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE.

I REMEMBER BEING WITH A

GROUP OF PERSECUTED

CHRISTIANS, IT WAS IN A

RESTRICTED ACCESS COUNTRY --

I WON'T NAME IT -- BUT WE

WERE HAVING A PRAYER

MEETING, AND I FELT SO

BURDENED TO PRAY FOR THEM.

BUT THEY STOPPED ME.

THEY SAID, OH, NO, THERE IS

NO NEED TO PRAY FOR US.

A WEEK AFTERWARDS, ONE OF

THEM ENDED UP IN PRISON FOR

THREE YEARS FOR THE CRIME OF

HAVING BIBLES.

THAT WAS THE CRIME THAT

THREA LED TO A THREE-YEAR

PRISON SENTENCE.

THEY SAID, LET US PRAY FOR

THE CHURCH IN AMERICA, THAT

THE CARES AND THE CONCERNS

OF THIS WORLD WOULD NOT

CHOKE OUT THE WORD AND MAKE

IT UNPROFITABLE.

HERE THEY WERE IN THE MIDDLE

OF PERSECUTION, BEING

FRUITFUL, AND THEY WANTED TO

PRAY FOR US.

SO LET'S PRAY FOR THEM.

LET'S PRAY THAT THE PRESENCE

OF GOD WOULD SO SURROUND

THEM THAT THEY WOULD KNOW

THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS

SUFFERINGS.

AND IN THAT THE BLOOD OF THE

MARTYRS WOULD BE THE SEED OF

THE CHURCH.

LET'S PRAY.

LORD, WE COME TO YOU AND WE

REACH OUT.

AND WE ASK FOR BLESSING FOR

OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO

ARE SUFFERING PERSECUTION

AROUND THE WORLD.

AND WE JUST ASK THAT YOU

WOULD STRENGTHEN THEM AND BE

WITH THEM.

LET YOUR PRESENCE AND YOUR

LOVE BE SO TANGIBLE ALL

AROUND THEM AND IN THEM.

THAT IT WOULD FLOW OUT AND

JUST BE A BREATH, YOUR

BREATH, OF INSPIRATION TO

THOSE AROUND THEM.

LET THE BLOOD OF THE MARTYRS

BE THE SEED OF THE CHURCH,

FOR WE ASK IT IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

AND AMEN.

COMING UP, A TOWN WHICH

FACED POLITICAL EXTREMISM

AND THEN SOMETHING FAR MORE

DANGEROUS.

HEAR HOW THE PEOPLE THERE

SURVIVED.

THAT'S UP NEXT.

Terry: A FEW YEARS AGO,

PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN INDIA

FLED THEIR VILLAGE TO ESCAPE

COMMUNIST REBELS.

BUT THEY RAN INTO SOMETHING

JUST AS DEADLY, CONTAMINATED

DRINKING WATER.

Reporter: HE WORKS HARD

TO PROVIDE FOR HIS WIFE AND

THREE CHILDREN.

BUT ONE THING THEY CAN'T

GIVE THEM IS FRESH DRINKING

WA DRINKING WATER.

WE GET OUR WATER FROM A

HOLE IN THE GROUND.

IT SMELLS BAD AND IS FILLS

WITH INSPECTS, BUT IT IS OUR

ONLY SOURCE OF WATER.

Reporter: FIVE YEARS

AGO, EVERYONE IN COSHI'S

VILLAGE FLED FROM THEY'RE

HOMELAND TO ESCAPE ATTACKS

BY MAOISTS.

HE AND OTHERS SETTLED DEEP

IN THE FORESTS OF INDIA.

I CAME HERE FOR MY

CHILDREN'S SAFETY, BUT THIS

UNCLEAN WATER MAKES US FEEL

LIKE OUR LIVES ARE IN

DANGER.

MY CHILDREN ARE ALWAYS

SICK.

BUT THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE

WE CAN STAY.

Reporter: THE LOCAL

PASTOR KEPT TRYING TO FIND

WAYS TO GET CLEAN DRINKING

WATER FOR THEIR VILLAGE.

THEN HE FOUND OUT ABOUT

"OPERATION BLESSING'S"

LIVING WATERS TEAM.

HE ASKED FOR THEIR HELP, AND

THEY IMMEDIATELY TOOK

ACTION.

THE TEAM DRILLED ALL DAY AND

NIGHT.

BY SUNRISE, COSHI'S VILLAGE

HAD FRESH, CLEAN WATER FOR

THE FIRST TIME.

THE DAY THEY DEDICATED THE

NEW WELL, THE VILLAGERS

CELEBRATED, SINGING AND

DANCING.

I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH WORDS

TO THANK YOU.

I AM SO HAPPY THAT MY

CHILDREN WILL BE HEALTHY

BECAUSE THEY HAVE GOOD WATER

TO DRINK.

YOU GAVE MY VILLAGE, MY

FAMILY, AND ME A NEW LIFE.

I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Terry: WITH CLEAN WATER

AVAILABLE TO US HERE IN THE

UNITED STATES IN SUCH

QUANTITY AND WITH SUCH EASE,

IT IS REALLY HARD TO

COMPREHEND AND IMAGINE HOW

DIFFICULT IT IS TO LIVE

WHERE THERE IS NO DRINKING

WATER AVAILABLE.

CHILDREN ARE SICK ALL OF THE

TIME, AND NOTHING YOU CAN DO

ABOUT IT.

THESE ARE PEOPLE ALREADY

DISPLACED FROM THEIR HOMES.

WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT WAS FOR

US TO BE ABLE TO COME INTO

THAT COMMUNITY AND DRILL A

WELL, THAT PROVIDED THAT

WATER FOR THEM, FOR THEIR

CHILDREN, FOR MANY YEARS TO

COME.

WE SAY THANK YOU.

"700 CLUB" PATTERS,

PARTNERS, YOU MADE THAT

POSSIBLE.

IT IS JUST ONE OF THE THINGS

WE'RE DOING FOR PEOPLE WHO

FIND THEMSELVES IN

LIFE-THREATENING

CIRCUMSTANCES AROUND THE

WORLD.

IF YOU'RE NOT A "700 CLUB"

MEMBER, THIS IS A GREAT TIME

TO DO IT.

YOU CAN CALL THE TOLL-FREE

NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN,

1-888-777-1999.

JUST SAY, I WANT TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

THAT'S $20 A MONTH, 65 CENTS

A DAY, BUT IT MAKES YOU A

MEMBER OF A GROUP OF

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE

OUT TO TOUCH THE WORLD

BECAUSE THEY LOVE CHRIST AND

THEY WANT TO MAKE A DODGERS

DIFFERENCE IN HIS NAME.

EVERYWHERE WE GO, WE BRING

THE MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL IN

THE WORK THAT WE DO.

THANK YOU FOR MAKING THAT

POSSIBLE.

WE HAVE SOME QUESTIONS WE'D

LIKE TO ADDRESS.

THIS FIRST ONE IS FROM ABE

WHO SAYS, "DON'T RELIGIONS

PRAY TO THE SAME DEITY?

ISN'T ALLAH JUST THE ARABIC

WORD FOR GOD?"

Gordon: YOU'RE RIGHT

AND WRONG AT THE SAME TIME.

YOU GET INTO BIBLE

TRANSLATORS, AND WHAT THEY

DO IS GO TO THE EARLIEST

TERM IN A CULTURAL LANGUAGE

THAT IS THE TERM FOR GOD.

AND THEY TRY TO FIND THE

ATTRIBUTES OF THAT TERM.

IS THAT GOD THE CREATOR

GOD?

IS THAT GOD INVISIBLE?

IS THAT GOD ALL POWERFUL?

AND THE WORD "ALLAH" PREDATE

ISLAM AND IS QUITE ANCIENT

IN ARABIC TERMS.

AND THEN YOU HAVE TO ASK THE

QUESTION, WHAT OTHER

ATTRIBUTES HAVE BEEN PUT ON

ALLAH.

IS THAT STILL A

JUDEO-CHRISTIAN CONCEPT, OR

HAS IT BEEN CHANGED BY THE

USAGE.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT

TRANSLATIONS -- THE ENGLISH

WORD GOD COMES FROM THE

DRAMATIC GOD.

IS THAT THE PROPER NAME FOR

YAWAY?

IS THAT THE PROPER NAME FOR

YESUWAH?

HERE WITH ALLAH, WHAT DO THE

MUSLIMS BELIEVE AND THINK

ABOUT HIM?

AND IS THAT THE SAME AS WHAT

CHRISTIANS AND JEWS BELIEVE

ABOUT YAWAY?

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU

NEED TO LOOK AT.

IF YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION

ON THAT, I'VE GOT SOMETHING

FOR YOU CALLED "THE QUEST

FOR GOD," AND IT'S AVAILABLE

ON AMAZON.COM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM FROM CORINTHIANS:

"IF ONE MEMBER SUFFERS, ALL

OF THE MEMBERS SUFFER.

IF ONE MEMBER IS HONORED,

ALL OF THE MEMBERS

REJOICE."

GLOOZ.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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