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Christian World News: June 13, 2014

This week on Christian World News: Terrorists on the march in Iraq. As Islamic militants take city after city, is there any safe place left for the Christians? Plus, the nations gather in Brazil for the World Cup. A look at how God is using ... ... Read Transcript


TODAY ON CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS, TERRORISTS ON THE

MARCH IN IRAQ.

ISLAMIC MILITANTS TAKE CITY

AFTER CITY.

IS THERE ANY SAFE PLACE LEFT

FOR THE CHRISTIANS?

Wendy: PLUS, THE

NATIONS GATHER IN BRAZIL FOR

THE WORLD CUP.

A LOOK AT HOW GOD IS USING

THE GAMES FOR HIS GLORY.

George: AND UPDATING

ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED

TOOLS EVER CREATED TO SHARE

THE GOSPEL.

THE JESUS FILM GETS A FEW

LOOK ON ITS 35th

BIRTHDAY.

IRAQ ON THE BRINK.

HELLO, EVERYONE, I'M GEORGE

THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

AN ARMY OF ISLAMIC MILITANTS

IS ADVANCING ON BAGHDAD

AFTER CAPTURING SEVERAL

NORTHERN CITIES THIS WEEK.

George: IT IS A BATTLE

THAT HAS IRAQ'S MILITARY ON

THE RUN.

AND IRAQ'S CHRISTIANS

SCRAMBLING TO FIND SAFETY

YET AGAIN.

HOURS AFTER SEIZING THE

ANCIENT BIBLICAL CITY OF

NINEVEH, ISLAMIC INSURGENTS

RELEASED THIS CHILLING

TWO-PAGE DOCUMENT, ORDERING

ALL RESIDENTS, MANY OF WHOM

ARE CHRISTIANS, TO COMPLY

WITH ISLAMIC SHARI'A LAWS.

AMONG THEM, WOMEN SHOULD

DRESS DECENTLY, NO DRUGS OR

ALCOHOL, AND ANYONE FOUND

STEALING WILL HAVE THEIR

HANDS CHOPPED OFF.

NINA SHAY AT THE HUDSON

INSTITUTE CALLS THIS THE END

GAME FOR THE CLEANSING OF

IRAQ'S CHRISTIANS.

ALL OF THE CHRISTIANS OF

IRAQ HAVE HAD TO FLEE --

VIRTUALLY ALL OF THEM HAVE

HAD TO FLEE NORTH TO MOSUL

AND BEYOND OVER THE LAST 10

YEARS BECAUSE OF VERY SEVERE

PERSECUTION.

AND SO NOW WE'RE SEEING

MOSUL ITSELF BEING CLEANSED

OF ITS CHRISTIANS.

THERE IS VIRTUALLY NO

CHRISTIANS LEFT IN MOSUL.

AND ALL OF THE CHURCHES ARE

CLOSED.

George: AND MILITANTS

ARE FINALLY CAPTURING TOWNS

WITH LITTLE RESISTANCE.

ISIS' FIGHTERS POSTED A

VIDEO SHOWING THOUSANDS OF

IRAQI SOLDIERS AND POLICE IN

TIC CRITIKRIT WITH THEIR

HANDS ABOVE THEIR HEADS.

SUNNIS IN PARTICULAR FEEL

TOTALLY CUT OFF AND

DISENFRANCHISED, TO THE

POINT WHERE MANY SUNNIS ARE

COOPERATING NOW WITH THESE

al-QAEDA AFFILIATES.

George: HOUSE SPEAKER

JOHN BOEHNER BLAMED

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S POLICIES

IN IRAQ FOR JEOPARDIZING THE

PROGRESS THE U.S. MADE IN

YEARS OF FIGHTING.

IT'S NOT LIKE WE HAVEN'T

SEEN OVER THE LAST FIVE OR

SIX MONTHS THESE TERRORISTS

MOVING IN, TAKING CONTROL OF

WESTERN IRAQ.

AND NOW THEY'VE TAKEN

CONTROL OF MOSUL.

THEY'RE 100 MILES FROM

BAGHDAD.

AND WHAT'S THE PRESIDENT

DOING?

TAKING A NAP.

George: THE WHITE HOUSE

SHOT BACK, SAYING IT IS

LOOKING INTO ALL OPTIONS,

INCLUDING MILITARY STRIKES

TO HELP IRAQI LEADERS.

AS SOON AS JIHADISTS SET

THEIR SIGHTS ON BAGHDAD,

IRAN IS REPORTEDLY SENDING

FORCES TO QUELL THE

UPRISING.

AND THEY'RE MOVING QUICKLY

TO SEES THE OIL TOWN OF

KIRKUK, WHICH HAS ANALYSTS

TALKING ABOUT THE BREAK UP

OF IRAQ.

George: AND IRAQ'S

CHRISTIAN POPULATION HAS

BEEN IN THE CROSS HAIRS

SINCE THE INVASION OF 2003.

Wendy: JULIANNA

TEMOASSI IS DIRECTOR OF THE

IRAQ RELIEF COUNCIL, AND I

ASKED HER EARLIER HOW THE

TAKE LOAFEOVER IS AFFECTING

CHRISTIANS IN MOSUL.

THERE WERE 2,000

CHRISTIAN FAMILIES LIVING IN

MOSUL.

TODAY ABOUT 400 FAMILIES

HAVE FLED TUHUK AND OTHER

PARTS IN THE NORTH.

Wendy: WE KNOW THAT

ISIS HAS COMMITTED MANY

ATROCITIES.

HOW ARE CHRISTIANS LIKELY TO

BE TREATED BY THEM IN

MOSUL?

IF YOU RECALL BACK IN

2010, WHEN OUR LADY OF

SALVATION CHURCH WAS FOUND,

ISIS WAS BEHIND THAT.

AND SOISI SO ISIS HAS

BRUTALIZED PEOPLE THERE.

WE ONLY WANTED TO LIVE THERE

PEACEFULLY, ALONGSIDE THE

MUSLIMS.

SO WE, TECHNICALLY, ARE

PEACEFUL PEOPLE.

Wendy: MANY CHRISTIANS

HAVE FLED TO KURDISTAN AND

NORTHERN IRAQ.

HOW SAFE ARE THEY THERE?

THE KURDISH GOVERNMENT IS

NOT EXACTLY FRIENDLY TO

SYRIAN CHRISTIANS.

THEY PUT THE FACADE THAR

WELCOMING THE CHRISTIANS,

BECAUSE THEY WANT TO PAINT

THIS BEAUTIFUL PICTURE TO

THE WEST, ESPECIALLY THE

AMERICANS, THAT THEY'RE ARE

WELCOMING OF CHRISTIAN

MISSIONARIES.

IT IS TRUE THEY ARE

WELCOMING CHRISTIAN

MISSIONARIES, BUT THE

CHRISTIANS OF IRAQ ARE THE

CALDEANS OF IRAQ, AND WE ARE

BEING ETHNICALLY CLEANSED IN

THE NORTHERN PART OF IRAQ.

AND YET WE, AS SYRIANS, ARE

THE FIRST PEOPLE DEVOTED TO

CHRISTIANITY AS A NATION.

WE STILL SPEAK ARAMAIC,

WENDY.

AND MOSUL IS THE PLACE OF

BURIAL OF JONAH.

I'M A CHILD OF NINEVEH.

WE REALLY NEED YOUR

PRAYERS.

I BELIEVE, WHOLEHEARTEDLY,

IN THE POWER OF PRAYER.

NUMBER TWO, WE NEED

FUNDING.

THESE PEOPLE THAT ARE

FLEEING TO THE NORTHERN PART

OF IRAQ, WHERE IS THE NEXT

PLACE THEY'RE GOING TO FLEE

TO?

WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO

SUSTAIN THESE PEOPLE.

WE NEED FOOD.

WE NEED WATER.

THE FOOD PARCELS THAT THEY

HAVE GATHERED SO FAR ARE

ONLY GOOD FOR ANOTHER COUPLE

OF DAYS.

SO THIS IS MY PLEA TO YOUR

AUDIENCE.

Wendy: JULIANNA, THESE

ARE DESPERATE TIMES IN

IRAQ.

WE'LL BE PRAYING.

AND I KNOW OUR VIEWERS ARE

PRAYING.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING

WITH US.

THANK YOU.

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR

VIEWERS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

George: IN OTHER NEWS,

U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN

KERRY IS CALLING ON SUDAN TO

RELEASE THE CHRISTIAN MOTHER

SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR

APOSTASY FOR ISLAM.

IN A STATEMENT KERRY

SAID, "I URGE THE SUDANESE

JUDICIARY AND GOVERNMENT TO

RESPECT MERIAM IBRAHIM'S

FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS."

KERRY'S CALL CAME ONEDAY DAY

AFTER U.S. PROTESTORS WERE

AT THE WHITE HOUSE ON BEHALF

OF MERIAM IBRAHIM.

PAUL STRAND WAS THERE.

Reporter:

REPRESENTATIVES FROM SOME 40

GROUPS GATHERED OUTSIDE THE

WHITE HOUSE TO PROTEST THE

DEATH SENTENCE HANGING OVER

A YOUNG WOMAN IN SUDAN.

TED CRUZ POINTED OUT THAT

MERIAM IBRAHIM WAS SENTENCED

TO DIE BECAUSE THIS DAUGHTER

OF A MUSLIM IS A CHRISTIAN.

VERY SIMPLY BECAUSE SHE

IS A CHRISTIAN, THAT SHE

ATTENDS A LOCAL CATHOLIC

CHURCH, IS DEEMED A CRIME

THERE.

AND FOR THAT CRIME, SHE HAS

BEEN SENTENCED TO 100 LASHES

AND THEN HANGED BY THE NECK

UNTIL DEAD.

Reporter: MERIAM'S

YOUNG SON IS IN PRISON WITH

HER, AS IS HER NEWBORN

BABY.

SOME OF THE PROTESTORS WORE

RED LINKS AS THEY

DEMONSTRATED.

THESE REPRESENT THE

CHAINS THAT MERIAM IBRAHIM

HAS BEEN WEARING SINCE SHE

WAS IMPRISONED IN SUDAN.

SHE WAS FORCED TO GIVE BIRTH

WHILE WEAR THEM.

WE WANTED TO WEAR THEM IN

SOLIDARITY WITH OUR

CHRISTIAN SISTER, IMPRISONED

ONLY BECAUSE OF HER FAITH.

Reporter: MERIAM IS

MARRIED TO AN AMERICAN

CITIZEN, MAKING HER CHILDREN

ELIGIBLE TO BE AN AMERICAN

CITIZEN.

THAT'S WHY SOME OF THE

PROTESTORS CAN'T BELIEVE

THAT THE PRESIDENT IS

SILENT.

THE DEMONSTRATORS ARE SAYING

THERE IS LITTLE DOWNSIDE TO

THE WHITE HOUSE TAKING

ACTION.

PRESIDENT OBAMA, WITH JUST A

FEW WORDS, WOULD HAVE A BIG

EFFECT ON MERIAM'S FAITH.

Reporter: THE

PROTESTORS SAY THE SITUATION

IS SO DIRE THAT A RISK IS

WELL WORTH TAKING.

THE WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN

SILENT ON MERIAM AND HER TWO

CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN IN A

SUDANESE CHILDREN FOR

MONTHS, A PRISON THAT IS

DEADLY.

AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, ONE

INFANT A DAY DIES.

AND MERIAM IS IN THERE WITH

A 20-MONTH-OLD AND ONE-TWO

WEEKS OLD.

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT OF

SUDAN IS PROPOSING TO DO TO

THIS YOUNG MOTHER IS GROAT

GROTESQUE.

IT IS IMMORAL, IT IS

HORRENDOUS, AND IT IS

WRONG.

WE SHOULD SPEAK OUT WITH ONE

VOICE IN UNISON TO FREE

MERIAM IBRAHIM.

Reporter: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE.

Wendy: CBN'S "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS HAND DELIVERING

RELIEF AND SUPPORT TO SCHOOL

CHILDREN THREATENED BY

ISLAMIC TERRORISTS IN

NORTHEAST NIGERIA.

[SINGING]

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Wendy: SO BEAUTIFUL.

THEIR BOARDING SCHOOL WAS

CLOSED AFTER BOKO HARAM

CAPTURED NEARLY 300 SCHOOL

GIRLS IN THE REGION.

CLASSES ARE NOW BACK IN

SESSION, AND "OPERATION

BLESSING'S" DAVID DARD

TRAVELLED THERE TO PROVIDE

FOOD, COMPUTERS, BOOKS, AND

EVEN RAZOR WIRE FOR EXTRA

SECURITY ON THE CAMPUS.

IT IS ABOUT 45 MILES FROM

WHERE THE GIRLS WERE

KIDNAPPED, AND WHERE A BOKO

HARAM SUICIDE BOMBER

RECENTLY KILLED MORE THAN 40

PEOPLE.

THE GIRLS AT THIS SCHOOL HAD

MESSAGES FOR THOSE GIRLS WHO

ARE STILL BEING HELD

CAPTIVE.

HOLD ON TO GOD BECAUSE HE

IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN

MAKE US FEEL SAFE.

I MESSAGE TO THEM IS THAT

THEY SHOULD NOT WORRY

BECAUSE IF THERE IS LIFE,

THERE IS HOPE.

Wendy: WHEN THERE IS

LIFE, THERE IS HOPE.

THAT IS SO BEAUTIFUL.

GARY LANE TALKED TO DAVID

DARD ABOUT HIS TRIP TO THE

REGION AND WHAT "OPERATION

BLESSING'S" HELP MEANS TO

THOSE STUDENTS.

Reporter: YOU HAD HEAVY

SECURITY AS YOU WENT TO THIS

VILLAGE.

WHAT'S THE SITUATION LIKE

THERE ON THE GROUND?

WELL, GARY, AS YOU CAN

IMAGINE, IT WAS PRETTY NERVE

WRACKING BEING THERE.

IT IS ONE OF THE MOST

DANGEROUS PLACES IN THE

WORLD THERE, VERY LAWLESS.

DESPITE A HUGE MILITARY

PRESENCE, EVERY DAY THERE

SEEMS TO BE KIDNAPPINGS AND

BOMBINGS.

AND THE VERY TOWN WE WERE

HEADED TO, UP IN

NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA, THERE

HAD BEEN A SUICIDE BOMBING

JUST LAST WEEK, WHERE OVER

40 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED.

IT WAS A PRETTY

NERVE-WRACKING EXPERIENCE.

Reporter: I'M SURE IT

HAS AFFECTED THE MOOD OF THE

STUDENTS AT THAT SCHOOL.

ARE THEY AFRAID THAT BOKO

HARAM MAY ATTACK THEM?

THE SCHOOL THAT

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

WORKING IN IS ONLY ABOUT

45 MILES AWAY FROM THE AREA

WHERE THE 200 SOMETHING

GIRLS WERE KIDNAPPED JUST A

FEW WEEKS AGO.

AND WHEN THAT HAPPENED, THE

SCHOOL THAT WE'RE WORKING IN

WAS SHUT DOWN BY THE

MILITARY.

THEY TOLD OUR SCHOOL WE HAD

TO A EVACUATE WITHIN TWO

AND A HALF HOURS AND SHUT IT

DOWN AND SENT ALL OF THE

KIDS HOME.

IT WAS ONLY JUST LAST WEEK

THAT THE CHILDREN WERE

ALLOWED TO COME BACK TO

SCHOOL.

AND SO WE WERE THERE FOR

THAT MOMENT, WHEN THEY

STARTED COMING BACK.

AND AS YOU CAN IMAGINE,

ANXIETY AND NERVES WERE

DEFINITELY THERE AMONGST THE

STUDENTS AND THE STAFF

BECAUSE THEY ARE DEFINITELY

IN HARM'S WAY IN THAT AREA.

Reporter: SO "OPERATION

BLESSING'S" HELP WAS REALLY

TIMELY.

HOW DID THEY RESPOND TO YOUR

GIFTS, AND SEEING THAT

PEOPLE THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW

AROUND THE WORLD ACTUALLY

CARE ABOUT THEM?

NUMBER ONE, JUST US BEING

THERE, OUR PRESENCE, WAS

ENCOURAGING FOR THEM TO

KNOW, THEY HAVE FRIENDS

AROUND THE WORLD THAT ARE

THINKING OF THEM.

AND TO RECEIVE SOME OF THE

THINGS THAT "OPERATION

BLESSING" BROUGHT WAS A HUGE

ENCOURAGEMENT.

"OPERATION BLESSING"

PROVIDED FOOD FOR THE

SCHOOL.

WE PROVIDED BOOKS FOR A

LIBRARY.

AND WE ACTUALLY GOING TO

RAMP UP THE EDUCATION WITH

FOUR COMPUTERS.

AND THEY HAVE A NEW COMPUTER

LAB NOW.

IT WAS INCREDIBLE FOR ME TO

SEE HOW HUNGRY FOR EDUCATION

THESE GIRLS AND BOYS ARE.

THIS ISN'T A VERY SIMPLE

EDUCATION.

THEY'RE LEARNING BIOLOGY,

CHEMISTRY AND NOW

COMPUTING.

THEY'RE EXTREMELY

INTELLIGENT, WONDERFUL,

RESILIENT KIDS, WHO ARE

DEFIANTLY SAYING WE'RE GOING

TO STAY IN SCHOOL AND LEARN,

DESPITE THE THREAT ALL

AROUND US WITH INSURGENTS

AND MILITANTS.

Reporter: HOW SHOULD WE

PRAY FOR THESE STUDENTS,

DAVID?

NUMBER ONE, THEY NEED

PRAYER FOR SECURITY.

IT WAS A POWERFUL THING TO

SEE THE BRAVERY, IN SPITE OF

THE THREAT.

BUT THEY DEFINITELY NEED

PRAYER.

BECAUSE, AS I SAID, THEY'RE

IN HARM'S WAY.

AND BOKO HARAM HAS SAID THAT

THEY WILL KIDNAP MORE

GIRLS.

THEY WILL ATTACK MORE

SCHOOLS.

THERE AREN'T MANY SCHOOLS IN

THE AREA.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THEY

RECEIVE PRAYER FOR SECURITY,

AND PRAYER THAT MORE CAN BE

DONE TO HELP THEM.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

ALREADY PLANNING ON DRILLING

A WELL FOR THE SCHOOL AND

HELPING THEM IN OTHER WAYS.

BUT WE NEED LOTS OF PRAYER

AT THIS POINT IN TIME.

George: COMING UP, THE

WORLD CUP KICKS OFF IN

BRAZIL.

HOW CHRISTIANS ARE SHARING

THE GOSPEL THERE.

George: AND WELCOME

BACK TO THE BROADCAST.

THE WORLD CUP IS THE BIGGEST

SPORTING EVENT IN THE WORLD,

AND IT KICKED OFF THIS WEEK

IN BRAZIL.

THE HOST COUNTRY HOPED IT

WOULD BRING A BIG ECONOMIC

BOOST, BUT SOME ARE SAYING

IT WAS A BIG MISTAKE.

HEATHER CELLS HAS THE

LATEST.

Reporter: IN THE MONTHS

LEADING UP TO THE WORLD CUP,

DISENCHANTED BRAZILIANS HAVE

ORGANIZED REGULAR PROTESTS

ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

THEIR MAIN COMPLAINT, BRAZIL

HAS WASTED $11 BILLION

PREPARING FOR THE CUP AND

NEGLECTED NEEDS AT HOME.

> HOME.

BRAZIL ACTUALLY BID FOR THE

CUP BACK IN 2006, AT A TIME

WHEN IT WAS MUCH MORE

CONFIDENT ECONOMICALLY.

AT THE TIME, BRAZIL'S

ECONOMY WAS GROWING WELL,

AND THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO

SHOWCASE BRAZIL'S

ACHIEVEMENTS.

Reporter: BUT IN RECENT

YEARS, THE ECONOMY HAS

SPUTTERED, AND BRAZIL'S

INFRASTRUCTURE AND EDUCATION

SYSTEM HAVE LAGGED.

NOW THE PRESIDENT IS IN

DAMAGE CONTROL MODE,

PROMOTING THE CUP AND

EVERYTHING BRAZIL HAS POURED

INTO IT.

AND SHE IS GETTING SUPPORT

FROM SOME WHO BELIEVE BRAZIL

HAS THE RESOURCES TO FUND

THE CUP AND KEEP INVESTING

IN ITS ECONOMY.

ANOTHER PAYOFF, THE CUP

COULD ENHANCE BRAZIL'S

INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION.

THOSE COUNTRIES WHO HOST

THESE LARGE INTERNATIONAL

SPORTING EVENTS DON'T REALLY

MAKE MONEY ON THEM.

IT IS REALLY MORE OF AN

OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCATION

SHOWCASE THEIR POLITICAL

EXPERIENCE.

Reporter: IN THE

SHORT-TERM, HE KNOWS THAT

THE PROTESTS AND COMPLAINTS

MAY FADE AS THE EXCITEMENT

OF SOCCER BUILDS, ESPECIALLY

IF BRAZIL DOES WELL IN THE

CUP.

HEATHER CELLS, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THANKS,

HEATHER.

WHILE MANY BRAZILIANS ARE

PROTESTING, OTHERS SEE

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE

GOSPEL.

BRAZILIAN CHURCHES ARE

MOBILIZING TO REACH SOCCER

FANS, INCLUDING SOME THREE

MILLION INTERNATIONAL

VISITORS.

THEY'RE HANDING OUT

LITERATURE WITH A MESSAGE OF

HOPE.

AND SOME ARE FLASHING THIS

RED CARD THAT YOU SEE RIGHT

THERE, SIMILAR TO THOSE YOU

SEE BY SOCCER REFEREES, BUT

WITH A MESSAGE WARNING ABOUT

HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

THERE IS THE TYPICAL

DRAMA, DANCE, AND CULTURE,

AND THEY'RE OUT ON THE

STREETS AND MINISTERING TO

THE PEOPLE.

WE HAVE MANY, MANY DIFFERENT

OPPORTUNITIES TO REACH OUT

TO PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT

LANGUAGES.

FOR EXAMPLE, YOU CAN NOW, ON

YOUR SMARTPHONE, ACTUALLY

DOWNLOAD 700 LANGUAGES OF

THE SPOKEN NEW TESTAMENT.

Wendy: THE MINISTRY

WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULED

FOR JULY 13th.

George: UP NEXT, THE

BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE THAT MADE

ITS MARK IN THE GUINNESS

BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS.

THE JESUS FILM GETS A

MAKEOVER.

Wendy: 2014 HAS SEEN

IT'S FILM OF BIBLICAL

BLOCKBUSTERS.Ñ

SAY THAT THREE TIMES,

BIBLICAL BLOCKBUSTERS.

NEW FILMS INCLUDE "SON OF

GOD," "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL,"

AND "GOD IS NOT DEAD."

BUT A 35-YEAR-OLD BIBLICAL

FILM IS MAKING WAVES.

George: THE JESUS FILM

HAS BEEN TRANSLATED INTO

MORE LANGUAGES THAN ANY

OTHER FILM IN HISTORY, AND

IT HAS LED 200 MILLION

PEOPLE TO CHRIST.

AND THE FILM IS NOW BIGGER

AND BETTER.

Reporter: AT THE VERY

HEART OF CAMPUS FOR CHRIST

HEADQUARTERS --

THIS CAR WAS TAMPERED

WITH SO HE WOULD HAVE AN

ACCIDENT.

AND HE DID LOSE HIS LIFE.

PERSONALLY, IT HAS BEEN A

WAKEUP CALL.

Reporter: IT IS A

MOVING TOUR AND TRIBUTE TO

THE MINISTRY'S MOST POPULAR

TOOL FOR TAKING THE GOSPEL

MESSAGE AROUND THE WORLD.

THE JESUS FILM.

DON'T BE AFRAID.

Reporter: THE 1979

PRODUCTION IS BASED ON THE

GOSPEL OF LUKE.

AT FIRST IT HAD A THEATER

RUN IN THE U.S.

WE THOUGHT, BOY, IT IS

GREAT.

PEOPLE ARE GETTING TO SEE

THE BOY OF JESUS.

BUT THEN AS WE SAW THEM USE

IT IN LANGUAGE AFTER

LANGUAGE AROUND THE WORLD

AND BEGIN TO BUILD

STRATEGIES AROUND IT, IT HAS

BEEN A BIG PART OF CAMPUS

CRUISCRUSADE MISSION.

THEY DIDN'T THINK JESUS

WAS FOR THEM, BUT WHEN THEY

SAW IT IN THEIR OWN

LANGUAGE, UZBEK, AND SAW

JESUS SPEAKING THEIR

LANGUAGE, THEY UNDERSTOOD@;

JESUS HAD COME FOR THEM AND

LOVED THEM.

WE SAW MOVEMENTS OF PEOPLE

COMING TO CHRIST IN EVERY

ONE OF THESE MUSEU MOVEMENT

GROUPS.

Reporter: IT IS THE

MOST TRANSLATED FILM IN MORE

THAN 1200 LANGUAGES.

AND IT HAS BEEN VIEWED

AROUND THE WORLD MORE THAN

SIX BILLION TIMES.

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Reporter: THE AMAZING

THING IS THERE ARE STILL

PLACES IN THE WORLD WHERE

WHEN WE TRANSLATE THIS FILM,

IT BECOMES THE ONLY FILM IN

THE LANGUAGE OF THE PEOPLE

WATCHING IT.

1200 LANGUAGE TRANSLATIONS

TRANSLATIONS.

IT'S A VERY LARGE PERCENTAGE

FOR THOSE PEOPLE.

IT IS THE ONLY FILM THEY

HAVE EVER HAD IN THEIR

LANGUAGE, WHERE THEY SEE THE

PEOPLE ON THE SCREEN

SPEAKING THE WORDS THEY

SPEAK EVERY DAY, AND THE

WORDS THEIR MOTHER SPOKE TO

THEM WHEN THEY WERE SITTING

ON THEIR MOTHER'S KNEE AS A

CHILD.

Reporter: THERE IS

CERTAINLY NO DENYING THE

POWER OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE,

BUT FOR SOME ON THE MISSION

FIELD, CRUISE'S 35-YEAR-OLD

MISSION TOOL WAS LOSING ITS

LUSTER IN THE AGE OF HIGH

DEFINITION AND SURROUND

SOUND.

WE HAD OTHER PRODUCTS AND

THERE WERE OTHER THINGS WE

COULD OFFER, BUT THE JESUS

FILM IS REALLY THE CORE.

IT IS THE GOSPEL OF LUKE

CONDENSED TO TWO HOURS.

IT HAS THE MOST SCRIPTURE OF

ANY PRODUCT THAT WE HAVE.

AND SO IT'S KIND OF NEAR AND

DEAR TO MY HEART.

IT HAS BEEN DISAPPOINTING TO

HEAR THAT IN PLACES IN

EUROPE OR ASIA, YOU KNOW,

WE'RE NOT REALLY USING THIS

FILM ANYMORE BECAUSE IT

DOESN'T REALLY WOC FO WORK

FOR US.

Reporter: SO CARY HAGEN

AND FILM ENGINEERS HAVE BEEN

WORKING FOR 10 YEARS,

RESTORING AND REMASTERING

THE ENTIRE FILM.

A TEDIOUS EFFORT.

IN THE SOUND EFFECTS, LAYER

UPON LAYER, THE BIRDS, THE

WINDS, THE CROWD NOISES --

Reporter: WITH THAT

WORK, THE FILM GOES FROM

THIS TO THIS.

AND FROM THIS...TO THIS.

IT'S LIKE PAINTING A

PICTURE, REALLY, WITH

SOUND.

LAYER UPON LAYER OF SOUNDS

THAT YOU TAKE FOR GRANTED

WHEN YOU WATCH A MOVIE.

IT'S JUST, LIKE, OF COURSE

THE OUTDOORS IS GOING TO

SOUND LIKE THAT AND THE

PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SOUND

LIKE THAT.

BUT WE BUILT THE SOUND FROM

NOTHING.

WE BUILT ALL OF THE SOUNDS

FROM SCRATCH, AND THEN A NEW

MUSICAL SCORE, WHICH IS

UNIQUE.

YOU JUST DON'T SEE THAT IN

HOLLYWOOD IN RESTORATION

PROJECTS.

Reporter: THE 1979

VERSION IN 2014, DOES IT

STILL WORK?

IT DOES NOW.

AFTER OUR STAFF HAS DONE THE

WORK OF RESTORATION, IT

STANDS UP VERY WELL WITH ANY

FILM ON THE LIFE OF JESUS.

Reporter: IT IS A LABOR

OF LOVE, COMPLETED JUST IN

TIME FOR THE FILM'S 35TH

ANNIVERSARY.

35 YEARS, THERE HAVE BEEN

SIX BILLION VIEWINGS OF THE

JESUS FILM.

NOW, SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT

HAVE VIEWED IT HAVE PASSED

ON, AND SOME HAVE SEEN IT

MORE THAN ONCE, BUT SIX

BILLION VIEWINGS OF THE

FILM.

AND OVER 200 MILLION PEOPLE

HAVE INDICATED THEY WANTED

TO BECOME FOLLOWERS OF JESUS

AFTER SEEING THE FILM.

SO THE REACH HAS JUST BEEN

SO MUCH MORE THAN WE COULD

HAVE ASKED OR THOUGHT.

IT REALLY HAS BEEN A

PRIVILEGE TO SEE HOW GOD IS

USING THIS TOOL.

Reporter: EPHRAIM

GRAHAM, CBN NEWS, ORLANDO,

FLORIDA.

George: FINALLY TODAY,

CBN'S HINDI PROGRAM RECENTLY

REACHED MORE THAN 230,000

VIEWERS.

Wendy: THE SHOW AIRS ON

A MAJOR NATIONAL NETWORK IN

INDIA.

THAT EPISODE DEALT WITH

HELPLESSNESS AND ABUSE.

THIS YEAR THE PRAYER CENTER

HAS HANDLED 4,000 PHONE

CALLS AND 1600 TEXT MESSAGES

EACH MONTH, WITH TESTIMONIES

OF SALVATIONS, HEALINGS, AND

FAMILIES REUNITED.

THAT'S A LOT OF TEXT

MESSAGES.

George: GREAT STUFF

FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

WE'RE DONE.

FOLKS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US THIS WEEK.

Wendy: UNTIL NEXT WEEK,

FROM ALL OF US HERE AT

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,

GOOD-BYE, AND AS ALWAYS, GOD

BLESS YOU.

--------------------------

-"NEWSWATCH" AND PROMOS,

JUNE 13, 2014.

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