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Christian World News: July 25, 2014

This week on Christian World News: Darkness in Iraq. Christians are driven from their homes, their goods stolen, and their lives threatened. Some fear it's the end of an ancient community of faith. Plus, freedom! She once faced death for her ... ... Read Transcript


TODAY ON CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS, DARKNESS IN IRAQ.

CHRISTIANS DRIVEN FROM THEIR

HOMES, THEIR GOODS STOLEN,

AND THEIR LIVES THREATENED.

SOME FEAR IT IS THE END OF

AN ANCIENT COMMUNITY OF

FAITH.

PLUS...FREEDOM.

SHE ONCE FACED DEATH FOR HER

FAITH.

NOW MERIAM IBRAHIM IS SAFE

AND OUT OF SUDAN.

George: I'M HERE IN

JERUSALEM, WHERE ISRAEL'S

OFFENSIVE AGAINST HAMAS IN

GAZA CONTINUES.

IN THE MIDST OF THE

CONFLICT, THE CHURCH IS

STEPPING UP TO BE SALT AND

LIGHT TO THEIR COMMUNITY.

*

Wendy: AN ANCIENT

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN MOSUL

NO MORE.

I'M WENDY GRIFFITH, AND

GEORGE THOMAS IS ON

ASSIGNMENT IN ISRAEL.

FOR NEARLY 2,000 YEARS, THE

CITY OF MOSUL IN NORTHERN

IRAQ HAS HAD A THRIVING

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY.

NOW ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS HAVE

DRIVEN NEARLY ALL OF THEM

OUT.

AS MARK MARTIN REPORTS, THE

FEW REMAINING COULD BECOME

MARTYRS.

Mark: NOURI AL-MALIKI

CONDEMNED THE ATTACK ON

CHRISTIANS IN THE ISLAMIC

STATE.

HE SAYS CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN

EXPOSED TO VIOLENT ACTS THAT

HAVE NEVER BEEN WITNESSED

BEFORE.

SUNNIS TOLD THEM TO CONVERT

TO ISLAM, PAY A TAX, OR FACE

DEATH.

THERE ARE NO CHRISTIANS

LEFT IN MOSUL, GARY.

THEY WERE DRIVEN OUT.

STRIPPED OF ALL OF THEIR

POSSESSIONS.

THEY WERE LEFT WITH

NOTHING.

THEIR HOUSES STAMPED

NAZARENE, MEANING CHRISTIAN,

STAMPEDPED AGAIN SAYING THE

PROPERTY OF THE ISLAMIC

STATE.

AND THEIR CARS AND EVEN

WEDDING RINGS.

Mark: AN OFFICIAL WITH

THE NINEVEH GOVERNOR'S

OFFICE SAYS ONLY 25

CHRISTIAN FAMILIES REMAINED

IN MOSUL.

Al-Maliki pledged to

protect the Christians, but

so far his government is

HELPLESS.

NINA SHAY SAYS THE

CHRISTIANS ARE FACING A

HEARTLESS ENEMY.

THEY HATE CHRISTIANS.

THE VILLAGES SURROUNDING

MOSUL, THEY HAVE TURNED OFF

THE WATER.

IT IS 120° AND THEY SAID TO

THEM, YOU DON'T DESERVE

WATER.

Mark: NOT ONLY ARE

ISLAMISTS TARGETING

BELIEVERS, THEY'RE

DESTROYING ALL TRACES OF

CHRISTIANITY IN THE AREA.

VIDEO HAS SURFACED, SHOWING

ISLAMISTS DESTROYING THE

TOMBS OF JONAH AND SETH.

THIS IS A VERY ANCIENT

CITY, THAT GOES BACK TO

BIBLICAL TIMES.

I DID SEE THAT VIDEO AS

WELL.

THEY HAVE ALSO CAPTURED

ANCIENT MO MONASTERIES FROM

THE FOURTH CENTURY, AND

THEY'RE BURNING THE ANCIENT

CHRISTIAN MANUSCRIPTS, AND

THESE ARE PRICELESS FOR THE

HERITAGE OF CHRISTIANITY.

Mark: AND THEN THERE IS

THE REFUGEE CRISIS.

U.N. OFFICIALS SAY AROUND

TWO MILLION REFUGEES AND

INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE

FROM IRAQ AND SYRIA RESIDE

IN THE NORTHERN IRAQI REGION

OF KURDISTAN.

MARK MARTIN, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THANKS, MARK.

WELL, SOME GOOD NEWS: THE

SUDANESE CHRISTIAN MOTHER

WHO NEARLY DIED FOR HER

FAITH IS NOW A FREE WOMAN.

MERIAM IBRAHIM ARRIVED IN

ITALY THIS WEEK AFTER BEING

STUCK AT THE U.S. EMBASSY IN

SUDAN.

SHE IS MARRIED TO AN

AMERICAN, BUT FACED THE

DEATH SENTENCE FOR

APOSTASY.

RELIGIOUS RIGHTS ADVOCATES

SAY HER CASE IS JUST ONE OF

MANY.

SHE IS THE TIP OF THE

ICEBERG.

FOR EVERY ONE CASE OF MERIAM

IBRAHIM, THERE ARE HUNDREDS,

IF NOT THOUSANDS, OF THOSE

SUDANESE, AND OTHERS, WHO

ARE VICTIMS OF A DRACONIAN

IMPLEMENTATION OF SHARI'A

LAW THAT CREATES AN

EXISTENCE FOR THE SUDANESE

UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF

PRESIDENT BASHAR, THAT IS

REALLY AN ABOMINATION ON

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

THE UNITED STATES NEEDS

TO SHOW MORE CONCERN ABOUT

RELIGIOUS HOSTILITY AND

PERSECUTION ABROAD, IN

PARTICULARLY THE CASE WITH

MERIAM IBRAHIM.

WHERE I THINK THE RESPONSE

T OF THE UNITED STATES HAS

BEEN WOEFULLY INADEQUATE.

EARLIER CBN'S GARY LANE

TALKED WITH THE HEAD OF

"HARD WIRED."

Reporter: TINA, MERIAM

IS NOW SAFE IN ROME.

WHY ITALY?

THE DEPUTY FOREIGN

MINISTER OF ITALY ACTUALLY

TRAVELLED TO SUDAN AND

NEGOTIATED THE ABILITY FOR

MERIAM TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY,

AND THEN FLEW HER ON A

PRIVATE ITALIAN PLANE BACK

TO ITALY VERY EARLY THIS

MORNING.

Reporter: AND WE

UNDERSTAND SHE ALSO MET WITH

THE POPE.

WAS THE VATICAN INVOLVED IN

SECURING HER EXIT FROM

SUDAN?

THE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT

HAS BEEN VERY ACTIVE ON

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OVER THE

LAST FEW YEARS.

THEY HAVE SET UP AN

OBSERVATORY, AND THE MAYOR

OF ROME WAS VERY INTERESTED

IN WORKING WITH THE FOREIGN

MINISTER OF ITALY, IN ORDER

TO PROMOTE FOREIGN POLICY.

WHAT WE SEE IS BOTH THE

ITALIANS AND MANY FOREIGN

GOVERNMENTS THAT WERE ACTIVE

IN MERIAM'S CASE, SUCH AS

THE BRITISH AND THE

CANADIANS, HAVE BEEN TAKING

AN ACTIVE ROLE.

THE CANADIANS PROVIDED HER

AN AIR CONDITIONING UNIT AND

A COUPLE OF FANS.

DURING THAT SAME TIME, THE

BRITISH WERE ORGANIZING FIVE

MEETINGS WITH THE LAWYERS

FOR MERIAM'S LEGAL TEAM.

Reporter: WE HAVE HEARD

ABOUT THE ITALIANS, THE

CANADIANS, THE BRITISH.

WHAT ABOUT THE U.S.

GOVERNMENT?

HER HUSBAND IS AN AMERICAN

CITIZEN?

HER CHILDREN ARE AMERICAN

CITIZENS?

WHAT ABOUT THE U.S.

GOVERNMENT.

THE UNITED STATES, TO

ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, NEVER

ATTENDED ANY OF THE MEETINGS

WITH MERIAM'S LAWYERS UNTIL

AFTER MIA WAS BORN.

AND THEY WERE QUESTIONING

DANIEL'S MATERNITY OVER THE

CHILDREN.

IT MAY HAVE HAD TO DO WITH A

LEGAL ISSUE, BUT IT SHOULD

HAVE BEEN THE UNITED STATES'

JOB TO DO EVERYTHING TO

DEFEND MERIAM AS A RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM CASE, REGARDLESS OF

HER RELATIONSHIP TO THE

UNITED STATES BECAUSE IT IS

A MATTER OF U.S. FOREIGN

POLICY UNDER THE

INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM ACT IN 1998, THAT WE

DO CARE ABOUT RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

BUT THE FACT THAT HER

HUSBAND IS AN AMERICAN MAKES

THIS CASE EVEN MORE

UNFORTUNATE THAT THE U.S.

DIDN'T GET MORE INVOLVED

FROM THE BEGINNING.

AND IN THE END THEY WEREN'T

THE ONES ABLE TO GET MERIAM

OUT OF THE COUNTRY.

Reporter: IT COULD HAVE

ENDED A LOT SOONER THEN?

ABSOLUTELY.

I THINK THAT THE REASON THAT

THE INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM ACT WAS PAST SO WE

WOULDN'T HAVE THESE CRISES

WITH RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION,

WHERE YOU HAVE TO ENGAGE THE

WHOLE WORLD TO GET SOMEBODY

OUT OF THE COUNTRY, BUT YOU

WOULD PREEMPTIVELY WORK WITH

FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS TO

PROMOTE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

AND FOR CASES ON THE

GROUND.

BUT WHEN CASES LIKE MERIAM'S

COMES UP, THEY WOULD TAKE A

MORE ACTIVE ROLE.

Reporter: TINA, WHY DID

THE SUDANESE GOVERNMENT

ALLOW HER TO LEAVE?

AND WHAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE

IN YOUR OPINION?

I THINK THE ITALIANS HAD

SOMETHING THAT WAS ABLE TO

CONVINCE THE SUDANESE TO LET

HER GO.

MY GUESS IS THAT GIVEN THE

U.S. AND SUDANESE PAST, THAT

THEY DIDN'T WANT TO GIVE ANY

BENEFIT TO THE U.S. IN

ALLOWING HER TO LEAVE.

Reporter: TINA RAMIREZ,

OUR VIEWERS APPRECIATE YOUR

EFFORTS.

AND THANK YOU TO YOU AND

"HARD WIRED."

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

Wendy: IN WASHINGTON,

D.C., HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

GATHERED IN FRONT OF THE

NIGERIA EMBASSY TO DEMAND

MORE BE DONE TO RESCUE 300

GIRLS KIDNAPPED BY BOKO

HARAM TERRORISTS.

THE GIRLS, MOSTLY

CHRISTIANS, WERE ABDUCTED

FROM THEIR SCHOOL IN

NORTHERN EASTERN NIGERIA 100

DAYS AGO.

THE UNITED STATES SENT

ADVISORS TO HELP FIND THEM,

BUT THOSE ATTENDING THIS

RALLY SAY MORE NEEDS TO BE

DONE.

WE'RE HERE TO TALK ABOUT

OVER 200 GIRLS WHO ARE STILL

IN CAPTIVITY, WHO HAVE BEEN

VIOLATED, WHO SOME ARE

PREGNANT, WHO HAVE BEEN PUT

INTO SEX TRAFFICKING, BUT

THAT'S NOT THE END WITH BOKO

HARAM.

THAT'S JUST THE BEGINNING.

WE'VE HAD HASHTAGS, WE'VE

HAD VOICES, WE'VE HAD

MARCHES AND RALLIES.

WE KNEE NEED MORE OF

THOSE.

BUT, ON THE OTHER HAND, BOKO

HARAM IS STILL ENGAGED IN

ITS VIOLENCE AND BARBARIC

CAMPAIGN TO EX TERM

EXTERMINATE CHRISTIANS.

Wendy: PARENTS OF 13 OF

THE GIRLS SAY THEY HAVE DIED

IN BOKO HARAM-RELATED

ATTACKS OR FROM ILLNESS

SINCE THE GIRLS WERE

KIDNAPPED LAST APRIL.

TURNING NOW TO CHINA, WHERE

A CAMPAIGN TO REPRESS

CHRISTIANITY IS GROWING

RAPIDLY.

ONE COMMUNITY OF CHRISTIANS

HAS BEEN ACTIVELY DEFYING

THE GOVERNMENT, AND NOW

AUTHORITIES ARE CRACKING

DOWN.

CAITLIN BURKE REPORTS.

Reporter: TODAY A

BATTERED CROSS STANDS AT THE

TOP OF A ONE ROOM PRAYER

HALL IN A PROVINCE IN

CHINA.

AN ACT OF DEFIANCE BY A

COMMUNITY OF 100

CHRISTIANS.

LAST MONTH THE CHINESE

GOVERNMENT ORDERED

DEMOLITION CREWS TO BRING

THE CROSS DOWN FROM THE TOP

OF THE WOOSHI CHRISTIAN

CHURCH.

BUT THE MEMBERS VOTED TO

REDIRECT IT HERE.

IF THEY COME AGAIN TO

TAKE DOWN THE CROSS, WE HAVE

MADE ANOTHER CROSS AND WE

WILL PUT IT UP AGAIN.

Reporter: THE COMMUNITY

IS FACING THE CONSEQUENCES

OF THEIR DEFIANCE.

THE AUTHORITIES HAVE CUT OFF

WATER AND ELECTRICITY, AND

ARE NOW MAKING VEILED

THREATS AGAINST CHURCH

MEMBERS' JOBS AND THEIR

CHILDREN'S EDUCATION.

THE BELIEVERS REMAIN

UNSHAKEN.

FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE, THE

PERSPECTIVE OF THE

BELIEVERS, THEY DON'T JUST

COME HERE TO TEAR DOWN THE

CHURCHES OR THE CROSSES.

THEY ARE AFTER OUR

RELIGION.

WHY?

BECAUSE EVERYBODY WHO

BELIEVES IN JESUS KNOWS THAT

IN THE CHURCH THE CROSS IS

THE MOST IMPORTANT CHRISTIAN

SYMBOL.

IT IS THE SYMBOL OF THE

DEATH OF JESUS.

Reporter: THE LOCAL

GOVERNMENT SAYS THEY'RE

SIMPLY CRACKING DO DOWN ON

BUILDING CODE VIOLATIONS,

BUT CHURCH MEMBERS SAY THAT

EXCUSE PROVIDES COVER FOR

THE CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION.

SO FAR IT HAS BEEN LIMITED

TO THE ONE PROVINCE, BUT IT

COULD SPREAD TO THE REST OF

CHINA.

THE VALUE OF THE CROSS

LIES IN OUR HEARTS.

IT IS UNSHAKEABLE.

IT CANNOT BE TORN DOWN.

Reporter: CAITLIN

BURKE, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: UP NEXT, BLESSED

ARE THE PEACEMAKERS.

OUR GEORGE THOMAS REPORTS ON

THE CHURCHES IN GAZA AND THE

WEST BANK WHO ARE PREACHING

A MESSAGE OF PEACE.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK TO

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.

FOR WEEKS WAR HAS ROCKED THE

MIDDLE EAST AS HAMAS FIRES

ROCKETS AT ISRAEL'S CIVILIAN

POPULATION, AND ISRAEL SEEKS

TO DESTROY THE TERRORIST

NETWORK'S MILITARY

CAPABILITY.

GEORGE THOMAS IS REPORTING

FROM THE HOLY LAND, AND HE

JOINS US NOW WITH AN

EXCLUSIVE REPORT.

George: HELLO, WENDY,

FROM JERUSALEM, YOU CAN HEAR

THE CHURCH BELLS.

THE CHRISTIANS IN THIS PART

OF THE WORLD ARE CAUGHT IN

THE MIDST OF THE FIGHTING,

ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO LIVE IN

THE WEST BANK AND GAZA.

STILL, CHURCHES IN THIS

REGION ARE DOING WHAT THEY

CAN TO FOSTER PEACE AND

SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES.

WE SPOKE WITH LEADERS AT

CHURCHES IN BETHLEHEM AND

GAZA, TO SEE WHAT THEY ARE

DOING TO LIFT UP THE NAME OF

JESUS CHRIST.

LIKE MUSLIMS IN GAZA,

PALESTINIAN CHRISTIANS ARE

ALSO SUFFERING IN THE WAR.

WE HARDLY GO OUTSIDE THE

HOUSE.

THERE ARE MISSILES AND

ROCKETS FLYING EVERYWHERE,

BOMBS GOING OFF.

IT IS SO SCARY.

George: IN AN EXCLUSIVE

PHONE INTERVIEW FROM GAZA

CITY, AHMED DESCRIBED TO CBN

NEWS WHAT LIFE HAS BEEN LIFE

SINCE THE CONFLICT STARTED.

THIS SITUATION IS VERY

DANGEROUS.

WE ONLY GO OUT TO BUY FOOD

WHEN THERE IS A PAUSE IN THE

FIGHTING.

EVEN THEN, WE'RE NOT SURE IF

A MISSILE WILL HIT OR NOT.

HOWEVER, WE THANK GOD NONE

OF THE BELIEVERS HAVE BEEN

HURT OR KILLED SO FAR.

George: THERE ARE ARE

NO RELIABLE CHRISTIANS, BUT

EXPERTS PUT THE NUMBER OF

CHRISTIANS IN THE GAZA STRIP

ABOUT 1500 OUT OF A

POPULATION OF NEARLY TWO

MILLION.

AHMED IS A KEY LEADER IN THE

EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY.

AND HE SAYS GOD AND

CHRISTIANS ARE ENCOURAGING

THEIR FELLOW CHRISTIANS.

WE ARE TELLING THEM BIBLE

STORIES AND USING Facebook

AND TEXT MESSAGES TO

ENCOURAGE PEOPLE NOT TO GIVE

UP.

WE ONLY HAVE CHRIST TO

DEPEND ON.

George: DURING A BRIEF

HUMANITARIAN TRUCE THIS

WEEK, SOME 1,000 PALESTINIAN

CHRISTIANS LEFT THEIR HOMES

AND SOUGHT REFUGE IN ONE OF

THE TWO CHURCHES IN ALGI.

THIS PERSON SAYS SHE

RECEIVED A RECORDED MESSAGE

FROM THE ISRAELI MILITARY TO

EVACUATE THE AREA TO PROTECT

THEIR LIVES.

WE WERE GIVEN A WARNING

TO LEAVE OUR HOUSES AND SO

WE CAME TO THE CHURCH AND IT

WAS SAFE.

George: MANY, LIKE

AHMED, LOST EVERYTHING.

WE LOST OUR HOUSES.

George: BISHOP ALEXIS

HAS HARDLY TIME TO SLEEP,

TRYING TO ENSURE THAT HIS

PLACE OF WORSHIP, TURNED

REFUGEE CENTER, IS MEETING

THE NEEDS OF THE DISPLACED.

FIRST OF ALL, WATER.

MILK FOR BABIES, AND

MEDICINES.

George: AND HE SAYS THE

GESTURE BY THE GREEK

ORTHODOX CHURCH HAS BROUGHT

SOME UNITY.

EVERYONE IS SUFFERING,

CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS, SO

WHEN THE CHURCH OPENED ITS

DOORS, PEOPLE FELT THEY WERE

TOGETHER.

George: AHMED ASKED

PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD TO

PRAY FOR PEOPLE IN GAZA.

WE NEED WISDOM ON HOW TO

SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH THOSE

WHO ARE BROKEN AND WHO HAVE

LOST EVERYTHING.

SECOND, PRAY FOR OUR

PROTECTION.

THIRD, WE NEED ENDURANCE AND

STRENGTH TO HANG ON.

AND, FOURTH, FOR THE LORD TO

OPEN DOORS SO WE CAN MEET

THE PHYSICAL NEEDS OF PEOPLE

WHEN THIS WAR IS OVER.

George: 46 MILES AWAY

FROM ISRAEL'S OFFENSIVE

AGAINST HAMAS IN GAZA, THERE

IS ANOTHER BATTLE IS SAY HAS

BEEN DANGEROUSLY IGNORED BY

THE WORLD.

MY BIG CONCERN RIGHT NOW

IS THIS: IS THAT THE WEST

BANK IS BEING NEGLECTED.

THE RIOTS ARE BEING DONE

EVERY NIGHT, ALMOST 13, 14

NIGHTS IN A ROW.

George: STEPHEN CORY,

WHO LIVES IN BETHLEHEM,

WORRIES THE AREA IS RIPE FOR

ANOTHER UPRISING.

I WAS BORN IN JERUSALEM,

I GREW UP IN BETHLEHEM.

I REMEMBER HOW THE FIRST AND

SECOND IP INTIFADAH

STARTED, AND I'M SEEING

EVIDENCE OF THIS OF ANOTHER

OUTBREAK OF IN INTIFADAH

HAPPENING ON THE WEST BANK.

George: HERE ON THE

STREETS, PROTESTORS ARE

RUNNING DAILY SKIRMISHES

WITH ISRAELI SOLDIERS AND

PALESTINIAN POLICE.

SEVERAL PEOPLE HAVE BEEN

KILLED AND INJURED.

THIS IS A SECURITY WALL

THAT DIVIDES ISRAEL AND THE

WEST BANK.

FOR NEARLY TWO WEEKS THERE

HAVE BEEN VIOLENT PROTESTS

TAKING PLACE RIGHT HERE ON

THE STREET, AS WELL AS IN

OTHER WEST BANK CITIES, SUCH

AS HEBRON, NABULUS, AND

RAMALLAH.

NEITHER ISRAEL NOR THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY WANT

TO SEE ANOTHER WAR OPEN IN

THE WEST BANK.

PETER LERNER IS THE ISRAELI

FORCES SPOKESMAN.

WE WANT TO KEEP IT

CONTROLLED.

George: TO AVOID

FURTHER VIOLENCE, CORY IS

CALLING ON HIS PEOPLE TO

DE-ESCALATE THE TENSIONS.

f3 IN ECCLESIASTES, IT SAYS

THERE IS A TIME TO MOURN, A

TIME FOR LOSS, AND A TIME TO

DANCE.

THIS IS A TIME FOR NEITHER

THREE.

WE NEED TO BE PEACEMAKERS.

WE NEED TO BE A VOICE TO

BALANCE, A RIGHTEOUS VOICE

IN THE MIDST OF A

WILDERNESS.

George: FOR SEVERAL

WEEKS HIS CHURCH HAS BEEN

DISTRIBUTING COPIES OF THE

NEW TESTAMENT, AND BOTTLES

OF WATER WRAPPED WITH A

SCRIPTURE VERSE, "BLESSED

ARE THE PEACEMAKERS FOR THEY

WILL BE CALLED THE CHILDREN

OF GOD."

WE NEED TO PREACH THE

MESSAGE OF DO NOT FIGHT.

DO NOT OVERCOME EVIL WITH

EVIL, BUT OVERCOME EVIL WITH

GOOD.

George: IN THE

MEANTIME, THE U.S. STATE

DEPARTMENT IS WARNING

AMERICANS TO AVOID TRAVEL TO

ISRAEL AND OTHER AREAS IN

THE WASHINGTON WEST BANK

BECAUSE OF ONGOING TENSIONS

IN THE REGION.

Wendy: THANKS, GEORGE.

WE'RE PRAYING FOR YOU AND

ALL OF THE BELIEVERS THERE.

COMING UP, THEY RISKED THEIR

LIVES FOR THEIR FAITH.

WE'LL TAKE YOU TO A PLACE

WHERE REVIVAL IS UNDER WAY

WITHIN THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC

OF IRAN.

Wendy: IRAN IS OFTEN

SEEN AS A HOSTILE COUNTRY

WITH RADICAL LEADERS AND

HOSTILE MOBS.

BUT THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE TO

IRAN: PEOPLE WHO LOVE

AMERICA, ISRAEL, AND JESUS

CHRIST.

CHRIS MITCHELL TALKED WITH

SOME OF THESE IRANIAN

BELIEVERS WHO HAVE FLED

THEIR COUNTRY AND OUTSIDE OF

THEIR COUNTRY IN CENTRAL

TURKEY.

[APPLAUSE]

Reporter: WHEN SOMEONE

GETS BAPTIZED IN THIS HOUSE

CHURCH, PEOPLE CLAP AND

CHEER LIKE FANS AT A WORLD

CUP MATCH.

WHILE THEY SUFFERED

PERSECUTION AND OFTEN FLED

FOR THEIR LIVES, THEY STILL

POSSESS AN INFECTIOUS AND

JOYOUS FAITH, LIKE GRENTIL.

GROWING UP, I GREW UP

WITH JESUS CHRIST.

BECAUSE ALL OF THE TIME HIS

NAME WAS IN MY MIND.

AND THE NEXT MOMENT, I

STARTED LIKING

CHRISTIANITY.

IT WAS REALLY SWEET TO ME,

THE FEELING, THE STORIES,

EVERYTHING.

SO BY THE TIME I WAS 15, I

BELIEVED IN HIM, AND I SAID

I WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN.

Reporter: MANY IRANIAN

CHRISTIANS HAVE FLED IRAN

AND COME HERE TO TURKEY,

WHERE THEY CAN SEEK REFUGEE

STATUS WITH THE UNITED

NATIONS.

SOME SAY IT'S JUST LIKE

COMING OUT OF THE DARKNESS.

IT IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT.

I CAN REALLY PRAISE THE

LORD.

I CAN EASILY GO TO CHURCH.

IT IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

Reporter: MAXINE

ATTENDED THE CHURCH LED BY

AMERICAN PASTOR SAEED

ABEDINI, WHO IS IMPRISONED

IN IRAN FOR HIS CHRISTIAN

FAITH.

AFTER ABEDINI'S ARREST, THE

CHURCH DISBANDED.

LATER ASHINE FOUND HIMSELF

ON THE RUN.

AS A RESULT, I CAME OUT

OF IRAN BECAUSE DAY BY DAY

THE SITUATION HAS BEEN MORE

DIFFICULT.

IT WAS RISKY FOR ME, ALSO.

I HAD CHANGE OUR HOME

BECAUSE I WAS SURE THAT ONE

DAY THEY WOULD REALIZE OUR

HOME IS THE UNDERGROUND

HOUSE HERE.

Reporter: OTHERS FLED

FOR THEIR LIVES, LIKE RAZA,

AND RAZEL, HIS SISTER.

IT WAS A REALLY HARD

SITUATION FOR ME TO GO

THERE.

I COULDN'T EVEN PRAISE GOD

WITH ALL OF MY HEART BECAUSE

I KNOW ALL TROUBLE WAS

THERE.

EVEN IF I SAY JESUS CHRIST,

THEY MAY KILL ME.

IT IS A PROBLEM FOR MY

JOB.

MY HEALTH -- LIKE THEY TRIED

TO KILL ME, ALSO.

AND THEN I START TO RUN

AWAY.

Reporter: DESPITE THE

CONSTANT THREAT, DANGER, AND

RISK, THESE BELIEVERS KEEP

THE FAITH.

NOW THEY FOUND A CHURCH HOME

AND FAMILY.

THEIR PASTOR LEADS HOUSE

CHURCHES IN IRAN, AS WELL AS

THE U.S., CANADA, GERMANY,

AND MALAYSIA, ALL VIA

SKYPE.

THE MAIN CHURCH IS N MY

HOUSE.

THROUGH THE INTERNET, I

CONNECT WITH EVERYBODY.

IT HAS BECOME LIKE AN

INTERNET CHURCH.

Reporter: HE SAYS A

GREAT REVIVAL IS UNDER WAY

WITHIN THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC

OF IRAN.

RIGHT NOW YOU CAN SEE THE

RESULTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

FROM 1994, THERE WERE ABOUT

100,000 BELIEVERS.

RIGHT NOW THERE ARE THREE

MILLION.

YOU CAN SEE WHAT THE HOLY

SPIRIT IS DOING WITH THE

PEOPLE.

Reporter: MANY BECAME

CHRISTIANS THROUGH A DREAM

OR VISION.

I HAD A DREAM A LONG TIME

BACK.

EVERY TIME, JESUS WAS WITH

ME.

AND IN ALL OF MY LIFE, HE

WAS HELPING ME.

AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHO IS

THIS PERSON.

BUT ONLY JESUS CHRIST WAS

OVER ME.

AND HE SAID, COME TO ME.

AND THEN I COME TO THAT

SITE, AND HE ACCEPTED ME.

Reporter: DESPITE ALL

OF THE HARDSHIP AND BEING

FORCED FROM THEIR HOMELAND,

THESE BELIEVERS EXUDE JOY.

MANY HOPE TO ONE DAY ACHIEVE

REFUGEE STATUS AND IMMIGRATE

TO OTHER COUNTRIES.

IN THE MEANTIME, THEY WANT

BELIEVERS IN THE WEST TO

PRAY FOR THE CHURCH IN

IRAN.

THEY ARE ASKING ALL OF

THE SISTERS AND BROTHERS

FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO

PRAY FOR IRAN, TO ALL OF THE

PEOPLE OF IRAN TO BE

FAMILIAR WITH GOD, WITH

JESUS CHRIST.

Reporter: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, CENTRAL

TURKEY.

Wendy: IT IS AMAZING,

ISN'T IT?

GOD IS CERTAINLY MOVING ALL

OVER THE WORLD.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU,

OUR VIEWERS, ABOUT WHAT IS

HAPPENING.

YOU CAN POST YOUR STORIES

AND TESTIMONIES AT OUR CWN

Facebook PAGE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Wendy: FINALLY TODAY,

"SUPERBOOK" HAS BEEN A HIT

ON THE CARTOON CLUB CHANNEL

IN THAILAND, AND NOW CBN IS

USING "SUPERBOOK" TO REACH

CHILDREN IN LOCAL SCHOOLS.

MORMORE THAN 1400 GRADE

SCHOOL STUDENTS ATTEND THE

FIRST EVENT IN CHANG MI.

ONE STUDENT SAYS "SUPERBOOK"

MAKES HIM WANT TO KNOW MORE

ABOUT GOD AND HOW TO PRAY.

AND GIZMO MADE AN APPEARANCE

DANCING TO THE TUNE OF THE

SALVATION POEM.

361 CHILDREN PRAYED THE

SALVATION PRAYER.

AWESOME.

THANTHANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US THIS WEEK.

FROM ALL OF US HERE AT

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS, WE

WISH YOU A VERY GREAT WEEK.

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