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700 Club Interactive: #STOPISIS - August 22, 2014

Hear the latest news on ISIS and what’s happening to persecuted Christians. Read Transcript


Andrew: RUNNING FOR

THEIR LIVES...

THEY SHOULD GIVE YOU IT.

Andrew: FEARING FOR

THEIR CHILDREN, AND FACING

DEATH.

GIVE IT TO US.

EACH ONE.

Andrew: THE REALITY

BEHIND ISIS ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: 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.

Andrew: GOOD MORNING,

AND WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU

WERE TOLD TO CHANGE YOUR

BELIEFS OR DIE?

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN IRAQ

ARE FACING THAT CHOICE AT

THE HANDS OF THE TERRORIST

GROUP, ISIS.

FOR THOSE WHO REFUSE TO BOW

TO THEIR DEMANDS, ISIS HAS

RESPONDED IN THE MOST BRUTAL

WAY IMAGINABLE, BEHEADINGS

OR BURYING THEM ALIVE.

AND THESE EXTREMISTS HAVE A

MESSAGE FOR AMERICA: WE'RE

COMING FOR YOU.

BUT DO AMERICANS KNOW ABOUT

THIS EMINENT DANGER?

THE ANSWER MAY SURPRISE

YOU.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT ISIS

IS?

NO, I DON'T.

NOT REALLY.

I'M NOT AS WELL-INFORMED OF

THAT SITUATION.

ISIS?

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THAT

IS.

NOT OFF-HAND.

I KNOW IT IS SOMETHING -- I

HONESTLY DON'T KNOW,

OFFHAND.

AS FAR AS I KNOW, IT IS

AN ISLAMIC TERRORIST GROUP

THAT HAS BEEN CAUSING

TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

THAT'S WHAT I HEARD FROM THE

NEWS.

Andrew: AS WE JUST SAW,

MANY PEOPLE ARE NOT AWARE OF

WHAT ISIS IS OR WHAT THEY'RE

DOING AROUND THE WORLD.

SO WE'LL HAVE DALE HURD

EXPLAIN.

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Reporter: JUNE 2014,

THE TERROR GROUP KNOWN AS

THE ISLAMIC STATE, MARCHED

THEIR WAY THROUGH NORTHERN

IRAQ AND MET VERY LITTLE

RESISTANCE ON THEIR WAY.

WHILE THE WORLD LOOKED ON IN

HORROR, TERROR EXPERTS SAW

THIS AS A LONG TIME COMING.

THIS IS A JIHADI ARMY.

THIS IS THE DREAM OF OSAMA

BIN LADEN BECOMING REALITY.

HE HAD MALITIAS ALL OVER THE

WORLD.

Reporter: ORIGINALLY

THIS GROUP WAS AN OFF-SHOOT

OF al-QAEDA, BUT SINCE

THEN THEY'VE BECOME

SOMETHING MUCH WORSE.

AND THE MIDDLE EAST IS ONLY

THE BEGINNING.

ISIS HAS VOWED TO CONQUER

SPAIN, THE UNITED KINGDOM,

AND TO RAISE ITS FLAG ATOP

THE WHITE HOUSE.

THERE WAS NO DOUBT IN

ANYBODY'S MIND THAT

EVENTUALLY THE PEOPLE WHO

ARE TRYING TO CONQUER IRAQ

AND MAKE IT AN ISLAMIC

CALIPHATE, RUN EVERY

CHRISTIAN OR KILL EVERY

CHRISTIAN IN THE MIDEAST,

THEY WILL HIT US AT HOME.

Reporter: INSIDE IRAQ,

ISIS LOOTED HUNDREDS OF

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM THE

BANK.

THEY GRABBED WEAPONS AND

AMMUNITION THAT HAD BEEN

ABANDONED BY THE IRAQI

ARMY.

AND AS THEY CONQUERED TOWN

AFTER TOWN, THEY FORCED

CHRISTIANS TO MAKE A CHOICE:

CONVERT, LEAVE, OR DIE.

THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO

OPEN THEIR CHURCHES.

AND EVEN IF THEY OPENED,

THEY ARE GOING TO BURY IN

THE CHURCHES.

AND THE CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN

ASKED TO PAY THE TAX.

IF NOT, THEY CAN LEAVE

NINEVEH.

AND IF THEY DON'T LEAVE OR

PAY THE TAX, THEY SHOULD

GIVE THEIR HEADS.

Reporter: WHEN YOU SAY

GIVE THEIR HEADS, YOU'RE

TALKING ABOUT BEING

BEHAYED?

YES.

Reporter: HOUSES HAVE

FLED INTO THE NEARBY

MOUNTAINS.

THE U.N. CALLS IT A

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS.

THIS IS A DESPERATE

SITUATION, PARTICULARLY FOR

CHILDREN.

WE KNOW FOR SURE THAT 40

CHILDREN HAVE ALREADY DIED.

THAT'S THE NUMBERS WE CAN

CONFIRM, BUT IT IS PROBABLY

MUCH MORE THAN THAT.

THE SITUATION FOR THEM IS

THEY'RE ON THE MOUNTAINS,

THE SIDES OF THE MULTIPLIES,

MOUNTAINS, AND THEY'VE GOT

NO VEGETATION, NO COVER.

THEY'RE SLEEPING OUT IN THE

OPEN AND THEY'VE GOT NO FOOD

OR WATER OR MEDICAL

SUPPLIES.

WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING

HERE.

THEY BOMBED THE CHURCHES AND

ALREADY TOOK OUR HOUSES.

WE HAVE NOTHING HERE, NO

MONEY, NO I.D., NO TRAVEL

DOCUMENTS.

Reporter: SOON ISIS

CAPTURED A WEAPON OF MASS

DESTRUCTION, A DAM IN

NORTHERN IRAQ, ONE IF BLOWN

COULD FLOOD THE CITY OF

MOSUL AND ITS 1.5 MILLION

POPULATION AND SEND A TITLE

WAVE DOWN TOWARDS BAGHDAD.

THE UNITED NATIONS HAS

DECLARED A LEVEL THREE

EMERGENCY FOR IRAQ, THE

HIGHEST GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN

ALERT FOR THE U.N.

Reporter: PRESIDENT

OBAMA ONCE DISMISSED ISIS AS

THE J.V. TEAM OF

TERRORISTS.

AND NOW HE IS CHANGING HIS

TUNE.

President Obama: THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

CANNOT TURN A BLIND EYE.

WE CAN ACT, CAREFULLY AND

RESPONSIBLY, TO PREVENT A

POTENTIAL ACT OF GENOCIDE.

Reporter: THE U.S.

LAUNCHED AIRSTRIKES IN THE

AREA, AND DROPPED SUPPLIES

AND AID TO THE STRANDED AND

HELPED KURDISH FORCES RETAKE

THE DAM.

BUT ISIS REMAINS STRONG AND

AS BRUTAL AS EVER.

THEY SEPARATED WOMEN AND

CHILDREN FROM THE MEN.

THEY PUT WOMEN AND CHILDREN

IN THE HOLE, AND PUT THEM ON

ANOTHER SIDE.

THEY TOOK THEIR I.D.s,

GOLD, AND PROPERTY.

AND THEY TOOK THE MEN, GROUP

BY GROUP, OUTSIDE THE

VILLAGE BY CARS, AND KILLED

THEM.

UNTIL NO MEN WERE LEFT IN

THE VILLAGE.

ISIS SAYS IF ANYONE DON'T

BECOME LIKE MUSLIMS, THEY'RE

GOING TO KILL US.

EACH ONE.

WOMEN, MEN, OLD MEN.

Reporter: AS THE WORLD

WATCHES THE ISLAMIC STATE,

THEY ARE WATCHING THE WORLD

AND SAYING, WE ARE NOT JUST

LOCATED IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

WE ARE IN YOUR STATE.

WE ARE IN YOUR CITIES.

WE ARE IN YOUR STREETS.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Andrew: MANY OF US IN

AMERICA MAY HAVE BEEN

SLEEPING SINCE SHORTLY AFTER

THE TERRORIST ATTACKS IN

2001, AND NOW ISIS IS

CERTAINLY WAKING PEOPLE UP

TO THE THREATS OUT THERE.

THROUGHOUT THIS SHOW, WE'RE

GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT

IS OCCURRING, AND WE'LL BE

SPEAKING TO A REPORTER THAT

IS EMBEDDED OVER THERE AND

FIND OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING.

ALSO COMING UP, THEY LOST

EVERYTHING.

WE DON'T CARE THAT

THEY'RE CHRISTIANS, YAZIDIS,

MUSLIMS, THEY'RE HUMAN

BEINGS AND THEY HAVE BEEN

KICKED OUT OF THEIR HOMES BY

ISIS.

Andrew: WE'LL TELL YOU

WHERE THEY FOUND SAFETY,

PLUS, WE'LL PRAY FOR YOUR

NEEDS AND THE PERSECUTED

AROUND THE WORLD.

PLEASE STAY WITH US.

Andrew: THROUGHOUT

NORTHERN IRAQ AND SYRIA,

ISIS HAS FORCED THOUSAND OF

REFUGEES TO A LIFE WITHOUT

HOMES, JOBS, OR FAMILY.

Reporter: MANY OF THE

CHURCHES IN IRBIL LITERALLY

OPENED THEIR DOORS FOR THE

MANY CHRISTIAN REFUGEES THAT

FLED THE ADVANCE OF ISIS.

THEY SIMPLY FEEL IT IS THE

CHURCH'S CALLING TO PROVIDE

REFUGE FOR FAMILIES LIKE

THESE.

THEY TRANSFORMED THEIR

BUILDING INTO A TRUE

SANCTUARY.

THE BUILDING IS FOR THE

HUMANITY.

Reporter: THE PASTOR

OPENED DOORS FOR BOTH

CHRISTIANS AND

NON-CHRISTIANS.

WE WANTED TO SHOW THOSE

PEOPLE, WE DON'T CARE THAT

THEY ARE CHRISTIANS,

YAZIDIS, MUSLIMS -- WE DON'T

CARE ABOUT BECAUSE THEY'RE

HUMAN BEINGS, AND THEY HAVE

BEEN KICKED OUT OF THEIR

HOME BY ISIS AND THE

TERRORIST GROUPS.

SO THIS IS WHY WE WANTED TO

SHOW THEM THAT, AS

CHRISTIANS, THAT WE LOVE

THEM.

AND WE'RE VERY GLAD TO HAVE

THEM HERE AND SERVE HEM HAD

THEM.

Reporter: THIS MAN LED

A MINI EXODUS OF MANY

FAMILIES TO THE CHURCH.

THE PASTOR IS REALLY

SHOWING THE LOVE OF JESUS.

Reporter: ACROSS TOWN,

AT THIS CHURCH, FAMILIES WHO

ARE NOW SAFE TALKED ABOUT

THE VIOLENT ULTIMATUM THEY

FACED.

WE HAD BEEN TOLD BY ISIS,

IF WE DON'T CONVERT TO

ISLAM, EITHER THEY WILL KILL

US OR WE WILL HAVE TO LEAVE

THE CITY.

Reporter: FOR MOST, IT

WASN'T A CHOICE AT ALL.

WE PREFER TO DIE RATHER

THAN CONVERT TO ISLAM.

GOD HAS CREATED US AS

CHRISTIANS, AND WE DON'T

WANT TO CONVERT TO ISLAM.

THE POWER OF GOD KEEPS US

AND STRENGTHENS US TO REMAIN

AS CHRISTIANS.

Reporter: MOST WILL

NEVER RETURN, LIKE THIS

POLICEMAN, WHO ESCAPED WITH

HIS FAMILY AND 10-DAY OLD

BABY.

I'M ALREADY WANTED BY THE

ISLAMIC ISIS OVER THERE.

AND SECONDLY I'M A

CHRISTIAN.

AS A MINORITY, I'M ALSO

WANTED BY ISIS, SO WE CANNOT

GO BACK THERE ANYMORE.

Reporter: MOST TOLD US,

THEY SIMPLY WANT TO LEAVE

IRAQ.

THIS IS THE ONLY WAY, OR

THE ONLY SOLUTION, FOR OUR

PROBLEM BECAUSE WE CANNOT GO

BACK TO OUR HOMES AND WE

CANNOT STAY HERE.

WE WANT TO GO OUT.

EVEN IF THEY PROVIDED

INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION, WE

DON'T WANT TO KEEP STAYING

HERE.

Reporter: THEIR

LONG-TERM FAIT FATE REMAINS

ONE OF THE MAJOR QUESTIONS

IN THIS HUMANITARIAN

CRISIS.

Andrew: JOINING US NOW

FOR MORE IS CBN NEWS BUREAU

CHIEF CHRIS MITCHELL.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US.

IT IS GREAT TO BE WITH

YOU, ANDREW.

Andrew: CHRIS, WHY IS

ISIS TARGETING CHRISTIANS?

THEY TARGET CHRISTIANS

BECAUSE THIS IS PART OF

THEIR IDEOLOGY, AND THEY

CONSIDER CHRISTIANS TO BE IN

INFIDELS, LIKE THEY CONSIDER

THE YAZIDIS I INFIDELS.

THEY FEEL THEY NEED TO RID

THE LAND OF INFIDELS,

WHETHER THROUGH THE SWORD OR

EXILE.

IT IS SOMETHING TO DIRECTLY

TALK TO THESE PEOPLE WHO

REALLY HAVE LOST EVERYTHING,

WHO HAVE HAD TO MAKE LIFE

AND DEATH CHOICES, AND,

REALLY, THEIR LIVES WILL

NEVER BE THE SAME.

THE PEOPLE WE TALKED TO,

LIKE THE WOMAN IN THAT

PIECE, EXPRESSED NO DESIRE

TO GO BACK.

THEY HOPEFULLY WANT TO

IMMIGRATE TO OTHER

COUNTRIES.

AS SOMEONE SAID IN DALE'S

PIECE, THIS IS AN EMERGENCY

OF REALLY GLOBAL

PROPORTIONS.

Andrew: CHRIS, ALSO IN

DALE'S PIECE, WE HEARD THAT

ISIS WAS EVEN TOO EXTREME

FOR AL-QAEDA.

WAS THERE A POWER STRUGGLE?

I THINK THERE WAS SOME

SORT OF POWER STRUGGLE.

I THINK A LOT OF THE ISLAMIC

GROUPS DURING THE SYRIAN

CIVIL WAR HAVE BEEN WARRING

AGAINST EACH OTHER.

OBVIOUSLY THE ISLAMIC STATE

HAS SURFACED LIKE NOTHING

THE WORLD HAS SEEN SINCE

NAZI, GERMANY, THIS KIND OF

BARBARISM, AND CRUCIFIXIONS

AND BEHEADINGS, AND THE

WORLD NEEDS TO TAKE CARE OF

IT.

Andrew: ARE WE SEEING

OTHER MUSLIMS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST TURNING AGAINST ISIS?

IN IN REGARDS WE ARE.

A LOT OF THE POWER THE ISIS

HAS BECOME MANY OF THE SUNNI

TRIBES.

THEY GET A LOT OF THEIR

SUPPORT FROM MANY OF THE

MUSLIMS THAT ARE LIVING

THERE.

WE HEARD STORIES OF MANY OF

THE PEOPLE THERE, THAT WHEN

ISIS CAME IN, WHEN THEY

BOMBED PEOPLE AND BEGAN TO

TAKE OVER A CITY, THAT IT

WAS THE MUSLIMS WHO GAVE

THEM SORT OF THE FOUNDATION

THEY NEEDED THE TAKE OVER

THOSE CITIES.

AND MANY TIMES WE HEARD FROM

PEOPLE THAT SAID THE

MUSLIMS -- MANY TIMES THEIR

NEIGHBORS WOULD TURN THEM

IN, IDENTIFY WHO THE

CHRISTIANS WERE, AND

ACTUALLY COME IN AND STEAL

THEIR PROPERTY AND THEIR

HOMES AND THEIR BELONGINGS.

I THINK THAT IS PART OF THE

POWER OF ISIS RIGHT NOW.

Andrew: CHRIS, TELL US

MORE ABOUT THIS SYMBOL

THEY'RE USING TO MARK THE

HOMES OF CHRISTIANS.

AS I MENTIONED, SOME OF

THEIR NEIGHBORS WOULD MARK

HOMES IN, FOR EXAMPLE,

NINEVEH, OR MOSUL, AS IT IS

CALLED AS WELL, TO IDENTIFY

CHRISTIANS.

SO ISIS WHEN CAME IN, THEY

KNEW EXACTLY WHERE TO GO AND

TO TARGET THE CHRISTIANS,

AND GIVE THEM THE CHOICES.

ONE, TO PAY THE TAX, THEY

COULD LEAVE, THEY COULD

CONVERT TO ISLAM, OR THEY

COULD DIE.

SOME OF THE STORIES WE HEARD

FROM NOT ONLY CHRISTIANS,

BUT WE WENT UP TO A U.N.

REFUGEE CAMP, WHERE MANY OF

THE YAZIDIS WERE TRAPPED ON

MOUNT SINJAR, AND WHAT

REALLY IMPRESSED ME WAS

THESE 12-YEAR-OLD BOYS WE

TALKED TO, AND TWO OF THEM

SAID, WE KNEW IF WE DIDN'T

CONVERT TO ISLAM, WE WOULD

DIE.

ONE OF THEM, A 12-YEAR-OLD

BOY, WHO SAID A GIRL IN HIS

NEIGHBORHOOD WAS GIVEN THE

CHOICE TO CONVERT OR DIE,

AND THEY SHOT AND KILLED HER

RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WILL

LIVE WITH THEM FOR THE REST

OF THEIR LIVES.

WE'RE SEEING MORE THAN A

MILLION PEOPLE MADE REFUGEES

JUST SINCE THE BEGINNING OF

THE YEAR.

PEOPLE WHO DON'T WANT TO GO

BACK.

AND WHAT HAPPENS TO THEIR

LIVES IS ONE OF THE BIG

QUESTIONS IN NORTHERN IRAQ.

Andrew: CHRIS, DO YOU

THINK WE'LL SEE MORE AND

MORE OF THIS SCENARIO OF

ISIS CAPTURING, FOR

INSTANCE, JOURNALISTS, AND

BEHEADING THEM WHEN

APPROPRIATE AND MAKING USE

OF SOCIAL MEDIA TO

DISTRIBUTE THEIR THREATS?

IF THEY CAN, YES, THEY

WILL, EXACTLY.

I THINK THAT IS A HUGE

PROPAGANDA COUP FOR THEM.

AND PART OF THIS, ANDREW, IS

A PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE.

THESE VIDEOS ARE A VERY

POWERFUL TOOL FOR THEM.

I JUST TALKED TO SOMEBODY

TODAY, AND THEY WERE TALKING

ABOUT THE BEHEADING OF THIS

JOURNALIST, AND HE WAS

LAMENTING ABOUT THIS.

AND THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT TO

DO.

THEY WANT PEOPLE TO BE

DISMAYED.

THEY WANT PEOPLE TO BE

TERRIFIED.

THEY WANT TO INSTILL FEAR,

NOT ONLY THE PEOPLE IN

NORTHERN IRAQ, BUT THE

PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD.

AS YOU SAID AT THE BEGINNING

OF THE PROGRAM, THEIR WORD

IS THEY'RE COMING AFTER US.

WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT

ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS IN

THEIR ARSENAL IS FEAR.

I CALLED TO ONE WHO IS

CALLED THE VICKER OF

BAGHDAD, AND I SAID, WHAT DO

WE DO TO COMBAT THE FEAR.

AND HE SAID THE SCRIPTURE

THAT COMES TO HIS MIND IS

"PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT ALL

FEAR."

AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE

HAVE THAT PERFECT LOVE, THAT

FEAR DOESN'T ENTER IN OUR

HEARTS, THAT WE CAN CONFRONT

THIS DANGER, NOT ONLY

MILITARILY, BUT SPIRITUALLY,

TOO.

Andrew: THANKS SO MUCH

FOR WHAT YOU'RE DOING OVER

THERE, CHRIS.

HERE ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WE WANT TO

TAKE A MOMENT TO PRAY FOR

THE PEOPLE IN IRAQ AND

PERSECUTED ALL OVER THE

WORLD.

SOME PRAYER QUESTS COME

PRAYER REQUESTS HAVE COME

IN.

AND THERE IS A Facebook

POSTING FROM THE MOTHER OF

JIM FOLEY.

"WE HAVE NEVER BEEN PROUDER

OF OUR SON, JIM.

HE GAVE HIS LIFE TRYING TO

EXPOSE THE WORLD TO THE

SUFFERING OF THE SYRIAN

PEOPLE.

WE IM PLORE THE KIDNAPPERS

TO SPARE THE INNOCENT LIVES

LIKE JIM."

THE WIFE OF PASTOR SAEED

ABEDINI SAYS, "PLEASE PRAY

FOR MY HUSBAND, SAEED, THERE

ARE MEMBERS OF ISIS IN THE

PRISON WHERE HE IS BEING

HELD, AND THEY TOLD HIM THEY

WANT TO KILL HIM.

AND WE ARE PRAYING FOR HIS

RELEASE."

AND WE HAVE A PRAYER REQUEST

FROM GEORGE THOMAS, WHO MET

AN 84 IRAQI CHRISTIAN, WHO

SAYS THIS MAN WILL NOT LEAVE

HIS HOME BECAUSE OF ISIS,

AND HE IS ASKING FORTUNATE

PRAYER.

FOR PRAYING.

JOIN US IN PRAYER.

HEAVENLY FATHER, WE LIFT UP

TO YOU THE FAMILY OF JIM

FOLEY.

FATHER, WE ASK FOR

PROTECTION FOR ALL OF THOSE

WHO ARE OUT AND IN THE FRONT

LINES, FATHER.

LORD, WE ASK THAT YOU COME

AND BRING DELIVERANCE TO

THEM.

FATHER, LIKE PAUL IN SILLUS,

IN PRISON, THAT HYMNS OF

PRAISE WOULD COME FROM THEIR

MOUTHS.

THAT YOU BEGIN TO SHAKE THE

PRISON BARS.

LORD, WE ASK FOR REVIVAL IN

THE PRISONS.

FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU COME

AND BRING DREAMS AND VISIONS

TO THEIR CAPTORS.

FATHER, WE ASK FOR THEIR

RELEASE.

AND, FATHER, WE ASK WHILE

THEY ARE THERE, THEY WILL BE

A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS.

Andrew: GOD, WE LIFT UP

PASTOR SAEED.

MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD

HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR HIM,

AND CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR HIS

RELEASE AND HIS SAFETY.

FATHER GOD, IN THE NAME OF

JESUS, WE LIFT HIM TO YOU

AGAIN NOW.

WE PRAY, FATHER, FOR HIS

RELEASE FROM THAT PRISON IN

JESUS' NAME.

SO MANY HAVE CALLED UPON YOU

TO ANSWER THIS PRAYER.

FATHER GOD, WE CALL UPON YOU

FOR HIS RELEASE AND HIS

SAFETY.

IN JESUS' NAME.

AND THIS 85-YEAR-OLD IRAQI

CHRISTIAN GEORGE THOMAS MET,

FATHER GOD, THE BRAVERY OF

THIS MAN AND SO MANY AROUND

HIM AND WITH HIM, LORD GOD,

WE PRAY YOUR COVERING AND

YOUR PROTECTION UPON THE

INNOCENT IN THE NAME OF

JESUS.

AND IT IS IN JESUS' NAME WE

PRAY.

AMEN.

WELL, COMING UP, BOKO HARAM

IS ANOTHER ISLAMIC MILITANT

GROUP THAT RECENTLY

KIDNAPPED NEARLY 300 GIRLS.

MILES FROM WHERE THE GIRLS

WERE KIDNAPPED, OTHER

CHILDREN ARE FINDING HOPE.

SEE HOW WHEN WE COME BACK.

Andrew: "BRING BACK OUR

GIRLS," THAT HASHTAG WENT

VIRAL AFTER BOKO HARAM

KIDNAPPED NEARLY 300

NIGERIAN GIRLS.

BUT WHAT DIDN'T MAKE

HEADLINES IS THE GROUP

TARGETED OTHER CHILDREN, AND

THOSE CHILDREN HAD TO FLEE

FOR THEIR LIVES.

AS DAVID DODD REPORTS,

THEY'RE FINALLY RETURNING

HOME.

Reporter: WHAT IS YOUR

MESSAGE TO THE GIRLS THAT

GOT KIDNAPPED?

MY MESSAGE TO THEM IS

THEY SHOULD NOT WORRY

BECAUSE THEY SAY WHERE THERE

IS STRENGTH, THERE IS HOPE.

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

SO THAT DAY THEY GAVE US

TWO HOURS TO PACK UP.

WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE

CHIBOK GIRLS HAS CREATED

FEAR.

SO BECAUSE OF WHAT IS

HAPPENING, WE DO HAVE WITHIN

THE TOWN SOME OF OUR GIRLS,

AND THEY HAVE LOST COURAGE.

AND EVEN THE PARENTS, TOO.

Reporter: WE'RE JUST A

FEW DOZEN MILES FROM THE

TOWN OF CHIBOK, WHERE THE

200 GIRLS WERE KIDNAPPED BY

BOKO HARAM.

IT IS A DANGEROUS PLACE.

THE ONLY WAY I AM ALLOWED

HERE IS THANKS TO THESE

GUYS, HEAVILY ARMED GUYS ARE

WITH US.

AND THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO GET

US INTO THIS AREA.

HERE WE ARE AT ANOTHER

SCHOOL, A SCHOOL WHERE THE

KIDS HAVE RESUMED SINCE THE

KIDNAPPING.

THEY WERE AWAY FROM SCHOOL

FOR SEVERAL WEEKS OUT OF

FEAR.

"OPERATION BLESSING" HAS

COME HERE TODAY TO PROVIDE

SOME SUPPORT IN THE FORM OF

FOOD.

WE'RE RAMPING UP THE

EDUCATION HERE.

WE'RE PROVIDING COMPUTERS

AND BOOKS FOR A LIBRARY.

AND WE'RE HELPING THEM WITH

SOME MORAL SUPPORT, TOO.

*

WE WILL USE THESE NEW

MATERIALS.

Reporter: THE STUDENTS

UNDERSTAND THE RISKS OF

RETURNING TO SCHOOL, BUT

ALSO THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE

OF EDUCATION.

SO "OPERATION BLESSING"

WANTED THEM TO HAVE THE BEST

POSSIBLE RESOURCES TO EQUIP

THEM FOR A BETTER FUTURE.

BUT THERE WAS STILL A

CONCERN.

TO IMPROVE THE SECURITY OF

THE SCHOOL, "OPERATION

BLESSING" PROVIDED ANOTHER

RAZOR WIRE TO SURROUND THE

COMPOUND AND HELP PROTECT

THE STUDENTS.

I'M AFRAID.

I'M AFRAID.

BUT THE COURAGE I'M GETTING

IS COMING FROM THE

STUDENTS.

THEY HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGING

ME.

SO THEY HAVE ENCOURAGED ME

VERY WELL.

*

I'M NOT REALLY SCARED

BECAUSE THIS IS HAPPENING

EVERYWHERE.

YOU HAVE TO HOLD ON TO GOD,

BECAUSE HE IS THE ONLY ONE

THAT CAN MAKE US FEEL

BRAVE.

EDUCATION IS VERY

IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY NOW.

I HAVE THE COURAGE THAT

GOD WILL PROTECT US NO

MATTER WHAT IS GOING ON

AROUND US.

Andrew: THERE IS HOPE.

THERE IS HOPE.

A LOT OF US HAVE WONDERED

AND QUESTIONED, HOW CAN I

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE

HORRORS GOING ON IN THIS

WORLD?

AND WE SEE THERE THAT

THROUGH "OPERATION

BLESSING," AN OUTREACH OF

THE CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING

NETWORK, WE'RE ABLE TO MAKE

A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF

MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD.

EVEN IN THE MIDST OF THE

HORRORS WE'RE SEEING WITH

TERRORISTS RIGHT NOW, YOU

CAN SEE YOU CAN MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF

PEOPLE, THE INNOCENT PEOPLE

WHO ARE FALLING VICTIM TO

THESE TRAGEDIES.

GIVE US A CALL, AND PARTNER

WITH US.

1-888-777-1999.

OR LOG ON TO CBN.COM.

AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

GET INVOLVED.

WE CAN TRULY BE A PART OF

THE SOLUTION.

WE HAVE TIME FOR A FEW

VIEWER QUESTIONS ON THIS

TOPIC.

LET'S GO BACK OVER TO

JESSICA.

ANDREW, WE DO HAVE SOME

QUESTION IN.

SALLY ASKS, "MY SON IS 18

YEARS OLD AND WANTS TO GO ON

A MISSIONS TRIP TO NIGERIA.

I'M WORRIED THAT SOMETHING

BAD MIGHT HAPPEN TO HIM.

MY HUSBAND SAYS WE SHOULD

TRUST GOD, BUT HOW CAN WE

WHEN SO MANY PEOPLE ARE

DYING OVER THERE."

SALLY, I CAN ANSWER THIS

QUESTION FOR YOU.

THERE WAS MANY A TIME I WAS

YOUNGER AND I WANTED TO GO

TO SOME PRETTY DANGEROUS

PLACES, AND I HAD TO TALK TO

MY PARENTS ABOUT IT.

FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION,

AND FIND OUT ABOUT THE

MISSIONS ORGANIZATION, OR IF

HE IS GOING TO A CHURCH.

WHAT KIND OF NIGERIA ARE

THEY GOING TO BE IN?

WHAT KIND OF SAFETY

PRECAUTIONS DO THEY HAVE?

ANOTHER THING TO DO IS COME

TOGETHER AND PRAY THAT GOD

WILL PUT YOU IN ONE ACCORD,

SO ALL THREE OF YOU CAN

STAND IN AGREEMENT THAT,

YES, THIS IS OF THE LORD,

OR, NO, IT ISN'T.

YOU NEED TO COUNT THE COST.

IF ANYONE IS CONSIDERING

MISSIONS, YOU NEED TO

CONSIDER THE PRICE.

AS MISSIONARIES, WE GO OUT

WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THERE

COULD BE PERSECUTION, THAT

THERE COULD BE MARTYRDOM,

BUT THAT JESUS IS WORTH IT,

AND HE IS ALWAYS WORTH IT.

GET REAL ABOUT IT.

COUNT THE COST AND

UNDERSTAND THAT IT DOES COME

AT A PRICE, BUT THE PRICE IS

ALWAYS WORTH IT.

WE HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION IN,

AND THAT QUESTION IS FROM

JEFF.

HE WRITES, "THE BIBLE SAYS

THAT GOD IS OUR PROTECTOR,

SO WHY ISN'T HE PROTECTING

THE CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ."

WELL, JEFF, GOD IS

DEFINITELY OUR PROTECTOR.

IF YOU JUST TAKE A LOOK AT

THE SCRIPTURES AND THE

PSALMS.

HE SAYS THAT HE IS OUR

STRONG TOWER.

HE IS OUR HELP.

IF YOU READ PSALMS 91, THE

WHOLE THING IS ABOUT GOD IS

OUR PROTECTOR.

BUT EVEN IF YOU LOOK THROUGH

THE BOOK OF JOHN, JESUS SAYS

TO THE DISCIPLES, YOU WILL

ENCOUNTER STRUGGLES AND

PERSECUTIONS, AND YOU WILL

SUFFER FOR MY SAKE, BUT TAKE

HEART BECAUSE I HAVE

OVERCOME THE WORLD.

SO ALTHOUGH WE ARE NOT

GUARANTEED A LIFE WITHOUT

PERSECUTION, WE CAN ALSO

TRUST AND KNOW THAT, YES,

GOD STILL IS OUR PROTECTOR.

AND FINALLY, WE HAVE ONE

MORE PRAYER REQUEST THAT

CAME IN.

CHRISTY LYNNE ASKS, "HOW CAN

WE HELP?

HOW SHOULD WE PRAY FOR THE

PERSECUTED?"

Andrew: JESSICA, I

THINK THAT PIGGYBACKS OFF

THE QUESTION WHY ISN'T GOD

PROTECTING THE CHRISTIANS IN

IRAQ?

WHY AREN'T WE DOING MORE?

WHEN STEVEN WAS STONED IN

THE FIRST CENTURY CHURCH,

THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN THERE

WATCHING AND THEY LAID COATS

AT HIS FEET.

HIS NAME WAS SAUL, WHO

BECAME THE APOSTLE PAUL.

AND GOD BROUGHT GREAT GLORY

OUT OF THAT INCIDENT, WHEN

STEVEN WAS STONED, FOR HIS

FAITH IN CHRIST.

AND ULTIMATELY SAUL'S LIFE

WAS RADICALLY CHANGED, AND

PAUL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MUCH

OF THE NEW TESTAMENT TODAY.

WHAT I'M TRYING TO CONVEY IS

GOD CAN BRING GLORY OUT OF

THE WORST SESSIONS.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO HYMN? HELP?

THERE IS A GROUP CALLED

VOICE OF THE MARTYRS, AND

THEY HELP.

AND OFTENTIMES THEY DON'T

SAY PRAY FOR MY RELEASE

FIRST.

THEY SAY PRAY FOR MY

STRENGTH, THAT I WILL HOLD

ON AS I SUFFER FOR CHRIST.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM MATTHEW 5: 44-45:

"BUT I TELL YOU, LOVE YOUR

ENEMIES, AND PRAY FOR THOSE

WHO PERSECUTE YOU, THAT YOU

MAY BE CHILDREN OF YOUR

FATHER IN HEAVEN."

PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US IN

PRAYING FOR THE PERSECUTED

CHURCH AROUND THE WORLD.

I'M ANDREW NOX, AND FOR

JESSICA AND ALL OF US HERE,

THANK YOU FOR JOINING

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