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Christian World News - January 9, 2015

This week on Christian World News: Open Doors USA issues its update on suffering Christians worldwide, a global prayer movement seeks to spark revival in 2015, Cuba’s churches hope that renewed relations with the U.S. will lead to greater ... ... Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON CHRISTIAN

WORLDç NEWS --

THE PERSECUTION OF

CHRISTIANS IS REAL.

IT IS HORRIFICLY VIOLENT

OFTEN, AND IT IS SPREADING

AT AN UNPRECEDENTED RATE IN

MODEç TIMES.

George: STANDING UP FOR

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH, A

CALL TO PRAYER AND ACTION.

PLUS, SEEKING A GLOBAL

REVIVAL.ç

CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD

ARE CRYING OUT FOR A FRESH

OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT AN

EVENT THEY BELIEVE WILL

TRIGGER SIGNS AND WONDERS.

2George: AND...

NOW IS THE SEA OF

SALVATION.

* MY GOD SPEAKS TO HEAVY

NATIONS *

George: THE PASSING OF

A GOSPEL LEGEND.

WE REMEMBER THE LIFE AND

LEGACY OF ANDRAE CROUCH.ç

George: WELCOME TO THIS

WEEK'S EDITION OF CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS.

HELLO, EVERYONE, I'M GEORGE

THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

THANKS FOR BEING WITHç US.

A NEW REPORT SHOWS THE

DANGERS OF BEING A CHRISTIAN

IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE

WORLD.

George: "OPEN DOORS

U.S.A." HAS PUBLISHED ITS

ANNUALç WORLD-WATCH LIST AND

IT SHOWS ISLAMIC EXTREMISM

IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION.

EFREM GRAHAM HAS THIS

STORY.

Reporter: FROM THE

MIDDLE EAsTç TO SUBHARAN

AFRICA, CHRISTIANS ARE

ENDURING PERSECUTION FOR R&C @&Cú

THEIR FAITH.

IT IS HORRIFICLY VIOLENT,B

OFTEN, AND IT IS SPREADING

AT AN UNPRECEDENTED RATE IN

MODERN TIMES.

Reporter: DR. DAVIDç

CURRIE IS PRESIDENT OF "OPEN

DOORS."

HE SAYS CHRISTIANS FACE THE

MOST PERSECUTION FOR THEIR

FAITH INç 2014 THAN ANY OTHER

YEAR IN RECENT HISTORY.

WE HAVE SEEN THE SHARPEST

JUMP IN VIOLENT ATTACKS

AGAINST CHRISTIANS IN THE

MODERN ERA.

Reporter:ç "OPEN DOORS"

REPORTS THAT 4,344

CHRISTIANS WERE KILLEDç IN

2014.

DOUBLE THE NUMBER IN 2013.

THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE

TARGETED BECAUSE THEY CHOOSE

TO WORSHIP JESUS, BECAUSE

THEY WANT TO BEA BIBLE,

AND THAT'S SHOCKING.

Reporter: THIS WEEK THE

GROUP RELEASED ITS ANNUAL

WORLD-WATCH LIST, RANKING

THEç TOP 50 COUNTRIES WHERE

CHRISTIANS FACE THE MOST

PERSECUTION.

NORTH KOREA TOPPED THE LIST

AGAIN FOR THE 13th YEAR IN

A ROW, WITHç SOME 70,000

CHRISTIANS REPORTEDLY

LANGUISHLY IN PRISON CAMPS.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS A

PARANOIA ABOUT ANY IDEOLOGY

THEY SEE AS Aç THREAT TO THE

CULT WORSHIP OF THEIR

LEADERS.

CHRISTIANS ARE THE NUMBER

ONE ENEMY OF THE STATE IN

NORTH KOREA.

Reporter: ROUNDINGç THE

TOP 10 WORST VIOLATORS ARE

AFGHANISTAN, SUDAN,

PAKISTAN,ç ARTREA, AND IRAQ.

BUT ELEMENTS OF ONE RELIGION

OF ALL POSSESS THE GREATú

THREAT TO CHRISTIANS.

ISLAMIC EXTREMISM IS THE

DRIVING FORCE IN 40 OF THE

TOP 50 COUNTRIES ON THE

WORLD-WATCH LIST.

Reporter: THE MAJORITY

OF THE DEATHSç LAST YEAR

HAPPENED IN NIGERIA, WHERE

KIDNAPPINGS BY BOKO HARAM

KILLED 2,484 CHRISTIANS.

?. NIGERIA!

Reporter: THIS WOMAN

HAS EXPERIENCED BOKO HARAM'S

WRATH FIRSTHAND.

IN 2010, HER HUSBANDç WAS

STABBED TO DEATH BY THE

ISLAMIC FIGHTERS.

SHE SAID IT HAS TAKEN THE

GRACE OF GOD TO FORGIVE HER

HUSBAND'S KILLERS.

IFç I DO NOT FORGIVE, THE

LORD WILL NOT FORGIVE ME.

SO I HAVE TO FORGIVE.

BECAUSE JESUS TEACHES US TO

FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER.ç

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

THE TERRORIST GROUP, KNOWN

AS ISLAMIC STATE, OR ISIS,

CONTINUES TO DRIVE HUNDREDS

OF THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS

FROM SYRIA ANDç IRAQ.

CURRIE WORRIES THEIR SUCCESS

AT TARGETING MINORITY FAITH

IS GIVING IMPETUS TO OTHER

RADICAL GROUPS TO PURSUE

SIMILAR ATTACKS AROUND THEç

WORLD.

SO YOU HAVE THE ISLAMIC

STATE, THEIR TACTICS, THEIR

METHODOLOGY, NOW BEING

ADOPTED BY BOKO HARAM, BY

al-SHABAAB AND OTHERS, AND

SO I THINKç THIS MEANS THAT

WHILE THIS YEAR WAS THE

WORST EVER, THINGS LOOK VERY

TROUBLING FOR YEARS TO

COME.

Reporter: "OPEN DOORS"

SAYS THEç WORLD-WATCH LIST IS

A WAKEUP CALL TO THE TRAGIC

SUFFERING OF CHRISTIANS

AROUND THE WORLD.

WE NEED TO MAKE THE

PERSECUTED CHURCH AN ISSUE

OF PRAYER AND OF SUPPORT

BECAUSE TE[E IS A GENOCIDE

HAPPENING.

Reporter: EFREM GRAHAM,

CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THE ISLAMIC

STATE IN IRAQ AND SYRIA,

ALSO KNOWN AS ISIS, HAS4ú&CARRIED OUT A BRUTAL WAR

AGAINST CHRISTIANS.

AUTHOR JOEL C. ROSENBERG

RECENTLY WROTE A NOVEL ABOUT

THE THREAT OF ISIS, AND IT

IS CALLEDç "THE THIRD

TARGET."

RECENTLY HE SPOKE WITH CBN

NEWS ABOUT THE MOTIVES AND

GOALS OF THE ISLAMIC STATE.

ISIS IS THE NEW RADICAL

ISLAMIC BRAND.

THEY HAVE COME ONáz FAST,

SO STRONG.

LITERALLY, I BELIEVE IT IS A

DEMONIC MOVEMENT.

THEY'RE NOT JUST TERRORIZING

PEOPLE.

THEY'RE ENGAGED INç GENOCIDE

IN SYRIA AND IRAQ.

THEY'RE TRYING TO ELIMINATE

CHRISTIANITY FROM THOSE TWO

COUNTRIES.

AND THEY ARE SLAUGHTERING

MUSLIMS BY THE TENS OF

THOUSANDS.

THE FACT THAT ISISç HAS MOVED

SO FAST, CAPTURED 45% OF THE

NATION OF IRAQ, IS

INDICATIVE OF ITS DINFER.

THE PEOPLE BEING DRAWN TO IT

ARE MUCH MORE BLOOD-THIRSTY

THAN OTHER EVEN RADICAL

ISLAMIC TERRORISTS.

THE HOPEç IS PRAYER, THAT GOD

RAISES UP KINGS AND HE

REMOVES THEM.

George: AND JOINING US

WITH MORE ON THE THREAT OF

ISIS AND THE PERSECUTION OFç

CHRISTIANS WORLDWIDE IS

INTERNATIONAL NEWS DIRECTOR

GARY LANE.

AS ALWAYS, SIR, GAI GREAT

TO HAVE YOU ON THE SHOW.

YOU HAVE SPENç SPENT A LOT

OF TIME IN NORTHERN IRAQ,

WITH THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN

AFFECTED BY ISIS.

HOW BAD WAS IT?

IN 40ç YEARS I'VE BEEN

WORKING IN BROADCAST, I'VE

NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE

IT.

PEOPLE EVERYWHERE RUNNING

FROM ISIS.

THE SUFFERING IS SO

EXTENSIVE.

I WOULD SAY THAT THEç

CHRISTIANS HAVE NOT HAD IT

AS BAD AT THE YAZIDIS

BECAUSE THEY JUST CAPTURE

THEM AND KILL THEM.

WITHç CHRISTIANS THEY SAY YOU

HAVE FOUR CHOICES: YOU

LEAVE, YOU PAY A TAX, OR YOU

DIE, OR CONVERT TO ISLAM.

SO THOSE AREç THE CHOICES.

SO WHAT KIND OF CHOICE IS

THAT?

WE'VE HEARD OF PEOPLE

TELLING US, THEY TOOK ALL OF

OUR POSSESSIONS, TOOK THE

CAR KEYS, THE KEYS TO THEç

HOUSE, TOOK OUR DENTURES AND

GLASSES AND CRUSHED THEM.

JUST HORRIBLE SITUATIONS.

George: THIS WEEK IN

THE MIDDLE EAST THEY GOT

SNOW.

YES.

George:ç WINTER IS UPON

THEM --

IT IS TOUGH FOR THE

LEBANESE REFUGEES.

HEAVY SNOW AND IT IS VERY

DIFFICULT &VING THAT LIFE

HOMELESS.

George: YOU WENT THERE

LAST YEAR AND TOOK RELIEF

SPLICES ON BELIEF OF CBN

DISASTER RELIEF.

TALK ABOUT THEç IMPACT THAT

ORGANIZATION HAS?

WE STARTED IN JUNE AND

ASKED THEM WHAT THEY NEED,

AND THEY NEEDED PILLOWS, PAç

MATTRESSES, AND POWDERED

MILK FOR THE CHILDREN.

AND NOW, WITH WINTER, THEY

NEED HEAVY COATS AND HEAVYç

BLANKETS AND SHELTER.

THE NEEDS ARE BEING MET, FOR

THE MOST PART, BUT THE WORST

THING IS EDUCATION FOR THE

KIDS.

THE KIDS ARE NOT IN SCHOOL.?h@&C @&Cú

George: AND RADICAL

MUSLIMS DON'T WANT KIDS TO

BE EDUCATED, AT LEAST FROM

THE WESTERN STANDPOINT.

WELL, THEY WANT EVERYONE

TO BE MUSLIM.

George:ç EFREM GRAHAM

MENTIONED IN THE WORLD-WATCH

LIST, APPARENTLY FOUR

AFRICAN COUNTRIES FOR THE

FIRST TIME ARE NOW IN THE

TOP 10.

IS THAT SIGNIFICANT?

IT IS SIGNIFICANT.

THAT ISç THE FIRST TIME.

AND WHAT IS SIGNIFICANT IS

NIGERIA BECAUSE THE

MASSACRES THERE ARE ON A

LARGE SCALE, JUST THIS WEEK,

A COUPLE THOUSAND PEOPLE

KILLED INç NORTH EASTERN

NIGERIA.

George: BY BOKO HARAM?

BY BOKO HARAM.

AND LAST YEAR, ONE GROUP WAS

SAYING 10,000 VICTIMSç FROM

BOKO HARAM LAST YEAR.

George: IT'S TERRIBLE.

IT'S UNBELIEVABLE.

CAN YOU IMAGINE GOING TO

CHURCH AND HAVING GUARDS

THERE.

WHO WANTS TO BE A GUARDç WHEN

YOU'RE FACING DEATH FROM

THESE GUYS, WHO COME UP AND

GUN YOU DOWN?

AND SCHOOLS, KIDNAPPING

GIRLS -- THEY DON'T WANT TO

SEE GIRLSç EDUCATED.

George: AND "OPEN

DOORS" ARE SAYING THEY

SUFFERED THE MOST

ATROCITIES.

HALF OF ALL OF THEM IN

THE WORLD LAST YEARç WERE IN

NIGERIA.

George: NUMBER ONE FOR

THE 13th CONSECUTIVE YEAR,

NORTH KOREA.

YES.

George: THEY SAY ABOUT

70,000, PLUSç OR MINUS, ARE

LANGUISHING IN PRISONS?

IT IS HARD TO TELL THE

EXACT NUMBERS.

BUT IN NORTH KOREA,ç IF

YOU'RE CAUGHT WITH A BIBLE,

YOU GO TO PRISON.

IF YOU LEAVE AND GO TO CHINA

FOR WORK AND YOU COME BACK A

CHRISTIAN, YOU DIE.

George: THEY ARE

CONSIDERED ENEMY NUMBERç

ONE.

YES, THEY DON'T WANT ANY

CHRISTIANITY THERE.

George: ALWAYS A

PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU.

THANK YOU.

Wendy: YOUç POST YOUR

COMMENTS ON OUR C.W.N.

Facebook PAGE AND YOU CAN

SHARE YOUR STORY WITH

FRIENDS AND FAMILIES.ç

> TWO MUSLIM MEN INVOLVED

IN THE BRUTAL EXECUTION AT A

FRENCH NEWSPAPER WERE KILLED

THIS WEEK IN DRAMATIC EVENTS

THAT SHOOK THE CITY OF

PARENT.

IT BEGANç ON WEDNESDAY WHEN

BROTHERS CHERIF AND SAID

KOUACHI STORMED THE

HEADQUARTERSç OF "CHARLIE

HEBDO".

THEY KILLED 12 PEOPLE,

INCLUDING ITS EDITOR AND

SEVERAL WELL-KNOWN

CARTOONISTS.

LATER THEç KOUACHI BROTHERS,

AND SEVERAL OTHERS WHO TOOK

PEOPLE HOSTAGE AT A

SUPERMARKET WILL KILLED BY

POLICE.

SADLY, SVLRAL HOSTAGES LOST

THEIR LIVES.

THE KOUACHI BROTHERS

REPORTEDLY HAD TIES TO

al-QAEDA IN YEMEN.

George: COMING UP, THE

PRAYER MOVEMENT THAT IS

BUILDING GNo1 MOMENTUM,

AND A 2015 EVENT THEY

BELIEVE WILL KICK OFF A

WORLDWIDE REVIVAL.

ççççççççççççç

George: ONE OF THE

LARGESTç GATHERINGS OF

PENTECOSTAL LEADERS IS

HEADING TO JERUSALEM.

THEY CALL THEMSELVES

"EMPOWER 21."

WERP THE

Wendy: THEç GROUP'S

MISSION IS TO SHAPE THE

FUTURE OF THE SPIRIT

MOVEMENT.

I TOLD WITH THE CO-CHAIR OF

"EMPOWER 21," AND HE TOLDç ME

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION BIG

PLAN FOR 2015.

OF COURSE, IT IS THE

EPICENTER OFç OUR CHRISTIAN

FAITH.

IT HAPPENED IN JERUSALEM.

AND JESUS TOLD THEM THEY

WOULD BE WITNESSES ALL OVER

THE WORLD.

WELL, THAT HAS HAPPENED,

ESPECIALLY IN OUR

GENERATION,ç WITH THE

OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT OVER THE LAST HUNDRED

YEARS.

SO IN EVERY NATION ON PLANET

EARTH, EVERY NATION, THERE

IS SOMEONE FILLED WITHç THE

HOLY SPIRIT.

SO WE'RE CALLING TO THE ENDS

OF THE EARTH TO GATHER BACK

IN JERUSALEM NOW, IN THE

21st CENTURY, TO PRAY FOR

A FRESH OUTPOURING OF THE

HOLYç SPIRIT, ESPECIALLY ON

NEW GENERATIONS.

Wendy: WHAT IS "EMPOWER

21," IS THERE 21 OF YOU?

GOOD QUESTION.

IT ISç A RELATIONAL NETWORK

OF MINISTRIES AND LEADERS

AND DENOMINATIONS ALL OVER

THE WORLD THAT ARE

PENTECOSTAL ORç CHARISMATIC

CHRISTIANS.

IT IS CHRISTIANS WHO BELIEVE

THAT GOD IS STILL AT WORK IN

THE WORLD, DIVINE HEALING,

SPEAKING IN TONGUES, AND THE

MANIFESTPIONS OF GOD IN OUR

GENERATION, AND WE'RE ALL

WORKING TOGETHER ACROSS

DENOMINATIONAL LINES.

AND WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER

ONç UNITY, ON THE FUTURE, AND

ESPECIALLY ON CONNECTING NEW

GENERATIONS TO THE POWER OF

THE HOLY SPIRIT.

THIS MOVEMENT IS THE FASTeS(

GROWING BRANCH OF

CHRISTIANITY IN THE WORLD.

BUT THE REAL QUESTION IS:

WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE?

Wendy: YEAH, HOW DO WE

REACH THIS NEXT GENERATION?>7 WHAT ABOUT THE NEXT

GENERATION, AND HOW CAN WE

CONNECT WITH THEM IN A WAY

THAT WILL ALLOW TO BE FILLED

EVANGELIZE THE WORLD.

Wendy: I'M ASSUMING ONE

WAY IS SOCIAL MEDIA?

ALL KINDS OF WAYS.

BUáç BEYOND THAT, THIS

GENERATION IS LOOKING FOR

MORE THAN JUST A MOMENT OR

JUST A TWITTER FEED OR A

Facebook POST.

THEY'RE REALLY LOOKING FOR

AUTHENTIBYTY AND REALITY.

WHAT WE'RE FINDING, WENDY,

IS AMONG THE SPIRITUAL

FATHERS AND MOTHERS OF THIS

SPIRIT-EMPOWERED MOVEMENT IS

THIS REAL DESIRE TO TOUCH

THEç NEXT GENERATION.

THE GOOD NEWS IS THE NEXT

GENERATION HAS A DESIRE TO

CONNECT WITH THE FATHERS AND

MOTHERS.

GOD IS TURNINGç OUR HEARTS

TOWARDS EACH OTHER.

IN THAT CONNECTION, THAT

INTERGENERATIONAL

CONNECTION, WE BELIEVE THAT

THE BATON OFç

SPIRIT-EMPOWERED

CHRISTIANITY CAN BE PASSED.

Wendy: DOCTOR, WHAT

DOES REVIVAL LOOKç LIKE?

WHAT WILL THAT LOOK LIKE?

I BELIEVE IT WILL LOOK

LIKE BECCA 2: 15 IN THEç

BOOK, IT COVER THE EARTH AS

THE WATERS COVER THE SEA.

Wendy: WHAT ARE THE

BARRIERS?

OBVIOUSLY,ç UNITY IS A

BARRIER -- SATAN KNOWS IF HE

CAN STOP THAT.ç

AND JESUS SAID, DON'T GO

ANYWHERE EVEN THOUGH I'M

RESURRECTED, UNTIL YOU ARE

FILLED AND EMPOWERED BY THE

XO

Wendy: WE ARE LIVING IN

A GENERATION WHERE WE CAN

REACH EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON

EARTH WITH THE GOSPEL?

AMAZINGLY, YES.

IN EVERY NATION, THEREç IS

SOMEONE FILLED WITH THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

IF WE CAN UNITE TOGETHER AND

USE THE TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE

TO US, I BELIEVE EVERY

PERSON ON EARTH CAN HAVE AN

OPPORTUNITY TO KNOWç JESUS AS

THEIR SAVIOR.

THAT'S WHY "EMPOWER 21" IS

ABOUT.

WE'RE MEETING ONç THE WEEK OF

PENTECOST.

Wendy: IF SOMEBODY

WOULD LIKE TO BE THERE BUT

THEY CAN'T MAKE IT ALL THE

WAY TO JERUSALEM, HOW CAN

THEY PARTICIPATE?

ç WE'LL BE STREAMING ONLINE

AND ON TELEVISION.

BUT DON'T GIVE UP ON

COMING.

IF YOU'RE WATCHING THIS,

SIGN UP.

GIVE YOURSELF A CHANCE.

BELIEVE GOD.

TO BE INç THE HOLY LAND WITH

BELIEVERS FROM AROUND THE

WORLD -- WE HAVE OVER 130

PEOPLE SPEAKING AT THIS

EVENT.

SOME OF THE MOST ANOINTED

MINISTERS OFç OUR

GENERATION.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TOLD

ABOUT SOMETHING AND SAID,

MAN, I WISH I HASN'T MISSED

THAT?

THIS EVENT IS GOING TO BE

ONE OF THOSE THINGS.

DON'T MASR THIS MOMENT.

I BELIEVE IT HAS THE

POTENTIAL TO BE ONE OF THE

MOST SIGNIFICANT GATHERINGS

IN THE HISTORY OF THIS

MOVEMENT.

I KNOW YOU WANT TO BE

THERE.

I WANT TO BE THERE AND SEE

WHAT GOD IS GOING@A= DO.

Wendy: DR. BILLY

WILSON, THANKS SO MUCH FOR

BEING WITH US.

THANK YOU.

George: UP NEXT,ç CUBA

LIBRE, THE CHANGING

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE

UNITED STATES AND CUBA.

çççççççççççççç

Wendy: WELCOME BACK TO

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.

WELL, NOW THAT CUBA AND THE

UNITED STATESç ARE RENEWING

DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS, MANY

ARE ASKING WHAT'S NEXT?

George: A GOOD

QUESTION.

AFTER FIVE DECADES OF COLD

WARç ISOLATION, WILL IT CUBAN

PEOPLE EXPERIENCE NEW

OPPORTUNITIES, INCLUDING NEW

RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS?

HEATHER SELLS REPORTS.

President Obama: TODAY

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

IS CHANGING ITS RELATIONSHIP

WITH THE PEOPLE OF CUBA.

IN THE MOST SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN OUR POLICY IN

MORE THAN 50 YEARS, WE WILL

END ANOUTDATED APPROACH

THAT FOR DECADES HAS FAILED

TO ADVANCE OUR INTERESTS,

AND, INSTEAD, WE WILL BEGIN

TOç NORMALIZE OUR RELATIONS.

Reporter: IT HAS

BROUGHT HOPE TO CUBA, AND

ESPECIALLY TO BELIEVERS.ç

IF THE U.S. ENDS

RESTRICTIONS, IT COULD MEAN

FOR BIBLE TRAINING FOR THE

CHURCH.

THIS NEWS HAS GOTTEN US

EXCITED, HOPEFUL.ç

FOR MANY YEARS GETTING A

VISA HAS BEEN COMPLICATED

FOR FOREIGNERS, AND

SPECIFICALLY FOR NORTH

AMERICANS, TO COME AND SHARE

IN CUBA, TOç TRAIN GROUPS OF

CHURCHES, PASTORS,

MISSIONARIES.

Reporter: IN AN

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CBN

NEWS, MIAMI-BASED TALE BABONç

SAYS THE U.S. POLICY CHANGE

BRINGS A NEW OPPORTUNITY.

WE'RE QUITE EXCITED ABOUT

IT, AND WE BELIEVE IT IS A

NEW PARADIGM FOR THE CHURCH

AND F RELIGION IN GENERAL

IN CUBA.

WE THINK THAT THE CHURCH

WILL NOW BE CHALLENGED TO

EMERGE AT ONE INDEPENDENT,

HOLY AND PASSIONATE FOR

JESUS CHRIST.

SO A SMOOTH TRANSITION IS

POSSIBLE.

Reporter: BUT WHILE

SOME CHURCH LEADERS ARE

OPTMISTIC, THEXç ARE ALSO

CONCERNED ABOUT UNWANTED

IMPORTS.

WE WANT THE CHURCH IN

NORTH AMERICA TO PRAY THAT

THE U.S. AND THE0CUBAN

GOVERNMENT WILL GIVE

PRIORITY TO DISCUSSING

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, IF THE

U.S. PUTS PRESSURE ON THE

CUBAN GOVERNMENT HEARS IT,

WE WILL SEE AN ACCELERATED

OPENING OF RELIGIOUS

OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO DO

EVERYTHING FROMç SENDING MORE

BIBLES TO SENDING MORE

PEOPLE TO CUBA.

Reporter: IN THAT WAY,

THE RETURN OF THE U.S.

EMBASSY IN HAVANA COULD

PROMOTE Aç RIPPLE OF POSITIVE

CHANGES THROUGHOUT THE

ISLAND.

HEATHER SELLS, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THANKS,

HEATHER.

YOU CAN SEE DAILY REPORTS

ABOUT THE WORK OF THE CHURCH

AROUNDç THE GLOBE.

JUST GO TO OUR CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS WEB PAGE.

YOU CAN FIND IT AT

CBNNEWS.COM.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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George: THE MUSIC WORLD

LOST A LEGEND THIS WEEK.

GOSPEL SINGER ANDç SONGWRITER

ANDRAE CROUCH DIED AFTER

BEING ADMITTED TO THE

HOSPITAL FOR A HEART

ATTACK.

Wendy: HE WORKED WITH

STARSájSR(RPQ& JACKSON,

MADONNA, AND BARBARAç

MANDREL.

* NOW IS THE DAY OF

SALVATION *

Reporter: ANDRAE CROUCH

EARNED HIS POSITION AS THE

FATHERç OF MODERN GOSPEL WITH

HITS LIKE "THROUGH IT ALL,"

AND "CAN'T NOBODY DO IT LIKE

JESUS."

IT IS Aç LEGENDARY CAREER

THAT BEGAN WHEN THE

CALIFORNIA NATIVE WROTE HIS

FIRST HIT AT AGE 14.

NOT LONG AFTER OVERCOMING Aç

STUTTERING PROBLEM.

IT WAS A PROBLEM THAT

STARTED WHEN HE WAS THREE,

WHEN HE WAS NEARLY KIDNAPPED

OUTSIDE HIS PARENTS'

DRYCLEANING BUSINESS.

ç MY FOLKS SAW HIM CARRY ME

ACROSS THE STREET, BECAUSE

THEY HEARD ME LET OUT A

YELL, AND THE GUY DROPPED

ME.

I REMEMBER THEN IS WHEN I4-

Reporter: ANDRAE AND

HIS SISTER GREW UP SINGING

IN THE CHURCH HIS PARENTS

STARTED.ç

AND MUSIC PROVED TO BE THE

KEY OF SOLVING THE

STUTTERING PROBLEM.

MY FATHER, THE WISDOM OF

MY FATHER, HE SAID,ç ANDRAE,

YOU NEVER STUTTER WHEN YOU

SING.

SO WHY DON'T YOU THINK

YOU'RE SINGING WHEN YOU

START TO ANSWER A QUESTION.

THAT'S HOW I GOT OUT OFç

STUTTERING.

SO EVERYTHING SOUNDED LIKE

MUSIC.

Reporter: CROUCH CALLED

HIS MUSIC ABILITY A

MIRACLE.

HE WAS A MASTER ON THE PIANOç

WITHOUT EVER STUDYING IT OR

READING MUSIC.

AT JUST 11, HIS FATHER

CALLED HIM TO THE FRONT OF

Uz DID.AND TOLD HIM TO PLAY,-9

* ALL NIGHT, ALL DAY, ANGELS

WATCHING OVER ME, MY LORD *

Reporter: AN INCREDIBLE

CAREER FOLLOWED, FROM[ @&C @&Cú

COUNTLESS HITS WITH HIS

GROUP, AND THEN 18 SOLO

ALBUMS, NINE GRAMMY AWARDS,

AND AN HONORARY ARTIST IN

RESIDENCE AWARD FROM REGENTç

UNIVERSITY'S INTERNATIONAL

CENTER OF WORSHIP.

STILL, AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS

MUSIC CAREER, CROUCH SLOWEDç

DOWN ON SINGING AND BEGAN

PREACHING.

HE JOINED HIS SISTER TO

PASTOR "NEW CHRIST MEMORIAL"

CHURCH AFTER THEYç LOST THEIR

MOM AND DAD TO CANCER IN

1992, AND THEN THEIR OLDER

BROTHER A YEAR LATER.

IT IS A CALLING PASTOR

ANDRAE HADç TO LITERALLY

KNOCK HIM DOWN IN THE MIDDLE

OF WORSHIP TO ACCEPT.

I HEARD HIS VOICE SAY,

OKAY, MISTER, THROUGH ITç

ALL, SOON IT IS TO TAKE ME

BACK.

HE SAID, YOU WILL NOT GET UP

FROM THIS FLOOR UNTIL YOU

TELL ME YES.

Reporter: HIS MUSIC

CAREER MAY HAVE SLOWED DOWNPxPxPxPxPxP÷Px

INDUCTED INTO THE GOSPEL

MUSIC HALL OF FAME IN 1998,

AND HE EARNED A STAR ON THE

HOLLYWOOD WALK OFç FAME IN

2003.

SO WHENEVER ANYBODY

PASSES THAT AND THEY SAY,

WHO IS ANDRAE CROUCH, AND

THEY SAY HE SANG ABOUT JESUSç

CHRIST, THAT'S THE PART I'M

GRATEFUL ABOUT.

Reporter: AND HIS MUSIC

LEGACY WILL LIVE ON.

*

TAKE ME BACK, TAKE ME BACKç

T BACK, DEAR LORD, TO THE

PLACE WHERE I FIRST RECEIVEDç

YOU *

George: IT'S

BEAUTIFUL.

Wendy: WHAT A LIFE.

George: HE DID LEAVE US

WITH AN AMAZING LEGACY.

MUSICç LEGEND ANDRAE CROUCH

WAS 72.

Wendy: THANKS SO MUCH

FOR JOINING US THIS WEEK ON

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.

George: UNTIL NEXT

WEEK, GOOD-BYE AND GOD BLESS

YOU.ç

WE'LL SEE YOU, EVERYONE.

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