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Christian World News - March 20, 2015

This week on Christian World News: Grief and anger in Pakistan. The country’s tiny Christian community rises up after suicide bombers attack two churches. Plus, the forgotten campaign to “Bring Back Our Girls.” George Thomas meets the ... ... Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS, GRIEF AND ANGER

IN PAKISTAN.

THE COUNTRY'S TINY CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITY RISES UP AFTER

SUICIDE BOMBERS ATTACK TWO

CHURCHES.

PLUS THE FORGOTTEN

CAMPAIGN TO BRING BACK OUR

GIRLS.

GEORGE THOMAS MEETS THE

PEOPLE FIGHTING BACK AGAINST

BOKO HARAM IN NIGERIA.

AND TRANSLATING THE BIBLE

INTO EVERY LANGUAGE ON

EARTH.

HOW TECHNOLOGY IS BRINGING

US CLOSER TO GIVING EVERY

PERSON IN THE WORLD THE

SCRIPTURES IN THEIR OWN

LANGUAGE.

AND WELCOME TO CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS, I'M EFREM

GRAHAM.

Reporter: AND I'M

CHARLENE AARON.

GEORGE THOMAS AND WENDY

GRIFFITH ARE ON ASSIGNMENT.

PAKISTAN'S CHRISTIANS WARN

THE VICTIMS OF VICIOUS

ATTACKS ON THEIR COMMUNITY.

7 PEOPLE DIED AND AT LEAST

80 WERE INJURED.

SUICIDE BOMBERS DETONATED

THREE BOMBS OUTSIDE THEIR

CHURCHES EARLY SUNDAY

MORNING.

AND CHRISTIANS TOOK TO THE

STREETS, CALLING FOR

GOVERNMENTS TO PROTECT THE

MINORITIES.

Reporter: CHRISTIANS

GATHERED IN PROTESTS

THROUGHOUT PAC PAKISTAN AS

THEIR TINY COMMUNITY PLANNED

TO BURY THE DEAD.

THE BLASTS OCCURRED IN QUICK

SUCCESSION IN A CHRISTIAN

NEIGHBORHOOD KNOWN AS

YOUHANABAD.

THIS MAN SURVIVED THE

BLAST.

HE SAID IT HAPPENED AT THE

CATHOLIC CHURCH, WHERE

SECURITY IS TIGHT.

THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE

INJURED.

I -- I CAN SEE DEAD BODIES.

AND MOST OF THE PEOPLE ARE

INJURED.

Reporter: CHRISTIANS

TOOK TO THE STREETS

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE

BOMBINGS, DEMANDING JUSTICE

AND AN END TO THE TARGETING

OF THEIR COMMUNITIES.

THIS CHRISTIAN LEADER SAID,

WE DEMAND THE GOVERNMENT

PROVIDE PROTECTION TO ALL

PLACES OF WORSHIP, OF ALL

RELIGIONS, INCLUDING MUSLIM

PRAYER PLACES.

IN PAKISTAN, MINORITIES ARE

INSECURE AND WE WANT

SECURITY.

WE ARE WELL-WISHERS OF

PAKISTAN AND LOYAL TO THE

COUNTRY.

BUT INSTEAD OF AWAITING

LEGAL JUSTICE, SOME ANGRY

PAKISTANI PROTESTORS TOOK

MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN

HANDS, BURNING TO DEATH ONE

OF THE SUSPECTED BOMBING

BOMBING ACCOMPLICES AN.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: POLICE IN

THAILAND HAVE ARRESTED MORE

THAN 400 CHRISTIAN

IMMIGRANTS FROM PAKISTAN,

INCLUDING CHILDREN.

THAT'S ACCORDING TO SEVERAL

PASTORS IN BANGKOK.

MANY OF THE CHRISTIANS FLED

PAKISTAN BECAUSE THEY WERE

EITHER ACCUSED OF BLASPHEMY

OR THREATENED BY MILITANT

MUSLIMS.

SOME OF THE PAKISTANI

CHRISTIANS ARE CONVERTS FROM

ISLAM.

SINCE ARRIVING IN THAILAND,

THEY HAVE DEPENDED ON

CHURCHES AND OTHERS FOR FOOD

AND HOUSING.

THE THAI GOVERNMENT

SITUATION THEY ARE ILLEGAL

IMMIGRANTS AND THEY SHOULD

BE DEPORTED.

Charlene: SYRIAN AND

IRAQI CHRISTIANS ARE ASKING

FOR MY HELP.

THEY HAD TO FLEE FROM THEIR

COUNTRIES AFTER BEING

ATTACKED BY ISIS.

ISIS TOOK AT LEAST 220

CHRISTIANS HOSTAGE.

ABOUT 25 HAVE BEEN

RELEASED.

BUT THE FATE OF THE

REMAINING CAPTIVES IS

UNCLEAR.

Efrem: THE U.N.

SECURITY COUNCIL WILL MEET

TO DISCUSS THE PERSECUTION

OF CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

FRANCE'S FOREIGN MINISTER

CALLED FOR THE MEETING

BECAUSE IT IS,

QUOTE,"COMPLETELY UNACCEPT

UNACCEPTABLE AS TO WHAT HAS

BEEN DONE."

THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT HAS

ALREADY MADE PROVISION TO

ACCEPT MIDDLE EAST

CHRISTIANS SEEKING ASYLUM IN

THAT COUNTRY.

FABIUS VISITED SEVERAL

COMMUNITIES OF DISPLACED

CHRISTIANS JUST LAST YEAR.

Charlene: ISLAMIC

TERRORISM ISN'T LIMITED TO

THE MIDDLE EAST.

THE BOKO HARAM HAS BEEN

TERRORIZING NIGERIA FOR THE

LAST FEW YEARS.

Efrem: OUR GEORGE

THOMAS GOT A FIRSTHAND LOOK

AT THE TERRIBLE TOLL THESE

ISLAMIC TERRORISTS ARE

HAVING ON FAMILIES.

George: THERE IS

NOTHING ORDINARY ABOUT THIS

SUNDAY SERVICE AT ST.

THERESA.

FOR THAT MATTER, NOTHING AT

THE CHURCH OR IN THIS TOWN

HAS BEEN ORDINARY FOR SOME

TIME.

ST. THERESA IS IN YOLA,

NIGERIA, WHERE PEOPLE

FLEEING THE ISLAMIC TERROR

GROUP BOKO HARAM NOW

OUTNUMBER RESIDENTS OF THE

CITY.

3,000 OF THEM ARE TAKING

SHELTER AT ST. THERESA'S,

INCLUDING MANY GIRLS, LIKE

A ABIGAIL JOHN.

JOHN WAS HELD FOR MONTHS

BEFORE SHE ESCAPED.

THEY SAID WE WOULD BE

MARRIED OFF AS SOON AS WE

GOT WELL.

WE NEVER THOUGHT WE WOULD

REGAIN OUR FREEDOM.

George: ST. THERESA

HOUSES MORE INTERNALLY

DISPLACED PEOPLE, OR I.D.

P.s, OR ANY OTHER PLACES.

IT HAS BECOME A SAFE HAVEN

FOR SURVIVORS TO TELL THEIR

STORIES.

FOR SOME OF THEM, IT IS

VERY PAINFUL TO TELL THIS

PROCESS OF WHAT HAPPENED TO

THEM.

BUT GRADUALLY THEY FEEL

ACCEPTED AND THAT THE WORLD

AT NOT TURNED THEIR BACK ON

THEM.

George: IDA, ALONG WITH

50 OTHER CHRISTIAN GIRLS,

WERE KIDNAPPED AND FORCED TO

STUDY QURANIC VERSES AND SAY

DAILY MUSLIM PRAYERS.

THEY SHOWED US VIDEOS ON

LAPTOPS EVERY DAY.

AND THEY SHOW US THE WAY

THEY'RE KILLING PEOPLE,

KILLING SOLDIERS.

THEY SAY IF THEY CATCH THE

LADIES, THEY WILL MARRY THE

LADIES.

IF THEY CATCH A MAN, THEY

WILL KILL THE MAN.

George: IDA'S FAMILY

KNOWS HOW FORTUNATE THEY ARE

TO HAVE THEIR DAWRTD BACK.

DAUGHTER BACK.

I HAD HOPE I WOULD GET MY

DAUGHTER BACK.

THAT WAS MY FEAR.

George: THIS TODAY THIS

FATHER'S FRIAR AN PRAYER

AND MANY HERE ARE FOR THE

CHIBOK GIRLS WHO WERE

KIDNAPPED.

57 ESCAPED, BUT 219 ARE

STILL BEING HELD.

WE CANNOT BE A SOCIETY

THAT WOULD MOVE ON WHEN 219

YOUNG WOMEN THAT WENT TO

ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE ARE

NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.

George: THE GIRLS'

ABDUCTION GREW GLOBAL

PROTEST AND LAUNCHED THE

HASHTAG CAMPAIGN "BRING BACK

OUR GIRLS."

BUT SINCE THEN THE PLIGHT OF

THOSE GIRLS HAS BEEN LARGELY

FORGOTTEN.

BUT NOT FOR THIS WOMEN AND

WOMAN AND HER GROUP.÷÷

SHE AND MEMBERS OF THE

KIDNAPPED GIRLS HAVE MET

EVERY DAY TO PRAY AND DEMAND

THAT THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT

MAKE BRINGING BACK THE GIRLS

ALIVE A TOP PRIORITY.

IF THE WORLD MOVES ON

WITHOUT SEEING THAT THE

UTMOST EFFORT IS MADE TO

RESCUE THESE GIRLS, THE

WHOLE WORLD SENDS A WRONG

SIGNAL TO EVERY CHILD IN

SCHOOL.

AND IT IS NOT JUST THE

CHIBOK GIRLS.

BOKO HARAM HAS BEEN VENGE

VENTURING INTO NEIGHBORING

COUNTRIES AND KIDNAPPING MEN

AND WOMEN.

IT CONTINUES TO SHOWS THE

BRAZENNESS OF THIS GROUP.

NOW THE CONCERN IS THAT BOKO

HARAM COULD TURN THE CHIBOK

GIRLS INTO SUICIDE BOMBERS.

WEEKS AFTER THEY WERE

KIDNAPPED, BOKO HARAM

DEPLOYED THEIR FIRST EVER

FEMALE SUICIDE BOMBER.

SINCE THEN, SEVERAL GIRLS,

INCLUDING A 7-YEAR-OLD, WERE

USED IN SUICIDE ATTACKS,

KILLING HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE.

THOSE WHOM THEY CAPTURED,

WHO WERE CHRISTIANS, THEY

LITERALLY FORCED THEM TO

ACCEPT THEIR TEACHING AND

BECOME -- AND GET

CONVERTED.

AND THEY DID THAT.

AND IF YOU FAILED, IF YOU

REFUSED TO ACCEPT THAT, THEY

KILLED YOU INSTANTLY.

THIS IS WHERE IT ALL

STARTED, BORNO STATE.

George: JOHN CALMA RUNS

CBN'S DISASTER RELIEF

OPERATIONS IN NIGERIA.

IN OCTOBER 2014, BOKO HARAM

FIGHTERS OVERRAN HIS HOME

TOWN, KIDNAPPING AND KILLING

SCORES OF CHRISTIANS.

THEY WANTED TO WIPE OUT

AND CLEANSE THE WHOLE

SOCIETY SO THAT ISLAM WILL

BE THE ONLY RELIGION THAT

WILL BE DOMINANT.

George: THE TERROR

GROUP PROMPTLY RAISED THEIR

BLACK ISLAMIC TOW FLAG AND

RENAMED THEIR TOWN ISLAMIC

TOWN.

AND THEY DIDN'T STOP THERE.

THEY MADE SURE THEY

BURNED DOWN EVERY SINGLE

CHURCH IN THE WHOLE TOWN.

George: MUBI HAS SINCE

BEEN RETAKEN, AND RESIDENTS

ARE SLOWLY RETURNING.

CBN NEWS RECEIVED THESE

PICTURES SHOWING CHRISTIANS

WORSHIPPING IN THEIR

DESTROYED CHURCHES.

TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN THIS

AREA IS VERY DANGEROUS.

YOU ARE JUST RISKING YOUR

LIFE.

BUT THE CHRISTIAN BRETHREN

ARE STRONG IN THEIR FAITH.

THEY HOLD ON TO JESUS

CHRIST.

George: NIGERIA AND

FOUR NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES

HAVE LAUNCHED AN OFFENSIVE

TO RECAPTURE TERRITORIES

HELD BY BOKO HARAM.

MEANWHILE, BACK AT ST.

THERESA'S CHURCH, WORSHIP

FILLS THE COMPOUND AS

SURVIVORS CAN ONLY HOPE AND

PRAY FOR THE SAFE RETURN OF

CAPTIVES, AND FOR AN END TO

THE RADICAL ISLAMIC WARFARE

AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF

NIGERIA.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

ABUJA, NIGERIA.

Charlene: COMING UP,

THE BIBLE IS EVERYWHERE.

SEE HOW TECHNOLOGY IS

INCREASING BIBLE TRANSLATION

AND HASTENING THE DAY WHEN

THE GOSPEL WILL REACH THE

ENTIRE WORLD.

PAPER CLINIC

Efrem: AND WELCOME BACK

TO CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.

RAP ZILA.COM HAS BEEN THE

TOP WEBSITE FOR SHARING

CHRISTIAN MIEWR MUSIC

ONLINE, AND IT ALL BEGAN

WITH A 15-YEAR-OLD KID

LIVING IN BELGIUM.

HIS PARENTS WANTED HIM TO

STAY CONNECTED TO WHAT WAS

GOING ON WITH THE U.S.

THAT'S WHEN HE LEARNED ABOUT

HIP-HOP, AND THAT ALONG WITH

HIS ZEAL FOR CHRIST LED TO

THE SIGHT IN 2003.

IT IS CHANGING THE MUSIC

INDUSTRY AND SPREADING THE

GOSPEL.

NEXT WEEK ON CBN'S DIGITAL

DOWNLOAD SEGMENT, WE'LL SHOW

YOU HOW IT HAPPENED AND GIVE

YOU A CHANCE TO TALK WITH

THE FOUNDS.

Charlene: JESUS

PROMISED HE WILL RETURN TO

THE EARTH WHEN THE GOSPEL

REACHES THE WHOLE WORLD.

AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN

HISTORY, THANKS TO

TECHNOLOGY, WE COULD SOON

SEE THE BIBLE AVAILABLE TO

EVERY PERSON IN EVERY

LANGUAGE.

PAUL STRAND HAS THAT STORY.

Reporter: THESE THREE

MEN ALL HAVE A PASSION FOR

THE BIBLE.

AND EACH PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN

MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR

EVERYONE ON EARTH TO HAVE

ACCESS TO THE SCRIPTURE IN

OUR LIFE TIMES.

BOB, AHEAD OF THE BIBLE

TRANSLATORS, SAYS PUTTING

GOD'S WORD INTO THE EARTH'S

6900 LANGUAGES IS WELL ON

THE WAY.

THIS TREE SHOWS WHAT 6900

LOOKS LIKE.

A THIRD DON'T NEED ANY

WORK, AND A THIRD ARE UNDER

WAY, AND ABOUT A THIRD DON'T

HAVE ONE WORD OF SCRIPTURE

YET.

Reporter: HIGH-TECH

INNOVATIONS ARE SLASHING THE

TIME IT USED TO TAKE FOR

FIRST LANGUAGE TRANSLATION.

IT TAKES ABOUT 10 YEARS

OR EVEN LESS FOR A NEW

TESTAMENT TO BE GONE.

Reporter: MARK GREEN

BEGAN HIS QUEST TO SPREAD

THE WORD AFTER WATCHING A

GUATEMALAN MAN CRY AFTER

GETTING HIS HANDS ON THE

SCRIPTURES.

I WONDERED IF IT WOULD BE

WORTH THE EFFORT, BUT HE DID

SOMETHING I NEVER SEEN

BEFORE, AND HE OPENLY WEPT

TO GET GOD'S WORD.

MY PASSION EVERY DAY, SINCE

THEN, IS TO MAKE SURE

EVERYBODY HAS GOD'S WORD.

Reporter: GRESHAN

RECALLS A SIMILAR MOMENT FOR

SOME CHURCH WOMEN WHEN A

BIBLE TRANSLATOR READ THEM

THE EASTER STORY.

AND THEY STARTED WEEPING.

AND HE SAID, MOTHERS, WHY

ARE YOU CRYING?

AND THEY SAID, WE NEVER

HEARD THIS STORY BEFORE.

AND HE SAID, YES YOU HAVE.

BUT THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN HE

REALIZED THEY HAD ONLY HEARD

IT IN FRENCH AND NOT IN

THEIR MOTHER TONGUE.

Reporter: IT ALLOWS

PEOPLE TO ACCESS THE BIBLE

IN A FEW SECONDS, EVEN IN

COUNTRIES WHERE IT IS

BANNED.

BOBBY GRENWALD CAME UP WITH

U-VERSION, WHICH HAS BEEN

DOWNLOADED 150,000 TIMES.

THE APP HAS BEEN USED IN

EVERY TERRITORY AND COUNTRY

ON THE PLANET, INCLUDING IN

PLACES WHERE BIBLES WERE

INHIBITED.

Reporter: HE REMEMBERS

A MALAYSIAN WOMAN REALIZING

SHE AND HER PEOPLE COULD

FINALLY READ SCRIPTURE.

WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG, THEY

BURNED ALL OF THE BIBLES.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS SHE

SAID IS, THEY CAN'T BURN

THIS, AND SHE WAS TALKING

ABOUT THE APP.

AND PEOPLE WILL ACTUALLY

EITHER READ ON THEIR PHONES

OR READ IN A BOOK, AND

THEY'LL LISTEN TO THE

RECORDED VERSION AND THEY'LL

ACTUALLY LEARN HOUR TO READ

USING THE SCRIPTURES AND

LISTENING TO THE AUDIO.

Reporter: AND REACHING

THE YOUNG IS ALSO IMPORTANT,

AND TECHNOLOGY MAKES A HUGE

DIFFERENCE IN THAT ROLE.

US AND OUR PARTNER

INVESTED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

IN BUILDING AN APP THAT WE

FEEL IS AT THE TOP LEVEL OF

ENGAGING WITH KIDS.

Reporter: THE BIBLE APP

FOR KIDS IS CERTAINLY CHANGE

GH CHANGING THE WAY KIDS

RELATE TO THE BIBLE, BUT IN

SOME CASES IT AFFECTING

ADULTS.

LIKE AN ATHEIST WHO SAID IT

IS HELPING HIS DAUGHTER

LEARN THE BIBLE.

SO WE HAD AN ATHEIST

PARENT TEACHING HIS CHILDREN

ABOUT THE BIBLE, AND USING

THE BIBLE APP FOR KIDS.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

GREEN AND HIS ALLIES CREATED

THE DIGITAL BIBLE LIBRARY,

AND CONVINCING THOSE WHO OWN

RIGHTS TO VARIOUS BIBLE

TRANSLATIONS TO SHARE.

SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO FLY

ALL AROUND THE WORLD TO GET

THE TEXTS.

Reporter: AND U-VERSE

REACHED A MILESTONE OF

ADDING 103,000 VERSIONS TO

THE WORLD.

TIMES IT TAKES MONTHS TO

GET THE VERSE OUT.

Reporter: MARK GREEN'S

GOAL IS CLEAR.

MY PASSION IS BY 2033, 9

95% WILL HAVE THE WHOLE

BIBLE.

AND 95% WILL HAVE IT AFTER

THAT.

Reporter: COULD THIS

HASTEN THE DAY WHEN THE

GOSPEL IS FINALLY PREACHED

TO THE VERY END OF THE

EARTH?

JESUS IN MATTHEW 24: 14 POKE

14 SPOKE OF SUCH A DAY.

HE SAYS, AFTER ALL HAVE

HEARD, THEN I'LL COME BACK.

WE'RE HAZ HASTE SENG THE

NING OF JESUS.

I'M NOT A PROPHET.

TWO THINGS WILL LAST, THE

SOULS OF PEOPLE AND THE

WORD.

Reporter: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS, REPORTING FROM

ORLANDO.

Efrem: THE SUCCESSOR TO

THE HIT FILM "GOD'S NOT

DEAD."

I TALK WITH THE CAST AND

CREW OF THE MOVIE "DO YOU

BELIEVE" AFTER THIS.

POSITIVE

Charlene: CBN CONTINUES

REACHING CHILDREN THROUGHOUT

THE WORLD WITH "SUPERBOOK."

3,000 STUDENTS IN THAILAND

ATTENDED AN EVENT HELD AT

ONE OF THE LEADING MALLS.

"SUPERBOOK'S" BOOTH WAS

FRONT AND CENTER, AND

CHILDREN STOPPED BY TO PLAY

GAMES, WATCH EPISODES.

SINCE IT HAS LAUNCHED IN

THAILAND, MORE THAN 14,000

CHILDREN HAVE ATTENDED

"SUPERBOOK" EVENTS AND MORE

THAN 1600 HAVE ACCEPTED

CHRIST.

Efrem: THE MOVIE, GOD'S

NOT DEAD, DEAD," BECAME THE

HIGHEST GROSSING FILM OF

2014.

NOW ITS CREATORS ARE

FOLLOWING UP WITH A NEW FILM

OUT THIS WEEK.

AND IT'S CALLED "DO YOU

BELIEVE?"

YOUNG MAN, DO YOU BELIEVE

IN THE CROSS OF CHRIST,

SON?

I'M A PASTOR, SO...

YOU DIDN'T AN ANSWER MY

QUESTION.

I ASKED YOU IF YOU BELIEVE

IN THE CROSS OF CHRIST.

Efrem: CRITICS CALL "DO

YOU BELIEVE" A FAITH VERSION

OF THE OSCAR WINNING FILM

"CRASH."

HE KNOWS YOU AND HE

SUFFERED AND DIED ON THE

CROSS SO WE CAN BE

FORGIVEN.

Efrem: THIS WEEK

FOLLOWS A DOZEN CHARACTERSS

CHARACTERS ALL MOVING IN

DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS, AS

THEIR LIVES INTERSECT.

THE ALL-STAR CAST INCLUDES

TED McGINLEY AND CYBIL

SHEPHERD.

Efrem: WE MEET YOUR

CHARACTER, TERRY, IN THIS

FILM, AND SHE IS A

GRIEF-STRICKEN MOM.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE HER?

FROZEN.

FROZEN BECAUSE SHE IS NOT

LETTING HERSELF FEEL THIS

GRIEF.

MY CHARACTER FACES HER GRIEF

ABOUT LOSING THAT CHILD.

Efrem: TED, YOU PLAY

MATTHEW, THE PASTOR.

WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT

HIM?

IT STARTS OFF WITH ME

PUTTING WHAT LOOKS LIKE

BLOOD ON THE CROSS, AND

TURNING AROUND TO THE

AUDIENCE WITH REALLY JUST A

VERY STRAIGHT FACE AND SORT

OF CONFRONTING ALL OF THEM.

SO IT'S A LITTLE BIT

UNCOMFORTABLE AT FIRST.

AND THEN YOU SEE THAT HE

BEGINS TO COME AROUND.

BUT HE IS A GUY WHO IS GOING

TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH

BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT HE JUST

ENCOUNTERED.

Efrem: "DO YOU BELIEVE"

IS THE LATEST PROJECT FROM

HOLLYWOOD ACTOR AND PRODUCER

DAVID WHITE.

THIS FILM COMES OUT ON THE

HEELS OF "GOD'S NOT DEAD,"

THE HIGHEST GROSSING

INDEPENDENT FILM OF 2014.

DID THAT SURPRISE YOU?

I THINK IT SURPRISED

EVERYBODY.

YEAH, WHEN WE RELEASED THE

TRAILER IN OCTOBER, LIKE SIX

MONTHS BEFORE IT CAME OUT,

THE TRAILER WAS SHARED

BETWEEN FIVE AND 10 MILLION

TIMES.

IT WAS THE NUMBER ONE SHARED

PATCH FOPAGE THAT WEEK ON

Facebook.

SO WE HAD AN IDEA WE HAD

SOMETHING SPECIAL.

AND THE MOVEMENT LEADING UP

TO THE RELEASE WAS REALLY

QUITE INCREDIBLE, BUT NEVER

IN A MILLION YEARS DID WE

EXPECT IT WOULD DO AS WELL

AS IT DID, AND PEOPLE ALL

OVER THE WORLD WOULD SUPPORT

IT.

AND YOU WOULD SEE THESE

LONDON DOUBLE-DECKER BUSES

WITH "GOD'S NOT DEAD" ON

THEM.

AND IT WAS A DREAM TO SEE

HOW USED THAT MOVIE IN SO

MANY PEOPLE'S LIVES.

Efrem: HIS PUREFLIX

PRODUCTION COMPANY HAS

PRODUCED NEARLY 90 FAITH

FILMS IN THE NINE YEARS

SINCE IT STARTED.

YOU ATTRACT ACADEMY AWARD

WINNERS, GOLDEN GLOBE

WINNERS TO YOUR FILMS.

WHAT IS IT THAT YOU'RE DOING

AT PUREFLIX THAT IS CALLING

THEM IN?

I THINK IT IS THE

SCRIPTURE, FIRST AND

FOREMOST.

IT MOVES THEM WHEN THEY READ

IT.

I GOT A CALL FROM DARO LIN

LINDO WHEN HE GOT IT.

AND HE WAS ACTING IT OUT ON

THE PHONE TO HIS AGENT OVER

THE PHONE, SAYING I WANT TO

DO THIS.

IT IS NOT LIKE THE MONEY WE

PAY IS EXTRAORDINARY.

OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE SO MANY

OTHER PLACES THAT PAY A LOT

MORE MONEY, BUT PEOPLE ARE

REALLY MOVED BY THE STORY.

I WAS ASKED IF YOU WERE

ACCUSED OF BEING A

CHRISTIAN, WOULD THERE BE

ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONVICT

YOU?

I DON'T KNOW.

Efrem: AND "DO YOU

BELIEVE" DELIVERS A STORY

WITH INTENSITY AND

CONVICTION.

WHAT IS IT THAT YOU BELIEVE

THAT SUSTAINS YOU THROUGH

TOUGH TIMES?

I JUST KNOW THAT GOD IS

THERE.

I HAVE NO DOUBT.

SO IN MY DARKEST, DEEPEST

HOURS OF, YOU KNOW, PAIN AND

QUESTIONING WHATEVER COMES

ALONG IN YOUR LIFE, AT SOME

POINT YOU'RE NOT ALONE.

AND THAT'S REALLY

COMFORTING.

I WAS RAISED IN AN

EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND THEN I

CHOSE TO BE CONFIRMED, AND I

SANG IN A CHOIR.

MY FAITH WAS ALWAYS THERE.

I THINK BEING CONFIRMED,

THAT CHOICE.

BECAUSE YOU DONE HAVE TO GET

CONFIRMED.

AND I STILL HAVE THAT PRAYER

BOOK BY MY BED.

Charlene: A GREAT

MOVIE.

WHAT DID YOU PERSONALLY TAKE

AWAY FROM IT AFTER SEEING

IT?

Efrem: IN THEATERS

TODAY.

THE MOVIE IS INTENSE AND

INSPIRATIONAL.

IT IS UNAPOLOGETIC ABOUT

FAITH AND HOW IMPORTANT IT

IS, AND IT MAKES YOUR FAITH

RISE UP.

IT'S CERTAINLY WORTH SEEING

IF YOU'VE GOT THE TIME.

STAY WITH US, WE'RE COMING

RIGHT BACK.

Efrem: AND FINALLY THIS

WEEK, IF YOU WHINE ABOUT

WAKING UP EARLY FOR CHURCH,

A CONGREGATION IN SOUTH

KOREA MIGHT MAKE YOU WANT TO

RE-THINK ALL OF THAT

COMPLAINING.

Charlene: THOSE ARE THE

SOUNDS FROM THE YOUNG SUNG

CHURCH IN SEOUL.

THIS IS THE 6:00 a.m.

SERVICE, BUT THEY BEGIN

EVERY MORNING AT 4:50.

THOUSANDS COME HERE EVERY

DAY TO PRAY.

IT IS ONE OF FIVE MORNING

SERVICES AT THE CHURCH.

I'VE BEEN COMING ABOUT

FOUR YEARS.

Charlene: AND THIS

MONTH THE CHURCH CELEBRATED

35 YEARS OF EARLY MORNING

PRAYER.

CBN NEWS JOINED WITH OUR

KOREAN PARTNER'S C-CHANNEL

TO TAKE PART IN THOSE

CELEBRATIONS.

4:50 IN THE MORNING.

Efrem: IN IS GOING TO

DO IT FOR US THIS WEEK.

Charlene: UNTIL NEXT

TIME, GOOD-BYE AND GOD BLESS

YOU.

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