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700 Club Interactive: Brand New Me – April 13, 2015

This pastor struggled with a vice that’s plagued nearly two-thirds of Americans. After some serious soul-searching, he made a vow: walk in strong, crawl out stronger. Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS, A TINY NATION OF

YEMEN IS CAUGHT IN THE

MIDDLE EAST POWER STRUGGLE,

AS THE FIGHTING RAGES ALL

AROUND, THE COUNTRY'S SMALL

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

STRUGGLES TO SURVIVE.

PLUS HOPE FOR IRAQ.

A MISSIONARY ONCE HELD

HOSTAGE BY THE TALIBAN IS

NOW SHARING HIS LOVE WITH

THE PEOPLE OF NORTHERN

IRAQ.

George: AND MUSLIMS

HAVE DREAMS AND VISIONS OF

JESUS CHRIST.

AND THE CHURCHES WHO ARE

HELPING THEM UNDERSTAND HIS

MESSAGE.

*

Wendy: FIGHTING IN A

TINY MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRY

PUTS THE SPOTLIGHT ON A

PERSECUTED CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITY.

HELLO, I'M WENDY GRIFFITH.

George: AND I'M GEORGE

THOMAS.

IT COULD EFFECT THE MIDDLE

EAST AND IRAN.

THE GOVERNMENT, BY THE WAY,

WHO HAS A KEY WEST ALLY IN

THE WAR ON TERROR.

YEMEN IS THE ARAB WORLD'S

POOREST COUNTRY, AND MOST

PEOPLE THERE FOLLOW ISLAM.

THERE IS A VERY TINY

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY, AND

THEY ARE UNDER CONSTANT

THREAT.

Through Translator:

LIFE FOR CHRISTIANS IN YEMEN

IS VERY HARD, FOR THAT

MATTER, ACROSS THE MIDDLE

EAST.

NOT A COUNTRY WHERE

CHRISTIANS ARE NOT SUFFERING

FOR THEIR FAITH.

THIS IS OUR REALITY.

George: SAM IS FROM

YEMEN, WE'VE BLURRED HIS

FACE, CHANGED HIS NAME, AND

HIS VOICE TO PROTECT HIS

IDENTITY.

SAM WAS A MUSLIM, BUT

CONVERTED TO CHRISTIANITY.

CBN NEWS MET HIM AT AN

UNDISCLOSED LOCATION OFF THE

COAST OF NORTH AFRICA.

HE SAYS IF THE AUTHORITIES

DISCOVERED HIS REAL

IDENTITY, HE COULD BE

ARRESTED OR KILLED.

Through Translator: ALL

CHRISTIANS IN YEMEN ARE FROM

A MUSLIM BACKGROUND.

ACCORDING TO ISLAMIC SHAR'IA

LAW, IT IS FORBIDDEN FOR

MUSLIMS TO CONVERT TO

CHRISTIANITY.

George: CBN NEWS

OBTAINED THESE EXCLUSIVE

PICTURES FROM INSIDE YEMEN.

YEMEN'S CONS STEWS

CONSTITUTION PROVIDES FOR

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, BUT IT IS

A FARCE.

Through Translator: THE

GOVERNMENT SAYS THERE IS

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, BUT THAT

IS NOT TRUE.

CHRISTIANS FACE PERSECUTION,

FIRST FROM THEIR FAMILY

MEMBERS AND THEN FROM THE

GOVERNMENT.

George: SOME 25 MILLION

PEOPLE LIVE IN YEMEN.

THE MAJORITY FOLLOW SUNNI

ISLAM.

IT IS ESTIMATED THERE ARE A

FEW THOUSAND CHRISTIANS.

CAN YOU BELIEVE IN THE

21st CENTURY IT IS

IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANY YEMENI TO

OWN A BIBLE.

George: DR. DAVID

CURRIE IS WITH "OPEN

DOORS."

EVERY YEAR THEY PUBLISH A

LIST OF COUNTRIES WHERE

CHRISTIANS FACE THE MOST

PERSECUTION.

THERE AREN'T A LOT OF

OPTIONS FOR CHRISTIANS IN

YEMEN.

IT IS ALREADY 13th ON THE

"OPEN DOORS" RANKING OF THE

MOST DIFFICULT PLACES FOR

CHRISTIANS.

George: HE SAYS THIS

LATEST CRISIS INVOLVING

SAUDI ARABIA AND IRAN WILL

ONLY MAKE IT WORSE FOR

CHRISTIANS THERE.

THEY ARE CAUGHT BETWEEN

THE IDEOLOGIES OF IRAN AND

SAUDI ARABIA.

George: THE SAUDIS,

WITH SUPPORT FROM THESE 10

COUNTRIES, HAVE STARTED

BOMBING IR BOMBING

IRANIAN-BACKED REBELS IN

YEMEN.

THE TENSION BETWEEN THE TWO

COUNTRIES HAS BEEN IN THE

MAKING FOR YEARS.

IT IS A STRUGGLE AGAINST

EACH OTHER FOR INFLUENCE IN

THE MIDDLE EAST, AND NOW

THAT FIGHT IS PLAYING OUT IN

THE DESERT SANDS OF YEMEN.

Through Translator:

YEMEN HAS NEVER HAD A STABLE

GOVERNMENT, AND THIS MAKES

IT AN IDEAL PLACE FOR

TERRORISTS TO BREED CHAOS.

George: YEMEN IS THE

SECOND LARGEST COUNTRY IN

THE ARABIAN PENINSULA,

BORDERED BY SAUDI ARABIA TO

THE NORTH, AND THE RED SEA

TO THE WEST.

IT HAS BECOME A BREEDING

GROUND FOR TERRORISTS.

SEVERAL TERRORISTS GROUPS,

INCLUDING al-QAEDA AND

ISIS, HAVE FOUND A SAFE

HAVEN.

THEY ARE PLAYING WITH THE

SOULS OF PEOPLE.

THE SIMPLE YEMENI CITIZEN

DOES NOT WANT THESE GROUPS

TO INFLUENCE THE COUNTRY.

George: SAM ASKED THE

WORLD TO PRAY FOR HIS

COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY FOR THE

SECRET BELIEVERS WHO ARE

STANDING IN THE GAP IN

PRAYER FOR THEIR NATION.

Through Translator: THE

MESSAGE OF CHRIST IS

TOUCHING PEOPLE THROUGH

INTERNET, TELEVISION, AND

RADIO, AND PEOPLE ARE COMING

TO CHRIST.

THIS IS OUR HOPE.

George: I SPOKE TO A

SECRET BELIEVER INSIDE YEMEN

THIS WEEK, AND HE TOLD US,

PLEASE PRAY FOR US.

WHILE THOUSANDS ARE CHOOSING

TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY, THEY

HAVE CHOSEN TO STAY AND

MINISTER THE GOSPEL.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR

THEM.

Wendy: POPE FRANCIS IS

CALLING ON THE WORLD TO PRAY

FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS,

AND HE SENT HIS PRAYERS TO

THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS

OF THAT HORRIBLE MASSACRE IN

KENYA.

KENYAN PEOPLE SANG AT THIS

CHURCH IN GARISSA.

ONE MAN ADDING, WE HAVE TO

BE PATIENT AND FOLLOW JESUS'

PATH.

POPE FRANCIS SAID THE WORLD

SHOULD NOT LOOK THE OTHER

WAY WHILE EXTREMISTS KILL

CHRISTIANS.

George: THE ISLAMIC

STATE SAYS IT WANTS

$30 MILLION IN EXCHANGE FOR

HUNDREDS OF CHRISTIAN

HOSTAGES.

FOX NEWS REPORTS THAT ISIS

MILITANTS ARE DEMANDING

$100,000 FOR EACH HOSTAGE.

THEY CAPTURED 300 CIVILIANS

BACK IN FEBRUARY.

SO FAR IT HAS RELEASED 23 OF

THEM.

THE ISLAMIC STATE HAS

TARGETED CHRISTIAN AREAS OF

SYRIA, FORCING THEM TO

CONVERT TO ISLAM, AND

THREATENING TO DESTROY THEIR

CHURCHES.

Wendy: HEATHER MERCER

WAS ONE OF SEVERAL CHRISTIAN

AID WORKERS HELD HOSTAGE BY

THE TALIBAN IN 2001.

SHE AND THE OTHERS WERE

RESCUED DURING THE U.S.

INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN

LATER THAT YEAR.

TODAY MERCER IS BACK IN THE

MIDDLE EAST, SERVING AMONG

THE KURDISH PEOPLE IN

NORTHERN IRAQ.

THIS TIME IT IS NOT THE

TALIBAN, BUT ISIS THAT IS

THREATENING THEIR WAY OF

LIFE.

BUT MERCER IS FINDING A WAY

TO HELP WITH A NEW CAMPAIGN

CALLED "HOPE FOR IRAQ."

Reporter: HEATHER

MERCER IS USED TO SERVING ON

THE FRONT LINES OF WAR.

HERE SHE IS, JUST 200 FEET

AWAY FROM ISIS FIGHTERS.

SHE AND HER STAFF FROM

"GLOBAL HOPE" WERE THERE TO

OFFER AID, ENCOURAGEMENT AND

PRAYERS TO THE KURDISH

SOLDIERS FIGHTING ISIS.

SADLY, JUST THREE WEEKS

AFTER THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN,

THIS SOLDIER AND 60 OTHERS

WERE KILLED IN ONE OF THE

DEADLIEST BATTLES WITH ISIS

SO FAR.

IN THE EXACT SPOT WHERE

MERCER HAD VISITED.

Wendy: ARE YOU FEELING

THE EFFECTS AND SEEING THE

EFFECTS OF ISIS WHERE YOU

ARE?

WE ARE IN SOME WAYS.

YOU KNOW, THE KURDISH REGION

HAS DONE A GOOD JOB TRYING

TO MAINTAIN A RELATIVELY

SECURE SPACE, BUT ISIS IS

THERE.

WE KNOW THAT ISIS IS THERE.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE'RE LESS

THAN AN HOUR FROM THE FRONT

LINES.

AND THERE IS NOT A KURDISH

PERSON, A KURDISH FAMILY,

THAT HASN'T BEEN AFFECTED BY

THE CONFLICT.

THEY'RE SENDING THEIR TROOPS

TO THE FRONT LINES EVERY

DAY.

AND MANY OF THEM ARE LOSING

THEIR LIVES.

SO PEOPLE LIVE WITH THE

REALITY THAT ISIS IS ON THE

FRONT DOORSTEP, AND THEY'RE

DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO

HOLD THEM BACK.

Wendy: MERCER SAYS THE

FALLOUT FROM ISIS HAS

RESULTED IN THE GREATEST

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IRAQ HAS

EVER SEEN.

IN RESPONSE TO THE

UNPRECEDENTED SUFFERING,

MERCER RECENTLY LAUNCHED A

CAMPAIGN CALLED "HOPE FOR

IRAQ."

IT IS BASIC FOOD,

SHELTER, THEIR DAILY NEEDS.

PEOPLE NEED EDUCATION.

RIGHT NOW WE HAVE HALF A

MILLION CHILDREN THAT ARE

SITTING IDLY IN CAMPS

BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO

GO TO SCHOOL.

Wendy: SHE SAYS THE BIG

FOCUS WILL BE TO HELP AND

RESTORE WOMEN IN CRISIS.

THERE ARE OVER 3,000

WOMEN BEING HELD CAPTIVE BY

ISIS.

AND LITERALLY, THEY HAVE NO

PLACE TO TURN.

SO WE'RE FOCUSING ON WAYS TO

HELP RESCUE AND R RESTORE

THEM.

Wendy: HOW CAN PEOPLE

IN CHURCHES HELP?

WE'RE LOOKING FOR AT

LEAST 100 CHURCHES AROUND

THE COUNTRY.

I AM HOPING THAT IS AN

UNDERESTIMATION.

BUT WE'RE LOOKING FOR AT

LEAST 100 CHURCHES THAT

WOULD JOIN US IN THIS

CAMPAIGN, SHARING IT WITH

THEIR PEOPLE AND

CONGREGATIONS, AND ASKING

BUSINESSES AS WELL.

THIS IS A HUMANITARIAN

CRISIS, AND EVERYBODY HAS A

PLACE TO PLAY A PART,

THROUGH GIVING.

Wendy: ANY CONCERNS?

ANY FEARS?

YOU'VE ALREADY BEEN THROUGH

A HOSTAGE SITUATION AND WERE

RESCUED.

ANY FEARS ABOUT LIVING AND

WORKING AMONG THE MUSLIMS IN

IRAQ DURING SUCH A TIME?

YOU KNOW, I MEAN YOU

DEFINITELY CALCULATE RISK

ALMOST ON A DAILY BASIS.

BUT I FIND THAT THAT'S NOT

THE QUESTION I WANT TO ASK.

THE QUESTION I WANT TO ASK

IS: WHAT'S GOD'S HEART AND

WHERE WOULD HE BE?

AND I BELIEVE JESUS IS

WALKING THE STREETS OF THESE

TOWNS AND VILLAGES THAT SO

DESPERATELY NEED HIM.

AND WHERE HE IS, THAT'S

WHERE WE WANT TO BE.

Wendy: WHAT AN

INSPIRATION.

I LOVED MEETING HER AND

SEEING HER AGAIN, ACTUALLY.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND

OUT MORE ABOUT HOW YOUR

CHURCH OR BUSINESS CAN GET

INVOLVED WITH "HOPE FOR

IRAQ," OR YOURSELF, GO TO

cbn.com FOR A LINK TO THE

STORY.

George: UP NEXT,N

AMAZING PHENOMENON: MORE A

MORE MUSLIMS COMING TO

CHRIST IN DREAMS AND

VISIONS.

George: ISLAM IS THE

WORLD'S FASTEST GROWING

RELIGION, THAT ACCORDING TO

A NEW STUDY FROM THE PEW

RESEARCH CENTER.

THE STUDY SAYS BY 2050,.

Congressman: WILL

CHRISTIANITY WILL STILL BE

THE LARGEST GROUP, COMING IN

AT 2.9 BILLION FOLLOWERS,

BUT IRAN WILL GROW AT

2.76 BILLION, AND THAT'S

MORE THAN A BILLION MEMBERS

HIGHER THAN RIGHT NOW.

THAT GROWTH WILL COME MOSTLY

BECAUSE MUSLIMS HAVE MORE

CHILDREN, AND THE CURRENT

MUSLIM POPULATION IS YOUNGER

THAN THE CHRISTIAN

POPULATION.

Wendy: DREAMING DREAMS

AND SEEING VISIONS OF JESUS,

IT IS HAPPEN TODAY, AND NOT

JUST AMONG CHRISTIANS.

George: AMONG THE

MUSLIM WORLD, MEN AND WOMEN

ARE COMING TO CHRIST BECAUSE

JESUS HAS APPEARED TO THEM.

CHRIS MITCHELL HAS THIS

AMAZING STORY.

HEY, GUYS, MY NAME IS

HAZAM.

Reporter: HE HOSTS A TV

PROGRAM FOR MUSLIMS CALLED

"REFLECTIONS."

HE SAYS HE HEARS FROM

MUSLIMS ALL OF THE TIME WHO

TELL HIM THEY HAD A DREAM OF

JESUS CHRIST THAT HAS

CHANGED THEIR LIVES.

I HAD ONE LADY WRITE ME

AND SAY, I HAD A NIGHTMARE,

AND I TURNED ON THE

TELEVISION AND THERE YOU

WERE.

THE WORDS THAT WERE COMING

OUT OF YOUR MOUTH WERE SO

PEACEFUL, I FELL ASLEEP.

AND SHE SAID I HAD A VISION

OF JESUS.

HE WAS IN A BRIGHT, WHITE

ROBE, AND HE POINTED TO A

MAN WHO I KNEW IN THE DREAM

WAS ABRAHAM.

AND SHE SAID, AS SOON AS I

HAD LOOKED OVER, I KNEW

JESUS WAS THE CHRIST,

SACRIFICED, THE SON OF GOD.

Reporter: FROM

INDONESIA TO MOROCCO N AND

WOMEN ARE TURNING TO JESUS

CHRIST IN UNPRESENCE

UNPRECEDENTED NUMBERS.

THESE MUSLIMS ARE COMING TO

CHRIST BECAUSE THEY'VE HAD

DREAMS AND VISIONS WHERE

JESUS HIMSELF APPEARS TO

THEM.

ALI ALSO MET JESUS IN A

DREAM WHILE ON HIS WAY TO

MECCA FOR THE MUSLIM

PILGRIMAGE CALLED "THE

HOJ."

I WAS GOING THERE TO PAY

AMISH TO THE GAZA.

BUT THAT NIGHT I SAW

JESUS IN A DREAM.

FIRST JESUS TOUCHED MY

FOREHEAD WITH HIS FINGER.

AFTER TOUCHING ME, HE SAID,

YOU BELONG TO ME.

AND THEN HE TOUCHED ME ABOVE

MY HEART.

YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED.

FOLLOW ME.

YOU LONG TO ME, HE SAID.

I DECIDED, OKAY, I'M NOT

GOING TO THE HAJ FOR THE

PRIM MAGE.

PILGRIMAGE.

Reporter: HE SAYS MANY

CAME TO JESUS THROUGH A

DREAM OR VISION.

WE ARE HAGU HEARING

ABOUT PEOPLE WHO NEVER EVEN

THOUGHT ABOUT JESUS ARE

HAVING DREAMS OVER AND

OVER.

Reporter: TOM AND HIS

WIFE, JOANNE, SHARE THE

GOSPEL WITH MUSLIMS.

AND HE WROTE THE RECENTLY

RELEASED BOOK "DREAMS AND

VISIONS, IS JESUS AWAKENING

THE MUSLIM WORLD?"

I THINK OUR GOD IS A FAIR

GOD.

HE IS RIGHTEOUS AND JUST.

PEOPLE ARE SEEKING.

MAYBE THEY DON'T HAVE A

BIBLE.

HE'LL GET THE MESSAGE TO

THEM SOMEHOW.

Reporter: THIS WOMAN

COMES FROM A CENTRAL ASIAN

COUNTRY.

HER IDENTITY IS HIDDEN FOR

SECURITY REASONS.

IN THE CHURCH, IF YOU ASK

HOW PEOPLE CAME TO CHRIST,

80% WILL SAY THEY SAW HIM IN

A DREAM.

Reporter: A CHRISTIAN

FRIEND CHALLENGED THIS WOMAN

TO ASK GOD TO SPEAK TO HER

PERSONALLY.

SO I DECIDED TO ASK HIM,

AND SO I DID.

AND THE NEXT DAY I HAD A

DREAM, AND I SAW IN MY

DREAM -- I SAW JESUS WALK A

BRIDGE, AND I DECIDED TO

COME TO HIM.

Reporter: DOYLE SAYS

THE DREAM OR VISION IS

USUALLY THE START, NOT THE

END, OF A MUSLIM

CONVERSION.

NOBODY GOES TO SLEEP,

CHRIS, A MUSLIM AND WAKES UP

A CHRISTIAN.

IT KNOCKS DOWN THE FALSE

BARRIERS THAT INHERENT IN

ISLAM.

A COUPLE ARE THAT WE WORSHIP

THREE GODS, AND THE BIBLE IS

CORRUPTED.

Reporter: THE DOYLES

SAY COMPARED TO THE

POLITICAL STORM SWEEPING THE

EAST, THIS COULD BE SEEN AS

A SPIRITUAL EARTHQUAKE.

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MOVING

EVEN MORE POWERFULLY.

THIS IS THE TIME WHEN

HEARTS ARE OPEN, PEOPLE ARE

DESPERATE, GOVERNMENTS ARE

CHANGING, AND EVERYBODY'S

FOUNDATION HAS MASSIVE

CRACKS IN IT, AND JESUS IS

THE ANSWER.

THEY CAN COME IN FILL THAT

NEED.

Reporter: MANY VETERAN

MISSIONARIES SAY THESE

DREAMS AND VISIONS ARE

REACHING MUSLIMS IN

UNPRECEDENTED NUMBERS.

THEY SAY MORE MUSLIMS ARE

COMING TO JESUS CHRIST THAN

AT ANY OTHER TIME IN THE

1400-YEAR HISTORY OF ISLAM.

THE DOYLES SAY BELIEVERS IN

THE WEST CAN JOIN THE

SPIRITUAL REVOLUTION.

YES, I THINK THAT THE

HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL, BUT

THE WORKERS ARE FEW.

AND WE ARE COMMITTED, ALL OF

US AS BELIEVERS.

WE'VE GOT TO REACH THOSE

WITH THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.

NOT EVERYBODY IS GOING TO

GO TO THE MIDDLE EAST, BUT

THEY CAN PRAY.

AND NO LEADER CAN BLOCK

INTERCESSION AROUND THE

WORLD.

THAT'S ONE THING THAT CAN

GET INTO ANY COUNTRY.

SO WE NEED TO PRAY, AS

BELIEVERS, THAT GOD WOULD

CONTINUE TO PUSH THE GOSPEL

OUT TO THE ENDS OF THE

EARTH.

Reporter: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

George: WHEN CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS RETURNS, COFFEE

FOR THE KINGDOM?

HOW AMERICAN CHURCHES ARE

HELPING LATIN-AMERICAN

FARMERS BUILD THEIR

COMMUNITIES.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK, A

UP ROAR OVER RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM HERE IN AMERICA, PUT

A SMALL-TOWN PIZZERIA IN THE

SPOTLIGHT.

MEMORY'S PIZZA IN INDIANA

HAD TO CLOSE DOWN AFTER

RECEIVING THREATS FOR SAYING

THEY SERVE GAY COSTUMERS BUT

WOULD NOT CATER A SAME-SEX

WEDDING.

SUPPORTERS PUT TOGETHER A

WEBSITE WHERE PEOPLE COULD

HELP THE OWNERS RAISE MONEY

TO STAY OPEN, AND IN AN

AMAZING SHOW OF SUPPORT, BY

THE TIME DONATIONS CLOSED ON

SATURDAY, THEY HAD RECEIVED

OVER $800,000.

THAT APPEARS TO HAVE ALSO

SPARKED A PEAK IN DONATION

FOR A WASHINGTON STATE

FLORIST WHO WAS FINED

$1,000.

ARLENE'S FLOWERS HAS

RECEIVED OVER $80,000 IN

DONATIONS.

WOW.

George: ANYONE WHO HAS

ATTENDED BERKSHIRE AMERICA

WILL KNOW AMERICANS LOVE TO

ENJOY A CUP OF COFFEE BEFORE

SERVICE, AND IT HAS ACTUALLY

BECOME A PART OF THE

LITURGY.

Wendy: IT REALLY DOES

SEEM TO BE THE CHRISTIAN

DRUG OF CHOICE.

WELL, I SHOULDN'T SAY THAT,

DRUG OF CHOICE.

BUT A FEW CHURCHES HERE IN

THE U.S. ARE PARTNERING WITH

FARMERS IN LATIN-AMERICA TO

MARKET THEIR COFFEE AND HELP

BUILD THEIR COMMUNITIES.

Reporter: WHEN THE

DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE HIT

HAITI IN 120, MANY CHURCHES

CENTURY LIFE TEAMS.

THE WOOD LAND'S MISSIONARY

FOUND THAT VILLAGERS IN THE

MOUNTAINS WERE ALSO IN NEED

OF HELP, AND NOT JUST

HURRICANE RELIEF.

WE WERE THERE AND SAW

THAT THERE WAS COFFEE --

COFFEE BEANS LYING ON THE

GROUND, JUST SCATTERED, AND

WHEN WE ASKED, TELL US ABOUT

THAT, WHAT IS GOING ON?

THEY SAID, NO ONE WILL BUY

OUR COFFEE.

Reporter: THE PROBLEM

WAS THE REMOTENESS OF THE

VILLAGE.

THESE WERE PEOPLE WHO

WERE STARVING AND DIDN'T

HAVE ENOUGH FOOD OR

CLOTHING, AND YET THEY HAD A

MEANS THERE BUT NO ONE TO

BUY IT.

WE SAID, IT TURNS OUT YOU'RE

GOOD AT GROWING COFFEE AND

WE'RE GOOD AT DRINKING

COFFEE.

Reporter: GREEN COFFEE

BEANS ARE SHIPPED TO MIAMI

AND TRUCKED TO HERE.

THE VOLUNTEERS HERE WILL

ROAST AND PACKAGE THE

COFFEE, AND OUR CONGREGATION@WúW

BUYS IT UP AND DRINKS IT.

Reporter: THEIR COFFEE,

FORMALLYLY CALLEFORMALLY

CALLED SUMMIT, HAS AN EASY

MARKET.

WE TELL PEOPLE, YOU'RE

GOING TO BUY COFFEE ANYONE,

WHY NOT MAKE A CHOICE HERE

AND MA DIFFERENCE. Reporter: THE CHURCH

ESTIMATES THAT THE JOINT

COFFEE BUSINESS IS PROBABLY

HELPING 8,000 FAMILIES.

WE GIVE THEM A FAIR TRADE

PRICE.

BUT THEN WHEN WE SELL IT

HERE, WE TAKE THE PROFITS

AND WE GO BACK AND DO

CLINICS, AND FEEDING

PROGRAMS AND TEACHING

PROGRAMS.

Reporter: ABOUT

1500 MILES TO THE NORTHWEST,

IN AMERICA'S CAPITAL CITY,

THE NATIONAL COMMUNITY

CHURCH, OR N.C.C., IS DOING

IN COLUMBIA WHAT WOOD LANDS

IS DOING IN HAITI.

THERE ARE KIDNAPPINGS HERE,

CAR BOMBINGS, AND

ASSASSINATIONS.

THESE TWO CHURCH MEMBERS

WERE ON A MISSION TRIP,

WORKING WITH LOCAL

CHILDREN.

THE PASTOR WE INVITED TO

COME SHARE AT THE EVENT

LATER TOLD US THE TESTIMONY

OF THESE FARMERS THAT LIVE

IN A MOUNTAIN REGION THAT IS

CONTROLLED BY THE GUERRILLA

REBELS.

AND EXPLAINED AFTER THEY

CAME TO SAVE THEM, THEY

ERADICATED THEIR COCAINE

FIELDS AND PLANTED COFFEE IN

ITS PLACE.

Reporter: WHEN THEY

ARRIVED ON THE SCENE, THE

COFFEE WAS READY TO

HARVEST.

THEY SUGGESTED A

PARTNERSHIP.

REGION UNTI ORIGINALLY

WE SHARED THE COFFEE WITH

THE CONGREGATION, BUT THAT

QUICKLY EXPANDED INTO

THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF

COFFEE THAT WE NOW IMPORT.

Reporter: REDEEMING

GROUNDS COFFEE IS NOT ONLY

SOLD IN D.C., BUT ALSO IN

THE WEST.

THE RESPONSE IN THE U.S.

FOR THIS COFFEE HAS BEEN

GREAT.

SO THINGS ARE GROWING.

AND WITH JUST A FEW FARMERS,

WE STARTED WITH AND ALREADY

ERADICATED OVER 55 ACRES OF

COCAINE FIELDS.

THAT TRANSLATES TO ABOUT

1700 KILOS WORTH OF COCAINE

OFF OF THE STREETS, WHICH IS

A STREET VALUE OF OVER

$88 MILLION.

Reporter: THE COLOMBIAN

FARMERS DECIDE HOW THE

PROFITS ARE SPENT.

THEY WANT TO BUY PRESENTS

FOR THE GUERRILLA REBELS

DURING CHRISTMAS, AND

ENCOURAGE THEM TO GO HOME

AND BE WITH THEIR FAMILIES.

Reporter: IN THE PAST,

THE MONEY HAS BEEN USED TO

BUILD IRRIGATION SYSTEMS AND

FUND EDUCATION PROGRAMS.

THE REDEEMING FUNDS IS SOLD

ON THE COFFEE SHOP ON

CAPITOL HILL AND OTHER

SPECIALTY SHOPS AROUND THE

COUNTRY.

AND HE SAYS NEW COSTUMERS

GET INTRODUCED TO THE POWER

OF CHRIST'S LOVE.

THEY ARE CURIOUS TO KNOW

WHY THE FARMERS ARE PLANTING

COFFEE INSTEAD OF COCAINE

BECAUSE OF THE REASONABLE

ASSUMPTION THAT COCAINE

FARMING IS CERTAINLY MUCH

MORE LUCRATIVE, AND THAT'S

WHEN WE GET A CHANCE TO

SHARE THE HEART BEHIND IT.

WE GET A CHANCE TO SHARE THE

TESTIMONY OF THESE FARMERS

AND HOW COMING TO FAITH

CONVICTED THEM TO MAKE THIS

CHANGE.

PEOPLE SEE US COMING BACK

AS A CHURCH TIME AFTER TIME,

AND DOING THINGS NOT JUST TO

MAKE US FEEL GOOD, BUT IN

THE THINGS THEY ACTUALLY

NEED IN THROUGH

COMMUNITIES.

AND WE ALWAYS SAY CHRIST

PLUS CAFFEINE REALLY WORKS.

WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

TWICE AS FAST BECAUSE WE

DRINK SO MUCH COFFEE.

George: FINALLY THIS

WEEK, THE REVEREND ROBERT

SCHULER HAS DIED AT THE AGE

OF 88 AFTER A BATTLE WITH

CANCER.

Wendy: HE STARTED

PREACHING IN 1955 AT A

DRIVE-IN THEATER.

IN 1980 HE BUILT THE CRYSTAL

CATHEDRAL FOR HIS BOOMING

MINISTRY WHICH WAS SOLD OFF

AFTER THE CHURCH WENT INTO

BANKRUPTCY.

HIS SON SAYS HE SAVED MANY

LIVES AND LED MANY PEOPLE TO

JESUS.

George: FOLKS, THAT'S

IT FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION

OF CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.

I HOPE YOU HAVE BEEN BLESSED

BY THE PROGRAM.

I REALLY LIKE THAT

COFFEE.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK,

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