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Christian World News - April 22, 2016

This week on Christian World News: Earthquakes strike Ecuador and Japan, but CBN is rushing relief to victims along the ring of fire. Plus, a pastor’s wife trying to stop the destruction of her church is buried alive. And, meet the atheist ... ... Read Transcript


George: THIS WEEK ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

EARTHQUAKEEARTHQUAKES STRIKE ECUADOR

AND JAPAN.

SEE HOW CBN IS RUSHING

RELIEF FOR THE VICTIMS

ALONG THE RING OF FIRE.

Wendy: PLUS, BURIED

ALIVE.

TRYING TO STOP THE

DESTRUCTION OF THEIR

CHURCH, A PASTOR PAYS THE

ULTIMATE LIFE.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE

OR DEFINE A CHRISTIAN?

SOMEBODY THAT PRETENDS

TO BE GOOD AND JUDGES

PEOPLE.

AND WHO BELIEVES IN AN

INVISIBLE FRIEND THAT

THEY'VE CREATED.

George: HE DIDN'T

BELIEVE IN GOD UNTIL HE

HAD A REVELATION IN THE

STRANGEST OF PLACES.

*

George: HELLO,

EVERYONE.

WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK

TO US, FROM ALL OF YOUR

MANY TRAVELS.

George: THANK YOU

VERY MUCH.

Wendy: I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

A DEVASTATING WEEK AS

MULTIPLE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK

THE REGION KNOWN AS THE

RING OF FIRE.

IN JAPAN, EARTHQUAKES IN

TWO DAYS DESTROYED

BUILDINGS AND TOOK NEARLY

50 LIVES.

ACROSS THE OCEAN IN

ECUADOR, EVEN WORSE.

THE 7.8 TUMBLER KILLED

MANY AND COST BILLIONS IN

DESTRUCTION.

Reporter: CHRISTIANS

PRAYED FOR THE VICTIMS OF

THIS NATION'S WORST

EARTHQUAKE IN DECADES MANY

THE POWERFUL QUAKE STRUCK

SATURDAY NIGHT, 120 MILES

WEST OF QUITO, THE

COUNTRY'S CAPITAL.

THE BIGGEST TRAGEDY IN THE

LAST 67 YEARS, SAYS

ECUADOR'S PRESIDENT.

BUT THERE WERE BEEN SOME

MIRACLES.

HERE THE POLICE REACHED A

YOUNG GIRL.

THIS RESCUER EXPLAINS THE

WOMAN THEY'RE TRYING TO

SAVE IS STUCK FROM THE

WAIST DOWN.

4,000 MILES ACROSS THE

PACIFIC, ON THE OTHER SIDE

OF THE RING OF FIRE IN

JAPAN, TWIN EARTHQUAKES

KILLED AT LEAST 40.

1100 WERE INJURED IN THE

REGION NEAR KUMAMOTO CITY

LATE THURSDAY AND EARLY

SUNDAY.

COLLAPSED ROADS AND

BRIDGES SLOWING THE EFFORT

TO REACH VICTIMS DESPERATE

FOR FOOD, WATER, AND

MEDICINE.

THIS FATHER IS WORRIED

ABOUT NOT HAVING MEDICINE

FOR HIS DAUGHTER, WHO HAS

BEEN ILL.

THE U.S. MILITARY IS NOW

ASSISTING JAPANESE FORCES.

AND "OPERATION BLESSING"

IS HELPING IN BOTH

COUNTRIES.

IN JAPAN, WITH GENERATORS,

WATER, AND FOOD.

O.B. IS WORKING CLOSELY

WITH KUMAMOTO HARVEST

CHURCH AND PASTOR KOJI

MAKAMOTA.

AND IN ECUADOR, O.B. IS

SETTING UP KITCHENS TO

SERVE MEALS TO VICTIMS.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

George: IN THE

AFTERMATH OF THESE TWO

TWIN DISASTERS, CBN IS

HELPING IN BOTH NATIONS

WITH SPIRITUAL AND

PHYSICAL ASSISTANCE.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS ON

THE GROUND HELPING

VICTIMS.

CHUCK HOLTON REPORTS FROM

THE QUAKE ZONE.

Reporter: THESE

SURVIVORS OF LAST WEEK'S

QUAKE HAVE BEEN WAITING IN

LINE ALL DAY FOR A FOOD

TRUCK TO DELIVER SUPPLIES.

AS OF 5 p.m., THE TRUCK

HAD NOT ARRIVED AND

TEMPERS WERE STARTING TO

FLARE.

WE NEED A LOT OF

THINGS.

FOOD, MEALS, WATER --

THERE IS NO WATER.

THERE IS NO WATER IN

THE TAP.

HOW DO WE BATHE OR DRINK?

WHAT LITTLE THEY ARE

GIVING OUT ISN'T NEARLY

ENOUGH.

Reporter: THE SCALE

OF THIS DISASTER MAKES

QUICK RESPONSE VERY

DIFFICULT.

MANY OF THOSE AFFECTED ARE

IN REMOTE AREAS ALONG THE

COAST.

NOW REACHABLE ONLY BY AIR.

THESE ECUADORIAN

HELICOPTERS ARE STRUGGLING

TO GET ENOUGH AID TO SMALL

AREAS NEAR THE CENTER OF

THE QUAKE.

CBN ACCOMPANIED THIS

HELICOPTER TO THE TOWN OF

HAMA.

WE'RE GEG TO WAI GOING TO WAIT FOR

THEM TO UNLOAD THE

HELICOPTER AND TURN AROUND

AND GO RIGHT BACK WHERE WE

CAME FROM.

SOLDIERS QUICKLY UNLOADED

THE SLICE.

SUPPLIES.

A DROP IN THE BUCKET

COMPARED TO THE NEED.

MANY OF THESE BUILDINGS IN

PORTOVIEJO STILL STANDING

ARE NOW UNINHABITABLE.

AND THEY WILL HAVE TO BE

DEMOLISHED.

AND RESCUE WORKERS

CONTINUE TO RACE AGAINST

THE CLOCK, LOOKING FOR

SURVIVORS AMIDST THE

RUINS.

HUNDREDS ARE STILL TRAPPED

AND TENS OF THOUSANDS ARE

HOMELESS, AND IF THAT

WEREN'T ENOUGH, A LACK OF

FRESH WATER IS THE LATEST

TRAGEDY IN THE UNFOLDING

CRISIS IN ECUADOR.

WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE

90s DURING THE DAY,

DEHYDRATION IS BECOMING A

REAL ISSUE.

CITY DWELLERS LIKE HE'S THESE

ARE FLOCKING TO

DISTRIBUTION CENTERS,

LOOKING FO FOOD

CLOTHING, AND FRESH WATER.

THROUGHOUT THE AREA,

PEOPLE ARE GETTING

DESPERATE, AND "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS STEPPING IN

TO HELP.

PASTOR PAUL CANDELLA HEADS

A LARGE CHURCH IN

PORTOVIEJO, WHO IS WORKING

TOGETHER WITH "OPERATION

BLESSING."

THINGS ARE PRETTY

DIFFICULT RIGHT NOW.

AS THE HOURS AND DAYS GO

BY, THINGS GET MORE

COMPLICATED.

THE RESCUE TEAMS WILL SOON

STOP LOOKING FOR SURVIVORS

AND WILL JUST MOVE FORWARD

WITH THE RECOVERY OF THOSE

WHO HAVE DIED IN THE

RUBBLE.

Reporter: CHURCH

VOLUNTEERS ARE HELPING

O.B. TO ASSEMBLE AND

STRIBT HUNDREDDISTRIBUTE HUNDREDS OF

CARE PACKAGES.

EMPLOYEES WITHOUT WORK

MEANS BUSINESS OWNERS

WITHOUT BUSINESSES, WHICH

MEANS PEOPLE WON'T BE ABLE

TO PAY THEIR BILLS, AND

THEY WON'T HAVE A WAY TO

GET BY.

EVERYTHING AFFECTS

EVERYTHING ELSE, AND THIS

WILL LEAD TO BIG SOCIAL

PROBLEMS IN THE FUTURE.

Reporter: THE

"OPERATION BLESSING"

VOLUNTEERS ARE WORKING TO

ALLEVIATE PEOPLE'S

SUFFERING AND SAVE LIVES

BY REACHING AREAS OUTSIDE

THE CITY.

RIGHT NOW WE'RE FOCUSED

ON SERVING THE COMMUNITY,

GOING TO OUTLYING PLACES

THAT HAVE NO FOOD OR WATER

AND GIVING OUT SUPPLIES.

Reporter: AND THE

SITUATION IS WORSE WHERE

THIRSTY PEOPLE LINE THE

ROADS, BEGGING FOR WATER,

AND GETTING MORE AND MORE

DESPERATE WITH EVERY CAR

THAT PASSES BY.

CARMEN'S BABY, JOHN PAUL,

IS ONLY THREE WEEKS OLD.

THIS MOTHER IS BESIDE

HERSELF.

THERE IS NO MILK OR

DIAPERS FOR MY BABY.

HE CAN'T NURSE BECAUSE I'M

NOT MAKING MILK, AND HIS

FORMULA HAS RUN OUT.

THE STORES ARE CLOSED UP

BECAUSE THE BUILDINGS ARE

ALL DESTROYED.

WE SENT SOMEONE OUT TO

LOOK FOR MILK, BUT THEY

COULDN'T FIND ANY.

Reporter: IT WILL

LIKELY BE MONTHS BEFORE

THESE RESIDENTS CAN WATER

FROM THEIR OWN TAPS AGAIN.

MANY ARE AFRAID THEY

WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO HOLD

OUT THAT LONG.

"OPERATION BLESSING" WILL

STAY HERE AS LONG AS IT

TAKES, BRINGING WATER TO

THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT

MOST.

CHUCK HOLTON, CBN NEWS,

MANTA, ECUADOR.

Wendy: THANKS, CHUCK.

> TURNING NOW TO THE

DEVASTATION IN SOUTHERN

JAPAN.

MARK MARTIN TELLS US HOW

"OPERATION BLESSING" AND

OTHERS ARE TRYING TO

PROVIDE FOR THE BASIC

NEEDS OF THOSE LEFT

HOMELESS BY THE QUAKE.

Reporter: RECOVERY

TEAMS IN SOUTHERN JAPAN

ARE STILL FINDING BODIES

BURIED BENEATH THE RUBBLE.

A MAGNITUDE 6.9 QUAKE LAST

THURSDAY NIGHT, FOLLOWED

BY A 7.3 QUAKE EARLY

SATURDAY MORNING CAUSED

WIDESPREAD DAMAGE.

HE SAYS THE EARTHQUAKE

MADE A BIG RATTLING SOUND,

AND THERE WAS A STRONG

SHAKING, WHICH LASTED A

LONG TIME.

WE WERE EATING TOGETHER AS

A CHURCH FAMILY.

I HEARD PEOPLE SCREAMING,

AND THE SOUND OF GLASS

BREAKING AND THINGS

FALLING.

I WAS REALLY, REALLY TAKEN

BY SURPRISE.

THE DEATH TOLL IN JAPAN

HAS REACHED AT LEAST 48

PEOPLE, ANOTHER 11 DIED

CONNECTED TO THE ILLNESSES

OF THE PHYSICAL DEMAND OF

EVACUATION.

THREE PEOPLE REMAIN

MISSING.

MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE

WERE INJURED DURING THE

QUAKES, AND 200,000 WERE

EVACUATED TO SHELTERS.

STILL, IN THE MIDST OF ALL

OF THE DEVASTATION,

MIRACLES ARE HAPPENING.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Reporter: THIS PASTOR

OF KUMAMOTO HARVEST

CHURCH, WHICH IS LOCATED

IN THE QUAKE ZONE SAID,

THERE IS A CHURCH NEAR THE

EPICENTER THAT IS TOTALLY

COLLAPSED.

THE PASTOR THERE IS BURIED

IN THE RUBBLE, BUT HE

MANAGED TO ESCAPE ON HIS

OWN.

HIS DAUGHTER WAS BURIED

FOR ABOUT FOUR HOURS, AND

SHE WAS RESCUED AND I

BELIEVE IS IN THE HOSPITAL

NOW.

HER LIFE WAS SAVED.

"OPERATION BLESSING" JAPAN

SENT A TWO-TON TRUCK FROM

CINDI TO KUMAMOTO HARVEST

CHURCH.

IT WILL BE YAWF USED TO DELIVER

HUGE AMOUNTS OF AID FOR AT

LEAST ONE MONTH.

THEY PURCHASED GENERATORS,

FOOD, WATER, AND HYGIENE

ITEMS.

O.B. JAPAN DELIVERED MORE

THAN A TON OF SUPPLIES TO

MASHIKI.

AND THEY TOOK BOTTLED

WATER TO AN EMERGENCY

SHELTER AT A MIDDLE SCHOOL

IN THE QUAKE ZONE.

MORE THAN 100 VEHICLES

WERE PARKED AROUND THE

SCHOOL, AND MANY PEOPLE

WHO COULD NOT REST IN THE

GYM NATURAGYMNASIUM WERE STAYING IN

THE CARS.

MARK MARTIN, CBN NEWS.

George: COMING UP, AS

CHINA CRACKS DOWN ON

CHRISTIANITY, A PASTOR'S

WIFE GIVES HER LIFE TRYING

TO PROTECT HER CHURCH.

George: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS."

IN A CHINA PROVINCE, A

DEMOLITION CREW REPORTEDLY

KILLED A PASTOR'S WIFE AS

SHE TRIED TO STOP THE

DESTRUCTION OF HER CHURCH.

THE AGENCY THAT MADE THE

REPORT ON THIS INCIDENT

SAID IT IS PART OF A

LARGER CRACKDOWN AGAINST

CHRISTIANS.

WE HAVE THE DETAILS.

P.

Reporter Reporter: THE PASTORAND HIS WIFE STOOD IN

FRONT OF A BULLDOZER, TO

KEEP IT FROM DESTROYING

THEIR CHURCH.

THAT'S WHEN THE DEMOLITION

TEAM LEADER ORDERED THE

DRIVER TO PUSH THEM INTO

THE PIT AND BURY THEM

ALIVE.

THE PASTOR ESCAPED, BUT

HIS WIFE DIED OF

SUFFOCATION.

LOCAL POLICE SAY THEY'RE

INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENT

AND TWO MEMBERS OF THE

DEMOLITION TEAM HAVE BEEN

DETAINED.

BOB FOO HEADS THE

CHRISTIAN HUMAN RIGHTS

GROUP "CHINA AID."

HE SAYS THIS SHOWS THAT

THE CHINESE OFFICIALS WILL

GO TO EXTREME LENGTHS TO

STOP THE SPREAD OF

CHRISTIANITY.

I THINK THIS

GOVERNMENT, UNDER THE

MASSIVE CORRUPTION, LACK

OF LEGITIMACY AND SOCIAL

UNREST, REALLY TRIED TO

ROOLOOK FOR A SCAPEGOAT.

UNFORTUNATELY THE

INDEPENDENT CHURCHES ARE

BECOMING INCREASINGLY A

TARGET THAT THE GOVERNMENT

BLAMES FOR POLITICAL

INSTABILITY.

AND THE RAPID, MASSIVE

GROWTH OF CHRISTIANITY HAS

BEEN REGARDED AS A

POLITICAL THREAT.

Reporter: BOB FOO

ALSO MENTIONED WHAT

HAPPENED IN THAT PROVINCE

WAS THE MOST INHUMANE WAY

FOR THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT

TO CONTROL THE GROWTH OF

CHINESE CHURCHES.

THE TENSION BETWEEN THE

CHINESE GOVERNMENT AND THE

CHINESE CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITY IS INCREASING

DRAMATICALLY AS MORE

CHURCHES WILL BE

DEMOLISHED.

CHINA AID SAYS PERSECUTION

IN CHINA JUMPED 150% IN

THE LAST YEAR.

WITH NEARLY 3,000

CHRISTIANS DETAINED, AND

ABOUT 1300 JAILED.

DESPITE THE OPPOSITION,

CHINESE CHRISTIANS IN THE

HUNAN PROVINCE ARE

PRESSING FORWARD IN THEIR

FAITH, INSPIRING OTHERS TO

PERSEVERE AS WELL.

MEANWHILE ORGANIZATIONS

LIKE "CHINA AID" WILL

CONTINUE THE FIGHT FOR

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

MUNG FE LI FOR CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THE HOUSE OF

COMMONS IN BRITAIN'S

PARLIAMENT HAS DECLARED

ISIS ATROCITIES IN SYRIA

AND IRAQ GENOCIDE.

THE OTHER ETHNIC AND

RELIGIOUS MINORITIES IN

IRAQ AND SYRIA ARE

COVERINSUFFERING GENOCIDE BY THE

HANDS OF ISIS.

George: MEANWHILE,

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

SEEMS TO BE CONCENTRATED

IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

EVANGELIST FRANKLIN GRAHAM

IS HOSTING A SUMMIT LATER

THIS YEAR.

CHRIS MITCHELL SPOKE WITH

A LEADER FROM GRAHAM'S

MINISTRY ABOUT THE RISE

AND PERSECUTION.

HOW SERIOUS IS THE

SITUATION FOR CHRISTIANS

HERE IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

I THINK IT IS VERY

SERIOUS.

WE DO A LOT OF WORK --

WHETHER IT IS IN JORDAN,

SYRIA, TURKEY -- WE WORK

IN MANY DIFFERENT MIDDLE

EASTERN COUNTRIES, IRAQ.

THAT SPACE IS SHRINKING

ALL OF THE TIME FOR THEM.

YOU KNOW, ISIS IS SENDING

A VERY CLEAR AND CHILLING

SIGNAL WHEN THEY LINE UP

21 ETHIOPIANS AND CUT

THEIR HEADS OFF.

THAT MEANS SOMETHING.

WHEN THEY KIDNAP CHRISTIAN

WOMEN COMING OUT OF SYRIA

AND PUT THEM INTO SEXUAL

SLAVERY.

WHEN THEY EXECUTE THE MEN

IN FRONT OF THE FAMILY

MEMBERS, IT MEANS

SOMETHING.

THERE HAS BEEN A MASS

EXODUS OF CHRISTIANS

OFFICEOUTOF THE MIDDLE EAST, AND

THIS IS WHERE CHRISTIANITY

STARTED.

WHAT I CAN SAY, IN THE

NEARLY 30 YEARS I'VE BEEN

WORKING AROUND THE WORLD,

IS THAT OVER THE LAST 10

YEARS, FIVE YEARS, TWO

YEARS, I SEE THIS

INCREASING SPEED OF THE

FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY.

IT IS LIKE A BIG RIVER

COMING INTO A NARROW

CHANNEL AND STARTING TO

PICK UP A LOT OF SPEED AND

INTENSITY.

SO I CAN'T SEE FORWARD,

BUT I CAN SEE WHERE WE

ARE, AND I CAN READ THE

BOOK.

AND I'M, LIKE, WOW, THAT'S

THIS AND THAT'S THIS AND

THAT'S THIS.

AND WHETHER IT IS AN

EZEKIEL REVELATION OR

WHATEVER, YOU SEE ALL OF

THESE THINGS COMING

TOGETHER.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A

FRONT ROW SEAT TO WHAT

HAPPENS RIGHT HERE.

THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT.

George: AND YOU CAN

SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW ON

CHRIS' "JERUSALEM

DATELINE" PROGRAM.

FIND IT AS cbnnews.com.

Wendy: AND COMING UP,

HE IS A WORLD CLASS ARTIST

AND A FORMER ATHEIST.

WE'LL TALK TO HIM AND SEE

SOME OF HIS AMAZING ART,

AFTER THIS.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK.

A GREAT

EVANGELIST ONCE

SAID, "SINCERITY IS THE

BIGGEST PART

OF SELLING

ANYTHING, INCLUDING THE

CHRISTIAN

PLAN

OF

SALVATION."

George: IN

LONDON,

JOHN JESSUP MET A REKNOWED

ARTIST

WHO'S SINCERE

SEARCH FOR GOD HAS MADE

HIM A MOST UNLIKELY

EVANGELIST.

Reporter: CHARLIE

MACKESY SELLS HIS ARTWORK

TO THE LIKES OF WHOOPI

GOLDBERG AND STING.

> WHEN DID YOU DISCOVER

YOU HAD ARTISTIC ABILITY?

I THINK I PROBABLY

COULD DRAW AT SCHOOL.

BUT I THINK YOU NEED A

REASON TO DRAW.

Reporter: HE FOUND

THAT REASON ABOUT 25 YEARS

AGO IN A LONDON PARK.

AN ATHEIST AT THE TIME, HE

SAYS HE HAD A FEELING THAT

THERE MUST BE MORE TO THIS

THAN MEETS THE EYE.

JESUS QUIETLY DISAWFD

INTRODUCED ME INTO A

JOURNEY INTO FINDING

PEOPLE REALLY BEAUTIFUL.

WHICH IS HOW MY ART REALLY

BEGAN.

BECAUSE I FELT INSIDE ME,

HE WAS GOING, LOOK HOW

BEAUTIFUL THAT GUY IS.

A GUY SITTING ON A BENCH.

AND I WOULD HAVE NEVER

NOTICED HIM BEFORE.

IN THIS BRONZE

SCULPTURE CALLED "THE

RUSSIAN OF THE PRODIGAL

SON," HE CAPTURES THE RAW

EMOTION OF THAT PARABLE.

IT IS LOCATED HERE AT ONE

OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL

CHURCHES IN THE CHURCHES

OF ENGLAND.

I DIDN'T BELIEVE ANY OF

THAT.

Reporter: MACKESY IS

A POPULAR SPEAKER HERE,

PARTICULARLY WITH

UNBELIEVERS.

CHARLIE APPEALS TO

PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE

CHURCH BECAUSE HE IS NOT

WHAT THEY EXPECT.

WHEN YOU HAVE THE SORT OF

PICTURE OF THE EVANGELIST,

YOU DON'T PICTURE CHARLIE

MACKESY.

I STOOD AND THE SEAT

LIKE THIS.

Reporter: HE CAN BE A

BIT UNORTHODOX, LIKE THE

DAY HE DESCRIBES HEARING A

GOSPEL SONG FOR THE FIRST

TIME AT A MUSICAL FESTIVAL

INSIDE A PORTABLE TOILET

THAT WAS SO FILTHY, HE

STOOD ON THE SEAT TO AVOID

THE OVERFLOW.

THE SONG PIERCED THROUGH

HIS ATHEISM, MOVING HIM TO

TEARS.

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ATHEISM IS FALLING.

HE IS VERY HUMBLE AND

UNPRETENTIOUS.

HE TELLS STORIES AGAINST

HIMSELF.

I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW

WHAT HAPPENED TO ME.

BUT AS I WAS FEELING IT,

MY LEFT FOOT SLIPPED.

AND I WENT UP TO HERE.

[LAUGHTER]

Reporter: WHILE

MACKESY'S STORIES MAY NOT

BE FOR THE FAINT OF HEART,

HE POINTS OUT THAT THOSE

CLOSEST TO JESUS, THE

DISCIPLES, COULD ALSO BE

DESCRIBED AS

OBJECTIONABLE.

I REALIZED THEY WERE

NAUGHTY PEOPLE.

UNRELIGIOUS PEOPLE.

PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T REALLY

HAVE A RELIGIOUS

ETIQUETTE.

AND PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE

THAT WELCOME IN CHURCH.

I THOUGHT CHRISTIANITY

WAS COME TO CHURCH, BE

NICE, DON'T U.S. TH USE THE "F"

WORD, AND YOU'LL BE

ACCEPTED IN LIFE.

THAT'S MERITOCRACY.

AND IF YOU WANT TO BELONG,

BE A CERTAIN WAY.

AND HE SAYS, YOU'RE LOVED.

YOU'RE LOVED AS YOU ARE,

COVERED IN WHATEVER IT IS,

ON THE INSIDE OR OUT.

I THINK HE IS THE

FINEST EVANGELIST IN THE

U.K. AT THE MOMENT.

FOR PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE

CHURCH, I WOULD RATHER

TAKE THEM TO HEAR CHARLIE

THAN ANYBODY ELSE IN THE

U.K.

[LAUGHTER]

AND HE WASN'T JOKING.

THAT'S PRETTY

RIDICULOUS.

Reporter: THIS ALL

COMES AS A SHOCK TO

MACKESY, WHICH IS

UNDERSTANDABLE, GIVEN HIS

LIFE STORY.

WE HEARD KIND OF

RELIGIOUS THINGS AT

SCHOOL, AND I HATED IT.

WE SANG ABOUT GOD.

BUT I DIDN'T KNOW GOD.

I DIDN'T THINK HE EXISTED,

BUT IF HE DID, I DIDN'T

LIKE HIM.

Reporter: HOW WOULD

YOU HAVE DESCRIBED

CHRISTIAN.

SOMEBODY WHO PRETENDS

TO BE GOOD AND WHO JUDGES

YOU AND WHO BELIEVES IN AN

INVISIBLE FRIEND THEY

CREATED.

Reporter: AFTER THAT

STRANGE ENCOUNTER WITH "O

HAPPY DAY," HE MOVED TO

NEW ORLEANS, IMMERSING

HIMSELF IN BLACK GOSPEL

MUSIC AND JAZZ.

THEY ARE INCREDIBLE.

THEY ARE SO FULL OF LIFE.

LOOK AT THESE PEOPLE.

LOOK WHAT THEY BELIEVE.

LOOK WHAT IT DOES TO THEM.

Reporter: MACKESY

SEES HIS ART FOREMOST AS A

WAY TO INTRODUCE GOD TO

THE PEOPLE HE LOVES.

LIKE A PRODIGAL DAUGHTER

OF A FRIEND WHO STRUGGLED

WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER.

IF YOU TRY TO DESCRIBE

THE WORDS, GOD LOVES YOU,

THEY DON'T CARRY ANY

MEANING.

BUT THIS IS WHAT GOD IS

LIKE.

Reporter: MACKESY'S

ART IS ALSO A RECORD OF

GOD'S PRESENCE IN HIS OWN

LIFE.

I REALLY WANTED TO PLAY

THE PIANO.

BUT I WAS REALLY RUBBISH.

AND FOR ME THE ANGEL

REPRESENTS THE VOICE OF

GOD SAYING, I'M WITH YOU.

I LOVE YOU.

WE'LL GO THERE TOGETHER.

I'LL HELP YOU WITH THIS.

YOU'RE NOT ALONE.

Reporter: AND THIS

PAINTING SIMPLY TITLED

"KNOWN."

IT WAS ONE DAY WHEN I

WAS ON MY BIKE, CROSSING A

BRIDGE IN LONDON, AND IT

LASTED ABOUT 11 SECONDS.

IT WAS THIS, GOD SCOIFORTS

ANEXISTSAND HE LOVES YOU.

YOU'RE FULLY KNOWN.

YOU'RE FIELD KNOWN.

DARKNESS.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO PRETEND

TO BE ANYTHING.

Reporter: JOHN

JESSUP, CBN NEWS, LONDON.

Wendy: THAT'S

AMAZING.

THANKS, JOHN.

> NOW YOU CAN HELP

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WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

George: THE BIBLE

SAYS THE HEAVENS DECLARED

THE GLORY OF GOD.

TODAY NASA IS PROVING THAT

TRUE.

THE SPACE AGENCY USED

ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION

IMAGE TO RELEASE A VIBRANT

VIDEO OF THE AURORA

BOREALIS LIGHTS.

THE VIDEO WAS CREATED

USING TIME LAPSES SHOT

DIRECTLY FROM THE

INTERNATIONAL SPACE

STATION.

THE VIDEO SHOWS BOTH THE

AURORA BOREALIS AND THE

AURORA AUSTRALIALUS.

IT IS WHEN ATOMS COLLIDE

IN THE THE EARTH'S

ATMOSPHERE.

Wendy: GOOD JOB

SAYING THAT.

> WELL, FINALLY TODAY,

SOMETHING BIG IS HAPPENING

IN SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA.

REPORTS ARE POURING IN OF

A SPIRITUAL AWAKENING THAT

BEGAN IN THE SCHOOLS AND

IS NOW SPILLING OVER INTO

THE THE TOWNS.

THE LARGE SPORTS COMPLEX

KNOWN AS THE FIELD HOUSE

IN WILLIAMSON, WEST

VIRGINIA, WHERE I USED TO

CHEER LEAD, GEORGE, HAS

BEEN PACKED WITH PEOPLE OF

ALL AGES CRYING OUT TO

GOD.

GOD, AFFECT EVERY

FAMILY THAT IS ASSOCIATED

WITH MY SCHOOL.

[CHEERING]

Wendy: AND YOU ARE

SHARING IT WITH THE WORLD.

THE REVIVAL HAS SEEN

HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS COME

FORWARD TO GIVE THEIR

HEARTS TO JESUS.

PASTOR MITCH BYAS SAYS

PRAYER PLUS DESPERATION

HAS PAVED THE WAY FOR THIS

SPIRITUAL BREAKTHROUGH

AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE.

I THINK MANY YEARS OF

CREATING A SPIRITUAL

VACUUM INSIDE OF KIDS, BY

NOT TEACHING THEM THE TRUE

REALITY, THAT THERE IS A

DESTINY IN GOD, THAT WHEN

THEY HEAR A MESSAGE OF

HOPE, IT KIND OF SPEAKS TO

THEM.

BECAUSE THEY'RE HANGING IN

A SPIRITUAL LIMBO.

THEY PRESS IN QUICKLY TO

TAKE IT BECAUSE THEY KNOW

THAT'S THE TRUTH.

Wendy: HE SAYS THIS

ISN'T A CHURCH OR A

DENOMINATIONAL THING BUT A

GOD THING.

HE BELIEVES WHAT IS

HAPPENING IN SOUTHERN WEST

VIRGINIA HAS THE POTENTIAL

TO SPREAD TO OTHER

COUNTIES, STATES, AND EVEN

NATIONS.

IT WILL CONTINUE NEXT

WEEK, AND PERHAPS LONGER,

IF IT CONTINUES TO SPREAD.

I NEED TO GET OVER THERE.

George: THAT'S A

STORY WORTH PURSUING.

I'M SURE ON A FUTURE

BROADCAST OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS," WE WILL HAVE

THAT STORY.

Wendy: AND IT HITS

CLOSE TO HOME.

THAT'S MY OLD HIGH SCHOOL.

THAT'S MY OLD TOWN.

SO SOMETHING -- SOMETHING

BIG IS HAPPENING.

GOOD THINGS COME OUT OF

WEST VIRGINIA, GEORGE.

George: I'M WITH YOU

ON THAT ONE.

> FOLKS, THAT'S IT FOR

THIS

WEEK'S EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, FROM ALL

OF US HERE...

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