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Christian World News - April 29, 2016

This week on Christian World News: They lost their homes and their families to ISIS, but a Christian warrior is helping them try and get their loves ones back. Plus, it's been called a second heaven. We take you to a little-known country that's ... Read Transcript


George: THIS WEEK ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

THEY LOST THEIR HOMES AND

THEIR FAMILIES TO ISIS.

MEET THE CHRISTIAN WARRIOR

WHO IS TRYING TO GET THEM

BACK.

Wendy: PLUS...THIS IS

CALLED A SECOND HEAVEN.

WE'LL TAKE YOU TO A

LITTLE-KNOWN COUNTRY THAT

IS ONE OF THE MOST

BEAUTIFUL PLACES ON EARTH,

WITH A STRONG CHRISTIAN

HERITAGE.

THIS IS NOT MANMADE,

CHARISMATIC HYPER

SPIRITUALISM, IT IS THE

PRESENCE OF GOD THAT IS

OVERWHELMING US.

George: AND THE HIGH

SCHOOL REVIVAL THAT IS

SHAKING A WEST VIRGINIA

COMMUNITY.

*

George: AND HELLO,

EVERYONE.

WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH US.

> THE YAZIDIS ARE AN

ANCIENT PEOPLE IN NORTHERN

IRAQ.

THEIR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS

HAVE PERSECUTED THEM IN

CENTURIES, BUT IN RECENT

YEARS, ISIS HAS BEEN

COMMITTING GENOCIDE

AGAINST THEM.

NOW ONE CHRISTIAN GROUP IS

MINISTERS TO THEM A FEW

KILOMETERS FROM THE ISIS

FRONT LINES.

CHUCK HOLTON BRINGS US THE

STORY FROM THE IRAQI CITY

OF SINJAR.

Reporter: MT. SINJAR

MADE INTERNATIONAL

HEADLINES IN 2014, WHEN

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF

YAZIDIS FLED INTO THESE

HILLS TO ESCAPE ISIS.

IT WAS MID-SUMMER, AND

HUNDREDS DIED OF THIRST

AND EXPOSURE ON THE TREK.

EVENTUALLY THE WORLD

COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER TO

DELIVER WATER AND FOOD TO

THOSE LEFT STRANDED ON THE

MOUNTAIN.

TWO WINTERS HAVE COME AND

GONE, AND THERE ARE STILL

THOUSANDS OF YAZIDIS

LIVING IN MAKESHIFT CAMPS.

AND KURDISH SOLDIERS HAVE

ESTABLISH A PERIMETER

AROUND THE AREA.

WHEN THEY WERE FINALLY

PUSHED OUT LAST NOVEMBER,

THEY LEFT THE CITY IN

UNINHABITABLE RUINS.

BUT HELP IS COMING FROM AN

UNLIKELY PLACE, THE

COUNTRY OF BURMA, ALSO

KNOWN AS MYANMAR.

THEY HAVE COME TO GIVE AID

AND TRAINING TO THE

YAZIDIS AND THE KURDISH

ARMY.

THEY BELONG TO A GROUP

CALLED "THE FREE BURMA

RANGERS," AND DAVID UBANK

IS THE FOUNDER.

WE HAVE BEEN SHARING

THE LOVE OF JESUS AND

GIVING PEOPLE HELP.

LAST YEAR WE WERE INVITED

HERE, AND THIS IS OUR

FOURTH TRIP, WHERE WE HAVE

COME BACK TO HELP THE

KURDISH PEOPLE UNDER

ATTACK BY ISIS.

Reporter: THE "FREE

BURMA RANGERS" HAVE MADE A

NAME FOR ITSELF, HELPING

THE WORLD'S MOST

VULNERABLE PEOPLE.

DAVE'S BACKGROUND AND

MILITARY EXPERIENCE MADE

HIM UNIQUELY QUALIFIED FOR

THIS MISSION.

MY CHILDHOOD, GROWING

UP AND HUNTING IN THE

WOODS, AND BEING IN THE

MILITARY, HELPED ME TO

UNDERSTAND HOW TO FUNCTION

IN A WAR ZONE.

Reporter: THIS TRIP,

THEY HAVE BEEN HERE FOR

SIX WEEKS, CONDUCTING

TRAINING AND PROVIDING

MEDICAL CARE.

THEY ALSO BROUGHT OVER

$20,000 WORTH OF DONATED

WARM CLOTHING FOR THE

YAZIDIS LIVING ON TOP OF

MT. SINJAR.

BUT HE DOESN'T DOES THIS

ALONE.

HE BRINGS HIS WIFE AND

THREE CHILDREN BECAUSE

THEY BELIEVE THESE YAZIDI

CHILDREN CAN MORE EASILY

RELATE TO THE GOSPEL THAT

WAY.

I HAVE FAITH IN GOD

THAT HE WILL PROTECT ME

WHEREVER I GO AND WHEREVER

OUR FAMILY GOES.

ISIS IS A VERY STRONG

FORCE THAT NEEDS TO BE

STOPPED.

AND THERE ARE STILL WOMEN

AND CHILDREN HELD CAPTIVE

BY ISIS.

SINJAR JUST MOSTLY

LOOKS LIKE RUBBLE AND

BUILDINGS AND HOUSES HAVE

BEEN DESTROYED, AND MANY

HAVE JUST BEEN FLATTENED.

Reporter: WE'RE

DRIVING THROUGH THE CITY

OF SINJAR, AND WE'RE

STARTING TO NOTICE THAT

THERE ARE CIVILIANS COMING

BACK IN.

WE, JUST A SECOND AGO, SAW

A SHOP THAT WAS OPEN.

PEOPLE ARE KIND OF

SCAVENGING AROUND THROUGH

THE RUINS, PICKING UP

WHATEVER THEY CAN FIND

THAT IS USEFUL.

AND JUST STARTING THE THE

PROCESS OF PUTTING THEIR

LIVES BACK TOGETHER.

ONE OF THOSE FAMILIES WAS

FORTUNATE THAT ISIS USED

THEIR HOME AS A

HEADQUARTERS, SO IT WASN'T

DESTROYED.

THEY'VE OPENED A BAKERY TO

SELL BREAD TO THE SOLDIERS

WHO ARE GUARDING THE CITY.

AS THE FIRST FAMILIES

START TO COME BACK INTO

THIS SHATTERED CITY OF

SINJAR, THE F.B.R. TEAM IS

HERE CONDUCTING A GOOD

LIFE CLUB, AND TEACHING

HE'S YAZIDI KIDS THAT

GOD'S LOVE IS DEEP AND

WIDE.

*

Reporter: ONE MAN WE

MET TOLD US ISIS KIDNAPPED

HIS WIFE IN 2014.

AND HE HADN'T HEARD FROM

HER UNTIL THREE DAYS

BEFORE THIS INTERVIEW.

SHE CALLED TO SAY SHE WAS

BEING HELD IN A PRISON IN

RAMADI, AND ISIS WAS

ASKING FOR A RANSOM OF

$5,000.

BEFORE HE COULD FINISH HIS

STORY, HIS PHONE RANG.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Reporter: IT WAS HIS

COUSIN, A 15-YEAR-OLD BOY

CAPTURED ABOUT THE SAME

TIME AS HIS WIFE.

THE YOUNG MAN HAD BEEN

TAKEN TO AN ISIS TRAINING

CAMP IN SYRIA AND WAS

PLEADING FOR HELP TO

ESCAPE.

EVERYONE HAD THOUGHT HE

WAS DEAD.

AS ISIS IS SLOWLY BEING

PUSHED OUT OF IRAQ,

THEY'RE STARTING TO TRY TO

RANSOM THEIR CAPTIVES BACK

TO THEIR FAMILIES.

AND DESPITE THE COST, THEE

YAZIDIS ARE DESPERATE TO

GET THEIR LOVED ONES BACK.

> WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF

YOUR WIFE WAS CAPTURED TWO

YEARS AGO WITH YOUR BABY

KIDS?

WHAT WOULD YOU DO, REALLY?

I THINK YOU WOULD MOVE

HEAVEN AND EARTH TO GO

SAVE THEM?

AND THAT'S WHAT WE NEED DO

DO.

Reporter: FOR THE

TIME BEING, DAVE AND HIS

TEAM ARE CONTINUING TO DO

WHAT THEY CAN TO SHINE THE

LIGHT OF HOPE INTO A VERY

DARK PLACE.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Reporter: FROM

MT. SINJAR, I'M CHUCK

HOLTON FOR CBN NEWS.

George: AND JOINING

US WITH MORE ON THIS, A

MAN WHO HAS SERVED YAZIDIS

AND CHRISTIANS IN THE

MIDDLE EAST, AUTHOR TOM

DOYLE.

HIS LATEST BOOK IS CALLED

"KILLING CHRISTIANS."

YOU HAVE MINISTERED TO

YAZIDIS IN IRAQ, AND I'M

SURE YOU HAVE HEARD MANY

HORRIFIC STORIES.

IT IS HORRIFIC.

THIS IN THE FIRST TIME

THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED

GENOCIDE.

IT HAS GONE ON FOR

CENTURIES.

THEY HAVE ANCIENT ROOTS.

THEY HAVE A HISTORY JUST

REPLEAT OF GENOCIDE.

BUT TODAY THEY ARE OPEN TO

THE GOSPEL, SURROUNDED BY

FEAR AND HATRED.

George: HOW RECEPTIVE

ARE THEY?

YOU SEE PEOPLE REACHING

OUT TO THEM WITH PURE

LOVE.

AND THEY DON'T WANT

ANYTHING, JUST LOVE

BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN

BEATEN.

WOMEN WERE TAKEN OFF AS

SEX SLAVES, AND THEY ARE

RESPONDING TO BELIEVERS

WHO ARE SHARING CHRIST'S

LOVE.

George: IN YOUR BOOK,

YOU HAVE EIGHT COMPELLING

STORIES -- JUST EIGHT YOU

HAVE MANAGED TO PICKED,

BUT IS THERE ONE IN

PARTICULAR THAT HAS

TOUCHED AT YOUR HEART

STRINGS?

I THINK THERE IS.

IN SYRIA, THERE IS A GROUP

OF MEN WHO CAME TO A POINT

WHERE THEY HAD TO DECIDE

IF THEY WERE GOING TO STAY

IN SEAR EA SYRIA OR LEAVE.

THEY ARE IN THE

UNDERGROUND CHURCHES AND

THEIR LIVES HAVE BEEN

THREATENED A NUMBER OF

TIMES.

THEY DECIDED TO PRAY AND

FAST TO SEE IF THEY WERE

GOING TO STAY.

AND THEY CAME BACK AND NOT

ONLY 10 SHOWED UP, THEY

RECRUITED 15 MORE, AND 25

SHOWED UP.

George: WOW.

OF ALL OF THE STORIES OF

PEOPLE YOU HAVE MET AROUND

THE WORLD, AND THOSE WHO

SUFFER FOR THEIR FAITH, IS

THERE ONE ASPECT OR

CHARACTERISTIC THAT YOU

FIND UNITES ALL OF THESE

STORIES OF PERSECUTION?

WHAT IS AMAZING TO US

IS THE JOY AND THE

CONFIDENCE THEY HAVE WITH

THE LORD.

THEY LIVE EVERY DAY AS IF

IT IS THEIR LAST, AND WE

SHOULD, TOO.

BUT THEY REALLY DO LIVE

THAT IN A PRACTICAL WAY.

THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT

TOMORROW HOLDS.

George: YOU HAD A

CHANCE TO GO TO THESE

MUSLIM COUNTRIES.

TODAY A WESTERN PERSON

FROM AMERICA OR CANADA, IT

IS VERY DIFFICULT, UNLIKE

15 OR 15 YEARS AGO, TO

SHARE THE GOSPEL IN THE

MIDDLE EAST.

YES.

George: BUT THE LORD

IS USING DREAMS AND

VISIONS?

YES.

George: AND YOU'VE

SEEN THIS AND DOCUMENTED

THIS IN YOUR PREVIOUS

BOOK?

YES.

DREAMS AND VISIONS IS

JESUS AWAKENING THOSE IN

THE MUSLIM WORLD.

WE FOUND MUSLIMS WHO'S

WHOLE THEOLOGY WAS BEING

SHAKEN UP BECAUSE THEY

WERE HAVING HIGH

DEFINITION JESUS DREAMS,

SOME 30 NIGHTS IN A ROW.

AND THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT

DOES IT MEAN?

SO THEY FIND A BIBLE, FIND

A BELIEVER, GET ON THE

INTERNET.

THIS MAY BE THE FIFTH

GREAT AWAKENING, THE

NUMBERS OF CONVERSION.

George: FOR OUR

VIEWERS WATCHING AROUND

THE WORLD, HOW DO WE

INTERCEDE AND PRAY FOR

MUSLIMS, AND ALSO BROTHERS

AND SISTERS WHO CONTINUE

TO SUFFER FOR THEIR FAITH?

THIS IS HOW THEY COME

TOGETHER.

BECAUSE AS MUSLIMS COME

TOGETHER IN CHRIST, THERE

IS A GREAT CHANCE THEY

WILL BE PERSECUTED.

SO WE PRAY FOR THOSE WHO

ARE IN PRISON,

PERSECUTION, AND DANGER.

AND AS MUSLIMS COME TO

FAITH IN CHRIST, THEY MAY

LOSE EVERYTHING, BUT, OF

COURSE, GAIN EVERYTHING.

George: AND PEOPLE'S

REACTION WOULD BE TO HATE

MUSLIMS BECAUSE OF ALL OF

THE PERSECUTIONS, AND YOU

SAY --

WE SAY GO AND LOVE THEM

IN JESUS' NAME.

THEY'RE OPEN.

WE THINK MANY MUSLIMS ARE

SENDING UP AN S.O.S.

SIGNAL.

THEY WANT A PERSONAL

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

George: YOU'VE HAD

THE TREMENDOUS PRIVILEGE,

ALONG WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL

WIFE, TO MEET THESE MEN

AND WOMEN AND IT IS AN

HONOR, ISN'T IT?

IT IS.

SOME OF THE MUSLIMS WHO

ARE BELIEVERS AND WHO HAVE

KNOWN CHRIST FOR LESS THAN

A YEAR, WE'VE LEARNED

LESSONS FROM THEM.

George: BY THE WAY,

TOM HAS MANY MORE AMAZING

STORIES IN HIS BOOK, AS I

MENTIONED.

IT IS CALLED "KILLING

CHRISTIANS."

YOU CAN FIND OUT HOW YOU

CAN GET A COPY AT OUR

WEBSITE, cbnnews.com.

GEORGIANS HAVE ALWAYS

HAD TO DEFEND THEIR FAITH,

EVEN TO THE LAST DROP OF

BLOOD.

Wendy: UP NEXT,

THROUGH CENTURIES OF WARS

AND 70 YEARS OF COMMUNIST

RULE, THE NATION OF

GEORGIA HAS KEPT THE

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK

TO "CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

EVERYONE.

GEORGE, YOU HAVE BEEN

TRAVELLING QUITE A LOT

LATELY.

George: I'VE BEEN

BUSY.

Wendy: ONE PLACE

REALLY INTERESTING THAT

YOU WENT, CALLED GEORGIA,

NOT THE STATE DOWN SOUTH,

WHERE THEY HAVE GOOD

PEACHES AND BARBECUE, BUT

THIS ONE IS IN RUSSIA,

RIGHT?

George: NO, IT IS

CLOSE TO RUSSIA.

Wendy: YOU'RE GOING

TO EDUCATE US.

Gord George: YES, I AM.

I TRAVELLED 6,000 MILES TO

THE TINY NATION OF

GEORGIA.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE

ANCIENT LAND WHERE

CULTURE, TRADITION, AND

MORE IMPORTANTLY FAITH IN

JESUS CHRIST RUN DEEP.

George: WAS FAMED

NOVELIST JOHN STEINBECK,

WHO WHILE TRAVELLING

THROUGH THE SO SOVIET UNION

IN 1947, REFERRED TO THIS

LAND AS A KIND OF SECOND

HEAVEN.

AND IT IS EASY TO SEE WHY.

ONCE PART OF THE COMMUNIST

EMPIRE OF THE SOVIET

UNION, IT NESTLES BETWEEN

THE CAUCUSES' MOUNTAINS

AND THE BLACK SEA.

TURKEY AND ARMENIA FLANK

ITS SOUTHERN BORDER.

AZERBAIJAN IS THE NORTH.

THIS MAN IS A GEORGIAN

BUSINESSMANMENT.

BUSINESSMAN.

I COME FROM PERHAPS ONE

OF THE MOST ANCIENT

CULTURES IN THE WORLD.

George: AN ANCIENT

PLACE WHERE PEOPLE SPEAK A

LANGUAGE THAT IS OVER

2,000 YEARS OLD.

THIS MAN SAYS HIS IS A

COUNTRY THAT HAS ALSO

WITNESSED ITS FAIR SHARE

OF TURMOIL.

GEORGIANS GO THROUGH A

LOT.

BECAUSE OF THE

GEOGRAPHICALLY LOCATION,

MANY ARMIES PASS THIS WAY.

George: HISTORY HERE

IS MEASURED IN MILLENNIA,

NOT CENTURIES.

THE OTTOMANS, THE

PERSIANS, THE GREEKS, THE

ROMANS, THE RUSSIANS HAVE

ALL BEEN HERE.

George: THE CAPITAL

CITY OF TIBLISI, THE

ANCIENT AND THE MODERN MIX

SEAMLESSLY, TO CREATE A

BEAUTIFUL PORTRAIT OF

GEORGIA'S RICH CULTURE AND

TRADITION.

ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO

TAKE IN THE SIGHTS AND

SOUNDS OF THE CAPITAL IS

TO TAKE ONE OF THESE

TROLLIES UP THE MOUNTAIN.

George: IN FILMING

THESE SCENES OF TIBILISI,

AND STUNNING COUNTRYSIDE

LANDSCAPES, GEORGIAN

CAMERAMAN JORJI SAID IT

BEST: "EVERY TIME I TRAVEL

IN DIFFERENT REGIONS OF MY

COUNTRY, I FEEL LIKE I'M

TRAVELLING THROUGH

THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF

HISTORY."

GEORGIANS ARE LEGENDARY

FOR THEIR HOSPITALITY.

THEY BELIEVE GUESTS COME

FROM GOD AND AS SUCH ARE

TREATED WITH HONOR.

THEIR FOOD IS SIMPLY OUT

OF THIS WORLD.

FOR EXAMPLE, YOU HAVE THIS

AMAZING DISH.

IT IS CALLED HINGALI, AND

THE ALL FAMOUS HATCHAPUI.

FRIENDSHIP IS HIGHLY

VALUED IN THIS SOCIETY,

AND FAMILY IS PARAMOUNT.

BUT IF THERE IS ONE THING

MANY GEORGIANS TREASURE

MOST IS THEIR FAITH.

THE REASON GEORGIA

REMAINED WHAT IT IS IS

BECAUSE OUR NATION HAS A

PROFOUND FEELING OF

RESPONSIBILITY TO HOLDING

ON TO THE ETERNAL FEATURES

OF OUR NATIONAL CHARACTER,

WHICH, BY ALL MEANS, ARE

ROOTED IN THE CHRISTIAN

CULTURE.

George: GEORGIA IS

ONE OF THE OLDEST

CHRISTIAN COUNTRIES IN THE

WORLD.

ITS CHRISTIAN HERITAGE CAN

BE TRACED HERE TO THE

SMALL TOWN OF USHGETA.

IT WAS AROUND 326 A.D.WHEN

A WOMAN EVANGELIST STARTED

PREACHING THE GOSPEL HERE.

AND WHERE THESE TWO

RIVERS MEET, TWO MAIN

RIVERS OF GEORGIA, THERE

WAS A BIG BAPTISTISM, AND

THEY CONSIDERED IT TO BE A

SECOND JERUSALEM.

George: CHRISTIANITY

SPREAD TO THE REST OF THE

COUNTRY, AND IN ABOUT 10

YEARS BECAME THE STATE

RELIGION.

FIVE CROSSES SYMBOLIZING

CHRISTIAN'S INFLUENCES

ADORN THE GEORGIAN

NATIONAL FLAG.

THE CHURCH HAS PLAYED A

SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THIS

SOCIETY.

IN FACT, ABOUT 80% OF

GEORGIANS SAY THEY BELONG

TO THE ORTHODOX CHURCH.

GEORGIANS HAVE ALWAYS

HAD TO DEFEND THEIR FAITH,

EVEN TO THE LAST DROP OF

BLOOD.

George: THIS MAN IS A

PROMINENT LEADER IN THE

GEORGIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH.

HE SAYS OVER THE

CENTURIES, MANY CHRISTIANS

BECAME MARTYRS FOR

REFUSING TO RENOUNCE THEIR

FAITH.

IN 1226, MUSLIM INVADERS

BEHEADED MORE THAN 100,000

GEORGIAN CHRISTIANS.

THERE

HAVE BEEN

NUMEROUS ATTEMPTS BY

INVADING ARMIES TO FIRST

US TO

GIVE

UP OUR FAITH,

BUT WE NEVER BACKED DOWN.

George: THIS MAN IS WOMAN IS

CURATOR THE GEORGIA'S

NATIONAL MUSEUM.

THERE ARE HISTORICAL

ARTIFACTS DOCUMENTING

GEORGIA'S CHRISTIAN

HERITAGE.

TODAY, THE ROLE OF

CHRISTIANITY IS EVEN MORE

IMPORTANT AS WE FACE NEW

CHALLENGES.

George: SHE BELIEVES

HER COUNTRY STANDS AT A

CROSSROADS WITH CENTRAL

ASIA, RUSSIA, EUROPE, AND

THE MIDDLE EAST, ALL VYING

FOR CULTURE AND RELIGIOUS

INFLUENCE.

SHE SAYS TINY GEORGIA MUST

AGAIN STAND TO PROTECT ITS

HERHERITAGE.

PEOPLE SHOULD REALIZE

THAT THE ABSENCE OF FAITH

IS DISASTEROUS FOR A

NATION.

CHRISTIANITY IS HOW WE

SURVIVED IN THE PAST, AND

IT IS HOW WE WILL SURVIVE

IN THE

FUTURE.

Wendy:

FASCINATING

AND EXQUISITE.

George: IT IS

BEAUTIFUL.

I WAS STUNNED BY JUST WHAT

A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY THIS

IS.

A VERY SMALL COUNTRY, BUT

YET A PLACE YOU CAN

CLEARLY VISIT AND HAS SUCH

A STRONG CHRISTIAN

HERITAGE.

BACK TO 8320.

Wendy: COMING UP, A

STUDENT-LED REVIVAL THAT

IS SHAKING UP A WEST

VIRGINIA TOWN.

OUR EXCLUSIVE REPORT, WHEN

WE COME BACK.

George: AND WELCOME

BACK TO THE BROADCAST.

BY THE WAY, LAST WEEK WE

TOLD YOU HERE ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS"

ABOUT THIS INCREDIBLE

SPIRITUAL REVIVAL THAT

STARTED IN A LOCAL CHURCH

AND IS NOW TOUCHING THE

ENTIRE REGION.

YOU WERE THERE.

Wendy: I WAS.

AND RIGHT AFTER THAT,

GEORGE, I

WENT BACK TO MY

HOME TOWN OF WILLIAMSON,

WEST VIRGINIA, TO SEE

FIRSTHAND WHAT WAS GOING

ON.

TAKE A LOOK.

> THERE IS A NEW SOUND

COMING FORTH FROM THE

HILLS OF SOUTHERN WEST

VIRGINIA.

A SOUND MANY PROPHETS HAVE

FORETOLD BUT HAVEN'T HEARD

UNTIL NOW.

FOR THE PAST THREE WEEKS,

THE

LARGE

SPORTS COMPLEX

IN THIS COAL MINING TOWN

OF WILLIAMSON, WEST

VIRGINIA, HAS BEEN FILLED

TO THE RAFTERS WITH PEOPLE

CRYING OUT FOR GOD.

IT ALL STARTED WHEN MATT

HARTLEY VISITED A LOCAL

CHURCH FOR WHAT WAS

SUPPOSED TO BE A THREE-DAY

REVIVAL SERVICE, BUT IT

JUST CAME GOING.

THIS IS NOT MANMADE,

CHARISMATIC -- THIS IS THE

PRESENCE OF GOD THAT IS

OVERWHELMING US.

THAT IS BEING RELEASED

AMONG HUNGRY PEOPLE THAT

ARE TIRED OF STAGNANT

CHRISTIANITY AND FAKE

CHURCHES.

THEY WANT JESUS MORE THAN

ANYTHING ELSE.

Wendy: AND HE SPOKE

AT THE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL,

WHERE REVIVAL SEEMED TO

BREAK OUT AMONG THE

STUDENTS.

400 TO 450 STUDENTS GOT

SAVED THROUGH MATT HARTLEY

COMING IN AND SPEAKING AT

VOLUNTARY CLUB MEETINGS.

IT WENT FROM SCHOOL TO

SCHOOL AND YOUTH GROUP TO

YOUTH GROUP.

WE HAD A GREAT SPIRIT OF

UNITY.

Wendy: IN THE

1980s, THIS FIELD HOUSE

IS WHERE I HELPED CHEER ON

THE WILLIAMSON BASKETBALL

TEAM TO VICTORY.

GREAT MEMORIES.

BUT TODAY IT IS THE ONLY

PLACE BIG ENOUGH TO HOLD

WHAT MANY SAY IS THE

GREATEST SPIRITUAL

AWAKENING IN SOUTHERN WEST

VIRGINIA HISTORY.

WE HAVE HAD SO MANY

DIFFERENT REVIVAL

SERVICES, SO MANY SPECIAL

SERVICES, AND NOTHING LIKE

THIS.

THIS IS A TRUE AWAKENING.

Wendy: SHE SAYS

PRAYER PLUS DESPERATION

HAS PAVED THE WAY FOR THIS

SPIRITUAL BREAKTHROUGH,

ESPECIALLY AMONG THE YOUNG

PEOPLE.

OH, MY GOSH, IT IS

AMAZING.

I'VE NEVER SEEN SOMETHING

LIKE THIS HAPPEN, WHERE

YOUNG PEOPLE GET ON FIRE.

AND IT IS REALLY COOL TO

COME TO CHURCH, AND NOBODY

IS JUDGING YOU OR SAYING

ANYTHING ABOUT IT BECAUSE

THEY'RE ALL WITH YOU.

WE HAD PRAYER CIRCLES

BEFORE SCHOOL AND HAVING

BIBLE STUDIES AT SCHOOL.

Wendy: OTHERS, LIKE

ERIKA, ARE SEEING GOD

ANSWER VERY SPECIFIC

PRAYERS.

MY HUSBAND JUST GOT

SAVED THIS MORNING.

I'VE BEEN PRAYING FOR HIM

FOR MONTHS.

HE'LL BE BAPTIZED THIS

SUNDAY.

Wendy: HE GOT SAVED

THIS MORNING, ON A MONDAY

MORNING?

ON A MONDAY MORNING

WITH OTHER CHRISTIANS HE

WORKS WITH.

Wendy: HARTLEY

BELIEVES THE SOUND OF

REVIVAL BEING HEARD HERE

HAS THE POTENTIAL TO

SPREAD AROUND THE WORLD.

I BELIEVE GOD HAS

PRESERVED THIS STATE FOR

THE EN END-TIME AWAKENING.

THAT JESUS IS GOING TO BE

EXALTED, AND THE MORE

JESUS IS EXALTED, THE MORE

THE RIVER OF GOD IS GOING

TO EXPLODE.

WE HAVE NOT SEEN ANYTHING

YET AS TO

WHAT GOD

IS

RELEASING.

George: THIS IS

INCREDIBLE.

THIS IS YOUR

HOME TOWN?

Wendy: THAT'S WHERE I

WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL.

I WAS BORN IN CHARLESTON,

BUT I'M FROM WEST

VIRGINIA.

AND THAT WILL ALWAYS BE MY

HOME.

TO SEE THIS HAPPENING

IN

MY HOME TOWN IS FANTASTIC.

I ALWAYS FELT GOD WAS

GOING TO DO GREAT THINGS

OUT OF WEST VIRGINIA.

George: AND HE IS,

FOLKS.

RIGHT HERE ON "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS," YOU'VE SEEN

THE STORIES.

STAY WITH US.

WE'LL BE BACK RIGHT AFTER

THISCH

Wendy: FINALLY THIS

WEEK, A TRASH DUMP MAY

SEEM LIKE AN UNUSUAL PLACE

TO PLANT A CHURCH.

George: BUT FOR THE

GUATEMALANS, IT IS A

BEACON OF HOPE.

AN AMERICAN-BORN

MISSIONARY PLANTED THE

CHURCH IN GUATEMALA CITY

DUMP.

IT IS A 40-ACRE PIT OF

GARBAGE WHERE THOUSANDS OF

PEOPLE SEARCH FOR ITEMS TO

SELL, HOWEVER, THE GOSPEL

HAS CHANGED THE LIVES OF

MORE THAN 500 PLUS

FAMILIES LIVING THERE.

YOU CAN FIND PERSONAL

STORIES OF HOW THIS CHURCH

IS TRANSFORMING LIFE BY

GOING TO OUR "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS" WEB PAGE AT

cbnnews.com.

THAT IS IT FOR THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

Wendy: FROM ALL OF US

HERE AT "CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS," GOOD-BYE, AND

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