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Christian World News - July 1, 2016

This week on Christian World News: Christians in Syria and Iraq face a harsh choice, either live under the brutal rule of ISIS or become refugees. Now, a big-name in Hollywood is helping give them a way out. Plus, this Muslim man loved to ... Read Transcript


George: THIS WEEK ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA AND

IRAQ FACE A HARSH CHOICE,

EITHER LIVE UNDER THE

BRUTAL RULE OF ISIS OR

BECOME REFUGEES.

NOW A BIG NAME IN

HOLLYWOOD IS HELPING THEM

TO GET A WAY OUT.

Wendy: PLUS, THIS

MUSLIM MAN LOVED TO

CHALLENGE CHRISTIANS ABOUT

THEIR BELIEF UNTIL HIS OWN

CRISIS OF FAITH AND A

SERIES OF DREAMS THAT

CHANGED EVERYTHING.

George: AND WE TAKE

YOU TO SURF CITY TO VISIT

A SCHOOL WHERE YOU CAN

LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES

AND HEAR THE GOSPEL.

*

George: HELLO,

EVERYONE.

WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS".

A POWERFUL HOLLYWOOD

PRODUCER HELPS CHRISTIANS

ESCAPE ISIS.

HI, EVERYBODY, I'M GEORGE

THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

WELL, MORE THAN 100,000

CHRISTIANS HAVE ESCAPED

ISIS TERRORISTS IN THE

PAST YEAR.

MOST ARE STILL SCATTERED

ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST,

AND FINALLY ONE PROPOSAL

MIGHT OFFER THEM A WAY

OUT.

George: CBN MIDDLE

EAST BUREAU CHIEF CHRIS

MITCHELL TELLS US MORE.

Chris: CHRISTIANS IN

THE MIDDLE EAST FACE THEIR

WORST SITUATION IN

CENTURIES.

HUMAN RIGHTS OBSERVERS SAY

THE WEST MUST PAY

ATTENTION.

THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT

CHRISTIANS ARE FACING

GENOCIDE.

THEY NEED TO HELP THESE

CHRISTIANS.

THEY NEED TO HELP THEM

WITH THEIR PRAYER AND WITH

AID FOR THEM TO LEAVE.

Chris: AFTER ISIS

CONQUERED MOSUL AND LARGE

AREAS OF IRAQ MORE THAN A

YEAR AGO, THOUSANDS FOUND

REFUGE IN KURDISTAN, AND

OTHERS IN JORDAN AND

LEBANON.

THEY CAN'T GO BACK HOME

AND THEY CAN'T WORK.

NINA SHAY LEADS THE CENTER

FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN

WASHINGTON.

ISIS CHIPPED THEM OF

ALL OF THEIR PROPERTY.

WHEN THEY WENT INTO EXILE,

THEY WENT INTO SAFE HAVENS

THAT WILL NOT GIVE THEM

RESIDENCY OR WORK OR

AUTHORIZATION.

THEY HAVE NO MONEY.

Reporter: SHAY HOPES

TEAMING UP WITH HOLLYWOOD

PRODUCER MAKER MARK BURNETT WILL

MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

THEY NEED TO START

THEIR LIVES OVER AND BE

RESETTLED IN COUNTRIES

THAT WILL GIVE THEM WORK

AUTHORIZATION AND WOULD

ALLOW THEM TO REPLAN THEIR

LIVES.

Reporter: THEY PLAN

TO RESETTLE THESE

CHRISTIANS IN COMFORTABLE

SURROUNDINGS.

FOYE FOR THE ORTHODOX

COMMUNITIES, WE'RE LOOKING

AT ORTHODOX COUNTRIES,

MAYBE GEORGIA, MAYBE

RUSSIA, MAYBE SOME PLACES

IN EASTERN EUROPE.

FOR THE CATHOLICS, WE'RE

LOOKING -- AND

PROTESTANTS -- WE'RE

LOOKING AT THE WESTERN

COUNTRIES.

Chris: WHILE THE

NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING,

SHAY ADDS THAT CHRISTIANS

FACE A GREATER DANGER.

THE DIFFERENCE WITH

CHRISTIANS IS THAT THEY --

UNDERNEATH THE CONFLICT --

THEY'RE NOT JUST RUNNING

FROM A CONFLICT.

THEY'RE RUNNING FROM

TARGETED PERSECUTION

AGAINST THEM.

Chris: SHE CALLS ON

THE CHURCH TO NOT ONLY

PRAY, BUT TO GET INVOLVED.

THE CHURCH OF THE WEST

AND THE FREE WORLD,

LATIN-AMERICA, NEEDS TO

PRAY ALL THE TIME.

I MEAN, NOT JUST ONCE A

YEAR, BUT PRAY EVERY

SUNDAY IN CONGREGATION,

FOR THESE PERSECUTED

CHRISTIANS.

IF THEY CAN CONTACT THEIR

POLITICAL REPRESENTATIVES

AND THE CANDIDATES RUNNING

FOR OFFICE TO SAY THE

UNITED STATES SHOULD TAKE

ITS SHARE OF CHRISTIANS AS

WELL.

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: FOR MORE THAN

A YEAR THE DEADLY

TERRORIST GROUP ISIS HAS

BEEN ON A RAMPAGE,

BRUTALLY MURDERING ITS

VICTIMS AND GAINING GROUND

IN IRAQ AND SYRIA.

EVEN SO, MANY PEOPLE STILL

DON'T KNOW VERY MUCH ABOUT

THIS RADICAL ISLAMIC

GROUP.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: ISIS, OR

THE ISLAMIC STATE, BURST

ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE

IN 2014, WHEN IT TOOK OVER

HUGE SWATHS OF IRAQ AND

SYRIA.

TODAY ISIS CONTROLS A LAND

AREA THE SIZE OF GREAT

BRITAIN, AND IS THE

WEALTHIEST JIHADIST

ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD.

AS IT EXPANDS, ISLAMIC

STATE FORCES BRING CHAOS

AND SAVAGERY WHEREVER THEY

GO.

DESPITE WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT

ISIS, THERE IS MUCH THAT

REMAINS MYSTERIOUS UNTIL

NOW.

IN HIS NEW BOOK, "THE

COMPLETE INFIDEL'S GUIDE

TO ISIS," ROBERT SPENCER

REVEALS EVERYTHING YOU

NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ISIS

AND HOW TO STOP ITS REIN

OF TERROR.

George: I TALKED WITH

ROB SPEROBERT SPENCER ABOUT THE

TERROR GROUP'S LONG-TERM

GOALS FOR THE WEST.

WHEN ISIS MOVED INTO

MOSUL IN IRAQ, ONE OF THE

FIRST THINGS THEY DID WAS

PAINT THE NUN, THE ARABIC

LETTER "N," ON THE DOORS

OF THE HOUSES WHERE THE

CHRISTIANS LIVED, TO MARK

THEM, TO COME BACK AND

DEMAND FROM THEM THE TAX

THAT THE QURAN SPECIFICS

FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE

BOOK.

THEY HAVE TO PAY IN

TRIBUTE AND A SIGN OF

THEIR SUBMISSION TO THE

MUSLIMS.

THE CHRISTIANS KNEW THIS

IS WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO

DO.

MANY OF THEM WERE ABLE TO

FLEE.

THOSE WHO WERE CAUGHT

THERE HAD TO EITHER

CONVERT TO ISLAM OR PAY

THIS TAX AND ACCEPT ALL

KINDS OF DISCRIMINATORY

REGULATIONS BASED IN THE

ISLAMIC LAW.

George: WHY DO THEY

HATE CHRISTIANS SO MUCH?

THEY BELIEVE JESUS WAS

A MUSLIM PROPHET WHO

TAUGHT ISLAM.

AND THE CHRISTIANS CAME

AND TWISTED AND HIJACKED

HIS TEACHINGS TO CREATE

CHRISTIANITY.

AND THE QURAN REPEATEDLY

DENOUNCES CHRISTIANITY.

IT MEANS THAT ALL

CHRISTIANS ARE

UNBELIEVERS, ESSENTIALLY.

THEY SAY THEY DID NOT KILL

HIM AND HE DID NOT

RESURRECT.

George: THEY WANTED

TO CREATE WHAT IS CALLED A

CALIPHATE, AND WHAT DOES

IT MEAN FOR CHRISTIANS?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE

WEST?

IT IS EXTREMELY

IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE

CALIPHATE IN ISLAMIC

THEOLOGY THE ONLY

LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT FOR

MUSLIMS WORLDWIDE.

THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS

WHY ISIS IS SO APPEALING.

BUT FOR CHRISTIANS IT IS

VERY OMINOUS BECAUSE THE

CALIPHATE WILL REIMPOSE

THIS INSTITUTIONALIZED

SYSTEM OF IMMIGRATION,

THAT HAS BEEN SET ASIDE IN

THE 19th CENTURY, AND

HAS NOT BEEN IN EFFECT

SINCE THEN.

BUT ISIS WANTS TO BRING IT

BACK, AND THEY'RE ALREADY

ENFORCING IT UPON THE

REMAINING CHRISTIANS IN

IRAQ AND SYRIA.

George: AND NOT JUST

THE REMAINING CHRISTIANS

IN IRAQ AND SYRIA, BUT DO

THEY HAVE AMBITIONS BEYOND

THE MIDDLE EAST, TO THE

WEST.

THE WHOLE WORLD.

EVERYWHERE.

THEY'RE LIKE NAZI GERMANY.

AND NAZI GERMANY WAS GOING

TO CONTINUE ADVANCING

UNTIL THEY WERE STOPPED.

ISIS IS GOING TO CONTINUE

ADVANCING UNTIL THEY ARE

STOPPED.

George: ISRAEL IS

PART OF THAT EQUATION?

ABSOLUTELY.

THEY INTEND TO CONQUER

ROME BY 2020, AND ISRAEL

BY 2022, AND BRING ABOUT

THE ARMAGEDDON STRUGGLE

BETWEEN THE BELIEVERS AND

NON-BELIEVER IS IN A TOWN

CALLED TOBIK.

THIS IS A SPIRITUAL

BATTLE, AND WE HAVE TO

DEFEAT IT SPIRITUALLY AND

WE CAN AND WILL.

THEY SAY WE LOVE DEATH

MORE THAN YOU LOVE LIFE,

AND WE WILL WIN.

BUT WE KNOW THE AUTHOR OF

LIFE IS ON OUR SIDE.

AND THE AUTHOR OF LIFE

WILL NEVER ALLOW DEATH TO

OVERCOME LIFE.

THIS IS THE MOST

CONCENTRATED EVIL FORCE IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

THAT IS THE SEEDS OF ITS

OWN DOOM.

George: IT IS CALLED

"THE COMPLETE IN FE INFIDEL'S

GUIDE TO ISIS."

THE AUTHOR IS ROBERT

SPENCER.

IT IS A BOOK YOU NEED TO

GET TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS

GOING ON WITH ISIS AND THE

THEOLOGY BEHIND ITS

HORRIFIC ACTS.

Wendy: IN GERMANY,

HUNDREDS OF MUSLIM

REFUGEES ARE TURNING TO

CHRIST AT A BERLIN CHURCH.

THE EVANGELICAL TRINITY

CHURCH HAS SWELLED FROM

150 TO 600 MEMBERS IN JUST

TWO YEARS.

AND MANY ARE MUSLIMS

FLEEING IRAN AND

AFGHANISTAN.

I BAPTIZE YOU IN THE

NAME OF THE FATHER, AND

THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

AMEN.

I FEEL LIKE I'M BORN

AGAIN.

Wendy: MANY REFUGEES

ARE SEEKING ASYLUM IN

GERMANY AND CONVERTING TO

CHRISTIANITY INCREASES

THEIR CHANCES OF STAYING

THERE.

IF THEY'RE SENT HOME,

CONVERTS CAN BE

PERSECUTED, EVEN PUT TO

DEATH FOR LEAVING ISLAM.

THE CHURCH'S PASTOR SAYS

HE BELIEVES THE POWER OF

CHRIST IS CHANGING THEIR

LIVES.

I KNOW THAT SOMETIMES

PEOPLE ALSO COME HERE

BECAUSE THEIR HOPE IS THEY

WILL BE GRANTED ASYLUM

STATUS.

I INVITE PEOPLE LIKE THIS

IN BECAUSE I THINK THAT

COMING HERE DOES CHANGE

PEOPLE, DESPITE THEIR

ORIGINAL MOTIVATION FOR

DOING SO.

Wendy: PASTOR MARTIN

SAYS 90% OF THOSE WHO ARE

BAPTIZED RETURN TO THE

CHURCH.

George: UP NEXT, A

DEVOUT YOUNG MUSLIM WHO

HAD A CRISIS OF FAITH.

SEE HOW THREE DREAMS LED

THIS MAN TO JESUS CHRIST.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK

TO "CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS".

WELL, SINCE CHILDHOOD,

NABIL CARUSHI HAS BEEN

TAUGHT TO ISLAM IS A

RELIGION OF BELIEF, AND HE

FERVENTLY BELIEVED THAT.

George: BUT WHEN 9/11

HIT, NABIL WAS A FRESH MAN

IN COLLEGE.

HE STRUGGLED TO RECONCILE

THE ISLAM HE SAW ON THE TV

SCREEN WITH THE ISLAM HE

HAD KNOWN ALL HIS LIFE.

IT WAS REALLY SOMETHING

I HAD TO WRESTLE WITH.

BECAUSE AT THIS POINT, ALL

OF THE TALK ABOUT ISLAM

BEING A RELIGION OF PEACE

WAS BEING CONFRONTED WITH

A VERY VIVID PICTURE OF

PEOPLE BEING MURDERED IN

THE NAME OF QURAN.

Reporter: HE WAS

RAISED IN A LOVING FAMILY,

FROM A PEACEFUL SECT OF

ISLAM.

THE SLOGAN FOR THE SECT

IS "LOVE FOR ALL; HATRED

FOR NONE."

GROWING UP, I WAS TAUGHT

TO LOVE EVERYONE.

Reporter: HE PURSUED

HIS FAITH WITH RIGOR.

HE PRAYED FIVE TIMES A DAY

AND MEMORIZED THE QURAN IN

ENGLISH AND ARABIC.

HE WAS DETERMINED TO PROVE

ISLAM WAS THE ONLY TRUE

FATE, ESPECIALLY TO

CHRISTIANS.

WHEN I CHALLENGED THEM

ON THE RELIABILITY OF THE

BIBLE OR WHEN I CHALLENGED

THEM ON THE DEITY OF

CHRIST OR THE CRUCIFIXION

OR THE TRINITY, THEY WOULD

HAVE NO ANSWER.

AND THEY WOULD BEGIN A

VERY QUICK RETREAT INTO

THE REALM OF FAITH.

I JUST BELIEVE ON FAITH.

I'M THINKING, YOU'RE USING

THE WORD "FAITH" THE WAY I

USE THE WORD "IGNORANCE."

Reporter: THEN IN HIS

FRESHMAN YEAR OF COLLEGE,

HE SAW ANOTHER SIDE OF HIS

FAITH.

I HAVE TO ANSWER FOR

MYSELF, WHAT IS ISLAM?

IS IT WHAT I'VE BEEN

TAUGHT?

OR WHAT THESE GUYS ARE

PROCLAIMING.

I WAS SURE IT IS WHAT I

HAVE BEEN TAUGHT,

PEACEFUL, BUT HOW DO I

EXPLAIN WHAT IS HAPPENING

ON THE TV.

Reporter: LATER THAT

YEAR HE MET DAVID, A

CHRISTIAN.

LIKE NABIL, HE KNEW HOW TO

DEFEND HIS FAITH THROUGH

LOGIC AND REASON.

DAVID WAS ABLE TO GIVE

ME REASONS TO BELIEVE IN

THE BIBLE, REASONS TO

BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE

HASN'T BEEN CHANGED, THAT

IT IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF

GOD.

THAT TH THE CANON OF GOD IS

IN THE BIBLE AND NO OTHER

BOOKS SHOULD BE IN THAT

COLLECTION.

Reporter: DESPITE THE

DIFFERENCES, NABIL AND

DAVID BECAME FRIENDS AND

OFTEN DEBATED ABOUT

RELIGION.

NABIL HELD ON TO HIS

BELIEFS BUT WAS RUNNING

OUT OF ARGUMENTS.

WHENEVER I STARTED

PROVIDING REASONS TO HIM,

THAT'S WHEN HE STARTED

POINTING THINGS OUT, FLAWS

IN MY REASONING.

Reporter: IT BECAME

EVEN CLEARER WHEN HE

COMPARED THE BIBLE TO THE

QURAN AND LOOKED CLOSELY

AT THE TEACHINGS OF

MUHAMMAD.

IT BECAME ABUNDANTLY

CLEAR WHY PEOPLE COULD BE

SO VIOLENT IN THEIR

PRACTICE OF ISLAM BECAUSE

IN THE ORIGINAL TEACHINGS

OF MUHAMMAD, THERE WERE

SOME VERY, VERY VIOLENT

TEACHINGS.

I'M TRYING TO DEFEND ISLAM

TO MY FRIEND, WHO IS A

CHRISTIAN, AND I'M TRYING

TO EXPLAIN TO HIM WHY

ISLAM IS PEACEFUL, AND WHY

WOMEN ARE GIVEN EQUAL

RIGHTS.

ALL THESE THINGS I TRULY

BELIEVE, AND NOW I HAVE TO

DEFEND.

AND I'M FAILING MISERABLY.

Reporter: NABIL SAW

THE ONLY LOGICAL

CONCLUSION IS THAT JESUS

IS THE SON OF GOD.

BUT ADMITTING THAT WENT

AGAINST EVERYTHING HE EVER

BELIEVED IN.

THE BIGGEST BLASPHEMY

IN ISLAM IS TO WORSHIP

ANYTHING OTHER THAN ALLAH.

IF THERE IS A CHANCE THAT

ISLAM COULD BE FALSE,

THAT'S A CRIES.

THAT'S GOING TO SHAKE MY

WORLD.

AND IT DID.

AND THAT'S WHAT DROVE ME

TO MY KNEES.

AND THAT'S WHEN I BEGAN TO

ASK, GOD, WHO ARE YOU?

Reporter: IN THE

MUSLIM TRADITION, NABIL

ASKED GOD TO SHOW HIM THE

TRUTH THROUGH A DREAM.

GOD GAVE HIM THREE.

ONE IN PARTICULAR HAD A

PROFOUND EFFECT.

I WAS STANDING AT THE

THRESHOLD OF A NA NARROW

DOOR.

IT WAS JUST WIDE ENOUGH TO

FIT ME, JUST TALL ENOUGH

TO FIT ME.

I COULD BARELY FIT IN IT.

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS

DOORWAY WAS A ROOM THAT

HAD BEEN SET WITH A FEAST.

I KNEW THAT THAT ROOM WAS

HEAVEN.

AND I KNEW THAT I HAD TO

GET INTO THAT ROOM IF I

WANTED TO BE IN HEAVEN.

Reporter: LATER HE

READ A PASSAGE IN THE

BIBLE THAT CONFIRMED HIS

DREAMS.

CONVINCED OF THE TRUTH,

HIS WORLD WAS SHATTERED.

SEEKING CO COMFORT, HE

REACHED FOR THE QURAN.

I PULLED OUT THE QURAN

AND STARTED GOING THROUGH

THE PAGES, AND IT WAS A

RUDE AWAKENING THAT THERE

ISN'T A SINGLE VERSE IN

THE QURAN DESIGNED TO

COMFORT A HURTING MAN, NOT

ONE.

I PUT IT AWAY.

I WENT TO THE BIBLE AND I

WENT TO MATTHEW.

MATTHEW 5, AND HERE IS

WHAT IT SAYS: "BLESSED ARE

THOSE WHO MOURN, FOR THEY

SHALL BE COMFORTED."

I'M SAYING TO GOD, I KNOW

WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO,

BUT I JUST NEED TIME TO

MOURN.

I JUST NEED TIME TO MOURN.

I JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH

THE BIBLE AT THAT MOMENT.

IT WAS AS IF GOD HAD

WRITTEN THOSE WORDS

SPECIFICALLY FOR ME.

HE KNEW 2,000 YEARS AGO I

WAS GOING TO NEED COMFORT

IN THIS MOMENT, AND HE

KNEW I WOULD GO TO

MATTHEW, AND HE PUT THAT

VERSE IN MATTHEW FOR ME.

I SAID, THIS IS REAL.

THIS FAITH IS WHERE THE

TRUTH IS FOUND.

THAT'S WHEN I ULTIMATELY,

BY READING THE BIBLE,

ACCEPTED CHRIST.

Reporter: NABIL

STARTED TELLING PEOPLE

ABOUT HIS NEW FAITH,

INCLUDING HIS PARENTS.

HE SAYS THEY WERE

DISAPPOINTED BUT STILL

LOVED THEIR SON.

HE IS PRAYING THAT THEY

WILL ONE DAY ACCEPT

CHRIST.

SO THEY CAN KNOW HIM,

SO THEY CAN BE WITH HIM

FOR ETERNITY, SO WE CAN

ALL BE TOGETHER FOR

ETERNITY.

I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE --

HONESTLY, I CAN'T EVEN

IMAGINE GOING TO CHURCH

WITH MY FAMILY.

AND I WOULD LOVE, SOME

DAY, FOR MY FATHER AND MY

MOTHER TO BE WORSHIPPING

ALONGSIDE OF ME.

I CAN'T EVEN THINK ABOUT

IT BECAUSE I'LL JUST BREAK

UP.

Reporter: TODAY HE

WORKS FOR ROBBIE

ZACHIRIUS, AND HAS A BOOK

CALLED "SEEKING ALLAH,

FINDING JESUS."

HE IS MOST GRATEFUL FOR

THE UNDERSTANDING OF TRUTH

AND THE GIFT OF ETERNAL

LIFE.

JESUS WAS ABLE TO

RESURRECT FROM THE DEAD.

HE HAS KILLED DEATH.

THIS LIFE IS ALL ABOUT

LIFE.

IT DOESN'T END IN DEATH.

AND THERE IS NOTHING,

NOTHING MORE FREEING THAN

THAT.

George: AND THAT

MESSAGE TODAY IS SWEEPING

ACROSS A LARGE SWATH OF

THE MIDDLE EAST.

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE

EMBRACING JESUS CHRIST.

Wendy: YOU KNOW,

GEORGE, IT IS INTERESTING

WHEN YOU HEAR A FORMER

MUSLIM PROCLAIMING THE

GOSPEL SO POWERFULLY, IT

IS MAGICAL AND AMAZING.

WE BLESS HIM AND PRAY FOR

HIS FAMILY AND HIS

PROTECTION.

George: FOLKS, COMING

UP, WATCH MY COLLEAGUE,

WENDY GRIFFITH, CATCH A

WAVE AT SURF CAMP.

SEE HO

* CATCH A WAVE AND YOU'LL

BE SITTING ON TOP OF THE

WORLD *

REMEMBER THAT BEACH BOYS

SONG?

George: THAT WAS 52

YEARS AGO, AND THE SPORT

IS AS POPULAR AS EVER.

AND, WENDY, YOU JUST

RECENTLY CAUGHT THE BUG?

Wendy: I DID.

AND I TRAVELLED TO

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, TO

LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES,

WHERE I DISCOVERED THIS IS

NO ORDINARY SURF CAMP.

DID YOU KNOW THAT

SURFING IS IN THE BIBLE.

IN THE BOOK OF ACTS, WHEN

PAUL WAS SHIP WRECKED, IT

FLIPPED HIS CAR SEVERAL

TIMES ON THE INTERSTATE,

AND THAT'S WHEN HE HEARD

GOD SPEAK.

HE SAID, YOU'VE BEEN

ASKING ME TO HELP YOU, AND

I AM.

IT IS GOING TO BE HARD,

BUT I WILL SEE YOU

THROUGH.

I WANT YOU TO GO BACK TO

THE SCENE OF THE CRIME.

Wendy:

BEN DID RETURN

TO THE ACCIDENT SCENE, WAS

ARRESTED, AND ENDED UP

SPENDING THREE MONTHS IN

JAIL.

I WAS ON SO MUCH

OXYCONTIN, THAT YOU DIE

FROM COMING OFF THE

WITHDRAWALS.

I LITERALLY LOOKED LIKE A

FISH FLOPPING ON THE

FLOOR.

HE CAME INTO THAT JAIL

CELL, AND IT IS LIKE THE

WOMAN THAT WAS CAUGHT IN

ADULTERY.

HE SHOWED UP AT MY WORST

MOMENT, AND HE SAID, I

DON'T CONDEMN YOU.

GO AND SIN NO MORE.

THAT POWER, THAT GIFT, OF

NO CONDEMNATION GAVE ME

THE POWER TO OVERCOME.

I'M TELLING YOU, HE

CHANGED ME IN THAT JAIL

CELL.

Wendy: AFTER THAT

NIGHT, BEN NEVER LOOKED

BACK AND FELT GOD URGING

HIM TO USE HIS TALENTS TO

TEACH OTHERS THE JOY OF

SURFING.

HE GAVE ME REALLY A

SIMPLE FORMULA, ALMOST THE

A.B.C.s OF SURFING, AND

WITH HIS ANOINTING AND

GRACE, I'VE BEEN ABLE TO

TEACH JUST ABOUT ANYONE

HOW TO SURF.

THE BEST SURFER IS THE ONE

HAVING THE MOST FUN.

THESE SURFERS COME FROM

ALL OVER THE COUNTRY HERE

TO PENSACOLA, AND ALTHOUGH

THEY LOVE THE GREAT WAVES,

WHAT THEY REALLY LIKE

ABOUT INNER LIFE SURF CAMP

IS THE SPIRITUAL

COMPONENT.

WE DIDN'T REALIZE IT

WAS A CHRISTIAN

ORGANIZATION OR COMPANY.

AND SO WHEN HE PRAYED

BEFORE WE STARTED --

FATHER, I PRAY THAT THE

JELLYFISH WOULD DISAPPEAR

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

WE, LIKE, ARE YOU

KIDDING?

THIS IS AWESOME.

IT WAS, LIKE, WE WANT TO

LIVE HERE NOW AND SURF

WITH HIM.

Wendy: JESUS AND

SURFING DO GO TOGETHER?

YEAH, ESPECIALLY WITH

ALL OF THE JELLYFISH OUT

THERE.

Wendy: WHAT IS IT

LIKE TO SURF AS AN ADULT?

WHEN YOU ACTUALLY GET

UP, IT IS LIKE WHEN YOU'RE

A KID AND YOU'RE RIDING A

BIKE FOR THE FIRST TIME.

YOU ACTUALLY STAND UP AND

YOU'RE JUST -- I DON'T

KNOW, THE WIND BLOWING IN

YOUR HAIR.

Wendy: IT IS A GREAT

FEELING.

IT IS A GREAT FEELING,

YEAH.

BEN HAS ALWAYS HELPED

US, AND ENCOURAGED US TO

GO TO GOD.

AND HE USE THE SURFING TO

HELP US UNDERSTANDING

CHRIST.

HE BAPTIZED BACK IN MAY.

HE IS KIND OF SHOWING US

THE WAY, ALONG WITH OUR

PARENTS.

Wendy: I JUST SAW YOU

CATCH A PRETTY COOL WAVE.

HOW DID IT FEEL?

IT WAS PRETTY

ENJOYABLE.

WE DON'T USUALLY GET SURF

LIKE THIS IN PENSACOLA.

THEY ATTACH A LOT TO

THE BIBLE.

BEING ATTACHED TO YOUR

LEASH IS LIKE YOUR

LIFELINE.

Wendy: WHAT DO YOU

LIKE ABOUT SURF CAMP?

I LOVE I CAN SURF AT MY

AGE.

AND TO BE ABLE TO DO IT

WITH MY SON IS EVEN MORE

EXCITING.

Wendy: IF YOU THOUGHT

YOU COULD NEVER SURF,

THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT.

AND GUESS WHAT?

I WAS WRONG.

Wendy: BEN SAYS

ADULTS HAVE MORE FEARS

ABOUT SURFING THAN KIDS.

WE HAVE TO OVERCOME ALL

OF THE FEARS, WHY THEY

DON'T HAVE TO FEAR

SOMETHING.

WHEN YOU BREAKTHROUGH THAT

AND PUSH THROUGH AND SEE

THAT YOU REALLY CAN, IT

REALLY DOES CHANGE, IT'S,

LIKE, WHERE DID WE LEARN

WE COULDN'T.

Wendy: BEN ALSO LIKES

TO EASE FEARS ABOUT WHAT

IS UNDER THE WATER.

THAT'S WHY I

INCORPORATE PRAYER.

I BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF

PRAYER.

GOD HAS DEFINITELY KEPT ME

SAFE.

AND WE GET SHARKS A LOT IN

THE WATER.

WE'RE PUTTING OUR FAITH IN

ACTION WHEN WE ENTER INTO

THE GULF, AND DEPENDING ON

GOD TO KEEP US SAFE.

WE'RE NOT ON THE SHARK'S

MENU.

Wendy: FOR BEN,

SURFING IS NOT ONLY A

PASSION, BUT A WAY TO

REACH PEOPLE WHO MAY NEVER

ENTER A CHURCH, WITH THE

LOVE OF JESUS.

I FEEL LIKE I'M SERVING

THE LORD WHEN I'M SURFING.

BECAUSE IT IS A TALENT

THAT HE GAVE ME.

I FEEL LIKE I'M GLORIFYING

HIM WITH THAT.

IT'S OPENED DOORS FOR ME

TO SHARE THE GRACE THAT HE

HAS SHED UPON

ME.

George: A GREAT

STORY.

FOR BEN, THIS IS HIS

CHURCH.

Wendy: YOU'RE

IMPRESSED?

George: I AM.

CLEARLY WITH YOUR TALENT.

BUT FOR

BEN, THIS IS HIS

CHURCH.

Wendy:

ABSOLUTELY.

AND I CAN'T

WAIT TO GO

BACK.

AND YOU NEED

TO

TRY IT,

TOO.

George: FINALLY ON

THE BROADCAST THIS WEEK,

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

HELPING CHILDREN IN PERU,

WELL, GET AN EDUCATION.

Wendy: 12-YEAR-OLD

BRIDGET DESCRIBED HER

SCHOOL AS SAD.

THE LIGHTING WAS POOR, AND

THE WINDOWS HAD NO GLASS,

AND THE FLOOR WAS JUST

DIRT.

THE KIDS DIDN'T HAVE

TEXTBOOKS.

"OPERATION BLESSING"

RENOVATED THE CLASSROOMS

AND GAVE THE STUDENTS

BOOKS AND SUPPLIES,

AND

THEY GAVE BRIDGET A BIKE

TO RIDE TO

GET TO SCHOOL.

I USED TO RIDE MY BIKE TO

SCHOOL IN THE SECOND

GRADE, AND IT WAS A LOT OF

FREEDOM.

LIFE-CHANGING.

George: AND THAT'S IT

FOR THIS EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD

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