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Christian World News - August 19, 2016

This week on Christian World News: The classic movie "Ben-Hur" is widely-considered to be one of the greatest of all-time. Now, it's being updated for a new generation. And, an aerial offensive reaching people in North Korea. The ... Read Transcript


George: THIS WEEK ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

THE CLASSIC MOVIE BEN-HUR

IS WIDELY CONSIDERED TO BE

ONE OF THE GREATEST OF ALL

TIME.

AND NOW IT HAS BEEN

UPDATED FOR A NEW

GENERATION.

MEET THE CAST AND CREW

BEHIND THIS $100 MILLION

BLOCKBUSTER.

Wendy: AND AN AERIAL

OFFENSIVE, REACHING PEOPLE

IN NORTH KOREA.

THE UNIQUE METH BEIN METHOD BEING

USE TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL

THERE.

George: PLUS, ONE OF

THE OLDEST CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITIES IN THE WORLD

IS UNDER FIRE LIKE NEVER

BEFORE.

SEE HOW EGYPT'S COPTICS

RESPOND TO THE RISE IN

PERSECUTION.

HELLO, EVERYONE.

WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS, AND I'M

JOIN WITH MY CO-ANCHOR WHO

I HAVE NOT SEEN IN A LONG

TIME.

Wendy: I LIKE THAT.

I'M WENDY GRIFFITH, NICE

TO MEET YOU.

George: GREAT TO HAVE

YOU BACK ON THE SHOW.

Wendy: IT'S GREAT TO

BE BACK AS A TEAM.

> HERE WE GO, JESUS

MEETS THE FAST AND

FURIOUS.

THAT'S WHAT CRITICS ARE

CALLING THE REMAKE OF THE

1959 CLASSIC FILM,

BEN-HUR.

George: THE HUSBAND

AND WIFE TEAM BEHIND THE

MINI SERIES "SON OF GOD,"

AND "A.D.," ARE PROVING

THIS FILM.

AND THEY SAY IT IS AN EPIC

ADVENTURE FOR ALL AGES.

NO MATTER WHERE YOU'RE

FROM, THAT DRUM IS YOUR

HOT SEAT.

AND YOUR GOD IS THE GLORY

OF ROME.

Reporter: BEN-HUR IS

ONE OF THE GREATEST

STORIES EVER TOLD.

AND PRODUCERS MAR MARK BURNETT

AND ROMA DOWNEY ARE

DELIVERING NEW TWISTS AND

TURNS IN THIS $100 MILLION

FILM, BASED ON THE MORE

THAN 130-YEAR-OLD CLASSIC

NOVEL WRITTEN BY GENERAL

LOU WALLACE.

CRUCIFIED.

Efrem: YOU GUYS DON'T

DO ANYTHING SMALL, DO YOU?

YEAH.

THIS REDEFINES EPIC,

DOESN'T IT?

I THINK THAT'S WHERE

PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST

INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT

BEN-HUR IS THAT YOU HAVE

THIS FICTIONAL STORY SET

AT THIS TIME IN JERUSALEM,

AND IT GIVES A REAL

HISTORIC AND POLITICAL

CONTEXT TO THE WORLD INTO

WHICH JESUS WAS BORN.

IT WAS A VERY COMPLICATED

TIME.

A TIME OF GREAT CIVIL

UNREST AND INJUSTICE, AND

HEARTACHE AND HURT FOR AN

ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF PEOPLE.

AND WE'RE FOLLOWING THE

JOURNEY OF THESE TWO

BROTHERS, JUDAH AND

MESALLA, AND THAT WE

LITERALLY JUST KIND OF

BUMP INTO JESUS IN THE

MARKETPLACE.

Efrem: THE STORY PITS

BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER.

JACK HOUSTON PLAYS JUDAH

BEN-HUR.

YOU STAYED AWAY.

YOU SHOULD HAVE KILLED

ME.

Efrem: YOU INITIALLY

WEREN'T GOING TO TRY OUT

FOR THE ROLE OF JUDAH?

YOU WANTED TO BE MESALLA,

CORRECT?

YEAH.

I THOUGHT I HAD A BETTER

SHOT AT HIM.

I THINK MESALLA IS ONE OF

THE GREAT CHARACTERS.

BUT IT WAS A NICE SORT OF

SEGUE INTO JUDAH BECAUSE I

THINK IT GAVE ME A VERY

DEEP UNDERSTANDING OF MY

BROTHER AND A DEEP LOVE

FOR MY BROTHER.

Efrem: THE BROTHERS,

JUDAH AND MESALLA, BATTLE

IN A FIERCE CHARIOT RACE,

WHERE LOSING COULD VERY

WELL MEAN DYING.

[YELLING]

Efrem: HOW MUCH HORSE

TRAINING DID YOU HAVE

BEFORE COMING TO BEN-HUR?

A VAST AMOUNT.

I MEAN, I WAS TAUGHT TO

RIDE A HORSE ON PRINCE OF

PERSIA MANY, MANY YEARS

AGO, BY THE SAME PEOPLE

WHO TAUGHT US NOW TO RIDE

THESE CHARIOTS.

BUT THE TRAINING ON THIS,

WE ARRIVED, I THINK, SIX

WEEKS BEFORMONTHS BEFORE THE

PRODUCTION.

AND WE SHOT THE CHARIOTS

FOR THREE MONTHS.

Efrem: THEY DID NOT

USE STUNT DOUBLES FOR

THESE SCENES, EVEN AS

THEIR HORSES REACHED

RACING SPEEDS OF MORE THAN

40 MILES PER HOUR.

THE SPEED AT WHICH YOU'RE

GOING, INTIMIDATING?

YES.

I CHIPPED A TOOTH.

A STONE HIT ME IN THE

TOOTH.

I GOT A WAD -- IT CAN ONLY

BE DESCRIBED AS A WAD OF

MOUTH FROTH THAT COVERED

MY WHOLE VISION.

AND THEN, OF COURSE, THE

DUST IS BEING KICKED UP.

IT WAS ACTUALLY WONDERFUL.

I KNOW IT SOUNDS

REPULSIVE, BUT IT WAS

ACTUALLY A GREAT

EXPERIENCE.

Efrem: THE DIRECTOR

GUIDED THE HORSE RACING

EXPERIENCE WITH CAMERAS AT

EVERY ANGLE.

HE WATCHED HOURS OF

NASCAR, FORMULA ONE, AND

MOTORCYCLE RACES TO

PREPARE.

IN SHOOTING THIS, I

UNDERSTAND YOU GOT A LOT

OF INSPIRATION FROM

YouTube AND INSTAGRAM.

LESS OF INSTAGRAM AND

MORE YouTube.

Efrem: HOW SO?

BECAUSE IT WAS REALLY

IMPORTANT TO MAKE THIS

MOVIE LOOK REAL AND

RELATABLE.

AND IN TODAY'S WORLD, WE

ARE WATCHING YouTube

VIDEOS FOR WHAT WE KNOW

ABOUT THE WORLD, HOW WE

KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD,

BECAUSE WE'RE WATCHING

YouTube VIDEOS.

Efrem: THE CHARIOT

RACE IS WHAT MOST REMEMBER

FROM THE CRITICALLY

ACCLAIMED 1959 VERSION OF

THE FILM THAT STARRED

CHARLTON HESTON.

> MARK, I'VE HEARD YOU

SAY BEN-HUR, THE STORY, IS

ONE OF YOUR FAVORITES.

WERE YOU INTIMIDATED

TAKING IT ON AS A FILM?

I MEAN, 11 ACADEMY AWARDS.

ANY INTIMIDATION OR

CONCERN?

ABSOLUTELY.

COMPLETELY.

BUT, ALSO, FEELING THAT

IT WAS A CALLING.

WHEN GARY BARBER, THE

CHAIRMAN OF MGM, CAME TO

US, HAVING SEEN "THE

BIBLE" AND "SON OF GOD"

AND REALIZED WHAT WE

BROUGHT TO THOSE PROJECTS,

HE THOUGHT WE WOULD BE A

GOOD ADDITION TO HIS TEAM

ON BEN-HUR.

WE TALKED IT THROUGH.

WE PRAYED ON IT.

AND WE DECIDED THAT WE

SHOULD TAKE THE CHALLENGE

BECAUSE THE OPPORTUNITY

MAY NEVER COME ALONG

AGAIN.

Efrem: RETELLING THIS

STORY IS AN OPPORTUNITY

MANY CAST MEMBERS HOPED

WOULD COME THEIR WAY.

Efrem: THIS IS A

BIBLICAL PERIOD PIECE.

HOW WOULD YOU SAY THIS

STORY IS RELEVANT TO 2016,

WHEN AUDIENCES ARE GOING

TO SEE THIS?

THIS STORY IS SO

RELEVANT TO TODAY.

THERE HAVE BEEN TIME WARS

THROUGHOUT HISTORY, BUT

RIGHT NOW YOU'RE SEEING SO

MUCH NEGATIVITY AND YOU'RE

SEEING SO MUCH HATE SPEWED

OUT IN RESPONSE TO HATE.

MARMARTIN LUTHER KING SAID IT

BEST, HATE DOESN'T DRIVE

OUT HATE.

ONLY LOVE CAN DO THAT.

AND THIS FILM IS ABOUT

LOVE CONQUERING HATE.

Efrem: EFREM GRAHAM,

CBN NEWS, LOS ANGELES.

Wendy: COMING UP, THE

GOSPEL TAKES FLIGHT.

SEE HOW A BAND OF CREATIVE

CHRISTIANS SEND GOD'S WORD

INTO ONE OF THE MOST

CLOSED COUNTRIES ON EARTH.

Wendy: A SWEDISH

CHURCH IS PLANNING TO DROP

SMALL, ARABIC BIBLES ON

LAND CONTROLLED BY ISIS.

IT PLANS TO USE DRONES TO

DROP THOUSANDS OF THE

BIBLES.

THEY'RE THE SIZE OF PILL

BOXES.

THE CHURCH SAYS IT IS

IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT

THE LOVE OF THE CHRISTIAN

GOSPEL CAN REACH ANYONE.

EVEN THOSE CUT OFF FROM

THE OUTSIDE WORLD.

George: DELIVERING

BIBLES FROM THE AIR IS A

CREATIVE WAY TO GET THE

BIBLE INTO CLOSED NATIONS.

BUT IT IS NOTHING NEW.

JUST ASK THE CHRISTIANS IN

SOUTH KOREA.

THEY LIVE NEXT TO ONE OF

THE MOST RESTRICTED

NATIONS IN THE WORLD AND

ONE OF THE WORLD'S WORST

VIOLATORS OF RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

THEY HAVE BEEN FLOATING

SCRIPTURES TO THEIR

NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTHERN

FOR DECADES.

A FEW YEARS LATER, I

TRAVELLED TO THE BORDER OF

NORTH KOREA TO WITNESS

THIS.

> JUST BEFORE SUNSET, A

VAN LOAD OF CHRISTIANS

FROM SEOUL HEADS NORTH.

WE CANNOT SHOW YOU THEIR

FACES OR REVEAL THEIR

NAMES.

WHAT WE'RE DOING COULD

GET US INTO TROUBLE.

George: WHERE ARE WE

GOING TODAY?

WE'RE GOING HERE.

SOME FOUR MILES FROM THE

NORTH KOREAN BORDER, AND

CLOSE TO THE DEMILITARIZED

ZONE.

George: THE D.M.Z. IS

ONE OF THE MOST HEAVILY

FORTIFIED AND POTENTIALLY

DANGEROUS PLACES ON EARTH.

WE'LL JUST WAIT UP HERE

AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS,

SIR.

George: ONE MILLION

ARMED NORTH KOREAN TROOPS

STAND READY ON THEIR SIDE,

AND THE SOUTH HAS JUST AS

MANY.

AS WE GET READY TO HEAD TO

THIS PARTICULAR LOCATION,

ONE FACTOR THAT COULD RUIN

THIS WHOLE THING IS THE

WEATHER.

ONE SLIGHT CHANGE IN

THE WIND DIRECTION COULD

MESS UP THE MISSION.

George: PETER HAS

DUBBED THIS "OPERATION

DANDELION."

WE STARTED THIS PROJECT

BACK IN 1991, AND JUST AS

A DANDELION NEEDS THE WIND

TO SPREAD ITS SEEDS, WE

NEED THE WIND TO SPREAD

THE MESSAGE.

George: THAT MESSAGE

IS THE WORD OF GOD, IN THE

KOREAN LANGUAGE, ON

THOUSANDS OF BRIGHT ORANGE

BALLOONS.

IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE

TO GET BIBLES INTO NORTH

KOREA.

SO USING THE BALLOONS IS

ONE OF THE MOST AFFECTIVE

WAYS TO SHARE THE GOSPEL.

George: A TANK IN THE

BACK OF THE VAN PUMPS

HELIUM INTO THE BALLOONS.

THE TEAM WORKS QUICKLY,

ALL THE TIME KEEPING TABS

ON THE WIND DIRECTION.

PRAYERS ARE WHISPERED OVER

EACH BALLOON, AND THEN THE

RELEASE.

A FEW MINUTES LATER, AND

THE BALLOONS BEGIN THEIR

SLOW DRIFT ACROSS NORTH

KOREAN AIR SPACE.

WE LET OUR NORTHERN

KOREAN BROTHERS AND

SISTERS KNOW WE ARE

PRAYING FOR THEM.

THE SCRIPTURES ARE MEANT

TO ENCOURAGE THEM.

George: THE ERNEST

PRAYERS BEGIN HERE, AT

THIS UNDISCLOSED LOCATION

IN SEOUL.

EVERY WEEK SINCE 1991,

78-YEAR-OLD OMAN, ALONG

WITH A HANDFUL OF OTHER

BELIEVERS, HAS BEEN

PREPARING THE BALLOONS.

THIS IS MY WAY OF

HELPING TO GET THE GOSPEL

BACK TO MY COUNTRYMEN.

George: THE PROCESS

IS ALMOST DONE.

THEY'RE PUTTING THE FINAL

TOUCHES.

THEY HAVE A HOLE IN HERE,

THEY FILL HELIUM IN, PUT A

TAPE AROUND IT, AND THEN

OFF IT GOES, INTO THE

SKIES OF NORTH KOREA.

THE HE HELIUM WILL LEAK

OUT OF THE BALLOON AND

EVENTUALLY FALL TO THE

GROUND.

WHEN SOMEONE PICKS IT UP,

THEY'LL BE ABLE TO READ

ALL 16 CHAPTERS OF THE

BOOK OF MARK.

George: PETER USED

OTHER BALLOONS TO LAUNCH

THEM FROM THE SEA.

THEY CONTAIN A SMALL

RADIO, A BIBLE, AND OTHER

LITERATURE.

AND PETER'S GROUP

ORGANIZED A WEEKLY RADIO

BROADCAST THAT IS

TRANSFORMED IN SEOUL.

THE READY BROADCAST IS

LIKE A READY CHURCH

SERVICE, AND THE NORTH

KOREAN GOVERNMENT

ROUTINELY TRIES TO JAM OUR

MESSAGE.

George: AND THIS IS

WHAT MOTIVATES THE TEAM.

CBN NEWS OBTAINED

EXCLUSIVE AUDIO RECORDINGS

AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF SECRET

UNDERGROUND CHURCH

MEETINGS INSIDE NORTH

KOREA.

[WHISPERING]

George: AND WHEN A

NORTH KOREAN ACCEPTS JESUS

CHRIST, HE OR SHE WILL

FACE PERSECUTION,

IMPRISONMENT, AND POSSIBLY

DEATH BECAUSE OF THEIR

FAITH.

PETER GAVE CBN NEWS

FOOTAGE THAT APPARENTLY

AIRED ON A JAPANESE

CHANNEL, ALLEGEDLY SHOWING

THE EXECUTION OF NORTH

KOREAN CHRISTIANS.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

George: TRYING TO GET

PRECISE FIGURES ON THE

NUMBER OF CHRISTIANS TODAY

IN NORTH KOREA IS

EXTREMELY DIFFICULT.

BASED ON DATA GATHERED

FROM NORTH KOREAN

DEFECTORS AND NATIONAL

HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS, WE

ESTIMATE THERE ARE ABOUT

30,000 CHRISTIANS BEING

HELD IN CAMPS, ABOUT

10,000 IN UNDERGROUND

CHURCHES, HIDING

THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

George: BACK ALONG A

STRETCH OF THE NORTH/SOUTH

KOREAN BORDER, IT IS A

LITTLE PAST MIDNIGHT.

USING THE COVER OF

DARKNESS, PETER'S TEAM

CONTINUED TO DEPLOY

HUNDREDS OF BALLOONS AT

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS.

TODAY THE WIND CONDITIONS

HAVE BEEN GOOD.

OFTEN THE WINDS WILL

CHANGE SUDDENLY, AND WE

HAVE TO WAIT.

SOMETIMES WE COME BACK THE

NEXT DAY.

WE ARE PERSISTENT.

PEOPLE'S LIVES ARE ON THE

LINE.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO

THIS AND PRAY UNTIL NORTH

KOREA IS FREE AND THE

CHRISTIANS CAN WORSHIP

JESUS CHRIST WITHOUT FEAR.

Wendy: WHAT WAS IT

LIKE TO BE THERE?

George: THE REALITY

IS WE'RE WATCHING THE

WIND.

THEY HAVE ALL OF THE

INSTRUMENTS TO LOOK TO

MAKE SURE THAT THE WIND IS

HEADING IN THE RIGHT

DIRECTION.

OTHERWISE IT GOES BACK

INTO SOUTH KOREA.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE WIND.

IT HAS TO BE PERFECT.

Wendy: AND IT WAS.

THAT IS SUCH A GREAT

STORY.

> COMING UP, CHRISTIANS

ARE FACING NEW ATTACKS

EVERY WEEK.

HOW THEY'RE FINDING A

HIDDEN BLESSING IN THE

VIOLENCE.

Wendy: EGYPTIAN

CHRISTIANS ARE FAVORING A

NEFACING ANEW WAVE OF VIOLENCE THIS

SUMMER.

A PRIEST WAS RECENTLY

STABBED, AND CHURCHES IN

CHRISTIAN HOMES HAVE BEEN

BURNED.

George: GARY LANE

REPORTS FROM CAIRO.

Reporter: THEY'RE ONE

OF THE OLDEST CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITIES IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

5% OF THE MIDDLE EAST

NOW IS CHRISTIAN.

AND 4% OF THOSE 5% ARE IN

EGYPT.

Reporter: AND THEY'RE

UNDER FIRE, FACING GREATER

PERSECUTION THIS SUMMER

THAN IN RECENT YEARS.

[YELLING]

ONLY GOD CAN PROTECT

US.

THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT.

NOBODY CAN.

Reporter: THE

CHRISTIANS KNOW THEIR

GOVERNMENT CAN ONLY DO SO

MUCH TO KEEP THEM SAFE

INSIDE THEIR CHURCHES.

BUT MANY SAY THEY WOULD

LIKE TO SEE THE GOVERNMENT

DO MORE TO BETTER PROTECT

THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT

TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

ONE STEP IN THAT DIRECTION

IS A LAW UNDER

CONSIDERATION IN THE

EGYPTIAN PARLIAMENT.

IT WOULD SHORTEN THE

MAXIMUM TIME CHURCHES HAVE

TO WAIT TO IMPROVE

EXISTING ONES.

IN THE PAST, MANY WAITED

YEARS, AND OTHERS NEVER

RECEIVED PERMISSION.

SOME CHRISTIANS FEAR

ISLAMISTS WILL PRESSURE

LEGISLATORS TO LEAVE THE

LAW UNCHANGED.

FOR A CHRISTIAN POPULATION

OF AT LEAST 10 MILLION,

ONLY 2600 CHURCHES EXIST

HERE.

IN JULY, THIS MOB ATTACKED

CHRISTIANS AND BURNED

THEIR HOMES AFTER FALSE

RUMORS SPREAD ABOUT THE

CONSTRUCTION OF AN

UNAUTHORIZED CHURCH.

SIMILAR VIOLENCE HAPPENED

EARLIER THIS SUMMER.

THE OFFICIALS ARRESTED SIX

CHRISTIANS FOR BUILDING A

CHURCH WITHOUT A PERMIT.

AND THEY ARRESTED SIX

MUSLIM ARSON SUSPECTS BUT

LATER SET THEM FREE.

LATER FOLLOWING THESE

ATTACKS, CHRISTIANS SAY

THEY MUST ATTEND

HUMILIATING RECONCILIATION

SESSIONS WITH MUSLIM

LEADERS.

IT TAKES THE PLACE OF

CRIMINAL LAW PROCEDURES.

THAT'S WHAT GOVERNMENT

LEADERS WANTED TO SEE IN

THE CASE OF SAA BABBOT,

WHO WAS RECENTLY BEATED

AND PARADED NAKED IN HER

NEIGHBORHOOD.

THEY ACCUSED HER

CHRISTIANSON OF HAVINCHRISTIANSON OF HAVIN G A

RELATIONSHIP WITH MUSLIM.

THERE IS NO JUSTICE.

WE ARE SEEKING JUSTICE.

WE ARE SEEKING FOR

EQUALITY.

Reporter: HE

WARNS

THAT CHRISTIANS FACE

INCREASING ATTACKS.

EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS ARE

A RESILIENT BUNCH.

WE'VE BEEN THERE FOR 2,000

YEARS.

WE'VE OUT LIVED THE

ISLAMIC PERSECUTION THAT

CAME IN THE 7th CENTURY.

WE'VE OUT LIVED A LOT, AND

WE'RE STILL THERE.

I THINK IT IS BECAUSE GOD

WANTS US TO STAY THERE.

Reporter: NOT

ONLY TO

SURVIVE, SAYS THIS PASTOR,

BUT

TO BLESS US.

OUR

GOAL IS

NOT JUST TO

BE PROTECTED.

OUR GOAL IS HERE TO SAVE

EGYPT, NOT TO BE SAVED

FROM EGYPT.

Reporter:

EVANGELICAL, ORN ORTHODOX AND

CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS HAVE

JOINED TOGETHER IN PRAYER.

IT WILL HELP US AND

FORCE THE TRUE BELIEVERS

TO COME TOGETHER.

THERE ARE 40,000 PEOPLE

THAT GATHER THERE.

THE FACT THAT OUR

PRACTICES ARE DIFFERENT

DOESN'T MEAN OUR FAITH IS

DIFFERENT.

THE CORE PRINCIPLES, THE

CORE VALUES OF OUR

CHRISTIANITY, WE ARE

TRINITARIAN, AND WE

BELIEVE IN THE SALVATION,

THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION

OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

WE'VE GOT ALL OF THAT IN

COMMON.

Reporter: PASTOR

SAMMY BELIEVES THE SPIRIT

OF CHRISTIAN UNITY WILL

CHANGE THE

NATION.

VIOLENCE AND ANGER AND

HOSTILITY CAN DESTROY THE

NATION.

BUT LOVE CAN SAVE THE

NATION.

WE ARE SEEING TENS AND

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS

COMING TO CHRIST.

Reporter: AND THEY,

TOO, ARE LIKELY TO FACE

PERSECUTION IN THIS

MUSLIM-DOMINATED NATION.

I THINK TO BE CRUCIFIED

WITH CHRIST IS TO BEAR THE

PAIN, KNOWING THERE IS A

RESURRECTION STILL TO

COME.

SO WE BEAR IT, VALIANTLY,

FAITHFULLY, CONFIDENTLY,

KNOWING THIS IS NOT THE

END OF THE ROAD.

*

Reporter: GARY LANE,

CBN NEWS, CAIRO, EGYPT.

Wendy: THANKS, GARY.

YOU CAN ENCOURAGE YOUR

FAMILY AND FRIENDS BY

SHARING THIS STORY.

SIMPLY LOG ON TO THE

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS" WEB

PAGE AT cbnnews.com.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

George: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS."

A GROWING NUMBER OF

JEWS

ARE RETURNING TO

ISRAEL.

MANY BELIEVE IT IS PART OF

A FULFILLMENT OF

A

BIBLICAL PROPHET.

Wendy: CHARLENE AARON

SPOKE WITH THE HEAD OF ONE

CHRISTIAN GROUP ON THE

FRONT LINES, HELPING THE

JEWISH PEOPLE MAKE THEIR

WAY HOME.

Charlene: EARLIER

THIS YEAR, IMMIGRANTS FROM

NORTH AMERICA LANDED AT

TEL AVIV'S BEN-GURION

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO

MAKE ISRAEL THEIR HOME.

SEEING JEWISH PEOPLE

RETURN TO ISRAEL IS

LITERALLY WATCHING BIBLE

PROPHECY UNFOLD.

ISAIAH, JEREMIAH, AND

EZEKIEL ALL SPEAK OF THE

JEWISH RETURN TO THE LAND.

IT SAYS SEVERAL TIMES

IN ISAIAH, "I WILL LIFT UP

A BANNER TO THE NATIONS,

TO THE GENTILES.

THEY SHALL BRICK YOUR SONS

AND YOUR DAUGHTERS BACK."

Charlene: DEBRA HEADS

"OPERATION EXODUS."

SHE SAYS SIN 2014, THERE

HAS BEEN A 79% INCREASE OF

INQUIRIES ABOUT ASSISTANCE

TO RETURN TO ISRAEL.

IF I CAN JUST GIVE

GLORY TO GOD BECAUSE THIS

IS HIS WORK.

IN 1948, ISRAEL HAD

800,000 JEWISH PEOPLE IN

THE LAND, WHEN THEY BECAME

A NATION IN ONE DAY, LIKE

ISAIAH SAID.

NOW THERE IS OVER SIX

MILLION.

SO THAT IS INCREDIBLE,

OVER 67 YEARS.

AND SO THEY'RE GOING BACK

BY THE PLANE LOADS YEARLY.

Charlene: "OPERATION

EXODUS" PARTNERS WITH THE

JEWISH AGENCY FOR ISRAEL

AND OTHER GROUPS TO HELP

JEWS MOVE TO ISRAEL.

AND THEY PROVIDE

HUMANITARIAN AID TO

HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND

OTHER IN THE FORMER SOVIET

UNION.

AND HELPING THOSE SEEKING

TO RETURN IS THE POWER OF

PRAYER.

WE PRAY FOR THEIR

SAFETY.

AND WE ALSO PRAY THEY

WOULD GET JOBS QUICKLY.

AND THOSE THINGS ARE

HOLDING THEM BACK HERE.

THE FRUSTRATIONS.

THERE ARE FAMILY ISSUES

GOING ON, CHILDREN WHO ARE

SICK.

Charlene: SHE SAYS

THERE ARE MANY REASONS

THAT JEWS ARE RETURNING TO

THEIR HOMELAND.

MANY ARE SAYING, HASHEM

IS CALLING US BACK TO THE

LAND.

OTHERS ARE SAYING, I WANT

MY CHILDREN TO BE RAISED

IN A JEWISH HOMELAND.

OTHERS ARE SAYING, I WANT

TO DEFEND ISRAEL.

I WANT TO BE THERE.

I'M A ZIONI.

THEY SAY, WE SEE THE

HANDWRITING ON THAT WALL.

Charlene: MOTIVATED

BY LOVE FOR ISRAEL AND THE

JEWS PEOPLE, "OPERATION

EXODUS" OFFICER OFFERS HER AND THE

OTHERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO

WORK WITH GOD, TO BRING

HIS PROPHECIES TO PASS.

YOU WAKE UP AND THINK,

WHAT AN AWESOME

RESPONSIBILITY, AND WHAT

AN AWESOME JOY IT IS AT

THE SAME TIME.

IT IS DEEP JOY.

AND THERE IS A COST TO

STANDING WITH ISRAEL.

SO IT IS INTENSE, BUT I

LOVE IT.

I LOVE IT.

AND OUR WORKERS LOVE IT.

OR OUR VOLUNTEERS LOVE IT.

AND IT'S ONLY GOING TO

GROW.

Charlene: CHARLENE

AARON, CBN NEWS.

George: TERRIFIC.

WELL,

FOLKS, THAT IS IT

FOR THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR

JOINING US.

Wendy: FROM ALL OF US

HERE, GOOD-BYE AND AS

ALWAYS, GOD BLESS YOU.

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