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Christian World News - August 26, 2016

This week on Christian World News: The Middle East's "perfect storm" of terror and how it’s affecting Christians. Our CBN Middle East bureau chief is here to break down the situation. Plus, fighting terror or targeting ... Read Transcript


Wendy: TODAY ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

THE MIDDLE EAST'S PERFECT

STORM OF TERROR, AND IT IS

TAKING AIM AT ISRAEL.

OUR CBN MIDDLE EAST BUREAU

CHIEF IS HERE TO BREAK

DOWN THE SITUATION.

> PLUS...FIGHTING TERROR

OR TARGETING CHRISTIANS?

SEE WHAT IS BEHIND A NEW

LAW IN RUSSIA, AND THE

DANGER IT POSSESS FOR

BELIEVERS IN THAT COUNTRY.

> AND...THE INSANITY OF

GOD?

WE'RE BRINGING YOU THE

TRUE STORY BEHIND A NEW

FILM THAT TAKES A LOOK AT

WHAT IT REALLY COSTS TO

FOLLOW JESUS.

*

Wendy: WELCOME TO

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

EVERYONE.

I'M WENDY GRIFFITH.

GEORGE THOMAS IS ON

ASSIGNMENT.

THE MIDDLE EAST IS A

CHAOTIC CAULDRON ON THE

VIRGE OF EXPLOSION.

THE MIX OF ANCIENT

RIVALRIES AND GROWING

HOSTILITY COULD ADD UP TO

A DEADLY EVENT WITH GLOBAL

IMPLICATIONS.

CHRIS MITCHELL EXPLAINS.

Chris: THE RISE OF

ISIS ROCKED THE MIDDLE

EAST, YET IT IS JUST ONE

DEVELOPMENT CHANGING THE

LANDSCAPE OF THE REGION.

DESPITE A NUCLEAR

AGREEMENT WITH IRAN, MANY

BELIEVE THE REGION IS

MOVING CLOSER TO A NUCLEAR

WEAPON.

AND FUELING BOTH ISIS AND

IRAN IS THEIR APOCALYPTIC

VISION OF A MESSIAH KNOWN

AS THE MAHDI.

AND RUSSIA, WHICH BURST

INTO THIS VOLATILE REGION

TO SAVE SYRIAN PRESIDENT

BASHAR al-ASSAD REGIME.

VLADIMIR PUTIN'S POLLED

MOVE REPRESENTS A

GAME-CHANGER FOR THE AREA

WITH PROPHETIC

IMPLICATIONS.

MANY SEE JERUSALEM AS THE

EPICENTER, WHERE THE FATE

OF THE MIDDLE EAST WILL

FINALLY BE DETERMINED.

Wendy: CHRIS MITCHELL

HAS WRITTEN A BOOK CALLED

"ISIS, IRAN, AND

ISRAEL" -- A GREAT-LOOKING

BOOK.

NICE TO BE HERE, THANK

YOU, WENDY.

ISIS AND IRAN HAVE A VIEW

OF THE END TIMES.

ISIS HAS THE IDEA THERE IS

AN ISLAMIC PROPHECY WHERE

THERE WILL BE AN END-TIME

BATTLE, WHEN 80 CHRISTIAN

NATIONS WILL COME AGAINST

ISIS, BUT THEY EVENTUALLY

WILL DEFEAT THESE NATIONS,

AND THEN ISLAM WILL BE THE

ONE WORLD RELIGION.

IRAN HAS A SIMILAR VISION.

THEY HAVE THIS IDEA

THEY'RE BRINGING ABOUT THE

CONDITIONS FOR THE RETURN

OF WHAT THEY CALL THE

MAHDI OR THE 12th IMAM.

AND BY GETTING A NUCLEAR

WEAPON, THAT IS ONE WAY

THEY CAN ADVANCE THIS

END-TIME ESCOTOLOGY.

IT IS FUELING BOTH OF

THESE GROUPS.

Wendy: THE SYRIAN

CIVIL WAR, AS YOU KNOW,

HAS DRAWN RUSSIA INTO THE

MIX.

IT IS QUITE CONFUSING TO

DETERMINE WHAT SIDE THEY

ARE ON, THE GOOD GUYS OR

THE BAD GUYS.

IT LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE

GETTING CLOSER TO IRAN.

VERY MUCH SO.

Wendy: HOW DOES IT

TIE IN WITH BIBLICAL

PROPHECY?

Chris: THEY SAID THEY

WERE COMING INTO THE CIVIL

WAR, AND THAT WAS REALLY A

GAME-CHANGER.

RUSSIAN BOMBERS HAVE USED

IRANIAN AIR BASES TO

ATTACK ISIS.

AND THERE ALMOST SEEMS TO

BE THIS RUSSIAN-IRANIAN

ACCESS, ALL THE WAY FROM

LEBANON TO TEHRAN.

AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE

BIBLE, AND IF YOU READ

EZEKIEL 38 AND 39, YOU SEE

FROM THE NORTH THERE

COMINCOMESAN ENEMY, IN THIS ALLIANCE

OF NATIONS, ONE DAY

AGAINST ISRAEL.

PERHAPS WE SEE THOSE

PROPHETIC PUZZLE PIECES

COMING TOGETHER.

Wendy: IS TURKEY A

PART OF THOSE PUZZLE

PIECES?

Chris: IT SEEMS LIKE

IT IS.

ERDOGAN SEES HIMSELF AS A

CALIPH.

I BELIEVE HE SEES HIMSELF

AS SORT OF THIS NEO

OTTOMAN LEADER THAT COULD

BE A CALIPH UNITING THE

MUSLIM WORLD.

Wendy: HOW IS ALL OF

THIS AFFECTING THE

CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST?

Chris: IT HAS BEEN

OFTEN SINCE ISIS HAS TAKEN

OVER MUCH OF IRAQ IN SYRIA

IN THE LAST NUMBER OF

YEARS.

THEY WERE GIVEN FOUR

CHOICES: THEY COULD LEAVE

THEIR HOMES, THEY COULD

STAY BUT PAY AN ISLAMIC

TAX, THEY COULD CONVERT,

OR THEY COULD DIE.

AND MANY OF THEM,

LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF

THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS,

HAVE BEEN DISPLACED AND

LIVING IN REFUGEE CAMPPS

OR THEY HAVE LEFT THE AREA

ENTIRELY.

Wendy: CHRIS, YOU

HAVE BEEN ON THE FRONT

LINES, SO CLOSE YOU COULD

SEE THE BLACK FLAG OF ISIS

FLYING.

WERE YOU SCARED?

Chris: I WAS

CONCERNED.

BUT I'LL TELL YOU, WHEN I

WAS THERE, WENDY, I FELT

LIKE I WAS ON THE FRONT

LINES OF THE FREE WORLD.

WHEN YOU LOOKED AT ISIS

AND YOU COULD SENSE THE

DARKNESS AND TYRANNY, AND

BEHIND ME WAS THE FREEDOM

AND LIGHT.

I THINK THAT IS JUST A

SIGN OF THE KIND OF BATTLE

WE'RE FACING.

THOSE WERE THE FRONT

LINES.

YOU'RE THERE WITH THE

KURDISH MILITARY, BUT I

THINK THE FRONT LINES NOW

ARE SO BLURRED.

IT COULD BE PARIS.

IT COULD BE BELGIUM,

ORLANDO, SAN BERNARDINO.

WE FIGHT A WAR RIGHT NOW

WHERE THE FRONT LINES

COULD BE ANYWHERE, BUT I

THINK THE BOTTOM LINE IS

IT IS A BATTLE OF FREEDOM

AND A BATTLE FOR OUR

CIVILIZATION.

Wendy: I GOT CHILLS

WHEN YOU WERE SAYING THAT.

I COULD PICTURE THE DARK

ON THIS SIDE AND THE LIGHT

ON THIS SIDE.

AND HOPEFULLY THE LIGHT

MOVING OUT THE DARKNESS.

WHAT A PRIVILEGE TO BE

THAT CLOSE AND KNOW THAT

GOD'S ANGEL GELS WERE

PROTECTING YOU.

THAT'S RIGHT.

Wendy: CAN BE DONE TO

HELP THE CHRISTIANS?

Chris: THE FIRST

THING THEY ASK IS PLEASE

PRAY FOR US.

AND OBVIOUSLY, THERE CAN

BE PRACTICAL THINGS THAT

CAN BE DONE.

CBN INTERNATIONAL IS

HELPING MANY OF THESE

PEOPLE IN KURDISTAN.

AND PRAY FOR THEM TO DOORS

WOULD OPEN AROUND THE

WORLD AND COUNTRIES WOULD

BE WILLING TO TAKE THEM

IN.

AND ONE OF THE OTHER

THINGS THAT IS HAPPENING

IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS THAT

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MOVING

IN SUPERNATURAL WAYS.

DREAMS AND VISIONS ARE

HAPPENING TO MUSLIMS

THROUGHOUT THE REGION.

WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY,

THE PRIVILEGE, REALLY, TO

SIT DOWN WITH A NUMBER OF

THESE AND HEAR THEIR

STORIES.

IT IS JUST EXCITING.

I THINK YOU REALLY CAN'T

UNDERSTAND THE ENTIRE

MIDDLE EAST UNTIL YOU SEE

AND KNOW WHAT THE HOLY

SPIRIT IS DOING.

Wendy: THAT'S WHAT

WE, AS BELIEVERS, HAVE TO

REMEMBER, THAT OUR ENEMY

IS NOT FLESH AND BLOOD,

BUT A SPIRITUAL ENEMY.

AND JESUS DIED FOR THE

MUSLIM WORLD, TOO.

IT IS HARD TO REMEMBER

SOMETIMES WHEN YOU THINK

ABOUT THE ENEMY AND ISIS.

BUT SOME OF THEM CAN

BECOME SAVED.

Chris: THAT'S RIGHT.

IN FACT, WE DID A STORY

NOT TOO LONG AGO ABOUT AN

EX-ISIS MEMBER WHO WAS

SENT TO A CHURCH AS A SPY.

INSTEAD OF KILLING THEM,

HE WAS PRAYED FOR BY THEM,

LOVED BY THEM.

WHEN THEY PRAYED FOR HIM,

HE SAID HE FELT LIKE THIS

WEIGHT, THIS HEAVY WEIGHT,

FELL OFF OF HIM, AND HE

BECAME A BELIEVER AS WELL.

Wendy: THANK YOU VERY

MUCH SO MUCH, CHRIS.

THANK YOU, WENDY.

Wendy: RUSSIA IS

CAUSING PROBLEMS NOT ONLY

IN THE MIDDLE EAST, IT IS

ALSO CREATING TROUBLE FOR

CHRISTIANS AT HOME.

EVANGELICALS BELIEVE A

FRESH WAVE OF PERSECUTION

WILL ACCOMPANY A NEW LAW

THAT FORBIDS SHARING THEIR

FAITH IN PUBLIC.

RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES CALL

IT AN ANTI-TERRORISM

MEASURE, BUT AS HEATHER

SELLS REPORTS, IT DIRECTLY

TARGETS POSTERIORS.

Heather: CHRISTIANS

IN RUSSIA CAN NO LONGER

FREELY SHARE THEIR FAITH,

IN PUBLIC, AT HOME, OR ON

SOCIAL MEDIA.

THEY MUST ALSO OBTAIN

OFFICIAL APPROVAL BEFORE

INVITING PEOPLE TO CHURCH.

BREAKING ANY OF THESE NEW

RULES CAN LEAD TO FINES

AND EVEN PRISON.

EVERYBODY IS STUNNED.

IT CAME SO QUICKLY.

UNEXPECTANTLY.

NOBODY EXPECTED THAT.

Heather: SERGEI HEADS

"MISSION YOU'R URASIA,," AND HE

SAYS THIS CONTROVERSIAL

RULE BRINGS BACK THOUGHTS

OF FORMER DICTATORS, LIKE

STALIN.

> FOR CHRISTIANS, IT

MEANS NO INFORMAL BIBLE

STUDIES, DINNERS, OR

SHARING OF FAITH.

HOUSE CHURCHES ESTIMATED A

THOUSAND ALONG IN MOSCOW

ARE OUTLAWED.

PREACHING AND PRAISE CAN

ONLY HAPPEN AT

STATE-APPROVED SITES.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ISN'T

JUST ME GOING INTO MY

CLOSET TO PRAY.

IT IS MEETING WITH FRIENDS

AND RAISING MY FAMILY.

IT HAS PROPERTY RIGHTS

ISSUES BECAUSE WE WANT TO

HAVE A PLACE TO GO.

IT HAS TO DO WITH FREEDOM

OF SPEECH.

Heather: POLITICAL

SCIENTIST ERIC PATTERSON

SAYS THE NEW LAW AIMS TO

KEEP OUT ANY FORM OF

CONSENT IN RUSSIAN

SOCIETY, AND CONFINES

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY

STRICTLY TO THE STATE-

STATE-SANCTIONED ORTHODOX

CHURCH.

IT IS PUTTING THE

PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE

CHURCH INTO A VERY, VERY

SMALL BOX.

Heather: BUT

PATTERSON MAINTAINS THE

U.S. CAN PRESSURE RUSSIA

TO REPEAL THE LAW.

THE INTERNATIONAL

COMMITTEE FOR

INTERNATIONAL FREEDOM HAS

ALREADY CONDEMNED IT.

AND A STATES DEPARTMENT

SPOKESPERSON HAS TOLD CBN,

WE HAVE RAISED OUR

CONCERNS WITH THE

GOVERNMENT OF RUSSIA.

THE SECRETARY OF STATE CAN

APPROVE THE USE OF

SANCTIONS.

AND IT SEALS A SEEMS AS IF THE

U.S. REALLY SAID, THIS IS

VERY, VERY IMPORTANT AND

EXPLAINED THE RATIONAL

WHY, THIS WOULD BE ONE OF

THE AREAS WHERE WE COULD

FIND SOME SORT OF

ACCOMMODATION WITH RUSSIA.

Heather: NO ONE KNOWS

HOW FAR RUSSIAN

AUTHORITIES WILL GO IN

IMPLEMENTING THIS LAW.

IN THE MEANTIME, RUSSIAN

BELIEVERS ARE PREPARED TO

STAND UP FOR THEIR FAITH,

WHILE POSSIBLY FACING THE

SAME PERSECUTION ENDURED

BY THEIR FOREFATHERS.

WE GET LOTS OF MESSAGES

FROM THE YOUNG LEADERS.

THEY SAY, WE'RE NOT GOING

TO OBEY THIS LAW.

THIS LAW THAT PROHIBITS US

FROM THE MOST ESSENTIAL

THING THAT THE BELIEVER

HAS TO DO, SHARING THE

GOSPEL.

Heather: HEATHER

SELLS, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THANKS,

HEATHER.

> UP NEXT, ISIS TOOK THE

LIFE OF HIS AMERICAN

HOSTAGE.

WE'RE NOW LEARNING THEY

COULDN'T TAKE HER COURAGE

OR HER FAITH.

Wendy: AFTERSHOCKS

CONTINUE TO SHAKE CENTRAL

ITALY, WHERE AN EARTHQUAKE

TOOK MORE THAN 260 LIVES

THIS WEEK.

THE TOWN OF AMATRICE WAS A

TOURIST ATTRACTION, WHERE

UP TO 400 PEOPLE ARE STILL

UNACCOUNTED FOR.

GUY SAPIL FROM ITALY FOR

CHRIST TOLD CBN NEWS THEY

HAVE ORGANIZED THOUSANDS

OF BEDS AND ITEMS FOR THE

PEOPLE, BUT HE IS ALSO

ASKING FOR PRAYER.

THE AREA THAT WAS HIT

BY THE EARTHQUAKE IS MADE

OF THOSE PICTURESQUE AND

BEAUTIFUL LITTLE TOWNS

THAT EVERYBODY SEES IN THE

TRAVEL BOOKS, YOU KNOW?

WHEN YOU GO TO TUSCANY OR

OMBRIA, AND SO TOWNS OF

MAYBE, YOU KNOW, 700,

1,000 PEOPLE, AND THE ONE

THAT WAS REALLY HIT BAD

WAS AMATRICE.

AND AMATRICE IS BASICALLY

A TOWN OF LESS THAN 2,000

PEOPLE.

AND THE MAYOR JUST, YOU

KNOW, IN TEARS, EXPLODED

AND SAID, I HAVE NO TOWN

ANYMORE.

THAT'S DUE TO THE FACT

THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT

BUILDINGS THAT HAVE BEEN

THERE FOR CENTURIES.

AND SO NEVER HIT BY AN

EARTHQUAKE OR ANYTHING

LIKE THAT.

SO VERY OLD.

THEY WERE NOT BUILT WITH

THE, YOU KNOW, STRUCTURE

AND REGULATIONS THAT WE

HAVE TODAY IN ITALY FOR

THE EARTHQUAKES.

AND SO THE WHOLE THING

JUST COLLAPSED DOWN.

JUST PRAY THAT PEOPLE WILL

JUST EMBRACE THE CHALLENGE

OF NOT GIVING UP RIGHT NOW

AND SEE WHAT'S BEYOND THE

EARTHQUAKE.

Wendy: WOW!

THE DEVASTATION IS

UNBELIEVER.

YOU CAN FIND A LINK FOR

ITALY FOR CHRIST AND FIND

OUT MORE OF WHAT THEY'RE

DOING ON OUR WEBSITE,

cbnnews.com.

> AND CBN DISASTER

RELIEF IS MOUNTING AN

OPERATION TO HELP ITALY AS

WELL, AND THEY, OF COURSE,

NEED OUR PRAYERS.

> AMERICAN HOSTAGE KAYLA

MUELLER FACED

UNSPEAKERABLE TORTURE AT

THE HANDS OF ISIS, BUT SHE

STOOD UP FOR HER FAITH.

SHE WAS ABDUCTED WHILE SHE

WAS SERVING WITH "DOCTORS

WITHOUT BORDERS" IN SYRIA,

EVENTUALLY TORTURING HER

TO DEATH.

DANIEL OTISSON TOLD ABC

NEWS MUELLER STOOD UP TO

ISIS.

WHEN THEY SAID SHE

CONVERTED TO ISLAM, SHE

STOOD UP AND SAID, NO, I

DIDN'T.

AND OTISON SAID, I WOULD

NOT HAVE HAD THE GUTS TO

SAY THAT.

ALL OF US WERE IMPRESSED

BY THE STRENGTH SHE SHOWED

IN FRONT OF US.

> UP NEXT, SHE HA, HE HAD A

CORPORATE JOB AND THREW IT

ALL AWAY TO BE A SOUP MAN.

SEE HOW THE WORDS OF JESUS

CONVINCED THIS GUY TO LAY

DOWN HIS LIFE FOR THE

LEAST OF THESE.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK

TO "CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

JESUS COMMANDED HIS

DISCIPLES TO FEED MY

SHEEP.

ONE TEXAN TAKES THAT

PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE

LITERALLY.

FOR MANY IN THE DALLAS

HOMELESS COMMUNITY, DAVID

TIMOTHY IS KNOWN SIMPLY AS

"THE SOUP MAN."

BUT AS CAITLIN BURKE SHOWS

US, HIS MISSION IS ABOUT

SO MUCH MORE THAN FOOD.

Caitlin: 365 DAYS A

YEAR, RAIN OR SHINE, HOT

OR COLD, YOU CAN FIND

DAVID TIMOTHY RIGHT HERE,

FEEDING THE HOMELESS IN

DALLAS.

AS A CHILD, I GREW UP

IN A HOUSEHOLD WHERE FOOD

WAS SCARCE.

I WAS NEVER HOMELESS, BUT

EXPERIENCED HUNGER

FIRSTHAND ON A REGULAR

BASIS.

GOING TO BED MANY NIGHTS

WITH A STOMACH THAT WAS

NOT FULL.

SO THAT EXPERIENCE, IT

ALWAYS STUCK WITH ME.

Caitlin: IN 2003,

TIMOTHY QUIT HIS JOB AS A

PENSION CONSULTANT TO

START THE SOUP MOBILE.

WE STARTED WITH

NOTHING.

WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY MONEY.

WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY

SUPPORT.

WE JUST STARTED BECAUSE OF

THREE WORDS: FEED MY

SHEEP.

Reporter: THAT FIRST

YEAR THEY SERVED 5,000

MEALS.

NOW THEY SERVE MORE THAN

200,000.

WHILE THE SOUP IS

IMPORTANT AND VERY

WELCOME, THE FOLKS AT THE

SOUP MOBILE SEE IT MORE AS

A DOORWAY INTO THE LIVES

OF THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY.

WE WANT TO FEED THEM

EVERY DAY BECAUSE THEY

NEED TO BE FED.

BUT WE WANT THEM TO GET

OUT OF HOMELESSNESS.

THAT'S OUR ULTIMATE GOAL.

WE WOULD LOVE TO BE OUT OF

BUSINESS SOME DAY.

WE WOULD LOVE THEM TO GET

THEIR OWN HOMES, GET THEIR

OWN JOBS, WHERE THEY CAN

BE MEMBERS OF THE

COMMUNITY THAT ARE

PRODUCTIVE.

Caitlin: TIMOTHY

WORKS TO BUILD A PERSONAL

RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH

PERSON HE MEETS.

THEN WITH THE HELP OF

JESUS CHRIST, HE SAYS HE

IS ABLE TO HELP THEM TURN

THEIR LIVES AROUND.

DAVID BELIEVED IN ME.

THE SOUP MAN BELIEVED IN

ME AND GAVE ME A CHANCE AT

THE SOUP MOBILE.

Caitlin: WHEN FRIENDS

SENT KATRINA TO THE DRUG

MOBILE, FRIENDS SAID SHE

HAD NO CHANCE.

SHE HAD BEEN IN AND OUT OF

JAIL.

SHE HAD ATTEMPTED TO MAKE

A CHANGE BEFORE, BUT

NOTHING HAD WORKED.

WE WERE GIVING HER A

SECOND CHANCE, FOR SURE.

BUT THE ODDS OF HER

SUCCEEDING WITH US, BASED

ON HER PREVIOUS HISTORY,

WERE PRETTY SLIM.

BUT THE BEAUTY OF THAT IS

THAT CHRIST, HE DOESN'T GO

BY THE ODDS.

Caitlin: KATRINA

STARTED OUT AT THE SOUP

MOBILE THRIFT STORE.

AFTER SIX MONTHS, SHE WAS

PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT

MANAGER AND TRUSTED WITH

THE STORE KEYS.

SHE HAS BEEN A MANAGER FOR

FOUR YEARS.

SHE SAYS EXPERIENCING THE

LOVE OF CHRIST MADE ALL OF

THE DIFFERENCE FOR HER, SO

SHE WORKS TO PASS IT ON.

THERE ARE A LOT OF

HOMELESS PEOPLE OUT THERE.

AND WHEN I'M ABLE TO GIVE

THEM A CLEAN SHIRT,

THEY'RE SO GRATEFUL FOR

THAT CLEAN SHIRT OR A

CLEAN PAIR OF PANTS.

THERE IS NOT A FOOD OVER

AT THE THRIFT STORE.

IT IS CLOSED.

IF I HAVE FOOD, THOUGH, I

FEED THEM, TOO.

Caitlin: THE THRIFT

STORE INT ISN'T THE ONLY

EXTENSION OF THE SOUP

MOBILE, HE ALSO STARTED A

HOME CHURCH.

THE CHURCH OFFERS SERVICES

LIKE JOB PLACEMENT,

COUNSELLING, HOUSING

GUIDANCE, AND CLOTHING

ASSISTANCE.

WE TRULY BELIEVE THAT

THESE ARE GOOD, DECENT

PEOPLE.

THEY'RE DOWN ON THEIR

LUCK, THAT'S FOR SURE.

BUT, NONETHELESS, THEY'RE

GOOD, DECENT PEOPLE.

WHAT THEY REALLY NEED IS A

HAND-UP.

WE DON'T GIVE OUT HANDOUTS

AT THE SOUP MOBILE.

Reporter: DESPITE THE

SUCCESS AND EXPANSION,

TIMOTHY REMAINS HUMBLE.

WALKING INTO HIS OFFICE,

ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS

YOU NOTICE IS HIS CHAIR.

HE SAYS MANY PEOPLE HAVE

OFFERED TO BUY HIM A NEW

ONE, BUT IT SERVES AN

IMPORTANT PURPOSE.

IT REMINDS ME THAT I'M

NOT SO HOT.

IT REMINDS ME THAT IT IS

NOT ME THAT IS MAKING THIS

ALL HAPPEN.

IT REMINDS ME THAT CHRIST

IS THE ONE THAT MAKES IT

ALL HAPPEN.

Caitlin: CAITLIN

BURKE, CBN NEWS, DALLAS,

TEXAS.

Wendy: THANKS,

CAITLIN.

> YOU CAN SPREAD THE

GOOD NEWS OF HOW GOOD GOD

IS, SIMPLY GO TO OUR

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BORN IN THE CHURCH,

RAISED IN THE CHURCH,

SAVED IN THE CHURCH,

MARRIED AND BURIED IN

CHURCH.

THEY'LL NEVER SHARE JESUS

WITH ANOTHER PERSON.

NO ONE HAD EVER SAT DOWN

WITH US AND SAID, THIS IS

THE JOB OF A MISSIONARY.

I IT WAS LIKE GETTING ON

THE PLANE IN THE NEW TELE,

TESTAMENT AND GETTING OFF

THE PLANE IN THE OLD

TESTAMENT.

WE SAW WHAT DARKNESS

WAS.

WE HAD SEEN DARKNESS IN

SOMALIA, AND NOW WE SAW

DARKNESS UP FRONT AND

PERSONAL IN OUR FAMILY.

BUT WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT

WAS COMING.

Wendy: INTENSE.

THAT WAS A CLIP FROM THE

NEW FILM "THE INSANITY OF

GOD."

IT HITS THEATERS FOR A

ONE-NIGHT EVENT ON

AUGUST 30th.

EARLIER OUR EFREM GRAHAM

SPOKE WITH A MAN WHO'S

LIFE INSPIRED THE MOVIE,

NICK RICKEN, TAKE A LOOK.

Efrem: THE FILM IS

BEING DESCRIBED AS A TRUE

STORY OF RESURRECTED

FAITH.

WHY IS THAT?

BECAUSE FOR RUTH AND I,

WE WERE IN SOMALIA FOR

ALMOST EIGHT YEARS.

WE WENT THERE, AND THERE

WAS ABOUT 150 BELIEVERS

FROM MUSLIM BACKGROUNDS

WHO BELIEVED IN JESUS.

WHEN WE LEFT THERE EIGHT

YEARS LATER, ONLY FOUR

WERE LEFT ALIVE.

THEY KILLED FOUR OF MY

BEST FRIENDS ON ONE DAY.

AND IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF

THAT, OUR 16-YEAR-OLD

SON -- ABOUT EIGHT DAYS

AFTER HIS BIRTHDAY DIED ON

EASTER SUNDAY MORNING OF

AN ASTHMA ATTACK.

THE WHOLE WORLD CAME

CRASHING IN ON USMEN US.

AND MY QUESTION WAS, WHY

COULDN'T I SAY, GREATER IS

HE WHO IS IN ME, THAN HE

WHO IS IN THE WORLD,

BECAUSE THERE WAS NO

EVIDENCE OF THAT IN

SOMALIA FOR ALL OF THOSE

YEARS.

AND WE LEFT THERE PRETTY

WELL BROKEN AND BRUISED

AND ASKING THE QUESTION:

IS JESUS TRUSTWORTHY?

IS HE FOR THE HARD PLACE

OF THE ROMAN I IM EMPIRES OF

THE WORLD OR IS HE JUST

FOR THE DRESSED UP WESTERN

CHURCH?

WE WENT LOOKING FOR JESUS

THAT WAS TRUSTWORTHY AMONG

BELIEVERS AND PERSECUTION.

Efrem: DO YOU THINK

MOST CHRISTIANS KNOW

ENOUGH ABOUT CHRISTIAN

PERSECUTION?

AH, NO.

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

WHEN RUTH AND I TRAVEL THE

WORLD, IT IS FAIRLY

OBVIOUS TO US ABOUT 70% OF

PEOPLE PRACTICING THEIR

FAITH LIVE IN ENVIRONMENTS

OF PERSECUTION.

BEING PERSECUTED FOR YOUR

FAITH IS WHAT IS NORMAL.

Efrem: I KNOW THE

MOVIE IS BASED OFF YOUR

LIFE AS A MISSIONARY.

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO SEE

YOUR LIFE AS A MOTION

PICTURE?

HUMBLING, BUT I THINK

ONCE YOU SEE THE FILM,

RUTH AND I DISAPPEAR IN

THE NARRATIVE.

AND IN A WAY, EVEN

BELIEVERS IN PERSECUTION,

THEY BECOME THE NARRATORS.

THEY DON'T BECOME THE

ESSENCE OF THE STORY.

THE ES STANCE OF TH ESSENCE OF A STORY IS

A GOD WHO IS DOING

EVERYTHING TODAY THAT HE

EVER DID IN THE OLD AND

NEW TESTAMENT, AND IT IS

ABOUT THE RESURRECTION OF

JESUS CHRIST BEING THE

TURNING POINT OF HISTORY.

Efrem: WHAT DO YOU

HOPE PEOPLE TAKE AWAY FROM

THIS FILM?

THAT IF THEY'LL ASK THE

QUESTIONS OF THEMSELVES:

IS JESUS WORTH MY LIFE?

IF I'M MARRIED, IS HE

WORTH THE LIFE OF MY WIFE?

IS HE WORTH THE LIFE OF MY

CHILDREN?

AND LIKE BELIEVERS OF

PERSECUTION THAT WE'VE

INTERVIEWED BY THE

HUNDREDS, THAT THEY WILL

SAY YES, BECAUSE WE ARE

DEFINED BY THE

RESURRECTION.

WE'RE ALREADY DEAD, BUT WE

ALREADY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE,

AND THERE IS NOTHING,

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING THAT

JESUS CANNOT ASK OF US,

AND IT'S NOT ABOUT LOOKING

TO POLITICS OR LOOKING TO

MILITARY.

IT'S ABOUT WHO JESUS IS.

AND THAT HE IS WORTH

EVERYTHING.

Efrem: WE BEGAN THIS

INTERVIEW SHOWING OUR

VIEWERS A CLIP OF THE

FILM.

IF YOU COULD, GIVE US A

TEASE AS TO WHAT PEOPLE

CAN EXPECT?

SOME OF THE DRAMA THEY'RE

GOING TO SEE UNFOLD.

THEY'RE GOING TO HEAR

FIVE OR SIX STORIES FROM

THE BOOK, "THE INSANITY OF

GOD," AND THEY'RE GOING TO

SEE IT VISUALLY LIVED OUT.

IT IS A SPIRITUAL KICK IN

THE GUT BECAUSE IT

REPRESENTS WHAT IT IS LIKE

WHEN SOMEONE DARES --

DARES TO BE A NEW

TESTAMENT PERSON, WALKING

INSIDE OF THE OLD

TESTAMENT, AND MAKING

JESUS KNOWN, AND JOINING

THE SIDE OF GOD IN THE

SPIRITUAL BATTLE AGAINST

EVIL.

Efrem: "THE INSANITY

OF GOD, A STORY OF

RELENTLESS LOVE."

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

IT IS OUR PLEASURE.

Wendy: THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS

WEEK.

FROM ALL OF US HERE AT

"CHRISTIAN WORLD

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