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Christian World News - September 9, 2016

This week on Christian World News: As the Kurds prepare to re-take Mosul from the Islamic state, Iraq's Christians are facing another dire winter in the refugee camps. Plus, crisis in the church. As more and more young people are falling away ... Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS"...AS THE KURDS

PREPARE TO RETAKE MOSUL

FROM THE ISLAMIC STATE,

IRAQ'S CHRISTIANS ARE

FACING ANOTHER DIRE WINTER

IN THE REFUGEE CAMP.

> PLUS...CRISIS IN THE

CHURCH, AS MORE AND MORE

YOUNG PEOPLE ARE FALLING

AWAY FROM THE FAITH.

ONE PASTOR IS LEADING AN

UPRISING TO GET THEM BACK

TO CHURCH.

> AND...A HOMELESS

FAMILY FINDS A PLACE OF

REFUGE WHEN A VACANT

HOSPITAL IS TRANSFORMED

INTO HOUSING.

WELCOME TO THIS EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

I'M JESSICA CHOCO.

GEORGE THOMAS AND WENDY

GRIFFITH ARE ON

ASSIGNMENT.

ADVOCATES FOR THE

PERSECUTED CHURCH ARE

URGING U.S. CHRISTIANS TO

HELP THEIR FELLOW

BELIEVERS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

AS ABIGAIL ROBERTSON

REPORTS FROM WASHINGTON,

DOZENS OF THOSE ADVOCATES

GATHERED TO CALL FOR

ACTION TO THE END OF

GENOCIDE AGAINST

CHRISTIANS.

Reporter: THE

GREATEST HUMANITARIAN

CRISIS OF OUR ERA IS

UNFOLDING IN THE MIDDLE

EAST, WITH THOUSANDS OF

CHRISTIAN POPULATIONS

FACING GENOCIDE.

THE VIDEO DEPICTS ISIS

GUNMEN SHOOTING THE

CHRISTIANS IN A DESERT

AREA.

IT ALSO SHOWS ISIS KILLERS

BEHEADING OTHER CHRISTIANS

ON A BEACH.

MY DAUGHTER HAS

NIGHTMARES AND SCREAMS IN

THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT:

THEY'RE COMING TO KILL US.

Reporter: AND SOME OF

THE OLDEST CHRISTIAN

ARTIFACTS AND CHURCHES,

RUTHLESSLY DESTROYED.

THE TERRORISTS TRIED TO

ERASE THE CHRISTIAN

HERITAGE BY SHOOTING UP

ICONS.

Reporter: A GROUP

ORGANIZED THREE DAYS OF

EVENTS IN WASHINGTON, TO

DISCUSS HOW AMERICAN

BELIEVERS CAN GET

INVOLVED.

THE SAD REALITY IS

WE'RE SEEING THINGS

ACTUALLY GET WORSE.

IN IRAQ, IN SYRIA, EVEN IN

LEBANON.

WE'RE SEEING INCREASING

CHALLENGES FACING OUR

COMMUNITIES THERE.

I THINK WE HAVE YET TO

TURN THE CORNER AND YET TO

KIND OF SORT OF WITNESS

ANY OF THE PROGRESS WE

WOULD LIKE TO SEE.

Reporter: LEADERS

FROM "IN DEFENSE OF

CHRISTIANS" SAY ONE OF THE

GREATEST HOPES FOR ENDING

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN

THE MIDDLE EAST IS BY

BRINGING AWARENESS TO

EVANGELICAL AMERICANS WHO

CAN ADVOCATE FOR THEIR

BROTHERS AND SISTERS

AROUND THE WORLD.

WHAT THE MIDDLE EASTERN

CHRISTIANS ARE SAYING

OFTEN, ONCE THIS ISSUE

ENDS UP IN THE HANDS OF

THE AMERICAN EVANGELICALS,

THAT WILL CHANGE THE

SITUATION FOR CHRISTIANITY

IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

Reporter: AMERICAN

CHURCHES CAN HELP BY

ADOPTING A REFUGEE FAMILY,

SPONSORING TRIPS TO SAFER

PARTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST,

AND LOBBYING ELECTED

OFFICIALS TO CREATE SAVE

HAVENSAFEHAVENS FOR THOSE WHO ARE

SUFFERING.

YOU CAN CALL YOUR

CONGRESS AND

REPRESENTATIVES, TELLING

THEM YOU CARE ABOUT THE

CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

THEY NEED TO TAKE SITE

VISITS ALL AROUND THE

MIDDLE EAST, GOING TO

REFUGEE CAMPS, AND TELLING

THE CHRISTIANS THEY CARE,

SHOWING THEM THEY CARE,

AND FIGURING OUT

HUMANITARIAN AND POLITICAL

SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS

THEY FACE.

Reporter: IDC AND

OTHER GROUPS BELIEVE IF

ENOUGH CONGRESSMEN FIGHT

THE ISSUE, THE

ADMINISTRATION WILL BE

PUSHED TO GET INVOLVED,

TOO.

REPORTING FROM WASHINGTON,

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON, CBN

NEWS.

THE IRAQI ARMY IS

PREPARING FOR A MAJOR

BATTLE TO RETAKE MOSUL

FROM THE ISLAMIC STATE.

THE FIGHTING COULD CAUSE

AN EVEN WORSE HUMANITARIAN

CRISIS FOR A REGION

ALREADY AT A BREAKING

POINT.

CHRISTIAN REGISTRATIO REFUGEES WHO

FLED ISIS WANT THE RADICAL

ARMY DEFEATED SO THEY CAN

RETURN HOME.

GARY LANE HAS THE STORY

FROM NORTHERN IRAQ.

Reporter: IT IS AN

ALL-TOO-FAMILIAR SCENE,

ANOTHER FUNERAL PROCESSION

IN IRAQ.

THIS ONE FOR VICTIMS OF A

CAR BOMBING IN A BUSTLING

DISTRICT OF BAGHDAD.

MEMBERS OF ISIS CLAIMED

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE

ATTACK AGAINST SHI'ITE

MUSLIMS.

IT COMES AS ISIS FEELS THE

HEAT, DESPERATE TO REGAIN

GROUND.

EARLIER THIS YEAR, IRAQI

FORCES RECAPTURED RAMADI

AND FALLUJAH, AND NOW THE

STAGE IS SET FOR A

MILITARY ASSAULT ON MOSUL.

PRESIDENT OBAMA RECENTLY

SENT ADDITIONAL TROOPS TO

AN AIR BASE NEAR MOSUL,

AND THE FRENCH HAVE

DEPLOYED HEAVY ARTILLERY

IN NORTHERN IRAQ.

THE KURDISH PESHMERGA SAY

THEY WILL JOIN THE FORCES

TO FLEE THE CITY FROM THE

CLUTCHES OF ISIS.

I TALKED RECENTLY TO THE

DEPUTY SPEAKER OF THE

PARLIAMENT.

THE KURDS WANT TO BE

THERE.

THE KURDS LIKE TO SHARE

THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE.

AND, YOU KNOW, ISIS AND

THE TERRORIST GROUP, THEY

NEVER BELONGED TO SYRIA.

THEY WILL DEFEAT US.

Reporter: LAST SPRING

THE UNITED STATES AND ITS

COALITION PARTNERS SENT

THE PESHMERGA ARMORED

PERSNEL CARRIERS AND ART

ARTILLERY.

MANY PESHMERGA FIGHTERS

ONLY POSSESS ANTIQUATED

RIFLES, LIKE THIS ONE, FOR

FIGHTING THE ISLAMIC

TERRORISTS.

HERE IN IRBIL, THE CHURCH

LEADERS SAY THEY NEED MORE

HELP FOR THE CHRISTIAN

REFUGEES.

THEY STILL NEED FOOD,

CLOTHING, AND OTHER

APPLIES.

CHRISTIANS LIKE FORMER AIR

FORCE CAPTAIN SAMIR

FARRIS, HE SUFFERED AN

ABDOMINAL INJURY DURING

THE WORLD, AND HOT

SHRAPNEL THROUGH HIS LEG

DURING OPERATION "STORM."

ALTHOUGH HE HAS LITTLE

MONEY OR POSSESSIONS, HE

SHARED A LUNCH TIME MEAL

WITH ME AND TWO AMERICAN

DIGNITARIES.

WILLIAM PRIDE WAS TOUCHED

BY THE EXPERIENCE.

THEY HAVE NOTHING, AND

THEY RECEIVED US WITH SUCH

A GREAT OPENNESS OF HEART.

AND ALL WHAT THEY HAVE,

THEY SHARED IT WITH US.

THAT IS A GREAT LESSON.

A GREAT LESSON OF HUMILITY

AND OF FRIENDSHIP.

Reporter: AND MAYBE

FAITH?

AND FAITH, CERTAINLY.

Reporter: WHILE

CONDITIONS YOU NOW MUCH

BETTER THAN TWO YEARS AGO,

LIFE IS STILL DIFFICULT.

THEY HAVE MORE PRIVACY

NOW.

THEY'RE NOT LIVING

INTENTS.

THEY'RE LIVING IN ONE-ROOM

APARTMENTS.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator:

WE AND A HUGE NUMBER OF

REFUGEES LIVE OUTSIDE

INTENTS.

WE HAD NO PRIVACY.

WE LIVE IN A TRAILER WITH

14 FAMILIES.

Reporter: THE

ADJUSTMENT WAS DIFFICULT

FOR THIS MAN AND HIS

FAMILY.

BECAUSE THEY LIVED IN A

TWO-STORY HOUSE I IN

KIRAKUSH.

NOW HIS FAMILY IS CRAMPED

INTO A ONE-ROOM APARTMENT.

THIS FAITHFUL IRAQI

CHRISTIANS ARE HOPING THAT

DAESH WILL SOON BE

DEFEATED SO THEY CAN GO

BACK HOME.

THEY REMAIN FAITHFUL THAT

GOD WILL PROVIDE.

OUR SITUATION HAS NOT

AFFECTED OUR TRUST IN GOD.

EVEN THOUGH WE LOST

EVERYTHING, WE WILL

REBUILD OUR LIVES.

UP NEXT, CALLING ON

YOUNG CHRISTIANS TO

DISCONNECT FROM THE

INTERNET AND PLUG INTO

GOD.

THE AUSTRALIAN WORSHIP

BAND HILLSONG UNITED HAS

REVOLUTIONIZED MODERN

WORSHIP.

WITH HUGE HITS LIKE

"OCEANS," AND "LEAD ME TO

THE CROSS."

AND NOW IT IS FEATURED IN

A NEW FILM, AND IT'S

CALLED "LET HOPE RISE."

IT HITS THEATERS IN

LIMITED RELEASE ON

SEPTEMBER 16th.

AND THEY'VE JUST RELEASED

A QUICK CLIP FROM THE

FILM.

WHAT MAKES SENSE OF

WHAT WE DO TO ME IS THE

FUTURE OF THE CROSS.

YOU LOOK AT THE CROSS

AND YOU'VE GOT THIS

VERTICAL ELEMENT, AND THEN

YOU'VE GOT THIS ELEMENT

WHERE IT IS REACHING OUT.

I LOVE THAT PICTURE.

KNOWING GOD IS

UNDERSTANDING HE LOVES IS

PERSONALLY, AND

RECIPROCATING THAT BY

LOVING GOD AND THAT'S WHAT

WORSHIPPING IS.

WE'RE LEFT WITH NO

CHOICE BUT TO REACH OUT

OUR HANDS AND TO LOVE

OTHERS.

THAT'S HONESTLY WHAT THE

GOSPEL IS ABOUT.

A FEW YEARS AGO DARLENE

CHECK HAD A FIGHT WITH

CANCER, BUT TODAY WE'RE

HAPPY TO REPORT SHE IS

RECOVERED AND LEADING A

CHURCH IN NEW SOUTH WALES,

AUSTRALIA.

> SOME YOUNG CHRISTIANS

WANT THEIR TECH-SAVVY

GENERATION TO PUT DOWN

THEIR DEVICES AND EMBRACE

GOD.

THEY RECENTLY GATHERED

AROUND THE WORLD FOR A

PRAYER EFFORT CALLED

"UPRISING."

TALUCILLE TALUSAN HAS THE

STORY.

I WANT A GENERATION.

Reporter: 11-YEAR-OLD

CALEB SIERRA TELLS THE

YOUNG DELEGATES AT A

CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE, THEY

WILL BE A GENERATION THAT

DEDICATES ITSELF TO GOD.

"UPRISING" IS A GLOBAL

PRAYER EFFORT, DESIGNED TO

TAKE ON THE CRISIS FACING

THE CHURCH.

PASTOR JE JEROME SAYS IT IS

AN ABILITY TO REACH YOUNG

PEOPLE.

THEY'RE DISTRACTED WITH

TECHNOLOGY, THE CELL

PHONES.

WE CALL IT WEAPONS OF MASS

DESTRUCTION.

THERE IS A MASSIVE

DESTRUCTION OF THIS

GENERATION.

Reporter: THEY CHOSE

SOUTH KOREA TO HOST THE

EVENT BECAUSE IT IS A

PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHAT IS

HAPPENING IN THE WORLD.

FOR YEARS CHURCHES LOOKED

TO THIS COUNTRY AS A

BEACON.

IN FACT, SOUTH KOREA IS

THE SECOND LARGEST

MISSIONARY-SENDING NATION

IN THE WORLD.

IRONICALLY, IN THE LAST

DECADE, THE CHRISTIAN

POPULATION HERE HAS

DROPPED FROM 25% TO 15%.

LESS THAN 3% OF YOUNG

SOUTH KOREANS GO TO

CHURCH.

Through Translator:

MATERIALISM AND SECULARISM

HAVE CREPT INTO OUR

CHURCHES.

ALSO, THE SCANDALS

INVOLVING CHURCH LEADERS

HAVE AFFECTED THE

INTEGRITY OF THE CHURCH.

THE CHURCH HAS FAILED TO

BE SALT AND LIGHT, AND THE

PEOPLE'S HEARTS ARE FAR

AWAY FROM GOD.

I BELIEVE PRAYER IS THE

KEY THAT WILL SOLVE OUR

PROBLEM.

AND THROUGH "UPRISING,"

GOD SENT FOREIGN SPIRITUAL

SOLDIERS TO BRING REVIVAL

TO KOREA.

Reporter: YOUNG

PEOPLE FROM 37 NATIONS

GATHERED TO PRAY AND FAST,

IN AN EFFORT TO BRING

KOREA'S YOUTH BACK TO

CHURCH.

> IT IS A STRONG FACTOR

FOR GOD.

IT IS IN THE HEARTS OF THE

DELEGATES HERE.

IT IS THIS REVIVAL'S FIRE

THAT THEY WILL BRING TO

THEIR HOMES, TO THEIR

SCHOOLS, THEIR OFFICES,

THEIR COUNTRIES, TO AFFECT

CHANGE IN THEIR SPHERE OF

INFLUENCE.

ON THE LAST DAY, THE

DELEGATES GATHERED NEAR

NORTH KOREA'S BORDER FOR

PRAYER, WORSHIP, AND THE

REUNIFICATION OF THE

KOREAN PENINSULA.

THEY ASKED GOD TO EMPOWER

A YOUNG PEOPLE, LIKE HE

DID DAVID, TO DEFEAT THE

GOLIATHS OF THEIR

GENERATION.

WE SAID, WHY DON'T WE

GATHER THE DAVID'S OF THE

WORLD AND FACE THE GOLIATH

OF DIVISION.

WE ARE RELEASING TO THE 37

NATIONS VERY, VERY

POWERFUL, POWERFUL YOUNG

PEOPLE.

THEY WILL CHANGE THE

WORLD.

WE WANT KOREA.

GOD LOVES UNITY AND GOD

WANTS UNITY, AND I BELIEVE

THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

COMING UP, THIS FAMILY

FACED LIFE ON THE STREETS,

AND THEN THEY FOUND THE

RIVER OF REFUGEE.

REFUGE.

WELCOME BACK TO

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

IT WAS ONCE A HOSPITAL IN

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI.

NOW IT'S HOME TO FAMILIES

WHO USED TO LIVE IN

PAY-BY-THE-WEEK HOTELS.

IT WAS THE VISION OF A

PASTOR WHO WANTED TO SHOW

LOVE TO HIS COMMUNITY IN A

TANGIBLE WAY.

CHARLENE AARON FIRST

BROUGHT US THIS STORY SIX

YEARS AGO, WHEN THE

MINISTRY GOT ITS STARTS.

RECENTLY SHE RETURNED TO

KANSAS CITY FOR THIS

UPDATE.

Charlene: MARIO IS

ENJOYING RAISING HIS SEVEN

CHILDREN FROM THE COMFORT

OF HIS NEW, FOUR-BEDROOM

APARTMENT.

A BIG CHANGE FROM WHERE

THEY ONCE LIVED AFTER

LOSING THEIR HOME.

WE ENDED UP LIVING WITH

A FRIEND IN A ONE-BEDROOM

APARTMENT.

Charlene: MARIO'S IS

ONE OF A FEW FAMILIES THAT

LIVE HERE.

IT IS ALL PART OF A VISION

TO HAVE THE CITY'S

HOMELESS HAVE A SAFE AND

COMFORTABLE PLACE TO CALL

HOME.

PASTOR JOHN WYLIE IS THE

MOTIVATING FORCE BEHIND

THE PROGRAM.

IN 2009, HE TOLD CBN NEWS

OF HIS DREAM TO TURN THE

VACANT PARK LANE HOSPITAL

INTO TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

FOR THE HOMELESS.

IT IS A PLACE OF

REFUGE, WHERE THEY CAN GET

HEALED, WITH DIGNITY, AND

MOVE OUT WITH THEIR OWN

MONEY.

[CHEERING]

Charlene: THAT DREAM

RECENTLY BECAME A REALITY.

WHEN THE FIRST FAMILIES

MOVED IN.

WELL, IT FEELS GREAT.

IT IS SURREAL.

SEVEN YEARS OF BELIEVING

THAT THIS WAS POSSIBLE.

WE'D HELPED HUNDREDS AND

HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES OVER

SEVEN YEARS, BUT WE

COULDN'T BRING THEM HERE

AND GIVE THEM A

TRANSITIONAL PLACE, BUT

NOW WE CAN.

HERE WE ARE IN A FORMER

150,000 FORMER HOSPITAL,

DEDICATED TO FAMILIES

LIVING IN HOMELESSNESS.

Charlene: WYLIE SAYS

THE JOURNEY HAS BEEN LONG

AND HARD, BUT WORTH IT.

THERE WERE MANY NIGHTS

WHERE HALF WAY THROUGH

THIS PROJECT, I WOULD WAKE

UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE

NIGHT THINKING, WHAT HAVE

I DONE?

BECAUSE WE HAD SO MANY

OBSTACLES IN THE WAY.

BUT OVER SEVEN YEARS, I'VE

WATCHED OBSTACLE AFTER

OBSTACLE BECOME REMOVED.

SO WHAT IT HAS DONE FOR MY

PERSONALLY IS, IT CHANGED

MY THINKING.

AND LOVE COMPELLED ME TO

NOT WALK AWAY, TO NOT GIVE

UP, AND TO PERSEVERE.

Charlene: FAMILIES

HERE LIVE RENT AND

UTILITY-FREE DURING THEIR

ENTIRE STAY, AS A TEAM OF

CASE WORKERS PROVIDE THEM

FINANCIAL COUNSELLING.

WHILE LEARNING TO BREAK

THIS CYCLE OF

HOMELESSNESS, THEY CAN

ALSO SAVE MONEY AND PAY

OFF DEBT.

AN ON-SITE PANTRY ALLOWS

FAMILIES TO RESTOCK THEIR

KITCHENS.

AND THERE IS A USED

CLOTHING STORE WHERE THEY

CAN SHOP FOR CLOTHING.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR STEPHANIE

TEK IS RISING UTILITY

COSTS AND FOOD COSTS DRIVE

PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HOMES.

IN THE FIRST 24 HOURS,

I HAD MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE

CALLING FOR HELP.

WE STILL GET ON AVERAGE

PROBABLY 20 PEOPLE A WEEK

ASKING FOR HELP.

THIS MORNING, I HAD SIX

CALLS ASKING CAN I APPLY

FOR YOUR PROGRAM?

Charlene: MICHELLE

MOVED HERE WITH HER

HUSBAND AND TWO SMALL

CHILDREN.

SOON AFTER ARRIVING, HER

HUSBAND'S JOB FELL THROUGH

AND THIS GAVE THEM A

REFUGE.

WE WERE LIVING IN A

HOTEL BEFORE HERE, AND

DRAINING OUR SAVINGS, AND

IN A MATTER OF A WEEK, WE

WERE GOING TO BE IN OUR

VAN.

SO IT WAS BY THE GRACE OF

GOD THAT I FOUND THIS

PLACE.

AND WE WERE ABLE TO MOVE

IN HERE AND HAVE A ROOF

OVER OUR HEAD.

Charlene: MARIO ADMIT

HE INITIALLY FELT

SKEPTICAL ABOUT THE

ORGANIZATION.

I DIDN'T EVEN BELIEVE

IT WAS REAL.

WHEN I GOT IN HERE, I WAS

SITTING AROUND WAITING ON,

OKAY, WHAT'S THE CATCH.

BUT THERE WASN'T A CATCH

HERE.

THEY JUST GENERALLY WANT

TO SEE PEOPLE DO BETTER.

Charlene: FOR THAT,

HIS CHILDREN ARE BEYOND

GRATEFUL.

MOST OF ALL, IT TOOK

OFF SOME WEIGHT ON MY

DADDY.

BECAUSE WHEN WE HAD TO

KEEP MOVING AROUND, HE HAD

TO PAY THE RENT.

AND HERE YOU DON'T HAVE TO

PAY RENT, BUT YOU HAVE TO

SAVE UP MONEY FOR YOUR

NEXT HOUSE.

I WANT TO THANK THEM

FOR WHAT THEY HAVE HELPED

US WITH.

Charlene: WYLIE MAKES

IT CLEAR, HE DIDN'T DO

THIS ALONE.

SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED,

WHERE I HAD THE IDEA OF

DOING THIS, BUT, REALLY,

IT IS NOT ABOUT ME.

IT'S ABOUT ALL OF THE

PEOPLE WHO HAVE DONATED.

WE HAD ONE COMPANY DONATE

$1.2 MILLION.

ALL OF THE MATERIALS AND

ALL OF THE LABOR.

ANOTHER COMPANY CAME AND

GAVE $300,000 TO BUILD OUT

THE UNIT.

THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS,

MISSOURI, GIVE US OVER 200

OAK BUNK BEDS, DONATED THE

FIRST WEEK WE OPENED THE

HOSPITAL.

Charlene: AND CBN

PLAYED A HUGE ROLE.

WHEN GORDON ROBERTSON SAW

WYLIE'S STORY ON "THE 700

CLUB," HE INVITED HIM TO

CBN TO LEARN MORE ABOUT

THE PROJECT.

WYLIE LEFT WITH

ENCOURAGEMENT AND THE

LARGEST DONATION RIVER OF

REFUGE HAD RECEIVED AT

THAT TIME.

IT JUST GREW AND GREW

AND GREW.

AND IT'S GROWN TO BE WORTH

MILLIONS NOW FROM OTHER

CONTRIBUTIONS.

AND I THINK ABOUT THE

FAMILIES THAT ARE LIVING

HERE NOW, THE HUNDREDS OF

CHILDREN, AND THE FAMILIES

THAT WILL COME HERE FOR

DECADES OF COME, WILL ALL

BE TOUCHED BECAUSE OF THE

GENEROSITY OF CBN'S

DONORS.

Charlene: FOR NOW, 11

APARTMENT UNITS ARE

COMPLETE, AND RIVER OF

REFUGE NEEDS MORE

FINANCIAL HELP BEFORE IT

CAN BRING IN MORE

FAMILIES.

MEANWHILE, WYLIE SHARES

THIS ENCOURAGEMENT FOR

PASTORS ACROSS THE

COUNTRY.

YOU DON'T NEED A LOT OF

MONEY OR A BIG BUILDING.

WHAT YOU HAVE IS THE MOST

INCREDIBLE GIFT.

LOVE ATTRACTS A CROWD.

LOVE IS THE MOST

COMPELLING FORCE.

THERE ARE MOTEL FAMILIES

IN EVERY CITY, IN EVERY

MUNICIPALITY, AND I

CHALLENGE MY FRIENDS TO GO

FIND A MOTEL FAMILY AND

JUST BECOME THEIR FRIENDS.

ASK THEM WHAT THEY NEED.

OPEN YOUR LIVING ROOM.

OPEN YOUR CHECKBOOK.

LOVE THEM.

Charlene: CHARLENE

AARON, CBN NEWS, KANSAS

CITY, MISSOURI.

TODAY MICHELLE ROBINSON

AND HER FAMILY HAVE

COMPLETED THE PROGRAM, AND

NOW THEY'RE LIVING IN

THEIR OWN APARTMENT.

> STAY WITH US.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

ISRAELI ARCHEOLOGISTS

HAVE DISCOVERED WHAT THE

FLOOR OF THE SECOND JEWISH

TEMPLE LOOKED LIKE.

IT IS AN AMAZING STORY OF

HOW NEW DISCOVERIES ARE

BRINGING THE BIBLE TO

LIFE.

Chris: THIS MAJOR

FIND CAME AS ARCHEOLOGISTS

RECONSTRUCTED

2,000-YEAR-OLD TILES FROM

THE SECOND JEWISH TEMPLE

BUILT BY KING HARROD.

THESE ARE THE VERY

FLOORS UPON WHICH THE HIGH

PRIESTS AND THE PRIESTS

AND THE PILGRIMS WHO CAME

TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT

WALKED.

THIS IS THE FLOOR UPON

WHICH JESUS WALKED WHEN HE

CAME TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT.

Chris: THIS DISCOVERY

RESULTED FROM A

CONTROVERSY IN 1999, WHEN

TONS OF DEBRIS WAS

ILLEGALLY REMOVED FROM

UNDER THE TEMPLE MOUNT TO

BUILD AN UNDERGROUND

MOSQUE.

WE HAVE PIECES OF THE

FLOORING TILES FOR THE

LAST 12 YEARS OF WORK,

FROM THE SOIL OF THE

TEMPLE MOUNT.

WE IDENTIFIED THEM

ALREADY, SOME 10 YEARS

AGO.

AND WE UNDERSTOOD THAT

THEY BELONGED TO SUCH

FLOORS.

Chris: THE TEMPLE

MOUNT SIFTING PROJECT

BEGAN IN 2004.

FOR MORE THAN A DECADE,

VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF FROM

ISRAEL AND AROUND THE

WORLD HAVE BEEN EXAMINING

THE DEBRIS FROM THE TEMPLE

MOUNT AND MAKING HISTORIC

DISCOVERIES.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME

THAT WE ARE ABLE TO

RESTORE ONE OF THE

ELEMENTS OF THE

ARCHITECTURE OF THE SECOND

TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM.

Chris: ARCHEOLOGISTS

CONFIRMED THE AUTHENTICITY

OF THESE PIECES, BASED ON

THE SIZE, MATERIAL AND

TECHNIQUE BY WHICH THEY

WERE MADE.

I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD

BE ABLE TO FIND SOMETHING

THAT IS SO MUCH CONNECTED

TO THE TEMPLE PROPER.

Chris: PROJECT

DIRECTOR ARCHEOLOGIST

GABBY BARKI POINTED OUT

WHY THIS ACHIEVEMENT

SHOULD BE IMPORTANT FOR

CHRISTIANS.

THIS IS THE VERY FLOOR

UPON WHICH THE COINS WERE

ROLLING WHEN JESUS TURNED

THE TABLES OF THE

MONEY-CHANGERS UPSIDE

DOWN.

R WE HAVE SEVERAL

DIFFERENT STORIES WHERE

JESUS IS TEACHING THEM

RIGHT THERE.

THEY ARE STANDING AND

SITTING RIGHT THERE ON

THESE FLOORS.

Chris: FRANKY

SCHNEIDER PLAYED A KEY

ROLE IN PUTTING THE TILE

PATTERNS TOGETHER.

THIS IS THE FIRST

PATTERN I WAS ACTUALLY

ABLE TO RECONSTRUCT.

Chris: SHE COMBINED

GEOMETRIC PRINCIPLES WITH

PATTERNS AT HARROD'S

PALACES.

THE MATHEMATICS ARE

IMPECCABLE, THE SIZES, AND

THE SHAPES.

IT IS JUST AMAZING.

Chris: SO FAR ABOUT

600 COLORED STONE FLOOR

PIECES HAVE BEEN

DISCOVERED.

IT IS LIKE PUTTING

TOGETHER A PUZZLE BUT

WITHOUT A BOX TOP AND YOU

ONLY HAVE ABOUT 1% OF THE

TILES.

WE'RE NOT OUT TO PROVE

ANYTHING.

THE TEMPLE WAS THERE.

BUT WE CAN SHOW YOU MORE

CLEARLY EXACTLY WHAT WAS

THERE.

Chris: FOR YEARS

VISITORS TO THE TEMPLE

MOUNT IMAGINED HARROD'S

TEMPLE WAS MADE FROM WHITE

STONE.

AND NOW THE RESTORATION OF

THE FLOOR TILES GIVES A

DEEPER UNDERSTANDING AND

APPRECIATION FOR THE GLORY

OF THE SECOND JEWISH

TEMPLE.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

THAT'S AN AMAZING

STORY.

THANKS FOR TUNING IN.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, GOOD-BYE

AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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