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Christian World News - December 2, 2016

Jailed for preaching the Gospel: Meet the Christians who spent months chained up in one of the worst prisons in Iran and hear their story of faith and survival. Plus, Cubans look to the future after the death of Fidel Castro. What does it mean ... Read Transcript


WE OPENED THE DOOR AND

20 TO 25 MEN SUDDENLY

RUSHED INTO THE APARTMENT.

George: THIS WEEK ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

JAILED FOR PREACHING THE

GOSPEL.

MEET THE CHRISTIANS WHO

SPENT MONTHS CHAINED IN

ONE OF THE WORST PRISONS

IN IRAN, AND HEAR THEIR

STORY OF FAITH AND

SURVIVAL.

Wendy: PLUS...CUBANS

LOOK TO THE FUTURE.

WHAT WILL THE PASSING OF

FIDEL CASTRO MEAN FOR THE

COUNTRY AND ITS CHURCH?

George: AND RADICAL

MUSLIMS RANSACK A

CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN THE

HEART OF ISRAEL.

SEE WHY THESE BELIEVERS

CONTINUE TO PUT THEIR HOPE

IN GOD.

Gord George: HELLO,

EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO

THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

I WANT TO WELCOME YOU

BACK, GEORGE, FROM YOUR

TRAVELS.

George: THANK YOU.

Wendy: WHERE IN THE

WORLD HAVE YOU BEEN?

George: I HAVE BEEN

TO THE NATIONS IN CENTRAL

ASIA.

IT HAS BEEN TERRIFIC.

WE GOT AN EXCLUSIVE STORY

FOR YOU THIS WEEK ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

THREE CHRISTIANS WHO SPENT

MONTHS IN ONE OF THE WORST

PRISONS IN THE WORLD, THEY

ARE NOW FREE.

IRANIAN AUTHORITIES

ARRESTED THEM FOR

ALLEGEDLY CONDUCTING

MISSIONARY ACTIVITY WHILE

JUST HOURS AFTER THEY WERE

RELEASED, I SAT DOWN WITH

THEM FOR THEIR FIRST

TELEVISION INTERVIEW.

BARHAM, ELDAD, AND YOUSEF

KNEW THEY FACED A RISKY

BUSINESS INTO IRAN.

WE WERE EXPECTING GOD

TO DO SOMETHING NEW FOR US

IN THIS EVENT, BUT WE HAD

NO IDEA OF THE EVENTS THAT

WOULD TRANSPIRE HOURS

AFTER RE ARRIVED.

George: THE THREE MEN

FROM AZERBAIJAN, A COUNTRY

ALONG IRAN'S NORTHWESTERN

BORDER, SET OUT FOR SECRET

MEETINGS WITH CHRISTIANS.

THE MEN HEADED TO THE TOWN

OF ASTEROD, WHICH IS ON

THE BORDER OF IRAN AND

AZERBAIJAN.

IT TOOK ABOUT AN HOUR AND

A HALF TO CROSS THE

BORDER, AND THEY WERE

SAFELY INSIDE OF IRAN.

FROM THERE THEY CAUGHT A

TAXI TO THE IRANIAN

CAPITAL CITY OF TEHRAN.

YOUSSEF WAS IN AN

APARTMENT LEADING A BIBLE

STUDY WHEN A SUDDEN KNOCK

ON THE DOOR CAUGHT THEM BY

SURPRISE.

WE OPENED THE DOOR AND

20 TO 25 MEN SUDDENLY

RUSHED INTO THE APARTMENT.

George: ELDAD KNEW

THEY WERE IN TROUBLE.

I KNEW RIGHT AWAY THEY

WERE POLICE OFFICERS OR

GOVERNMENT AGENTS BECAUSE

I HAD SIMILAR EXPERIENCES

IN AZERBAIJAN, WHEN

AUTHORITIES WOULD RAID OUR

CHRISTIAN MEETINGS.

George: AFTER

QUESTIONING THEM, THE

GOVERNMENT CHARGED THEM

WITH TRYING TO CONVERT

IRAN'S TO CHRISTIANITY,

AND SENT THE MEN TO EVAN

PRISON.

THE JUDGE TOLD US WE

COULD SPEND 10 YEARS IN

PRISON.

George: THE NEXT FEW

MONTHS MEANT DAYS OF

SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.

THIS WAS A NEW

EXPERIENCE, AND I WOULD

NEVER WISH IT UPON ANYONE.

George: A TINY, COLD

ROOM.

NO WINDOWS, NO BED.

JUST A SINK.

OF COURSE I HAD

THOUGHTS THAT I COULD

SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE

IN PRISON, BUT I NEVER

REGRETTED GOING TO IRAN.

George: THAT'S

BECAUSE IN 2003, HE SAYS

GOD POSED A QUESTION TO

HIM FROM THE BOOK OF

ISAIAH.

HE ASKED, "WHOM SHALL I

SEND TO THE NATIONS" AND I

SAID, HERE AM I, SEND ME."

SENSSINCE THEN, I TRY NOT TO

MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO

AND PREACH THE GOSPEL IN

OTHER COUNTRIES.

RIGHT BEFORE WE LEFT,

TWICE I HAD A DREAM WE

WOULD BE ARRESTED.

OWSO NATURALLY, I WAS

APPREHENSIVE ABOUT THAT.

BUT GOD GAVE ME A PROMISE

FROM PSALM 2, THAT HE WILL

MAKE THE NATIONS OUR

INHERITANCE.

THAT GAVE ME HOPE AND

STRENGTH.

George: THEY WERE

ROUTINELY INTERROGATED AND

HARASSED, BUT NEVER LOST

HOPE.

THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN

THE PRISON ARE VERY

DIFFICULT, SO TO STOP IT

FROM EFFECTING ME

EMOTIONALLY AND

PHYSICALLY, I STARTED

PRAYING.

AND EVEN SINGING ALOUD,

AND THE GUARDS DIDN'T EVEN

STOP ME.

George: NOR DID THEY

STOP HIM FROM SINGING THAT

WELL-KNOWN SONG, "HOW

GREAT IS OUR GOD."

WHILE IN JAIL, THE MEN

SAID THEY MET A SECRET

IRANIAN CHRISTIAN CONVERT

WHO CAME TO FAITH WITH THE

HELP OF SAEED ABEDINI, THE

AMERICAN PASTOR RELEASED

THIS PAST JANUARY AFTER

SPENDING MORE THAN THREE

YEARS IN EVAN PRISON.

WE PRAYED WITH HIM,

SHARED COMMUNION TOGETHER,

AND WE HELPED HIM RECEIVE

THE HOLY SPIRIT.

George: WELCOME,

EVERYONE, TO THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

MY COLLEAGUE, WENDY

GRIFFITH IS ON ASSIGNMENT.

PRISON GUARDS IN IRAN ARE

THREATENING AMERICAN

PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI.

ACTUALLY, IT WAS REALLY

NEAT BECAUSE I USED TO

WATCH STORIES ABOUT SAEED

ON "CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

AND TO KNOW THAT WE PLAYED

A SMALL PART IN SAEED'S

STORY IS A REAL BLESSING.

George: DAYS AFTER

THEIR ARREST IN JUNE,

ALEXANDER, A RUSSIAN

PASTOR, STARTED TO

CAMPAIGN FOR THE MEN'S

RELEASE.

WE APPEALED TO

DIFFERENT HUMANITARIAN

ORGANIZATIONS, HUMAN

RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS,

CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATIONS.

George: CHURCHES

ACROSS AZERBAIJAN AND IN

NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES ALSO

JOINED IN TO TRY TO HELP

SET THE MEN FREE.

FOR NEARLY TWO MONTHS,

WE PRAYED EVERY DAY FOR

OUR BROTHERS IN IRAN.

George: AND THEN IN

WHAT WAS NOTHING SHORT OF

A MIRACLE, IRANIAN

AUTHORITIES DECIDED TO

ALLOW THE MEN TO RETURN TO

AZERBAIJAN ON BAIL.

THEY FLEW TO IRAN CARRYING

$85,000 IN BAIL MONEY.

DAYS LATER, THE THREE FLEW

BACK HOME FREE MEN.

CBN NEWS MET THEM HOURS

AFTER THEIR RETURN.

WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR

THOSE WHO PAID FOR US AND

HELPED TO RAISE THE BAIL

MONEY.

THIS COULD HAVE HAPPENED

TO ANYONE.

WE'RE NOT SPECIAL.

BUT PEOPLE REACHED OUT TO

US, AND THAT MEANS A LOT.

George: THEIR CASE IS

STILL PENDING.

AND WHILE THE THREE WILL

PROBABLY NEVER BE ALLOWED

TO TRAVEL TO IRAN AGAIN,

THEY SAID THE ORDEAL HAS

DONE LITTLE TO DAMPEN

THEIR PASSION TO SHARE

CHRIST'S LOVE WITH OTHERS.

THIS IS ONLY THE

BEGINNING FOR ME.

THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE

WORLD WHO ARE WAITING FOR

ME TO COME AND TELL THEM

ABOUT JESUS.

I'M READY AND I'M NOT

AFRAID.

WAS IT EASY?

NO.

STILL, I'M THANKFUL TO GOD

FOR THE PRIVILEGE I HAD TO

BE A PART OF HIS WORK, AND

IN A SMALL WAY TO SUFFER

FOR THE NAME OF CHRIST.

George: GEORGE

THOMAS, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: A GREAT STORY,

GEORGE.

IT IS SO ENCOURAGING TO

KNOW THAT AS FAR AWAY AS

AZERBAIJAN, PEOPLE ARE

WATCHING US ON "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

George: IT IS

INCREDIBLE.

Wendy: HOW ARE THEY

DOING THAT?

George: IN KIEV,

THEY'RE TRANSLATING INTO

RUSSIAN, AND THEY ARE

WATCHING IN RUSSIA, AND

THE SATELLITE COUNTRIES

AROUND RUSSIA.

Wendy: THAT JUST

MAKES ME SO HAPPY.

BECAUSE YOU KNOW, WHEN ALL

OF U US ARE PRAYING, IT

HELPED WITH THAT RELEASE.

George: THIS SHOW,

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS," IS

HAVING IMPACT AROUND THE

GLOBE BECAUSE IT BRINGS

ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE BODY

OF CHRIST.

Wendy: AWESOME.

WELL-DONE.

YOU CAN DO YOUR PART IN

SPREADING "CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS" AROUND THE WORLD.

SIMPLY FIND THIS STORY ON

OUR CBN WEB PAGE, AND

SHARE IT WITH YOUR FAMILY

AND FRIENDS ON Facebook.

George: OKAY, FOLKS,

COMING UP, SOME GRIEVED

AND SOME CELEBRATED AT THE

NEWS OF CUBAN DICTATOR

FIDEL CASTRO'S DEATH.

FIND OUT WHAT HIS PASSING

MEANS FOR CUBAN BELIEVERS.

AND A SOCIETY STILL

TRAPPED UNDER COMMUNIST

CONTROL.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK.

FIDEL CASTRO PUT A

STRANGLE-HOLD ON FREEDOM

IN CUBA FOR HALF A

CENTURY.

SOME HOPE HIS PASSING WILL

OPEN THE DOORS TO MOW MORE

FREEDOM.

OUR DALE HURD HAS THIS

LOOK AT WHAT COULD BE NEXT

FOR CUBA.

Reporter: FIDEL

CASTRO HAS PROVEN TO BE AS

DEVISOR IN DEATH AS HE WAS

IN LIFE, DIVIDING THE

WORLD OVER EXACTLY WHAT HE

WAS.

CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER

JUSTIN TRUDEAU CALLED THE

BRUTAL COMMUNIST DICTATOR

A REMARKABLE LEADER WHO

SERVED HIS PEOPLE.

IRISH PRESIDENT MICHAEL

HIGGINS SAID CASTRO WAS

FOR FREEDOM AND THE

OPPRESSED.

AND THE "WASHINGTON POST"

CALLED CASTRO A SPIRITUAL

BEACON BEFORE REPORTEDLY

CHANGING THE HEADLINE TO

POLITICAL BEACON.

CONGRESSWOMAN ILIANA ROSS

HAS A MUCH DIFFERENT VIEW.

THE TRUTH IS HE WAS A

SADISTIC MURDERER, WHO

BROUGHT GREAT SUFFERING TO

THE 11 MILLION PEOPLE OF

CUBA.

HE SHOULD NOT BE REVERED.

HE SHOULD BE REVILED.

Reporter: TEXAS

SENATOR TED CRUZ, WHO'S

FATHER FLED CUBA, AND

WHO'S AUNT WAS JAILED AND

TORTURED BY CASTRO SAYS

THE U.S. SHOULD NOT SEND A

REPRESENTATIVE TO CUBA.

FIDEL CASTRO CAME TO POWER

PROMISING A SOCIALIST

UTOPIA.

HE CREATED AN IMPOVERISHED

ISLAND PRISON.

BEFORE CASTRO, CUBA HAD

ONE OF THE HIGHER LIVING

STANDARDS IN THE WORLD.

AFTER CASTRO, IT IS ONE OF

THE WORLD'S POOREST, MOST

DEPRESSED NATIONS.

ON THE STREETS OF HAVANA

SUNDAY, IT WAS EERILY

QUIET.

IN MIAMI, THE CITY BUILT

BY CUBAN EXILES,

EXUBERANCE.

DURING HIS DECADES IN

POWER, FIDEL CASTRO WAS A

SOURCE OF SUFFERING FOR

MILLIONS.

SENDING HIS OPPONENTS TO

PRISON OR TO THEIR DEATHS,

FORCING CUBANS INTO EXILE

AND SEPARATING FAMILIES.

AND CUBANS IN MIAMI KNOW

ANOTHER CASTRO IS STILL IN

POWER.

RAUL CASTRO, FIDEL'S

YOUNGER BROTHER AND

PRESIDENT, HAS BEEN

RUNNING THE COUNTRY SINCE

2008.

THE REPRESSION

CONTINUES.

THE LACK OF FREEDOM

CONTINUES.

Reporter: AFTER RAUL,

THE AIR APPARENT IS MIGUEL

DIAZ, WITH THE PUBLIC

IMAGE OF A DULL

BUREAUCRAT.

WHAT IS NEXT IN U.S. CUBA

RELATIONS?

PRESIDENT OBAMA WORKED FOR

CLOSER DIPLOMATIC TIES,

BUT THAT'S A MOVE

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD

TRUMP SEEMS LIKELY TO

CHANGE.

WE WILL CANCEL OBAMA'S

ONE-SIDED CUBAN DEAL, MADE

BY EXECUTIVE ORDER, IF WE

DO NOT GET THE DEAL WE

WANT AND THE DEAL THAT

PEOPLE LIVING IN CUBA AND

HERE DESERVE.

Reporter: TRUMP IN A

STATEMENT CALLED CASTRO A

BRUTAL DICTATOR WHO

OPPRESSED HIS OWN PEOPLE

FOR NEARLY SIX DECADES.

HIS LEGACY IS ONE OF

FIRING SQUADS, DEATH,

UNIMAGINABLE SUFFERING,

POVERTY, AND THE DENIAL OF

FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS.

IN HIS STATEMENT,

PRESIDENT OBAMA AVOIDED

PRAISING THE DICTATOR,

SIMPLY SAYING THAT HISTORY

WILL JUDGE.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Gord George: FOR DECADES,

CUBA WAS AN OFFICIALLY

ATHEIST NATION, AND THE

CHURCH WAS HARSHLY

PERSECUTED.

AND NOW MANY ARE HOPEFULLY

FID CASFIDEL CASTRO'S DEATH COULD

PAV THE THE WEAR FOR GREATER

FREEDOM FOR THE CHURCH.

HEATHER SELLS HAS MORE.

Heather: IN RECENT

YEARS, CUBAN CHURCHES HAVE

BECOME KNOWN FOR

INCREDIBLE GROWTH IN THE

MIDST OF POVERTY.

PASTOR NESTOR IS TYPICAL.

HE LIVES IN A TWO-ROOM

ASSESSMENT WITH HIS WIFE.

THE CHURCH MEETS IN A

CLASSROOM-SIZED ROOM WHERE

THE CONGREGATION

OVERFLOWS.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

HAS MADE US GROW IN FAITH

HAVE BEEN THE LIMITATIONS

AND DIFFICULTIES.

Heather: CUBAN

BAPTISTS AND ASSEMBLY OF

GOD CHURCHES HAVE SEEN

HOUSE CHURCHES TAKE OFF.

THERE IS A HUNGER FOR THE

GOSPEL THAT IS EVIDENT

ALONG THE ISLAND.

THAT'S WHY CHURCHES

TYPICALLY PACK IN ON

SUNDAY MORNING.

PEOPLE HERE DON'T CARE

HOW COMFORTABLE THEY ARE.

THEY COULD BE EXHAUSTED

FROM WORKING ALL DAY, AND

THEY WILL SIT ON A BAG OF

ROCKS, A STITCHED UP

CHAIR, OR STAND THE WHOLE

SERVICE, AND THEY'RE OKAY

WITH THAT.

Heather: UNDER THE

PRESIDENCY OF RAUL CASTRO,

RESTRICTIONS ON CHURCHES

HAVE RELAXED SLIGHTLY.

THEY CAN NOW MORE EASILY

HOLD PUBLIC EVENTS AND

EVANGELIZE.

CUBAN EXILE AND

HUMANITARIAN TAYO BABON

SAYS FIDEL CASTRO'S DEATH

COULD OPEN UP MORE

OPPORTUNITIES, NOTING THAT

THE DICTATOR CRUSHED

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

HIS BROTHER, RAUL, IS

KNOWN MORE FOR HIS

PRAGMATISM, AND IS

CONSIDERED LESS

ANTAGONISTIC TOWARDS THE

CHURCH.

WE HOPE THAT THE CUBAN

GOVERNMENT FEELS FREER TO

MOVE MORE PROGRESSIVELY

TOWARDS RELIGIOUS

FREEDOMS.

Heather: BUT THERE IS

FEAR THAT RAUL CASTRO

COULD ROLE BACK SOME OF

THE NEW FREEDOMS TO

PREVENT ANYONE FROM TAKING

ADVANTAGE OF HIS BROTHER'S

DEATH.

AND THERE IS CONCERN

TRAVEL TO CUBA COULD

TIGHTEN UP AGAIN.

SOUTHERN BAPTIST MISSIONS

EXPERT JASON CARLISLE SAYS

IMPROVED U.S. RELATIONS

WITH CUBA HAVE ENCOURAGED

MISSIONS.

ANY LEADER WHO IS

EXCITED, WHO IS TRYING TO

BE INVOLVED IN THE WORLD,

OR HOW TO TAKE THEIR

CHURCH TO AN EXCITING

PIECE OF CHRISTIANITY,

THEY THINK OF CUBA.

Heather: FOR NOW, THE

MISSION LEADERS AND

CHURCHES ARE CAUTIOUSLY

OPTMISTIC.

THE CUBAN CHURCH HAS

PROVEN IT CANNOT ONLY

SURVIVE, BUT FLOURISH

UNDER TOUGH CONDITIONS.

HEATHER SELLS, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: COMING UP,

TERRORISTS ATTACK AN

EVANGELICAL CHURCH IN

JERUSALEM.

SEE HOW THESE BELIEVERS

ARE KEEPING THE FAITH AND

LOOKING TOWARDS THE

FUTURE.

Wendy: ALL RIGHT,

WELCOME BACK.

ISRAEL WILL SOON BEGIN A

MAGE THREE-YEAR LONG

EXPEDITION IN THE DESERT

TO LOOK FOR MORE DEAD SEA

SCROLLS.

IT IS THE FIRST SURVEY OF

THE AREA IN MORE THAN 20

YEARS.

LOOTERS FOUND MANUSCRIPTS

THERE IN RECENT YEARS,

WHICH PROMPTED THE

GOVERNMENT TO BEGIN

LOOKING FOR MORE.

THEY SAY A GOVERNMENT

RESEARCH TEAM WILL SURVEY

HUNDREDS OF DESERT CAVES

NEAR THE DEAD SEA.

THIS IS THE SAME LOCATION

WHERE THE WORLD'S OLDEST

BIBLICAL MANUSCRIPTS WERE

DISCOVERED BACK IN 1947.

THE COLLECTION IS

CONSIDERED THE CROWN JEWEL

OF THE ISRAELI

ANTIQUITIES.

George: VERY

EXCITING.

> DISASTER STRUCK AN

EVANGELICAL CHURCH IN THE

HEART OF JERUSALEM

RECENTLY.

AS CHRIS MITCHELL REPORTS,

IT APPEARS MUSLIM

MILITANTS DESTROYED THE

FACILITY WHERE THE CHURCH

HAS MET FOR THE LAST 10

YEARS.

THIS IS IT.

THIS IS ALL OF THE STUFF.

Reporter: MICHAEL

HILLSTON RECORDED WHAT

HAPPENED.

MOST OF THE CHURCH

PROPERTY AND PERSONAL

BELONGINGS OF ITS PASTOR

WERE BURNED IN THIS

DUMPSTER.

EVERYTHING IS BURNT.

EVERYTHING.

THAT'S ALL.

IT WAS AN ACT, REALLY,

I FELT OF TERROR.

Reporter: KAREN

DUNHAM PASTORED THE CHURCH

FOR 10 YEARS.

ON SATURDAY,

NOVEMBER 24th, MUSLIM

NEIGHBORS CAME INTO THE

BUILDING AND RANSACKED IT.

THEY DESTROYED

EVERYTHING INSIDE.

THAT DUMPSTER RIGHT THERE

IS FULL OF STONES.

THEY TORE OUT THE FLOOR.

THEY PULLED OUT THE

WIRING.

THEY PUNCHED HOLES IN THE

WALLS.

Reporter: THIS IS

WHAT THE CHURCH USED TO

LOOK LIKE.

THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

NOW.

YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN

THERE 10 YEARS, OR LONGER.

I MEAN, YOU'VE GOT

DIARIES, WHERE YOU WRITE

DOWN WHAT GOD SAYS TO YOU,

BIBLES, AND THEY BURNED

ALL OF THE PERSONAL STUFF.

Reporter: THE ONES

WHO VANDALIZED AND SEIZED

THE CHURCH CLAIM THE RENT

HAS NOT BEEN PAID AND THEY

HAVE BEEN TRYING TO EVICT

THE CHURCH FOR TWO YEARS.

WE HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT

TO BE THERE RIGHT NOW.

OUR RENT IS PAID UNTIL

NEXT YEAR.

Reporter: AND YOU

HAVE A 20-YEAR LEASE?

AND I HAVE A 20-YEAR

LEASE.

WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE

HERE.

Reporter: DO THEY

HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO DO

WHAT THEY DID?

NONE.

Reporter: IN 2014,

THE JERUSALEM POST COVERED

HOW DUNHAM'S NEIGHBORS

HARASSED CHURCH MEMBERS

AND STOLE PROPERTY.

YET THIS TIME THE PASTOR

DECIDED AGAINST PURSUING

LEGAL ACTION.

THE BIGGEST POWER IS

CONQUERING LOVE.

AND HE SAID, I WANT YOU TO

GO AND LOVE THOSE GUYS.

AND I WANT YOU TO TELL

THEM YOU FORGIVE THEM.

AND I WANT YOU TO TELL

THEM THAT YOUR GOD IS IN

THE BUILDING WAITING FOR

THEM.

AND RELEASE THAT BUILDING

BACK TO ME.

Reporter: THE

INCIDENT TROUBLED A NUMBER

OF LOCAL CHRISTIANS.

IT'S VERY, VERY SAD.

I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT IT

HAS HAPPENED TO US.

I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT I AM

IN ISRAEL.

*

Reporter: CHURCH

MEMBERS AND OTHER LOCAL

CHRISTIANS HELD A PRAYER

SERVICE OUTSIDE THE

CHURCH, EXPRESSING HOPE

FOR THE FUTURE.

"LIVING BREAD

INTERNATIONAL CHURCH, CHURCH" --

JUST BECAUSE THEY KNOCKED

HOLES IN THE BUILDING, THE

CHURCH IS STILL ALIVE.

Reporter: ANOTHERS

EXPRESSED HOPE LOCAL

AUTHORITIES TAKE ACTION.

REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME,

THEY BELIEVE GOD WILL

REDEEM THE SITUATION.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Wendy: THANK YOU SO

MUCH, CHRIS.

YOU CAN LEARN HOW YOU CAN

HELP THE SUFFERING

CHRISTIANS AROUND THE

WORLD, JUST GO TO

cbnnews.com'S WEBSITE TO

FIND OUT HOW.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

LAVAL LEE

George: WELCOME BACK

TO THE SHOW.

WENDY, THE LAST TIME WE

WERE TOGETHER LAST, YOU

WERE GETTING READY TO GO

TO NEPAL AND CLIMB MT.

EVEREST.

YOU MADE IT BACK SAFELY,

THANK YOU, JESUS.

Wendy: THANK YOU,

JESUS.

I DIDN'T LEARN MY LESSON

FROM KILIMANJARO, BECAUSE

IT WAS HARD.

> WE MADE IT TO

EVEREST'S BASE CAMP,

DEFINITELY THE HARDEST

TREK I HAVE EVER DONE.

BUT THE SPECTACULAR VIEWS

AND THE WARM PEOPLE MADE

THE JOURNEY WELL WORTH IT.

Wendy: WHAT DO YOU

SAY, VERN?

Wendy: AFTER SIX

NIGHTS OF HOVERING AT

AROUND 6,000 FEET, WE'RE

NOW HEADED UP THE MOUNTAIN

FOR THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF

EVEREST'S BASE CAMP.

Wendy: I MADE IT.

George: I AM BOWING

BEFORE YOU.

WELL-DONE.

Wendy: THANK YOU SO

MUCH.

Gord George: OUTSTANDING,

WHAT A TRIP.

HARDER THAN KILIMANJARO.

Wendy: IN SOME WAYS

BECAUSE THERE WAS TWO

WEEKS OF TREKKING.

WE WENT TO THIS PLACE

CALLED CALABATAR, AND THAT

WAS AT 18.5.

George: THAT'S

BEAUTIFUL.

IT LOOKS LIKE YOU HAD GOOD

WEATHER.

Wendy: IT WAS

SPECTACULAR.

WE WERE SO BLESSED WITH

GREAT WEATHER.

THE SHERPA PEOPLE ARE

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE --

George: THEY ARE THE

PEOPLE WHO HELPED CARRY

EVERYTHING?

Wendy: YES.

AND THEY ARE A PEOPLE

GROUP THAT LIVE THERE IN

THE HIR HIM HIMALAYAS.

BUT GOD TOLD ME NOT TO

GIVE UP.

George: ON THAT NOTE

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