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Christian World News - December 9, 2016

Thousands fled the Christian town of Qaraqosh when ISIS came storming in two years ago. Now, it's been liberated and we’ll take you there. Plus, Syrian Christian families face an unthinkable decision: Pay a ransom to ISIS or never see their ... Read Transcript


Wendy: THIS WEEK ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

THOUSANDS FLED THIS

CHRISTIAN TOWN WHEN ISIS

CAME STORMING IN.

NOW AFTER TWO YEARS OF

OCCUPATION, IT'S BEING

LIBERATED.

SEE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

TODAY.

> PLUS...AN UNTHINKABLE

DECISION.

PAY A RANSOM TO ISIS OR

NEVER SEE YOUR FAMILY

MEMBERS AGAIN.

SEE WHY THESE CHRISTIANS

DECIDED TO PAY, AND MEET

E PERSON WHO STIRRED THE

GLOBAL CHURCH TO ACTION.

> AND THE WARS IN SYRIA

AND NORTH IRAQ ARE ONE OF

THE BIGGEST HUMANITARIAN

CRISIS OF OUR DAY.

*

Wendy: WELCOME TO

THIS EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

I'M WENDY GRIFFITH.

MY COLLEAGUE, GEORGE

THOMAS, IS ON ASSIGNMENT.

> ON AUGUST 6 OF 2014,

NEARLY 60,000 PEOPLE FLED

THE CHRISTIAN TOWN OF

QARAQOSH IN NORTHERN IRAQ.

THAT'S BECAUSE HOURS

BEFORE ISIS WAS GOING TO

OVERRUN OF AREA.

WELL, A FEW WEEKS AGO, THE

KURDISH MILITARY LIBERATED

THE TOWN.

CHRIS MITCHELL TAKES US

BACK TO QARAQOSH TO SEE

THE TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION

LEFT BY ISIS.

Chris: CBN NEWS

JOINED SISTER DIANA, A

DOMINICAN NUN AND HER

TEAM, TO SHOW US WHAT ISIS

DID TO HER CITY.

WE FIRST VISITED HER HOME

CHURCH, THE IMMACULATE

CONCEPTION CATHEDRAL.

THIS IS CONSIDERED THE

LARGEST CHURCH IN THE

MIDDLE EAST.

WE DO ALL OF OUR WORSHIP

IN HERE.

MY PARENTS GOT MARRIED

HERE.

WE HAD OUR FIRST COMMUNION

HERE.

AND WE USED TO WORSHIP

EVERY SINGLE DAY.

CHRISTMAS, EASTER.

Chris: FROM THE

CEILING TO THE FLOOR TO

THE ALTER, ISIS LEFT ITS

MARK.

WHAT WE WERE TOLD IS

THEY GATHERED SO MANY OF

THESE BENCHES, THEY PUT

THEM INSIDE, IN THE MIDDLE

HERE, AND BURNED THEM.

SO THE CHURCH WAS BURNING

FOR DAYS.

THEY HAVE TOOK THIS AND

THROW IT ON THE GROUND.

THEY ARE AGAINST EVERY

CHRISTIAN SYMBOL.

AGAINST EVERYTHING,

ACTUALLY.

YOU KNOW, WHATEVE WHEREVER YOU SEE

THERE IS A CROSS, THEY

TOOK IT DOWN.

YOU SEE HERE WE HAVE THE

ALTER.

THERE WERE CROSSES IN

THERE.

WHEREVER YOU SEE THE

DAMAGE -- THEY TRIED TO DO

AS MUCH AS THEY HAVE IN

THEIR POWER TO SAY, YOU

CHRISTIANS STOP LIVING

HERE.

THIS IS NOT YOUR LAND.

I MEAN, THIS IS -- IT

MAKES ME SPEECHLESS.

Chris: IN THE

REMAINS, SISTER DIANA

FOUND CHARRED PAGES FROM A

NEW

TESTAMENT.

THE LETTER TO JOHN 1,

CHAPTER 4 AND 5.

BECAUSE HE IS THE ONE WHO

CAME TO SAVE US WITH WATER

AND BLOOD.

IT SAYS, DO NOT FOLLOW

EVIL, BUT FOLLOW EVERYONE

WHO DOES GOODNESS BECAUSE

THESE ARE FROM GOD.

WHOEVER DONE EVIL WOULD

NOT SEE GOD.

Chris: THIS IS THE

COURTYARD OF THE

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

CHURCH.

ISIS USED IT AS A TRAINING

GROUND.

YOU CAN SEE THE COURTYARD

LITTERED WITH BULLETS.

AT THE FAR END, THEY USED

IT FOR TARGET PRACTICE.

OVER HERE IS THE CONVENT.

THEY TOOK THE BOOKS AND

BROUGHT THEM HERE TO THE

CENTER OF THE COURTYARD,

AND BURNED THEM.

THIS HAS TURNED INTO

ASHES.

THOSE ARE OUR BOOKS.

Chris: ISIS USED THE

COURTYARCHURCH TO TRAIN KILLERS.

ALL OF THIS WAS A

TARGET PRACTICE.

YOU CAN SEE ESPECIALLY HIS

AREA.

IMAGINE HOW MANY PEOPLE

THEY HAVE TRAINED TO KILL.

Chris: ON THE STREET,

WE WITNESSED DEVASTATION.

SOME OF IT CAUSED BY

COALITION AIRSTRIKES

TARGETING ISIS.

WHAT YOU SEE HERE,

THOSE WERE HOUSES.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, ONE,

TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE

HOUSES THAT HAVE BEEN

DESTROYED.

THOSE HOUSES BELONGED TO

FAMILIES.

FAMILIES WHO WORKED SO

HARD.

Chris: THIS FAMILY

LOST THEIR HOME, MONEY,

AND 3-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER,

WHO ISIS STOLE FROM HER

MOTHER'S LAP.

WE LOST EVERYTHING.

THEIR HOUSE HAS BEEN PUT

DOWN.

SHE LOST HER DAUGHTER.

I MEAN -- EVERYTHING WE

OWN, WE LOST IT.

THIS ROAD USED TO BE SO

BUSY.

PEOPLE VERY ACTIVE.

THESE WERE ALL MARKETS.

AND, YOU KNOW, YOU SEE IT

IS EMPTY.

Chris: THROUGHOUT THE

TOWN, ISIS LEFT BEHIND

WRITING ON THE WALL.

ISIS LEFT GRAFFITI ALL

OVER QARAQOSH.

THIS ONE SAYS THAT ISIS

WILL CRUSH OR SQUISH ALL

OF THE UNBELIEVERS.

AND THIS ONE SAS THA SAYS THEPGPK

ISLAMIC STATE WILL EXPAND

WITH ALLAH'S PERMISSION.

THIS WALL SAYS, "WE

DESTROYED YOUR CROSSES.

WE BEHEADED YOU, YOU

INFIDELS."

THROUGHOUT THE CITY, ISIS

DESTROYED OR BURNED

CHRISTIAN HOUSES OF

WORSHIP, THEY ESPECIALLY

DAMAGED OR DESTROYED

CROSSES.

THEY EVEN PILLAGED

CHRISTIAN GRAVES.

ISIS NOT ONLY DESTROYED

THE HOMES OF THE LIVING,

THEY ALSO DESECRATED THE

FINAL RESTING PLACE OF THE

DEAD.

HERE THEY DESTROYED SOME

OF THESE MEMORIAL PLAGUES

AND EVEN OPENED THE GRAVES

SO THEY COULD LOOT ANY

VALUABLES OFF THE CORPSES.

SISTER DIANA SAYS THE

DEVASTATION WOULD BE

OVERWHELMING WITHOUT FAITH

IN GOD.

THEY DESTROYED

EVERYTHING.

BUT WE TELL THEM, THEY

COULD NOT DESTROY OUR

FAITH.

THEY COULD DESTROY

MATERIAL THINGS, BUT WHAT

IS LEFT IS THE ETERNAL

THINGS.

Chris: SISTER DIANA

PRAYS THE TOWNS PEOPLE

WILL RETURN, BUT SAYS THEY

NEED ASSURANCE.

NUMBER ONE IS THE

SECURITY.

IF I DON'T FEEL SECURE,

YOU KNOW, I WON'T BE ABLE

TO STAY HERE.

IF A FATHER, A MOTHER

WON'T FEEL SECURE, THEY

WON'T SEND THEIR CHILDREN

TO SCHOOL.

AFTER WE LIBERATED

QARAQOSH, WE HELD THE

GROUND.

Chris: THE TOWN NOW

SITS UNDER THE CONTROL OF

A CHRISTIAN-BASED MALITIA,

BUT HE SAYS THEY NEED MORE

HELP.

THE PEOPLE NEED TO COME

BACK, BUT THEY NEED TO

FEEL SAFE.

THEY NEED FORCES ON THE

GROUND.

THEY NEED, LIKE,

INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION.

AND THAT'S -- THAT WILL BE

GOOD, LIKE A GUARANTEE

THAT THAT WILL NEVER

HAPPEN AGAIN.

IT IS REALLY SCARY TO

THINK THAT IF SOMETHING

REALLY BIG DOESN'T HAPPEN,

ISIS COULD BE SUCCESSFUL

IN TRYING TO DESTROY THIS

COMMUNITY.

IT ISN'T WITHOUT HOPE, BUT

PEOPLE NEED HELP HERE.

PEOPLE, THEY WANT TO

REBUILD AND RETURN TO

THEIR HOMES, AND THEY'RE

GONNA NEED HELP.

THEY ARE BROKE ALREADY.

THEY ARE HOMELESS ALREADY.

THEY ARE LIVING IN A PLACE

IT'S THO NOT THEIR HOMELAND.

THIS IS OUR HOMELAND.

Chris: SHE BELIEVES

THE CHRISTIANS OF NORTHERN

IRAQ ARE ITS SALT AND

LIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT THE GOSPEL

SAYS, AND THAT'S WHAT WE

TRY TO BE.

WE CARRY THE MESSAGE OF

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

AND WE ARE GOING TO BE

FAITHFUL TO HIM.

NO MATTER WHAT THEY DO,

THEY CAN'T DEFEAT GOD.

AND THE GLORY OF THIS

CHURCH AND THIS TOWN IS

COMING BACK.

SOONER OR LATER.

GOD HAS PROMISED US FOR A

BETTER LIFE.

AND YOU KNOW WHAT?

WE'RE GOING TO LOOK FOR

THAT PROMISE.

Chris: IN THE

MEANTIME, SISTER DIANA

ASKS FOR PRAYER THAT THEIR

FAITH WILL REMAIN STRONG.

AS RESIDENTS OF QARAQOSH

TRICKLE BACK TO SEE THEIR

HOMES, THEIR CHURCH, AND

TO WORSHIP.

*

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

QARAQOSH, NORTHERN IRAQ.

Wendy: AMAZING FAITH

THERE.

> WELL, COMING UP, ISIS

CAME AND STOLE THEIR

FAMILY MEMBERS AWAY.

SEE THE UNBELIEVABLE

CHALLENGES THESE

CHRISTIANS OVERCAME TO

RESCUE THEIR RELATIVES.

Wendy: IMAGINE YOUR

LOVED ONES KIDNAPPED BY A

BRUTAL TERRORIST GROUP.

NOW YOU HAVE TO MAKE A

CHOICE: PAY A RANSOM TO

THE TERRORISTS OR LEAVE

YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS AT

THEIR MERCY.

A COMMUNITY OF SYRIAN

CHRISTIANS FACED THAT

TERRIBLE CHOICE LAST YEAR.

OUR GARY LANE HAS THEIR

STORY.

Reporter: IN

FEBRUARY 2015, ISLAMIC

STATE JIHADISTS SEIZED

CONTROL OF SEVERAL

VILLAGES.

IIN SYRIA'S COPPER VALLEY.

THEY KIDNAPPED 226

CHRISTIANS.

ABDO MARZO WAS AMONG THOSE

ABDUCTED.

Through Translator:

THEY CAME TO THE VILLAGE

IN VEHICLES, LIKE AN ARMY

YOU CANNOT RESIST.

THEY CAME KNOCKING ON EACH

DOOR.

THEY TOOK US OUT AND PUT

US ALL IN ONE HOUSE.

THEY DESTROYED ALL OF THE

CROSSES AND THE PICTURES

OF THE VIRGIN MARY.

Reporter: LATE LAST

YEAR IN LEBANON, REPORTER

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON AND I

MET WITH SEVERAL OF THE

DISTRAUGHT FAMILY MEMBERS

AS THEY DISCUSSED EFFORTS

TO SECURE THE RELEASE OF

THEIR LOVED ONES.

AT THAT TIME, THEY DID NOT

WANT THEIR COMMENTS TO

APPEAR IN A STORY BECAUSE

THEY FEARED THEIR

KIDNAPPED FAMILY MEMBERS

WOULD BE KILLED.

WE HAVE COVERED THE ADULT

FACES NOW TO PROTECT THEIR

IDENTITIES.

THEIR FAITH REMAINED FIRM,

AND THEY PRAYED GOD WOULD

RELEASE THEIR FAMILY

MEMBERS FROM THE CLUTCHES

OF ISIS.

THIS CALIFORNIA FILM-MAKER

VISITED HIS HOMELAND TO

DOCUMENT THE EFFORTS OF

FAMILIES LIKE THESE, AND

CHRISTIANS AROUND THE

WORLD, TO BUY BACK THE

KIDNAPPED ASSYRIANS.

RANSOMS WERE PAID TO ISIS,

IN VIOLATION OF

INTERNATIONAL LAW.

WE DON'T REGRET

BREAKING THIS LAW,

ESPECIALLY WHEN THE

GOVERNMENTS ARE NOT DOING

ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

THEY'RE JUST PUTTING

GUIDELINES ON US.

HOW ABOUT THE LIVES OF

THESE PEOPLE?

Reporter: HE VISITED

SOME OF THE VILLAGES

RAIDED BY ISIS.

THEY WERE ABANDONED LIKE

GHOST TOWNS.

AFTER NEWS GOT OUT ABOUT

THE BEHEADING OF 21 COPTIC

CHRISTIANS IN LIBYA, THEY

FEARED ISIS WOULD DO THE

SAME.

IN SEPTEMBER OF 2015, ISIS

RELEASED A VIDEO, SHOWING

THREE CHRISTIAN MEN IN

ORANGE JUMPSUITS, SHOT BY

THEIR CAPTORS.

IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE TO

WATCH.

IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE TO

CONCEIVE THAT OUR

ASSYRIANS WERE ON CAMERAS

BEING EXECUTED IN SUCH A

BARBARIC WAY IN 2016.

IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE.

AND AT THAT POINT

EVERYBODY -- WE'RE, LIKE,

WE'RE GOING TO GET THEM

OUT IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR

FORM.

WE DON'T CARE ABOUT LAWS

OR RULES THAT OTHER PEOPLE

SAY.

ASSYRIANS DON'T HAVE AN

ARMY TO GO AND RESCUE

THEM.

Reporter: CHURCH

LEADERS ESTABLISHED A BANK

ACCOUNT FOR RECEIVING

RANSOM DONATIONS.

THE COST OF BUYING BACK

EACH CHRISTIAN IS REPORTED

TO BE $50,000.

RANSOMS WERE PAID, AND

LITTLE BY LITTLE, BY

EASTER 2016, ALL OF THE

REMAINING CHRISTIANS WERE

FREED.

ARE WE SUPPOSED TO PAY

RANSOM FOR HOSTAGES?

IS THAT GOING TO ENCOURAGE

THEM TO DO EVEN MORE OF

THESE HORRIBLE ACTS?

PROBABLY NOT.

IT IS PROBABLE THE NOT A

GOOD THING.

BUT WHEN YOU'RE IN THAT

SITUATION, AT THAT TIME

YOU DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME

TO THINK ABOUT THE ETHICAL

AND THE MORAL RISK THAT IT

BRINGS.

YOU JUST DO IT.

Reporter: TAKING

ACTION THE ONLY WAY THEY

COULD TO SAVE THE LIVES OF

THEIR SUFFERING LOVED

ONES.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THANKS, GARY.

COMING UP, THIS SYRIAN

CIVIL WAR HAS SENT

THOUSANDS FLEEING THEIR

HOMES TO SAVE THEIR LIVES.

SEE WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE

A SYRIAN REFUGEE IN A

FOREIGN LAND THROUGH THE

EYES OF A LITTLE BOY.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK

TO "CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR HAS

DISPLACED MILLIONS OF

PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOMES.

MANY OF THOSE REFUGEES

FLED TO THE NEIGHBORING

COUNTRY OF LEBANON, SOME

WITH THE HELP OF CBN, AND

ARE FINDING HELP TO BUILD

A NEW LIFE.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: WHEN THE

SYRIAN CIVIL WAR CAME TO

THE CITY OF HOMS,

THOUSANDS WERE FORCED TO

RUN FOR THEIR LIVES.

NAJI AND HIS IN A MOMENT

FLED TO A REFUGEE CAMP IN

SOUTHERN LEBANON.

THERE WERE SO MANY

PLANES AND BOMBS, I

THOUGHT WE WOULD DIE.

WE CAME HERE THINKING LIFE

WOULD BE BETTER, BUT IT

HAS BEEN VERY DIFFICULT.

Reporter: WHEN I WENT

TO THE CAMP, NAJI'S AUNT

TOLD US HOW HIS FATHER

DIED OF A HEART CONDITION

SOON AFTER MAKING IT TO

LEBANON.

LATER HIS MOTHER ABANDONED

HIM AND HIS SIBLINGS.

NAJI HAS REALLY

SUFFERED.

HE HAS BEEN REALLY ANGRY

ANDED SAD.

AND SAD.

WE PUT HIM IN PUBLIC

SCHOOL, BUT THEY HIT HIM

AND OTHER CHILDREN, SO HE

DIDN'T WANT TO GO BACK.

Reporter: WHEN "HEART

FOR LEBANON" WENT THERE,

WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY CBN,

WE INVITED HIM TO COME TO

THE HOPE CENTER.

HERE HE IS LEARNING

ENGLISH, ARAB, AND MATH.

IT IS LIKE I HAVE A BIG

FAMILY.

Reporter: WE SHOWED

"SUPERBOOK" IN ARABIC AT

THE SCHOOL, SO THE KIDS

COULD HAVE SOME FUN WHILE

LEARNING ABOUT JESUS

CHRIST.

I LOVE JESUS BECAUSE HE

CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN AND

FORGAVE MY SINS.

EVERY TIME I WANT TO DO A

BAD THING, JESUS COMES

INTO MY MIND AND TELLS ME

NOT TO DO IT.

HE IS ALWAYS WITH ME.

HE HAS GOTTEN SO MUCH

HAPPIER AND HE BEHAVES

HIMSELF.

Reporter: NAJI'S AUNT

TOLD US HOW SHE AND THE

OTHER REFUGEES HAD TO WALK

TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE

CAMP TO COLLECT WATER.

SO WE INSTALLED A SYSTEM

THAT DELIVERS WATER

DIRECTLY TO THEIR CAMPS.

WE ALSO GIVE FOOD TO THEIR

FAMILIES.

THEY GET RICE, BEANS,

CANNED MEETS AND OTHER

HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES.

EVERY MONTH, IT IS ENOUGH

TO KEEP A FAMILY OF SIX

GOING.

WE REALLY LOVE "HEART

FOR LEBANON" AND CBN.

YOU HAVE DONE SO MUCH FOR

US.

WE HAVE ENOUGH P FOOD TO

FEED OR FAMILY AND CLEAN

WATER TO DRINK.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Reporter: AND WE EVEN

HAD A SPECIAL SURPRISE FOR

NAJI, A BRAND NEW BIKE.

I THOUGHT I WAS

DREAMING.

I NEVER WOULD BELIEVE I

WOULD HAVE A NEW BICYCLE.

IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL.

I WANT TO THANK YOU SO

MUCH.

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

Wendy: WELL, CBN IS

NOT THE ONLY MINISTRY

HELPING REFUGEES IN

LEBANON.

SEVERAL CHRISTIAN

ORGANIZATIONS ARE THERE,

TRYING TO EASE THE

SUFFERING.

AND JOINING ME NOW IS

KRISTIN WRIGHT, THE

ADVOCACY DIRECTOR FOR

"OPEN DOORS U.S.A.," AND

THAT'S A MINISTRY FOR THE

PERSECUTED CHURCH.

YOU'RE JUST BACK FROM

IMAN, JORDAN.

YOU SPENT TIME WITH THE

RERCHEREFUGEES THERE ON THE

GROUND.

WINTER IS COMING VERY

CLOSE -- IN FACT IT IS

HERE IN MANY PARTS OF OUR

COUNTRY -- HOW BIG IS THE

CRISIS?

YOU SAW IT FIRSTHAND.

IT IS MASSIVE, ALL

THROUGHOUT THE SURROUNDING

COUNTRIES AND WITHIN SYRIA

AS WELL.

WHEN I WAS IN JORDAN, I

MET WITH A NUMBER OF

SYRIAN RERCHE REFUGEES, WHO

ACTUALLY HAVE PITCHED

TENTS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE

DESERT.

AND THE CAMPS ARE FULL,

MANY OF THEM.

Wendy: IS IT COLD

THERE ALREADY?

IT IS COLD IN THE

EVENINGS.

I WAS TOLD BY ONE OF OUR

PARTNERS ON THE GROUND

THAT THEY BROUGHT OUT

HEATERS.

"OPEN DOORS" BROUGHT OU OUT

HEATERS FOR THE FAMILIES,

BUT THE FAMILIES ARE

LIVING IN MAKESHIFT TENTS.

Wendy: HOW ARE THEY

EATING?

ARE THEY BUILDING FIRES?

THEY'RE BUILDING FIRES.

ONE OF THE FAMILIES THAT I

MET WITH ACTUALLY SHARED

SUCH GREAT HOSPITALITY.

THEY'RE SUCH A WARM SYRIAN

REFUGEE FAMILY.

THEY HAD ONLY TWO CUPS, SO

WE ALL SHARED COFFEE OUT

OF THOSE TWO CUPS AND

PASSED IT ALONG FOR THOSE

OF US WHO WERE VISITING.

IT IS A BLESSING TO MEET

WITH THESE PEOPLE WHO HAVE

BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH.

Wendy: KRISTIN, I

KNOW YOU MET AND SPENT

TIME WITH IRAQI CHRISTIAN

REFUGEES.

AND YOU SAID THERE ARE

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF

RERCHEREFUGEES THAT HAVE COME

NOT JUST FROM SYRIA, BUT

ALSO FROM IRAQ, THAT HAVE

FLED ISIS.

HOW ARE THEY COPING?

AND WILL THEY HAVE A PLACE

TO GO HOME?

YES.

WELL, RIGHT NOW IS A VERY

DIFFICULT TIME.

MANY OF THE WOMEN IRAQI

REFUGEES THAT I MET WITH,

THEY'RE CHRISTIANS, AND

THEY'VE FLED TOWNS LIKE

QARAQOSH.

THEY WERE SHOWING ME

PICTURES THEY HAD ON THEIR

CELL PHONES, THEIR

DESTROYED HOMES.

IT IS A TIME OF INTENSITY

RIGHT NOW.

A LOT OF THESE FAMILIES,

THEY'RE LIVING IN A

COMPLETELY -- THEY'RE

LIVING IN LIMBO.

THEY'RE NOT SURE, WILL

THEY BE ABLE TO GO BACK?

WILL THEY FEEL SECURE

ENOUGH TO GO BACK?

SOME OF THE WORK OF "OPEN

DOORS" IN PLACES LIKE

JORDAN WITH THESE IRAQI

REFUGEES, IS ABOUT HELPING

TO RESTORE HELP AND

RESTORE DIGNITY.

Wendy: WHAT CAN

CHRISTIANS AROUND THE

WORLD DO TO HELP THESE

REFUGEES?

SOMETHING I WOULD LIKE

TO SHARE.

THIS IS ONE TAKE-AWAY FROM

MY TRIP, JUST A SENSE THAT

WHEN YOU'RE A REFUGEE, SO

MUCH AS BEEN TAKEN FROM

YOU.

YOU HAVE LOST YOUR HOME.

Wendy: YOUR DIGNITY.

AND IN MANY CASES IT IS

A TRAGIC LOSS OF DIGNITY.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT

"OPEN DOORS" IS TRYING TO

HELP WITH, TO HI HELP THEM

REGAIN THEIR DIGNITY.

TRAUMA HELP IS PART OF

THAT HOLISTIC WAY OF

HELPING THE REFUGEES.

THE SPIRITUAL SUPPORT.

AND THEN ONE ASPECT OF

THAT FOR THE CHILDREN

REFUGEES IS THROUGH ART

THERAPY AND OTHER UNIQUE

WAYS FOR KIDS TO BE ABLE

TO EXPRESS WHAT THEY'VE

BEEN THROUGH AND WHAT

THEY'VE EXPERIENCED IN A

SAFE SPACE AND START TO

WORK THROUGH THOSE ISSUES.

Wendy: THAT'S SO

WONDERFUL.

WE'RE GLAD THAT YOU'RE

BACK SAFE.

KRISTIN WRIGHT, ADVOCACY

DIRECTOR WITH "OPEN DOORS

U.S.A.."

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

SHARING YOUR FIRST HAND

ACCOUNT.

IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE

HERE.

Wendy: STAY WITH US.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Wendy: SINCE ISIS

CAPTURED A NUMBER OF

CHRISTIAN VILLAGES AND

TOWNS MORE THAN TWO YEARS

AGO, THOUSANDS OF IRAQI

CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN

SEPARATED FROM THE HOMES

THAT THEY LOVE.

THE MILITARY CAMPAIGN TO

LIBERATE THESE AREAS IS

NOW UNDER WAY, BUT

CHRISTIANS HAVE LAUNCHED A

SPIRITUAL EFFORT TO MAKE

THEIR WAY HOME.

CHRIS MITCHELL BRINGS US

THAT STORY FROM IRBIL IN

NORTHERN IRAQ.

Chris: THEY CALLED IT

THE RETURN FESTIVAL, A

WORSHIP CELEBRATION AND

PRAYER MEETING OF IRAQI

CHRISTIANS.

THEY PARADED WITH THE

NAMES OF THEIR VILLAGES

ONCE CAPTURED BY ISIS,

CONSECRATED THEM TO THE

LORD, AND SAID, WAIT FOR

US, WE'RE COMING BACK.

THE ORIGINAL IDEA OF

THIS EVENT IS TO BRING

CHRISTIANS TOGETHER TO

BRAPRAY FOR THEIR LAND

BECAUSE THEIR LAND HAS

BEEN TAKEN BY ISIS.

AND WE BELIEVE THAT THIS

LAND NEEDS TO BE CLEANSED.

Chris:

REPRESENTATIVES FROM A

CROSS SECTION OF IRAQI

CHURCHES TENDED.

VERNON BREWER WAS CHOSEN

TO BE THE ONLY NON-IRAQI

SPEAKER.

I BROUGHT A MESSAGE OF

HOPE TO THE CHRISTIANS OF

IRAQ.

THEY'VE BEEN PERSECUTED.

THEY'VE BEEN TARGETED BY

ISIS.

THEY'VE BEEN DRIVEN FROM

THEIR HOMES.

IT IS A HOPELESS

SITUATION.

AND I JUST TOLD THEM THAT

JESUS CHRIST IS THE HOPE

OF THE WORLD.

Chris: HOPE WAS THE

MESSAGE OF THIS CATHOLIC

TEACHER AND HER STUDENTS.

IT IS TO BRING HOPE

THROUGH EDUCATION, WITH

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND WITH

GOD, TO BRING US THE GRACE

AND THE STRENGTH THAT WE

NEED.

Chris: BREWER SAYS

CHRISTIANS AROUND THE

WORLD NEED TO GET TO KNOW

THEIR IRAQI FAMILY.

THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT

THE CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ ARE

POSITIVE.

THEY HAVE FAITH.

THEY HAVE RESILIENCE,

STRENGTH.

THEY'RE FACING

OVERWHELMING PERSECUTION.

IT'S A GENOCIDE.

AND WE NEED TO STAND WITH

THEM.

THEY'RE OUR BROTHERS AND

SISTERS IN CHRIST, AND

THEY NEED US STANDING WITH

THEM AT THIS TIME.

Chris: MOST OF THE

PEOPLE WHO CAME HERE FLED

ISIS MORE THAN TWO YEARS

AGO, FROM VILLAGES LIKE

CIR QOASH.

QARAQOSH.

ONE OF THE MOST

OVERWHELMING PRAYERS IS

THAT THEY CAN SIMPLY GO

HOME IN SAFETY.

THE MAIN THEME OF MY

PRAYER IS PEACE IN

GENERAL, AND FOR MY

VILLAGE, SO WE CAN GO BACK

THERE.

Chris: WHILE MANY

TOWNS HAVE BEEN LIBERATED,

IT IS STILL TOO DANGEROUS

FOR THESE CHRISTIANS TO GO

BACK HOME.

MANY CHRISTIANS HAVE

ALREADY LEFT IRAQ, BUT HE

SAYS SOME WILL NEVER LEAVE

THE FRONT LINES.

WE BELIEVE THAT THERE

SHOULD BE SOME WITNESSES

FOR JESUS.

JESUS SAID THAT HE WILL

NOT LEAVE HIMSELF WITHOUT

A WITNESS.

SO IF ALL OF THE

CHRISTIANS WILL LEAVE

HERE, WHO WILL WITNESS FOR

JESUS.

Chris: HE BELIEVES

THE LORD WILL REDEEM THEIR

SITUATION.

IT REMINDS ME OF

ISAIAH, WHEN IT SAYS HE

WILL REPLACE ASHES WITH

BEAUTY.

SO THE ASHES ARE THE

BURNED DOWN HOMES AND SOME

CHURCHES, THE LORD

PROMISES HE WILL CHANGE IT

TO BEAUTY.

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, IRBIL,

NORTHERN IRAQ.

Wendy: THANKS, CHRIS.

TODAY'S SHOW DEFINITELY A

GOOD REMINDER WE NEED TO

BE PRAYING FOR CHRISTIAN

REFUGEES IN THE MIDDLE

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