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Christian World News - January 27, 2017

The U.S. capital is buzzing with a new president and a new administration, but what will a Trump presidency mean for the nation and the world? Plus, a country still reeling from the effects of communism. See why Russia's Christians refuse to ... Read Transcript


George: THIS WEEK ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

THE U.S. CAPITAL A BUZZING

WITH A NEW PRESIDENT AND A

NEW ADMINISTRATION.

BUT WHAT WILL A TRUMP

PRESIDENCY MEAN FOR THE

NATION AND THE WORLD?

Wendy: PLUS...THE

COUNTRY IS STILL REELING

FROM THE EFFECTS OF

COMMUNISM.

SEE WHY RUSSIA'S

CHRISTIANS REFUSE TO GIVE

UP THE FIGHT FOR RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

George: AND...THE

CHINESE NEW YEAR IS UNDER

WAY.

SEE HOW CHINESE CHRISTIANS

ARE CELEBRATING THE GOSPEL

IN A BRAND NEW MUSICAL.

*

George: AND WELCOME,

EVERYONE, TO THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WON

THE ELECTION LARGELY ON

THE STRENGTH OF

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN

VOTERS.

IN THE FIRST PHASE OF HIS

PRESIDENCY, PRESIDENT

TRUMP'S FAITH WAS ALREADY

ON DISPLAY.

JENNA BROWDER HAS MORE.

Reporter: AN

IMPORTANT LONG-STANDING

TRADITION AT THE NATIONAL

CATHEDRAL: A SPEAL

PRAYER SERVICE FOR THE NEW

PRESIDENT AND THOSE

CLOSEST TO HIM.

RULER OF ALL THINGS IN

HEAVEN AND EARTH, GRANT TO

THE PRESIDENT, VICE

PRESIDENT, AND MEMBERS OF

THE CABINET, WISDOM AND

GRACE.

Reporter: AND YOU SEE

THE WEIGHT OF

RESPONSIBILITY WEARING ON

FACES, INCLUDING FIRST

LADY MELANIA TRUMP, WHO

WAS MOVED TO TEARS DURING

A PERFORMANCE OF "HOW

GREAT THOU ART."

* THEN SING MY SOUL

Reporter: FOR

PRESIDENT TRUMP, THIS

DISPLAY OF FAITH GOES WELL

BEYOND THE CHURCH WALLS.

THY KINGDOM COME, THY

WILL BE DONE.

THE PSALMIST DECLARED, LET

YOUR FAVOR BE UPON THIS

ONE NATION UNDER GOD.

Reporter: CLOSE

FRIEND AND SPIRITUAL

MENTOR PAULA WHITE, ALONG

WITH A RECORD NUMBER OF

EVANGELICAL LEADERS, TOOK

PART IN HIS SWEARING-IN

CEREMONY.

HE BLESSED THOSE WHO

ARE PURE IN HEART FOR THEY

WILL SEE GOD.

GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO WORK

FOR PEACE FOR THEY WILL BE

CALLED CHILDREN OF GOD.

MR. PRESIDENT, IN THE

BIBLE RAIN IS A SIGN OF

GOD'S BLESSING.

AND IT STARTED TO RAIN,

MR. PRESIDENT, WHEN YOU

CAME TO THE PLATFORM.

Reporter: AND TRUMP

HIMSELF MENTIONED FAITH

SEVERAL TIMES.

President Trump: THE

BIBLE TELLS US HOW GOOD

AND PLEASANT IT IS WHEN

GOD'S PEOPLE LIVE TOGETHER

IN UNITY.

WE WILL BE PROTECTED BY

THE GREAT MEN AND WOMEN OF

OUR MILITARY AND LAW

ENFORCEMENT.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE

WILL BE PROTECTED BY GOD.

Reporter: AT THE

SWEARING IN OF HIS SENIOR

STAFF, HE ONCE AGAIN

TALKED ABOUT GOD.

President Trump: WE

ARE GOING TO DO SOME GREAT

THINGS OVER THE NEXT EIGHT

YEARS, OKAY?

[APPLAUSE]

President Trump:

EIGHT YEARS.

[APPLAUSE]

President Trump:

RIGHT?

[APPLAUSE]

President Trump: WE

WILL FACE MANY CHALLENGES,

BUT WITH THE FAITH IN EACH

OTHER AND THE FAITH IN

GOD, WE WILL GET THE JOB

DONE.

Reporter: WHITE HOUSE

CHIEF-OF-STAFF AND

EVANGELICAL REINCE PRIEBUS

ALSO QUOTED SCRIPTURE.

FROM ISAIAH 40: 31:

"THOSE WHO HOPE IN THE

LORD WILL RENEW THEIR

STRENGTH.

THEY WILL SOAR ON WINGS

LIKE EAGLES.

THEY WILL RUN AND NOT GROW

WEARY.

THEY WILL WALK AND NOT BE

FAINT."

* THIS IS MY SOUL, MY

SAVIOR *

Reporter: ENCOURAGING

WORDS FROM THE BIBLE AND

MUSIC TO THE EARS O

EVANGELICALS WHO HAVE HIGH

HOPE FOR THIS

ADMINISTRATION.

REPORTING IN WASHINGTON,

JENNA BROWDER, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THAT IS

AMAZING.

CBN NEWS' DAVID BRODY IS

SITTING DOWN WITH

PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR A

ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW, AND

YOU CAN WATCH IT SUNDAY

NIGHT ON THE FREE FORM

CHANNEL AT 11 p.m.

George: MEANWHILE,

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS

INVITED ISRAELI PRIME

MINISTER BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU TO VISIT HIM IN

WASHINGTON.

THAT COMES AS THE WHITE

HOUSE MAY SOON ANNOUNCE

PLANS TO MOVE THE U.S.

EMBASSY FROM TEL AVIV TO

JERUSALEM.

CHRIS MITCHELL HAS THAT

STORY.

Chris: TRUMP INVITED

NETANYAHU TO VISIT TIME IN

FEBRUARY DURING A PHONE

CALL ON SUNDAY BETWEEN THE

TWO LEADERS.

A STATEMENT FROM

WASHINGTON SAID THEY HAD

DISCUSSED WAYS TO ADVANCE

AND STRENGTHEN THE

U.S.-ISRAEL SPECIAL

RELATIONSHIP AND SECURITY

AND STABILITY IN THE

MIDDLE EAST.

NETANYAHU'S OFFICE

DESCRIBED THE CONVERSATION

AS WARM.

THE STATEMENTS FROM BOTH

SIDES SAID THEY HAD

DISCUSSED IRAN.

ABSENT FROM BOTH

STATEMENTS WAS ANY MENTION

OF MOVING THE U.S. EMBASSY

FROM TEL AVIV TO

JERUSALEM.

EARLIER IN THE DAY, AN

ISRAELI TELEVISION

JOURNALIST TWEETED HE HAD

BEEN TOLD THAT WASHINGTON

WOULD ANNOUNCE THE MOVE ON

MIEWSMED.

MONDAY.

BUT SEAN SPICER SAYS

THEY'RE AT THE VERY

BEGINNING OF EVEN

DISCUSSING THE TOPIC.

THE MAYOR OF JERUSALEM

APPLAUDED TRUMP AND SAID

IT SENT A CLEAR MESSAGE TO

THE WORLD THAT THE U.S.

RECOGNIZES JERUSALEM AS

THE CAPITAL OF THE STATE

OF ISRAEL.

THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT

BREATHED A SIGH OF RELIEF

FOLLOWING THE

INAUGURATION.

AND NOW THE WAITING GAME

CONTINUES TO SEE HOW TRUMP

WILL FOLLOW THROUGH ON HIS

PLEDGES.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Wendy: SOME IN THE

BODY OF CHRIST BELIEVE THE

UPCOMING GOVERNMENT

TRANSITION IN WASHINGTON

ULD LEAD TO A TIME OF

SPIRITUAL REFORMATION.

AS PAUL STRAND REPORTS,

THEY RECENTLY ORGANIZED A

"COME TO THE NATION'S

CAPITAL" TO DO THEIR PART

IN SEEKING GOD FOR THAT

VERY THING.

Reporter: POTUS IS

SHORT FOR PRESIDENT OF THE

UNITED STATES.

AND A NEW NETWORK OF

PROPHETS, PASTORS AND

OTHER CHRISTIANS HAVE

FORMED TO CREATE WHAT

THEY'RE CALLING POTUS

SHIELD, TO PUT A SHIELD

AROUND THE NEW PRESIDENT

D THE GOVERNMENT.

THEY CAME TOGETHER IN

WASHINGTON TO DECLARE AND

DECREE THE STRATEGIES OF

GOD FOR AMERICA.

FIRST AT A GATHERING OF

THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB,

AND THEN OUTSIDE PLACES

LIKE THE SUPREME COURT.

JENNIFER LE CLAIRE PRAYED

WITH ONE SUCH GROUP.

THE MORNING OF THE

ELECTION, THE HOLY SPIRIT

TOLD ME TODAY, ON ELECTION

DAY, A KINGDOM WILL BE

TOPPLED.

AND WHEN I LOOKED AT THE

MAP WHEN I WOKE UP IN THE

MORNING, THE MAP WAS

ALMOST ALL RED.

I'M THINKING THIS IS PAR

BOLIPARBOSTICPARABOLIC OF THE BLOOD OF

JESUS.

THE BLOOD OF JESUS IS

SUFFICIENT FOR THE SINS OF

AMERICA.

Reporter: THEY AREN'T

GATHERING JUST TO GATHER.

THEY MEAN TO CREATE A

SERIOUS AND PROPHETIC

SHIELD OVER THE

GOVERNMENT, THE WHITE

HOUSE, CONGRESS AND THE

SUPREME COURT.

AND THEY MEAN TO BE

SERIOUS SPIRITUAL PARTNERS

TO THE SECULAR GOVERNMENT.

MARC GONSALVES BELIEVES

THIS COULD BRING ABOUT A

GREAT AWAKENING.

THE FUTURE OF AMERICA

IS LITERALLY IN THE HANDS

OF THE CHURCH AT THIS

HOUR.

GOD HAS GIVEN US AN

OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE LIKE

WE'VE NEVER ENGAGED.

AND TO ALLOW US TO SHIFT

THIS COUNTRY THROUGH THE

POWER OF PRAYER AND

FASTING.

Reporter: THEY ARE

GOING TO HELP TRANSITION

THE GOVERNMENT INTO WHAT

WE'VE ALL BEEN PRAYING

FOR.

SO OUR PRAYERS ARE SO

IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW.

RIGHT NOW IS NOT THE TIME

TO STOP PRAYING.

IT IS THE TIME TO PULL OUR

BOOTS UP, ROLL OUR SLEEVES

UP, AND WORK HARDER THAN

EVER BEFORE.

NO MATTER HOW SMALL YOU

ARE, YOU'RE IMPORTANT.

AND I FELT LIKE GOD WAS

REALLY SAYING, I'M GOING

TO CALL MY PEOPLE, WHO ARE

MARKED BY MY NAME, TO COME

AND REPENT ON THE SINS OF

THIS NATION.

BUT, MORE IMPORTANTLY, I'M

GOING TO TURN THAT AND

HEAL YOUR LAND.

Reporter: THESE

CHRISTIANS SAY IF YOU FELT

LIKE YOU'VE BEEN ON THE

BACK BURNER, IT IS TIME TO

LET GOD USE YOU AGAIN.

HE IS THERE WITH THE

BROKENHEARTED, WITH THE

HUMBLE.

HE IS THERE WITH THOSE WHO

SAID, I MISSED UP.

I DIDN'T DO, I DIDN'T

FULFILL, I DIDN'T

WHATEVER, BUT THIS IS THE

TIME HE IS MEETING US

BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT LOST

OUR ASSIGNMENT.

THE ASSIGNMENT IS STILL

THERE.

THE CALLING IS WITHOUT

REPROACH.

Reporter: ONE REASON

LE CLAIRE IS TRUSTING

TRUMP IS BECAUSE OF THE

COUNSEL HE HAS GOT.

HE HAS SURROUNDED

HIMSELF WITH GODLY

COUNSEL.

AND THE BIBLE SAYS,

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO DO

NOT STAND IN THE COUNSEL

OF THE UNGODLY.

Reporter: IT MENTIONS

THAT GOD HAS GIVEN THE

COUNTRY A TIME OF

REPRIEVE.

AND CHRISTIANS MUST

REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT THEY

ARE AND THAT THEIR WORDS

AND DEEDS CAN AFFECT THE

DESTINY OF THEIR NATION.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,

REPORTING FROM THE SUPREME

COURT.

George: COMING UP,

RUSSIA'S CHRISTIANS NO

LONGER LIVE UNDER THE

SHADOW OF COMMUNISM, BUT

SEE WHY THEY'RE STILL

FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT TO

SPREAD OF GOSPEL OF JESUS

CHRIST.

Wendy: GEORGE, CAN

YOU BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN 25

YEARS, SINCE THE COLLAPSE

OF COMMUNISM IN RUSSIA,

AND THE FIGHT FOR

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM STILL

WAGES ON THERE.

George: IT SURE DOES.

MORE THAN SEVEN MONTHS

AGO, DONALD ASAWAGI BECAME

THE FIRST AMERICAN

CONVICTED OF BREAKING A

RUSSIA LAW FOR PREACHING

THE GOSPEL OUTSIDE A

REGISTERED CHURCH.

NOW HE IS GOING BEFORE

RUSSIA'S SUPREME COURT AND

THE OUTCOME COULD HAVE

HUGE RAMIFICATIONS FOR ALL

CHRISTIANS IN THAT

COUNTRY.

George: AMERICAN

DONALD ORSAWAGI AND HIS

WIFE MOVED TO THIS CITY 14

YEARS AGO.

MY AREA IS 215 MILES

SOUTH OF MOSCOW, AND

THEY'RE VERY, VERY

COMMUNIST.

THEY HAVE A VERY SOVIET

MENTALITY.

George: THEY DECIDED

OREO WOULD BE A GOOD PLACE

TO SETTLE DOWN AND START

THEIR NEW LIFE.

I'M THERE TO TELL THEM

ABOUT THE GOSPEL OF JESUS

CHRIST.

George: THEY PLACED

PAMPHLETS IN EVERY MAILBOX

IN THE TOWN OF OREO.

THERE ARE 220,000

PEOPLE IN OREO, AND

EVERYBODY HAS RECEIVED A

PERSONAL INVITATION FROM

ME WITH A PLAN OF

SALVATION.

George: AND PEOPLE

RESPONDED.

AFTER A SMALL CHURCH

BEGAN, SOME GAVE THEIR

LIVES TO CHRIST AND WERE

BAPTIZED.

THOUGH EVERYBODY KNOWS

WE'RE THERE, WE'RE

OPERATING OPENLY -- THERE

IS NO SECRET WHAT WE'RE

DOING AND WHY WE'RE DOING

IT, AND WE'RE THE ONLY

AMERICANS WITHIN

250 MILES.

EVERYBODY IN TOWN KNOWS

THAT I AM THE AMERICAN.

George: BUT ON SUNDAY

MORNING, AUGUST 14, 2016,

THEIR WO CAME TO A

SCREECHING HALT.

I HAD BEEN EXPECTING IT

FOR THREE WEEKS BEFORE

THAT.

AND THEN WHEN THEY WALKED

IN, I THOUGHT, OKAY, HERE

GO

George: LET'S PAUSE

HERE FOR A MOMENT.

25 DAYS BEFOR

JULY 20th,USS

PRESIDIMUT

SIGNED NEW AMENDMENTS TO A

T GOVE

RELIGIOUS LIFE.

UNDER EE

NFRONTIN TERRORISM,

PUTIN AUTHORITIES TO

BAN PREACHING, PRAYING,

PROSELYTIZING, AND HANDING

OUT RELIGIOUS MATERIALS

OUTSIDE OF

GOVERNMENT-SANCTIONED

CHURCHES.

THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT

SIGNALLESTATED THAT THE MOVE

SIGNALLED A TROUBLING

TREND.

THIS MAN WORKS IN RUSSIA

AND 13 OTHER COUNTRIES OF

THE FORMER SOVIET UNION.

THIS LAW IS KNOWN AS AN

ANTI-MISSIONARY LAW

BECAUSE IT PLACES HARSH

RESTRICTIONS ON THE

EVANLICAL CHURCHES AND

FOR MISSIONARY

ORGANIZATIONS.

George: AMONG OTHER

THINGS, THE LAW REQUIRED

FOREIGN MISSIONARIES TO

HAVE A PERMANENT TO

EVANGELIZE, ALSO READING A

BIBLE, SINGING, OR SIMPLY

PRAYING OUTSIDE A

REGIERED CHURCH, IN A

HOME, BECAME ILLEGAL.

ROMAN LANKIN IS A LAWYER

FOR THE CENTER FOR LAW AND

JUSTICE.

THE LAW INFLICTED

SERIOUS DAMAGE BECAUSE

SUDDENLY MANY CHRISTIANS

FEEL THAT JUST TALKING

ABOUT FAITH OR SHARING

WITH OTHERS ABOUT GOD WAS

A CRIME.

George: ANDREA NEFSKI

IS A PROMINENT RUSSIAN

COMMENTATOR.

THE LAW TELLS US NOT TO

DO ANYTHING THAT CAN BE

CALLED MISSIONARY

ACTIVITY, INCLUDING SAYING

I BELIEVE IN JESUS.

George: THEY SAY THE

LAW IS NECESSARY, BUT THIS

MAN INSISTS THERE IS A

SINISTER AGENDA.

THE RSIAN AUTHORITIES

ARE TRYING TO RESTRICT THE

PROTESTANT AND EVANGELICAL

MOVEMENTS AND TRYING TO

STOP THEM FROM SPREADING

THEIR MESSAGE OF THE

GOSPEL.

George: BACK IN OREO,

HE WAS HOME PREACHING WHEN

RUSSIAN OFFICERS SUDDENLY

APPEARED.

THREE POLICEMEN WALKED

RIGHT INTO OUR HOUSE,

WHERE WE MEET AND HAVE OUR

SERVICES.

George: HIS WIFE

SNAPPED THESE PICTURES OF

THE PLAIN-CLOTHED

OFFICERS.

THEY DIDN'T EVEN KNOCK

ON THE DOOR.

eorge: THEY WAITED

FOR HIM TO FINISH HIS

SERMON AND THEN STARTED

INTERROGATING EVERYONE.

THEY ASKED THEM, WHAT

ARE YOU DOING HERE?

WHAT DOES THIS GUY DO

HERE?

George: HE WAS TAKEN

TO THE POLICE STATION.

I WAS CHARGED WITH

ILLEGAL ACTIVITY.

George: HE LIVES

AROUND 200 MIMES SOUT 200 MILES SOUTH OF

MOSCOW WAS FINED $640 FOR

HOLDING RELIGIOUS SERVICES

IN HIS HOME, AS WELL AS

PUTTING UP POSTERS IN THE

COMMUNITY, ADVERTISING FOR

THOSE MEETINGS.

HE APPEALED TWICE BEFORE A

LOCAL COURT AND LOST, AND

HE IS NOT ALONE.

LANKIN, WHO REPRESENTS

HIM, SAYS ALMOST THREE

DOZEN PEOPLE, MOSTLY

RUSSIANS, HAVE FALLEN PREY

TO THE LAW.

J JEHOVAH WITNESSES ARE

ALSO TROUBLED.

BUT THERE IS ONE GROUP

THAT IS LEFT ALONE.

FOR THE MOMENT, NEVER,

NEVER, NEVER, BECAUSE NOW

THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX

CHURCH IS CLOSELY

ASSOCIATED WITH THE

STATES.

George: HE SAYS THERE

ARE GROWING NUMBERS IN HIS

CHURCH THAT SEE ALL

NON-ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS AS

CUTCULTS OR FOREIGN SPIES,

AND HE IS NOT HAPPY ABOUT

IT.

IF THEY'RE NOT ENEMIES,

THEY'RE A POTENTIAL

DANGER.

SO THE NEED IS TO BE

SELF-CONTAINING.

THE WORD ORTHODOX IN

RUSSIAN MEANS THE PROPER

WAY TO GLORIFY GOD, WHICH

IMPLIES THAT EVERY OTHER

WAY IS IMPROPER.

George: THE RUSSIAN

ORTHODOX CHURCH HAS A

POWERFUL ALLY IN VLADIMIR

PUTIN.

THE PRESIDENT HAS ELEVATED

THE CHURCH'S PROMINENCE

AND INFLUENCE IN RECENT

YEARS.

IN FACT, IN SOME CORNERS

OF RUSSIAN SOCIETY, THE

ORTHODOX CHURCH IS

CONSIDERED THE NATIONAL

CHURCH.

AND THIS IDEA IS BEING

PROMULGATED BY MASS MEDIA

AND SOCIETY, AND

UNFORTUNATELY BY THE

ORTHODOX CHURCH AND THE

GOVERNMENT.

George: SO FOR

ORSAWAGI, IT IS A FIGHT TO

BE ABLE TO PRACTICE THEIR

BELIEFS FREELY IN RUSSIA.

IF I DON'T HAVE THE

RIGHT TO SIT IN MY OWN

HOUSE WITH MY FRIENDS AND

READ THE BIBLE AND PRAY,

THEN NOBODY HAS THAT RIGHT

IN THIS COUNTRY, WHETHER

THEY'RE RUSSIAN CITIZENS

OR FOREIGN VISITORS.

George: FOR NOW, THEY

HAVE STOPPED HOLDING

CHURCH SERVICES IN THEIR

HOME, WHILE THEY APPEAL

THEIR CONVICTION BEFORE

RUSSIA'S SUPREME COURT.

Wendy: WOW!

George: IT IS A VERY

IMPORTANT CASE AND WE NEED

TO PRAY FOR THEM.

Wendy: I WAS THERE

WHEN COMMUNISM FIRST FELL,

AND IT WAS SUCH A GREAT

DAY.

BUT NOW --

George: IT IS

TURNING.

AND SOME OF THIS IS UNDER

THE GUISE OF FIGHTING

ISLAMIC TERRORISM, BUT

UNFORTUNATELY IT IS GOING

AFTER EVANGELICALS BECAUSE

A LOT OF THEM ARE LEAVING

THE ORTHODOX CHURCH.

Wendy: THANKS SO

MUCH.

A GREAT REPORT.

COMING UP, A NEW PL IS

STIRRING THE GOSPEL IN A

WAY THAT CHINA HAS NEVER

SEEN BEFORE.

George: AND WELCOME

BACK TO THE BROADCAST.

THE CHINESE NEW YEAR IS

UPON US, AND FOR THE VERY

FIRST TIME THE NATION IS

ABOUT TO EMBRACE A NEW WAY

TO CELEBRATE THE

TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY.

Wendy: ALL RIGHT.

A MUSICAL ABOUT THE

BIBLICAL STORY OF RUTH IS

BEING PERFORMED

NATIONWIDE.

CHRISTIAN ARTISTS ARE

HOPING THE MESSAGE CAN

DELIVER THE MESSAGE OF

JESUS TO MORE UNBELIEVERS.

MUNG FI LEE EXPLAINS MORE.

*

Reporter: THIS IS

PERFORMANCE THAT HAS NEVER

BEEN SEEN BEFORE IN CHINA.

DURING THE CHINESE NEW

YEAR HOLIDAY,

THEATER-GOERS WILL HAVE

THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE

BIBLICAL STORY OF RUTH ON

NATIONAL STAGES.

*

Reporter: MANY HAVE

NEVER HEARD OF THE STORY,

WHICH IS CENTERED ON THE

TRUE LOVE RELATIONSHIP

BETWEEN RUTH AND HER

MOTHER-IN-LAW, NAOMI.

THE PRODUCERS ARE HOPING

THE PLAY WILL HELP IMPROVE

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS.

MODERN CHINESE NEWLYWEDS

OFTEN HAVE DIFFICULTY

GETTING ALONG WITH THEIR

IN-LAWS.

WITHOUT PROPER GUIDANCE ON

SOLVING THE CONFLICTS,

FAMILIES SPLIT UP.

FOR MANY CHINESE WOMEN,

MAINTAINING FAMILY UNITY

CAN BE CHALLENGING.

AS A WOMAN, PLEASING MY

HUSBAND'S MOTHER IS A TOP

PRIORITY.

Reporter: FAMILY

STRIFE IS ONE OF THE

REASONS THAT THE DIVORCE

RATE IN CHINA IS RAISING.

NEARLY FOUR MILLION

COUPLES ENDED THEIR

MARRIAGES IN CHINA IN

2016.

THAT'S A 5.6% INCREASE

FROM 2014.

CHRISTIANS ARE HOPING

YOUNG CHINESE MAY RECEIVE

BIBLICAL GUIDANCE FROM

ATTENDING THE PERFORMANCE.

THE STORY SHOWS HOW TO

MAINTAIN STRONG FAMILY

RELATIONSHIPS.

Through Translator:

WE'VE WORKED HARD TO MAKE

THE PLAY BIBLICALLY

ACCURATE.

THE YOUNGER GENERATION

ENJOYS THE THEATER, AND

WE'RE MAKING EFFORTS TO

MAKE THE STORY MORE

RELEVANT TO THEM.

Reporter: DURING THE

PRODUCTION PROCESS, SOME

OF THE CREW MEMBERS SOUGHT

WIWISDOM AND GUIDANCE FROM

THE LORD.

Through Translator:

THE ONLY QUESTION I

THOUGHT ABOUT THE WHOLE

TIME WAS, HOW SHOULD WE

PRESENT THIS CHRISTIAN

STORY?

I KNEW MANY BROKEN CHINESE

FAMILIES NEED TO KNOW THIS

STORY.

THE CONFLICTS AMONG FAMILY

MEMBERS IN CHINARE

GREATER THAN EVER.

THIS COULD BE A CHANCE TO

HEAL SOME OF THE BROKEN

RELATIONSHIPS.

I PRAY THE SPIRIT COULD

MAKE MIRACLES.

Reporter: THE CAST

WAS ONLY GIVEN 40 DAYS TO

REHEARSE BEFORE THE PUBLIC

OPENING.

THE DIRECTORS WORKED HARD

TO DELIVER RUTH'S MESSAGE

IN A SIMPLE WAY.

Through Translator:

WE CREATED ADDITIONAL

CHARACTERS WITHIN THIS

PLAY.

WE WANT THE AUDIENCE TO

KNOW WRONG DOARS AR DOERS ARE JUST

A PART OF LIFE, HOWEVER,

THE RIGHTEOUS WILL ALWAYS

WIN IN THE END.

Through Translator:

WE INVITED HISTOR F

ELOES STAGE

SCENESG WITH THE

ITH US.

HOPEFULLY OUR AUDIENCE IS

GOIN TO EJOY TIME

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE.

Reporter: CAST

MEMBERS ARE PROFESSIONAL

ACTORS AND ACTRESSES, A

MILESTONE IN CHINESE

THEATER HISTORY.

DURING THE COMMERCIALS,

SOME OF THE ACTORS

REVEALED THEY HAVE NEVER

HEARD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

OR THE STORY OF RUTH.

SOME SAID THEY WERE DEEPLY

TOUCHED BY HER STORY.

CHRISTIAN CAST MEMBERS

BEGAN TO SHARE HOW JESUS

CHANGED THEIR LIVES, AND

AT LEAST THE ONE ACTRESS

ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST.

WHEN I REHEARSED THE

LINES, I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND

IT UNTIL I BECAME A

CHRISTIAN.

Reporter: FOR MANY

CHINESE CHRISTIANS, BEING

PART OF THIS PLAY IS A WAY

TO REKINDLE A RELATIONSHIP

WITH JESUS CHRIST.

Through Translator:

FOR SO LONG, I HADN'T HAD

TIME TO READ THE BIBLE ON

MY OWN.

I USED TO MAKE EXCUSES TO

THE LORD.

WHEN I WAS PRACTICING THE

LINES, I HAD THE

OPPORTUNITY TO READ THE

BIBLE.

I FELT THE LORD WAS

INVITING ME TO BE UNITED

WITH HIM AGAIN.

Reporter: NOT ONLY

ARE THE CHRISTIAN ARTISTS

IN THIS MUSICAL HOPING FOR

A POSITIVE CHRISTIAN

RESPONSE, THEY'RE HOPING

THE CHINESE AUDIENCE WILL

DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN

KNOWING OTHER BIBLICAL

TRUTHS.

MUNG FI LEE, CBN NEWS.

*

George: A MAJOR PART

OF CBN'S GLOBAL OUTREACH

IS TO TEACH KIDS AND THEIR

PARENTS ABOUT THE LOVE OF

JESUS IN A FUN WAY.

WELL, THIS CHRISTMAS IN

NEPAL, NEW GENERATION

COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP

CHURCH SPONSORED A

"SUPERBOOK" CELEBRATION IN E CITY.

GIZMO AND A POPULAR LOCAL

CHARACTER CALLED CUSH WERE

ON HAND TO DANCE TO SONGS,

PLAY GAMES, AND SPREAD

SOME HOLIDAY CHEER.

AND A "SUPEOOK" EPISODE

WAS SHOWN INSIDE A

NEPALESE SCHOOL ON

CHRISTMAS DAY.

CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOLS

THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY ARE

NOW STARTING TO USE THE

"SUPERBOOK" CURRICULUM.

IMPACTING THE NEXT

GENERATION AROUND THE

WORLD.

Wendy: FOR SOME

REASON, I DIDN'T SEE GIZMO

WHEN I WAS CLIMBING UP TO

EVEREST SPACE CAMP IN

NEPAL.

I GUESS HE WASN'T THERE

YET.

George: FOLKS, THAT

IS IT FOR THIS WEEK'S

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