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Christian World News - February 24, 2017

This week on Christian World News: Meet the first Muslim to accept Christ in the nation of Azerbaijan. Plus, how the Holy Spirit shook up a college retreat and led to the global Charismatic Catholic movement. And, CBN workers in Asia give thanks ... Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS. HE'S THE FIRST

MAN

IN HIS COUNTRY TO ACCEPT

CHRIST.

TODAY HE WAS STARTING A

MOVEMENT TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL.

PLUS, THOSE ARE SO

POWERFUL

YOU CAN CUT IT WITH A KNIFE.

50 YEARS AGO, A SPELL FELL

ON COLLEGE STUDENTS.

TODAY, IT'S STILL SHAKING THE

WORLD.

THEY CALL IT DEDICATION

DAY. THESE MINISTERS OF THE

GOSPEL CELEBRATE GOD'S

FAITHFULNESS AND BELIEVE HIM

FOR EVEN GREATER THINGS.

HELLO, EVERYONE, WELCOME

TO

THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

50 YEARS AGO IN JERUSALEM

IN THE REPUBLIC OF THE MUSLIM

NATION TODAY.

THE FREEDOM TO PRACTICE

ANY

OTHER FAITH THERE OFTEN COMES

WITH A PRICE. I TRAVELED TO

THE CITY TO LOOK AT WHAT LIFE

IS LIKE FOR THE COUNTRY'S

SMALL CHRISTIAN POPULATION.

JUDGING FROM THESE SCENES,

IT MAY SURPRISE YOU THAT THIS

PLACE WAS UNDER SOVIET

OCCUPATION FOR 70 YEARS.

SLIGHTLY SMALLER THAN MAINE,

IT'S THE 93 LARGEST COUNTRY

IN

THE WORLD.

IT'S LOCATION ON THE WEST OF

THE CASPIAN SEA. IRAN FLIES

AT

THE SOUTHERN BOARD, TURKEY TO

THE WEST AND RUSSIA TO THE

NORTH.

IT'S THRIVES LARGELY TO ITS

OIL WELLS.

SUPPLYING MORE THAN HALF OF

THE WORLD'S SUPPLY.

NOW AFTER GAINING

INDEPENDENCE, THE GOVERNMENT

IS TRYING TO SHED IT'S PAST

AND TIES WITH THE WEST.

THE MAJORITY OF THEM ARE

MUSLIM.

NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE THE

EXACT NUMBERS, ABOUT THE

ESTIMATES ARE THAT ONLY

10,000

ARE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS.

I WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO

ACCEPT CHRIST.

IN 1991, SHORTLY AFTER THE

SOVIET COLLAPSE, HE BECAME

THE

FIRST MUSLIM TO CONVERT TO

CHRISTIANITY.

NOBODY SAW WHY I DID THIS,

BUT I SAW EVERYONE AROUND ME

WAS SPIRITUALLY DEAD.

HE ACCEPTED CHRIST AT THE

CONGREGATION.

ALL THE PEOPLE I KNEW WERE

RUSSIAN.

IN 1995, GOD GAVE HIM A

PROPHETIC WORD.

EVEN THOUGH THE CHURCH AT

THAT TIME WAS MADE WITH

RUSSIAN PEOPLE, IT WOULD SOON

BE FILLED WITH PEOPLE THROUGH

ME.

THEN HE LEADS THE LARGEST

EVANGELICAL CHURCH IN THE

COUNTRY.

THE MAJORITY OF THOSE IN

ATTENDANCE ARE MUSLIM.

SOMETIMES WE HAVE AS MANY

AS 30-40 PEOPLE WHO ACCEPT

CHRIST AS THEIR PERSONAL

SAVIOR IN A SINGLE SERVICE.

ESTABLISHING THIS CHURCH

HASN'T BEEN EASY.

WHILE IT ALLOWS FOR RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM, PEOPLE WHO

PARTICIPATE IN EVANGELISM

FACE

SOME FORM OF HARASSMENT AND

INTIMIDATION. IN THE PAST

YEARS, THE LAWS HAVE MADE IT

MORE DIFFICULT TO HAVE A

CHURCH.

HE WORKS WITH NETWORK OF

UNREGISTERED CHURCHES OUTSIDE

OF THE CAPITAL CITY.

THERE WOULDN'T ANYONE

POSSIBLE TO DO THIS TO SHARE

THE GOSPEL.

HE SAYS IT CAN LEAD TO

FINES FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

HE SAYS PREACHING HERE IS

NOT EASY. ONE EVEN, CBN

JOINED

A GROUP OF GATHERERS AND

BELIEVERS.

WE MASKED THEIR FACE TO

PROTECT THEIR IDENTITY.

IT FOCUSES ON REACHING MUSLIM

FAMILIES.

MUSLIMS OFTEN NOTICE THAT

WE LIVE JOYFUL LIFE AND THEY

WONDER WHERE OUR JOY COMES

FROM AND WE TELL THEM THAT WE

ARE CHRISTIANS AND BY SEEING

HOW OR LIVES HAVE CHANGED,

THEY ACCEPT THE GOSPEL.

THEY ALSO MINISTER TO

YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR

LIVES

AND IT MAKES IT EASIER.

YOU CAN TELL THEM ABOUT

THE

BIBLE. YOUNG PEOPLE ASK

QUESTIONS AND ALL IN A SAFE

ENVIRONMENT.

TO BE ABLE TO READ IF

BIBLE

IN THE NATIVE LANGUAGE HAS

DONE MUCH TO EXPAND THE

CHURCH

HERE

BEFORE PEOPLE COULD NOT

EVEN READ THE BIBLE, BUT NOW

THEY HAVE THE SCRIPTURES IN

THEIR HANDS.

IN 1995, THE GOVERNMENT

GAVE THEM PERMISSION TO PRINT

CHRISTIAN LITERATURE.

WE STARTED TO PRINT THE

BIBLE IN OUR LANGUAGE, AND

FROM THEM WE MOVED TO OTHER

CHRISTIAN LITERATURE.

BACK THEN, THEY FACE

CONSTANT SURVEILLANCE. THE

CHURCH HAS BEEN SHUT DPOUN

--

DOWN IN THE PAST AND HE'S

BEEN

ARRESTED NUMEROUS TIME.

WE HAVE COME THROUGH

CHRIST

WHO LOVES US AND WE ARE

COMMITTED TO PRAY FOR OUR

PRESIDENT OF OUR COUNTRY.

WITH AN EVANGELICAL

CHRISTIAN POPULATION, NUMBERS

ABOUT 10,000, HE'S BELIEVING

GOD FOR HIS NATION.

WE WANT TO SEE ALL 9

MILLION PEOPLE TO COME TO

KNOW

CHRIST. THIS IS OUR DREAM.

SO OUT OF 9 MILLION

PEOPLE,

ONLY 10,000 ARE BELIEVERS.

HALF OF MY CHURCH IN

VIRGINIA IS ABOUT 5,000. SO

HALF OF ISRAELIS ARE IN MY

CHURCH. THEY ARE HOPING WE

ARE

PRAYING FOR MORE PEOPLE TO

COME TO CHRIST.

VERY GOOD. COMING UP, OVER

100 MILLION CHARISMATICS IN

THE WORLD AND WE GO TO A

COLLEGE CAMPUS. WE GO TO A

PLACE WHERE IT ALL BEGAN,

COMING UP. > WELCOME BACK.

CHARISMATICS FROM AROUND THE

WORLD GATHERED RECENTLY AT

THE

RETREAT CENTER IN NORTH

PENNSYLVANIA. THEY WERE

CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF THE

CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL

THAT TOOK PLACE 50 YEARS AGO.

TODAY THERE ARE A LOT, 120

CHARISMATIC CATHOLICS AND THE

MOVEMENT AND HOW THIS

CONTINUES TO GROW TODAY.

THIS AREA OF PITTSBURGH

SERVES AS THE CHARISMATIC

MOVEMENT CELEBRATING THE

ANNIVERSARY OF THAT DAY.

PATTY MANSFIELD HAD NO WAY OF

KNOWING SHE WOULD BECOME ONE

OF THE FIRST CATHOLICS IN THE

MODERN ERA.

FEBRUARY 17, 1967, WAS THE

ANNUAL RETREAT. THE THEME OF

THE RETREAT WAS THE PERSON

AND

WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

WHAT THEY DIDN'T REALIZE

WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO THEM

HERE IN THE RETREAT CENTER

WAS

JUST THE START OF THE

SOVEREIGN MOVEMENT OF THE

HOLY

SPIRIT TO BLESS THOUSANDS OF

CATHOLICS THAT DAY.

TEACHING THAT THE HOLY

SPIRIT WOULD BRING TONGUES

AND

POWER LIKE DYNAMITE. HE

WANTED

BOTH BECAUSE CHRISTIANITY

FELT

--

I WANTED SOMEONE SPEAKING

IN TONGUES, ME.

HE STOPPED THAT WEEKEND IN

THIS CHAPEL THAT IS NOW

FILLED

WITH DOZENS OF WORSHIPERS.

THE PRESENCE OF GOD WAS SO

THICK, SO POWERFUL THAT YOU

CAN CUT IT WITH A KNIFE.

IT WAS THE MOST INTENSE

EXPERIENCE THAT I HAD IN MY

LIFE.

IT WAS ALL OF THESE

EXPLOSIONS

THAT KEPT HAPPENING AND I

FORGOT THAT I WANTED

DYNAMITE.

AS HE BEGAN SPEAKING IN

THIS CHAPEL 50 YEARS AGO, HE

BEGAN TO ASK HIS LEADERS IF

IT

WAS POSSIBLE.

HE SAID, IT IS A VALID

EXPERIENCE.

IT'S HAPPENED IN HISTORY.

I THOUGHT, WELL, I'M NOT A

SAINT, BUT OF COURSE IT'S FOR

EVERYDAY.

SHORTLY AFTER THAT, AS

PATTY MANSFIELD LOVED IT AND

SHE WANTED ALL OF HER

STUDENTS

TO EXPERIENCE IT.

IN THE ROOM THERE WERE

SOME

WEEPING, SOME OTHERS LAUGHING

FOR JOY AND OTHERS FELT LIKE

OUR BODIES WERE ON FIRE, OUR

HANDS AND ARMS WERE

TINGELING.

AND OTHERS KNEW THEY WANTED

TO

PRAY TO GOD BUT IT WASN'T

COMING OUT IN ENGLISH.

THEN GOD USED HER TO

CONVINCE HER AT A PRAYER

MEETING.

DAVID STARTED TO PRAY IN

PERFECT FRENCH.

THE ONLY FOREIGN LANGUAGE I

DIDN'T RECOGNIZE. I SAID,

DAVID, I DIDN'T KNOW YOU

SPEAK

FRENCH.

HE SAID I WAS SPEAKING IN

LATIN.

HE SAID I WAS SPEAKING IN

AN ANCIENT FORM OF FRENCH

THAT

IS NO LONGER SPOKEN ON EARTH.

HE PRAYED MORE.

HE SAID NOW YOU ARE

PRAYING

IN ARABIC.

I DIDN'T KNOW ARABIC AND

FRENCH.

IN THE MONTHS IT FOLLOWED

BY WORD OF MOUTH AND WENT

WORLDWIDE EVEN JUMPING

DENOMINATIONAL LINES. THIS

SPREAD TO MILLIONS AND EVEN

CATHOLICS AND NON-CATHOLICS,

IT ALL MATTERED THEY WERE ONE

IN THE SPIRIT.

THEY ARE CARRIES

HARISMATICS WHO WORSHIP

FREELY

WITH NON-CATHOLICS.

I CAN SEE THAT CHRIST IS

WORKING WITH YOU AND ME.

WE'LL

LEAVE IT TO THE REST TO WORK

OUT THE REST. WE ARE NOW

SHARING THIS PERSONAL

RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST AND

AN I HAVE SEEN MANY WALLS

COME

DOWN.

HE PREACHES SUCH UNIT IS

ESSENTIAL FOR THE WORLD TO

BELIEVE.

THE MORE DIVISIONS THAT WE

HAVE WITHIN CHRISTIANITY, THE

LESS THE WORLD BELIEVES THAT

JESUS TRULY IS THE SON OF

GOD.

HE BELIEVES THAT BAPTIST

THAT BELIEVE IN THE HOLY

SPIRIT ARE DOING IT FOR GOD.

DOING WHAT JESUS DID,

SHARING THE LOVE OF OUR GOD

THE FATHER WITH EVERYONE IN

THE WORLD WHO NEEDS IT.

AND WHO NEEDS IT? EVERYONE

IN

THE WORLD.

THIS IS NO STRANGE

OFFSHOOT

OF THE MAIN CHURCH. HE

ENCOURAGES IT AND URGES THE

CHARISMATICS TO BLESS

EVERYONE

THEY HAVE.

HE CALLS THE QUOTE A

CURRENT OF GRACE.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,

REPORTING FROM THE ARK AND

THE

DOVE, PENNSYLVANIA.

I MISS SPOKE, I SAID THERE

WERE 120 CHARISMATICS

WORLDWIDE.

THERE ARE 120 MILLION.

GOOD CATCH.

UP NEXT, THEIR VISION IS

TO

BLESS IN ASIA.

EVERY YEAR THEY THANK GOD FOR

WHAT HE'S DONE AND SEEK HIM

FOR GREATER THINGS.

THAT WHEN WE COME BACK.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN

THE UNITED KINGDOM SEEKS TO

SILENCE THE GOSPEL BUT ONE IS

FIGHTING BACK. HE'S LEADING

THE CAMPAIGN THAT LITERALLY

CARRIES THE WORD TO LONDON.

THE FOUNDER OF THE UNITED

KINGDOM CHRISTIAN TV NETWORK

HAS FOUND A UNIQUE WAY TO

SHARE FAMOUS QUOTES FROM

JESUS

ON BUSES THROUGHOUT LONDON.

REVELATION TV, DISCOVERS HOW

GOD SPOKE TO HIM.

GOD TAUGHT ME TO BUT THE

WORD JESUS ON THE BUSES. WE

HAVE THE WEBSITE, WE ARE NOW

IN OUR SECOND CAMPAIGN.

IN THE CITY FROM THE JESUS

WEBSITE, HE STARTED HIS

CAREER

AS A MUSICIAN, HE NOW

BELIEVES

IT'S USING HIS SELF PROMOTING

SKILLS TO PROMOTE JESUS.

I HAVE FIRSTHAND HOW THIS

PERFORMANCE WILL NOT USE IT.

I SAW THINGS IN A NEW LIGHT.

I

CHANNELED THAT SAME ENERGY

AND

A DRIVE TO A PURPOSE GREATER

THAN MYSELF.

HE'S OVERCOME MANY

CHALLENGES TO LAUNCH THIS

CAMPAIGN THAT WILL AFFECT

MANY

THOUSANDS OF LIVES.

FOR THE MILLIONS OF

PEOPLE

THAT VISIT LONDON, THERE IS 8

MILLION THAT LIVE HERE AND

LET

ALONE THOSE WHO TRAVEL INTO

TO

WORK, THAT COULD BE HALF A

MILLION A DAY. THAT COULD BE

SO MANY PEOPLE THAT WILL AT

LEAST BE LOOKING AT THOSE

SCRIPTURES, THOSE QUOTES.

AND HERE WE HAVE ONE HERE,

YOU

WILL BE WE IN PARADISE.

WHAT DOES THIS HOLD FOR

THIS EVANGELISTIC PROJECT?

I BELIEVE IT'S FOR JESUS

AND IT'S NOT JUST HERE IN

LONDON, IT'S ACROSS OUR

NATION, BUT IT'S ALSO I

BELIEVE COULD GO GLOBAL WIDE

WITH ALL THE MILLIONS OF

CHRISTIANS THAT ARE AROUND

TODAY. ALL THEY NEED TO DO IS

JUST GET ON BOARD WITH

LITERALLY NOT JUST ON THE

BUSES, BUT TO HELP TO BRING

THE QUOTE OF JESUS TO ALL OF

OUR GENERATION.

WITH SO MUCH SEEKING TO

SILENCE THIS VOICE, THE

PUBLIC

DISPLAYS OF QUOTES OF JESUS

WILL HELP PEOPLE ON THEIR OWN

PERSONAL JOURNEY IN FAITH

THROUGH CHRIST.

LONDON, ENGLAND.

FROM EUROPE WE HEAD TO

ASIA

WHERE EVERY YEAR CBN IN

INDONESIA HOST DEDICATION

SUNDAY WHERE THEY GIVE THANKS

FOR THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S

SUCCESS AND SEEK GOD FOR

DIRECTION.

WE ATTENDED THIS YEAR'S

GATHERING AND TELLS US THE

STORY.

AT THE START OF EACH YEAR,

CBN FROM VIETNAM, KOREA,

THAILAND AND CAMBODIA AND

INDONESIA COME TOGETHER TO

CELEBRATE GOD'S FAITHFULNESS.

THEY SEEK HIS DIRECTION FOR

THEIR MINISTRY AND REDEDICATE

THEIR LIVES AS THEY CONTINUE

TO SERVE.

I'M HERE IN A CBN CENTER

IN

INDONESIA.

IT'S AMAZING FROM HOW THESE

BEAUTIFUL FACILITIES GOD'S

WORK IS BEING EXTENDED TO

MORE

COUNTRIES IN THE REGION.

CBN IN THIS REGION STARTED

IN 1998 BUT IT WAS ONLY IN

2012 WHEN THEY STARTED IN

FAITH TO OPEN A CBN CENTER.

FIRST IT WAS IN MYANMAR.

NOW IT'S FANTASTIC. WE ARE

PRIMED TO PLAY A MAJOR ROLE

IN

SOMETHING EXCITING THAT GOD

IS

GOING TO DO IN THIS ERA.

CBN WORKING IN MYANMAR,

SAID THE MINISTRY IS FOCUSED

ON KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER

BY EMPOWERING WIDOWS AND

TEACHING BIBLICAL VALUES TO

CHILDREN.

IF IT'S A GOOD STORY THAT

THE CHILDREN LIKES BECAUSE OF

"SUPERBOOK".

SHE'S 10 YEARS OLD. BEFORE

SHE

WOULD ALWAYS GET ANGRY WITH

HER FRIEND BECAUSE HER FRIEND

ALWAYS BULLIED HER.

AFTER SHE WATCHED

"SUPERBOOK",

SHE LEARNED FORGIVENESS AND

EVEN BRING THEM TO SUNDAY

SCHOOL.

THIS IS GOD'S GIVEN GIFT

WHERE WE HAVE OUR PEOPLE THAT

ARE BLESSED THAT THEY KNOW

JESUS AND HIS LOVE AND BE

SAVED AND HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.

IN KOREA, "SUPERBOOK" IS A

VALUABLE GIFT ESPECIALLY TO

THE CHURCHES THAT CANNOT

AFFORD A SUNDAY SCHOOL

CURRICULUM. WE HAVE 70,000

CHURCHES BIG AND SMALL AND

THEY DON'T HAVE "SUPERBOOK"

IN

THEIR SCHOOLS. IT'S IMPORTANT

BECAUSE TO HAVE SUNDAY SCHOOL

CURRICULUM TO USE.

IN ADDITION, HUMANITARIAN

VIDEO OUTREACH THEY ARE

PREPARING 350 CHURCHES FOR

THE

LAUNCH OF "SUPERBOOK" IN

VIETNAMESE LANGUAGE. HE SAID

EACH YEAR HE'S ENCOURAGED BY

DEDICATION DAY.

IT'S JUST AWESOME THAT WE

ARE UNITED TO WORSHIP GOD,

UNITED TO HAVE FUN, UNITED TO

DREAM OF THE FUTURE FOR EACH

COUNTRY.

THE IDEA THAT GOD LOVES

ALL

PEOPLE AND I THINK GOD IS

GOING TO ANOINT CBN WHEREVER

THEY ARE TO REACH THE WORLD.

CBN NEWS, JAKARTA.

WELCOME BACK TO THE

BROADCAST.

NORMA McCOREVEY DIED THIS

WEEKEND AT AGE 69.

SHE WAS INVOLVED IN THE ROE

V.

WADE.

IN THE CBN NEWS, SHE

EXPLAINED

HER NEWFOUND MINISTRY TO

WOMEN.

THE LORD'S CALLED ME TO GO

OUT AND SPEAK TO WOMEN HOPING

THAT IF THERE IS JUST THAT

ONE

SITTING IN THAT AUDIENCE, ON

THAT PARTICULAR NIGHT, THAT

MAYBE I CAN CHANGE HER MIND.

SHE SPENT THE REST OF HER

YEARS AS A PRO-LIFE ACTIVIST

AND ENGAGED OTHERS TO FIGHT

FOR LIFE.

WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT

ABORTION BATTLES IN THE

HEADLINES, BUT TODAY WE WANT

TO SHARE A STORY YOU WON'T

SEE

ANYWHERE ELSE. IT'S ABOUT A

SCARED YOUNG WOMAN IN

THAILAND

WHO CHOSE LIFE. MINT IS NOW A

SINGLE MOM WHO LOVES HER SON,

BUT SHE ALMOST MISSED OUT ON

THE JOY OF BEING A MOTHER

UNTIL CBN'S "ORPHAN'S

PROMISE"

STEPPED UP TO HELP.

WHEN 20-YEAR-OLD MINT LOOKS

INTO HER BABY'S EYES, SHE

CAN'T HELP BUT SMILE.

IN THE MORNING WE SMILE AT

EACH OTHER.

I'M SO HAPPY.

MINT HAS BEEN KEEPING

TRACK

OF HER GROWTH THROUGH PHOTOS

AND VIDEOS BUT THIS ALMOST

DIDN'T HAPPEN BECAUSE HER

AUNT

PRESSURED HER TO GET AN

ABORTION.

I WAS SO SCARED. MY

PARENTS

DIDN'T KNOW I WAS PREGNANT. I

COULDN'T THINK ABOUT RAISING

A

CHILD AT THAT POINT.

THEN THE MINISTRY

SUPPORTED

BY CBN'S "ORPHAN'S PROMISE".

SHE DECIDED TO KEEP HER

BABY.

WHEN I HAD PROBLEMS, I

COULD TALK TO HER. SHE LOVES

ME LIKE A DAUGHTER TOO.

THANKS TO THE SUPPORT AND

LOVE SHE RECEIVED THERE, MINT

DECIDED TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN

AND DECIDED TO RAISE HER SON.

JESUS IS REAL AND HE

HELPED

ME.

TO HELP MINT SUPPORT

HERSELF AS A SINGLE MOM,

"ORPHAN'S PROMISE" TAUGHT HER

HOW TO SEW.

AND WE GAVE HER A NEW SEWING

MACHINE.

NOW I HAVE A NEW SEWING

MACHINE AND I HAVE MONEY TO

TAKE CARE OF MY SON.

NOW SHE RECENTLY MOVED

INTO

A PLACE OF HER OWN.

NOW I HAVE A JOB AND I CAN

TAKE CARE OF MYSELF AND MY

SON. THANK YOU, "ORPHAN'S

PROMISE" FOR ALLOWING ME TO

DO

THE WORK THAT I LOVE AND TO

HAVE MORE TIME WITH MY SON.

ONE LIFE REDEEMED.

WHAT A CUTE LITTLE BABY.

"ORPHAN'S PROMISE" IS

DOING

GREAT THINGS AROUND THE WORLD.

THAT IS IT.

TOO FAST.

UNTIL NEXT

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