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Christian World News - April 28, 2017

This week on Christian World News: Russia is named a top violator of religious freedom, Christians in Taiwan go 48 hours straight worshiping and praying to the Lord, and a new movie tells the story of a forgotten atrocity. Read Transcript


George: THIS WEEK ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

RUSSIA IS NAMED A TOP

VIOLATOR OF RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT THE

LAW THAT IS CRACKING DOWN

ON EVANGELICALS, AND TALK

WITH ONE OF ITS VICTIMS.

PLUS...FIRED UP FOR

JESUS.

FOR TWO STRAIGHT DAYS,

THESE CHRISTIANS WENT

WITHOUT SLEEP IN A

MARATHON SESSION OF

WORSHIPPING, PRAYING, AND

SINGING TO GOD.

> AND...FORGOTTEN

GENOCIDE.

MORE THAN 100 YEARS AGO AN

ENTIRE POPULATION,

INCLUDING MANY CHRISTIANS,

WAS WIPED OUT.

A NEW MOVIE IS TELLING

THEIR STORY FOR THE VERY

FIRST TIME.

AND HELLO, EVERYONE.

WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

MY COLLEAGUE, WENDY

GRIFFITH, IS OUT ON

ASSIGNMENT.

> A SURPRISING MOVE

AGAINST THE NATION OF

RUSSIA THIS WEEK.

A COMMISSION SAID THE U.S.

STATE DEPARTMENT SHOULD

DESIGNATE RUSSIA -- GET

THIS -- ONE OF THE WORLD'S

TOP VIOLATORS OF RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

THE COUNTRIES ALREADY ON

THAT LIST INCLUDE NORTH

KOREA, IRAN, AND CHINA,

ALL NOTORIOUS FOR THEIR

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ABUSES.

RUSSIA HAS BEEN CRACKING

DOWN ON RELIGIOUS

MINORITIES, WHICH IS JUST

ABOUT ANY GROUP OUTSIDE

THE ORTHODOX CHURCH.

IT ALL STEMS FROM A LAW

THAT WAS SUPPOSEDLY AIMED

AT RELIGIOUS EXTREMISTS.

ON JULY 20th, 2016,

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR

PUTIN SIGNED NEW

AMENDMENTS TO A LAW THAT

GOVERNED RELIGIOUS LIFE.

UNDER THE GUISE OF

CONFRONTING TERRORISM,

PUTIN GAVE AUTHORITIES THE

POWER TO BAN PREACHING,

PRAYING, PROSELYTIZING,

AND HANDING OUT RELIGIOUS

MATERIALS OUTSIDE

GOVERNMENT-SANCTIONED

CHURCHES.

THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT

SAID THE MOVE SIGNALLED

INTIMIDATION AND

HARASSMENT.

THIS LAW IS KNOWN AMONG

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS IN

RUSSIA AS AN

ANTI-MISSIONARY LAW

BECAUSE IT PLACES HARSH

RESTRICTIONS ON THE

EVANGELICAL CHURCHES AND

THE FOREIGN MISSIONARY

ORGANIZATIONS.

George: AMONG OTHER

THINGS, THE LAW REQUIRES

FOREIGN MISSIONARIES TO

HAVE A PERMIT TO

EVANGELIZE.

ALSO READING YOUR BIBLE,

SINGING, OR SIMPLY PRAYING

OUTSIDE A REGISTERED

CHURCH, EVEN IN A HOME,

BECAME ILLEGAL.

THIS MAN IS A LAWYER WITH

THE SLAVIC CENTER FOR LAW

AND JUSTICE.

THE LAW INFLICTED

SERIOUS DAMAGE BECAUSE

SUDDENLY MANY CHRISTIANS

FEAR THAT JUST TALKING

ABOUT FAITH OR SHARING IT

WITWITH OTHERS ABOUT GOD IS A

CRIME.

BASICALLY THE LAW TELLS

US NOT TO DO ANYTHING THAT

CAN BE CALLED A MISSIONARY

ACTIVITY, INCLUDING SAYING

I BELIEVE IN JESUS, FOR

INSTANCE.

George: SUPPORTERS

SAY THE LAW IS NECESSARY

TO CONFRONT TERRORISM,

ESPECIALLY ACTS

PERPETRATED BY RADICAL

ISLAM'S.

BUT THIS MAN INSISTS THERE

IS A MORE SINISTER AGENDA.

THE NATIONAL

AUTHORITIES ARE TRYING TO

RESTRICT THE PROTESTANT

AND EVANGELICAL MOVEMENTS

AND STOP THEM FROM

SPREADING THE MESSAGE OF

THE GOP.

George: BUT THERE IS

ONE GROUP THAT HAS BEEN

LEFT ALONE.

THE LAW IS UNLIKELY TO

TOUCH THE ORTHODOX CHURCH.

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 WITHIN

HIS CHURCH THAT SEE ALL

NON-ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS AS

CUTCULTS OR FOREIGN SPIES,

AND HE IS NOT HAPPY ABOUT

IT.

SOME CHRISTIANS, IF NOT

ENEMIES, THEY ARE A

POTENTIAL DANGER.

SO THEY NEED SOME

CONTAINING.

ACTUALLY, 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,

SOCIETY, AND UNFORTUNATELY

BY THE ORTHODOX CHURCH AND

THE GOVERNMENT.

George: FOR MANY

RELIGIOUS MINORITIES, THIS

IS A FIGHT TO HAVE THE

RIGHT TO PRACTICE THEIR

BELIEFS FREELY IN RUSSIA.

IN AUGUST 2016, AMERICAN

DON ORSAWATI WAS CHARGED

AND FOUND GUILTY OF

CONDUCTING MISSIONARY

ACTIVITY IN RUSSIA.

THE PASTOR JOINS US VIA

SKYPE FROM OREL, RUSSIA.

DON, AFTER 14 YEARS OF

LIVING IN RUSSIA, YOU JUST

BOUGHT A ONE-WAY PLANE

TICKET HOME.

HOW DO YOU FEEL?

THIS HAS GOT TO BE A

DIFFICULT DECISION, RIGHT?

YES, SIR.

IT IS AN END TO WHAT I

SPENT THE LAST 22 YEARS OF

MY LIFE PREPARING FOR AND

PARTICIPATING IN, MINISTRY

IN RUSSIA, FOLLOWING THE

FALL OF THE SOVIET UNION.

OF COURSE I'M DISAPPOINTED

THAT IT TURNED OUT THIS

WAY.

THE PEOPLE THAT WE FORMED

A LITTLE FAMILY OF FAITH

HERE LOST SOMETHING VERY

VALUABLE TO THEM.

I'M ALWAYS GOING TO LEAVE

A PIECE OF MY HEART HERE

IN RUSSIA.

George: RUSSIA

RECENTLY DECLARED THE JEFF JEFF

JEHOVAH WITNESSES AS A

HOSTILE GROUP.

AND WHAT WILL STOP THEM

FROM DECLARING OTHERS

THAT?

IT IS THE FIRST STEP.

AS FAR AS THEY'RE

CONCERNED A BAPTIST OR A

PENTECOSTAL IS PRETTY MUCH

THE SAME THING AS THE

JEHOVAH WITNESSES.

George: WHAT KIND OF

RUSSIA ARE YOU LEAVING

BEHIND?

I'M LEAVING BEHIND A

VERY DIFFERENT RUSSIA THAN

I CAME TO 14 YEARS AGO.

THERE WAS VIRTUALLY

UNLIMITED RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM HERE 14 YEARS AGO,

WHEN I CAME.

IT WAS VERY REFRESHING TO

HAVE THAT ATMOSPHERE AND

THAT ENVIRONMENT AFTER 70

YEARS OF COMMUNISM.

BUT NOW YOU HAVE A RUSSIA

THAT IS BECOMING MUCH MORE

OPPRESSIVE, MUCH MORE

CONTROLLING, AND MUCH LESS

FREE.

George: THE UNITED

STATES' COMMISSION ON

INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM SAYS RUSSIA IS ONE

OF THE WORLD'S WORST

VIOLATORS OF RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

IN FACT, THEY'VE ASKED THE

STATE DEPARTMENT TO LABEL

RUSSIA AS A COUNTRY OF

PARTICULAR CONCERN.

DO YOU AGREE WITH THEIR

ASSESSMENT?

I ABSOLUTELY AGREE THAT

RUSSIA IS HEADING IN A

VERY WRONG DIRECTION WHEN

IT COMES TO RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

AND I WOULD SAY, YES, IT

IS A SPECIAL CONCERN AS WE

LOOK AT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

AROUND THE WORLD.

George: HOW CAN WE

PRAY FOR CHRISTIANS IN

RUSSIA?

PRAY THAT THEY WILL

HAVE WISDOM.

PRAY THAT THEY WILL HAVE

BOLDNESS.

PRAY THAT THE LORD WILL

CAUSE THE LOCAL OFFICIALS

TO NOT AGGRESSIVELY

PROSECUTE THE BELIEVERS.

PRAY THAT THE BELIEVERS

WILL STAND STRONG AND WILL

NOT GIVE UP ON PRACTICING

THEIR FAITH JUST BECAUSE

IT HAS BECOME MORE

DIFFICULT.

George: WE WISH YOU

THE BEST.

DON ORSAWITI JOINING US

FROM RUSSIA.

THANK YOU, GEORGE.

George: IF YOU WANT

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE

CHURCH IN RUSSIA AND THE

FORMER SOVIET UNION, YOU

CAN SEE OUR EXCLUSIVE

REPORTS AT cbnnews.com.

WHILE YOU'RE THERE, SHARE

THEM WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND

FAMILY ON Facebook.

> OKAY, MOVING ON.

POPE FRANCIS IS URGING

MUSLIMS AND THEIR LEADERS

TO REJECT VIOLENCE IN

GOD'S NAME AND EMBRACE

PEACE, DIALOGUE, AND

RECONCILIATION.

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC POPE

MET WITH EGYPT'S

PRESIDENT, el-SISI,

DURING A VISIT TO CAIRO.

AND HE SPOKE AT A WORLD

REKNOWED UNIVERSITY OF

HIGHER LEARNING.

THE CHRISTIANS SAID THE

POPE'S VISIT BROUGHT THEM

ENCOURAGEMENT, JUST TWO

DAYS AFTER THE CHURCHES

WERE ATTACKED ON PALM

SUNDAY.

> ARMENIANS ARE A

CHRISTIAN PEOPLE WITH A

LONG HISTORY IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

SOME DON'T NO THAT A

LITTLE MORE THAN 100 YEARS

AGO, THEY WERE VICTIMS OF

ONE OF THE WORST AT STROS

CENTURIES IATROCITIES IN HISTORY.

NOW THAT IS THE BACKDROP

FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL STORY

IN HISTORY.

EFREM GRAHAM SAT DOWN WITH

THE STARS OF THE MOVIE FOR

THIS LOOK AT "THE

PROMISE."

I HAVE TO GO.

I HAVE TO FIND THEM.

LEAVE THESE PEOPLE

ALONE.

YOU'RE SAFE.

NO, NO, I'M NOT SAFE.

NO ONE HERE IS SAFE.

DON'T YOU SEE WHAT IS

HAPPENING?

THEY WILL UNDERSTAND.

I HAVE TO GET OUT OF HERE

BEFORE THERE IS NO TIME

LEFT.

TRUST ME.

I'M GETTING US OUT OF

HERE.

Efrem: IN "THE

PROMISE" OSCAR ISAAC PLAYS

AN ARMENIAN DESPERATE TO

SAVE HIS FAMILY FROM BEING

ROUNDED UP AND KILLED.

COME WITH ME.

HE IS THE NEPHEW.

NICE TO MEET YOU.

THE LEGENDARY CHRIS.

THE NOTORIOUS PLAYBOY.

HOW AND WHY THE HELL DID

THEY LET YOU IN HERE?

[LAUGHTER]

MAY I INTRODUCE

MADEMOISELLE.

CONS STA CONSTANTANOBLE IS

BLESSED BY YOUR BEAUTY.

CHRIS IS A STAR FOR THE

ASSOCIATED PRESS.

WE MET IN PARIS.

HIS FATHER WAS A SPY.

Efrem: CHRISTIAN BALE

PORTRAYS AN AMERICAN

JOURNALIST, DOCUMENTING

THE ATROCITIES.

STILL, THERE IS A LOVE

STORY.

> YOU READ THIS SCRIPT

AND YOU GET TO THE END.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE

STORY?

HEARTBREAKING?

IT IS A HEARTBREAKING

STORY OF SURVIVAL.

IT ATTEMPTS TO SHOW THIS

VERY HUMAN STORY SET

INSIDE A VERY TRAGIC TIME,

WHICH IS THE ARMENIAN

GENOCIDE OF THE TURN OF

THE CENTURY, 1915, WHERE

1.5 MILLION ARMENIANS

PERISHED.

BUT ULTIMATELY IT IS

VERY HOPEFUL, ISN'T IT?

EACH DISPLAYS GREAT

STRENGTH IN THE MIDST OF

ADVERSITY.

Efrem: THIS IS

DESCRIBED AS ONE OF THE

GREATEST AND LEAST-KNOWN

CATASTROPHE OF THE 20th

CENTURY.

ANY IDEA WHY?

YOU HAVE THE KREMLIN

AND THE BIRTH OF THE

TURKISH NATION.

AND THEN THE LACK OF

CONSEQUENCES, AND HENCE

THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE

ABOUT IT.

OF COURSE, IT IS

UNCOMFORTABLE TO ADMIT

THAT THE BIRTH OF A NATION

CAME FROM THE PAINS OF THE

EXTERMINATION OF AN ENTIRE

RACE.

Efrem: WHAT IS THE

ULTIMATE PROMISE IN "THE

PROMISE."

WELL, THERE IS THE

PROMISE THAT MIKHAIL HAS

TOWARDS THE WOMAN HE IS

BETROTHED TO, THAT HE WILL

RETURN.

OVER ALL, THERE IS A

PROMISE NEVER TO FORGET,

BY THE FILM-MAKERS, BY

ARMENIANS IN GENERAL, BY

ANYBODY WHO HAS LOST

SOMEBODY.

AND ONE OF THE GREAT

THINGS ABOUT THIS FILM IS

THAT 100% OF THE PROCEEDS

OF THE FILM GO TO CHARITY.

IT GOES TO CHARITIES FOR

HUMAN RIGHTS, FOR ANTIGEN

SIDE MOVEMENTS,

INJUSTICES, AND MAKING

SURE THAT IT DOESN'T

HAPPEN AGAIN.

George: COMING UP,

COULD YOU STAY UP FOR 48

HOURS WORSHIPPING GOD?

WELL, WE'LL TAKE YOU TO

THE NATION WHERE ENTIRE

CHURCHES DID JUST THAT.

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

George: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS."

JUST TWO WEEKS AGO

CHRISTIANS AROUND THE

WORLD CELEBRATED EASTER.

WELL IN TAIWAN THE

CELEBRATION WAS EXTRA

SPECIAL.

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

CHRISTIANS FROM ACROSS THE

COUNTRY, ACROSS SEVERAL

CITIES, CAME TOGETHER FOR

ONE PURPOSE: INTRODUCING

THE TAIWANESE PEOPLE TO

JESUS.

MUNG FE LI BRINGS US THE

DETAILS.

*

Reporter: NOTHING

COULD STOP THEM FROM

SINGING AND CELEBRATING

OVER EASTER WEEKEND.

TAIWANESE WERE FIRED UP.

FOR JESUS.

CHURCH LEADERS IN TAIWAN

INVITED CHRISTIANS FROM

AROUND THE COUNTRY TO JOIN

THE MOST IMPORTANT

OCCASION.

Through Translator:

THIS NATION NEEDS GOD.

EACH ONE OF US NEEDS TO

KNOW GOD AND FOLLOW HIM.

ONLY IN JESUS WILL TAIWAN

BECOME A BETTER COUNTRY.

Reporter: THIS YEAR'S

EASTER GATHERING WAS THE

LARGEST FOR TAIWANESE

CHRISTIANS IN THE PAST 40

YEARS.

FOR 48 HOURS CHRISTIANS OF

VARIOUS AGES PRAYED AND

SANG TOGETHER WITHOUT

SLEEPING.

THEY PASSIONATELY PRAISED

GOD AND THANKED HIM FOR

WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR THE

NATION.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator:

CHURCH LEADERS BELIEVE GOD

IS ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING

BIG.

Through Translator:

TAIWAN IS EXPERIENCING

SOME PRECEDENTED CHANGES

RIGHT NOW.

GOD IS IN CONTROL OF

TAIWAN.

WE NEED TO WORK HARDER, TO

WEEK UP EACH TAIWANESE, TO

TELL THEM ABOUT JESUS.

THIS NATION NEEDS PRAYERS.

Reporter: SOME OF THE

CHURCH LEADERS URGED THE

CHRISTIANS TO PRAY FOR

SOME CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES,

LIKE LEGALIZING GAY

MARRIAGE AND EDUCATION

POLICY REFORM.

THEY WANT TAIWAN'S LEADERS

TO UNDERSTAND THAT ONLY

GOD CAN PROVIDE THE

COUNTRY WITH THE BEST

FUTURE.

Through Translator:

OUR GOVERNMENT LEADERS

NEED TO KNOW JESUS AND

PRAY FOR THE UNITY OF A

NATION.

TAIWAN IS LIKE A FOUNTAIN.

ONCE IT IS BROKEN INTO

PIECES, THE WATER WILL

START TO LEAK.

WE NEED TO MAKE SURE OUR

NATION PROVIDES A SOLID

FOUNDATION TO RECEIVE THE

BLESSINGS AND GUIDANCE OF

JESUS.

Reporter: CHRISTIANS

IN TAIWAN WILL CONTINUE TO

MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD,

PLANNING BIGGER EVENTS.

THEY ARE PRAYING THAT SOME

DAY THEIR GOVERNMENT

LEADERS WILL ALSO COME TO

JOIN THE FAMILY OF JESUS.

THE PASTOR REMINDED US

THE MEANING OF PURITY.

AS CHRIST'S FOLLOWERS, IT

IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO SAY

PURE FOR JESUS.

HE HAS A PURE HEART, AND

WE CAN ALL DO THIS.

George: IN THE PAST

FEW WEEKS, BY THE WAY, YOU

MAY HAVE NOTICED WE HAVE A

NEW CORRESPONDENT COVERING

THE ASIA BEAT.

AND IT IS EXPANDING OUR

REACH.

WE STARTED A NEW

Facebook PAGE

EXCLUSIVELY FOR

MANDARIN-SPEAKING PEOPLE.

MUNG FE LI IS HERE TO TELL

US ABOUT THIS NEW

DEVELOPMENT.

GEORGE, AS YOU KNOW,

CHINESE PEOPLE ARE LIVING

EVERYWHERE TODAY IN THE

WORLD.

THE REASON WHY WE WANT TO

START THE PAGE, THE

BIGGEST GOAL IS TO SHARE

WHAT CHRIST IS DOING ALL

AROUND THE WORLD.

AND WE LET PEOPLE

UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS

WORKING IN MANY NATIONS,

AND ALSO IN OUR LIVES.

THAT'S WHY WE DESIGNED

THIS PAGE, FOR THIS

PURPOSE.

George: BY THE WAY,

IN CHINA, WHERE YOU ARE

FROM, CAN YOU WATCH -- CAN

YOU SEE -- CAN YOU ACCESS

THE Facebook PAGE THERE?

RIGHT NOW IT IS NOT

MAINLAND CHINA BECAUSE OF

ALL THE FIRE WALLS.

BUT OUTSIDE CHINA, IN MANY

OTHER COUNTRIES AND

CITIES, HONG KONG,

MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE, WE

HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF

CHINESE POPULATION.

SO THAT'S WHY WE KEEP THE

CONTENT 100% IN CHINESE,

SO THEY'LL UNDERSTAND IT.

AND, ALSO, YOU'LL SEE A

NUMBER OF STORIES THAT YOU

WOULD NOT SEE ON THE MAJOR

NETWORKS, AS YOU KNOW.

George: CAN YOU GIVE

US AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT

PEOPLE CAN EXPECT WHEN

THEY GO TO THE Facebook

PAGE?

YES.

EVERY DAY WE HAVE FAMILY

STORIES, AND EDUCATION,

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY ABOUT

WORLD ISSUES.

AND WE HAVE A LOT OF

IMAGES AND PICTURES YOU

CAN SHARE WITH YOUR

FRIENDS, 100% IN CHINESE,

WITH THE SCRIPTURES ON IT,

SO THEY CAN UNDERSTAND

WHAT GOD IS DOING IN OUR

LIVES.

George: TERRIFIC.

AND YOU CAN GO AND SEE

THESE GREAT REPORTS, AS

WELL AS HIS COVERAGE HERE

ON "CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

AND WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO

CHECK IT OUT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

George: UP NEXT,

PRAYER IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW THE

HIGHEST OFFICIALS IN OUR

GOVERNMENT ARE SEEKING GOD

FOR WISDOM.

George: WELCOME BACK

TO "CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

HERE IN AMERICA, MEMBERS

OF TRUMP'S CABINET ARE

MEETING WEEKLY FOR A BIBLE

STUDY.

THE VICE PRESIDENT AND

EIGHT ADMINISTRATION

OFFICIALS, INCLUDING

ATTORNEY-GENERAL JEFF

SESSIONS, SPONSORED THE

MEETINGS.

THEY'RE LED BY THE FOUNDER

OF CAPITAL MINISTRIES,

RALPH DROLINGER.

AND HE SAYS WHEN THE

COUNTRY'S LEADERS SEEK

GOD, IT PUTS THE NATION IN

A POSITION TO BE BLESSED

BEYOND ALL WE CAN ASK OR

THINK.

AND THEY SAY PRESIDENT

TRUMP IS ALWAYS WELCOME TO

JOIN.

> ST. JOHN'S EPI EPISCOPAL

CHURCH IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

HAS BEEN THE CHURCH FOR

THE COMMANDER OF CHIEF FOR

200 YEARS.

Reporter: SITTING

ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE

WHITE HOUSE...ST. JOHN'S

EPISCOPAL CHURCH HAS

SERVED EACH COMMANDER IN

CHIEF SINCE JAMES MADISON,

THE NATION'S FOURTH

PRESIDENT.

BUILT IN 1816, ITS

PROXIMITY PROVED TO BE A

DILEMMA FOR WORLD LEADERS.

THEY SAID, WHAT ARE WE

GOING TO DO FOR THE

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

STATES IF HE WANTS TO

ATTEND A SERVICE?

THE SOLUTION: PEW 52.

PEOPLE WOULD COME EARLY

TO TRY TO SIT CLOSE BY SO

THEY COULD SHAKE THE HAND

OF THE PRESIDENT WHEN THEY

PASSED THE PEACE DURING

THE SERVICE.

AND THE RECTOR OFTEN TELLS

THE STORY HOW THE CHURCH

WOULD SLIGHTLY TILT TO THE

LEFT BECAUSE EVERYBODY WAS

SITTING ON THE LEFT-HAND

SIDE WHEN THEY THOUGHT THE

PRESIDENT WAS GOING TO BE

IN TOWN.

Reporter: WHEN THE

PRESIDENT IS NOT IN TOWN,

ANYBODY CAN SIT IN THAT

PEW.

BUT WHEN THE COMMANDER IN

CHIEF SHOWS UP, THE SECRET

SERVICE MAY KICK YOU OUT.

AND AN 18th CENTURY

PRAYER BOOK IS PUT IN THE

PEW WHEN THE COMMANDER IN

CHIEF ATTENDS A SERVICE.

AND IT CONTAINS SIGNATURES

FROM PAST PRESIDENTS.

HARRY S. TRUMAN, DWIGHT

EISENHOWER, GEORGE BUSH,

BARACK OBAMA, DONALD

TRUMP.

Reporter: BUT NOT

EVERY PRESIDENT TOOK

ADVANTAGE OF THREE

RESERVED SPACE.

HE WOULD SIT IN THE

VERY LAST PEW BY THE BACK

DOOR.

Reporter: THAT MAN IS

THE NATION'S 16th

PRESIDENT, ABRAHAM

LINCOLN.

HE WOULD COME IN

QUIETLY, SIT IN THE BACK

PEW, BY HIMSELF, AND

CONTEMPLATE, PRAY, DO WHAT

HE HAD TO DO TO DEAL WITH

THE BURDENS OF THE CIVIL

WAR.

AND JUST BEFORE THE

SERVICE WOULD END, HE

WOULD QUIETLY WALK OUT

THAT BACK DOOR.

Reporter: THE DOORS

REMAIN OPEN AT ST. JOHN'S,

BOTH AS A PARISH AND AS A

PIECE OF HISTORY IN THE

HEART OF WASHINGTON, D.C.

BEN KENNEDY, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

George: TERRIFIC.

> WHEN WE COME BACK, THE

SECRET BEHIND LONGEVITY OF

THE WORLD'S OLDEST WOMAN.

STAY WITH US.

George: AND FINALLY

ON OUR SHOW THIS WEEK,

VIOLET MOSS BROWN OF

JAMAICA IS THE OLDEST

LIVING PERSON IN THE

WORLD.

AND AS CHARLENE AARON

REPORTS, SHE SAYS THE

SECRET TO HER LONGEVITY IS

HER CHRISTIAN FAITH.

Charlene: AT 117,

VIOLET MOSS BROWN HAS BEEN

DECLARED THE WORLD'S

OLDEST LIVING PERSON,

SOMETHING SHE SAYS SHE

NEVER EXPECTED.

NO, I DIDN'T KNOW THAT

I WOULD BE THAT.

I DID FEEL I WOULD LIVE A

LONG TIME, BUT I THANK GOD

FOR WHATEVER HE HAS GIVEN

TO ME.

Charlene:

AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AS

AUNT BEE, SHE WAS BORN

MARCH 10th.

I'VE BEEN TO CHURCH MY

WHOLE LIFE.

Charlene: AND WHEN IT

COMES TO FOOD, THIS SUPER

CENTENARIAN SAYS SHE EATS

JUST ABOUT ANYTHING, WITH

A FEW EXCEPTIONS.

ANYTHING AT ALL...

[LAUGHTER]

I DON'T EAT PORK AND I

DON'T EAT CHICKEN.

BUT I EAT EVERYTHING ELSE.

I EAT FISH.

Charlene: MEANWHILE,

BROWN'S ELDEST SON IS 97

YEARS OLD, WHICH COULD

MAKE HIM THE OLDEST LIVING

PERSON IN THE WORLD WITH A

PARENT ALSO ALIVE.

CHARLENE AARON, CBN NEWS.

George: AUNT "V",

THAT IS SOME INSPIRATIONAL

MESSAGE THERE.

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO

YOU.

FOLKS, THAT IS IT FOR THIS

WEEK'S EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

I HOPE YOU'VE BEEN BLESSED

BY OUR PROGRAM.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, FROM ALL

OF US, GOOD-BYE AND GOD

BLESS YOU.

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