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Christian World News - May 5, 2017

President Trump moves to protect religious liberty in America. While many Christians are celebrating, some say it doesn't go far enough. Plus, when doctors found a tumor in this little boy's mouth, his parents began crying out to God. See how ... Read Transcript


George: THIS WEEK ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

PRESIDENT TRUMP MOVES TO

PROTECT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

HERE IN AMERICA, WHILE

CHRISTIANS ARE CELEBRATING

SOME SAY IT DOESN'T GO FAR

ENOUGH.

Wendy: PLUS...YOU'RE

LOOKING AT A LITTLE

MIRACLE.

WHEN DOCTORS FOUND THIS

TUMOR IN THIS LITTLE BOY'S

MOUTH, HIS PARENTS BEGAN

CRYING OUT TO GOD.

SEE HOW HE ANSWEREDED

THOSE PRAYERS IN AN

AMAZING WAY.

George: AND...IN THE

HEART OF THE MIDDLE EAST,

A NEW CHURCH IS RISING UP,

WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE

MUSLIM ROYAL FAMILY THAT

GOVERNS THE NATION.

*

George: HELLO,

EVERYONE, WELCOME TO THIS

WEEK'S EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS THE

GOVERNMENT HAS TOO OFTEN

USED ITS POWER AGAINST

PEOPLE OF FAITH.

HE SAYS THAT HAS TO STOP.

PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED AN

EXECUTIVE ORDER ON

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

George: MANY

EVANGELICAL LEADERS PRAISE

THE PRESIDENT'S ACTION,

BUT OTHERS SAY IT DOESN'T

GO FAR ENOUGH.

JENNIFER WISHON BRINGS US

THE STORY FROM WASHINGTON.

Jennifer: AMERICA'S

FREEDOMS COME FROM GOD,

THAT WAS PART OF PRESIDENT

TRUMP'S MESSAGE TO FAITH

LEADERS GATHERED IN THE

ROSE GARDEN OF THE WHITE

HOUSE FOR A FIRST OF ITS

KIND KICKOFF TO THE

"NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER."

OUR PRESIDENT IS A

BELIEVER.

HE LOVES HIS FAMILY, AND

HE LOVES HIS COUNTRY WITH

AN UNSHAKEABLE FAITH IN

GOD AND THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE.

Jennifer: THE

PRESIDENT MARKED THE

OCCASION BY SIGNING AN

EXECUTIVE ORDER TO PROTECT

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.

President Trump: WE

WILL NOT ALLOW PEOPLE OF

FAITH TO BE TARGETED,

BULLIED, OR SILENCED

ANYMORE.

Jennifer: THE ORDER

DOES THREE THINGS: IT

STATES IT IS THE POLICY OF

THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO

VIGOROUSLY ENFORCE FEDERAL

LAWS ROBUST PROTECTIONS

FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

IT ESSENTIALLY ORDERS THE

I.R.S. TO STOP ENFORCING

THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT,

WHICH FORBIDDEN CHURCHES

AND OTHER NON-PROFITS FROM

SUPPORTING AND ENDORSING

CANDIDATES.

AND IT PROTECTS THE

CONSCIENCE OF EMPLOYERS

WHO DON'T WANT TO PROVIDE

CONTRACEPTION AND

ABORTION-INDUCING DRUGS

UNDER INSURANCE PLANS THAT

OBAMACARE MANDATED.

EMPLOYERS LIKE THE LITTLE

SISTERS OF THE POOR WHO

SUED THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION.

President Trump: WE

ARE GIVING OUR CHURCHES

THEIR VOICES BACK.

Jennifer: MANY

EVANGELICAL LEADERS CALL

THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS AN

IMPORTANT FIRST STEP.

HOWEVER, THE ORDER IS

LIGHT ON DETAILS, FALLS

SHORT OF WHAT MANY HAD

HOPED FOR, AND SOME

LEADERS ADMIT THEY'RE

DISAPPOINTED.

THE ORDER LEAVES OUT

WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS FOR

AMERICANS WHO WISH TO

FOLLOW THEIR CONSCIENCE AT

WORK, LIKE A BAKER WHO HAS

A RELIGIOUS OBJECTION TO

MAKING A CAKE FOR A GAY

WEDDING.

AND IT FAILS TO MENTION

DISCRIMINATION AGAINST

PEOPLE OF FAITH IN THE

MILITARY.

I ENCOURAGE THE

ADMINISTRATION TO

IMMEDIATELY TAKE CONCRETE

STEPS TO ENSURE THAT

PEOPLE OF FAITH REMAIN

FREE TO LIVE OUT THEIR

FAITH, WRITES JAMES

LANGFORD.

AND THE ALLIANCE DEFENDING

FREEDOM WRITES, "WE

ENCOURAGE THE PRESIDENT TO

SEE HIS CAMPAIGN PROMISE

THROUGH TO COMPLETION."

BUT OTHER LEADERS SAY THE

ORDER COMBATS THE

HOSTILITY CHRISTIANS HAVE

BEEN FACING.

QUITE FRANKLY, I'M NOT

SURE THERE IS ENOUGH PAPER

IN WASHINGTON, D.C. TO

CONTAIN ALL OF THE ATTACKS

THAT WERE LAUNCHED ON

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM UNDER

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

George: THANKS,

JENNIFER.

> DAVID BRODY JOINS US

NOW FROM OUR BUREAU IN THE

NATION'S CAPITAL.

DAVID, SOME RELIGIOUS

LEADERS ARE SAYING THIS IS

A GOOD FIRST STEP.

BUT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE.

SO FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE,

WHAT WAS LACKING IN THIS

ORDER?

David: WELL, THERE

WERE A COUPLE OF THINGS.

FIRST OF ALL, THERE WAS AN

EXPECTATION THAT WILL

WOULD BE SOME LANGUAGE IN

THERE ABOUT MILITARY

CHAPLAINS BEING PROTECTED

AS RELATES TO FAITH

SPEECH.

THAT WASN'T IN THERE.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

SPECIFIC LANGUAGE THAT

WASN'T IN THERE.

IT COULD BE EVENTUALLY

DOWN THE ROAD, AND THERE

IS THAT ANGLE TO IT AS

WELL.

AND IT SEEMS LIKE THE

WHITE HOUSE HAS BASICALLY

PUNTED THE WHOLE LGBT

ISSUE.

THERE WAS NO LANGUAGE THAT

SAID PEOPLE OF FAITH WILL

NOT BE DISCRIMINATED

AGAINST, WHETHER IT BE IN

THE WORKPLACE OR IN OTHER

PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY,

AS WE HAVE SEEN TIME AND

TIME AROUND THIS COUNTRY.

George: DAVID, SPEAK

TO THAT VERY POINT.

WERE THEY FEARING A

BACKLASH FROM THE LGBT

COMMUNITY?

David: I DON'T THINK

IT TAKES A ROCKET

SCIENTIST TO FIGURE OUT

HOW MUCH WATER HAS TO BE

IN THE BOAT BEFORE IT

SINKS.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF COURT

ISSUES WITH THIS WHITE

HOUSE AS RELATES TO

EXECUTIVE ORDERS, AND WE

NOB ABOUKNOW ABOUT THE TRAVEL BAN

AND ALL OF THAT.

SO THERE WAS A SENSE THEY

DIDN'T WANT TO TAKE THAT

ON, AT LEAST FOR NOW.

BUT THERE WERE CERTAIN

THINGS IN THIS EXECUTIVE

ORDER THAT DO GIVE

EVANGELICALS HOPE FOR THE

FUTURE BECAUSE THE

ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND THE

H.H.S. -- THE HEAD OF THE

H.H.S., TOM PRICE -- COULD

ISSUE NOW RULES AND

GUIDELINES THAT WOULD HELP

PEOPLE OF FAITH.

George: DAVID, WHAT

CAN THE PRESIDENT DO MORE,

AND WILL HE DO IT?

David: WELL, WE'LL

SEE.

I THINK JENNIFER MADE A

REALLY GOOD POINT, THAT

THIS IS A FIRST STEP.

AND THAT'S WHAT MANY

EVANGELICAL LEADERS ARE

SAYING.

I JUST PUT UP A BLOG ON

"THE BRODY FILE" FILE, A

LITTLE NARCISSISTIC

PLUG -- THIS WAS THE FIRST

STEP.

BUT THE SECOND STEP IS

COMING FROM THE

ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

FROM H.H.S. -- IN OTHER

WORDS, THERE ARE A LOT OF

NEW GUIDELINES.

IF YOU NOTICE SOME OF THE

LANGUAGE, IT SAYS THE

ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S OFFICE

WILL ISSUE GUIDANCE AS IT

RELATES TO SOME OF THESE

POLICIES, OR AT LEAST

PROCEDURES.

SO WE'LL WAIT AND SEE WHAT

EXACTLY THAT IS.

BUT THERE IS A SENSE

WITHIN THE EVANGELICAL

COMMUNITY THAT SOME OF

THAT HEAVY-HITTING

LANGUAGE THAT WAS MISSING

IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER

WILL ACTUALLY COME UP IN

MANY OF THESE GUIDELINES.

George: DAVID, THERE

WAS ONE ISSUE DURING THE

CAMPAIGN THAT THE

PRESIDENT BROUGHT UP QUITE

OFTEN, AND THAT'S THE

SO-CALLED JOHNSON

AMENDMENT.

IT WAS NOT PART OF THIS

EXECUTIVE ORDER.

WHY?

David: WELL, RIGHT.

A COUPLE OF THINGS: FIRST

OF ALL, THE JOHNSON

AMENDMENT IS LAW.

IF IT IS A LAW, BACK TO

CIVICS CLASS, YOU'VE GOT

TO REPEAL IT, AND YOU'VE

GOT TO REPEAL IT THROUGH

CONGRESS.

NOW WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID

DO WAS BASICALLY BOLDLY

SAY THAT HE IS GOING TO

DIRECT THE I.R.S. TO IN

ESSENCE STAY AWAY FROM

PASTORS AND THE PULPIT,

AND SAY, HEY, LOOK, IF

THEY WANT TO HAVE SOME

POLITICAL SPEECH INSIDE

THEIR CHURCHES, KNOCK

YOURSELF OUT, YOU CAN DO

IT.

HE IS BASICALLY TELLING

THE I.R.S. TO STAY AWAY.

SO IT IS SOMEWHAT SYMBOLIC

VICTORY, BUT IT IS NOT A

REPEAL OF THE JOHNSON

AMENDMENT.

I THINK THAT IS A VERY

IMPORTANT POINT TO POINT

OUT.

George: OUR ONE AND

ONLY DAVID BRODY WHO HAS

THE BRODY FILE.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US

ON THE BROADCAST.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, SIR.

David: ALWAYS A

PLEASURE, GEORGE.

Wendy: AROUND THE

WORLD, COUNTLESS

CHRISTIANS ARE PERSECUTED

AND KILLED FOR THEIR FAITH

EVERY YEAR.

FRANKLIN GRAHAM IS HOSTING

THE FIRST EVER WORLD

SUMMIT IN DEFENSE OF

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS.

IT IS HAPPENING IN

WASHINGTON, D.C. MAY

10th THROUGH 13th.

IT WILL BRING TOGETHER

MORE THAN 600 PEOPLE FROM

130 COUNTRIES.

THE GOAL IS TO RAISE

GLOBAL AWARENESS AND SHOW

SOLIDARITY WITH PERSECUTED

CHRISTIANS.

George: ONE

PROGRAMMING NOTE,

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS"

WILL BE AT THE SUMMIT.

WE'LL HAVE DAILY COVERAGE,

INCLUDING INTERVIEWS WITH

GLOBAL CHURCH LEADERS, AS

WELL AS THE MAN WHO PUT IT

ALL TOGETHER, MR. FRANKLIN

GRAHAM.

AND WE'LL HAVE A SPECIAL

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS"

PROGRAM FROM THE SUMMIT.

SEE IT ALL AT OUR CBN NEWS

Facebook PAGE AT

cbnnews.com.

Wendy: COMING UP, THE

MIRACLE BABY WHO BEAT

CANCER, AND IT'S ALL

BECAUSE OF THE PRAYERS OF

HIS PARENTS AND ANOTHER

COUPLE THOUSANDS OF MILES

AWAY.

George: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS."

THE WORLD'S MOST POPULOUS

NATION IS FACING AN

ABANDONED BABY CRISIS.

MORE PARENTS IN CHINA ARE

WALKING AWAY FROM CHILDREN

BORN WITH PHYSICAL

DISABILITIES.

Wendy: IT IS SO SAD.

MUNG FE LI SHARES THE

STORY OF ONE CHINESE

COUPLE THAT SAVED A CHILD

AND CALLED ON GOD TO DO A

MIRACLE.

Reporter: FOR SEVEN

YEARS HE AND HIS WIFE

TRIED TO CONCEIVE A CHILD.

FINALLY IN 2011 THEY

DECIDED TO ADOPT AN

ABANDONED BABY.

THE CHRISTIAN COUPLE WAS

THRILLED WHEN THEY FOUND

THE PERFECT BABY AT A

LOCAL ORPHANAGE.

Through Translator:

AS SOON AS WE GOT THE

PHONE CALL, WE WERE SO

HAPPY.

MY WIFE AND I COULDN'T

WAIT TO SEE THIS BABY.

WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR

THIS DAY FOREVER.

Reporter: IN THE

MIDST OF THEIR HAPPINESS,

THEY RECEIVED

DISAPPOINTING NEWS: THE

BABY THAT THEY THOUGHT HAD

BEEN PERFECTLY AND

WONDERFULLY MADE WAS

FORMED WITH A SMALL TUMOR

IN HIS MOUTH, AND IT WAS

NOT ABLE TO EAT AND DRINK.

WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO

DO.

WE WANTED TO KEEP THE

BABY.

MEANWHILE, THE COST FOR

THE SURGERY WAS SO

EXPENSIVE.

WE WERE HEARTBROKEN.

WE LOST HOPE AND

DIRECTION.

THESE CHURCH MEMBERS

WENT THROUGH A TOUGH TIME.

THEY DIDN'T ASK FOR

ANYTHING EXCEPT FOR

PRAYERS AND GUIDANCE.

SO I INVITED ALL

CHRISTIANS TO PRAY FOR A

MIRACLE.

Reporter: HALF A

WORLD AWAY, AMERICANS

AUDREY AND ROB HEARD OF

THE CHINESE FAMILY'S

CHALLENGE.

A CHURCH MEMBER SHARED THE

STORY AND ASKED THEM TO

PRAY.

THE COUPLE REMAINED

FAITHFUL, BELIEVING GOD

WOULD ANSWER THEIR

PRAYERS.

Through Translator:

MY HUSBAND AND I ALWAYS

KNEW THE LORD CAN DO

MIRACLES.

JESUS ANSWERED PRAYERS

MANY TIME IN OUR LIFE, AND

WE BELIEVE THAT NOTHING IS

TOO DIFFICULT FOR THE

LORD.

Reporter: OTHER

CHRISTIANS ALSO PRAYED FOR

THE CHINESE COUPLE AND

THEIR BABY.

AS TIME WENT BY, ALTHOUGH

NOTHING CHANGED, THEY

STILL BELIEVED THAT GOD

COULD WORK A MIRACLE.

GOD'S FAVOR WILL SHOW

UP WHEN WE ARE DOWN TO

NOTHING.

JUST BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T

SEE A WAY, IT CERTAINLY

DIDN'T MEAN GOD WAS NOT

WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES.

I TOLD THE COUPLE TO

REMAIN FAITHFUL AND

PATIENT.

Reporter: AMAZINGLY,

ONE DAY THEY SAW THE BABY

JUST SPIT SOMETHING OUT OF

HIS MOUTH.

THEY GAVE IT A CLOSER LOOK

AND DISCOVERED THAT IT WAS

THE TUMOR THAT HAD BEEN

LODGED IN HIS MOUTH.

THE COUPLE WAS BROUGHT TO

TEARS.

Through Translator:

IT IS A MIRACLE.

ONLY JESUS CAN DO SUCH AN

UNTHINKABLE MIRACLE.

WHEN WE COME TOGETHER, WE

CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS.

Reporter: NOT ONLY

DID GOD GIVE AN ABANDONED

CHILD A NEW HOME, HE ALSO

PERFORMED A LIFE-SAVING

MIRACLE FOR THE ENTIRE

CHINESE FAMILY.

MUNG FE LI, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: HOW CUTE IS

THAT BABY?

LOVE THAT.

> THE BIBLE IS THE

BEST-SELLING BOOK

WORLDWIDE, WITH MORE THAN

FIVE BILLION COPIES

PRINTED.

IN TODAY'S DIGITAL WORLD,

MANY PEOPLE SPEND MORE

TIME READING Facebook

POSTS THAN THE BIBLE.

George: AND SOME

BIBLE-LOVERS ARE STAGING A

RARE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBIT

THAT STIRS INTEREST FOR

THIS HOLY BOOK.

LUCILLE TALUSAN HAS THIS

STORY FROM HONG KONG.

Reporter: THIS HONG

KONG CHURCH RECEIVED A

200-YEAR-OLD GIFT FROM

CHRISTIANS KEN AND BARBARA

LARSEN, A RARE TORAH

SCROLL.

THIS TOKEN WAS GIVEN IN

PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN

APPRECIATION FOR ALLOWING

THEIR MAIN VENUE FOR BEING

AN AREA FOR THE EXHIBIT,

AND EXHIBIT ABOUT THE

BIBE'S HISTORY AND ITS

PRESERVATION.

THE TORAH IS THE FIRST

FIVE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE.

MOSES IS CREDITED WITH

THE FIRST TORAH WRITTEN.

FROM THAT POINT UNTIL NOW,

THE SCRIBES IN JEWISH LIFE

WOULD COPY THE TORAH AND

MAKE A NEW ONE.

IT WAS METICULOUS.

THEY HAD TO MAKE SURE

THERE WERE NO MISTAKES, NO

ERRORS.

THE TORAH IS

FOUNDATIONAL FOR OUR

THEOLOGY, FOR OUR

UNDERSTANDING OF WHO GOD

IS, AND FOR THE PLAN OF

REDEMPTION THAT HE HAS

PLACED FOR ALL OF US.

Reporter: ONE OF THE

KEY FEATURES IN THE

EXHIBIT IS THIS

500-YEAR-OLD TORAH SCROLL.

IT WAS BURIED BY A

RABBI DURING THE TIME OF

HITLER, WHEN TORAHS WERE

BEING BURNED.

THIS SUMS UP EVERYTHING

ABOUT THIS EXHIBIT, THAT

GOD'S WORD IS INDESTRUCT IN

DESTRUCTABLE.

FORMER AGNOSTIC JOSH

MCDOWELL TRIED TO

DISAPPROVE THE BIBLE, BUT

HE BECAME A CHRISTIAN

AFTER HE DISCOVERED

EVIDENCE PROVING ITS

AUTHENTICITY.

TODAY HE IS A FOREMOST

APOLOGIST FOR THE

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

HE BELIEVES EXHIBITS LIKE

"INSPIRED," ARE NEEDED BY

THIS TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN

WORLD.

WE HAVE GOTTEN AWAY

FROM OUR HISTORY.

ONE OF THE THINGS THIS

EXHIBIT DOES IS GIVES

PEOPLE A SENSE OF WHY THEY

BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS TRUE.

WHEN YOU SEE THE

PRECAUTIONS THEY TOOK IN

COPYING IT, IT BUILDS UP

YOUR FAITH.

MILLENNIALS AND YOUNGER

ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING

SOLID.

THEY'RE LOOKING FOR

SOMETHING THEY CAN PUT

THEIR HANDS ON, PHYSICAL,

HISTORICAL EVIDENCE THAT

THE BIBLE IS TRUE.

Reporter: ISRAEL'S

CONSULE GENERAL FOR HONG

KONG TAKES PRIDE AT HOW

JEWS CONTRIBUTED TO THE

PRESERVATION AND SPREAD OF

THE OLD TESTAMENT.

YOU CAN SEE THE

EVIDENCE THAT THERE WERE

JEWS THAT WERE COMMUTING

ALONG THE ROAD, FROM THE

ANCIENT WORLD ALL THE WAY

TO CHINA, SETTLING DOWN IN

CHINA, BRINGING THE BIBLE

INTO CHINA.

Reporter: THE

"INSPIRED" EXHIBIT IS SET

TO TRAVEL TO OTHER NATIONS

IN THE FALL, IN HOPES OF

IINSTILLING IN PEOPLE'S

HEARTS A DEEPER

UNDERSTANDING OF THE BIBLE

AND ITS CORE MESSAGE OF

REDEMPTION.

LUCILLE TALUSAN, CBN NEWS,

HONG KONG.

Wendy: THANKS,

LUCILLE.

> UP NEXT, WE TALK TO A

MAN WHO IS BUILDING THE

NEWEST CHURCH IN THE

MIDDLE EAST.

YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHO IS

SUPPORTING IT

Wendy: MILLIONS OF

MUSLIMS AROUND THE WORLD

WILL PRAY AND FAST DURING

RAMADAN THIS MONTH, AND

MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS

WILL JOIN THEM.

IT'S CALLED "THE 30 DAYS

OF PRAYER FOR THE MUSLIM

WORLD."

AND IT COINCIDES WITH THE

MUSLIM HOLIDAY.

FROM MAY 26 TO

JUNE 26th, MILLIONS OF

BELIEVERS WILL PRAY THAT

MUSLIMS WILL DISCOVER

JESUS.

ORGANIZERS SAY IT IS ALL

ABOUT PRAYING FOR, NOT

AGAINST, MUSLIMS.

AND YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE

ABOUT THE 30 DAYS OF

PRAYER ON OUR WEBSITE, AT

cbnnews.com.

George: ONE OF THE

LARGEST ANGLICAN CHURCHES

IS BEING BUILT IN THE

HEART OF THE MIDDLE EAST.

SOON ALL SAINTS ANGLICAN

CHURCH WILL OPEN THE DOORS

TO ITS NEW FACILITY BEING

BUILT IN ABU DHABI.

THE NEW CHURCH BUILDING

WILL SEAT UP TO 4200

WORSHIPPERS.

THE ANGLICAN CHURCH'S

SENIOR CHAPLAIN IS

REVEREND ANDY THOMPSON.

EARLIER I SPOKE WITH HIM

VIA SKYPE FROM ABU DHABI.

George: A CHURCH

BEING BUILT IN AN

OVERWHELMING MUSLIM

NATION, REVEREND, HOW IS

THIS EVEN POSSIBLE?

ALL AROUND THIS

NEIGHBORING COUNTRY, THEY

ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR

HARD-LINE ISLAMIC

TRADITIONS.

IN SAUDI ARABIA THE CHURCH

HAS INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT

TIMES THERE.

BUT HERE WE ARE UNITED.

WE HAVE A TOLERANT

CLIMATE, WHERE THERE ARE

MANY CHURCHES HERE.

AND THE ALL SAINTS

CATHOLIC CHURCH WILL BE

BUILT.

George: MY

UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE

GOVERNMENT IS OPENLY

ENCOURAGING CHRISTIANS TO

PRACTICE THEIR FAITH,

RIGHT?

THE UNITED NATIONS ARAB

EMIRATES GOVERNMENT GIVES

LAND TO THE CHURCH.

THEY WELCOME US TO

GOVERNMENT INITIATED

INTERFACE DIALOGUE.

THEY COME ALONG TO SPECIAL

EVENTS.

IT IS GREAT TO HAVE SUCH A

CLOSE AND WORKING

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE

MUSLIM AUTHORITIES HERE AT

THE HIGHEST LEVEL.

George: YOU TALKED A

LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE

DIFFERENCE IN U.E..

BUT WHAT IS IT

SPECIFICALLY?

ARE THEY MORE TOLERANT?

THEY HAVE A LONG

HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL

TRADING.

THERE HAS BEEN A LONG

HISTORY OF TRADING WITH

INDIA AND WITH IRAN AND

IRAQ, WHERE THEY'VE MET

PEOPLE OF VERY DIFFERENT

RELIGIONS AND FAITHS OVER

THE COUNTRY.

SO THERE HAS BEEN A

LONG-ESTABLISHED CULTURE

WHERE TOLERANCE HAS BEEN

NECESSARY FOR SUCCESSFUL

TRADING.

BUT IN ADDITION TO THAT,

MOST OF THE IRAQI

LEADERSHIP HAVE LIVED IN

THE WEST, THEY'VE STUDIED

IN THE WEST.

AND THERE HAS ALSO BEEN A

VERY POSITIVE HISTORY OF

CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM

INTERACTION.

George: AS YOU

MENTIONED, THERE ARE MORE

THAN 40 CHURCHES OPERATING

IN THIS NATION?

IT IS 9% OF THE ENTIRE

POPULATION HERE.

IT IS JUST UNDER A MILLION

CHRISTIANS WHO LIVE, WORK,

AND WORSHIP IN THE UNITED

ARAB EMIRATES.

George: AND AN

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT

THIS NEW FACILITY IS THAT

THE DUBAI'S ROYAL FAMILY,

WHO I ASSUME ARE MUSLIM,

DONATED THE LAND FOR WHICH

YOU ARE BUILDING NOW YOUR

NEW FACILITY.

THAT CAME ABOUT A HIGH

LEVEL DELEGATION FROM THE

CHURCH OF ENGLAND.

AND WE WERE VERY PLEASED

TO RECEIVE THE GIFT OF

LAND.

George: WHO ARE THE

PEOPLE WHO COME TO YOUR

CHURCH, REVEREND?

WE HAVE KOREANS, WE

HAVE CHINESE, WE HAVE

PAKISTANIS.

WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF

INDIANS.

WE HAVE THE ETHIOPIAN

ORTHODOX COMMUNITY.

WE HAVE, IN EFFECT, PEOPLE

FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

THEY HAVE DIFFERENT

LANGUAGES, DIFFERENT

CHRISTIAN TRADITIONS.

ORTHODOX, EVANGELICAL,

ANGLICAN, BAPTIST.

WE ARE THE WORLDWIDE

CHURCH.

ALL CHURCHES IN THE SAME

SPACE.

George: ONE GROUP OF

PEOPLE THAT YOU HAVE NOT

MENTIONED IN THAT LIST,

REVEREND, ARE THE NATIVES

OF THE U.A.E.

ARE IMERRAC KEY IMER IMER IRAQIS LOUD TO

WORSHIP IN YOUR CHURCH?

YES.

WE DON'T SEE THEM COME

MUCH.

George: THANK YOU FOR

JOINING US ON THE SHOW

THIS WEEK.

Wendy: FINALLY THIS

WEEK, A VIRGINIA CHURCH

REACHED OUT TO FAMILIES IN

THEIR CITY WHO HAD FALLEN

BEHIND IN PAYING SCHOOL

LUNCH BILLS.

George: AT MY

COLLEAGUE MARK MARTIN

SHOWED US, THE CHURCH

DONATED THOUSANDS OF

DOLLARS TO GET FAMILIES

BACK ON TRACK IN TOUGH

TIMES.

TILES ARE TOUGH.

Mark: AND TO HELP IN

DIFFICULT TIMES, THIS

BAPTIST CHURCH IN

CHESAPEAKE, VIRGINIA,

WANTED TO GIVE FAMILIES IN

THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

A BOOST.

IT STARTED WITH A TWEET

THE OTHER DAY, MY WIFE ON

HER TWITTER LINE SAW

SOMEONE TWEET OUT THAT IT

WOULD BE A GOOD WAY OF

PAYING FORWARD

OPPORTUNITIES TO BLESS

OTHER PEOPLE BY PAYING THE

DELINQUENT LUNCH BILL OF

YOUNG PEOPLE IN SCHOOL.

Mark: BISHOP KIM

BROWN IS SENIOR PASTOR AT

THE CHURCH.

AT FIRST THEY THOUGHT THEY

WOULD PAY THE DELINQUENT

LUNCH BILL AT ONE SCHOOL,

BUT THEIR GENEROSITY

SNOWBALLED AND THEY

DONATED $4,800.

IT WILL HELP EVERY SCHOOL

IN THE CHESAPEAKE PUBLIC

SCHOOL DISTRICT.

IT WILL LITERALLY ZERO

OUT THE BALANCE OF EVERY

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT

AND EVERY MIDDLE SCHOOL

STUDENT IN THE CITY OF

CHESAPEAKE.

I HOPE THAT THERE IS A

SINGLE MOTHER OUT HERE,

THAT THIS IS ONE LESS

THING FOR HER TO WORRY

ABOUT.

A SINGLE FATHER, OR JUST A

FAMILY THAT IS DOWN ON

THEIR LUCK AND THEY CAN

SAY, HEY, MAN, GOD THOUGHT

ENOUGH OF ME TO BE ABLE TO

PUT IT INTO SOMEBODY'S

HEART TO TAKE CARE OF ONE

OF OUR OBLIGATIONS.

Mark: BROWN TOLD CBN

NEWS IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY

TO MODEL THE LOVE OF

CHRIST.

I THINK THE LORD HAS

ALWAYS PUT ON THE HEART OF

THE SAINTS HERE AT THIS

CHURCH TO BE

COMMUNITY-DRIVEN AND TO

DISPLAY THE LOVE OF CHRIST

OUTSIDE THE WALLS OF THE

CHURCH.

Mark: HE SAYS THE

BLESSINGS CONTINUE TO

UNFOLD.

TELLING CBN NEWS THAT ONE

CHURCH MEMBER PAID THE

LUNCH BILL FOR SOME

STUDENTS AT A SCHOOL IN

ANOTHER CITY.

AND A MAN IN ANOTHER PART

OF VIRGINIA DID THE SAME.

YOU'RE BLESSED TO BE A

BLESSING.

SO THE GREATEST MESSAGE IS

TO NEVER, EVER DISCOUNT

ANYONE ELSE'S SITUATION.

IF GOD IS PROSPERING YOU,

BLESSING YOU, MAKE SURE --

THE WORLD CALLS IT PAYING

FORWARD.

I THINK THE KINGDOM CALLS

IT THE LOVE OF CHRIST.

Mark: MARK MARTIN,

CBN NEWS, CHESAPEAKE,

VIRGINIA.

George: IT'S A GOOD

MESSAGE.

Wendy: YES.

George: THE LOVE OF

CHRIST.

> FOLKS, THAT IS IT FOR

THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

Wendy: UNTIL NEXT

WEEK, FROM ALL OF US HERE,

GOOD-BYE AND GOD BLESS

YOU.

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