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700 Club Interactive - May 15, 2017

Reuben Ebrahimoff explains why the book of Psalms evokes our spiritual craving and connects us to God today. Read Transcript


Gordon: FIRSTHAND

ACCOUNTS OF CHRISTIAN

PERSECUTION IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

THEY'VE WITNESSED THE

UNIMAGINABLE AND LOST

ALMOST EVERYTHING.

IN ROME DOWCAN ROMA DOWNEY'S NEW FILM

AWAKEN THE CHURCH TO

ACTION?

THAT STORY AND MORE ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION,

IT'S A SUBJECT WE COVER A

LOT AT CBN NEWS.

AND HOLLYWOOD IS STARTING

TO TAKE NOTICE.

PRODUCER ROMA DOWNEY WANTS

AMERICAN CHRISTIANS TO

KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING TO

THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS

IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

HER NEW FILM,

"FAITHKEEPERS," DOCUMENTS

A DOZEN FIRSTHAND ACCOUNTS

OF HOW CHRISTIANS ARE

BEING BRUTALLY KILLED,

TORTURED AND IMPRISONED

FOR THEIR FAITH IN THE

BIRTHPLACE OF

CHRISTIANITY.

TAKE A LOOK.

THE CURRENT STATUS OF

CHRISTIANS AND OTHER

NON-MUSLIM MINORITIES

THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST

IS THE WORST IT HAS BEEN

IN CENTURIES.

21 PEOPLE WERE KILLED

WHEN A POWERFUL BOMB

EXPLODED IN FRONT OF A

COPTIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH.

THEY ARE TARGETING

CHURCHES, TEMPLES, CULTURE

AND HISTORICAL SITES

SITES.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

I CONVERTED FROM ISLAM

TO CHRISTIANITY, AND I WAS

ARRESTED.

AND AFTER THAT, THEY GAVE

ME THE DEATH PENALTY.

I TOLD THE JUDGE, IF

LOVING AND WORSHIPPING

CHRIST IS A CRIME, I'M

GUILTY AS CHARGED.

THE CHRISTIANS OF IRAQ

AND SYRIA, WHO FLED ISIS,

NARROWLY ESCAPED A

GENOCIDAL CAMPAIGN OF MASS

MURDER, OF CRUCIFIXION,

AND OF BEHEADING.

NOW WE ARE HERE.

AND WE HAVE HERE 186

CARAVANS.

260 FAMILIES HERE.

WHAT IS TAKING PLACE IN

THE MIDDLE EAST,

PARTICULARLY IN IRAQ, IS

GENOCIDE.

THEY CALL THIS ETHNIC

CLEANSING.

THIS IS THE REAL WORD.

THE ADMINISTRATION IS

FAILING, THE CONGRESS IS

FAILING, AND, QUITE

FRANKLY, WITH ALL DUE

RESPECT, THE CHURCH IS

FAILING.

IN RESPONSE TO

PERSECUTION, I ALWAYS WANT

TO TELL PEOPLE TO PRAY.

STOP, PRAY.

BE BURDENED BY THE SYSTEM,

BUT GET INVOLVED IN THE

FIGHT AND HELP.

IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW

SMALL IS YOUR VOICE.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE,

EVEN IF YOU ARE JUST ONE

PERSON.

Gordon: I JUST GOT

BACK FROM A CONFERENCE IN

WASHINGTON, D.C. ON THE

PERSECUTED CHURCH.

AND THE NUMBER ONE THING

COMING OUT OF THAT

CONFERENCE, FROM THOSE WHO

ARE UNDERGOING THE

PERSECUTION, HORRIFIC

THINGS HAPPENING IN THE

MIDDLE EAST, IS A CRY,

PLEASE WAKE UP.

PLEASE WAKE UP.

CHURCH IN AMERICA, PLEASE

WAKE UP TO OUR PLIGHT,

WHAT IS CURRENTLY GOING

ON, AND HOW WE CAN GET

INVOLVED.

SO I ENCOURAGE YOU.

IF YOU WANT TO GET

INVOLVED, HOST A FREE

SCREENING OF

"FAITHKEEPERS" AT YOUR

CHURCH.

TO DO SO, GO TO

faithkeepers.Claireyon

proj

faithkeepers.Claireyonproj

ect.org.

.

AND ONCE YOU'VE GOTTEN

AWARE OF HOW DEEP AND HOW

SERIOUS THIS HORRIBLE

GENOCIDE IS, THEN WE NEED

TO TAKE ACTION.

WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION AS

A CHURCH AND DO WHAT WE

CAN TO AID THOSE WHO ARE

SUFFERING UNDER THIS KIND

OF PERSECUTION.

AND WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION

AS A NATION.

AND WHILE WE'RE ON THIS

SUBJECT OF CHRISTIAN

PERSECUTION, THE CHRISTIAN

GOVERNOR OF JAKARTA,

INDONESIA, IS BEING JAILED

FOR HIS FAITH.

LAST WEEK AN INDONESIAN

COURT SENTENCED GOVERNOR

BASUKI TJAHAJA PURNAMA TO

TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR

SUPPOSEDLY BLA BLAS BLASPHEMYING

THE QURAN.

HE SAID THEY WERE WRONG IF

A SPECIFIC VERSE IN THE

QURAN FORBIDS MUSLIMS FROM

VOTING FOR A NON-MUSLIM,

AND THAT STATEMENT WAS

CONSIDERED BLASPHEMY, AND

HE ENDED UP TWO YEARS IN

JAIL, AND ON TOP OF ALL OF

THAT, HE LOST THE

ELECTION.

SO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO

TELL ME THAT ISLAM IS SOME

KIND OF RELIGION OF PEACE,

AND SOMEHOW YOU CAN HAVE A

DEMOCRACY UNDER IT -- THEY

JUST DON'T RECOGNIZE

FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

THEY DON'T RECOGNIZE

FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

HE IS GOING TO JAIL FOR

TWO YEARS.

THE CASE IS ON APPEAL.

WE'LL SEE WHAT THE SUPREME

COURT OF INDONESIA HAS TO

SAY ABOUT THIS ONE, BUT I

THOUGHT THAT THEY WOULDN'T

PUT HIM IN JAIL.

BUT HERE THEY ARE.

AND LET'S RECOGNIZE WHAT

IT MEANS TO BE UNDER

SHAR'IA LAW, AND WHAT IT

MEANS AS CHRISTIANS.

HOW DO WE STAND WITH OUR

BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN

THE FAITH IN THE MIDDLE OF

THIS KIND OF PERSECUTION.

> AT A CONFERENCE ON

JERUSALEM THAT TOOK PLACE

IN ISTANBUL, TURKISH

PRESIDENT ERDOGAN URGED

MORE MUSLIMS TO VISIT THE

TEMPLE MOUNT.

HE SAID ABOUT 600,000

AMERICANS, 400,000

RUSSIANS, 300,000 FRENCH

CITIZENS VISITED JERUSALEM

IN 2015, AND ONLY 26,000

TURKS.

HE BELIEVES HUNDREDS OF

THOUSANDS OF MUSLIMS

SHOULD BE MAKING THE TRIP.

HE ALSO SLAMMED ISRAEL'S

POLICY TOWARDS THE

PALESTINIAN WEST BANK,

CALLING IT RACIST,

DISCRIMINATORY, AND CREM

REMINISCENT OF APARTHEID

IN SOUTH AFRICA.

THE JERUSALEM MAYOR

BARCOTT INVADEED THE

PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT TO

VISIT THE CITY.

HE SAID IT IS SURPRISING

THAT ERDOGAN WANTS TO

PREACH TO US ABOUT HOW TO

MANAGE OUR CITY.

AS WE CELEBRATE 50 YEARS

OF REUNITED JERUSALEM, I

INVITE HIM TO VISIT OUR

CITY AND TO BE AMAZED BY

THE REALITY ON THE GROUND,

A REALITY THAT HAS CHANGED

ONLY FOR THE BETTER SINCE

THE TURKS RULED HERE.

WHAT IS GOING ON HERE IS

ERDOGAN WANTS TO

REESTABLISH THE OTTOMAN

EMPIRE.

JUST LOOK AT THIS WORD,

"NOKBAH," WHICH MEANS

CATASTROPHE IN ARABIC.

HOW IT FIRST CAME INTO

USAGE IS THERE WAS A

NOKBAH YEAR, AND THAT'S

WHEN THE GREAT POWERS

DECIDED TO DIVIDE THE

LEVANT INTO IRAQ AND SYRIA

AND JORDAN AND LEBANON AND

FINALLY ISRAEL.

ALL OF THOSE DIVISIONS

HAPPENED IN 1920.

AND THEN NOKBAH BECAME THE

ISRAELI INDEPENDENT STATE

IN 1948.

ERDOGAN WANTS TO ERASE ALL

OF THAT.

HE WANTS TO SAY THAT THE

OTTOMAN EMPIRE NEEDS TO BE

REESTABLISHED, AND HE IS

CALLING FOR MORE MUSLIM

PILGRIMS TO THE TEMPLE

MOUNT.

THERE IS A REASON THERE IS

SUCH A LOW PERCENTAGE OF

MUSLIM PILGRIMS, AND THAT

IS, THERE IS NO REAL

HISTORICAL TIE FROM

JERUSALEM TO THE ISLAMIC

FAITH.

IT WASN'T UNTIL 1300

A.D.THAT THEY STARTED

RECOGNIZING ONE OF THE

MOSQUES ON THE TEMPLE

MOUNT AS THE PLACE WHERE

SUPPOSEDLY MUHAMMAD

WENT.

SO WE NEED TO KNOW THE

ACCURATE HISTORY, AND

THERE IS A WAY TO KNOW THE

ACCURATE HISTORY OF

JERUSALEM, AND HOW

JERUSALEM BECAME UNIFIED.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO TO

OUR MOVIE -- CBN IS

RELEASING MOVIE, "IN OUR

HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR

JERUSALEM."

JUST GO TO OUR WEBSITE

inourhands1967.com,andthenAND

THEN TYPE IN YOUR ZIP

CODE, AND WE'RE AT A

THEATER NEAR YOU.

IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND

TODAY'S HEADLINES, WHAT IT

REALLY MEANS IN THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY, WHY

JERUSALEM IS SUCH A TOPIC

OF CONVERSATION AT THE

U.N., YOU NEED TO KNOW

THIS HISTORY.

AND IN AN HOUR AND 41

MINUTES, IT WILL GIVE YOU

THE ACCURATE HISTORY OF

WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE

SIX-DAY WAR, HOW ISRAEL

WON A BATTLE AGAINST ALL

ODDS AND DEFEATED FOUR

DIFFERENT ARAB ARMIES:

IRAQ, SYRIA, JORDAN, AND

EGYPT.

AND IN THAT STUNNING

VICTORY REUNITED JERUSALEM

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE

TITUS IN A.D.70, AND

JERUSALEM IS UNDER JEWISH

CONTROL.

IT IS NO LONGER TRODDEN

UNDER THE FOOT OF THE

GENTILES.

IT IS A FULFILLMENT OF

PROPHECY.

YOU CAN SEE THIS WONDERFUL

STORY ON MAY 23rd.

SO GO TO THE WEBSITE

inourhands1967.com.

STILL AHEAD, A JEWISH

BUSINESSMAN TAKES A

JOURNEY INSIDE THE BOOK OF

PSALMS, AND REVEALS HOW

ITS WORDS CAN HELP US

COMMUNICATE WITH GOD.

STAY WITH US.

Gordon: OUR NEXT SAYS

FOR CENTURIES, PEOPLE HAVE

USED THE BOOK OF PSALMS TO

PEESPEAK TO GOD, AND HE

BELIEVES YOU CAN, TOO.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: WHEN REUBEN

BEGAN SPEAKING IN A

SYNAGOGUE ABOUT BIBLICAL

PROPHETS, HE REALIZED MANY

PEOPLE KNEW LITTLE OR

NOTHING ABOUT HIM.

AUDIENCES LOVED HIS

INSIGHTS, SO HE SHARED HIS

INTERPRETATIONS WITH OVER

100 SYNAGOGUES ALL OVER

THE WORLD.

IN HIS BOOK, "FROM YOUR

LIPS TO GOD'S EARS,"

REUBEN OFFERS HIS 10-STEP

GOD TO UNDERSTANDING THE

PSALMS, FOR JEWISH AND

NON-JEWISH HOMES.

Gordon: REUBEN JOINS

US NOW.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

IT IS GREAT HAVING YOU.

I WAS INTRODUCED TO YOU,

AND IT WAS THE MOST

UNUSUAL INTRODUCTION I'VE

EVER HAD.

YOU WERE INTRODUCED TO ME

AS THE WORLD'S FOREMOST

EXPERT ON THE PSALMS.

IT TOOK YOU 10 YEARS TO DO

THIS BOOK, "FROM YOUR LIPS

TO GOD'S EARS" -- WHY SO

LONG?

THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS I'M

A BUSINESSMAN DURING THE

DAY.

AND THIS IS MY HOBBY, THAT

TOOK ON GREAT SIGNIFICANCE

IN MY LIFE AND OTHER

PEOPLE'S LIVES.

AND I RESEARCHED FOR 10

YEARS.

I TOOK MY TIME, BUT WE

HAVE A WONDERFUL,

WONDERFUL BOOK TO SHOW

EVERYONE, THAT THEY CAN

ACCESS INFORMATION IN AN

EASY WAY NOW.

Gordon: WELL, I HAVE

BEEN READING THE PSALMS MY

WHOLE LIFE, BUT NOT

SERIOUSLY UNTIL I GOT

SPURGEON'S TREASURY OF

DAVID, AND IT REALLY

UNLOCKED A LOT OF THINGS.

AND THEN I'VE GOT ART

SCROLL'S VERSION, TWO

VIEWMTION OVOLUMES OF THE PSALMS.

I GOT THAT ABOUT 10 YEARS

AGO, I THINK IT CAME OUT.

THAT UNLOCKED FOR ME THE

USE OF THE PSALMS IN THE

SEASONS OF THE YEAR.

AND THEN YOUR BOOK COMES

ALONG, AND WHAT I THOUGHT

WAS IMPOSSIBLE, THAT WE

WOULD NEVER KNOW THE

INSTRUMENTS AND THE

MEANINGS OF SPECIFIC

THINGS THAT WERE LOST IN

THE CENTURIES, AND YOU'VE

UNLOCKED THAT.

SO CONGRATULATIONS.

IT IS A WONDERFUL,

WONDERFUL BOOKMENT.

THANBOOK.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND TO THE POINT OF MY

BEING AN AUTHORITY ON THE

SUBJECT, I GREW INTO THAT.

WHEN THAT STATEMENT WAS

MADE, SINCE THEN I'VE

LEARNED A LOT MORE, AND I

SPEAK AND TEACH.

SO IT IS WONDERFUL.

AND I'LL BE ABLE TO TELL

YOU THAT GROWING UP, I'M A

VERY VISUAL PERSON AND

THAT LOOKING AT ART SCROLL

AND MO WINKLE AND OTHER

PEOPLE, THAT IT'S TEXTURAL

WORK.

AND TODAY WE CAN BENEFIT

FROM VISUALS.

AND WE CAN LOOK AT

BIBLICAL ANTIQUITIES.

WE CAN LOOK AT REPLICAS OF

THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.

SO WHAT I DID IS I TOOK

SOMETHING FROM BEING FLAT

TO THE EYE TO NOW BEING

SOMETHING WHERE PEOPLE CAN

VISUALIZE THE TEMPLE

SERVICE, WITH THE LEVITES

SINGING AND PLAYING

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.

Gordon: AND YOU GIVE

PICTURES IN THE BOOK, SO

AS YOU READ THE PSALM, YOU

GET THE INSTRUMENTS THAT

NEED TO GO ALONG WITH IT.

YOU GIVE THE HISTORY OF

THAT AND THEN THE

ARCHEOLOGY OF IT TO BACK

IT ALL UP, THAT THIS IS

REAL.

AGAIN, WHAT I THOUGHT WAS

GOING TO BE FOREVER HIDDEN

HAS NOW BEEN REVEALED, AND

IT IS WONDERFUL TO SEE.

CONGRATULATIONS.

THANK YOU.

Gordon: TELL US

ABOUT -- I THINK

PARTICULARLY CHRISTIANS

DON'T UNDERSTAND THE CYCLE

OF THE PSALMS AND HOW THE

PSALMS ARE BOTH USED IN

THE FESTIVALS AND THEN IN

THE VARIOUS SEASONS OF

LIFE.

UH-HUH.

WELL, JUST TO START OFF,

YOU HAVE ONE OF THE PSALMS

IS THE SONG "MIS MOR SHEAR

LIONG."

AND IT WAS PLAYED ON THE

SABBATH, AND THE ITEMIZES

THE INSTRUMENTS.

SO WHEN YOU READ IT NOW,

YOU BEGIN TO FEEL THE

EXCITEMENT THAT PEOPLE

WOULD HAVE.

NOT JUST SITTING, BUT

STANDING AND SINGING AND

LISTENING TO MUSIC.

SO THAT WAS

TRANSFORMATIVE, AS FAR AS

THEIR CONNECTIVITY TO GOD.

SO THAT IS SOMETHING THAT

I TRY TO BRING TO PEOPLE

IN THE BOOK, THAT IT HAS

EASILY ACCESSIBLE

INFORMATION.

IF I MAY, THERE ARE 10

INTRODUCTIONS.

AND ONE WAS THE CONDUCTOR,

AND I IDENTIFIED WHO HE

WAS.

AND THEN GOES INTO WHETHER

IT WAS SUNG, AND TO BE

ACAPPELLA OR A CHOIR OR

INSTRUMENT INSTRUMENTS, IN

A QUARTET OR A FULL

ORCHESTRA.

AND THERE ARE MANY PHRASES

THEY HAVE IN THAT

INTRODUCTORY LINE.

AND I WENT OUT OF MY WAY

TO GIVE EXPLANATIONS OF

THOSE OBSCURE PHRASES THAT

YOU HAVE IN THE BOOK OF

PSALMS.

SO SOMEBODY WHO WILL TAKE

THE TIME TO LOOK AT ONE

CHAPTER AT A TIME WILL

BEGIN TO COMPREHEND THE

HISTORICAL SETTING, THE

PEOPLE THAT B WERE INVOLVED

AND HOW THAT LED THEM TO

FEEL.

IT WAS A CONNECTION TO

GOD.

IT WASN'T ABOUT WHAT THEY

DID; IT WAS HOW THEY FELT.

Gordon: I LOVE THAT.

IT IS NOT AN ACADEMIC

EXERCISE.

IT IS DESIGNED TO ENABLE

YOU TO JOIN IN IN THE

WORSHIP, IN THE WORSHIP OF

KING DAVID.

I'LL PICK ONE OF THE WORDS

THAT SCHOLARS HAVE DEBATED

ABOUT FOUR CENTURIES.

"SELAH."

YES.

FIRST OF ALL, IN

RESEARCHING 60 BOOKS,

GORDON, NO ONE COMMENTARY,

WHETHER IT BE THE

RABBINICAL COMMENTATOR OR

TODAY'S COMMENTS COMMENTATORS

TODAY, THEY DON'T ALL

AGREE.

ONE OF THE EXPLANATIONS IS

THAT IT WAS A MUSICAL

INSTRUCTION, AND THAT THE

LEVITICAL ORCHESTRA -- IT

WOULD GO LIKE THIS,.

* AHH MAY SELA STOP

AND LIKE KING DAVID

WOULD SAY, GOD IS MY

SHIELD, GOD IS MY ROCK.

HE CONNECTED TO GOD THAT

STRENGTH, AND THAT HE

WOULD RELATE TO GOD IN

THAT WAY.

SO YOU HAVE TWO DIFFERENT

OPINIONS.

IF I HAD TO PICK ONE, I

WOULD PICK THAT IT WAS

PART OF A MUSICAL

INSTRUCTION TO REMIND US

THAT WHAT THE WORD PSALMS

MEANT IS SONGS THAT WERE

ACCOMPANIED BY MUSIC.

Gordon: AND I'VE

HEARD AN EXPLANATION THAT

IT IS ALSO A MUSICAL

PAUSE, THAT IT IS A KEY

FOR THE ORCHESTRA TO PLAY

WHILE THE INDIVIDUAL

SINGER MEDITATES ON THE

PREVIOUS VERSE AND ALLOWS

THAT VERSE TO PENETRATE

DEEP INTO THEIR SOUL.

BEAUTIFUL.

I AM AWARE THAT THE

CONDUCTOR WOULD HAVE THE

CYMBOLS, AND HE WOULD CLAM

THEM TOGETHER AT THE

BEGINNING.

AND THAT WOULD SET THE

TONE OF WHAT KEY THEY

WOULD SING.

THAT DEEPENS MY

UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT YOU

JUST TAUGHT ME.

Gordon: I ENCOURAGE

YOU TO GET THE BOOK, "FROM

YOUR LIPS TO GOD'S EARS."

AND IF YOU WANT A DEEPER

APPRECIATION OF PSALMS,

AND UNDERSTAND THAT THESE

ARE THE PRAYERS OF THE

JEWISH PEOPLE, THESE ARE

THE PRAYERS OF KING DAVID,

AND WHEN YOU START PRAYING

ALONG WITH THEIR PRAYERS,

IT WILL INFORM YOUR PRAYER

LIFE.

IT IS AVAILABLE

EXCLUSIVELY AT REUBEN'S

WEBSITE AT FROM

Gordon: IN OUR

NATION'S CAPITAL, A CHURCH

BUILT BACK IN THE 1800s

HAS BECOME AN EYE SORE.

FOR YEARS IT SAT VACANT,

ABANDONED, AND FORGOTTEN.

NOW THAT CHURCH HAS BEEN

TRANSFORMED INTO A WORK OF

ART.

CBN'S BEN KENNEDY BRINGS

US THE STORY.

Reporter: IT'S ONE

BUILDING THAT IS HARD TO

MISS.

YOU CAN SEE IT FROM,

YOU KNOW, 395, FROM THE

HIGHWAY.

THAT HIGHWAY SEES 175,000

CARS A DAY.

Reporter: ODDS ARE

THAT DRIVEBY AUDIENCE WILL

LEAD TO A NEW ATTENTION

FOR THIS FORMER CHURCH'S

NEW LIFE AS A TRUE WORK OF

ART, A HIDDEN GEM IN THE

HEART OF WASHINGTON, D.C.

THE ABILITY TO REVIVE

THAT AND STILL KEEP THE

SAME SCENES OF A CHURCH,

WHICH IS REALLY A

COMMUNITY CENTER --

Reporter: BUILT IN

1886, FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST

CHURCH OUTGREW THE CHAPEL,

PUT UP THE PROPERTY FOR

SALE, AND MOVED TO A NEW

BUILDING JUST DOWN THE

STREET.

FOR YEARS IT REMAINED

VACANT, THAT IS UNTIL 2012

WHEN AN IDEA BLOSSOMED.

THESE ARE CHERRY

BLOSSOMS, RIGHT?

THESE ARE CHERRY

BLOSSOMS, AND WE ARE

INSIDE.

Reporter: ALLOWING IT

TO TRANSFORM INTO A SPACE

FOR THE ARTS AND CULTURE

COMMUNITY.

TO PUT THINGS INTO

PERSPECTIVE, TAKE A LOOK.

THIS IS WHERE THE

CONGREGATION USED TO SIT.

IMAGINE SOME ROWS OF PEWS

AND THE PASTOR UP FRONT,

AND IT IS NOW A VERY LARGE

SPACE FOR ACTIVITIES.

EVEN THE PIANO HAS BEEN

FINE-TUNED INTO MODERN

ART.

WE CAUGHT UP WITH

ATLANTA-BASED ARTIST ALEX

BURER WHO SPENT NEARLY A

MONTH JUST PAINTING THE

OUTSIDE OF 700 DELAWARE

AVENUE SOUTHWEST.

Reporter: WAS IT A

CHALLENGE TO PAINT

SOMETHING THIS LARGE, A

CHURCH?

YEAH.

BECAUSE IT WAS A THREE

DIMENSIONAL PIECE OF

ARCHITECTURE, I WANTED TO

GIVE IT A SCULPTORAL FEEL.

THERE WASN'T AN AREA

THAT WASN'T TOUCHED WITH

PAINT OR SOME KIND OF

CREATIVE CONTENT OR

CHARACTER.

AGAIN, THAT IS SOMETHING

THAT NO OTHER SPACE CAN

REALLY OFFER.

Reporter: AND THAT

CREATIVITY ATTRACTS

TOURISTS INSIDE TO TAKE A

CLOSER LOOK.

YOU'RE JUST VISITING

OR --

YES.

OKAY.

Reporter: FOR 131

YEARS, PEOPLE HAVE BEEN

WALKING INSIDE THIS CHURCH

TO PRAY, WORSHIP, AND NOW

CAN STILL APPRECIATE

CREATION.

TO BE ABLE TO SHARE

THAT STORY OF NOT JUST

WHAT WE'VE DONE BUT WHAT

THE CHURCH CONGREGATION

BEFORE US HAS DONE.

Reporter: BEN

KENNEDY, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Gordon: THAT'S AN

UNUSUAL WAY TO TAKE CARE

OF A WONDERFUL LANDMARK.

> WELL, CLEAN WATER,

MOST OF US TAKE IT FOR

GRANTED.

BUT IN MANY PARTS OF THE

WORLD, PEOPLE ARE FORCED

TO DRINK CONTAMINATED

WATER OR DIE.

ACHIA WAS ONE OF THOSE

PEOPLE.

A WIDOW WHO BECAME SO SICK

DRINKING DIRTY WATER THAT

SHE WOULDN'T EVEN CARE FOR

HER YOUNG SON.

Reporter: EVERY

MORNING ACHIA WALKED UNDER

A HUGE FIG TREE JUST

OUTSIDE OF HER HOUSE ON

HER WAY TO FETCH WATER.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator:

AFTER MY HUSBAND DIED, I

WAS LEFT TO CARE FOR MY

BOYS BY MYSELF.

THEY ARE STILL TOO YOUNG

TO CARRY WATER.

SO EACH DAY IS A STRUGGLE.

I DO EVERYTHING ALONE.

Reporter: WHEN I MET

ACHIA, SHE TOLD ME HOW

HARD SHE WORKED TAKING

CARE OF HER FAMILY, FROM

CHOPPING AND CARRYING WOOD

TO HARVESTING GRASS TO

MAKE THATCH ROOFS OR SELL

IN THE MARKET.

SHE WORKS TIRELESSLY DAY

IN AND DAY OUT.

I BOUGHT SEEDS,

BELIEVING THAT THE RAIN

WOULD COME.

I LOVE GARDENING, BUT THE

SUN BURNED MY CROPS.

Reporter: IN TIMES OF

DROUGHT, SHALLOW WELLS

LIKE THESE DRY UP.

MANY PEOPLE GET SICK FROM

DISEASES LIKE TI TYPHOID FROM

CONTAMINATING WATER.

ACHIA WAS ONE OF THEM.

SOMETIMES I HAVE TO LIE

DOWN FOR DAYS, WAITING FOR

THE PAIN TO GO AWAY.

BUT WHEN I SEE MY CHILDREN

HUNGRY AND THIRSTY, I

FORCE MYSELF TO GET UP.

Reporter: BUT ON ONE

OCCASION ACH ACHIA COULDN'T

GET UP.

I WAS TOO WEAK TO COOK

FOR THE CHILDREN, AND ALL

WENT TO BED HUNGRY.

Reporter: THAN A

MINISTER SUPPORTED BY CBN

ARRIVED WITH TRUCKS AND

STARTED DRILLING.

SOON THEY HIT CRYSTAL

CLEAR WATER, AND A TAP WAS

INSTALLED RIGHT OUT OF HER

HOUSE.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT

THE TAP WAS RIGHT THERE.

I FEEL LIKE JUMPING UP AND

PRAISING GOD.

I NEVER HAVE TO WALK LONG

DISTANCES FOR WATER AGAIN.

Reporter: THE WELL

WAS TOO DEEP TO PUMP WATER

BY HAND, SO WE INSTALLED

SOLAR PANELS.

THE WELL IS SO DEEP, IT

SHOULD NEVER RUN DRY.

THOSE DISEASES CANNOT

ATTACK US ANYMORE.

MY BOYS CAN FINALLY ENJOY

SAFE, CLEAN WATER, RIGHT

BY OUR HOUSE.

WE CAN BE CLEAN AND EVEN

WASH.

Reporter: ACHIA

IMMEDIATELY STARTED

FEELING MUCH BETTER.

AND WITH THE WATER SO

CLOSE BY, HER GARDEN

BLOSSOMED.

I FORGOT ABOUT MY

BURNED CROPS AND TRIED

AGAIN.

WITH WATER THIS CLOSE, WE

CAN DO ANYTHING.

WE NO LONGER HAVE TO BUY

VEGETABLES.

WE GROW THEM OURSELVES.

GOD SENT YOU TO ANSWER OUR

PRAYERS.

YOU RESCUED US.

THANK YOU, CBN.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Gordon: YOU RESCUED

US.

THANK YOU, MAY GOD BLESS

YOU ALL.

IF YOU'RE A MEMBER OF "THE

700 CLUB," THANK YOU.

YOU'RE PART OF THAT, AND

YOU'RE PART OF THAT

BLESSING FROM THAT

WONDERFUL WOMAN.

JUST IMAGINE NOT HAVING

FRESH DRINKING WATER.

WE TAKE IT FOR GRANTED IN

AMERICA.

WE JUST GO TO THE TAP AND

TURN A HANDLE, AND WE HAVE

FRESH DRINKING WATER.

WE KNOW THAT WATER WILL

NOT HURT US.

IT IS GOING TO BE CLEAN,

AND IT'S GOING TO GIVE US

LIFE.

AND IMAGINE BEING IN A

SITUATION WHERE YOU DON'T

HAVE THAT.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT

YOU AND I CAN DO SOMETHING

ABOUT IT.

WE CAN JOIN TOGETHER, FIND

THOSE PLACES AROUND THE

EARTH WHERE PEOPLE DON'T

HAVE ACCESS TO FRESH

WATER, GO TO THEM AND SAY,

HOW CAN WE HELP?

HOW CAN WE PROVIDE FRESH

DRINKING WATER FOR YOU IN

A WAY THAT WILL BLESS YOU,

IT WILL BLESS THE WHOLE

VILLAGE, IT WILL BLESS

GENERATIONS.

IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART

OF IT, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO

IS JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

YOU CALL A NUMBER:

1-800-700-7000.

SAY, YES, I WANT TO BE A

PART OF IT.

I WANT TO BE A PART OF

EVERYTHING YOU'RE DOING

AROUND THE WORLD.

WHEN YOU CALL AND JOIN, I

WANT YOU TO HAVE THIS.

IT'S CALLED "MIRACLES,"

AND IT IS WONDERFUL

STORIES OF HOW GOD IS

STILL WORKING MIRACLES

TODAY.

IT IS YOURS WHEN YOU JOIN.

> HERE IS A WORD FROM

PSALMS: "BE STILL AND KNOW

THAT I AM GOD.

I WILL BE EXALTED AMONG

THE NATIONS.

I WILL BE EXALTED IN THE

EARTH."

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