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Christian World News - June 16, 2017

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George: THIS WEEK ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

MOMENTS AFTER HER SON WAS

BORN, HE WAS TAKEN AWAY.

BUT DECADES OF SEARCHING

AND PRAYING FINALLY PAID

OFF.

SEE THE AMAZING MOTHER AND

CHILD REUNION THAT WAS 50

YEARS IN THE MAKING.

> PLUS...THE CHURCH

PLAYS MATCH-MAKER, HOW

CHINESE PASTORS ARE

HELPING SINGLES FIND THEIR

MATE.

> AND SPIRITUAL REVIVAL

THAT SWEPT THE GLOBE, AND

HOW THE PRAYERS OF A

19th CENTURY NUN HELPED

MAKE IT HAPPEN.

*

George: HELLO,

EVERYONE.

WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

MY COLLEAGUE, WENDY

GRIFFITH, IS ON VACATION.

> A MOTHER IS REUNITED

WITH HER SON NEARLY 50

YEARS AFTER LOSING HIM.

HER CHILD WAS TAKEN DURING

THE VIETNAM WAR, BUT SHE

NEVER GAVE UP HOPE OF

SEEING HIM AGAIN.

CHARLENE AARON SHOWS US

HOW DECADES OF PERSISTENT

PRAYER FINALLY PAID OFF.

Charlene: AT TWO

YEARS OLD, KIRK WAS

ADOPTED FROM AN ORPHANAGE

IN VIETNAM.

AFTER GROWING UP IN

AMERICA, RAISED BY

CHRISTIAN PARENTS, THE

47-YEAR-OLD NEVER IMAGINED

MEETING HIS BIOLOGICAL

MOTHER.

I'VE GROWN UP, EVER

SINCE I WAS OLD NERVE TO ENOUGH TO

KNOW THAT I WAS ADOPTED

THAT MY PARENTS PERISHED

IN THE VIETNAM WAR.

Charlene: BUT THAT'S

NOT WHAT HAPPENED.

I CAN'T IMAGINE HOW

LONG THIS TRIP HAS BEEN

FOR HER.

Charlene: THIS

AMAZING TURNAROUND BEGAN

WEEKS AFTER HE RECEIVED AN

E-MAIL FROM A WOMAN URGING

HIM TO GIVE HER A CALL.

HELLO.

HELLO.

I'M RETURNING A CALL TO

THIS NUMBER.

I AM LOOKING FOR HIM,

AND I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR

HIM FOR A LONG TIME, AND I

BELIEVE YOU ARE MY SON.

Charlene: FAST

FORWARD TO JUNE 6, 2017,

WHEN CBN NEWS DOCUMENTED

THE LONG-AWAITED MOMENT

FOR HE AND HIS BIRTH

MOTHER, NIBBLET.

SHE AND HER HUSBAND DROVE

FROM SAN ANTONIO TO

VIRGINIA BEACH FOR THE

EMOTIONAL REUNION.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, GOD.

THANK YOU, JESUS.

Charlene: NI NIBBLET

BECAME PREGNANT AT JUST 17

DURING THE VIETNAM WAR.

WHEN HER FATHER LEARNED OF

THE PREGNANCY, HE BECAME

ANGRY BECAUSE SHE WASN'T

MARRIED, PLUS THE FATHER

WAS AN AMERICAN SOLDIER.

SHE TOLD US WHAT HER

FATHER DID THE DAY HER SON

WAS BORN.

HE TOOK THE BABY, RIGHT

AFTER I HAD HIM.

I KNEW IT WAS A BOY.

I KNOW IT WAS A BOY.

Charlene: AND NIBBLET

ALSO SUFFERED PHYSICAL

ABUSE FOR REFUSING TO GO

ALONG WITH THE HASTELY

ARRANGED MARRIAGE.

HIS BIOLOGICAL FATHER

TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER

MILITARY BASE AND NEVER

KNEW ABOUT THE PREGNANCY.

THE TWO EVENTUALLY LOST

CONTACT.

NIBBLET CAME TO THE U.S.

IN 1971 AND NEVER STOPPED

PRAYING THAT SHE WOULD ONE

DAY FIND HER SON.

AFTER MANY

DISAPPOINTMENTS, SHE

TURNED TO THE INTERNET AND

FAMILY TREE D.N.A. JUST

TWO YEARS AGO.

MEANWHILE, HE HAD

HESITATED TO LOOK,

ALTHOUGH HE HAD ALWAYS

WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT

HIS BIRTH FAMILY.

FINALLY HE DECIDED TO TAKE

A CHANCE AND JUST DAYS

AFTER GOING TO THE SAME

WEBSITE WAS NOTIFIED ABOUT

A POSSIBLE MATCH.

IT SAID PARENT-CHILD

MATCH.

I KIND OF SHOOK MY HEAD

AND THOUGHT, THERE IS A

MISTAKE.

Charlene: THAT

UNLIKELIHOOD TURNED OUT TO

BE THE ANSWER TO HIS

MOTHER'S UNWAVERING

PRAYERS.

I JUST KNEW THAT IT WAS

MY SON.

BECAUSE I'D BEEN PRAYING.

Charlene: DAYS AFTER

CONNECTING WITH HIS MOM,

HE ALSO MET A BROTHER AND

SISTER HE NEVER KNEW

EXISTED.

FAMILY MEMBERS ARE

THANKFUL FOR THIS ONCE IN

A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY.

GOD HAS ALWAYS BEEN

FAITHFUL.

THIS HAS ALL HAPPENED IN

HIS TIMING.

I FEEL BLESSED.

Charlene: WHAT ARE

YOU GOING TO CALL GRANDMA?

AH...GRANDMA.

[LAUGHTER]

Charlene: THEY HOPE

THEIR STORY INSPIRES

OTHERS.

KEEP CONTINUE

BELIEVING.

SOONER OR LATER GOD WILL

OPEN THAT DOOR.

WE HAVE TO BE PATIENT

AND FAITHFUL, AS MOM PUT

IT, AND TRUST IN HIS

PERFECT TIMING.

Charlene: CHARLENE

AARON, CBN NEWS.

George: WHAT A

BEAUTIFUL REUNION.

> WELL, SUMMER IS THE

TIME FOR WEDDINGS, AND

LIKE SOME PEOPLE

EVERYWHERE, SOME IN CHINA

ARE HAVING TROUBLE FINDING

THEIR PERFECT MATCH.

HOWEVER, CHINESE CHURCH

LEADERS ARE FINDING

CREATIVE WAYS TO HELP

SINGLES FIND TRUE LOVE.

MUNG FE LI HAS THAT STORY.

Reporter: ON A

BEAUTIFUL, SUNNY, SATURDAY

MORNING IN BEIJING.

THESE YOUNG CHINESE DO

SOMETHING UNUSUAL HERE.

IRISH DANCING IN THE PARK.

BESIDES ENJOYING THE FUN,

THE MAIN PURPOSE IS TO

HELP SINGLE CHRISTIANS

FIND THEIR TRUE LOVE.

SOME CHRISTIANS PRAYED FOR

YEARS THAT MR. OR

MRS. RIGHT WOULD SHOW UP.

THEY PASSIONATELY SOUGHT

THE RIGHT PERSON.

SOME EVEN WENT TO CHURCH

LEADERS FOR HELP.

GOD CALLED US TO BE IN

RELATIONSHIPS WITH ONE

ANOTHER.

OUR CHURCH IS LIKE A

FAMILY.

WE WANT TO HELP THEM FIND

THE RIGHT ONES WHO ARE

ALSO PART OF OUR CHRISTIAN

NETWORK.

WE HAVE MANY UNMARRIED,

AMAZING BROTHERS AND

SISTERS.

THEY DESERVE TO MARRY THE

RIGHT PEOPLE.

THAT'S WHAT NOT MOTIVATED US

TO PLAN SUCH A HUGE EVENT.

Reporter: THEY GET TO

KNOW EACH OTHER BY PLAYING

ROOT GAMES.

THIS ONE REQUIRES THEM TO

FIND SCRIPTURE VERSES

HIDDEN IN BUSHES.

I'M GLAD TO SEE

EVERYBODY IS HAVING A

GREAT TIME.

PRAISE THE LORD.

MY PASTOR TOLD ME ABOUT

IT, AND I'M SO GLAD I

CAME.

Reporter: IN 2012,

MANY LOCAL CHURCHES IN

BEIJING HAVE ORGANIZED A

SIMILAR ANNUAL EVENT.

THROUGH PRAYER AND

ATTENDING FUN ACTIVITY,

MANY HAVE FOUND THE RIGHT

PERSON THAT GOD HAS

PREPARED FOR THEM.

THIS MAN WAS SINGLE FOR

EIGHT YEARS.

BEFORE ATTENDING THE

CHURCH PROGRAM, HE TRIED

MANY TIMES ON HIS OWN TO

FIND HIS FUTURE WIFE.

BUT THAT ALWAYS ENDED IN

DISAPPOINTMENT.

HE STARTED BELIEVING THERE

WAS NO RIGHT PERSON

WAITING FOR HIM.

CHURCH LEADERS ENCOURAGED

HIM TO BE PATIENT AND

FAITHFUL.

THEY WERE AFRAID THAT HE

WOULD MISS A BLESSING FROM

GOD.

WHEN WE ARE VULNERABLE

AND DISAPPOINTED, WE TEND

TO COMPROMISE OUR

PRINCIPLES.

WE NEED TO REMIND

OURSELVES THAT GOD IS IN

CONTROL AND HE HAS THE

PERFECT SOLUTION FOR OUR

PUZZLE.

TRUST IN HIM IS VERY

IMPORTANT.

Reporter: LATER ON HE

BEGAN TO TAKE PART IN

CHURCH FELLOWSHIP

MEETINGS.

SOON HE MET HIS FUTURE

WIFE.

AFTER BEIN AFTER BEING MARRIED FOR

EIGHT MONTHS, I STILL

CAN'T BELIEVE I FOUND A

BEAUTIFUL AND LOVELY WIFE.

WE HAVE OUR OWN FAMILY

TODAY.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE WERE

ABLE TO GROW TOGETHER IN

THE LORD.

GOD BROUGHT US TOGETHER.

Reporter: HIS WIFE

BELIEVES HER HUSBAND IS A

GIFT FROM THE LORD.

MY HUSBAND IS SUCH A

CARING AND SWEET PERSON.

HE LOVES ME SO MUCH.

WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE OTHER

SINGLES TO TRUST IN JESUS.

HE HAS THE PERFECT TIMING.

Reporter: THE ASIAN

CHURCH LEADERS ARE HOPING

MORE CHRISTIANS AND

NON-CHRISTIANS WILL JOIN

THESE SINGLES PROGRAMS AND

COME TO REALIZE THAT GOD

SHOULD ALWAYS BE AT THE

CENTER OF ANY

RELATIONSHIP.

AND IF THEY WILL WAIT ON

HIM, THEY WILL FIND THEIR

PERFECT MATCH.

> MUNG FE LI, CBN NEWS.

George: UP NEXT...THE

POPE, THE NUN, AND THE

HOLY SPIRIT.

SEE HOW SPIRITUAL

TRANSFORMATION SWEPT THE

CATHOLIC CHURCH.

George: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS."

THE PENTECOSTAL

CHARISMATIC RENEWAL HAS

TRANSFORMED CHRISTIAN

CHURCHES IN THE 20th

CENTURY.

50 YEARS AGO, IT HIT THE

CATHOLIC CHURCH. AND

TODAY THERE ARE MORE THAN

100 MILLION CHARISMATIC

CATHOLICS, BUT NONE OF IT

WOULD HAVE HAPPENED

WITHOUT THE PRAYERS OF A

NUN FROM THE 19th

CENTURY.

Reporter: ELENA WAS

DEVOTED TO HER FAITH FROM

A YOUNG AGE AND

ESTABLISHED HER OWN

CONGREGATION IN 1866 IN

ORDER TO EDUCATE YOUNG

WOMEN.

HER DEEPEST PASSION WAS TO

SEE THE HOLY SPIRIT RENEW

THE WORLD.

ELENA SAID THINGS ABOUT

THE HOLY SPIRIT LIKE, IF

ONLY, IF ONLY WE WOULD

WANT TO.

IF ONLY WE WOULD SEEK HIM.

IF ONLY WE WOULD PRAY TO

HIM, HE WOULD SURELY COME.

Reporter: BETWEEN

1895 AND 1903, SISTER

ELENA PENNED 12

CONFIDENTIAL LETTERS TO

POPE LEO THE 13th.

SHE URGED THE CHURCH TO

LEAD THE CHURCH BACK TO

THE UPPER ROOM, TO MARY,

THE MOTHER OF CHRIST, AND

OTHER BELIEVERS BEFORE

PENTECOST.

SHE WANTED THE CHURCH TO

EXPERIENCE AN PERPETUAL

PENTECOST.

AND THE AMAZING THING

IS THE POPE TOOK IT VERY

SERIOUSLY.

IN FACT, RESPONDED TO

THAT.

Reporter: PROMPTED BY

ELENA'S LETTER, THE POPE

CALLED FOR A SPECIAL TIME

OF PRAYER EACH YEAR

BETWEEN AS CENSURSEN ASSENTION.

THE LETTER EMPHASIZED THE

EN DWELLING AND MIRACULOUS

POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

IT IS STILL LOOKED BACK

TO TODAY AS A MILESTONE OF

WRITING ON THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

Reporter: STILL NOT

SATISFIED, ELENA URGED THE

POPE TO INVOKE THE HYMN

"COME HOLY SPIRIT," OVER

THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW

CENTURY.

POPE LEO THE 13th

WENT INTO ST. PETER'S

BASILICA, AND SURROUNDED

BY THE BISHOPS AND THE

CARDINALS OF THE CHURCH

SANG IN A SOLEMN WAY,

"COME CREATOR SPIRIT," AND

HE CONSECRATED THE 20th

CENTURY TO THE HOLE

SPEARED.

AND AT THE VERY SAME TIME,

JANUARY 1, 1901, IN

TOPEKA, KANSAS, THERE WAS

THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT UPON THE LITTLE

GROUP THERE GATHERED AT

THE BETHEL BIBLE SCHOOL.

Reporter: AGNUS

OSMOND, A STUDENT AT THE

SCHOOL, RECEIVED THE

BAPTISM AT THE SCHOOL AND

SPOKE IN TONGUES.

HER EXPERIENCE, ECHOED BY

SEVERAL OTHER STUDENTS,

SPARKED THE MODERN

PENTECOSTAL MOVEMENT.

TO SEE THIS AMAZING

CONVERGENCE OF PRAYER TO

THE LORD FOR A NEW COMING

OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

IT IS INTERESTING THAT

SOMETHING WAS HAPPENING IN

ROME ON JANUARY 1st, AND

IN TOKE PEE TOPEKA, KANSAS, WE HAVE

THE BEGINNING OF THE

PENTECOSTAL MOVEMENT.

Reporter: BY 1906,

MEMBERS OF THE BETHEL

BIBLE SCHOOL GROUP, MOST

NOTICEABLY WILLIAM, WERE

LEADING THE AZUZA STREET

MOVEMENT.

WE OWE A GREAT DEBT TO

OUR PROTESTANT SISTERS AND

BROTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN

WITNESS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

FOR SO MANY YEARS.

Reporter: WHITE SMOKE

BILLOWED FROM THE CHIMNEY

OVER THE SISTINE CHAPEL,

SIGNALLING THE ELECTION OF

POPE JOHN THE 23rd, WHO

LONGED FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT

TO RENEW THE CHURCH.

HE SAYS THE HOLY SPIRIT

HAD INSPIRED HIM TO RESET

THE CHURCH'S RELATIONSHIP

WITH THE WORLD.

IT WAS TIME.

AS WE SEE THE HOSTILITY

TO CHRIST AND THE CHURCH

THAT IS GROWING IN OUR

CULTURE, PEOPLE ARE

REALIZING, YOU KNOW WHAT,

IF WE KEEP ON DOING

BUSINESS AS USUAL, THAT'S

NOT GOING TO WORK.

Reporter: IN 1962,

POPE JOHN CONVENED A

CHURCH COUNCIL, LATER

CALLED VATICAN TWO.

HE ASKED CHRISTIANS

EVERYWHERE TO JOIN HIM AND

JOYFULLY ECHO HIS PRAYER

TO THE HOLY SPIRIT.

RENEW YOUR WONDERS IN OUR

TIME AS THOUGH FOR A NEW

PENTECOST.

HE WAS LOOKING FOR

ENERGY.

HE WAS LOOKING FOR POWER

AND AWE.

HE WAS LOOKING FOR GOD TO

DO SOMETHING.

HE WAS LOOKING FOR A NEW

PENTECOST.

HE ANTICIPATED THAT

VATICAN TWO WAS GOING TO

OPEN THE WINDOWS OF THE

HOLE CHURCHOLY CHURCH APPARENTLY TO

THE SIGNS OF WONDERS.

Gord: WHEN WE COME

BACK, WE'LL SEE YOU HOW

ONE OF THE MOST DISRUPTIVE

DECADES IN HISTORY

ACTUALLY HELPED SPREAD A

SPIRITUAL RENEWCASTLE.

RENEWAL.

RENEWCASTLE

George: WHEN POPE

JOHN CONVENED VATICAN TWO

IN THE EARLY '60s, HE

HOPED TO SEE A MAJOR

BREAKTHROUGH OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

WHILE HE DIDN'T LIVE TO

SEE THAT HAPPEN, HIS CALL

FOR SPIRITUAL RENEWAL CAME

JUST AT THE RIGHT TIME.

Reporter: POST JOHN

PASSED AWAY IN 1963,

BEFORE VATICAN TWO

CONCLUDED.

HE WAS SUCCES SUCCEEDED BY POPE

PAUL THE SIXTH.

STUDENTS TOOK TO THE

STREETS IN PROTEST.

TURBULENCE RULED THE

DECADE.

AT THAT POINT, A LOT OF

PEOPLE WERE QUESTIONING

EVERYTHING.

AND QUESTIONING GOD.

Reporter: DAVID

MANGUN WAS A GRADUATE

STUDENT IN PHYSICS IN

PITTSBURGH.

HE BELONGED TO A GROUP OF

CATHOLIC STUDENTS WHO MET

BEFORE CLASSES TO PRAY AND

STUDY SCRIPTURE.

HUNGERING FOR MORE OF GOD,

THEY WENT TOGETHER ON

RETREAT AT THE ARK AND THE

DOVE IN 1967.

AT THEN YOU WERE GIVEN

AN OLD PAPERBACK BOOK

CALLED "THE CROSS AND THE

SWITCH BLADE."

HE WAS A PENTECOSTAL

PASTOR WHO WORKED WITH

DRUG ADDICTS AND IN

MIRACULOUS WAYS BROUGHT

THEM TO HEALING AND

SALVATION MERELY THROUGH

PRAYER.

I KEPT SAYING, THESE

THINGS ARE HAPPENING

TODAY?

WHY AREN'T THESE THINGS

HAPPENING IN MY LIFE?

HERE I AM BAPTIZED, I'M

CONFIRMED, AND I RECEIVED

THE HOLY SPIRIT.

WHY ISN'T THE HOLY SPIRIT

DOING THIS IN MY LIFE?

Reporter: PATTY WAS A

20-YEAR-OLD FRENCH MAJOR

WHEN SHE ATTENDED THE TREE

TREAT.

>RETREAT.

WE WERE TOLD TO DO

THREE THINGS.

FIRST, EXPECT THAT THIS

RETREAT WAS GOING TO DO

SOMETHING FOR US.

THE NEGATIVES THIN NEXT THING WAS TAKE

THE BIBLE AND READ THE

FIRST FOUR ACTS OF THE

APOSTLES.

AND I HAD NO IDEA WHERE TO

FIND ACTS.

Reporter: THE

STUDENTS OPENED EACH

SESSION OF THE RETREAT

WITH THE HYMN "COME HOLY

SPIRIT."

ONE OF THE SPEAKERS TAUGHT

FROM JESUS' WORDS IN ACTS

1: 8: "BUT YOU WILL

RECEIVE POWER WHEN THE

HOLY SPIRIT COMES UPON

YOU."

THE WORD FOR POWER IS

THE SAME GREEK WORD WHERE

WE IN ENGLISH WOULD GET

THE WORD "DYNAMITE."

AND HE LIKENED THE COMING

OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO

DYNAMITE.

AND THAT STRUCK ME

EXTREMELY DEEPLY BECAUSE

ALTHOUGH I HAD BEEN RAISED

A GOOD CATHOLIC BOY AND I

WAS WITH THE LORD -- HE

HADN'T ABANDONED ME AT

ALL, AND I KNEW THAT'S

WHERE I BELONGED AND WHERE

I WAS, BUT I DON'T THINK I

COULD HAVE USED THE WORD

DYNAMITE AS AN ADJECTIVE

TO DESCRIBE MY SPIRIT

YOU'LL LIFE AT THAT POINT.

Reporter: DAVID

JOINED THE BOOK AND ASKED

THE QUESTION: WHERE IS THE

DYNAMITE?

AND HE DESIRED TO HEAR

SOMEONE SPEAK IN TONGUES.

I PUT A DASH AND THEN I

PUT ME WITH AN EXCLAMATION

POINT.

WHEN I OPENED THE DOOR AND

WALKED INTO THE CHAPEL,

THE PRESENCE OF GOD WAS SO

POWERFUL, I COULD HARDLY

MOVE.

THE ONLY WAY I COULD SAY

IT IS I WAS LOST IN CHRIST

AND HAPPY TO BE SO.

I COMPLETELY FORGOT ABOUT

ALL OF MY PUSHING TO SAY,

WHERE IS THE DYNAMITE?

WHERE IS THE DYNAMITE?

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IT

FELT LIKE, LIKE LITTLE

EXPLOSIONS WERE GOING OFF

IN MY BODY.

I STARTED OPENING MY MOUTH

TO THANK GOD FOR WHAT HE

HAD DONE, AND I STARTED

PRAYING IN ANOTHER

LANGUAGE.

Reporter: LATER PATTY

JOINED DAVID IN THE

CHAPEL.

I BEGAN TO TREMBLE.

I REMEMBER THINKING, BUT

GOD IS HERE AND HE IS

HOLY.

I'M NOT HOLY.

SO JUST KNEELING THERE IN

THE QUIET OF MY HEART, I

SAID, FATHER, I GIVE MY

LIFE TO YOU.

WHATEVER YOU ASK, I ACCEPT

IT.

I WAS LYING THERE

PROSTATE, AND I FELT

IMMERSED IN THE LOVE OF

GOD.

I FELT LIKE I WAS SWIMMING

IN THE MERCY OF GOD.

I REMEMBER THINKING, JUST

SAYING, JESUS, TAKE ME.

Reporter: OTHER

STUDENTS WERE ALSO DRAWN

INTO THE CHAPEL.

SOME PEOPLE WERE

LAUGHING FOR JOY, AND

OTHERS WERE WEEPING FOR

JOY.

SOME SAID THEY FELT LIKE

THEY WANTED TO PRAISE GOD,

BUT THEY DIDN'T KNOW IF IT

WAS GOING TO COME OUT IN

ENGLISH.

ANYWAY, WE WERE THERE AND

JUST IN AWE.

JUST IN AWE OF THE

SOVEREIGN GOD.

EVERYTHING CHANGED AT

THAT POINT.

NOW I DIDN'T SPOT IT ALL

RIGHT AWAY, BUT EVERYTHING

WAS DIFFERENT, AS IT TURNS

OUT, AFTER THIS HAPPENED

TO ME.

Reporter: THE SMALL

GATHERING OF STUDENTS WHO

WALKED AWAY FROM THAT

RETREAT CENTER SAY THEY

WERE NEVER THE SAME.

BUT WHAT THEY DIDN'T KNOW

AT THE TIME WAS THAT THEIR

LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE

WAS MEANT TO BE SHARED,

AND IT WAS JUST THE

BEGINNING.

George: JUST THE

BEGINNING, INDEED.

STAY WITH US; WE'LL BE

BACK RIGHT AFTER THIS.

George: IT'S AN

ANNUAL EVENT THAT PACKS

THOUSANDS INTO FOOTBALL

STADIUMS, AND MORE INTO

CHURCHES AND VENUES

WORLDWIDE.

CHART-TOPPING RECORDING

ARTISTS PERFORM, BUT IN

THE END JESUS IS THE STAR.

EFREM GRAHAM TAKES US TO

THE "HARVEST AMERICA"

CRUSADE.

*

Efrem: IT'S

100 DEGREES HERE IN

PHOENIX.

*

Efrem: BILL WICKUM,

NEED TO BREATHE, AND MERCY

ME ARE ALSO SINGING AT

THIS YEAR'S "HARVEST

AMERICA" CRUSADE.

*

Efrem: NEARLY EIGHT

MILLION PEOPLE HAVE

ATTENDED HARVEST EVENTS

ONLINE OR IN PERSON, AND

NEARLY A HALF MILLION HAVE

MADE PROFESSIONS OF FAITH.

THOSE NUMBERS CLIMBED EVEN

HIGHER THIS YEAR, WITH THE

EVENT HERE AT THE

UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX

STADIUM.

LET'S WELCOME MEL

GIBSON TO THE HARVEST

CRUSADE.

Efrem: MEL GIBSON

MADE A SURPRISE APPEARANCE

LAST YEAR.

AND THIS YEAR'S CRUSADE

ISN'T SHORT ON SURPRISES.

I SAW GOD TRANSFORM HIM

FROM A MAN THAT I HATED

INTO A MAN I WANTED TO

BECOME.

Efrem: MERCY ME

SHARES A BIT OF THE

FEATURE FILM BASED ON

THEIR MEGA HIT, "I CAN

ONLY IMAGINE."

I'M GREG LAURIE, AND

I'M A HUGE STEVE McQUEEN

FAN.

HE IS A HOLLYWOOD ICON.

Efrem: PASTOR GREG

LAURIE GIVES AUDIENCE A

SNEAK PEEK AT HIS FILM,

THE UNTOLD STORY OF ACTING

LEGEND STEVE McQUEEN'S

JOURNEY OF FAITH,

SCHEDULED TO HIT THEATERS

IN THE FALL.

IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO

COME HOME.

NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER.

HE LOVES YOU.

Efrem: AND "AMERICAN

IDOL'S" JORDAN SPARKS

REVEALS AN EMOTIONAL FAITH

JOURNEY OF HER OWN,

FOLLOWING HER BIG WIN IN

2007.

SHE WON "AMERICAN IDOL"

AT 17.

SHE BECAME A HUGE SUCCESS,

HAS HAD A FANTASTIC

CAREER, BUT SHE DRIFTED

FROM HER FAITH.

SHE WAS RAISED IN THE

CHURCH AND LOVED THE LORD

AS A YOUNG GIRL.

SHE DRIFTED.

AND SHE CAME BACK TO

CHRIST ABOUT A YEAR AGO.

SO FOR ME, I WAS SORT

OF WONDERING, WHAT IS THE

MEANING OF MY LIFE?

Efrem: JORDAN'S

TESTIMONY SETS THE STAGE

FOR PASTOR LAURIE'S SERMON

TONIGHT.

SIN PROMISES FREEDOM

BUT IT BRINGS SLAVERY.

Efrem: THE BIBLICAL

STORY OF THE PRODIGAL SON,

WHO'S FATHER GRACEFULLY

RECEIVES HIM WHEN HE

HUMBLY RETURNED AFTER

WASTING HIS INHERITANCE IN

A LIFE ON THE RUN FROM

DOING WHAT WAS RIGHT.

> JUNE 12th, THE

MONDAY FOLLOWING, HOW DO

YOU MEASURE IMPACT OR

CHANGE WHEN THE CONFERENCE

OR THE CRUSADE IS DONE?

FOR US, YOU KNOW, OUR

PROFIT MARGIN IS PEOPLE

COMING TO CHRIST.

I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE GET

READY FOR HEAVEN.

WHEN IT IS ALL SAID AND

DONE, EVERYONE IS

BASICALLY THE SAME.

EVERYONE IS EMPTY.

EVERYONE IS LONELY.

EVERYONE IS AFRAID TO DIE.

EVERYBODY HAS THE SAME

BASIC HUMAN NEED.

AND CHRIST DIED FOR OUR

SINS ON THE CROSS.

AND WE CAN ALL BE

FORGIVEN.

Efrem: EFREM GRAHAM,

CBN NEWS, PHOENIX,

ARIZONA.

George: THANKS,

EFREM.

GREG LAURIE'S EVENT

REPORTS THAT 3300 PEOPLE

CAME TO CHRIST THROUGH THE

EVENT.

> FOLKS, THAT IS IT FOR

THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, GOOD-BYE

AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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