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Christian World News - July 28, 2017

This week on Christian World News: As Sweden opens its doors to Muslim refugees they're shoving Christian converts out, even the ones that face persecution back at home. Plus, too late to help Charlie Gard. How court battles and delays kept ... ... Read Transcript


Wendy: THIS WEEK ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS," AS

SWEDEN OPENS ITS DOORS TO

MUSLIM REFUGEES, THEY'RE

SHOVING CHRISTIAN CONVERTS

OUT.

EVEN THE ONES THAT FACE

PERSECUTION BACK HOME.

AN IRANIAN ACTRESS WHO

FACES SIX MONTHS IN PRISON

SHARES HER STORY.

> PLUS...TOO LATE TO

HELP CHARLIE GUARD.

GARD.

HOW COURT BATTLES AND

DELAYS KEPT HIM FROM

GETTING THE TREATMENT THAT

MIGHT HAVE SAVED HIS LIFE.

> AND...THIS MAN SAYS,

IF YOU WANT TO SEE A

MIRACLE, SHARE THE GOSPEL

WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER

HEARD IT BEFORE.

NOW HE IS TELLING HIS

STORY OF A LIFE SPENT

PREACHING TO THE LOST.

> WELCOME TO "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS," EVERYONE.

I'M WENDY GRIFFITH.

GEORGE THOMAS IS ON

ASSIGNMENT.

WELL, WE WANT TO WELCOME

OUR Facebook VIEWERS TO

THE SHOW, AND ENCOURAGE

YOU TO POSTAL YOUR

QUESTIONS AND YOUR

COMMENTS, AND WE'LL GET TO

THEM IN JUST A LITTLE BIT.

> JUST A FEW YEARS,

SWEDEN LET IN MORE

MIGRANTS THAN THE REST OF

EUROPE COMBINED.

NOW THE SWEDES HAVE YANKED

THE WELCOME MAT, AND

CHRISTIANS ARE BEING SENT

BACK TO THEIR HOME

COUNTRIES TO FACE CERTAIN

TORTURE AND EVEN DEATH IN

MUSLIM NATIONS.

DALE HURD REPORTS ON ONE

SUCH CASE FROM SWEDEN.

*

Reporter: SWEDEN IS

ABOUT TO DEPORT IRANIAN

CHRISTIAN ACTRESS AIDEEN

STRANDSSON BACK TO THE

ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN,

WHERE SHE FACES TORTURE,

RAPE, AND EVEN DEATH IN AN

IRANIAN PRISON.

BUT AS SWEDISH OFFICIALS

HAVE TOLD HER, BECOMING A

CHRISTIAN WAS HER

DECISION, AND NOW IT IS

HER PROBLEM AND NOT

THEIRS.

THIS FROM A NATION THAT

THINKS OF ITSELF AS ONE OF

THE MOST HUMANE COUNTRIES

IN THE WORLD.

AFTER ALL, SWEDEN IS THE

HUMANITARIAN SUPER POWER,

WHICH WELCOMED REFUGEES

WITH OPENED ARMS.

UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT TOOK

TOO MUCH POLITICAL HEAT

AND DECIDED SOME HAVE TO

GO, WHETHER IT KILLS THEM

OR NOT.

SWEDEN'S MIGRATION BOARD

EVEN VIOLATES ITS OWN

STATED PRINCIPLES, THAT IT

WILL NEVER DEPORT

ASYLUM-SEEKERS TO A NATION

WHERE THEY WILL BE HARMED.

THE IMMIGRATION BOARD

HAS ON ITS HOME PAGE

INFORMATION ABOUT EACH

COUNTRY.

AND IN THE INFORMATION

REGARDING IRAN, THERE ARE

PLENTY OF REPORTS STATING

THAT IT IS STANDARD TO

TORTURE AND TO RAPE IN

IRANIAN PRISONS.

AND THE QUESTION WE HAVE

BEEN ASKING FROM

IMMIGRATION TIME AND TIME

AGAIN IS: WHY ARE YOU

PUTTING THIS INFORMATION

ON YOUR HOME PAGE IF YOU

DON'T FOLLOW IT?

Reporter: SWEDISH

ATTORNEY GABRIEL DONNER

HAS ASSISTED AN ESTIMATED

1,000 FACING DEPORTATION.

DO YOU THINK IN AIDEEN'S

CASE THEY JUST DON'T CARE?

THEY JUST DON'T CARE.

THEY HAVE PROMISED THE

PUBLIC IN SWEDEN THAT THEY

WILL DEPORT MORE PEOPLE

THAN BEFORE, AND SO THEY

HAVE TO FILL THE QUOTA.

Reporter: AIDEEN

STRANDSSON CAME TO SWEDEN

IN 2014 ON A WORK VISA.

SHE HAS STARRED IN FILMS

AND TV, MAKING HER AN EVEN

BIGGER TARGET IF SHE IS

SENT BACK.

SHE SAYS SHE CAME TO

CHRIST AFTER SEEING VIDEO

OF MUSLIMS STONING A WOMAN

TO DEATH.

I DECIDED I DON'T WANT

TO BE MUSLIM ANYMORE.

Reporter: AND THEN

SHE HAD A DREAM.

I HAD A DREAM ABOUT

JESUS.

HE WAS SITTING NEAR ME AND

HE TOOK MY HAND.

Reporter: IN IRAN,

WHERE IT CAN BE DEADLY TO

CONVERT CHRISTIANITY,

AIDEEN KEPT HER CONVERSION

LARGELY A SECRET, BUT WHEN

SHE CAME TO SWEDEN, SHE

REQUESTED A PUBLIC

BAPTISM.

I WANT TO HAVE A

BAPTISM IN A PUBLIC

BECAUSE I WANT TO SAY I

DON'T AFRAID ANYMORE.

I'M FREE.

I'M CHRISTIAN.

I WANT EVERYBODY TO KNOW

ABOUT THAT.

Reporter: IRANIAN

INTELLIGENCE MOST LIKELY

KNOWS, TOO.

SHE HAS ALREADY GOTTEN

THREATS FROM MUSLIMS ON

SOCIAL MEDIA.

ARTICLE 33 OF THE GENEVA

CONVENTION ON REFUGEES

PROHIBITS COUNTRIES FROM

DEPORTING ASYLUM-SEEKERS

BACK TO THEIR HOME COUNTRY

IF THEY FACE DANGER.

BUT THAT HAS NOT STOPPED

SWEDEN.

DONNER ESTIMATES THERE ARE

8,000 CHRISTIAN

ASYLUM-SEEKERS HIDING IN

SWEDEN BECAUSE THEY'RE

UNDER DEPORTATION ORDERS.

HE SAYS PART OF THE

PROBLEM IS MIGRATION

OFFICIALS DON'T UNDERSTAND

WHY SOMEONE WOULD BECOME A

CHRISTIAN, AND THEY DON'T

UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS

TO BE A CHRISTIAN.

LESS THAN 20% OF SWEDES

SAY THEY BELIEVE IN GOD.

THIS IS MOST APPARENT

WHEN THEY COME TO THE

QUESTION WHEN A CONVERT

SAYS, I CONVERTED BECAUSE

OF THE LOVE I HAVE

RECEIVED FROM JESUS

CHRIST.

AND THEY ALMOST MOCKINGLY

ASK THE CONVERT, WHAT DO

YOU MEAN BY LOVE?

THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE

MESSAGE IN THE BIBLE.

IT'S JUST COMPLETELY ALIEN

TO THEM.

Reporter: THE SWEDISH

MIGRATION BOARD'S PRESS

OFFICER TOLD US, IF THE

PERSON HAS WELL-FOUNDED

REASONS TO FEAR

PERSECUTION, HE OR SHE

WILL BE GRANTED ASYLUM IN

SWEDEN.

BY AIDEEN'S REQUEST HAS

BEEN REJECTED.

AT HER HEARING, THE

SWEDISH MIGRATION OFFICIAL

TOLD HER IT WOULDN'T BE AS

BAD FOR HER IN IRAN AS SHE

EXPECTED BECAUSE SHE WOULD

ONLY HAVE TO SPEND ABOUT

SIX MONTHS IN PRISON.

DONNER TOLD US OF A

SIMILAR CASE WHERE AN

IRANIAN WOMAN WAS RELEASED

AFTER SPENDING TIME IN

PRISON.

AFTER SHE WAS RELEASED,

SHE DID NOT SAY ANYTHING.

A FEW WEEKS LATER, SHE

THREW HERSELF OUT OF A

WINDOW OF THE FOURTH

FLOOR.

Reporter: SIX MONTHS

IN PRISON FOR A WOMAN IS

NOT A PROBLEM.

THEY DON'T CARE?

NO, THEY DON'T CARE

ABOUT IT.

Wendy: DALE HURD

JOINS US WITH MORE ON THIS

STORY.

CAN ANYTHING BE DONE TO

STOP AIDEEN'S DEPORTATION?

Reporter: WELL,

PRAYER, OF COURSE.

AND I THINK CONTACTING THE

SWEDISH GOVERNMENT.

AND THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT

CONTACTED ME AFTER THIS

STORY, AND THEY BASICALLY

SAID, TELL YOUR VIEWERS

CALLING US AND WRITING US

WON'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

WE HAVE MADE OUR DECISION.

IT IS FINAL.

HER ONLY HOPE IS A NEW

COURT HEARING.

Wendy: BUT AREN'T

THEY RIL VIOLATING

INTERNATIONAL DEPORTATION

LAWS BY SENDING HER BACK

TO A COUNTRY THAT THEY

KNOW COULD POTENTIALLY

HARM HER?

Reporter: YEAH, AND

THEY DIDN'T DISPUTE THE

FACTS IN THE STORY WHEN

THEY WROTE ME, WHICH I

FOUND VERY INTERESTING.

AND I THINK, WENDY, THE

REASON IS THAT I'VE BEEN

COVERING IMMIGRATION ALL

OVER EUROPE, AND I THINK

THIS IS A SIGN THAT THE

CONCERN FOR REFUGEES

REALLY IS NOT GENUINE.

CONSIDER THE FACT THAT THE

ELITES IN THESE COUNTRIES

IN EUROPE DON'T WANT TO

LIVE NEAR THE REFUGEES.

THEY DON'T WANT THEIR KIDS

TO GO TO THE SAME SCHOOLS.

SO THEY ESSENTIALLY BECOME

A PRODUCT THAT THEY CAN

DEPORT IF THEY NEED TO.

Wendy: AND LIKE THE

LAWYER THAT YOU

INTERVIEWED SAID, THEY

JUST DON'T GET IT.

WHEN SOMEONE SAID THEY

CONVERTED BECAUSE THEY

FELT THE LOVE OF JESUS AND

THEY DON'T WANT TO BE A

MUSLIM ANYMORE, THEY GET

MOCKED.

Reporter: RIGHT.

RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE IN

SWEDEN IS VERY LOW IN SOME

CASES, WITH THESE

OFFICIALS.

AND THEY'LL ASK SOMETIMES

RIDICULOUS QUESTIONS OF

CHRISTIANITY, OR QUESTIONS

SO HARD THAT YOU OR I

COULDN'T ANSWER THAT.

Wendy: SO RIGHT NOW,

REALLY PRAYER IS -- SHE

NEEDS A MIRACLE.

Reporter: ABSOLUTELY.

PRAYER FOR ANOTHER COURT

HEARING.

BUT I THINK CONTACTING THE

SWEDISH EMBASSY, BECAUSE

THE SWEDES DO CARE ABOUT

THEIR INTERNATIONAL IMAGE.

Wendy: INTERESTING.

ALL RIGHT, WE WANT TO GO

TO THE CBN NEWSROOM WHERE

EMILY JONES IS MONITORING

THE QUESTIONS AND THE

COMMENTS THAT ARE COMING

IN ON OUR Facebook PAGE.

EMILY, WHAT IS THE

RESPONSE TO THIS

INCREDIBLE STORY?

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

YEAH.

PEOPLE ARE MIXED WITH

SHOCK AND DISAPPOINTMENT.

THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE

COMMENTING SAYING, QUOTE,

"THIS IS SOUL-CRUSHING,

DISHEARTENING, TO SEE THAT

A WOMAN WHO IS IN DANGER

FOR HER LIFE COULD BE SENT

TO THE VERY PEOPLE WHO

COULD KILL HER."

SO PEOPLE ARE SHOCKED, BUT

THEY HAVE HOPE.

AND THEY'RE SAYING, WE'RE

GOING TO PRAY FOR HER.

AND GOD IS NOT FINISHED

WITH HER YET.

AND GOD CAN CHANGE THE

HEARTS OF THE LEADERS IN

SWEDEN.

Wendy: AMEN.

WE KNOW THAT'S TRUE.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS

COMING IN FOR DALE?

YEAH, THERE DEFINITELY

ARE.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST

QUESTIONS IS, CAN SHE GO

SOMEWHERE ELSE FOR ASYLUM?

CAN SHE COME TO THE UNITED

STATES OR ANOTHER COUNTRY

THAT WON'T DEPORT HER?

Reporter: THAT'S A

GOOD QUESTION THAT I

SHOULD HAVE PREPPED FOR.

BECAUSE I KNOW SHE WANTS

TO STAY IN SWEDEN.

AND THEY WANT TO TRY AND

SALVAGE THE SITUATION

THERE.

SO RIGHT NOW THEY'RE

WORKING ON ANOTHER COURT

DATE.

I'M DOING ANOTHER STORY

NEXT WEEK, AND WE'LL BE

ANSWERING THAT QUESTION.

Wendy: ALL RIGHT.

GO AHEAD, EMILY.

ANOTHER QUESTION IS:

CAN WE PUT ANY PRESSURE ON

THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT?

I KNOW THEY SAID YOUR

CALLS WOULDN'T HELP, BUT

IS THERE ANY GOVERNMENTAL

PRESSURE WE CAN PUT ON

THEM FROM THE UNITED

STATES GOVERNMENT THAT CAN

PRESSURE SWEDEN?

Reporter: IF THERE

ARE SWEDES WATCHING, IT THEY

MAY AGREE WITH ME OR NOT,

BUT SWEDEN IS ONE OF THE

MOST THIN-SKINNED

COUNTRIES I HAVE REPORTED

ON.

AND THEY ESPECIALLY DON'T

LIKE BEING LECTURED ON BY

THE UNITED STATES.

BUT I DO THINK CONTACTING

THE EMBASSY COULD MAKE A

DIFFERENCE.

BECAUSE JUST CONTACTING

THE IMMIGRATION BOARD,

THOSE MAY JUST GET THROWN

IN THE WASTE BASKET.

Wendy: TO SEE A WOMAN

SUFFERING LIKE THIS AND TO

SEE THE CONSEQUENCES SHE

MAY FACE IS REALLY

DISTURBING.

EMILY, THANK YOU FOR

TRACKING THIS, AND DALE,

WE LOVE YOUR REPORTING.

IT IS GROUNDBREAKING.

WE SO APPRECIATE IT.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR

NEXT REPORT.

> COMING UP, CHARLIE

GARD'S PARENTS FOUGHT FOR

MONTHS TO GET THEIR SON

LIFE-SAVING TREATMENT, AND

NOW THEY SAY IT IS TOO

LATE.

AND SOME SAY THE DELAYS

COST HIM HIS LIFE.

Wendy: IN LONDON,

BABY CHARLIE GARD HAS

PASSED AWAY.

EARLIER THIS WEEK, A JUDGE

RULED HE BE TAKEN TO

HOSPICE AND TAKEN OFF LIFE

SUPPORT.

A MONTH-LONG LEGAL BATTLE

FOR EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT

ENDED THIS WEEK WHEN HIS

PARENTS LEARNED THAT THE

TIME HAD RUN OUT FOR THEIR

SUN.

CHARLENE AARON HAS THIS

STORY.

Charlene:

HEARTBROKEN, THE PARENTS

OF CHARLIE GARD ANNOUNCED

ON MONDAY HIS BATTLE IS

OVER, ENDING THEIR FIGHT

TO TAKE HIM TO THE U.S.

FOR EXPERIMENTAL

TREATMENT.

WE ARE TRULY

DEVASTATEED, AS CHARLIE'S

DEVOTED AND LOVING

PARENTS, WE DECIDED IT IS

NO LONGER IN CHARLIE'S

INTEREST TO PURSUE

TREATMENT.

WE WILL LET OUR SON GO AND

BE WITH THE ANGELS.

Charlene: CHARLIE WAS

BORN WITH MITO CHONDRIAL

D.N.A. DEPLETION SYNDROME,

AND IT REQUIRED A

VENTILATOR FOR CHARLIE TO

BREATHE.

THE GREAT ORMOND HOSPITAL

ADVOCATED TO REMOVE HIS

LIFE SUPPORT, ARGUING THE

TREATMENT WOULD NOT HELP.

CHRIS GARD AND CONNIE

YATES FEEL THAT EARLIER

TREATMENT WOULD HAVE

IMPROVED HIS LIFE.

HAD CHARLIE BEEN GIVEN

THE TREATMENT EARLIER, HE

WOULD HAVE HAD THE

POTENTIAL TO BE A NORMAL,

HEALTHY BOY.

Charlene: THE CASE

MADE GLOBAL HEADLINES,

WITH POPE FRANCIS AND

PRESIDENT TRUMP WEIGHING

IN IN SUPPORT OF CHARLIE.

ART ALSO TRACKED THE CASE

BECAUSE HIS 6-YEAR-OLD SON

HAS A SIMILAR CONDITION

AND WAS TREATED

SUCCESSFULLY.

WHEN CONNIE YATES LEARNED

OF HIS SUCCESSFUL

TREATMENT, SHE CONTACTED

THEM, AND SHE WAS

INTRODUCED TO DR. HIRANO.

DR. HIRANO FLEW TO THE

U.K. TO EXAMINE CHARLIE

EARLIER THIS WEEK.

BUT THE LATEST SCANS

SHOWED THAT THE DAMAGE HAD

ALREADY BEEN DONE, IT WAS

TOO LATE.

HE WAS DEVASTATING UPON

LEARNING THAT HE WOULD BE

REMOVED FROM LIFE SUPPORT.

I SEE CHARLIE GARD AS I

DO MY SON.

IF THE DOCTORS BELIEVE

THEY COULD HAVE HELPED

CHARLIE, THEY'RE THE

DOCTORS, THEY'RE THE

EXPERTS, I BELIEVE THAT IT

WOULD HAVE HELPED HIM AS

WELL.

Charlene: IN TWO

WEEKS, CHARLIE WOULD HAVE

TURNED ONE.

HE WILL NOW BE PUT IN

PALLIATIVE CARE AND

ALLOWED TO DIE.

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR

LITTLE BOY.

WE LOVE YOU.

Charlene: CHARLENE

AARON, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: WE KNOW THAT

LITTLE CHARLIE'S LIFE WAS

NOT IN VAIN.

YOU CAN FOLLOW THE LATEST

UPDATES ON CHARLIE AND HIS

PARENTS ON cbnnews.com.

> PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SET

TO NOMINATE KANSAS

GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK AS

THE AMBASSADOR AT LARGE

FOR INTERNATIONAL

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

IF CONFIRMED BY THE

SENATE, HE WILL RUN THE

STATE DEPARTMENT'S OFFICE,

WHICH PROMOTES RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM THROUGH FOREIGN

POLICY.

INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM IS GOING THE WRONG

WAY.

IT'S GETTING WORSE AROUND

THE WORLD, NOT BETTER.

IT'S GETTING LESS FREE

RATHER THAN MORE FREE.

THERE IS MORE PERSECUTION,

NOT LESS, THAT IS TAKING

PLACE OVER THE LAST 20

YEARS SINCE THAT ORIGINAL

BILL WAS PASSED.

SO I LOOK FORWARD TO

IMPLEMENTING -- HELPING

WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF

THAT ACT, WITH MOVING THIS

ISSUE FORWARD, TO

COORDINATING THOSE

EFFORTS, AND TO SPEAKING

OUT FOR IT.

Wendy: RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM GROUPS ARE

SUPPORTING THE CHOICE.

DAVID CURRIE OF "OPEN

DOORS U.S.A.," TOLD CBN

NEWS THAT BROWNBACK CAN

TRANSFORM THE ROLE.

I THINK IT WILL ELEVATE

THE POSITION, AND MAKE

THIS THE CRITICAL POSITION

THAT IT REALLY NEEDS TO

BE.

IT IS ESSENTIAL TO WHAT IS

GOING ON AROUND THE WORLD,

THE MIDDLE EAST AND ASIA.

IT IS ALL ABOUT RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

WE NEED A SPOKESMAN WHO IS

TAKING THE POINT ON THIS.

I THINK GOVERNOR BROWNBACK

WILL DO AN EXCELLENT JOB.

Wendy: A FIRST IN

COASTAL RICA, AN HISTORIC

GATHERING AS CHURCH

LEADERS AND POLITICIANS

TOOK TO THE STREETS IN SAN

JOSE IN OPPOSITION TO

GENDER IDENTITY EDUCATION.

THE COUNTRY'S EDUCATION

MINISTER WANTS TO INCLUDE

THE TOPIC IN THEIR SEX ED

INSTRUCTION, BUT THOUSANDS

OF EVANGELICALS RALLIED TO

VOICE THEIR SUPPORT FOR

BIBLICAL VALUES AND TO

PRAY FOR STUDENTS AND THE

NATIONS' SCHOOLS.

CHRISTIAN LEADERS URGED

PARENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE

TO GET INVOLVED TO ADVANCE

A PRO-FAMILY SOCIETY AND

GOVERNMENT.

CHRISTIANS IN SEOUL, SOUTH

KOREA, MADE A PUBLIC STAND

FOR BIBLICAL VALUES AT A

PUBLIC RALLY CELEBRATING

HOMOSEXUALITY.

THE 18th ANNUAL QUEER

CULTURE FESTIVAL BROUGHT

THOUSANDS OF GAY AND

LESBIANS TO A DOWNTOWN

PARK.

THE CITY'S CHURCHES WERE

ALSO ON HAND, SPEAKING OUT

AGAINST HOMOSEXUALITY AND

PRAYING FOR THOSE ON THE

OTHER SIDE.

Through Translator:

WE ALSO SENT THE MESSAGES

THAT HOMOSEXUAL LOVE CAN

BE HEALED.

WE, ALL CHRISTIANS, SHOULD

LOVE THEM AND PREACH THE

GOSPEL TO THEM.

Wendy: AND THAT STORY

COMES TO US FROM OUR

PARTNERS AT C.T.S. TV IN

SEOUL.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

> COMING UP, HE SPENT

HIS LIFE SHARING THE

GOSPEL, AND NOW HE IS

TELLING HIS STORY AND

ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO PICK

UP THE BANNER.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK

TO "CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A

MIRACLE?

WELL, THE MAN YOU'RE ABOUT

TO MEET SAYS ALL YOU HAVE

TO DO IS START PREACHING

THE GOSPEL.

DR. ERIC SHECKNEL IS

SECRETAREXECUTIVE OF THE JESUS

FILM PROJECT.

HE SPENT MOST OF HIS LIFE

TELLING OTHERS THE GOOD

NEWS.

NOW HE IS CALLING ON THE

CHURCH TO PICK UP THE

CALL.

HE HAS WRITTEN A BOOK

CALLED "EVERYONE

EVERYWHERE," AND HE TOLD

CBN'S MARK MARTIN ABOUT

HIS LIFETIME OF SHARING

THE GOSPEL.

Reporter: YOU HAD A

COMFORTABLE LIFE,

PASTORING A SMALL CHURCH

AND STUDYING AT HARVARD

UNIVERSITY, BUT YOU GAVE

IT ALL UP TO BECOME A

MISSIONARY.

BRIEFLY TELL US WHAT MOVED

YOU TO MAKE THAT DECISION?

WHAT MOVED ME WAS

INFORMATION.

SIMPLY LEARNING HOW MANY

PEOPLE IN THE WORLD HAD SO

LITTLE CHANCE TO HEAR THE

MESSAGE OF CHRIST.

WHEN WE IN AMERICA AND

CERTAIN OTHER PLACES OF

THE WORLD HAVE SO MUCH

OPPORTUNITY.

AND SO WHEN I HEARD THAT

THERE WERE CITIES OPENING

UP, AND THE FORMER SOVIET

UNION, THAT HAD BEEN UNDER

SOVIET DOMINATION FOR 70

YEARS, AND ISLAMIC

DOMINATION FOR A THOUSAND

YEARS BEFORE THAT, AND HAD

NOT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO

HEAR THE GOSPEL, IT WAS

TOO GOOD AN OPPORTUNITY

NOT TO GO.

Reporter: YOU AND

YOUR WIFE ACTUALLY PAID A

PRICE FOR YOUR MISSIONARY

WORK, AND TELL US WHAT

HAPPENED?

AND HOW IT AFFECTED YOUR

FAITH.

WE MADE OUR MOVE TO ONE

OF THE FORMER SOVIET

MUSLIM REPUBLICS.

AFTER WE WERE THERE FOUR

YEARS, WE HAD AN INCIDENT

THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF

OUR MINISTRY THERE.

4 a.m. IN THE MORNING WE

WERE ATTACKED BY MEN WHO

CAME TO OUR HOUSE IN BLACK

RUNNING SUITS WITH BLACK

SKI MASKS AND HATCHETS,

FOUR OF THEM, AND AWAKENED

US, AND ONE ON EACH SIDE

OF THE BED, AND BEGAN TO

BEAT MY WIFE AND MYSELF

WITH THE HATCHETS.

MY WIFE WAS NEARLY KILLED.

I WAS HURT BAD ENOUGH, BUT

MANAGED TO WRESTLE MY WAY

OUT OF THE SITUATION

EVENTUALLY.

AFTER INITIALLY THINKING,

HEY, THIS IS IT, I'M

COMING HOME.

BUT THE LORD USED THAT

SITUATION IN AMAZING WAYS

TO OPEN DOORS.

I WAS ABLE TO RETURN TO

THE COUNTRY WITHIN A MONTH

AFTER THE INCIDENT.

MY WIFE TOOK 10 MONTHS TO

GET HEALED UP.

BUT WE BOTH RETURNED WITH

OUR TWO CHILDREN WHO WERE

STILL IN OUR HOME WITH US.

WHEN THE PEOPLE IN THAT

CITY SAW WE LOVED THEM

ENOUGH TO COME BACK, AND

THAT JESUS COULD GIVE US

THE GRACE AND THE STRENGTH

TO OVERCOME DIFFICULT

OBSTACLES AND SITUATIONS,

IT OPENED DOORS FOR US,

AND IT OPENED THE EARS OF

PEOPLE TO THE MESSAGE OF

CHRIST IN WAYS WE HADN'T

EXPERIENCED BEFORE.

Reporter: WOW, WHAT A

POWERFUL TESTIMONY.

YOUR BOOK "EVERYONE,

EVERYWHERE" IS FULL OF

STORIES OF PEOPLE WHO CAME

TO CHRIST.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE?

ONE OF MY FAVORITES IS

A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE WHO

CAME TO CHRIST WHILE HE

WAS IN JAIL -- HE WAS

SERVING TIME AS JUST A

PETTY CRIMINAL, A MAFIA

GUY, WHEN SOMEONE BROUGHT

A JESUS FILM PROJECTOR

INTO THE PRISON TO SHOW

IT'S JESUS FILM.

HE ASKED TO BORROW IT SO

HE COULD SHOW PORNOGRAPHIC

MOVIES TO HIS FRIENDS, BUT

OUR FRIEND SAID, NO, NO,

NO.

YOU HAVE TO WATCH ONLY

THIS MOVIE ON THIS

PROJECTOR.

HE THOUGHT HE WOULD LIE

AND ONLY WATCH IT ONCE,

AND THEN WATCH THE OTHER

KIND OF MATERIAL.

AFTER HE WATCHED THE JESUS

FILM ONCE, HE WAS SO

TOUCHED, HE WATCHED IT

AGAIN.

HIS FRIENDS CAME OVER AND

SAID, HEY, I HEARD YOU

HAVE A PROJECTOR, LET'S

WATCH THESE OTHER MOVIES.

AND HE SAID, NO, YOU WATCH

THIS OTHER MOVIE WITH ME.

BY THE NEXT MORNING HE

WATCHED THE MOVIE FOUR

TIMES.

IF YOU COULD SEE THE

DOZENS AND DOZENS OF

GROUPS THAT THAT ONE MAN

HAS STARTED BECAUSE HIS

LIFE WAS TOUCHED BY SEEING

THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST.

IT IS JUST A WONDERFUL

THING.

Reporter: WHY DID YOU

WRITE THIS BOOK, AND WHAT

DO YOU HOPE PEOPLE WILL

GET FROM IT, DR. SHENKEL?

I WROTE IT BECAUSE IT

IS SUCH A WONDERFUL

BLESSING TO GIVE OUR LIVES

TOTALLY TO FULFILLING

CHRIST'S MISSION IN THE

WORLD.

YET WE AS A CHURCH OFTEN

MOVE OFF-CENTER WITH THAT

REALITY.

WE FORGET THAT TAKING THAT

MESSAGE TO THE WORLD IS

REALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT

THING THAT JESUS ASKED US

TO DO.

IT IS A THING THAT HIS

HOLY SPIRIT ANOINTS IN

AMAZING WAYS.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE

MIRACLES, START TAKING THE

GOSPEL TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE

NEVER HEARD IT.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

HAVE STRUCK ME THE MOST

STRONGLY IN TERMS OF

FAITH, IS THAT FAITH IS

SIMPLY ACTING ON THE WORD

OF GOD.

AND WHEN WE ACT ON THE

WORD OF GOD, REGARDLESS OF

HOW WE FEEL, REGARDLESS OF

WHAT THE OBSTACLES MIGHT

BE, WE SEE GOD MOVING IN

AMAZING WAYS.

AND IT ENCOURAGES US TO

ACT EVEN MORE.

WHEN JESUS SAID, THOSE WHO

CONFESS ME BEFORE OTHERS,

I'LL CONFESS BEFORE MY

FATHER, THAT'S AN

INCREDIBLE STATEMENT.

WHEN HE MAKES PROMISE OF

ETERNAL REWARD TO THOSE

WHO SERVE HIM IN THIS

LIFE, THAT'S TRUE.

AND SO IS MOLDING OUR

LIVES ON THE WORDS OF

SCRIPTURE, WHICH IS SO

IMPORTANT FOR US.

WHEN WE DO THAT AND BEGIN

TO EXPERIENCE THE BLESSING

THAT COMES WITH IT, IT

BECOMES ADDICTIVE.

Wendy: WHAT A GREAT

MESSAGE.

WELL, YOU CAN LEARN A LOT

MORE ABOUT THE JESUS FILM

PROJECT AND HOW ITS TEAMS

ARE CARRYING THE MESSAGE

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