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A Florida community comforts the grieving and searches for answers after a deadly school shooting. Is President a saint, a sinner, or like the rest of us, a little of both? As politics and sports play out at the Winter Olympics, we look at the ... Read Transcript


I TOLD THIS ONE GIRL

THAT I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY

TO JUST HUG AND EMBRACE

AND COMFORT, AND TO LET

HER KNOW THAT GOD IS

GRIEVING.

THAT HE IS HERE, AND HE IS

GRIEVING WITH US.

THIS WEEK ON "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS," A FLORIDA

COMMUNITY COMFORTS THE

GRIEVING AND SEARCHES FOR

ANSWERS AFTER A DEADLY

SCHOOL SHOOTING.

PLUS...IS HE A SAINT OR

A SINNER.

LIKE THE REST OF US, MAYBE

A LITTLE BIT OF BOTH.

DAVID BRODY TALKS ABOUT

HIS NEW BOOK ON PRESIDENT

TRUMP'S FAITH.

AND AS POLITICS AND

SPORTS PLAY OUT AT THE

WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES, WE

LOOK AT THE SPIRITUAL

HISTORY OF THE KOREAN

PENINSULA, AND THE REVIVAL

THAT LED TO PYONGYANG

BEING LABELLED THE

JERUSALEM OF THE EAST.

*

WELCOME TO "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS," EVERYONE, I'M

WENDY GRIFFITH.

AND I AM GEORGE THOMAS.

WE WANT TO WELCOME OUR

Facebook VIEWERS AND

ENCOURAGE YOU TO CHECK IN

AND POST YOUR COMMENTS.

IN SOUTH FLORIDA, A

COMMUNITY IS COMFORTING

EACH OTHER AND REMEMBERING

THE 1 17 PEOPLE KILLED IN A

MASS SHOOTING AT A HIGH

SCHOOL.

THE 19-YEAR-OLD GUNMAN,

NIKOLAS CRUZ, TOLD

INVESTIGATORS HE HEARD

VOICES IN HIS HEAD, GIVING

HIM INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO

CARRY OUT THE ATTACK.

ERIK ROSALES REPORTS FROM

FLORIDA.

Reporter: SHOCK AND

DISBELIEF, THAT'S THE ONLY

WAY THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN

AFFECTED BY THIS SOUTH

FLORIDA SHOOTING CAN

DESCRIBE WHAT THEY ARE

FEELING.

THURSDAY NIGHT THOUSANDS

GATHERED IN A LOCAL PARK

TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS AND

MOURN THE LOSS OF 17

VICTIMS, WHOSE LIVES AND

FUTURES WERE ROBBED.

* YOUR LOVE NEVER FAILS

Reporter: THROUGHOUT

THE CROWD, PEOPLE GREETED

ONE ANOTHER WITH HUGS AND

TEARS.

17 CROSSES LIE IN THE

GRASS FIELD AS MARJORY

STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH

SCHOOL STUDENTS RELANTERNS

IN THE AIR.

THEY SHARED THOUGHTS OF

THEIR BELOVED FOOTBALL

COACH, WHO SHIELDED

STUDENTS FROM THE GUNFIRE.

HE STARTED HEADING HIS

WAY OVER TO THE FRESHMAN

BUILDING, SO HE WAS

DEFINITELY GOING TOWARDS

THE GUNFIRE.

Reporter: A VARIETY

OF FAITH LEADERS HELPED

PRAY AND COMFORT ANYONE

WHO NEEDED IT.

I TOLD HIS ONE GIRL,

WHO I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY

TO HUG AND EMBRACE AND

COMFORT, TO LET HER KNOW

THAT GOD IS GRIEVING.

THAT HE IS HERE AND HE IS

GRIEVING WITH US.

THAT YOU'RE NOT ALONE.

HE IS HERE IN THE MIDST OF

THE PAIN AND THE GRIEF,

AND HIS LOVE IS PRESENT.

Reporter: EARLIER

THURSDAY, THE SUSPECTED

SHOOTER, 19-YEAR-OLD

NIKOLAS CRUZ, WAS

ARRANGED, SHACKLED AND

WEARING AN ORANGE

JUMPSUIT.

HE WAS DENIED BOND.

CRUZ, WHO LOST HIS MOTHER

IN NOVEMBER AND FATHER

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, LEGALLY

PURCHASED THE AR-15 RIFLE

LAST FEBRUARY.

HE REMAINS ON

SUICIDE-WATCH.

CBN NEWS HAS LEARNED CRUZ

CONFESSED TO PLANNING AND

COMMITTING THE MURDERS.

THE SUSPECT CROSSED

FIELDS AND RAN WEST, ALONG

WITH OTHERS WHO WERE

FLEEING, AND TRIED TO MIX

IN WITH THE GROUP THAT

WERE RUNNING AWAY, FEARING

FOR THEIR LIVES.

Reporter: PRESIDENT

TRUMP ADDRESSED THE

COUNTRY FROM THE WHITE

HOUSE.

President Trump: NO

CHILD, NO TEACHER, SHOULD

EVER BE IN DANGER IN AN

AMERICAN SCHOOL.

WE ARE COMMITTED TO

WORKING WITH STATE AND

LOCAL LEADERS TO HELP

SECURE OUR SCHOOLS AND

TACKLE THE DIFFICULT ISSUE

OF MENTAL HEALTH.

Reporter: THE

PRESIDENT DOES PLAN TO

VISIT THE COMMUNITY

POSSIBLY THIS WEEKEND.

ERIK ROSALES JOINS US

NOW FROM SOUTH FLORIDA.

ERIK, YOU WERE THERE AT

THE VIGIL LAST NIGHT.

HOW ARE THE PEOPLE

HANDLING THIS?

Reporter: WELL, I'LL

TELL YOU WHAT, WENDY, MANY

PEOPLE ARE HURTING HERE.

IT IS A COMMUNITY THAT IS

DEFINITELY IN MOURNING.

YOU KNOW, THE FIRST OF THE

17 VICTIMS HAD A SERVICE

TODAY.

IT WAS 14-YEAR-OL 14-YEAR-OLD ALYSSA

ALHADEFF.

THE POLICE STILL HAVE THE

HIGH SCHOOL ON LOCKDOWN

RIGHT NOW.

THEY ARE CURRENTLY STILL

GATHERING EVIDENCE, GOING

THROUGH THE CRIME SCENE

ITSELF.

LAST NIGHT I HEARD MANY

STORIES FROM PEOPLE.

SOME SAID THEY HID INSIDE

CLOSETS, AND OTHERS SAID

THEY HID INSIDE BATHROOM

STALLS.

ANYTHING TO GET AWAY FROM

THE SHOOTER.

THEY HEARD THE CRIES FROM

THEIR CLASSMATES, AND MANY

OF THEM ARE HURTING RIGHT

NOW, AND THEY'RE REALLY

RELYING ON THE FAITH-BASED

COMMUNITY FOR HELP.

AND AS YOU MENTIONED IN

YOUR PIECE, MANY MEMBERS

OF THE FAITH-BASED

COMMUNITY WERE THERE LAST

NIGHT AND OUR RESPONDING

TO THIS TRAGEDY.

HOW ARE THEY HELPING?

Reporter: WELL, THEY

CERTAINLY ARE.

I DID SPEAK TO A NUMBER OF

THEM.

ALL THROUGHOUT THE STATE

OF FLORIDA, THEY HAVE

COME.

SOME HAVE BROUGHT CHILD

PSYCHOLOGIST, AND

CHRISTIAN PSYCHOLOGISTS TO

BE ABLE TO TALK WITH THE

KIDS.

OTHERS HAVE BROUGHT YOUTH

GROUPS OUT HERE, JUST TO

TRY TO HELP SOME OF THE

KIDS BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH

THIS.

MANY ARE ASKING QUESTIONS

LIKE: HOW DOES THIS

HAPPEN?

HOW DOES GOD ALLOW THIS TO

HAPPEN?

MANY FAITH-BASED

ORGANIZATIONS IS TELLING

THEM, GOD IS THE ONE WHO

IS IN CONTROL, AND HE IS

GOING TO TURN SOMETHING

POSITIVE OUT OF THIS

TRAGEDY.

THE PRESIDENT IS

PLANNING TO HEAD THEIR

SHORTLY.

HOW ARE PEOPLE REACTING TO

THE NEWS THAT PRESIDENT

TRUMP IS GOING TO VISIT?

Reporter: WELL, THAT

IS THE THING.

REACTION IS DEFINITELY

MIXED ON THE PRESIDENT.

SOME WERE EXCITED TO HEAR

THAT HE DID TALK ABOUT

MENTAL ILLNESS, BUT OTHERS

WERE DISAPPOINTED THAT HE

DID NOT TALK ABOUT IN HIS

SPEECH MORE ABOUT GUN

CONTROL.

BUT ALL OF THEM ARE JUST

EXCITED THAT THE PRESIDENT

IS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE

COMING HERE AND TO BE ABLE

TO SHARE WITH THEM SOME OF

THE THOUGHTS THAT THEY

HAVE ON THE REASONS WHY

THEY SAY MORE NEEDS TO BE

DONE UP ON CAPITOL HILL,

THAT MORE NEEDS TO TAKE

PLACE WITH OUR LAWMAKERS

TO BE ABLE TO MAKE TIGHTER

GUN CONTROL LAWS.

THAT'S MORE OF A POLITICAL

ISSUE.

BUT A LOT OF THEM SAY JUST

HAVING THE PRESIDENT COME

OUT HERE, IT IS A SIGN OF

SHOWING SOLIDARITY WITH

THE PEOPLE, AND THEY WILL

WELCOME THAT.

ERIK, THANKS SO MUCH.

CBN'S CHARLENE AARON

HOSTS "THE PRAYER LINK,"

EVERY WEEK, WHERE SHE AND

HER GUESTS TALK ABOUT THE

POWER OF PRAYER AND PRAY

FOR THE NEEDS OF OUR

NATION.

SHE JOINS US NOW FOR MORE.

CHARLENE, WHAT PRAYER

RESPONSES ARE YOU SEEING

TO THIS TRAGEDY?

THERE ARE SO MANY

PEOPLE IN THE BODY OF

CHRIST WHO ARE GRIEVED AND

HEARTBROKEN AND WHO ARE

BOWING DOWN IN PRAYER.

YOU HAVE FRANKLIN GRAHAM

ENCOURAGING HIS FOLLOWERS,

BELIEVES ALL OVER THE

WORLD, TO PRAY.

MANDISA POSTED A VERY

POWERFUL PRAYER ON HER

Facebook PAGE.

SHE SAID: "PRAYER IS NOT

ALL WE CAN DO; FROM IS THE

MOST WE CAN DO."

SO MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE

WORLD ARE PRAYING.

EVEN A FORMER NFL PLAYER

SUMMED IT UP THIS WAY:

"WE NEED GOD BACK IN OUR

SCHOOLS."

AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE

PRAYING.

IF PEOPLE WHO TRULY

BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF

PRAYER ARE PRAYING, WE'RE

GOING TO SEE A CHANGE.

ON THAT NOTE, CHARLENE,

SOME ARE MINIMIZING THE

POWER OF PRAYER, SAYING WE

NEED ACTION, NOT PRAYER.

WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THAT

POINT OF VIEW?

YOU KNOW, GEORGE, AS AN

ORDAINED MINISTER OF THE

GOSPEL, AND MY HUSBAND IS

A PASTOR, WHEN I SEE THE

HASHTAG TRENDING THAT

PRAYER -- THAT THOUGHTS

AND PRAYERS ARE NOT

ENOUGH, THAT GRIEVES ME.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, I'M NOT

SURPRISED.

BECAUSE THE BIBLE SAYS IN

THE BOOK OF 2 PETER 3,

THAT THERE ARE GOING TO BE

MOCKERS AND SCORN NERS INERS IN

THE LAST DAYS, AND THAT'S

WHAT WE'RE SEEING.

BUT THOSE WHO KNOW THE

POWER OF PRAYER ARE

PRAYING.

WE NEED PEOPLE WHO PRAY

AND KNOW AND EXPECT THAT

GOD IS GOING TO ANSWER US.

HE TOLD US IN HIS WORD.

HE SAID, IF YOU CALL UPON

ME, I WILL ANSWER THEE,

AND I WILL SHOW YOU GREAT

AND MIGHTY THINGS THAT YOU

DO NOT KNOW.

SO THE BODY OF CHRIST IS

COMING TOGETHER AND WE ARE

PRAYING FOR THE PEOPLE OF

FLORIDA.

ABSOLUTELY.

THEY NEED IT.

AND SO GLAD TO SEE THAT

THE FAITH COMMUNITY IS

RALLYING ABOUT THIS

DEVASTATED PART OF THE

SUNSHINE STATE TODAY.

SO OUR PRAYERS AND

THOUGHTS CONTINUE TO GO

OUT TO THEM.

CHARLENE AARON, THANK YOU

SO MUCH FOR COMING ON THIS

WEEK'S EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

THANK YOU.

WELL, STUDENTS AND

FACULTY ARE REMEMBERING

THE HERO TEACHERS WHO GAVE

THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT

THEIR STUDENTS.

AARON FEIS, AN ASSISTANT

FOOTBALL COACH, RAN TO THE

SOUND OF THE GUNFIRE AND

DIED, SHIELDING STUDENTS

FROM THE BULLETS WITH HIS

OWN BODY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE

FOOTBALL TEAM SAID, "HE

DIED THE WAY HE LIVED; HE

PUT HIMSELF SECOND."

SCOTSCOTT BEIGEL UNLOCKED HIS

DOOR TO LET STUDENTS

INSIDE.

BEFORE HE COULD SHUT THE

DOOR, THE GUNMAN SHOT AND

KILLED HIM, AND THE

STUDENTS SURVIVED.

AND TEACHER MELISSA LOCKED

HERSELF IN A CLOSET WITH

19 STUDENTS, AND MANAGED

SOMEHOW TO KEEP THEM CALM

AND QUIET UNTIL THE

HORRIFIC EVENT ENDED.

SHE AND HER STUDENTS

SURVIVED THE ATTACK.

UP NEXT, COULD OUR

CONTROVERSIAL PRESIDENT

ACTUALLY BE A MAN OF

FAITH?

OUR REPORTER DAVID BRODY

TOOK A DEEP DIVE INTO

TRUMP'S RELIGIOUS BACK

BACKGROUND AND REVEALS

WHAT HE DISCOVERED.

VICE PRESIDENT MI MIKE

PENCE FIRED BACK ABOUT

COMMENTS MADE ON A POPULAR

DAYTIME TALK SHOW, WHERE A

PANELIST BASHED HIM.

ON ABC'S THE VIEW, JOY

BAYHAR SAID, "IT IS ONE

THING TO TALK TO JESUS.

IT IS ANOTHER THING WHEN

JESUS TALKS TO YOU.

THAT'S CALLED MENTAL

ILLNESS, IF I'M NOT

CORRECT," HEARING VOICES,

SHE SAID.

I JUST THINK IT

DEMONSTRATES HOW OUT OF

TOUCH SOME IN THE

MAINSTREAM MEDIA ARE WITH

THE FAITH AND VALUES OF

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THAT

YOU COULD HAVE A MAJOR

NETWORK LIKE ABC PERMIT A

FORUM FOR INVECTIVE

AGAINST RELIGION LIKE

THAT.

I CALL THEM OUT ON IT.

NOT BECAUSE OF WHAT WAS

SAID ABOUT ME, BUT IT IS

JUST SIMPLY WRONG FOR ABC

TO HAVE A TELEVISION

PROGRAM THAT EXPRESSES

THAT KIND OF RELIGIOUS

INTOLERANCE.

AND YOU CAN SEE PENCE'S

FULL REMARKS ON OUR

WEBSITE.

JUST GO TO cbnnews.com.

WHAT DOES PRESIDENT

TRUMP BELIEVE ABOUT GOD,

JESUS CHRIST, AND THE

BIBLE?

WELL, IT'S A BURNING

QUESTION FOR ME.

NOW CBN'S DAVID BRODY HAS

WRITTEN A BOOK CALLED "THE

FAITH OF DONALD TRUMP: A

SPIRITUASPIRITUAL BIOGRAPHY."

ARERLEARLIER HE SPOKE WITH OUR

GARY LANE ABOUT THE

PRESIDENT'S FAITH.

David: THE BOOK IS

CALLED THE FAITH OF DONALD

TRUMP, AND IT IS NOT

CALLED THE SAINTHOOD OF

DONALD TRUMP.

WE GO INTO THE '70s AND

'80s AND THE

MARRIAGES -- WE COVER IT.

HE IS ON A SPIRITUAL

JOURNEY, I THINK IS WHAT

WE'RE FINDING OUT.

WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS, HE

IS BEING EXPOSED TO PEOPLE

HE NEVER HAS BEEN EXPOSED

TO BEFORE.

HE GREW UP WITH MAIN LINE

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES, AND

NOW HE IS IN WITH THE

GOSPEL CROWD, AND THAT IS

A JESUS CROWD.

AND WE'RE STARTING TO SEE

THE FRUITS OF THAT.

HOW HE IS SEEKING MIKE

PENCE OUT FOR PRAYER.

LITERALLY, HE IS GOING

AROUND, WHETHER IT BE ON

THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL OR IN

THE OVAL OFFICE, ASKING

FOR PRAYER.

HE IS SAYING, WHERE IS

MIKE PENCE, I WANT TO

PRAY.

GOD CAN WORK WITH

CURIOSITY.

AND GOD IS GOING TO JUDGE

DONALD TRUMP, HE IS GOING

TO JUDGE YOU AND ME AND

EVERYBODY OUT THERE.

I THINK WE'RE ALL ON

THAT JOURNEY.

WE'VE ALL SINNED AND

FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY

OF GOD.

ONE PROBLEM EVANGELICALS

EXPRESSED TO ME THEY HAVE

WITH DONALD TRUMP -- THEY

ADMIT HE IS ON THIS

JOURNEY, BUT THEY SAY, WHY

DOES HE PUT OUT THESE

NASTY TWEETS?

A CHRISTIAN SHOULDN'T BE

PUTTING OUT NASTY TWEETS.

David: FAIR

CRITICISM.

THIS IS A GUY FROM NEW

YORK, WHO FOR DECADES HAS

BEEN WORKING IN NEW YORK

BUSINESSMEN CIRCLES, AND

SO YOU HAVE THAT STREET

BRAWLER MENTALITY.

AND NOW HE COMES INTO

CONTACT WITH FOLKS WHO

SAY, HEY, LET'S GO LIGHTER

ON THE TWITTER FEED --

HE HASN'T LEARNED

TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK?

David: HE IS WORKING

ON THAT.

I THINK I AM, TOO.

David: AT THE TV

NETWORK ANCHOR LUNCHEON,

DONALD TRUMP TELLING

EVERYBODY AS A

BUSINESSMAN, I DIDN'T NEED

HEART.

IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE DEAL,

THE MONEY.

AS PRESIDENT, I NEED HEART

NOW.

YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE HEART,

IS WHAT HE SAID.

AND WHAT DID WE SEE AT THE

NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST,

VERY HUMBLE.

IF YOU COMPARE WHAT HE DID

THE FIRST TIME AROUND AT

THE NATIONAL PRAYER

BREAKFAST, IT WAS ALL

ABOUT THE APPRENTICE

RATINGS AND THE JOHNSON

AMENDMENT, ALL ABOUT HIM.

THE SECOND TIME AROUND,

LESS OF HIM, MORE OF GOD.

SUBTLE SHIFTS BY DONALD

TRUMP BECAUSE OF WHAT IS

IN THIS BOOK, WHAT IS

GOING ON BEHIND THE

SCENES.

WHO IS HAVING THE

GREATEST INFLUENCE ON THE

PRESIDENT?

David: PAULA WHITE

AND MIKE PENCE, NO DOUBT

ABOUT THAT.

DONALD TRUMP SEES IN MIKE

PENCE, MORE THAN JUST A

FRIEND.

HE REALLY SEES KIND OF A

GUY WHO WEARS HIS

CHRISTIAN FAITH OUTWARDLY,

PUBLICLY, AND ISN'T

ASHAMED ABOUT IT, AND THAT

RESONATES WITH TRUMP

BECAUSE TRUMP LIKES PEOPLE

WHO ARE PASSIONATE, AND

MIKE PENCE IS PASSIONATE

WHEN IT COMES TO HIS

FAITH, AND HE LIVES IT

OUT, AND PAULA WHITE, THE

SAME THING.

SHE HAS WHAT I LIKE TO

CALL OVAL OFFICE

PRIVILEGES.

SHE CAN WALK RIGHT IN.

AND IF SHE IS ON THE

PHONE, DONALD TRUMP IS

DROPPING THE PHONE AND

PICKING UP HER PHONE CALL.

AND HE WATCHES CHRISTIAN

TELEVISION.

AND ONE THING DONALD TRUMP

TOLD ME IN THE OVAL

OFFICE, HE SAID, THIS IS

THE FIRST TIME I'VE BEEN

AROUND THESE TYPE OF

PEOPLE, THESE EVANGELICAL

PASTORS, AND HE SAID, IT

HAS IMPACTED ME GREATLY.

I THINK WE'RE STARTING TO

SEE SOME OF THAT PLAY OUT.

AND HE IS SEEING HOW

THEY LIVE THEIR LIVES.

David: AND HE LIKES

THAT.

HE LIKES PEOPLE WHO ARE

PASSIONATE, AND THEY'RE

PASSIONATE ABOUT GOD.

AND DARYL SCOTT, A PASTOR

AND FRIEND OF HIS FOR A

WHILE, FROM CLEVELAND, WAS

IN A ROOM WITH DONALD

TRUMP AND MANY OTHER

PASTORS, AND DARYL SCOTT

SAYING THAT HE, TRUMP,

DON'TEDED THE POSITION OF

A LESSER RATHER THAN THE

GREATER.

HE REMEMBERS A TIME WHEN

YOU DRESSED UP FOR CHURCH.

AND THE POINT IS DONALD

TRUMP REMEMBERS A TIME,

AND THAT'S WHY YOU SEE HIM

FIGHT FOR THOSE JUDEO

JUDE-CHRISTIAN VALUES.

THAT'S WHY YOU SEE THIS

DISDAIN FOR POLITICAL

CORRECTNESS.

MY COLLEAGUE, DAVID,

MET WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP

RECENTLY AND GAVE HIM A

COPY OF HIS BOOK.

DAVID SAID HE'LL BE BACK

TO TELL US WHAT THE

PRESIDENT THINKS ABOUT HIS

BOOK, "THE FAITH OF DONALD

TRUMP."

YOU WILL SEE IT HERE ON

cbnnews.com.

COMING UP, LONG BEFORE

THERE WAS A NORTH AND

SOUTH KOREA, CHRISTIAN

CHURCHES DOTTED THE

PENINSULA, INCLUDING THE

COUNTRY NOW KNOWN AS THE

HERMIT KINGDOM.

AND WELCOME BACK TO

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

IT HAS BEEN A VERY

EXCITING COMPETITION AT

THE WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES

IN SOUTH KOREA.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN

HISTORY, NORTH KOREA AND

SOUTH KOREA ARE COMPETING

UNDER A NEUTRAL FLAG.

BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE

ATHLETICS, A CASCADE OF

POLITICAL EVENTS.

KIM JONG-UN'S SISTER

ATTENDED OPENING

CEREMONIES, BECOMING THE

FIRST MEMBER OF HER FAMILY

TO VISIT SOUTH KOREA SINCE

THE KOREAN WAR AND THE

EARLY 1950s.

AND SHE INVITED SOUTH

KOREAN'S PRESIDENT TO MEET

HER BROTHER, KIM JONG-UN,

AND MIKE PENCE WAS ALSO

THERE, HOPING TO MAKE A

STATEMENT WITH HIS GUEST,

FRED WARMBIER, THE FATHER

OF OTTO WARMBIER.

YOU CAN FIND PROFILES OF

CHRISTIAN OLYMPIC ATHLETES

ON cbnnews.com.

CHRISTIANS IN NORTH

KOREA FACE TERRIBLE

PERSECUTION, BUT IT WASN'T

ALWAYS THAT WAY.

YEAH.

IT IS HARD TO EVEN JUST

IMAGINE THAT.

BACK IN THE EARLY 1900s,

NORTH KOREA WITNESSED A

GREAT CHRISTIAN REVIVAL.

THE CITY OF PYONGYANG WAS

CALLED THE JERUSALEM OF

THE EAST.

A FEW YEARS AGO, I WENT TO

CAREER CRKOREA TO TELL THAT STORY.

PYONGYANG, JANUARY 14th,

1907, A GROUP OF KOREAN

CHRISTIANS AND WESTERN

MISSIONARIES ARE MEETING

FOR A BIBLE STUDY IN A

CHURCH ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF

THE CITY.

HALF WAY THROUGH, GOD

BEGINS TO MOVE IN A

POWERFUL WAY.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

INUIT THE THEY KNEW THE ONLY WAY

TO SURVIVE WAS TO DEPEND

ON GOD.

THEY CONFESSED THEIR

SINS OF RACIAL PREJUDICE,

HATE, ANGER, AND JEALOUSY.

THEY KNEW NOTHING WAS

IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD, SO

THEY CALLED ON HIM FOR

FORGIVENESS.

IN THE PURSUING MONTHS,

THOUSANDS REPENTED

PUBLICLY, INCLUDING ELDERS

AND FOREIGN MISSIONARIES

SERVING IN KOREA.

AND OUT OF THAT, THEY

SAY CAME THE WORK OF THE

SPIRIT, THAT FINALLY BROKE

OUT AS THAT PENTECOST.

IN 1907, PYONGYANG GAME

KNOWN AS THE JERUSALEM OF

THE EAST.

CHURCHES WERE SPROUTING UP

EVERYWHERE, AND THEY WERE

GROWING FAST.

PRAYERS OF REPENTANCE

SWEPT ACROSS THE KOREAN

PENINSULA.

PEOPLE WALKED HUNDREDS OF

MILES TO ATTEND BIBLE

MEETINGS.

BELIEVERS CONFESSED

THEIR SINS AND WERE BORN

AGAIN.

THE REVIVAL LASTED 40

YEARS, TOUCHING ALL LEVELS

OF SOCIETY, INCLUDING

THOSE IN POLITICAL POWER.

ANDREA IS A PROFESSOR OF

ASIAN HISTORY IN SEOUL.

NORTH KOREAN

COMMUNISTS -- ANY

COMMUNISTS, CAME FROM A

CHRISTIAN FAMILY.

KIM'S GREAT

GRANDPARENTS WERE ACTIVE

MEMBERS OF A CHRISTIAN

CHURCH.

THERE WAS

MODERNIZATION, PROGRESS,

SIGNS, TECHNOLOGY.

BUT THE OCCUPATION OF

CAREER TESTED THE FAITH OF

THESE BELIEVERS.

AND ACCORDING TO

EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNTS,

CHRISTIANS WERE ENDURING

SO MUCH PE PERSECUTION.

THEY FORCED US TO BOW

TO THE JAPANESE EMPEROR,

BUT MANY OF US REFUSED.

SOME WERE TORTURED AND

KILLED.

BY THE LATE 1940s,

SOME 3,000 CHURCHES WERE

OPERATING IN CAREER.

ILLITERATE PEOPLE BEGAN

READING THE BIBLE.

MISSIONARY SCHOOLS AND

HOSPITALS WERE BEING

BUILT.

IT WAS THE GREATEST

SUCCESS STORY OF NOT ONLY

THE AMERICAN MISSIONARIES,

BUT HERE.

BUT TODAY THE STORY OF

PYONGYANG COULD NOT BE

MORE DIFFERENT.

CHRISTIANS NOW ARE

ROUTINELY TORTURED, RAPED,

STARVED, AND EXECUTED.

IT IS ONE OF THE MOST

OPPRESSIVE COUNTRIES THE

WORLD HAS EVER SEEN.

THEY ARE WORSE THAN

STALIN.

THEY ARE PROBABLE AS BAD

AT MAO.

KOREAN CHRISTIANS HAVE

HELD PRAYER RALLIES LIKE

THIS ONE, ASKING GOD TO

REUNITE AND REVIVE THEIR

NATION.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

DAVID CHO, A SOUTH

KOREAN, PASTORS THE

LARGEST CHURCH IN THE

WORLD.

FOR DECADES HE HAS BEEN

PREPARING TEAMS OF YOUNG

PASTORS TO BE READY TO

SHARE THE GOSPEL ONCE THE

DOORS OPEN IN THE NORTH.

WE ARE PRAYING THAT GOD

WILL SPEED UP THE

INTERVENTION TO NORTH

KOREA.

CHO AND OTHERS ARE

CALLING ON THE GLOBAL

CHURCH THIS WEEK TO

REMEMBER THOSE SUFFERING

FOR THEIR FAITH, AND TO

PRAY THAT GOD WILL BRING

ANOTHER REVIVAL IN NORTH

KOREA.

> AND I THINK THIS IS

WHAT THE KIM DYNASTY FEARS

THE MOST, IS CHRISTIANITY.

BECAUSE THEY KNOW THE

ROOTS OF CHRISTIANITY,

BACK IN 1907, WHEN THE

CHURCH OF CHRISTIANITY

SPREAD ACROSS THE KOREAN

PENINSULA, THIS IS THEIR

BIGGEST FEAR.

AMAZING STORY.

ALL RIGHT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

"OPERATION BLESSING"

TEAMS HELPED REBUILD A

HOUSE FOR A FAMILY WHO

LOST EVERYTHING IN A

HURRICANE.

HURRICANE MARIA STRUCK IN

SEPTEMBER.

THE FAMILY STRUGGLED TO

COME BACK FROM THE DEADLY

STORM.

THAT'S WHEN "OPERATION

BLESSING" WENT ABOVE AND

BEYOND.

TEAMS PUT A NEW ROOF ON

HER HOME AND COMPLETELY

RENOVATED THE ENTIRE

INSIDE, PROVIDING THE

FAMILY WITH NEW BEDS TO

SLEEP ON AND A BRAND NEW

KITCHEN.

"OPERATION BLESSING,"

DOING GREAT WORK AROUND

THE UNITED STATES AND

AROUND THE WORLD.

AMEN.

IF YOU WANT TO HELP, YOU

CAN GO TO ob.org.

FOLKS, THAT IS IT FOR

THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, GOOD-BYE

AND...

GOD BLESS YOU.

TAKE CARE.

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