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Christian World News - March 23, 2018

Christian families flee a Syrian town as Islamic militants bear down, an American pastor jailed in Turkey faces a lifetime behind bars, and Christian films are blowing out the box office, teaching Hollywood a valuable lesson about faith and values. Read Transcript


THEY SHOULD PRAY FOR

THEIR SAFETY.

THEY SHOULD PRAY THAT

THESE FAMILIES WILL BE

ABLE TO STAY TOGETHER

BECAUSE IN THESE

CHRONICALLY DESPERATE

SITUATIONS, WHERE MASSES

OF PEOPLE ARE FLEEING,

FAMILIES CAN GET LOST AND

LITTLE ONES CAN GET HURT.

SO WE NEED O PRAY FOR

THESE FAMILIES, THAT

THEY'LL BE ABLE TO STAY

TOGETHER.

THIS WEEK AND

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS," A

TINY COMMUNITY OF

CHRISTIANS HIDES IN

DESPERATION AS TURKISH AND

SYRIAN FORCES HUNT THEM

DOWN.

PLUS...THIS AMERICAN

PASTOR COULD SPEND THE

REST OF HIS LIFE IN A

TURKISH PRISON.

HIS DEFENDERS SAY HIS ONLY

CRIME IS PREACHING THE

GOSPEL IN TURKEY.

AND...HOW HOLLYWOOD IS

TURNING TO FAITH.

THE MOVIE INDUSTRY FINDS

SUCCESS WITH FILMS THAT

APPEAL TO CHRISTIANS.

*

HELLO, EVERYONE,

WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

AND I'M WENDY GRIFFITH.

IN SYRIA, MANY CHRISTIANS,

ALL OF THEM FORMER

MUSLIMS, FEARED A GENOCIDE

AS THEY SAW RADICAL

ISLAMIC TROOPS MARCHING

TOWARDS THEIR CITY.

A VERY, VERY SCARY

SITUATION.

AFRIN HAD BECOME A SAFE

HAVEN FOR SOME 250

CHRISTIAN FAMILIES FLEEING

THE FIGHTING IN SYRIA.

CHRIS MITCHELL TALKED WITH

ONE HUMANITARIAN AID

WORKER WHO HELPED THEM

ESCAPE WHEN IT BECAME TOO

DANGEROUS TO STAY.

Chris: AS THE BATTLE

OVER AFRIN GREW CLOSER TO

THE CITY, MANY CHRISTIANS

FOUND THEMSELVES IN GRAVE

DANGER.

[YELLING]

Chris: THIS IS A

CHURCH SERVICE OF THE

CHRISTIANS CRYING OUT TO

GOD FOR DELIVERANCE AS

TURKISH AND ISLAMIC FORCES

DROVE TOWARDS AFRIN.

CHARMAINE HEADING, THE

FOUNDER OF THE FUND

HELPING THE PERSECUTED

CHURCH IN THE MIDDLE EAST,

KEPT IN TOUCH WITH MANY OF

THESE CHRISTIANS.

A LOT OF INFORMATION

WAS COMING TO THEM, THAT

WHEN THESE DIFFERENT

PEOPLE CAME AND SUPPORTED

THIS RADICAL IDEOLOGY THAT

WE'VE SEEN WITH ISIS AND

al-QAEDA, THAT THEY WOULD

BEHEAD THE CHRISTIANS AND

THEY WOULD KILL THEM.

BECAUSE MANY OF THESE

CHRISTIANS WERE ORIGINALLY

MUSLIM BACKGROUND

BELIEVERS THEY WERE

PARTICULARLY GOING TO BE

TARDE.

Chris: AND JIHADISTS

BROKE INTO THE CHURCH,

FOUND PICTURES OF SOME

BELIEVERS, AND DISTRIBUTED

THEM.

THEY'RE NOW HUNTING THEM

DOWN DOOR TO DOOR.

THEY SAY OUR SITUATION

IS VERY DANGEROUS, AND WE

DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO

BECAUSE THEY FOUND PHOTOS

IN THE CHURCH BUILDING.

AND THEY SAY THEY ARE

SEARCHING FOR THE

BELIEVERS NOW IN AFRIN.

SO THE MAN IS CRYING.

HE DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

SO WE NEED PRAYER THAT GOD

WILL PROTECT THEM.

Chris: MOST OF THE

CHRISTIAN FAMILIES HAVE

FOUND SAFE HAVEN, BUT SAYS

THE CHURCH IN THE WEST

NEEDS TO PRAY FOR ITS

FELLOW BELIEVERS IN

DISTRESS.

THEY SHOULD PRAY FOR

THEIR SAFETY.

THEY SHOULD PRAY THAT

THESE FAMILIES WILL BE

ABLE TO STAY TOGETHER

BECAUSE IN THESE

CHRONICALLY DESPERATE

SITUATIONS, WHERE MASSES

OF PEOPLE ARE FLEEING,

FAMILIES CAN GET LOST, AND

LIT ONES CAN GET HURT.

SO WE NEED TO PRAY FOR

THESE FAMILIES, THAT

THEY'LL BE ABLE TO STAY

TOGETHER.

Chris: CAMAL SETO OF

THE SOCIETY FOR THREATENED

PEOPLES TOLD CBN NEWS THE

WEST NEEDS TO HELP.

THE U.S. CHRISTIANS

HAVE TO HELP CHRISTIANS IN

TURKEY AND IRAQ.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO

SUPPORT KURDISH PEOPLE IN

THIS SITUATION, TO PROTECT

KURDS BECAUSE WE NEED

KURDS AS ALIYAHS IN THE

FIGHTING AGAINST RADICAL

IDEAS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

Chris: HEADING SAYS

WHAT IS TAKING PLACE IN

AFRIN IS ETHNIC CLEANSING

ON A MASSIVE SCALE.

WE KNOW, FROM THE

STATEMENTS THAT THEY'VE

MADE, THAT THEY WANT TO

GET RID OF THE PEOPLE IN

THIS AREA AND BRING IN

OTHER PEOPLE FROM SYRIA.

IT IS POPULATION

DISPLACEMENT.

Chris: FOLLOWING THE

BATTLE OVER AFRIN, MANY

MIDDLE EAST OBSERVERS FEEL

TURKEY AND THESE ISLAMIC

GROUPS WILL CONTINUE TO

EXPAND AND TRY TO CONQUER

MORE TERRITORY.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

THANKS, CHRIS.

GEORGE, YOU SPOKE WITH AN

EVANGELICAL PASTOR FROM

AFRIN THIS WEEK.

WHAT DOES HE SAY IS

HAPPENING?

THIS IS PREDOMINANTLY A

KURDISH ENCLAVE IN THE

NORTHEASTERN PART OF

SYRIA, WHICH HAS, WENDY,

FOR THE MOST PART OF THE

LAST YEAR HAS BEEN FREE OF

THE CIVIL WAR THAT HAS

GRIPPED THIS NATION.

NOW, WHAT HE FEARS IS THAT

THE TURKISH AND THE

ISLAMIC FORCES ARE

SPECIFICALLY TARGETING

KURDS.

OBVIOUSLY THOSE KURDS,

LIKE CHRIS MENTIONED --

THOSE KURDS HAVE DECIDED

TO ABANDON ISLAM AND

ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS

THEIR SAVIOR, AND THEY

FACE EVEN MORE THREATS AND

PERSECUTION.

BUT CLEARLY WHAT THE KURDS

IN THIS COMMUNITY FEAR IS

THAT THEY ARE BEING HUNTED

DOWN.

THEY WILL BE PERSECUTED,

AND THEY WILL BE HARASSED.

AND IN SITUATIONS LIKE

THIS WEEK, TURKISH FORCES

WENT INTO VARIOUS

UNIVERSITY DORMS AND WERE

LOOKING FOR KURDS

SPECIFICALLY.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE

HOLD FOR THEM?

IT IS DANGEROUS.

IT IS UNCERTAIN WHETHER

THE SYRIANS -- WHETHER

THEE KURDS WILL COME BACK

TO AFRIN IS UNKNOWN

BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW IF

THEY WILL BE SAFE.

WOW.

WE'VE GOT TO PRAY FOR

THEM.

> AMERICAN PASTOR ANDREW

BRUNSON COULD SPEND THE

REST OF HIS LIFE IN A

TURKISH PRISON.

LAST WEEK THE COURT

APPROVED A 6 62-COUNT

INDICTMENT AGAINST HIM.

THE CHARGES AFFECTIVELY

MAKE SHARING THE GOSPEL AN

ACT OF TERRORISM.

CBN'S EMILY JONES SPOKE

WITH SENIOR COUNSEL C.C. C.C. C.C.

HEAL ABOUT THE CASE.

TURKEY HAS TAKEN THE

POSITION THAT

CHRISTIANIZATION IS

TERRORISM.

SO THEY HAVE NO SPECIFIC

EVIDENCE THAT PASTOR

BRUNSON COMMITTED ANY

CRIME.

THE FACT THAT HE IS

SPECIFICALLY A CHRISTIAN

AND A CHRISTIAN PASTOR, IS

WHAT THEY ARE EQUATING AS

TERRORISM.

Reporter: BUT HOW DO

THE CHARGES MAKE SPREADING

THE GOSPEL A TERRORIST

ACT?

WELL, THEY USE TERMS

LIKE HE ACTED AS AN AGENT

OF UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE

WHILE UNDER THE MASK OF

BEING AN EVANGELICAL

CHURCH PASTOR.

AND SOME OF THOSE

ACTIVITIES THAT THEY CLAIM

ARE TERRORIST ACTS ARE

HUMANITARIAN AID,

EDUCATION, AND TRAINING.

Reporter: AND WHY ARE

THEY TARGETING THIS

CHRISTIAN PASTOR?

I BELIEVE THAT AFTER

THE FAILED COUP ATTEMPT IN

JULY OF 2015, THAT

PRESIDENT ERDOGAN -- OR

2016, SORRY -- PRESIDENT

ERDOGAN BASICALLY HAD A

PURGE, GETTING RID OF

ANYONE HE DEEMED WAS NOT

ON HIS SIDE, OF COURSE

WHICH WOULD INCLUDE

CHRISTIANS, WHEN IT IS AN

ENTIRELY MUSLIM COUNTRY.

AND PASTOR BRUNSON WAS ONE

OF THE CHRISTIANS THAT WAS

SNATCHED UP IN THIS PURGE.

MOST OF THE CHRISTIAN

PASTORS HAD BEEN DEPORTED,

AND PASTOR BRUNSON WAS

NOT.

HE WAS HELD, AND HAS BEEN

HELD, SINCE OCTOBER 7th

OF 2016.

Reporter: SOME SAY

THE PASTOR IS A POLITICAL

HOSTAGE OR PAWN OF THE

TURKISH GOVERNMENT.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON

THAT?

I WHOLLY AGREE BECAUSE

PRESIDENT ERDOGAN HIMSELF

CAME OUT AT THE END OF

LAST YEAR AND DEMANDED A

SWAP BETWEEN PASTOR

BRUNSON AND THE CLERIC WHO

IS LIVING IN PENNSYLVANIA.

SO IT SEEMS THAT PASTOR

BRUNSON HAS INDEED JUST

BECOME A POLITICAL PAWN

THAT TURKEY HAS DETERMINED

TO USE TO SWAP.

Reporter: AND WE KNOW

THAT BEFORE HE WAS

ARRESTED, HE WAS ACTUALLY

LIVING IN TURKEY FOR 23

YEARS.

WHAT WAS HE DOING BEFORE

THAT?

WHAT WAS HE DOING IN

TURKEY?

HE HAS BEEN A PASTOR

FOR 23 YEARS IN TURKEY,

PASTORING THE ISMIR

RESURRECTION CHURCH.

HE HAS NEVER HAD A PROBLEM

BEFORE WITH ANY OF THE

AUTHORITIES FOR 22 YEARS.

IT WAS ONLY AFTER THE

FAILED COUP ATTEMPT THAT

THINGS STARTED TO CHANGE

THERE.

THANK YOU, EMILY.

> A NIGERIAN CHRISTIAN

GIRL NAMED LEAH SHARIBO IS

REPORTEDLY BEING HELD

CAPTIVE BY ISLAMIC

TERRORISTS BECAUSE SHE

REFUSED TO RENOUNCE HER

FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.

THIS WEEK THE TEENAGE

GROUP BOKO HARAM RETURNED

MOST OF THE 110 GIRLS AB

DUCTED FROM ABDUCTED FROM A SCHOOL IN

NIGERIA.

MOST OF THE GIRLS RELEASED

WERE MUSLIMS.

THE TERRORISTS TRIED TO

CONVERT THIS MAN'S

DAUGHTER, BUT SHE REFUSED

TO DENOUNCE CHRIST.

IN 2014, THE GROUP

ABDUCTED ABOUT 276 GIRLS

FROM CHIBOK, AND ABOUT 100

ARE STILL MISSING.

COMING UP, WE GIVE YOU

AN INSIDE LOOK OF THE NEW

FILM, "PAUL, APOSTLE OF

CHRIST"," AND WE'LL TELL

YOU HOW IT IS ALREADY

TOUCHING LIVES.

AND WELCOME BACK TO

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

THE FILM, "I CAN ONLY

IMAGINE," BECAME A

SURPRISE HIT AT THE BOX

OFFICE ON OPENING WEEKEND.

THE MOVIE ABOUT BART

MILLARD, LEAD SINGER OF

THE BAND MERCY ME, AND THE

STORY BEHIND HIS

BEST-SELLING SINGLE, "I

CAN ONLY IMAGINE."

EFREM GRAHAM SPOKE WITH

THE DIRECTOR AND BART

MILLARD ABOUT THE FILM'S

SUCCESS.

Efrem: JOINING US NOW

IS BART MILLARD AND

DIRECTOR ANDY ERWIN.

BART, CAN YOU TELL US REAL

QUICK ABOUT THE

INSPIRATION BEHIND THE

SONG?

I GREW UP IN A BROKEN

HOME.

MY PARENTS DIVORCED WHEN I

WAS THREE.

I LIVED WITH MY DAD FROM

ABOUT THAT AGE ON.

AND MY MOM REMARRIED AND

MOVED AWAY.

HE WAS INCREDIBLY ABUSIVE,

TO SAY THE LEAST.

MY FRESHMAN YEAR IN HIGH

SCHOOL, HE WAS DIAGNOSED

WITH CANCER.

I WAS GIVEN A FRONT ROW TO

SEE MY DAD GO FROM BEING A

MONSTER TO A MAN WHO WAS

DESPERATELYLY IN LOVE WITH

JESUS.

AND BY THE TIME OF MY

FRESHMAN YEAR OF COLLEGE,

HE PASSED AWAY AND HE WAS

MY BEST FRIEND.

LEAVING THE GRAVE SITE, MY

GRANDMOTHER SAID, I CAN

ONLY IMAGINE WHAT HE IS

SEEING NOW.

AND THAT WAS AN ALL-TIME

LOW, AND I WAS LOOKING FOR

THE CELLAR DOOR, AND I

USED TO WRITE THAT PHRASE

ON EVERYTHING.

IF I WAS ON HOLD ON THE

PHONE, I WOULD WRITE IT

DOWN.

IT WAS JUST WRITING, "I

CAN ONLY IMAGINE" DOWN.

Efrem: WHAT DO YOU

THINK THE MAIN MESSAGE OF

THE FILM IS?

YOU KNOW, THE MAIN

MESSAGE OF THE FILM IS THE

SAME THING AS THE SONG.

WHEN MY BROTHER JON AND I

DECIDED TO TAKE ON THE

MOVIE, WE SAID, BART, WHAT

DOES THIS SONG DELIVER?

AND HE SAID, IT IS A RUSH

OF HOPE.

IF YOU LOOK IN THE

DICTIONARY FOR THE WORD

HOPE, AND "I CAN ONLY

IMAGINE" IS THE

DEFINITION.

I THINK PEOPLE ARE CRAVING

HOPE RIGHT NOW AND SAYING

NOBODY IS BEYOND

REDEMPTION.

TO LOOK AT THE NUMBERS FOR

THE WEEKEND, AND THIS

AUDIENCE THAT WE LOVE, TO

SEE THEM SHOW UP,

17.1 MILLION OPENING

WEEKEND IS DOUBLE WHAT

ANYBODY HAD IN THEIR

WILDEST DREAMS.

Efrem: THANK YOU

BOTH, GENTLEMEN.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

I SAW IT OPENING NIGHT,

AND I CAN TELL YOU IT IS A

FANTASTIC MOVIE.

DENNIS QUAID, WHO IS

EXCELLENT IN THE PART OF

BART'S DAD, SAYS THE STORY

INSPIRED HIM TO WRITE HIS

OWN CHRISTIAN SONG.

YOU CAN SEE DENNIS QUAID

PERFORM THIS SONG AND READ

ABOUT HIS FAITH JOURNEY ON

OUR WEBSITE,

CBNNEWS.COM.

> OUTSIDE OF JESUS, PAUL

IS ARGUABLY THE MOST

IMPORTANT FIGURE OF THE

NEW TESTAMENT.

AND NOW HIS STORY IS

HITTING THE BIG SCREEN

JUST AS THE CHRISTIAN

WORLD BEGINS HOLY WEEK.

RECENTLY EFREM HAD A

CHANCE TO SIT DOWN WITH

THE FILM'S STARS AND

DIRECTOR.

YOU'RE GOING TO PRISON.

Efrem: SET DURING A

TIME OF CHRISTIAN

PERSECUTION IN ROME,

"PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST"

FOCUSES ON HIS FINAL DAYS

IN PRISON.

JAMES FAULKNER PLAYS THE

ROLE OF PAUL.

MY LIFE DID NOT BEGIN

WITH HATE.

I DON'T RECALL THAT

FEELING AS A CHILD.

Efrem: LOOKING AT

PAUL, HE HAS AN AMAZING

PART IN SCRIPTURE.

HE GOES FROM BEING A

PERSECUTOR TO BEING

PERSECUTED.

YEAH.

WOW.

EXTRAORDINARY.

THAT WHOLE STORY IS

EXTRAORDINARY.

IN A SENSE I'M PREPARED TO

PLAY PAUL BECAUSE I HAVE

PLAYED SO MANY VILLAINS.

THERE IS STILL SOME LOVE

IN ME, AND THIS MAY

REAWAKEN IT.

AND IT DID.

ZEfrem: H'MMM!

IT WAS FOR ME A

TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE

TO PLAY PAUL.

Efrem: HOW SO?

YOU CANNOT SAY THOSE

WORDS WITHOUT BELIEVING

THEM.

YOU CANNOT SAY THOSE WORDS

WITHOUT IT CHANGING YOU.

WE CANNOT REPAY EVIL

FOR EVIL.

EVIL CAN ONLY BE OVERCOME

WITH GOOD.

WHAT DID YOU TELL THEM?

LOVE IS THE ONLY WAY.

Efrem: JIM CAVIEZEL

PLAYS THE ROLE OF LUKE,

WHO RISKS HIS LIFE TO

VISIT PAUL IN PRISON.

> SO YOU DELIVER AN

UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCE

IN "PASSION OF THE

CHRIST," THAT PEOPLE, ALL

THESE YEARS LATER, MYSELF

INCLUDED, ARE STILL

TALKING ABOUT.

YOU HAVEN'T DONE A

BIBLICAL FILM SINCE THEN.

THAT'S RIGHT.

Efrem: WHAT IS IT

ABOUT LUKE THAT MADE YOU

SAY, YEAH, THIS IS THE

RETURN?

IT WASN'T NECESSARILY

ABOUT LUKE.

IT WAS FINDING THE RIGHT

STORY.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR IS

COMMON SENSE.

AND THERE WAS A COMMON

SENSE TO THIS.

IT WASN'T A FILM THAT JUST

BEAT YOU OVER THE HEAD.

I REALIZED THAT THIS MOVIE

CAN SUMMON SOMEONE WHO

DOESN'T KNOW ANYTHING

ABOUT GOD -- IT CAN HAVE A

MASSIVE AFFECT ON HIM.

I WALKED AWAY FROM THE

CHURCH FOR ABOUT SEVEN

YEARS.

AND I HAD A MAJOR

RECONVERGENCE BACK, VERY

MUCH IN THE SAME OF ST.

PAUL.

Efrem: IT IS A STORY

THAT TOUCHED MANY ON THE

SET.

I JUST HAPPENED TO GO

THROUGH A PERSONAL

EXPERIENCE THAT WAS SO

ROUGH THIS YEAR.

MY WIFE LOST HER BROTHER,

AND WE WERE ON THE

PRESIBUS OF LOSING ONE OF

MY BEST FRIENDS.

HE WAS A MENTOR TO ME.

EVERY MORNING WE WOULD GET

UP AND GO SWIMMING.

AND THEN DOING "THE

PASSION," AND THEN NOT

BEING ABLE TO GET FILMS

AFTER THAT.

AND HE ALWAYS WAS THE

RIGHT KIND OF PERSON THAT

WAS SO AUTHENTIC TO ME

BECAUSE HE ALWAYS GOT ME

FOCUSED ON NOT BEING A

VICTIM.

AND WHEN HE DIED THIS LAST

YEAR, IT WAS A CROSS, AND

IT HURT, BUT I WAS ABLE TO

EXTRACT MY PAIN PLAYING

THIS GUY.

AND THIS IS REALLY A

MENTOR RELATIONSHIP.

Efrem: IS THIS

PREPARING YOU FOR THE

FOLLOWUP TO "PASSION"?

MOST DEFINITELY.

IT IS PART OF THE WAY.

IT DOESN'T MEAN WE'RE NOT

GOING TO HAVE ANY CROSSES

ALONG THE WAY.

"THE PASSION OF THE

CHRIST" HAD A CROSS THAT

WAS THAT CLOSE TO TAKING

MY LIFE.

LIGHTNING STRIKES,

OPEN-HEART SURGERY -- YOU

KNOW, IT WAS A TRAUMATIC

LOSS OF YOUR HOLLYWOOD

FRIENDS.

BUT WOULD I CHANGE THAT

DIRECTION?

NO.

IT WAS THE GREATEST THING

EVER.

YES, IT WAS.

> STILL AHEAD, USING THE

LANGUAGE OF MUSIC TO

COMMUNICATE THE MESSAGE OF

THE GOSPEL.

AND WELCOME BACK TO

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

YOU KNOW, MANY AMERICANS

VISITED CHINA THIS YEAR TO

PARTICIPATE IN THE CHINESE

NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATIONS.

NOW SOME SAY THEY WANT

TO RETURN TO SHARE GOD'S

LOVE TO UNREACHED PEOPLE.

MUNG FE LI HAS THE STORY.

Reporter: ALL WAS

QUIET AS THE DAY BEGINS IN

THE VILLAGE OF CHINA'S

HUNUNG PROVINCE.

IN MANY HOUSES, LIKE THIS

ONE, THE FLOORS ARE

SPOTLESS.

CHAIRS AND TABLES ARE PUT

AWAY.

DELICIOUS DISHES OF FOOD

ARE ON THE TABLE.

THIS IS A BIG DAY FOR THE

LOCALS.

THEY ARE THRILLED ABOUT

RECEIVING SPECIAL GUESTS.

CHRISTIAN MUSICIAN JOSH

MARTIN TRAVELLED ALL THE

WAY FROM AMERICA TO THIS

SMALL VILLAGE.

HE TEAMED UP WITH OTHER

INTERNATIONAL MUSICIANS TO

SPEND A FEW DAYS HERE,

TEACHING SINGING AND

BRINGING JOY TO THESE

LOVELY CHILDREN.

FOR JOSH, THIS IS NOT HIS

FIRST TIME IN CHINA.

THE COUNTRY HAS A SPECIAL

PLACE IN HIS HEART.

I ORIGINALLY MOVED TO

CHINA IN 2003, AND I'VE

LIVED THERE ON AND OFF FOR

ABOUT EIGHT YEARS.

IT'S AN AMAZING PLACE.

AND I LOVE THE VERY RICH,

OLD CULTURE.

A MUSIC PRODUCER, JOSH

SAYS HIS PASSION FOR MUSIC

ALL STARTED BACK IN

COLLEGE.

HE FELT GOD GIFTED HIM

WITH MUSICAL TALENTS, AND

JESUS COULD USE HIM TO

ADVANCE HIS KINGDOM.

PRESENT IN MY EARLIEST

MEMORIES WAS SINGING WITH

MY FAMILY.

MUSIC HAS AFFECTED AND

DIRECTED MY LIFE AS FEW

OTHER THINGS HAVE.

Reporter: JOSH

DEVELOPED BIGGER GOALS: A

MUSIC PROJECT FOR CHINESE

CHILDREN.

I CHOSE TO DO THIS

ALBUM ACAPPELLA BECAUSE

THERE IS SOMETHING SO

SPECIAL ABOUT THIS

INSTRUMENT, THE HUMAN

VOICE.

ACAPPELLA IS SO PURE, AND

IT'S INCREDIBLY UNIQUE.

AND HERE IN CHINA, IT IS

REALLY CUTTING-EDGE

BECAUSE THERE IS VERY

LITTLE ACAPPELLA MUSIC.

IT HAS BEEN FASCINATING TO

JUST SIT BACK AND WATCH

GOD OPEN DOORS.

Reporter: WHEN HE

FIRST MET THESE KIDS, JOSH

FELL DEEPLY IN LOVE WITH

THEM.

OVER TIME JOSH FELT

SOMETHING SPECIAL TOWARDS

THEM.

CURRENTLY IN ASIA,

THERE ARE ABOUT 87 MILLION

ORPHANS.

EVERY 18 SECONDS SOMEWHERE

IN THE WORLD A CHILD

BECOMES AN ORPHAN.

THESE ARE CHILDREN WHO ARE

OFTEN FORGOTTEN BY

SOCIETY, MANY OF WHOM WILL

NEVER KNOW THE WARMTH OF A

PARENTS' EMBRACE.

Reporter: AMERICAN

SINGER TEAM STORM WAS

TOUCHED.

WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO

ACCOMPLISH TWO MAIN GOALS

FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS

PROJECT: ONE IS TO PUT

OUT GREAT MUSIC, AND GIVE

PEOPLE MORE MUSICAL

RESOURCES; AND TWO, JUST

TO RAISE MONEY FOR

CHARITY.

Reporter: JOSH AND

THE LOCALS TOOK A VACANT

GOVERNMENT BUILDING AND

TURNED IT INTO AN

ORPHANAGE.

THAT'S BECAUSE JOSH FELT

GOD WANTING HIM TO GIVE

THESE KIDS MORE THAN JUST

FOOD AND FINANCIAL

SUPPORT, THE LOVE OF JESUS

CHRIST.

JOSH MARTIN IS NO LONGER A

STRANGER TO THOSE

CHILDREN.

THEY FELL IN LOVE WITH

THIS FUNNY AMERICAN GUY.

THEY OFTEN INVITED JOSH TO

JOIN THEM FOR LUNCH, AND

TOLD HIM INTERESTING

STORIES AND TAUGHT HIM

CHINESE WORDS.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Reporter: DURING HIS

RECENT TRIPS, JOSH BROUGHT

ADDITIONAL FRIENDS.

MUNG WI IS A CHINESE

RISING MUSIC STAR.

AND SIN SINGAPOREAN MUSIC STAR

IS ALSO WORKING WITH THEM.

THEIR DESIRE IS TO ALLOW

MUSIC TO TOUCH THESE

LIVELY SOULS.

WHEN JOSH SHARED HIS

IDEAS WITH ME ABOUT THE

PROJECT, I WAS VERY

EXCITED.

IIT WAS THE MESSAGE OF LOVE

TO THE CHILDREN.

THEY'RE SO CUTE AND OPEN

TO LEARN A LOT OF THINGS.

Reporter: OWN A FEW

DAYS, THEY BUILT

MEANINGFUL FRIENDSHIPS

WITH THESE KIDS.

I THINK THEY WILL FIND

SOMETHING UNIQUE THAT

MAKES THEM SMILE AND GIVES

THEM JOY.

Reporter: AS JOSH AND

HIS TEAM CONTINUE TO

TRAVEL AROUND CHINA, HE IS

HOPING THAT GOD WILL BRING

MORE TALENTED MUSICIANS TO

THIS NATION.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, JOSH IS

PRAYING THAT MORE CHILDREN

WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH HIS

SONGS AND KNOW THE LOVE OF

JESUS.

MUNG FE LI, CBN NEWS.

AHH!

HE IS ALWAYS LOOKING

FOR WAYS TO SHARE THE

GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IN

THAT GREAT COUNTRY.

I LOVE IT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

STAY TUNED.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

STILL WORKING TO HELP

PEOPLE IN PUERTO RICO

RECOVER FROM THE

DEVASTATION OF HURRICANE

MARIA.

THE STORM SWEPT THE

COUNTRY SIX MONTHS AGO

NOW, AND MANY ARE STILL

WITHOUT POWER AND SAFE

DRINKING WATER.

"OPERATION BLESSING"

STEPPED IN TO HELP A

SINGLE MOTHER WHO'S

RESTAURANT SUFFERED

EXTENSIVE DAMAGE.

O.B. HELPED RESTORE HER

KITCHEN WITH BRAND NEW

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES.

AND O.B. IS HELPING TO

PROVIDE SAFE WATER FOR

SCHOOL CHILDREN AND

FAMILIES.

THEY STILL HAVE A LONG WAY

TO GO, GEORGE, BUT THEY

ARE ON THE MEND.

THAT'S RIGHT.

AND "OPERATION BLESSING"

IS RIGHT THERE TO HELP

THEM.

> FOLKS...

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WELL, FOLKS, THAT'S IT

FOR THIS WEEK.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, FROM

ALL OF US HERE, GOOD-BYE

AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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