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Christian World News - April 6, 2018

It's a true story of "bags"-to-riches. Hear the story behind "Saddleback Leather" and see how this company is helping thousands of people with every bag they sell. Plus, the Shroud of Turin yields a 3-D replica that's stunning viewers. After ... ... Read Transcript


I HAD THIS IDEA OF THIS

BAG I WANTED IN MY HEAD,

LIKE INDIANA JONES WOULD

CARRY.

I STARTED LOOKING AROUND

FOR IT, AND I COULDN'T

FIND IT.

SO I MOVED BACK DOWN TO

MEXICO FOR A LITTLE BIT TO

GET SOME MORE BAGS MADE.

I HAD A SIGN IN THE WINDOW

THAT SAID, "REAL COOL

LEATHER BAGS FOR SALE."

Wendy: THIS WEEK ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS," IT

IS A TRUE STORY OF BAGS TO

RICHES.

HEAR THE STORY OF SADDLE

SADDLEBACK, AND SEE HOW

THEY'RE HELPING PEOPLE

WITH EVERY BAG THEY SELL.

PLUS...IS THIS THE

IMAGE OF JESUS?

THE SHROWD OF TORRAN USES

A 3D REPLICA THAT IS

STUNNING VIEWERS.

AND HURRICANE SEASON IS

STILL A FEW MONTHS AWAY,

BUT PUERTO RICO IS STILL

WORKING TO RECOVER FROM

THE LAST ONE.

HEAR HOW AN UNLIKELY GROUP

IS HELPING THE ISLAND GET

BACK ON ITS FEET IN MORE

WAYS THAN ONE.

*

HEY, HELLO, EVERYONE.

WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

HAPPY WEEKEND.

WE ARE HERE.

AND I'M WENDY GRIFFITH.

> WELL, A TEXAS COUPLE

IS ENJOYING GREAT SUCCESS

IN THEIR LEATHER

BAG-MAKING BUSINESS.

THEY'VE GONE FROM SELLING

BAGS ON eBAY TO MAJOR

PRODUCTION FACILITIES IN

MEXICO AND FORT WORTH.

PRETTY AMAZING.

BUT DAVE AND SUZETTE

AREN'T JUST COUNTING

DOLLARS, THEY'RE CHANGING

LIVES BY SHOWING THEIR

EMPLOYEES THE LOVE OF

CHRIST.

EFREM GRAHAM HAS THIS LOOK

AT THE UNTOLD STORY

BEHINDED SADDLEBACK

LEATHER.

Efrem: THAT'S THE HUM

OF SADDLEBACK LEATHER

WORKERS HAND CRAFTING THE

HIGHEST QUALITY BAGS.

THE COMPANY'S SLOGAN

PROMISES "THEY'LL FIGHT

OVER IT AFTER YOU'RE

DEAD."

MY IDEA WAS AFTER MY

FUNERAL, PEOPLE WOULD BE,

LIKE, I GET IT, NO, I GET

IT, NO, I GET IT.

Efrem: WITH THAT

COMPANY MOTTO, IT IS NOT A

SURPRISE THAT THE C.E.O.

HAS A LEATHER COFFIN IN

HIS OFFICE.

I THOUGHT IF GOD WERE

TO HAVE A LEATHER BAG

BUSINESS, HE WOULD MAKE

THEM HIGH QUALITY LEATHER

BAGS.

Efrem: WE TRAVELLED

TO LEON, GUADALAJARA,

MEXICO.

IT IS HOME TO NEARLY TWO

MILLION PEOPLE AND ONLY

ABOUT 8,000 ARE

CHRISTIANS.

AND MEXICO IS ALSO WHERE

DAVE MUNSON SAW HIS VERY

FIRST BAG CREATED.

IT IS A HOME AWAY FROM

HOME FOR HIM, HIS WIFE,

AND THEIR TWO CHILDREN.

I WAS A MISSIONARY

TEACHING ENGLISH DOWN HERE

IN MEXICO.

I HAD THIS IDEA OF A BAG I

WANTED IN MY HEAD.

LIKE INDIANA JONES WOULD

CARRY.

I STARTED LOOKING AROUND

FOR IT AND I COULDN'T FIND

IT.

BUT I FOUND A GUY MAKING

BAGS.

I SKETCHED IT OUT FOR HIM.

AND IED SAID I SAID, ", HEY, CAN HEY, CAN
YOU

MAKE THIS FOR ME, NO ZIP

ZIPPERS."

AND SO HE DID.

AND EVERYWHERE I WENT,

PEOPLE WERE ASKING ME,

WHERE CAN I GET A BAG LIKE

THAT?

PEOPLE TAPPING ME ON THE

SHOULDER, WHERE CAN I FIND

A BAG LIKE THAT?

SO I MOVED BACK DOWN TO

MEXICO FOR A LITTLE BIT TO

GET MORE BAGS MADE.

BROUGHT THEM UP AND SOLD

THEM OUT OF THE BACK OF MY

OLD LAND CRUISER.

I HAD MY BLACK LAB, BLUE,

SITTING ON THE TAILGATE.

AND I HAD A SIGN ON THE

WINDOW THAT SAID, "REAL

COOL LEATHER BAGS FOR

SALE."

Efrem: THIS IS OLD

MEXICO MANUFACTURING, THE

COMPANY THAT PRODUCES

SADDLEBACK LEATHER AND

EMPLOYEES MORE THAN 200

PEOPLE.

BUT THIS IS NOT YOUR

ORDINARY FACTORY.

WITH EIGHT YEARS ON THE

JOB, THIS DESIGNER SAYS

MEETING AND WORKING WITH

THE MUNSONS CHANGED HER

LIFE.

THEY KNEW ME WHEN I GOT

HERE, THE PERSON I WAS AND

THE PERSON THAT I AM

TODAY -- IT'S QUITE

DIFFERENT.

MAYBE I HAVE MORE PEACE,

PERHAPS.

Efrem: IS YOUR FAITH

STRONGER?

YES, FOR SURE.

Efrem: THIS BEGAN

WITH YOUR VISION FOR A BAG

AND HAVING SOMEONE CREATE

IT.

SO DOES IT STILL PRETTY

MUCH WORK THAT WAY, YOU

COME IN HERE WITH A VISION

AND THESE PEOPLE MAKE IT

HAPPEN?

YEAH, I'LL SKETCH IT

OUT.

Efrem: AND DAVE ALSO

HAS A VISION TO HELP HIS

EMPLOYEES, PAYING THEM A

COMPETITIVE WAGE,

PROVIDING CHILD CARE FOR

THEM ON SITE, AND LUNCH ON

SITE AS WELL, AND ALLOWING

CHURCHES TO USE THE

CAFETERIA FOR BIBLE

STUDIES AND SERVICES.

THE HEART HAS ALWAYS

BEEN FOR PEOPLE.

AND I WAS DOING FULL-TIME

MINISTRY UP UNTIL RIGHT

BEFORE WE MET.

AND -- BECAUSE I WANTED TO

REACH PEOPLE.

I WANTED TO LET THEM KNOW

ABOUT WHAT GOD HAS DONE IN

ME, AND I WANT THEM TO

HAVE THE SAME THING.

IT WAS JUST KIND OF

NATURAL.

I'M THE YOUNGEST OF 10,

AND MY PARENTS ALWAYS HAD

THE DOWN AND OUTTERS IN

OUR HOME.

I WOULD COME HOME, AND

THERE WOULD BE SOMEONE

THAT I'D NEVER SEEN

BEFORE, AND THEY WERE

INVITED TO DINNER.

AND I GREW UP THAT WAY.

I THOUGHT THAT WAS QUITE

NORMAL.

BUT IT'S AMAZING BECAUSE I

FEEL LIKE GOD HAS GIVEN US

A LARGE PLATFORM TO BE

ABLE TO DO IT ON A BROADER

SCALE.

AND IT REALLY IS

INCREDIBLY FULFILLING FOR

US.

I CALL IT MY CHURCH

SOMETIMES, ON ACCIDENT.

I FEEL LIKE THESE ARE MY

PEOPLE, AND GOD HAS PUT ME

IN CHARGE THERE.

AND WE REALLY CARE FOR

THEM.

AND WE WALK THROUGH

SOME REALLY TOUGH TIMES

WITH THESE FAMILIES, YOU

KNOW?

SO I GOT TO GO INTO THEIR

HOMES.

I VISITED THEIR HOMES.

WE TOOK SOME SUPPLIES AND

THINGS THAT WE KNEW THAT

THEY WERE GOING TO NEED

DURING THESE DIFFICULT

TIMES.

SO IT'S FRESH.

IT'S VERY FRESH STILL FOR

ME BECAUSE REUNITING WITH

THESE FAMILIES YESTERDAY

AND TALKING TO THEM, AND

ASKING THEM HOW ARE THINGS

GOING, AND ONE OF THEM

TELLING ME, MY SON IS

DOING GREAT.

HE IS IN THE DAYCARE NOW.

AND MY WIFE HAS A JOB HERE

NOW.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE

PRAYERS.

HIM GETTING EMOTIONAL,

TOO, AND JUST SAYING

THINGS ARE SO DIFFERENT.

WE CAN'T THANK GOD ENOUGH.

WE CAN'T THANK YOU GUYS

ENOUGH.

SO WE'RE INVOLVED IN THESE

PEOPLE'S LIVES.

IT IS NOT JUST A JOB.

WE THOUGHT, YOU KNOW

WHAT?

IF WE REALLY WANT TO REACH

THESE PEOPLE, WE'LL SHOW

THEM HOW MUCH WE LOVE

THEIR CHILDREN.

SO THE PLACE WHERE I WAS

TEACHING ENGLISH BACK IN

THE DAY, IN 1999, I CALLED

THEM UP AND I SAID HEY --

I TALKED TO THE DIRECTOR

AND I SAID, IF WE FUNDED

IT, WOULD YOU START ONE

HERE IN LEON, AN LEON, FOR THE

OLDER KIDS WHO ARE

EMPLOYEES.

AND TEACHING THEM ENGLISH

COMPLETELY CHANGES THEIR

LIVES.

Efrem: THE SCHOOL IS

A MUNSON FAMILY AFFAIR,

WITH ONE OF THEIR 14

ADOPTED SONS FROM RWANDA

WORKING AS A TEACHER.

NOW I CAN SURELY SAY

THAT GOD REALLY HEARD OUR

PRAYERS.

Efrem: IS THIS THE

LIFE YOU ENVISIONED FOR

YOURSELF?

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

I THINK IT FAR EXCEEDS

WHAT WE HAD ENVISIONED,

FOR SURE.

ABSOLUTELY.

I MEAN -- I KNEW WHEN I

MET HIM THAT WE WOULD BE

DOING MINISTRY.

THAT WAS A NO-BRAINER.

BUT CERTAINLY DIDN'T KNOW

IT WAS GOING TO BE TO THIS

MAGNITUDE.

WE DID NOT KNOW THAT.

Efrem: CALL IT

EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY

ABOVE ALL THE MUNSONS

COULD HAVE ASKED OR

IMAGINED.

EFREM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS,

LEON, MEXICO.

A GREAT STORY.

THANKS, EFREM.

> COMING UP, AN ANCIENT

RELIC YIELDS A STUNNING

IMAGE.

THIS 3D STATUE IS CREATED

FROM WHAT SOME CLAIM IS

THE BURIAL SHROWD OF

JESUS.

RESEARCHERS BELIEVE

THEY KNOW THE PRECISE

IMAGE OF WHAT JESUS LOOKED

LIKE ON EARTH, THANKS TO A

NEW DISCOVERY FROM THE

SHROWD OF TORRAN.

THE 14-FOOT LINEN CLOTHS

BELIEVED BY SOME TO HAVE

WRAPPED THE BODY OF JESUS

CHRIST AFTER HIS

CRUCIFIXION.

NOW SCHOLARS IN ROME HAVE

UNVEILED A 3D CARBON COPY

OF WHAT JESUS MIGHT HAVE

LOOKED LIKE BASED ON THE

PRECISE MEASUREMENTS OF

THE CLOTH.

THEY SAY JESUS WAS

LONG-LIMBED, NEARLY 5'

11."

TALL.

AND IN AUGUST, RESEARCHERS

ALSO FOUND EVIDENCE OF

ACTUAL BLOOD ON THE

SHROWD.

A COVERT UNIT OF ISIS

TERRORISTS MURDERED A

CHRISTIAN FAMILY ON EASTER

SUNDAY.

THE FAMILY WAS FOUR WAS ON

THEIR WAY TOS VISIT

RELATIVES WHEN ARMED MEN

OPENED FIRE, KILLING THEM

ALL.

ISIS CLAIMED

RESPONSIBILITY SHORTLY

AFTER.

A PAKISTAN LAWMAKER IS

CALLING FOR AN END TO

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

YESTERDAY WAS OUR

EASTER, AND OUR BROTHERS

AND SISTERS WERE VISITING

THEIR BROTHER-IN-LAW'S

HOUSE FOR EASTER.

AN HOUR LATER, THEY WERE

MARTYRED BY THE TAC ATTACKERS.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

NOW IS THE TIME WE ALL

SHOULD STAND UP AGAINST

THESE TERRORISTS AND

KILLERS.

CHRISTIANS ARE OFTEN

TARGETS OF NUMEROUS

ISLAMIC ATTACKS IN THIS

MAJORITY MUSLIM COUNTRY.

TURKEY NOW HAS KEPT AN

AMERICAN PASTOR BEHIND

BARS FOR MORE THAN 500

DAYS.

NOW A GOVERNMENT

INDICTMENT COULD KEEP

ANDREW BRUNSON IN JAIL FOR

THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

WE PRAY NOT.

CBN MIDDLE EAST BUREAU

CHIEF CHRIS MITCHELL

BRINGS US THIS STORY.

Chris: THE 62-PAGE

INDICTMENT CHARGES ANDREW

BRUNSON WITH MILITARY

ESPIONAGE, CLAIMING HE IS

A MEMBER OF AN ARMED

TERRORIST GROUP.

PROSECUTORS WANT A 35-YEAR

PRISON SENTENCE FOR THE

50-YEAR-OLD PASTOR.

YOU CAN SUM IT UP IN

THAT TURKEY HISTORY

LITERALLY TAKEN THE

POSITION THAT

CHRISTIANIZATION IS

TERRORISM.

SO THEY HAVE NO SPECIFIC

EVIDENCE THAT PASTOR

BRUNSON COMMITTED ANY

CRIME.

THE FACT SPECIFICALLY THAT

HE IS A CHRISTIAN AND A

CHRISTIAN PASTOR IS WHAT

THEY ARE EQUATING AS

TOMORROW, AND THE CRIMES

THAT HE HAS COMMITTED.

Chris: THE AMERICAN

CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE

REPRESENTS BRUNSON, WHO

HAS PASTORED AND SERVED IN

TURKEY WITHOUT INCIDENT

FOR 23 YEARS.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Chris: AFTER A FAILED

COUP IN 2016, TURKISH

PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP

ERDOGAN PURGED THOUSANDS

OF POLITICAL OPPONENTS.

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.

Chris: LAST YEAR

ERDOGAN OFFERED TO TRADE

BRUNSON FOR GHOULAN.

MANY SEE BRUNSON AS A PAWN

IN A HIGH-STAKES POLITICAL

FACEOFF BETWEEN THE U.S.

AND TURKEY.

IN 2017, THE WHITE HOUSE

ANNOUNCED PRESIDENT TRUMP

AND VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE

BROUGHT UP PASTOR

BRUNSON'S PLIGHT WITH THE

TURKISH PRESIDENT THREE

TIMES.

WE HAVE THE PRESIDENT

BRINGING THIS SITUATION UP

EVERY TIME HE SPEAKS WITH

THE PRESIDENT OF TURKEY.

Chris: AND THE

MEANTIME, BRUNSON SUFFERS

IN A TURKISH CELL.

IN A RECENT LETTER TO HIS

WIFE, NOREEN, HE PERIOD POURED

OUT HIS HEART: "I AM VERY

DISCOURAGED.

PLEASE HAVE PRAYER FOR ME.

I LOVE YOU.

CAN'T HANDLE THE THOUGHT

OF GROWING OLD IN THIS

PLACE WITHOUT YOU."

I THINK MORE THAN

ANYTHING, THEY NEED TO BE

PRAYING THAT EVEN IN THE

EBB AND FLOW, THE ROLLER

COASTER OF THIS

EXPERIENCE, THAT HE WILL

REMAIN STRONG, THAT HE

WILL REMAIN COMMITTED IN

HIS FAITH, AND MORE THAN

ANYTHING, JUST HAVE THE

LORD'S PEACE DAY IN AND

DAY OUT.

Chris: THIS CHRISTIAN

WORKER, HIDDEN FOR HIS OWN

PROTECTION, SAYS HE HAS

HEARD BRUNSON CONTINUES

HIS LIFE'S WORK WHILE IN

PRISON, SHARING HIS FAITH

IN JESUS CHRIST.

I GOT A CHANCE TO TALK

TO SOMEONE, A MEMBER OF

OUR CHURCH, THAT KNEW A

FRIEND THAT WAS IN THE

SAME JAIL WITH HIM, AND

WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW THIS

AMERICAN GUY WAS IN THERE,

AND CONSTANTLY TALKING

ABOUT HIS FAITH AND

WOULDN'T SHUT UP.

Chris: ON THE

POLITICAL FRONT, CLOSE TO

HALF A MILLION PEOPLE HAVE

SIGNED A PETITION TO

RELEASE PASTOR BRUNSON.

THAT'S VERY HELPFUL FOR

US AND OUR ADVOCACY, TO

SHOW THE TURKISH

ADMINISTRATION THAT REALLY

THE WORLD'S EYES ARE UPON

THIS CASE, AND DEMANDING

THE RELEASE OF PASTOR

BRUNSON.

Chris: WHILE IT IS A

GEOPOLITICAL STANDOFF,

THIS WORKER FEELS

BRUNSON'S CASE TRANSCENDS

POLITICS, JUST LIKE WHEN

THE APOSTLE PAUL WAS IN

PRISON.

OF COURSE THIS IS NOT

JUST ABOUT HIM.

IT IS REALLY ABOUT THE

LORD'S WORK IN TURKEY,

WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING IN

THE MIDDLE EAST.

IT IS NOT HIM THAT IS ON

THE STAND.

IT IS REALLY CHRISTIANITY.

IN A SIMILAR WAY PAUL WAS

PUT ON THE STAND FOR

CHRISTIANITY.

HE WAS SYMBOLIC OF THE

MOVEMENT OF JESUS AT THAT

TIME.

AND HE STOOD TALL.

AND I DON'T EXPECT ANDREW

TO DO ANYTHING LESS.

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

THANK YOU, CHRIS.

A CANDIDATE IN COSTA

RICA LOST HIS COUNTRY'S

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, BUT

HE IS CLAIMING VICTORY IN

CHRIST.

WHEN HE GOT WORD OF HI

DEFEAHISDEFEAT ON SUNDAY NIGHT, HE

DROPPED TO HIS KNEES AND

GAVE HONOR AND PRAISE TO

JESUS CHRIST.

HE IS A CO-ANCHOR OF CBN'S

MUNDO CHRISTIANO.

HUNGARIAN PRIME

MINISTER VICTOR ORBIN IS

LIKELY TO ONE OTHER TERM

THIS WEEK.

HE IS A STRONG DEFENDER OF

CHRISTIANITY, AND LAST

YEAR SAID THE COUNTRY

NEEDS A GOVERNMENT

DEDICATED TO CHRISTIAN

VALUES.

HE CALLED ISLAMIC

IMMIGRATION IN EUROPE A

THREAT.

HIS COUNTRY BUILT A FENCE,

LEADING CRITICS TO CALL

HIM A RACIST AND A

ZENOPHOBE.

AND THE PEOPLE OF

PUERTO RICO ARE RACING TO

GET CLEANED UP BEFORE THE

NEXT HURRICANE.

THAT STORY IS NEXT.

WELCOME BACK TO

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

THE ISLAND OF PUERTO RICO

TOOK MASSIVE HITS WHEN IT

WAS STRUCK BY NOT ONE, BUT

TWO DEADLY HURRICANES IN

JUST ONE MONTH.

AND NOW IT IS RACING TO

REBUILD BEFORE THE NEXT

HURRICANE SEASON STARTS IN

JUNE.

HEATHER SELLS BRINGS US

THIS LOOK AT A KEY PLAYER

IN ITS RECOVERY: THE

CHURCH.

Heather: PUERTO RICO

IS STILL ON THE ROAD TO

RECOVERY, BUT MANY ARE

GIVING CHURCHES AND

FAITH-BASED GROUPS A LOT

OF CREDIT FOR WHAT HAS

HAPPENED SO FAR AND WHAT

IS STILL NEEDED.

CHURCHES AND

FAITH-BASED GROUPS HAVE

BEEN REALLY GREAT.

THEY WERE ACTUALLY THE

FIRST IN LINE WHEN THE

STORM HIT.

Heather: FEROCIOUS

HURRICANE MARIA BLASTED

PUERTO RICO JUST TWO WEEKS

AFTER HURRICANE IRMA.

WITHIN HOURS, IT FLOODED

THE ISLAND, DESTROYED

BUSINESSES, AND KNOCKED

OUT 80% OF THE POWER

LINES.

FOR ROLONDO TORREZ AND HIS

NEIGHBORS OUTSIDE OF SAN

JUAN, IT MEANT LOSING

THEIR HOMES.

EVERYTHING CHANGED, HE

SAID.

THE UNTOLD STORY AFTER

MARIA, HOWEVER, CENTERS

AROUND THE CHURCH.

IT WAS LOCAL BELIEVERS AND

FAITH-BASED GROUPS QUICKLY

RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS.

THE FIRST RESPONDERS

WAS REALLY NOT THE

GOVERNMENT.

IT WAS THE CHURCHES, YOUNG

PASTORS, YOUNG CHURCH

PLANTERS, ALL OVER THE

PLACE, JUST WORKING

TOGETHER.

THEY WERE LIKE TROOPS

ON THE GROUND.

THEY WERE SEARCHING FOR

PEOPLE.

THEY WERE HELPING.

THEY WERE DISTRIBUTING

FOOD.

Heather: THE NEEDS

AFTER MARIA WERE MASSIVE,

AND COMPOUNDED BY THE

RESTRAINTS OF A PUERTO

RICAN GOVERNMENT THAT JUST

FOUR MONTHS BEFORE HAD

DECLARED BANKRUPTCY.

TODAY THE ISLAND CAN BEST

BE DESCRIBED AS FRAGILE.

EVEN IN SAN JUAN, THE

DESTRUCTION FROM MARIA IS

PAINFULLY OBVIOUS.

ACROSS PUERTO RICO, DOWNED

LINES REMIND EVERYONE OF

CONTINUING POWER PROBLEMS.

THOUSANDS DON'T HAVE

RUNNING WATER, AND AN

UNTOLD NUMBER OF HOMES

STILL NEED A ROOF.

THE PUERTO RICAN

GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THE

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS

RIPPED IT OFF.

HOWEVER, WE ARE BEING

TREATED AS SECOND-CLASS

U.S. CITIZENS.

I GUARANTEE YOU THAT IF

MASSACHUSETTS OR FLORIDA

HAD A POWER OUTAGE LIKE WE

HAVE IN PUERTO RICO, IN

THREE MONTHS, TOPS, IT

WOULD BE 100% AGAIN.

Heather: FACED WITH

THIS SLOW RECOVERY AND

ANOTHER HURRICANE SEASON

QUICKLY APPROACHING, THE

ROLE OF CHURCHES AND

FAITH-BASED GROUPS BECOMES

EVEN MORE CRITICAL.

WITHOUT THEM, MANY LIKE

ROLONDO AND HIS FAMILY,

HAVE NOWHERE TO TURN.

COMMUNITIES LIKE THIS HAVE

STRUGGLED TO REBUILD

BECAUSE MOST RESIDENTS

HAVE THE CORRECT PAPERWORK

TO SHOW THEY OWN THEIR

PROPERTY.

AND WITHOUT THAT

PAPERWORK, FEMA WILL NOT

HELP.

IN ROLONDO'S NEIGHBORHOOD,

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

REBUILDING HOMES.

HE SAYS WITHOUT THE HELP,

HE AND HIS FAMILY WOULD BE

IN THE STREETS.

IN OTHER COMMUNITIES, IT

SUPPLIES WATER FILTERS TO

ENSURE CLEAN DRINKING

WATER.

LOCAL CHURCHES, LIKE

PASTOR GABRIEL'S,

CONTINUES TO DISTRIBUTE

FOOD AND WATER.

AND TEAMS FROM THE

MAINLAND, LIKE THE

SOUTHERN BAPTIST NORTH

AMERICAN MISSIONS BOARD,

ARE WORKING ACROSS THE

ISLAND.

PEOPLE ARE GETTING A

HEART FOR PUERTO RICO.

Heather: DAVID

MELBURG SAYS HE EXPECTS

MANY YOUNG PEOPLE WHO COME

HERE WILL HAVE A

TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE.

COLLEGE STUDENTS WILL

GO SERVING IN THE AREA,

GET A HEART FOR THE

PEOPLE, AND MANY WILL SAY,

YOU KNOW WHAT?

AFTER COLLEGE, I'M GOING

TO GET A JOB AMONG THOSE

PEOPLE AND I'M GOING TO

PLANT MY LIFE THERE.

Heather: AND IT IS

NOT JUST PHYSICAL HELP

PROVIDED BY THESE GROUPS.

HE CALLS THE FAITH

COMMUNITY OUR EXTENDED

ARMS.

THEY HELP US WITH THE

WORD OF FAITH, AND THEY

NOT ONLY HELP RECONSTRUCT

THE MATERIAL SIDE, BUT

THEY HELP RECONSTRUCT THE

SPIRITUAL SIDE, THE

EMOTIONAL SIDE, OF OUR

COMMUNITY.

THAT'S A HOMERUN FOR US.

Heather: THAT HOMERUN

IS SOMETHING DESPERATELY

NEEDED AS ISLANDERS

PREPARE FOR A HURRICANE

SEASON SOME FORECASTERS

ALREADY PREDICT WILL BE A

BAD ONE.

REPORTING IN SAN JUAN,

HEATHER SELLS, CBN NEWS.

THANKS, HEATHER.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON

WHAT "OPERATION BLESSING"

IS DOING IN PUERTO RICO,

YOU CAN VISIT OUR WEBSITE

AT cbnnews.com.

> WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

WELL, FINALLY TODAY,

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN GOD

CALLS YOU SOME PLACE THAT

YOU DON'T WANT TO GO?

IN 1988, SAM FACED THAT

VERY DIFFICULT DECISION.

NOT LONG AFTER SAM

BECAME A CHRISTIAN, A

PREACHER

THEY STARTED TELLING ME

I WAS GOING TO BE IN A

WAR.

AND I WAS GETTING FURIOUS.

AND I WENT OUTSIDE THE

CHURCH -- I WENT OUTSIDE

THE CHURCH AND I WAITED ON

THIS PREACHER TO COME OUT.

I WAS GOING TO BEAT HIM

UP.

AND I'LL NEVER FORGET, I

STARTED TELLING HIM, DON'T

TELL ME I'M GOING TO

AFRICA.

DON'T TELL ME THIS AND

DON'T TELL ME THAT.

AND HE JUST LOOKED AT ME

AND HE SMILED AND HE SAID,

WE'LL SEE.

THAT WAS JUNE OF 1992.

IN THE FALL OF 1998, I

FOUND MYSELF IN SUDAN,

AFRICA.

AND NOW I AM A FULL-TIME

MISSIONARY.

I LIVE IN AFRICA KA.

, AND I'VE

BEEN THERE 22 YEARS.

BUT KEEP IN MIND, I HAD

EVERY REASON NOT TO GO TO

THE MISSION FIELD.

I HAD A SUCCESSFUL

CONSTRUCTION COMPANY.

I OWNED 17 HOUSES.

I OWNED EIGHT STORES.

I HAD EVERYTHING IN LIFE.

I HAD MY LIFE ALL PLANNED

OUT.

I HAD A PLAN.

BY THE TIME I HIT 50 YEARS

OLD, I WAS GOING TO

RETIRE.

I WAS GOING TO RELAX.

AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN I

GET CALLED BY GOD TO THE

MISSIONS FIELD.

HE MESSED MY LIFE ALL UP.

MY DREAM WAS NOT MY DREAM

NO MORE.

BUT WHAT HAPPENED OVER THE

YEARS WAS WHAT WAS REALLY

SO AWESOME: THE CALLING

TURNED INTO MY DREAM.

NOW I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE

LIVING ANY OTHER LIFE.

I OWN A MOTORCYCLE SHOP IN

THE U.S.

I BUILD CUSTOM

MOTORCYCLES.

PEOPLE COME FROM ALL

AROUND THE WORLD.

I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL OFFICE

BUILDING AND BIKE SHOP.

PEOPLE WALK IN, AND THE

FIRST THING THEY SAY IS,

WHY DOES HE LIVE IN

AFRICA?

AND MY WORKER ALWAYS SAY,

BECAUSE YOU DON'T SEE THE

FACES THAT HE SEES.

I LOVE WHAT I DO.

I LOVE RESCUING CHILDREN.

THE WORK HAS GROWN FROM

ONE ORPHANAGE TO SEVEN

ORPHAN PROJECTS.

AND IT KEEPS GROWING.

WE'RE FEEDING RIGHT NOW

OVER 12,000 MEALS A DAY.

BUILT SEVEN SCHOOLS OVER

THE YEARS.

WE'RE BUILDING AN EIGHTH

SCHOOL RIGHT NOW.

I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE

LIVING ANY OTHER LIFE

BESIDES WHAT I LIVE NOW.

WELL, A FEW YEARS AGO,

THEY MADE A MOVIE ABOUT

SAM'S WORK, HELPING

CHILDREN OF THE WAR IN

SUDAN AND UGANDA.

IT'S CALLED "MACHINE GUN

PREACHER."

I HEARD IT IS REALLY

GOOD.

THAT INTERVIEW COMES TO US

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