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Christian World News - July 13, 2018

A North Carolina pastor is on a mission to win souls. See how his congregation is on track to plant one thousand churches in 50 years. Plus, the Syrian army and Russian forces are working hand-in-hand to seize more land and it’s creating a ... ... Read Transcript


- [Reporter] This weekon Christian World News,

a North Carolina pastor is on a mission

to win souls and he's notstopping anytime soon.

See how he'll plant 1,000churches in 50 years.

- [Reporter] Plus, the Syrian army

and the Russian government

work hand in hand to seize more land,

leaving behind a humanitarian disaster

in the Middle East.

- [Reporter] And PresidentTrump nominates Brett Kavanaugh

for the Supreme Court.

Meet the judge who could helpchange the course of a nation.

(intense music)

- Hello everyone, welcometo this week's edition

of Christian WorldNews, I'm George Thomas.

- And I'm Wendy Griffith.

In Syria, government forcesare retaking rebel territory

with the help of Russian air power.

The carnage is creating anenormous humanitarian crisis

on Israel's border with Syria.

- But as Middle East bureauChief Chris Mitchell reports,

he tells us that the Israelisee it as an opportunity

to serve their neighbors andthey're getting some help

from a Christian ministry.

(gunshots firing)

- The Syrian army captured areas

along its borders with Israel and Jordan,

plus the main crossing into Jordan.

This now more thanseven year old civil war

has caught thousands of Syriancivilians in the crossfire.

Just behind me is theIsraeli-Syrian border

and on the other side of the fence

are thousands of Syrians whohave fled the recent fighting.

The UN estimates more than 300,000 people

have fled their homes.

This drone footage showsthe sea of new tents.

The IDF has reached out to help those

who now call this home.

- A main mission is to give as much

humanitarian aid to the other side.

We do this first because when you know,

understand what's happenedon the other side,

and you know that theydon't have anything.

They really suffer, you cannotstand aside and do nothing.

I think it's part of what we know to do

is to help other people who need it.

They are neighbors sometimes.

- [Chris] Former IDFLieutenant Colonel Marco Mareno

developed this good neighborpolicy several years ago.

Now, he works with aChristian relief organization

coordinating operations with the IDF.

- FAI, we are workingon launching a team now,

a medical team inside the refugees camp

in order to help them on the medical field

because it will take acouple of days and you know,

diseases will start, children you know,

will have issues.

So, FAI is engaging immediately,

first of all, sending a medical team

and also relief tents, baby's food,

whatever we can supply.

- [Chris] They areworking against the clock

to save lives.

- Right now, it's critical to engage

the issue of displacement andthe refugees on the ground

because it's the hottestmonths of the year right now.

So, in terms of dehydration and hunger

and medical issues,we're seeing a mounting,

escalating humanitariancrisis and now is the time

for believers to engage.

The door is open.

We have the access.

- [Chris] Thomas says they need help.

- We need human bodies.

We need salt and lightpeople on the ground.

So, if you're a medical professional,

education, psychological,trauma counseling,

you name it, we need it.

This is a field that is ripeand white under harvest.

- [Chris] The crisis hasformed a unique partnership.

- If I'm an American that likes Israel,

and bless Israel so hecan be proud in the IDF

with the Christian ministryhelping the Muslims.

- [Chris] Chris Mitchell, CBN News

on the Israeli-Syrian border.

- Thank you, Chris.

Leaders, by the way, inEurope and the Middle East

are very concerned overRussia's growing influence

in that region.

They're looking to the U.S.to counter that influence.

- That's right and recently,Chris Mitchell spoke with

author and Middle Eastexpert, Joel Rosenberg,

about President Trump'supcoming meeting with Putin

and what he hopes will come of it.

- In just a few days,President Trump is gonna be

meeting with President Putin.

What's your ideas aboutthat and analysis of what

Trump needs to know going into that?

- Actually, President Trumphas been doing much better

on Russia than most critics would say.

He's putting strong hawks, if you will,

that really get Russia andthe threat that Putin poses

into his team.

Jim Mattis at Defense,Mike Pompeo at state,

John Bolton at National Security.

This is good.

Trump is also increasingU.S. Defense spending

and he's pushing NATO.

You guys have got to spend more

and at least eight new countries,

eight countries of NATO areincreasing their spending.

This is good.

It's just odd when President Trump has

harsher things to say abouthis own Attorney General

than Vladimir Putin, that's just weird.

I can't explain it.

So, I keep praying for him.

- So, if you're advising President Trump

going into this meeting,what would you tell him?

- Stop saying it's suchan honor to meet you,

President Putin.

Stop ya know, there's a softness.

I think it's weakness.

It's so contrary to theway Trump deals with

the NATO allies with hisown Attorney General,

with the democrats in Congress.

Start treating Putin likeya deal with the democrats.

Tough, strong, we're notgonna take your nonsense,

this is what we want.

I'm not saying pick a fight with him.

I'm just saying,

ya know, Putin is a really dangerous guy

doing bad things in theworld and to our interest,

stop looking like you'recozying up to him.

- If you're there in theroom with Trump and Putin,

the cameras are gone, whatdo you want Trump to be

saying to Putin?

- I struggle with that question because

personally, I don't reallywant President Trump

in the room with Putin.

I don't think we have a lotto say to President Putin.

I mean, I'd rather havethem talking than fighting.

OK, admittedly but,

Putin, you're not gonnanegotiate anything with him.

I don't believe in walking into the room

with a world leader that's an enemy,

that's a strategic threat,

unless you have a specific game plan.

I think President Trumpis doing the right thing

to rebuild American military forces,

strengthen NATO's military force,

push them to spend moreon their own defense,

putting strong leadersaround President Trump,

he's doing that.

I actually don't know the reason

for President Trump to be in a room

with Vladimir Putin.

Putin is doing nothing for us

and he's not going to.

So, I'm opposed to them even meeting

under the circumstance wherethere isn't a strategic

objective to say I need this.

- I know you alreadyaddressed it but talk about

Putin's goals in the Middle East.

What's his goals and his agenda?

- The challenge withVladimir Putin is that

he wants to expand theinfluence of the Russian empire.

He wants to see Russia become feared.

He wants to be the go toguy where every world leader

comes to him and the onlyplace that he really has

to maneuver is the Middle East.

He's got Iran in his pocket.

He's pulling Turkey into his orbit.

Turkey, a NATO ally.

But, increasingly, Turkeyis moving to the dark side,

moving towards Putin.

Obviously, Bashar al-Assad,in Syria is already in

the Putin camp and Putin wants to be seen

as so powerful and so,

so powerful and soinfluential in the Middle East

that the Saudis need to come to him,

the emirates need to come to him,

Jordanians, the Egyptiansneed to come to him.

He's trying to flip all of them

away from the UnitedStates, away from the west

into the Russian orbit.

But I think what the truth is,

the Russians under Vladimir Putin have an

entirely different approachto the world than the Saudis,

the emirates, and the SunniArab states and Israel.

Because Russia has gone to bed with Iran.

That's it, that's the plain truth.

They have built an alliancethat we've never seen

in history and it's dangerous.

And the Saudis, the emirates, Israel,

the Jordanians, theEgyptians, the United States,

all have to be saying to em,

"You have to make your choice.

"If you're gonna stickwith this Iranian alliance,

"then you're gonna be directly opposed

"to all the rest of our interests."

- So Joel, how shouldpeople be praying about this

upcoming summit?

- That nothing bad comes out of it.

I would say the hippocraticoath is my prayer at the moment.

That President Trump would do no harm.

For some reason, President Trump thinks

if he gets in the room with them,

that maybe he can warmPutin up and Putin'll

turn out to be a good guy.

He's not.

Putin is not a good guy.

He's evil.

So we gotta make sure weget outta this meeting

which should've neverhappened in the first place

without doing something that's not helpful

and we need to stay on the course

that President Trump's policies are.

Rebuild Americanmilitary, strengthen NATO,

get NATO to spend moremoney on their own defense,

and stop having Europe makethese multi-billion dollar

oil and gas deals with Russia.

It's not helpful, itdoesn't add to our security.

But overall, that Trump'spolicies towards Russia are good,

but his personal relationshipwith Putin is very troubling

and I pray that we stop having meetings

with evil dictators where we don't have

a clear, strategic game plan.

- Hmm, perhaps we'll see another novel

coming from Joel Rosenberg.

You can more of Chris's reporting

on the Middle East andIsrael on CBN's Jerusalem

Dateline program.

You can find it at CBNNews.com.

(dramatic music)

- [George] Coming up,President Trump picks

Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

Now begins the battlefor his confirmation.

(intense music)

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- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there aremore than 148 million

orphans in the world today?

148 million!

But it was three littlegirls that taught me

about the plight of orphans.

My husband and I spentnearly a month immersed

in the daily activitiesof the Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw firsthand the utter loneliness,

the pain of rejection,

and the overwhelming desire to be loved.

That experience changed me forever

and out of it grew aministry from my heart

called Orphan's Promise.

Today, we're helping orphansand vulnerable children

in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes,

they're being educated, andthey're learning life skills.

I'm asking you to joinwith me and become family

to these children.

Will you call the numberon your screen right now

because every child deservesa chance to be happy.

- Well, for the second time in two years,

President Trump is nominating a justice

to the Supreme Court.

America's highest court playsa pivotal role in the nation

with justices decidingcases on major social issues

like abortion and gay marriage.

- That's right.

Christians are welcomingthis latest nominee

who has the potential toshift the balance of the court

into a suddenly conservativedirection for decades.

Ben Kennedy has more from the White House.

- This was no doubt a historicmoment for President Trump

as he moved to make hismark on the Supreme Court

with a second nominee.

(clapping)

During the made for prime time event,

President Trump introducedJudge Brett Kavanaugh

as his nominee toreplace retiring justice,

Anthony Kennedy.

- What matters is not ajudge's political views,

but whether they can set aside those views

to do what the law andthe constitution require.

I am pleased to say that Ihave found, without doubt,

such a person.

- [Ben] Hand-picked from a group of 25,

Kavanaugh becomes a crucial appointment

that could tilt the court for decades.

- My judicial philosophyis straightforward.

A judge must be independentand must interpret the law,

not make the law.

- Are you ready for a fight?

- [Ben] Demonstrators gatheredoutside the high court

to express their disappointmentwith the president's pick.

Kavanaugh has served onthe D.C. Court of Appeals

since 2006.

He earned a law degree from Yale,

clerked for Justice Kennedy,

and has a vast judicial recordwith more than 300 opinions.

- Tomorrow, I begin meetingwith members of the Senate,

which plays an essentialrole in this process.

- Now President Trump predicts

a vicious confirmation battle.

The lines are already drawn.

Senate majority leader,Mitch McConnell wants a vote

by the fall, however,democrats want to wait

until after the mid-terms.

With a razor thin majorityand Senator John McCain

battling brain cancer at home,

republicans need total unityto push this nominee through.

Ben Kennedy, CBN News, Washington.

- Thank you, Ben.

Democrats fighting Kavanaugh's nomination

say abortion rights are at stake.

But what would happen ifthe case legalizing abortion

is overturned?

- That's the question.

CBN Washington reporter,Jennifer Wishon, has the answers.

- If the Supreme Courtoverturns Roe v. Wade,

then legal control over abortionis returned to the states,

setting up a new patchwork of laws.

In four states, North and South Dakota,

Mississippi and Louisiana,abortion would be

automatically banned.

Nine additional stateswhich had abortion bans

before Roe would likely become law again

and in eight states,abortion would remain legal.

If this control returns to the states,

it would coincide with agrowing number of Americans

identifying as pro-life, plusRepublicans currently hold

more seats in statelegislatures across the country.

So, if the last decade is any indication

new pro-life laws could be on the way.

- We've seen an averageof nearly 60 pro-life laws

passed every single year andsigned into law since 2011.

- [Jennifer] A number of those state laws

already face court challenges,which would likely become

the mechanism that putsabortion back on the

Supreme Court docket.

- When a case comes up,based on one of these

state level laws, thenthe court would be able

to reexamine the issueof abortion in America

and would be able to say, in fact,

there is no such right.

In fact, Roe was poorly reasoned.

- [Jennifer] Catherine GlennFoster says due to that

reasoning, she feels confidentRoe will be overturned.

It's just a matter of when.

- We expect that the next justice

will rely upon the Constitution,

its original meaning, theoriginal intent of the founders,

the text of the document itself,

when making these very weighty decisions,

life-altering decisions.

- So even if Roe v. Wade is overturned,

the legal fight overabortion will continue.

At the Supreme Court,Jennifer Wishon, CBN News.

- Thank Jennifer.

Coming up, meet the new head of the

Southern Baptist Conventionand see how he's leading

the way in spurring churchesto embrace church planting.

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- Welcome back to Christian World News.

The new Southern BaptistPresident wants the denomination

to refocus its priorities onevangelism and church planting.

- And Pastor J.D. Greearknows what he's talking about.

He has met at churches on track to plant,

get this, 1,000 churchesover the next 50 years,

as my colleague, Heather Sells,

reports from Durham, North Carolina.

- The summit believes that all believers,

not just pastors and missionaries,

are sent and in the last 17years, it's done just that.

- Being called by God means taking

what God is giving you and leveraging it

for the purpose of the great commission.

- Pastor J.D. Greear has been leveraging

his church for 17 years and the results

are off the charts.

This 10,000 member congregationhas 40 church plants

in the U.S. and more than 200 overseas.

It's also working closeto home in Greensboro.

The Mercy Hill church plant started

six years ago in thispark with just 40 people.

Today, more than 2,000 attend Mercy Hill

on three campuses and close to 800 here

have been baptized.

- We came here and yes, that'sa small team of 30 people,

but when they're all incredibly bought in,

I mean, to one vision.

- [Heather] And that singlevision is the great commission.

The Summit calls it sendingand it starts when parents

dedicate their children.

- We have them covenant, ya know,

as part of this parent commissioning,

that when ya know, they're gonnaraise them for the purposes

of the great commission andwhen God calls their son

or daughter perhaps to Afghanistan

or southeast Asia to takethe gospel that they covenant

as parents, they're notgonna stand in the way.

- [Heather] The children'sarea looks like an airport

to plant the thought withkids that they're sent

each week to share Jesus.

- We want them to feel likethey are part of the mission

and they are part of thework, that they get to go

and tell their friends.

- [Heather] By middleschool, the Summit wants its

young students to haveexperienced a short term

missions trip with their family.

In high school, that growsto three weeks overseas

with Summit missionaries.

And in college, it encouragesa summer of missions work

along with a big ask,that college graduates

pursue their first jobnear a church plant.

- When we plant churches,we just throw this out

and say, "Hey, you're graduating,you gotta move somewhere.

"Move with one of our church plants."

- I wanna be a missionary.

I believe that God hascalled us to go anywhere,

like it's not a questionof when or anything,

it's where and how.

- The whole idea is you'rea missionary with your life.

You don't have to go across the ocean.

You don't have to do anything special.

Your life is your mission field.

- [Heather] The Summit'sfocus on youth and college

mobilization has helpedpave the way for its

incredible success with church plants.

The week CBN News visited Mercy Hill,

it commissioned a church plant team,

including recent collegegrads to Philadelphia.

- They've equipped meand given me the tools

to be able to send me out well.

- [Heather] The team alsoincluded several retirees,

another Summit strategy.

It asks those headed forretirement to tie their first

two years and give them to a plant.

Greear admits that whilemissions and church planting

have been a lifelong passion,his goal of 1,000 churches

came almost as an afterthought.

- I came up with it inthe middle of a sermon.

It felt right and I just said it.

We're gonna plant 1,000churches in 50 years

and then I walked offstageand one of our pastors said,

"Did you say 1,000 churches in 50 years?"

I said, "Yeah, we'regonna have to figure out

"how to do that."

- [Heather] Greear acknowledgesfiguring out that growth

can be painful.

Each year, they encourageseveral new staff pastors

to head hunt, recruiting the church's best

for new plants.

- 100 of em stand on stageand I'm lookin' at em

and I'm like, those arevery talented people

who serve in our ministries,lead our ministries.

Some of them are big givers.

How are we gonna do without them?

- [Heather] Greear wants topush the southern baptist

denomination to cultivatethese same priorities

of evangelism and church planting.

As part of this, he's also committed

to raising up more peopleof color as church leaders.

This timely decision comes in an era

of declining southern baptist membership

and racial discord and his strategies

appear to be on target.

- I don't know how long hishand'll be on us like this,

but while it is, it's time for us to go

and reach people.

- We tell our students and everybody,

but especially our students,God made you good at something.

So whatever God made you good at,

do it well to the gloryof God and do it somewhere

strategic for the mission of God.

- [Heather] Reporting inDurham, Heather Sells, CBN News.

- Wow, this is a churchthat is very intentional.

- I've never heard of a church

planning that many churches.- That's fantastic.

- No, it is.- I know.

- And to get the whole missions aspect

into the core of the church is brilliant.

- Definitely a calling.

We'll be right back.

- We will be.

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- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there aremore than 148 million

orphans in the world today?

148 million!

But it was three littlegirls that taught me

about the plight of orphans.

My husband and I spent nearly a month

immersed in the daily activitiesof the Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw firsthand the utter loneliness,

the pain of rejection, andthe overwhelming desire

to be loved.

That experience changed me forever.

And out of it grew aministry from my heart

called Orphan's Promise.

Today, we're helping orphansand vulnerable children

in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes.

They're being educated andthey're learning life skills.

I'm asking you to joinwith me and become family

to these children.

Will you call the numberon your screen right now?

Because every child deservesa chance to be happy.

- [Narrator] When you give,

smiles grow bigger.

When you care,

homes are happier.

When you comfort,

(upbeat music)

the hurt goes away.

When we all come together to love,

miracles happen.

(uplifting music)

- [Narrator] Young people, millennials,

are flocking to church.

- [Narrator] It's notan exaggeration to say

that we love to meet them and that we love

to know their stories.

- The parents of the 12Thai boys who were rescued

from a flooded cave arethanking Christians everywhere

for their prayers and support.

One of the recently freed boys

attends a youth center runby Compassion International,

a ministry designed to pullchildren out of poverty.

Amazingly, one of the rescuers

attended the same youth center

and was among the first toreport the boys missing.

Local church partnersmet continuously to pray

for the children throughout this ordeal.

Rescuers even used a church facility

as a base of operation for their search.

- Yeah, pretty rivetingstory around the world

this past week.- Yeah.

- Finally this week, missionaries in Haiti

were forced to flee for their safety when

violent protests erupted in the streets

leaving many volunteersstranded and unable

to return to the U.S.

- But despite the unrest,these missionaries

are putting their faith in God.

Emily Jones has the story.

- God, we love you so much.

We thank you so much that we are home.

- [Emily] Prayers of thanksand big hugs after these

missionaries surviveda frightening ordeal.

They're just one of several groups

who finally made it back to U.S. soil

after escaping deadly protests in Haiti.

- It's crazy to be home.

It's crazy to be safe, it's crazy.

It's amazing to say that,

everyone over here is just rejoicing.

- But it's a different storyfor the ministry groups

still trapped in Haiti.

Armed rioters flood the streets,

setting fires, looting stores,

and blocking major roads across

the capital of Port-au-prince,

all in response to skyrocketing gas prices

in the tiny country.

The state departmentis urging U.S. citizens

stuck in Haiti toexercise extreme caution,

but despite the threat to their lives,

many missionaries find comfort in knowing

that God is with them.

- It has a lot to do with trust in God

and some people would say, "Oh yeah,"

however, we've been getting bible verses

that are just exactly right on.

The Lord will fightyour battles, stay calm.

- [Emily] Some teams arehappy they get to spend

an extra few days ministering in Haiti.

- They do church work with worship,

they do medical ministry,

and educational ministry too.

We are really are making an impact.

Haiti is a place with many needs,

obviously one of the pooresteconomies in the world.

- [Emily] Once thesemissionaries return to the U.S.,

they don't plan on being here for long.

- We made friends withHaitians who deal with this

on a regular basis and so,

they were asked a questionof would you go back?

Her answer was, "Absolutely."

- [Emily] Emily Jones, CBN News.

- Alright folks, that is it for

this week's edition ofChristian World News.

- Thanks so much for being with us.

Until next week, from all of us here

at Christian World News,goodbye and God bless you.

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