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- [George] This week onChristian World News,

Colorado baker, JackPhillips is under fire again.

We show you how he's fighting back

and why he keeps being targeted

- [Wendy] Plus, catastrophic flooding

kills hundreds and displaces more than

one million people Kerala, India.

Hear how Christiansthere are demonstrating

Christ's love to the victims.

- And a Michigan pastorinvades a Muslim community

with the gospel

to transform one of thelargest Muslim populations

in the United States.

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Hello, everyone.

Welcome to this week's editionof Christian World News,

I'm George Thomas.

- And I'm Wendy Griffith.

When the Supreme Court ruled this summer

in favor of Colorado

baker, Jack Phillips for refusing to bake

a gay wedding cake,

many people believedhis troubles were over.

But, as it turned out,.

That's not the case.

Heather Sells has the story.

- [Heather] Six years ago,

authorities went after Jack Phillips

for refusing to bake acake for a gay wedding.

Now he's in trouble again

this time, for refusing to make a cake

celebrating a gender transition.

- The Bible teaches that God made

male and female

and I believe

we don't get to choose that

and we don't get to change that.

- [Heather] That's apolitically incorrect belief

these days.

Regent University lawprofessor, Brad Jacob

says it makes sense thatPhillips is once again

in hot water.

- Phillips has become a target now.


Lesbian, Gay, you know, Bisexual,

Transgender community in Colorado

has focused on him.

He's become kind of

the poster boy of

Christians who don't accept

all the practices of

the gay community

and so it's not particularly surprising

that they're going after him again.

- [Heather] The Supreme Court's ruling

helps put the target on Phillips's back

by failing to address hisclaim that he has the right

to obey his conscience.

Instead, the Justices blame

the Colorado Civil Rights Commission

for showing hostility to his beliefs

and now that the Commissionis after him again,

Phillips says that thathostility is back too.

But this time, he'sgoing on the offensive.

- The state is essentially empowering

people who wanna harass him

to file these complaints and to

essentially bring him down

by continuing to

harass him through thesediscrimination charges.

And so,

we need the federalcourt to step in and say

the state can't allow that.

- [Heather] Jacob says it's not clear

that the Commission isindeed targeting Phillips,

although he believes it could have ignored

the latest complaint.

- The Commission certainly could say,

"We've already gone after this guy once,

let's drop it, let's leave him alone."

- [Heather] What's needed ultimately is

for the high court to decidejust how people of faith

can draw the line when itcomes to same sex marriage,

gender transition, andother social issues.

Until then, believersface a host of questions

and uncertain consequences.

Heather Sells, CBN News.

- Thank you, Heather.

More than 10,000 peopleput their faith in Christ

during Pastor Greg Laurie'sSouthern California Harvest

this past weekend.

Nearly 100,000 people were there

as you can see there

and were encouraged to bring their Bibles

to show support for the word of God.

As CBN News reported earlier,

billboards advertising the event

showing Laurie with a Bible were removed

due to complaints and threats.

Laurie told the crowd,

"Hold up your Bibles.

"We are not ashamed of the word of God."

- Amen to that.

- Yes, indeed.

- Well have you everexperienced a miracle?

The lady you're about to meet believes

they should be common to Christians.

- At 94, this evangelisthas seen her share

of supernatural events,as you can imagine.

Now, she's written

a book about them.

- [Tracy] At 94 years young,

Mickie Winborn still runs a ministry

out of her home in Houston, Texas.

She recently published her third book

Stepping in to the Supernatural,

which documents hertravels around the world.

From war zones like Panama

during the U.S. invasion,

to China where she smuggledBibles in her suitcase.

- I wrote the book

Stepping into the Supernatural

to help people.

There is truly a supernatural, of course.

Unfortunately, there is one of darkness

and one of light.

- [Tracy] Winborn, an ordained minister

has served the Lord passionately

for nearly 75 years.

She says it's normal

for Christians to receivegifts of the Holy Spirit

that line up with the Scriptures.

Like miracles, healings,

and prophecies.

- I have seen Him do

incredible miracles.

And, you know,

some of them are kinda

breathtaking, really.

People get out of wheelchairs

and walk.

We had a lot of


lengthened, arms, legs


- A 2016 study by Christian Research

points to a large number of people

who say they've experiencedthe supernatural.

Most of those experiencesinvolve answered prayers

and healings.

She knows firsthand

the pain and the fear

that comes with sickness.

In her 30s, she was diagnosed with

terminal ovarian cancer.

After months of fervent prayer

along with medical treatment,

she says God revealedto her un-confessed sin

including stubbornness, which the Bible

compares to idolatry.

- I was totally unaware, unconscious

of being in that sin.

I was a Christian.

In fact, I was becoming a Christian later.


the Lord is faithful.

And the Holy Spirit told me

also how to pray

and that was to pray for mercy.

- [Tracy] Winborn has been cancer free

for nearly 60 years

and doctors verify that.

She even shared her testimony

on CBN's The 700 Club

back in the 1970s.

Now, she prays that otherswill experience the same mercy

God showed her.

She even talks about why some people pray

but never see the healingthey so desperately desire.

- My experience

has been three reasons.

Fear, unbelief,

and unforgiveness.

The main one is unforgiveness.

And God says

he's forgiven us so much

we must forgive others.

If we want our prayersanswered, we must forgive.

- [Tracy] She even goes on to say

obedience to the word of God is vital

to expecting your own miracles.

- We can

put our life into His hands

as we obey His words.

If we'll stay

scripturally based,

we won't fall into pits.

If we'll obey God,

we'll have a good life.

- [Tracy] On top of selling her books,

Winborn speaks in churches

specifically to college studentsand the younger generation

like her grandchildrenand great-grandchildren.


she has no plans to retire anytime soon.

- I been to the Lord threetimes about retiring.


So anyway,

He didn't want me to rest.

And I haven't not goneback to Him since then.


you'll understand why.

And so consequently,

I am going to take a vacation.

That's about it.

- [Tracy] Tracy Winborn, CBN News,


- [Wendy] Wow, what a story.

Thanks, Tracy.

Coming up, how the local church in India

braves flood waters to help victims.

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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 little girls

that taught me aboutthe plight of orphans.

My husband and I spent nearly a month

immersed in the daily activities

of 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 join with me

and become family to these children.

Will you call the numberon your screen right now?

Because every child deservesthe chance to be happy.

- And welcome back toChristian World News.

The worst flooding in India

in a century has killed hundreds of people

and displaced nearly a million.

In some villages, floodwaters up to 10 feet high

entered homes.

Officials say thousands of rescuers

are still trying to reach people

and deliver relief supplies

to isolated areas using hundreds of boats

and nearly two dozen helicopters.

- I recently spoke with Gospel for Asia's

Doctor Daniel

who experienced theflood and went out in it

to help those stranded and in danger.

- I remember

it was actually the flood situation

was so much that there were houses,

ground floors of housescompletely flooded.

Then I tell what happened was that,

you know, I

was stranded in one of these places

trying to rescue some people

in a boat.

Now imagine that this is a freeway,

it's a highway.

It's a big four way

kind of traffic


But the only way you could go through

was with a big truck

and then,

once the truck wouldn'tgo into the bi-ways,

you had to use a boat, a fishing boat.

I mean, there was so much water and

when we got actually stuck, we got out

of the boat.

You had to swim.

And you had to swim to houses,you had to swim to places.

And people came

to us

swimming to get waterand grab whatever it is.

However, the good news is that

actually, since that one week

the rains have stopped

by God's grace.

The past two days

we've not had that heavy rain.

So the water has come down

and if you go to the same places now,

you'd be surprised.

You'd be like,

"Did you have that much water here?"

And the only thing which

reminds us

are the marks on the walls

of the houses

where the water was there.

You can actually see it.

So it's drastically come down.

So the situation is

far better

but, it was

quite horrific on the ground.

- Well this is home for you, Dr. Daniel,

and you know the people very well there.

How are they holding up?

- I think this has beenone of those times when

I was,

there was two kind ofemotions going through.

One, it's my own people, I'm here,

and the place where westay was actually safe.

It's like there was light in the city,

top of the hill.

We were safe.

But right around us, you had so many

struggling and suffering

all through

the two to three days.


the good side which I saw was

everywhere, people justcoming together to help.

I mean, young people

on all the social media

just forming groups and thenhey, there's a person here

and there's a person here.

Some creating apps and


So you saw on one side

complete devastation, hopelessness.

But on the other side, you actually saw

help pouring in

from all quarters.

And I would say that

there's quite a bit of resilience

which these,

our people showed.

And in fact, I was quite surprised

that when we went to

some of these interior places under water,

under water, what it means is

ground floor is flooded andpeople staying on rooftops

with things to help,

they would actually tell us,

"Now, we've got some help, go beyond us.

"There are people beyond us,

"we know there are there.

"Please go find themout, give them the help,

"which you were gonna give to us."

So there was so much of,

you know, thinking about others,

how can we help?

And so it's brought the whole

state together which hasbeen an amazing thing to see,

although it is

complete disaster and tragedy

at this time.

- So amazing how disasters can sometimes

bring the best out in us.

Well, you can see the full interview

with Dr. Johnson, Daniel Johnson

on our website

- Thousands of Evangelical churches

in Rwanda are being temporarily shut down

because of new government requirements.

Special correspondent Miranda Leah

Is in Rwanda and spoke with a few pastors

about what's happening there.

- This is the sanction that was posted

on religious buildingsthroughout the nation

requiring that the buildings be closed

until updates can be made.

It's a setback that manyEvangelical churches

just weren't prepared for.

- So many people

just, you know, like


- [Miranda] Rwanda's government is closing

thousands of churchesand dozens of mosques

because the buildings do not comply

with the country's safety standards.

- [Miranda] Some ofthese safety requirements

include having at least onepoint five acres of land,

a parking lot,

a soundproofed building,

and at least four bathroom stalls.

More long standing churches

have been able to makethe upgrades quickly.

Others, however, havebeen closed for months.

Church communities say they understand

the necessity of the upgrades,

however, some worry they'llnever be able to afford them.

- The Rwandan government says

they're not trying to targeta particular religion,

but just asking that thosesafety standards be met.

So far, over 6,000 churcheshave been shut down.

In Kabooga, Miranda Leah,

CBN News.

- [Wendy] Thanks, Miranda.

Coming up, watch the transformation

in Dearborn, Michigan,

home to one of the largestMuslim populations in the U.S.

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- [Woman] My feet were on fire,

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- [Man] There was firecoming in through my

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- [Woman] The seatbelt,

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- Welcome back.

The city of Dearborn, Michigan

recently made headlines

after one of its residentswas captured in Syria

and accused of working for ISIS.

- Yeah, Dearborn has alarge Muslim population,

but that recent news doesn't

reflect the good thingsthat are happening there.

CBN's Mark Martin

shows us what's going on.

- Dearborn is known for being home

of the Ford Motor Company.

It's also home to one of the largest

Muslim populations in the country.

Drive around town and it's like

you were transported to the Middle East.

Nearly half of Dearborn'spopulation is Muslim.

Out of the 90,000 residents,

approximately 40,000 practice Islam.

80% are Shia Muslims, mainly from Lebanon

and Iraq.

20% are Sunnis,

mainly from Yemen.

- That makes

this area the largest concentration

of Arab Shia Muslims in the United States.

And that mosque behind us

is actually a Shia mosque.

It's definitely the largest

Shia mosque in the United States.

- [Mark] It's known as theIslamic Center of America.

John Koski views himselfas a Christian missionary

to Muslims here.

He's also the Associate Pastor

at Springwells Church,

an Assembly of God congregation

led by Pastor Trey Hancock

and his wife, Becky.

The church sits less than 10 minutes away

from the Islamic Center of America

in the heart of a neighborhood

that's 97% Muslim.

- Jesus said,

"I want you here,"

so we're here.


I mean, what better placein the whole wide world,

you know, to find peoplethat don't know Jesus

that need him

and need what

Jesus has to offer

right here.

We're not making it hard forthem to come to the Lord.

- [Mark] The church began meeting

in the Hancock's home in 2000.

More than a decade afterthe pastor and his family

first arrived in Dearbornto minister to Muslims.

Hancock says he heard the call of God

while in Dearborn receivingcultural training.

- And just walking in, just praying,

got down about right here.

Right here at this very spot.

And the Lord spoke to me and said,

"If you're gonna learn about these people,

"you got to live with 'em."

I thought, "Whoa,

"that didn't come from me."

I knew who that was.

It was really clear,it was really distinct,

and it was a,

it was a prompting from the Holy Spirit.

And I said, "Okay, Lord."

- [Mark] That step of faith

has led to a thriving ministry.

In addition to Sunday services,

church outreach includesdrama presentations,

a wrestling club,

and English as a Second Language classes

which include learningBible verses in Arabic

and English.

- I think it's very effective

because we're reallybuilding relationships.

We're ministering to their felt needs

and one of the biggest needs

is to learn English as a Second Language.

- [Mark] Koski and others,like Paul Shindelbeck

also take their ministry door to door.

- You said this speaks of

the truth of Jesus?

- Yeah, it speaks about who Jesus was.

- Who Jesus was?

- Yeah, yeah.

- [Mark] Diane Berry serves

through a Christian Taekwondo ministry.

The former Muslim says

Springwells is making a difference.

- It's God.

It's all God, it has to be.

And the supernatural protection as well.

You know, you think about it.


we're welcome here by most because

it's a serving church.

- [Mark] Hancock is overjoyed

when Muslims accept Jesus.

- Lights my fire, man.

When they say yes to Jesus.


It's an amazing thing.

It's amazing thing.

Especially after they get baptized

because that's when they'resaying to the world,

"I belong to Jesus."

- Although rewarding,

ministering in Dearborntakes a lot of work.

Koski says it takes 30gospel presentations

for the average Muslim to accept Christ.

And that's not the only tough part.

In ministering in this area,

spiritual warfare is definitely involved.

For example, Hancock says

in the last decade,

more than a dozen churchesin the Dearborn area

have been sold to Muslimsand turned to mosques.

Churches like this one.

You can see it's now theAmerican Muslim Center

and the cross has beenremoved from the steeple.

On this other former church,

an Islamic House of Wisdom sign

has actually been placed overthe cross on the steeple.

Still, Hancock knows the Muslimswho purchase the churches

are not the enemy.

- I'm not fighting quote, them.

'Cause I want them to come to Jesus.

- [Mark] The pastorlooks forward to the day

he learns many Muslims have responded

to the gospel messagethrough his ministry.

- I hope when I stand in front of the Lord

that there's thousands standing behind me

that I had no idea

that were listening.

- [Mark] He believes thereare more former Muslims

in Dearborn who believein Jesus than can say so

because they're afraid of each other.

And to the secretbeliever, he has a message.

- Find somebody who knows Jesus.

Let them know what you're,

what you're dealing with.

That you've said yes to the Lord.

Even if you have


ask them to pray for you

and allow Jesus to minister to you.

- [Mark] Mark Martin, CBN News,

Dearborn, Michigan.

- [Wendy] And you can findmore stories like these

at our Christian World News webpage.

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- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there are morethan 148 million orphans

in the world today?

148 million.

But it was three little girls

that taught me aboutthe plight of orphans.

My husband and I spent nearly a month

immersed in the daily activities

of 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,

and they're learning life skills.

I'm asking you to join with me

and become family to these children.

Will you call the numberon your screen right now?

Because every child deservesa chance to be happy.

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smiles grow bigger.

When you care,

homes are happier.

When you comfort,

the hurt goes away.

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When we all come together to love,

miracles happen.

- And finally, on our show this week,

King David has been part of Jerusalem

for three thousand years.

- And counting.

Now as Chris Mitchell reports

from the Old City of Jerusalem,

a new light and sound show

celebrates his life and legacy.

- [Chris] Four nights aweek, the ancient walls

of the Tower of David Museum

become a canvas

for telling this story of the shepherd boy

who would lead Israel.

- But we don't have objects,


There are not pictures of King David.

So, I decided to make it

through art,

to pieces of art.

And they are masterpieces.

The big masters,

like Segal,

like Raymond, like Matisse,



So, it was the perfect thing.

Let's travel through art

to meet the King.

- [Chris] And in that journey,

the audience learns how David

became a universal figure.

- David, in the Muslim religion

is a prophet.

For the Christian,

it's in the roots

of Christ.

And for the Jews,

he reunify all the tribes in one site

in Jerusalem.

The capital of the Jewish people.

- To see the story of King David

was a dream because

as you know, this

citadel called after his name.

And he's the king whoestablished the city,

he is

the king of the Bible,

he's the musician, and we feel

it's a gift, actually for him.

King David left

his legacy,

which is the music andthe songs of the Theleme.

(song of David)

- [Chris] Behind the scenes,

the show requires a huge technical effort.

It takes 35 million pixels,

18 laser projectors, 20 speakers,

and more than six miles of cables.

- Each computer'sconnected to a projector.

What's powerful is the software behind the

system that synchronizes maps


and does almost everythingbehind the scenes of the show.

- [Chris] Yet, thetechnology and King David

are designed to bring people

to the city of Jerusalem.

- We want to open this place

for people from all over the world.

We feel

this space can connect peoplefrom all over the world

who love Jerusalem.

- [Chris] Chris Mitchell, CBN News,

the Tower of David, Jerusalem.

- Wow.- Amazing technology.

- Something else toput on your list to see

when you're in Jerusalem.

- That's right, exactly.

- The next time you're in Jerusalem.

- You too.

- Next year in Jerusalem.

- Next year in Jerusalem.

Folks, that is it for this week's edition

of Christian World News.

- Until next week, from all of us here,

goodbye, and as always,

God bless you.


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