- Well welcome to the 700 Club.
Now might not be the besttime to go to Saudi Arabia,
but still, a delegationof American Evangelical
leaders felt it was a risk worth taking.
So they made theirhistoric visit and met with
the Saudi Crowned Prince andother government leaders.
- As Chris Mitchell reports, the Christian
delegations trip had along term purpose in mind.
And it was filled withspiritual opportunity.
- The visit came followinga global firestorm
over the death of Saudijournalist Jamal Khashoggi.
But the planning began a long time ago.
The meeting betweenevangelical leaders from the US
and Mohammed Bin Salman hadbeen in the works for months.
But it came to pass when thedelegation made a visit here
to the United Arab Emirates.
- There's a lot of peoplethat would say this
is the wrong time to go to Saudi Arabia
and meet with the leadership there.
I understand thatcriticism, but I disagree.
- [Chris] While theyrealized the potential for
controversy, the groupfelt the opportunity
to help Christian'sthere was more important.
- Given the fact thatwe care about the people
of Saudi Arabia, Christianityin the Arabian peninsula,
the desire to see more freedom of worship.
Even Christian churchesbeing allowed to be built.
This and this all seemed important to us.
- When people ask why would you go,
and why would you meet?
I mean as a christian,called to be a peacemaker.
As an advocate for freedom of worship.
As an advocate for toleranceand peaceful coexistence.
My answer to thatquestion is how can I not?
- [Chris] They went notwith a political agenda,
but with a Christian mission.
- Well when I think of Saudi Arabia,
I think of that verse weare ambassadors for Christ.
That's who we're representing,not the United States
of America, we're representingthe Lord Jesus Christ.
- You know in the bible,people like Ester,
who's in a royal court,Daniel who approached several
kings and played key positions,God used them to speak
to people in authority, kingsand the bible says we're
to pray for them.
- [Chris] This is the latestin a series of meetings
with Sunni Arab leaders.
Those leaders includingJordan's King Abdullah,
Egyptian President el-Sisi,
and the Crowned Prince of the UAE.
The meetings are partof a long term agenda.
- We aren't here for a short term purpose.
We are not here for a photo op.
We could care less about that.
We're here to build longterm relations and to benefit
our brothers and sistersthat are here in this region.
- [Chris] Rosenburg encouragedChristian's to pray.
- I want to know illusionsabout the challenges
that have been in Saudi Arabia and remain,
but I think it'srespectful to go and listen
to leaders who havethe opportunity to make
life better for Christian's.
And actually for Muslims, and potentially
for Israel as well.
I ask people to pray, pray for the King,
pray for the Crowned Prince,pray for the leaders.
Pray for the people of Saudi Arabia.
- [Chris] Chris Mitchell, Abu Dhabi,
the United Arab Emirates.
- Well, we need to pray for breakthroughs,
it's more than just the murderof a journalist in Turkey.
The ongoing tragedy inYemen, where over a million
people are facing starvation,the blockade of cutter.
I mean, there are a whole host of issues.
And then on religiousliberty, it's illegal to have
a church in Saudi Arabia.
It's illegal to have abible, if you are mailed
Christian literature, you go to jail.
These are all very serious things,
but is there hope, can we pray?
Yes, there is.
And lets hope and pray wecan have a breakthrough.
In other news, anotherworld leader says he
will move his country'sembassy to Israel to Jerusalem.
Well, John Jessup hasthat story from our CBN
News Bureau in Washington, John?
- That's right Gordon,Brazil's newly elected
President Jair Bolsonaro repeated
that promise Thursday on Twitter
saying "as previouslystated during our campaign,
"we intend to transfer theBrazilian embassy from Tel-Aviv
"to Jerusalem. Israelis a sovereign state,
"and we shall duly respect that."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
praised Boltonaro's move
as "a historic, correctand exciting step!"
Netanyahu also invitedhim to visit Israel.
Well here at home, pollsin the Michigan Senate race
showed Republican challenger John James
closing the gap on Democraticincumbent Debby Stabenow.
Most recent polling hasStabenow ahead by a clear
margin, but Democrats aretaking the challenge seriously.
With former President Obamastumping for Stabenow,
just last week, CaitlynBurke brings us this look
at a race where Republican'sare hoping to take
a seat away from the Democrats.
- [Caitlyn] The Senate racein Michigan has gotten closer.
With underdog Republicancandidate John James
making a late October surge in the polls.
Now, he's giving incumbentSenator Debby Stabenow
the political fight of her life.
- This whole race started on my knees.
This whole thing startedwith praying for wisdom,
and asking the lord tonot necessarily make my
path easy but to make it clear.
And He's absolutely done that.
So I have the faith andbelief that I may be in this
position for a time such as this.
And that's not becauseI'm anything special.
But because God ispreparing to do a great work
in the state of Michigan.
- [Caitlyn] Michiganis a key battleground.
President Trump barelywon the state in 2016.
- It was the closest margin of victory
of any state in the country.
So although he did win, his victory shows
a very closely divided state.
- [Caitlyn] Now, asRepublicans fight to maintain
control of the House andSenate, political analyst
and reporter Robert Yoon sees Michigan
as a state to watch,because voters here tend to
cross party lines forcandidates who appeal to them.
- They've shown that inelections in the past
where they've elect Republican governors
and a Democratic Senatoror in the case of 2016,
voted for a Republican for President.
- [Caitlyn] Democratic incumbent Stabenow
has represented Michiganin the Senate for 18 years.
Serving as a commissioner,state representative,
and US representative along the way.
We reached out to the Stabenow campaign
with interview requestsand received no response.
Throughout her campaign,Stabenow has focused on
standing up for families,farmers, and job creation.
She also points to her abilityto work across the aisle
even in a divisive political climate.
- I've worked with Democratsand Republicans my whole
life to get things done.
- [Caitlyn] John Jamesmeanwhile has no previous
political experience, he'sa veteran and a successful
Detroit business man.
- You have so many people in Washington,
who are, as far as business is concerned,
they're legislating andregulating industries,
and they've run a business before.
I would say what are their qualifications
to impose on people.
I believe that there's no replacement
or substitute for experience.
- He says his time on the front lines
taught him about strong national security,
business experience formed his stance on
economic opportunity, and bybringing together soldiers
from different backgroundsunder his command,
he knows a thing or two about unity.
During the primaries,President Trump endorsed
James when he was trailing,helping him secure
the Republican nomination.
Now with only days leftuntil the election,
the White House continuesto support the political
novice from Michigan.
Yoon says that whileStabenow initially ignored
her Republican rival,she's now running ads
about her work withveterans and the military.
And warning about theclose tie between James
and President Trump.
Not much time remainsto see what will make
the difference for thesecandidates on Tuesday.
Caitlyn Burke CBN News,Grand Rapids, Michigan.
- Thanks Caitlyn, well morethan three weeks after one of
the most powerful hurricanesto hit the United States,
people in Florida's panhandleare still struggling
to pick up the pieces.
Operation Blessing has been on the ground
from the beginning,helping survivors rebuild
their lives, George Thomasbrings us that story.
- [George] After HurricaneMichael completely decimated
Mary Everett's home, and thisneighborhood in Panama City,
shaped like so many othersis counting her blessings
to be alive.
When the third strongesthurricane in US recorded
history hit, Everettsaid she knew the lord
was protecting her, evenas walls of her home were
caving in all around her.
- I was such at peace, that'sprobably the most peace
I have ever felt in my life.
Like I said, I knew I was gonna be okay.
- [George] 40 students fromthe University of Alabama,
decided to use their fall breakto join Operation Blessing
Disaster Relief teams asthey canvassed Everett's
neighborhood, removingdebris, passing out hot meals,
and personal hygiene kits.
- I just want to help,that's why I'm down here.
- [George] While Meyer'screw worked on removing
tree limbs and trying tosalvage bits and pieces
of Everett's life.
Stephanie Robinson andmembers of her local church
volunteer to join all the clean up teams
not too far away, going house to house
trying to repair, restore,and replace belongings.
That included Robinson's own home,
which was wrecked in thestorm, while she was out
ministering with OB toother hurting homeowner's,
Operation Blessing teamswere busy trying to make
her home livable.
- When you don't feellike you can stand up and
keep yourself up andthey hold your arms up
and they bring suppliesin, they meet every need
they can possibly meetthat is within the realm
of what they can do.
- [George] With powerstill down in many places,
and supplies low, OperationBlessing partnered
with Snyder's of Hanover, to deliver food
and other essential items tovictims of Hurricane Michael.
Giving people hope thateven in the hardest times,
others will come andhelp shoulder the burden.
George Thomas, CBN News.
- Thanks George, andGordon, no doubt the people
trying to rebuild theirlives appreciate OB's
help and the volunteers.
- Well if you're a member of the 700 Club,
thank you, you're partof that appreciation
because of you, we're able to be there.
If you want to do a specialgift to Operation Blessing's
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Say yes, I want to be a part of it.
You can also write to us atCBN Center Virginia Beach,
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