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Christian World News - January 25, 2019

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- [George] This week onChristian World News.

This pastor has led more than

1,500 Muslims to Christ in Sweden.

Hear how her story of escape is

leading others to spiritual freedom.

- [Wendy] Plus, in theUS, hundreds of thousands

of government workersare working without pay.

As they struggle to meet their needs,

the Church is stepping in to help.

- And a global Christian organization

is sending young believersto Palestinian territories,

who then go back to their churches

and spread anti-Israel propaganda.

Hello, everyone, welcome to this week's

edition of Christian World News.

I'm George Thomas.

- And I'm Wendy Griffith.

Well, Kurdistan is oftenreferred to as the other Iraq.

It's located in the north.

Kurdistan is an autonomousarea controlled by Kurds.

Since 2014, Kurdish soldiers have fought

alongside US and coalition forces

to drive the jihadiISIS army from thousands

of miles of territory in Syria and Iraq.

Now with the US-plannedexit from neighboring Syria,

many Kurds are once again worried

about their long-term future.

- CBN contributor Chuck Holton joins us

from the Kurdish capital of Erbil.

Chuck, you had a chanceto visit a small church

in Erbil that's led byAmerican missionaries.

Describe your experience.

- Yeah, fascinating churchservice this morning, George.

It's run by a couple who movedhere about nine years ago.

He's a former Marine and went to seminary

and became a pastor and felt led

to come here and start a church.

Now, this church probablyhad 50 or 60 people

in the service thismorning, and I would say

that there were at least 20or 25 different countries

represented there, as they cater to expats

that are in this community, and there are

lots of expats here inErbil, as you well know.

The most interesting thing, however,

was the Iraqi members of this church,

guys that I was talking to whoare either Kurdish or Iraqi

or even Iranian that arehere who are former Muslims.

And in talking to one of them,

what he told me was that the reason

that he converted fromIslam, he became an atheist

and then eventually toChristianity, was because of ISIS.

He said that after seeing the brutality

that was demonstrated byISIS since 2014 in this area,

he just couldn't stand the thought

that they called themselves Muslims.

He said that there were manyMuslims who felt the same way

and who are now seeking a betterfaith, a more loving faith.

- And so you're saying that more Muslims

are open to hearing about Jesus

because of what they sawtheir fellow co-religionists

do in the name of Islam against them?

- That's exactly right,and as a matter of fact,

there were quite a fewyoung men at the church

this morning who were not Christians yet,

but they were there just seeking.

They were listening, theywere reading the Bible,

and trying to get theirquestions answered.

Some of them had seen visions.

Like I say, the pastor said many of them

are just so disgusted, he said that that's

a general consensus here in Kurdistan.

And so many people are disgustedby the incredible brutality

that was demonstrated byISIS that the pendulum

is kind of swinging the other way,

and it seems like this culture is even

throwing off those cultural norms

even more than the religious ones.

So, the women wearing the hijab,

I see fewer and fewer womenhere in northern Iraq.

We just came from themall a little while ago,

and I was really surprisedat just how Western

the dress is from the women here.

It's always been that way to some extent,

as you know, in Kurdistanbecause it's a very

cosmopolitan area that is veryaccepting of other faiths.

Although they're majority Sunni,

they have Yazidi, they have Druse,

and they have Assyrian Christians

and all different sorts of believers here.

But it's just surprising to me how Western

the culture is beginning to become.

- Chuck, real quickly, last few seconds,

the Kurds have long desiredto have their own homeland.

Is that still a reality for them?

- I mean, probably nota reality anytime soon

because Iran is verydeeply in control of Iraq,

and they don't want that to happen.

The Syrians certainlydon't want that to happen.

The Turks don't want it to happen.

I think if the United Stateswere to get behind them

having their own homeland,they might have a chance.

But as they say here,the Americans will always

do the right thing once they'veexpended all other options.

- Thank you, we've gotta--- Back to you, George.

- Thank you, we need toleave it right there.

Chuck Holton coming to us from Erbil.

Stay safe, my friend.

- All right, we'll see ya.

- Wendy?

- All right, huge numbersof Muslims are fleeing

the Middle East andseeking refuge in Sweden.

Some of those immigrantsare a threat to the nation.

But one is bringing a blessingto her adopted country.

Annahita Parsan pastorstwo Christian churches,

and she's led more than1,500 Muslims to Christ.

Dale Hurd brings us herstory from Stockholm.

- [Dale] No one would'vethought a Muslim woman in Iran

simply trying to stay alivein an abusive marriage

would one day lead two churches in Sweden,

lead more than a thousandformer Muslims to Christ,

and be invited to speakbefore the Queen of Sweden.

As a young woman in a Muslim culture,

Annahita Parsan waspowerless and insignificant.

Her only hope was thatshe might one day find

a good husband, and shedid, but he died suddenly

in an accident, and shefound herself trapped

in a second marriage soviolent, she expected to die.

- I didn't know anything.

It was darkness.

It was a really bad life.

- [Dale] Although she writesabout the abuse in her book

Stranger No More, Parsandoesn't like to talk about it.

- It's not easy speaking about that.

- [Dale] You were beaten with a shovel.

- Yes.

- [Dale] As a batteredwife living with bruises

and cuts all over herbody, Parsan eventually

tried to kill herself with pills,

but she was revived at a hospital.

Annahita's daughter,Roksana, remembers when

her dad threatened to slit her throat

when she was just a small child.

- I remember we had gotten cookies.

My mom baked the cookies,and we got cookies.

And then we went for another turn,

like we wanted more cookies.

Super normal.

And we ran up and we're like,more cookies, more cookies.

And he came up with aknife, put it to my throat,

and he said, "Ask for cookies again."

She was striving to just survive for us,

just survive to make a better life for us.

And maybe that was somethingGod had implanted in her

so that she would havesomething to hold onto.

- Annahita Parsan's journey to Christ

and across two continents isthe stuff of Hollywood movies,

and one that would includeseveral brushes with death.

Parsan, her husband, and two children

fled Iran through themountains to Turkey in 1984,

where she and Roksana facedmore brushes with death

before landing in Turkey'snotorious Agri prison.

They would finally make it to Denmark,

where she divorced herstill-abusive husband,

and she heard the gospelfor the first time.

Then she moved to Sweden,where she and her two children

would walk into a church and announce

that we are Christians from now on.

Annahita entered the ministry in 2012

and has led more than1,500 Muslims to Christ.

She not only leads two churches,

but trains other churches on how to reach

and disciple formerMuslims like these and fill

her church each Sunday,hungry for the God who loves.

Parsan believes this was foretold

in Jeremiah chapter 49, verse 39.

But in the latter days, I will restore

the fortunes of Elam, declares the Lord.

- It is about Elam, and Elam is Persian.

When I read that, I know it's about us.

It's about our life, and it's amazing.

God told Jeremiah that time,and it's happening just now.

- [Dale] But Muslimimmigration has also made

Sweden a home for dangerous radicals,

and Parsan told us she'sreceived death threats

and lives with the knowledgeshe could be killed.

- It's a free country,but it's dangerous, too.

- [Dale] Were you saying that sometimes

you wonder if it's your last day?

- Sometimes.

- [Dale] As a youngwoman living what seemed

like a hopeless existence in Iran,

Annahita Parsan saw no plan and no purpose

in her abusive marriage,only random violence.

But God had a plan, aplan for her to one day

be a leading pastor in Sweden.

- I think God loved me, and He was

in my life from the beginning.

He's my everything.

I think it's, wow.

It's beautiful.

- [Dale] Dale Hurd, CBNNews, in Stockholm, Sweden.

- That's the beauty of thegospel of Jesus Christ.

Thank you, Dale.

Radical Islamists wantPakistan's Supreme Court

to reconsider their decisionof acquitting Asia Bibi,

the Christian womancharged with blasphemy.

Bibi spent eight years on death row

for allegedly insultingthe Prophet Muhammad.

The court acquitted her last October.

Next week, the court's top judges

will review a petition put forward

by Islamists seeking tooverturn the court's decision.

Bibi's acquittal sparkeddays of deadly riots

by radical Muslims whocalled for her death.

The 48-year-old motherremains in hiding in Pakistan.

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- [Wendy] Coming up,America's capital in crisis.

Hundreds of thousands ofworkers aren't getting paid.

How this local church is stepping up.

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- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there are more than

148 million orphans in the world today?

148 million.

But it was three little girls that

taught me about the plight of orphans.

My husband I spent nearly a month

immersed in the daily activitiesof a Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw firsthand the utterloneliness, the pain of rejection,

and the overwhelming desire to be loved.

That experience changed meforever, and out of it grew

a ministry from my heartcalled 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.

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Because every child deservesa chance to be happy.

- Christians in Venezuelaare taking up the fight

for the country's future in prayer.

Evangelicals are rallyingand praying for their nation,

asking God to bring peace andreturn Venezuela to democracy.

Meanwhile, Interim President Juan Guaido

says he would consider granting amnesty

to President Nicolas Maduro and his allies

if they help return the countryto constitutional order.

Guaido is backed by the US and Venezuela's

National Assembly, who sayMaduro stole the recent election.

President Maduro claims he'sthe rightfully elected leader

of Venezuela and shows nosigns of giving up power.

- The United States is facingits own government crisis.

About 800,000 federal workers have

not been paid in more than a month.

It's all because Democrats in Congress

and the president cannotagree on a budget.

The president wants $5billion for a border wall.

The Democrats say no.

So about 25% of the governmentis not being funded.

The workers are caught in the middle.

- I received my lastpaycheck December 31st.

- I haven't been paid in over 33 days.

At what point do Iresign from this agency?

I can't continue toafford to fund my family

on my savings and continue topay for myself to go to work.

- With no end in sight to this crisis,

churches are standing in thegap to help those workers

until they start getting a paycheck again.

- I work for the Department of Justice.

- Department of Homeland Security.

- NASA.

- I work for the Department of Treasury

Internal Revenue Service 35 years.

- [Ebony] Rinse and repeat.

- [Jennifer] These furloughed workers

are going on their fifthweek without a paycheck.

- Let me try to help.

Come on, come on.- Okay, okay.

- I got it.

- [Jennifer] And in a Marylandsuburb of Washington, DC,

thousands have passed through the doors

of First Baptist Churchof Glenarden seeking help.

- When we first opened our doors to give

to the community, we saw the impact

because there was a lineof a hundred or so cars.

- [Ebony] Can I see your ID?

- Sure.- All right.

- [David] These are people who are coming

who are not used to havingto ask for assistance.

- Oh, it's already bagged.

- [Jennifer] The churchprepared 3,000 bags.

- [Ebony] So, there isa little bit of bread.

- [Jennifer] A week's worth of food.

- We have rice, tuna.

- There's a bunch of stuffthat I have about 17 recipes,

and I can make a whole bunch of meals for.

- [Jennifer] While the food is welcome.

- [Woman] Let the tearsbe tears of joy, Lord.

- [Jennifer] Glenardenoffers so much more.

- And let us be thankfuland grateful, Lord,

because this is only temporary.

- [Jennifer] And with the prayers.

- Bless you.- Thank you.

- Lots.- Thank you.

- [Jennifer] And lots of hugs.

- I remember you.- I know!

- [Jennifer] Ebony Griffin camein to get a bag of groceries

and decided to stay and volunteer.

This is her second dayhanding out supplies.

- It's been a blessing.

It's been a comfort to beable to pray for individuals

and just give hugs and supportand share the word of God.

- [Jennifer] And she's not the only one.

- As a federal furloughed employee myself,

I felt the need to comeout and show compassion

to the people coming in to let them know

that we're all in this together.

- Along with helping to keep bellies fed,

this church is alsoholding special programming

to help furloughedworkers stay emotionally

and spiritually strongduring these uncertain times.

- We want to make sure that we're

just being a hand of God in the community,

helping to reach out to people,

and our pastor's focus for thisyear is doing life together.

And what better way to do life together

is to do life with the community,

is to help give life literally?

- [Jennifer] ReggieSydnor says he's thankful

the church is supportingfurloughed workers like him,

but he's ready for Congress and the

president to reopen the government.

- It's funny, you would hear somebody say,

but I can't wait to get back to work,

and that's just how I feel right now.

- [Jennifer] Until then,volunteers and fellow

furloughed workers like Sandra Bolding

will share blessings and thehope that only God can provide.

- Yes, love conquers all.

Yes, it does, it does.

- [Jennifer] Jennifer Wishon,

CBN News, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

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- [George] Coming up,the international program

that some say is sending young Christians

to deliver anti-Israelpropaganda to their churches.

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- The World Council of Churches says

it's about inclusivenessand Christian unity,

but a new report claims the organization

is also behind a verycontroversial program.

- Yeah, reportedly young Christians

are being sent to theWest Bank as observers,

but return home as anti-Israel advocates.

CBN Middle East correspondent Julie Stahl

has that story from Jerusalem.

- [Julie] This effort is calledthe Ecumenical Accompaniment

Programme in Palestineand Israel, or EAPPI.

The World Council of Churchesstarted the program in 2002.

Since then, it's sent some 1,800volunteers to the West Bank

to witness what it callslife under occupation.

These volunteers then headhome to tell churches,

congregations, and others about it.

Those presentations often take a very

negative and even antisemitic tone.

- [Julie] The WCC denounces antisemitism

as a sin against God, andspokesperson Peter Prove

tells CBN News that the programis all about human rights.

- [Peter] The ultimatepurposes of the program

are to address human right violations,

impacts upon human dignity, and to promote

on the positive side a justpeace for both peoples.

- [Julie] A report by the NGO Monitor,

however, paints a different picture

of these so-called training camps.

- That is the main tool for training

anti-Israel activistswithin church organizations

and churches around the world,

and it's also the main tool for inserting

anti-Israel and anti-Zionist propaganda

and rhetoric into those same churches.

- [Julie] According to Prove,the volunteers take part

in everyday life with the Palestinians.

- [Peter] They're there toprovide protective prisons.

Secondly, they're thereto observe, monitor,

and report on events that they observe.

- [Julie] Yona Schiffmillersaid NGO Monitor

found there's more to the story.

- In fact, what EAPPI isreally doing is coming here,

gaining credibility for themselves

to go back to their home churches

and to spread anti-Israel diatribes.

- [Julie] Yosef Daher is coordinator

of the Jerusalem centerthat hosts the volunteers.

He explains how they view Jesus'

command to love your enemies.

- [Julie] Resistanceusually refers to terrorism,

but Daher said asChristians, they only promote

Boycott, Divestment andSanctions movement, or BDS.

In response to the report,the WCC said it only promotes

boycotting goods from Israeli settlements.

That's not Daher's view.

- [Julie] The WCC recognizesIsrael's right to exist

according to international law,

but doesn't connect it to the Bible.

Dr. Robert Smith works with the

volunteers and explained it earlier.

- The biblical narrative of Israel

has almost nothing to dowith contemporary Israel,

other than the intentional manipulation

of sacred texts to justifya political project.

The global Kairos Movement declared

that any Christian theologythat supports Zionism is heresy.

- [Julie] David Parsons is vice president

of the InternationalChristian Embassy Jerusalem.

He described the 2009 Kairos Palestine

declaration as misguided.

- For someone to brandChristian Zionism heresy,

this is troubling groundbecause Jesus Himself

affirmed the restorationof Israel in Matthew 19.

The Apostle Peter doesit in Acts chapter three,

and Paul does it in Romans chapter 11.

So, these were all affirming a belief

in biblical Zionism,the belief that the Jews

would be restored to the land.

So are you callingJesus Himself a heretic?

- [Julie] Funding for thevolunteer training program

comes from the World Council of Churches,

as well as European governments.

NGO Monitor would like those countries

to reevaluate that support, and the WCC

to recognize Israel's rightto exist as a Jewish state.

Julie Stahl, CBN News, Jerusalem.

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- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there are more than

148 million orphans in the world today?

148 million.

But it was three little girls that

taught me about the plight of orphans.

My husband and I spent nearly a month

immersed in the daily activitiesof a Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw firsthand the utterloneliness, the pain of rejection,

and the overwhelming desire to be loved.

That experience changed me forever,

and out of it grew a ministry

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 deservesa chance to be happy.

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Well, Holocaust Remembrance Day

is commemorated every January 27th.

That's the anniversary of the liberation

of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

- Veera is a Holocaustsurvivor who lives in Israel.

When she had a need, the Christian

Broadcasting Network stepped in to help.

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- [Narrator] Veera is awidow and Holocaust survivor.

Her family escaped the Minsk Ghetto

to join resistance fightersin the Belarusian wilderness.

(speaking in a foreign language)

- [Translator] There was very little food,

and the winters were so cold.

Many died in the snow, andthere was constant fear

of being discovered by the Nazi.

- [Narrator] Veera toldme that after the war,

she married a fellow survivor.

She and her husbandwanted to leave Belarus,

but couldn't get through the Iron Curtain.

It wasn't until 1991 they were

finally able to move to Israel.

- [Translator] It wasa dream to come here,

but it was hard to start a new life.

- [Narrator] Veera's husbandrecently died from cancer.

Her life got even harderone day, when she came home

to find the water pipesunder her floor had burst.

- [Translator] Water was everywhere.

Without my husband, Ididn't know what to do.

I could never afford the repairs.

I was devastated.

- [Narrator] So CBN Israelimmediately located a contractor,

and we covered the entirecost of the repairs.

- [Translator] I was sohappy when they told me

you were going to fixthe pipes and my floor.

I had tears of joy.

You were my only hope to get it fixed

and to have water back in my house.

It's a miracle.

- [Narrator] We alsolearned that Veera's oven

quit working a few years ago, so we bought

and installed a brand-new one.

Now we also take her groceries

regularly and spend time with her.

- [Translator] What you do for me

and the other survivors means the world.

You give real support, and it's wonderful

to know that someone cares about us.

I am so blessed to know people like you.

- CBN doing great work around the world.

- Indeed, we are.

- Yeah.

- Good being with you thisChristian World News episode.

- Same here, thank you.

Well, folks, that is it for this week's

edition of Christian World News.

- Until next week, from all of us here,

goodbye and God bless you.

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