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- This week on ChristianWorld News, hope and prayer.

Syria's Christians make anappeal to President Trump,

don't leave us at themercy of our enemies.

Plus, The Least of These, themoving story of a missionary

and his children martyred for their faith.

It all comes to a big screen.

And super faith, this NFLplayer had success and fame,

but it took an injuryto show him new life.

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Hello everyone, welcometo this week's edition

of Christian World News.

I'm George Thomas.

My colleague, WendyGriffith, is on assignment.

Syria's Christians feelthe pullout of U.S. troops

could lead to a disaster.

Just a few years ago, ISIScarried out a horrific genocide.

Now, believers fear anotherpotential apocalypse,

this time from Turkey.

There are about 100,000Christians in Northeast Syria.

They've already seen Turkishtroops wage a brutal campaign

against Christians andKurds in nearby territories.

President of Turkey,Erdogan, has threatened

a similar campaign in Northeast Syria.

One pastor's wife wantsPresident Trump to know

that Christians are countingon him for protection.

- [Translator] We love theAmerican president a lot.

I have said that he is abeliever and that he prays.

And so I was surprised, whydid President Trump do this?

That he immediately wants towithdraw the forces from here.

Is it possible that he wasnot considering the church,

or that he doesn't know thatthere are believers here.

- [George] CBN Middle EastBureau Chief Chris Mitchell

met with those believers.

He explains why they are so afraid.

- We had the privilege tobe there at that church,

and the pastor's wife told us about that.

And many people there feelthat since President Trump

is a Christian, reads the Bible and prays,

that maybe he just didn't know

that there were many Christiansthere in that region.

They're terrified of two things.

First of all, if Turkeycomes in and invades,

also if it monitors this20 mile security zone

that's been talked about,because most of the Christians

in Northeast Syria, they live and reside

along this 20 mile security zone.

So they're very concernedabout the potential

of a genocide for two reasons.

Last year, in Afrin, whichis in Northwest Syria,

the Turkish Army alongwith the Free Syrian Army

came in and they burnedchurches, they burned Bibles,

and they hunted Christians door to door,

especially Muslim background believers,

Muslim who had become Christians,

and expressed their faith in Jesus Christ.

Also in 1915, there was something called

the Armenian Genocide.

And they have a collective memory of that,

because many of theparents and grandparents

of the people who live in Northeast Syria

actually fled that genocide.

And so actually there'sprobably three main stories

coming out of Northeast Syria right now.

This geopolitical tug ofwar, what's gonna happen.

Will Turkey come in, willNortheast Syria align themselves

with the Assad Regime, whichthey really don't wanna do.

Or will the U.S. stay,

and perhaps even increase its presence.

That's one thing, alsothis new form of government

that is forming in Northeast Syria

is one of the most uniquestories in the Middle East today.

We talked to a free lance journalist

who's been covering this for several years

and he says he doesn't know ofanything like it in the world

and especially in the Middle East.

And finally it's this idea of genocide.

Really this is a time to bepraying for these Christians

who fear a genocide andthey're really crying out,

they're praying that PresidentTrump would reconsider

and that he would protect theChristians not only in Syria,

in Northeast Syria but in Iraq as well.

They fear that they could beexterminated in this region.

They are saying, telling us,that they're the salt and light

in the Middle East, and that's exactly

what Jesus said they would be.

- Thank you Chris.

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders

says Christians in the regionshouldn't fear a U.S. pullout.

This week she spoke withCBN News about that issue,

as well as her personalfaith and God's call

on President Trump.

CBNs Jennifer Wishon hasmore from the White House.

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- [Jennifer] As the U.S.prepares to withdraw from Syria,

Sanders wants Christiansand Kurds in the region

to know they'll still have support.

- The idea that the presidentis just stepping away,

and ignoring any potential problem

doesn't understand the fundamentaldecision that he's made.

He wants to bring ourtroops home, out of Syria,

but we're not leaving the region.

- You are not shy about the fact

that you're a woman of faith.

- People say you have to separate that.

If it's real faith, you can't separate it.

Because it's who you are,it's a part of who you are.

- As the Bible says, youknow, the Bible commands us

to pray for our enemies.

Is it hard to pray for your enemies?

(laughing)

That list can be long, Sarah.

- Actually can be I think a helpful tool

in keeping you calm.

There's a reason that God callsus to pray for our enemies,

and I think it's to giveus better perspective

and better understanding of who they are.

- I wanna talk aboutthe toll that this job

has taken on you.

You're gonna miss moments withyour kids, with your family.

Do you struggle with mommy guilt?

- Oh, every single day.

To explain to a six,five and three year old

what you do and why it'simportant is nearly impossible.

My oldest is a girl, I thinkit's very important for her

to see even at this age, that as a woman,

she can do anythingthat she sets out to do.

- I mean, does it kind ofin a way blow your mind

that, you know, someone like Donald Trump,

who is sitting in the Oval Office, I mean,

I know you can list the accomplishments,

but at the same time justfrom a spiritual perspective,

there are a lot of Christians

that believe for such a time as this.

- I think God calls all of us to fill

different roles at different times.

And I think that he wantedDonald Trump to become president.

- He's an interesting pickand an imperfect messenger

who requires a press secretarywho's quick on her feet.

Jennifer Wisom, CBN News, the White House.

- Thank you Jennifer.

President Trump is speaking out

in favor of Bible literacy classes

being taught in public schools.

The President declaring in a Tweet,

giving students the option ofstudying the Bible is great.

The President's support comes as lawmakers

have introduced Bibleliteracy bills in Florida,

Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota,Virginia and West Virginia.

Some of those havealready been voted down.

Up next, burned alive.

20 year ago, this missionary

and his sons died for the gospel.

Today, their story is beingtold on the big screen.

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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 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 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 deservesa chance to be happy.

- Cuba has a new Catholic church,

the Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

is one of three Catholicchurches authorized by Cuba

as part of a warming between the Vatican

and the island's communist government.

The building was inauguratedin a ceremony Saturday.

Members of St. LawrenceChurch in Tampa Florida

donated $95,000 to the new building,

which holds some 200 worshipersand was built on land

granted by the state.

- It's us, living out our baptismal call

to go out into the wholeworld, to make disciples

and to proclaim thegospel of Jesus Christ.

That's what this project's for,

following what Christ has told us to do.

Wonderful that it's in Cuba,and that we're from Tampa,

but we're just doing

what we were called todo with our baptism.

- The late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro

began easing restrictionson religion in the 1990s.

Pope John Paul II, Benedict, and Francis

have all visited the island since then.

And American missionarydoctor, who risked his life

to serve patients at theheight of the 2014 Ebola crisis

has been honored for his service.

Dr. Rick Sacra contracted the deadly virus

while caring for pregnant women

at a Christian hospital in Liberia.

Sacra received the L'ChaimPrize for outstanding

Christian medical missionaryservice in New York.

The prize includes ahalf million dollar award

to help train other medical experts

in the West African nation.

Sacra shared what he's learnedfrom other missionaries

about the intangiblerewards of their service.

- As I got to know oldermissionary doctors,

and people who had devoted their lives

to this kind of service,they don't regret it,

they don't say I've given upso much and what do I have?

They say look at these,

look at the treasuredrelationships I have,

look at the, you know, the little thing

I've been able to doand how God has used it

and multiplied it.

And there's nothing, there'snothing as rewarding as that.

- The L'Chaim Prize,

created by American Jewish philanthropists

Mark and Erica Gerson,

aimed to improve healthcray, health care, sorry,

across the African continent.

Now that Pakistan'ssupreme court has upheld

Asia Bibi's acquittal, howshould Christians pray for her?

Bibi is the Christian motherfalsely accused of blasphemy.

She is reportedly on her way to Canada

to live with her family.

Wilson Chowdhry of the British Pakistani

Christians Association told our Gary Lynn

it will take some time for Bibi

to adjust to life outside of prison.

- Well Asia has obviouslybeen incarcerated now,

in isolation for overnine years, close to 10.

And this woman has, youknow, been bereft of family,

has been away from any friends, you know.

Conversations would'vebeen minimal with a cleaner

that may have passed by for five minutes.

So you can imagine, her mentalstate is not going to be

the same as it was previousto her incarceration.

And we need to pray thatshe is given time to heal,

and that the Lord restores her completely.

- Chowdhry is urging people to also pray

for 18 other Christians still being held

on blasphemy charges in Pakistani prisons.

It has been 20 years sinceAustralian missionary

Graham Staines and his two sons died

at the hands of Hindufundamentalist in India.

His humble story hasinspired a feature film

that hits theaters across America.

Efrem Graham sat down withthe star, Stephen Baldwin,

to bring us this lookat The Least of These.

- [Man] Christian communityhas become a soft target

for radical groups in the last one month.

- [Woman] This incident has left many

in the Christian minoritycommunity shattered and broken.

- [Efrem] Ripped from real life headlines,

The Least of These is inspired

by the life of Graham Staines.

- Whatcha reading?

- It's a great book, about a missionary.

- Can you read us some?

- I think you're gonnafind it quite boring.

- [Efrem] Stephen Baldwinplays the missionary

whose story touched the actor

long before he signed on to the project.

- Can you read some of our books?

(laughing)

- And it sticks with you, youknow, because when you hear,

you know, when you try not to think about

the horrible details of anevent like this, you know.

Australian missionary working in India,

doing medical servicesto the least of these,

the lepers, and he's horrifically murdered

with his 10 and seven year old son.

And when I say that,

hugely around this big beautiful planet,

most folks are gonna go wow, you know,

because it doesn't matter who we are.

What color you are, where you're from,

what your faith is.

You know, if you're adad, or you're a mom,

or you're a brother orsister, or nieces, nephew,

whatever, that's just terrible.

This is one of those things

that in our hearts connects us all.

Which kinda feel likewe're losing these days.

So this film is justvery special in that way.

It just tells a compelling simple story

about one guy's humble walk.

- [Story Teller] A young(mumbling) with leprosy.

People are shouting, pushing each other,

wondering what to do with the boy.

And then from the crowd walked a man.

- [Graham] Okay, come on, it's okay.

- [Efrem] Aneesh Daniel Directs the movie,

his first feature film.

It's a passion project thatbegan almost immediately

after the brutal murdersof Graham and his sons,

killed while serving India's poorest.

- And this was 1999 whenthe incident happened.

Maybe after a year, andI wanted to do this.

And I went and met GladysStaines and she said

come back next year, and I went next year,

and then she said we'll think about it.

Let's meet next year.

(laughing)

And I went next year, and then 2004

I happened to meet afriend, Andrew Matthews,

and we both started writing the script.

- How did you hear about thestory from the very beginning?

Where were you, what happened?

- When the incident happened,I was in the CBN office.

Will you believe that?

And I was with a managingproducer called Donna Testa,

and I remember George coming,and mentioning this news.

- So you were in Virginia Beach, at CBN?

- Yes.

- Did the church give youmoney to become a Christian?

- No, it's that I givemoney to church every month.

My offering.

- [Efrem] A journalistsearching for the truth

is at the heart of this story,

that rests on two themes,

Graham's service to the least of these,

and his wife Gladys's strengthto forgive his killers.

- Quick, quick, quick (laughing).

- Naughty Mommy.- Let's go get her.

- Whoa, whoa, hey careful.

- Shari Rigby plays Graham's wife.

How do you forgive the unforgivable?

- (breathing deeply) Youknow, that's a question

I think we all have to tackle.

And that was somethingI think with this movie

that we think about it Ithink, especially as believers

that well of course we forgive,

we've been forgiven soof course we forgive.

But to be in the moment,

to really have to forgive someone,

and for something like this,

not only one but three,

the only way that somebody can do that

is to know so matter offactly who their savior is.

- [Efrem] Efrem Graham,CBN News, New York.

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- Matthew Slater has hisown place in NFL history.

When the Super Bowl betweenNew England and Atlanta

went into overtime two years ago,

Slater, as captain of thePatriots called the coin toss.

He guessed right, andthe New England folks

went on to win the championship.

Slater told CBNs sportsreporter Shawn Brown

how football injuries led to his decision

to follow Jesus Christ.

- [Shawn] New EnglandPatriot's Matthew Slater

is one of the NFL'smost respected players.

He's a two time Super Bowl champion,

and a six time Pro Bowl.

While those are impressiveaccomplishments,

Matt says he remembers a time in college

when he considered leavingthe sport he loved.

- I was prepared to transition

away from the game of football,

'cause you know I didn't know

what my opportunity wouldbe at the next level.

But I think through that,you know God kinda showed me

hey, you know, you're not Matthew Slater,

the football player.

You need to understand that you're mine

and your purpose and calling

is higher than that of an athlete.

- [Shawn] Matthew grew up inOrange County, California,

the son of Pro FootballHall of Famer Jackie Slater.

His mom and dad raised himand his younger brother David

with strong Christian values.

- Seven years old, Iremember my dad sitting down

and kinda laying outthe plan for salvation,

telling me who Jesus was,

telling me why I needed him.

And just understandingwho I was and who God was.

- [Shawn] Matthew wasa standout in football

and track in high school, butby the time he went to UCLA

on a football scholarship,life was all about him

and what he could doon the football field.

- For me, football was really a struggle.

I think when I went into college,

a lot of my identity was tiedup in being a football player,

son a football player.

- Did you ever feel pressureto live up to his likeness,

to live up to his legacy?

Obviously you played different positions.

- Sure I did, not from him though.

I kinda put that pressure on myself,

and I think people hadexpectations, you know,

that's Jackie Slater's son,Pro Football Hall of Famer.

He's supposed to be a certain way.

He's supposed to act a certain way.

His level of play is supposed to be this.

- [Shawn] But when Matthew missed

his entire freshman season

and the first three gamesof his sophomore year

because of injuries, he became angry,

because his football career

wasn't going as well as he had planned.

So he asked God for an explanation.

- And I kinda just waslike what am I doing here,

like I have these plans, Lord,

this is how it was supposed to go,

and it's not going that way.

I was asking why.

And it really came from a selfish place.

It was why am I not benefiting personally.

- [Shawn] That's when Matthew considered

walking away from the game.

Until he realized thatthe problem was himself.

- I think for me it was,it was me, you know,

we talk about idols andputting other things...

It was the football, it wasmy status as an athlete.

It was how people viewedme, it was man pleasing.

- [Shawn] That night,Matthew called his father.

- My dad kinda justsharing scripture with me,

and talking with me, andhelped me see and understand

that hey it's not aboutyou all the time, son.

And sometimes the Lordhas plans for your life

that you can't even see and understand.

- It was then that he decided to follow

God's purpose for his life.

How did you change afteryou made that decision

to live wholeheartedlyfor Christ, what changed?

- I think I had a lot of angerand frustration, I think.

I was a little, just alittle bit more free,

and at peace with youknow, the Lord's will,

and I didn't wrestlewith God as much about

you know, that's how I wanna do things.

And I think that peaceand freedom was really,

it was just, it was like aweight lifted off my shoulders.

- Right.

- And you know, I just felt like

a different personaltogether, no question.

- After his senior year, Matthew entered

the 2008 NFL draft, knowingat the end of the day,

it was in God's hands.

And he was selected in the5th round by New England.

Since then, he's provedthat he's his own man,

one that's not defined by hisaccomplishments on the field.

When people introduceyou, they're going to say

ladies and gentlemen, Matthew Slater,

two times Super Bowlchampion, six time Pro Bowler,

you know, that's the waythey're going to introduce you.

How would you describe yourself?

- You know, that's a great question.

I'd like to be introducedas Matthew Slater,

follower of Christ, a husband to Shahrzad,

and father to Jeremiah.

I mean those are thethings that I value most.

And I'm proud of what I've accomplished

on the football field.

I've been extremely blessedbut it's not who I am.

- [Shawn] Now as a teamcaptain, Matthew understands

the role God has given himas a leader on the field,

and in the community.

- You know I think whenyou talk about leadership

on that team, I think I'm there to serve.

And I look at leadershipand how it was best modeled,

it was through Jesus Christ.

And he came to serve, he served people.

So as I embrace leadership on the team,

I've always tried to betransparent and just serve people.

You know, that's what Ireally feel like I'm here for.

It's never really been about football.

That's just a byproduct.

I think that it's been aboutbuilding relationships,

and the Lord has put me hereto make his name more famous.

And I think ultimatelythat is my purpose in life,

is to serve and to point the finger

in the direction of Jesus Christ.

(crowd cheering)

- Terrific testimony.

Find more great stories aboutGod at work in the world

at our Christian World News website.

Find it at cbnnews.com.

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- [Pat] When you give, smiles grow bigger.

When you care,

homes are happier.

When you comfort,

the hurt goes away.

When we all come together to love,

miracles happen.

- Hello I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there are morethan 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 first hand 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 deservesa chance to be happy.

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- [Man] Young people, millennials,are flocking to church.

- [Woman] It's not an exaggeration to say

that we love to meet them,

and that we love to know their stories.

- A student in Israel stumbled upon

a rare second era coin,a second temple era coin

during a hike last week.

Israeli authorities releasedan image of that coin.

Pictured on it are three stalks of grain

and a royal canopy withthe words King Agrippa

engraved in it.

Agrippa refers to HerodAgrippa, who ruled ancient Judea

from 41 AD to 44 AD.

Herod Agrippa is the king Herod

named in Acts 12, by the way,

According to Acts, KingAgrippa persecuted the church

in Jerusalem, he imprisonedPeter, and had James killed.

The coin will be guarded by

the Israeli Antiquities Authority's

Collection of National Treasures.

Wow, what a find.

Well folks that it isfor this week's edition

of Christian World News.

From all of us here at CBNNews, have a wonderful week.

Until next week, goodbye,and God bless you.

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