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Christian World News: January 11, 2013

On Christian World News, Jan 11: Jews, Christians help spread word about persecution; Ex-Satanic Russian hitman now fighting for peace; Hope emerging after India rape sparks outcry; and more. Read Transcript


George: TODAY ON

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS, A

RISING TIDE OF PERSECUTION

IS CHASING CHRISTIANS OUT OF

THEIR HOMELAND.

WE'LL SHOW YOU ONE EUROPEAN

CHURCH THAT IS TAKING THEM

IN.

Wendy: PLUS, CONFERENCE

2013, 60,000 YOUTH COME

TOGETHER FOR A TIME OF

EXTREME WORSHIP, AND MAKE A

BOLD PLEDGE TO CHANGE THE

WORLD.

George: AND FROM LIGHT

TO DARKNESS.

ONE MAN'S JOURNEY FROM

SERVING THE DEVIL TO

BUILDING GOD'S KINGDOM.

George: IN AT LEAST 60

COUNTRIES, FOLLOWERS OF

JESUS CHRIST SUFFER DAILY IN

INTERROGATION, ARREST, AND

EVEN DEATH.

HELLO, EVERYONE, I'M GEORGE

THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

OPEN DOORS U.S.A. HAS

RELEASED ITS ANNUAL WATCH

LIST OF THE WORLD'S 50

WORRIES OFFENDERS.

MOST SURPRISING, CHRISTIANS

IN AFRICA ARE WITNESSING A

SURGE IN PERSECUTION THERE.

MALI JUMPED FROM UNRANKED TO

NUMBER SEVEN.

TANZANIA, KENYA, UGANDA, AND

ARGENTINA JOINED THE LIST,

AND ETHIOPIA CLIMBED FROM 38

TO 15.

BUT NORTH KOREA IS THE WORST

COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO BE A

CHRISTIAN.

IT TOPPED THE CHART FOR THE

11 YEAR IN A ROW, FOLLOWED

BY SAUDI ARABIA,

AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ.

THE ARAB SPRING, IN MANY

WAYS, HAS TURNED INTO AN

ISLAMIC WINTER FOR THE

CHRISTIANS OF THE MIDDLE

EASTERLY.

THAT INCLUDES THE WHOLE

STATE OF NORTH AFRICA.

PRETTY MUCH EVERY PLACE THAT

HAS AN ELECTION HAS ELECTED

ISLAMISTS, AND THEY HAVE

MADE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR

THE CHURCHES OF THE MIDDLE

EAST, WHO ARE PRETTY

SIGNIFICANT MINORITIES IN A

LOT OF THESE COUNTRIES.

SO THAT HAS BEEN A BAD

THING.

George: TENS OF

THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS ARE

FLEEING THE MIDDLE EAST

BECAUSE OF PERSECUTION, YET

THIS MODERN DAY EXITOUS IS

GETTING LITTLE ATTENTION IN

THE WEST.

NOW A JEWISH GROUP IS

TEAMING UP WITH CHRISTIANS

TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT

PERSECUTION OF MIDDLE EAST

CHRISTIANS.

CHRIS MITCHELL REPORTS.

Reporter: ALMOST

200 MILLION CHRISTIANS FACE

PERSECUTION EACH YEAR,

ESPECIALLY IN THE BIRTHPLACE

OF THEIR FAITH, THE MIDDLE

EAST.

IRAQ IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE.

SINCE 2003, THERE HAS

BEEN A SYSTEMATIC ATTACK

LAUNCHED AGAINST THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY, AND

OTHER MINORITIES, IN IRAQ.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE

MAINSTREAM MEDIA AND MANY

CHURCHES REALLY DON'T TALK

ABOUT THE PERSECUTION OF

THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS

IN CHRIST.

Reporter: A SYRIAN

CHRISTIAN, JULIANNA, HAD TO

BE SMUGGLED OUT OF HER HOME

COUNTRY DUE TO RELIGIOUS

PERSECUTION.

SHE SAYS SINCE THE END OF

SADDAM HUSSEIN REIGN, IT HAS

FORCED TWO-THIRDS OF IRAQ'S

CHRISTIANS TO FLEE.

IT ESCALATES ATTACKS ON

CHURCHES, TO FORCING

CHRISTIANS TO CHOOSE BETWEEN

CONVERTING TO ISLAM OR

PAYING A PROTECTION TAX.

THE NEXT UP FOR THE

ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS WERE TO

GO IN AND ATTACK FAMILIES,

KILL CHILDREN AND KIDNAP

WOMEN, IMPREGNATING THEM,

AND TORTURING MEN, BEHEADING

THEN, AND THEN THEY STARTED

ATTACKING CLERGY MEMBERS.

IT IS AMAZING TO SEE WHAT

IS HAPPENING TO THE

CHRISTIANS BY ISLAMIC

FORCES, CHRISTIAN

WORSHIPPERS ARE IN A CHURCH

AND THEY WOULD GET

ATTACKED.

Reporter: RIMAHAM SAYS

THE MEDIA IGNORES CHRISTIAN

PERSECUTION BECAUSE IT

CONTRADICTS THE MEDIA'S

PERCEPTION OF ISLAM.

IF THIS IDEA GETS OUT,

THAT MUSLIMS ARE INTOLERANT

TO THE OTHER, IT KIND OF

PUTS THE STRUGGLE WITH

ISRAEL IN A DIFFERENT LIFE.

Reporter: HE BLAMES THE

LACK OF ATTENTION ON AN

ANTI-CHRISTIAN SENTIMENT IN

THE AMERICAN MEDIA AND

THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

THIS IS SOMETHING THEY

DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT

BECAUSE THEN THEY WILL BE

PERCEIVED AS PRO-CHRISTIAN.

BUT IT IS A HUMAN RIGHTS

ISSUE.

THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT IS

A MAJOR HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE

IN THE WORLD.

THAT IS NOT GETTING THE

ATTENTION THAT IT DESERVES

IN THE WEST.

Reporter: ALAN

SCHNEIDER OF THE A

WELL-KNOWN JEWISH

ORGANIZATION RECENTLY

BROUGHT EXPERTS, LIKE EAST

INRAHIM, AND TY MORASI TO

TALK ABOUT THE CHRISTIANS IN

THE MIDDLE EAST.

TYE SAYS THEY WERE MORE

OPEN.

THEY SAID WE WANT TO

VOLUNTEER FOR YOUR

ORGANIZATION.

Reporter: THE GROUP'S

CONCLUSION: AMERICANS AND

EUROPEANS SHOULD TAKE TIME

TO FIND OUT WHAT IS

HAPPENING TO CHRISTIANS IN

THE MIDDLE EAST AND SEE WHAT

THEY CAN DO TO HELP.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Wendy: SO WHERE ARE ALL

OF THESE CHRISTIAN REFUGEES

GOING?

SOME ARE LANDING IN EUROPE,

AND THEY'RE BRINGING

REVIVAL.

DALE HERD RECORDS FROM

BERLIN.

Reporter: PARTS OF

GERMANY ARE AMONG THE MOST

GODLESS AREAS IN THE WORLD.

POLLING SHOWS THAT BEE LEAVE

BELIEF IN GOD IN THE EAST

GERMANY IS ONLY 13%.

BUT CHURCH ATTENDANCE IS

GROWING HERE, THANKS TO

FORMER MUSLIMS FROM IRAN.

CONVERTS TO CHRISTIANITY

HAVE DOUBLED THE SIZE OF THE

CONGREGATION.

DEACONESS ROSEMARIE GERTZ.

IT CAME LIKE AN

UNEXPECTED NEW RAIN.

SUDDENLY NEW PEOPLE STARTED

COMING EVERY WEEK AND ASKED

TO BE BAPTIZED.

IN THE BEGINNING, ONLY FIVE

OR SIX IRANIANS CAME.

THEY WERE EASY TO SPOT AND

WE GOT TO KNOW THEM.

AND THEN OVER TIME, THEY

BROUGHT THEIR FRIENDS AND

NEIGHBORS.

Reporter: GERMANY HAS

EXPERIENCED A SURGE IN ISLAM

THIS YEAR.

MUSLIMS CONDUCTED A

NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN TO GIVE

AWAY QURANS, IN A COUNTRY

THAT HAS LARGELY TURNED ITS

BACK ON BIBLICAL

CHRISTIANITY.

BUT IRANIAN IMMIGRANTS HAVE

EXPERIENCED THE OPPRESSION

IN THEIR NATIVE LAND, AND

THEY'RE HUNGRY FOR

CHRISTIANITY AND THE

FREEDOM.

MICHAEL ASKED WE HIDE HIS

FACE.

I MET A FEW TIMES IN AN

UNDERGROUND CHURCH, IN A

FLAT.

THERE WE SPOKE ABOUT JESUS,

AND WE TRIED TO DO A BIBLE

STUDY, SOMETIMES WITHOUT AN

ACTUAL BIBLE.

Reporter: ALL OF THE

PERSIANS WE SPOKE TO

ACCEPTED CHRIST IN IRAN, AND

THEN HAD TO EITHER FLEE OR

RISK PRISON OR DEATH.

I WAS ON THE WAY TO A

HOUSE CHURCH MEETING, WHEN I

SAW POLICE OUTSIDE THE

FLAT.

SO I DIDN'T GO IN.

AND LATER I CALLED MY

MOTHER.

SHE SAID THE POLICE WERE

HERE LOOKING FOR YOU.

SO MY FAMILY HELPED ME FLEE

THE COUNTRY.

WHEN I WAS IN IRAN, I

WANTED TO BECOME A

CHRISTIAN, BUT IT'S REALLY

DIFFICULT TO LEARN ABOUT

CHRISTIANITY IN IRAN.

IT IS FORBIDDEN FOR A MUSLIM

TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN.

IT WAS REALLY DIFFICULT.

I HAD TO LEAVE MY PARENTS.

SO I LOST MY HOME AND MY

FAMILY.

Reporter: ROSEMARIE

SAYS THE PERSIANS WERE

SURPRISED TO FIND SO MANY

GERMANS DISINTERESTED IN

CHRISTIANITY.

MOST OF THEM BECAME

CHRISTIANS IN IRAN AND KNOW

MORE ABOUT CHRISTIANITY THAN

YOU WOULD EXPECT.

THEY'RE AHEAD OF US IN A

SENSE BECAUSE THEY HAVE

ALREADY BEEN PERSECUTED FOR

CHRIST.

AND THEY FIGURED OUT PRETTY

QUICKLY THAT A LOT OF

GERMANS ARE CHRISTIANS IN

NAME ONLY.

AND THEY'RE DISAPPOINTED

THAT GERMANS TAKE RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM FOR GRANTED.

Reporter: SOME GERMANS

ARE SUSPICIOUS OF THE

CONVERSIONS BECAUSE BEING

BAPTIZED CAN HELP A REFUGEE

STAY IN GERMANY, RATHER THAN

THAN BE DEPORTED.

SO ROSEMARY TAKES THE

CHRISTIAN CONVERTS THROUGH A

RIGOROUS CLASS OF BIBLE

CLASSES.

I EXPECTED SOME OF THEM

WANTED TO BE BE BASTTIZED SO

THEY COULD GET THE

RESIDENCY, BUT THAT TURNS

OUT TO BE ONLY A FEW.

IN FACT, SOME THAT HAVE BEEN

BAPTIZED HAVE COME BACK TO

OUR CLASS AND TO BE BAPTIZED

FOR THE FOURTH TIME.

Reporter: IT HAS BECOME

A NATIONWIDE PHENOMENON, AND

IT IS NUMBERING IN THE

THOUSANDS.

AT THE HOUSE OF GOD'S HELP,

IT HAS REINVIGORATED THE

CONGREGATION.

DALE HERD, CBN NEWS,

BERLIN.

George: COMING UP, AN

ARMY OF 60,000 STRONG, AND

FILLED WITH PASSION FOR

CHRIST.

HOW THIS GENERATION OF YOUNG

CHRISTIANS IS PLEDGING TO

CHANGE THE LIVES OF MILLIONS

OF PEOPLE.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK.

A CASE OF GANG RAPE, AND

MURDER IN NEW DEHLI, INDIA,

HAS GAINED INTERNATIONAL

ATTENTION.

THIS MONTH A PACK OF MEN

SAVAGELY BEAT AND SEXUALLY

ASSAULTED A 23-YEAR-OLD

WOMAN ON A PUBLIC BUS.

SHE LATER DIED.

HER ATTACKERS ARE IN POLICE

CUSTODY, FACING CHARGES OF

MURDER AND RAPE.

WITH INDIANS CALLING FOR

REFORM IN A SOCIETY THAT

OFTEN TOLERATES VIOLENCE

AGAINST WOMEN.

RECENTLY I SPOKE WITH K.P.

P P. YOHAN YOHANON.

WE SPOKE ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF

WOMEN IN INDIA, AND HOW THE

MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST IS

GIVING THEM HOPE.

DR. YOHANON, YOU SAY THIS

CASE HIGHLIGHTS THE LONG

TIME ABUSE OF WOMEN IN

INDIA.

DESCRIBE SOME OF THE ABUSES

THEY ENDURE.

RAPE AND ABUSE FOR WOMEN

AND TO YOUNG GIRLS, FOREVER

BEING KIND OF A NORMAL THING

THAT IS GOING ON, AND TO

NEVER GET PUNISHED -- EVERY

YEAR SOME 26,000 DALLETS,

WOMEN, AND YOUNG GIRLS ARE

RAPED AND ABUSED.

AND YET LESS THAN 1% OF

THESE PEOPLE ARE

PROSECUTED.

Wendy: LET ME ASK YOU

THIS, DOCTOR, WHY ARE WOMEN

VALUED LESS THAN MEN IN THE

INDIAN SOCIETY?

UNLIKE THE UNITED STATES

OR COUNTRIES, WHERE THE

JUDEO CHRISTIAN FAITH IS

WHERE WOMEN ARE GIVEN VALUE

AND SIGNIFICANCE.

IN MANY OF THESE NATIONS, IT

IS NOT LIKE THAT.

Wendy: HOW IS IT IN THE

CHURCH IN INDIA?

AS PEOPLE ACCEPT CHRIST, DO

YOU FIND THEIR ATTITUDES AND

TREATMENT OF WOMEN ARE

CHANGING?

ABSOLUTELY.

I CAN TELL YOU COMMUNITY

AFTER COMMUNITY, NEPAL OUR

INDIA OR BANGLADESH, AND

MANY PLACES WE FIND IN SMALL

COMMUNITIES, WHEN PEOPLE

COME TO THE LORD, AND ALL OF

A SUDDEN THEY'RE READING

GOD'S WORD AND THEY'RE

HEARING GOD'S WORD, THEY

UNDERSTAND THE WAY GOD LOOKS

UPON WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND

THEIR VALUE.

AND WE SEE -- I KNOW AT

LEAST ONE VILLAGE PERSONALLY

WHERE FIVE YEARS AMONG THESE

PEOPLE -- WE FIND WOMEN LOOK

LIKE WOMEN, AND MEN TREAT

THEIR WIVES WITH SOME

DIGNITY AND RESPECT AND

LOVE.

AND THE FAMILY PRAYS

TOGETHER.

IT IS AN AMAZING

TRANSFORMATION THAT COMES

BECAUSE OF THE GOSPEL AND

THE HOPE AND THE LOVE

EXPERIENCED BECAUSE OF

JESUS.

Wendy: WHAT IS IT LIKE

FOR AN INDIAN WOMAN, WHO HAS

BEEN A HINDU ALL HER LIFE,

AND SHE HEARS THE GOSPEL

MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST FOR

THE FIRST TIME, AND PERHAPS

HEARING FOR THE FIRST TIME

SHE DOES HAVE VALUE AND THAT

SHE IS LOVED.

HOW DOES SHE RESPOND TO

THAT?

I WOULD SAY IT IS LIKE

MEETING HERE IN NEW YORK OR

LAS VEGAS SOMEWHERE, A MAN

LIVING UNDER A BRIDGE, ON

THE STREET, IN A CARDBOARD

BOX, AND HE HERE'S THE NEWS,

SOMEBODY SAYS, HEY, JOEL,

YOUR FATHER LEFT $10 MILLION

TO YOUR NAME.

IT IS IN A BANK.

IT IS YOURS.

AND CAN YOU IMAGINE THE

HAPPINESS, THE JOY, THE

EXCITEMENT?

THEY SAY, REALLY?

AND EVERYTHING CHANGES.

WHEN THESE PEOPLE HEAR JESUS

LOVES THEM, HE DIED ON THE

CROSS, HE WAS BURIED AND

ROSE AGAIN, AND HE IS ALIVE

WITH THEM, FORGIVING THEM,

AND LOVING THEM.

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN

SOMETHING HAPPENS ON THE

INSIDE.

THERE IS THIS HOPE.

I DON'T HAVE TO LIVE LIKE

THIS.

AND THAT LOVE OF CHRIST

TRANSFORMS THESE PEOPLE, AND

I HAVE SEEN IT A HUNDRED

TIMES.

JUST LIKE YOU FIND IN THE

GOSPEL OF JOHN, WHEN JESUS

ENCOUNTERED THESE WOMEN AND

THEIR LIVES CHANGED.

AND TODAY THAT IS HAPPENING

NOT ONLY IN INDIA, BUT ALL

OF THESE NATIONS.

THE MUSLIM COMMUNITIES, THE

HINDU COMMUNITIES, AND THE

TRIPLES AND THE DALITS, AND

THE GOOD NEWS IS ALWAYS GOOD

NEWS BECAUSE IT BRINGS HOPE,

AND THAT'S WHAT THESE PEOPLE

NEED.

Wendy: THE DOCTOR ALSO

PRAISED INDIA'S GOVERNMENT

FOR ITS RESPONSE TO THE

PROTEST.

HE SAID, QUOTE,"I AM

GRATEFUL FOR HOW THE PRIME

MINISTER AND SANDY GANDHI,

ALONG WITH GOVERNMENT

AGENCIES, ARE RESPONDING TO

THE OUTCRY.

POSITIVE STEPS ARE BEING

TAKEN."

YOU CAN LEARN MORE AT THE

MINISTRY'S WEBSITE, AND YOU

CAN FIND THE LINK ON OUR

WEBSITE, CBNNEWS.COM.

George: YOUNG PEOPLE

ACROSS THE UNITED STATES ARE

TAKING UP THE FIGHT TO END

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AROUND THE

WORLD.

ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES IN ALL

50 STATES, AND MORE THAN 50

COUNTRIES, THEY'RE SHINING

THE LIGHT ON MODERN DAY

SLAVERY.

AS MY COLLEAGUE EPHRAIM

GRAHAM REPORTS, THEY

ACCEPTED THEIR MISSION AT A

NEW YEAR'S CONFERENCE CALLED

PASSION 2013.

Reporter: 60,000

STUDENTS PACKED ATLANTA'S

GEORGIADOME FOR A PARTY.

A TIME OF WORSHIP.

JESUS IN INFINITELY

WORTHY OF ETERNAL

ADMIRATION.

Reporter: AND TO HEAR

GOD'S WORD.

THIS IS PASSION 2013, AN

ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG

CHRISTIANS THAT GROWS LARGER

EACH YEAR.

THESE STUDENTS ARE COMING

TOGETHER.

LIFTING UP THE NAME OF JESUS

TOGETHER, AND WITH THAT,

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT.

Reporter: THIS IS AN

ARMY OF BELIEVERS FROM ALL

50 STATES, AND 54

COUNTRIES.

THEY ARE LEADING THESE YOUNG

PEOPLE IN WHAT MANY WOULD

CALL AN IMPOSSIBLE MISSION.

IT IS CALLED "END IT NOW."

IT'S A FIGHT TO END MODERN

DAY SLAVERY.

ONE THING WE CAN AGREE ON

IS THERE ARE 27 MILLION

SLAVES, AND THERE SHOULD BE

NO MORE SLAVES.

SO WE'RE GOING TO LIFT THAT

UP AND PUT IT FRONT AND

CENTER.

Reporter: ARMED WITH

SMARTPHONES, CREDIT CARDS,

AND iPADS, YOUNG PEOPLE

ATTENDED.

AND PASSION IS PARTNERED

WITH MORE THAN A DOZEN

ORGANIZATIONS ON THE GROUND

AND AROUND THE WORLD.

WE BELIEVE JESUS WAS THE

ORIGINAL ABOLISHIST, AND

THESE ARE THE FIRST ONCE.

THESE STUDENTS, THEY DON'T

LOVE MODERN DAY SLAVERY,

SOCIAL CAUSES.

THEY LOVE JESUS.

AND THEY WANT TO FOLLOW

JESUS, AND THEY WANT TO DO

WHAT JESUS IS CALLING THEM

TO DO.

Reporter: THE FACES ON

THIS BOARD ARE SYMBOLIC OF

27 MILLION PEOPLE ENSLAVED

AROUND THE WORLD.

PASSION'S GOAL IS TO WIPE

THE SLATE CLEAN AND BRING

FREEDOM TO EVERY SINGLE

PERSON.

I BELIEVE IT BECAUSE GOD

CAN DO THINGS.

I THINK THIS IS A GENERATION

THAT IS GOING TO RISE UP AND

SPEAK THE LORD.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 27

27 MILLION MEN, WOMEN,

CHILDREN, OPPRESSED,

TRAPPED, RAPED FOR PROFIT,

WORKING IN THE WORST OF THE

WORST CONDITIONS AND NOT

GETTING PAID, THREATS OF

VIOLENCE AGAINST THEIR

LIVES.

THAT IS HAPPENING.

THAT'S REAL.

IT IS A $32 BILLION

INDUSTRY.

ALL 27 MILLION SLAVES WERE

CREATED BY GOD, NOT TO BE

OPPRESSED, BUT TO LIVE IN

FREEDOM.

AND THAT'S WHAT THESE

STUDENTS CARE ABOUT.

Reporter: IT IS ALSO

WHAT THESE 60,000 STUDENTS

PRAYED ABOUT BEFORE LEAVING

PASSION 2013.

THEY LIT CANDLES, VOWED TO

SHINE A LIGHT ON THE DARK

WORLD OF SLAVERY AS THEY

RETURNED HOME.

THEY ALSO PRAYED FOR

PATIENCE, TO SEE THIS

MISSION TO COMPLETION.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES

ABOUT OUR GENERATION IS

WE'RE A "HOW CAN THIS BE

SOLVED" NOW GENERATION.

AND THE LORD WORKS ON HIS

TIME.

AND HE IS PERFECT AND

EVERYTHING HE HAS IS PERFECT

IN HIS PLAN.

Reporter: EPHRAIM

GRAHAM, CBN NEWS, ATLANTA,

GEORGIA.

Wendy: UP NEXT, ONCE HE

DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO SATAN,

AND NOW THIS MAN IS SERVING

GOD IN ONE OF THE MOST

DANGEROUS PLACES ON EARTH.

Wendy: SINCE THE LATE

'90s, ISLAMIC RADICALS

HAVE HAD A BLOODY

INSURGENTSY IN RUSSIA.

George: RECENTLY I MET

ONE MAN ON A MISSION TO

BRING PEACE TO THIS REGION.

DENADI TURKIN IS NOT PROUD

OF HIS PAST, AND HE GETS

UNCOMFORTABLE TALKING ABOUT

IT.

I LEFT HOME WHEN I WAS 13

YEARS OLD, AND GOT ENTANGLED

WITH THE WRONG CROWD.

I DID A LOT OF THINGS I'M

ASHAMED OF.

George: HE IS FROM A

SMALL RUSSIAN CITY, AND HIS

LIFE READS LIKE A HOLLYWOOD

MAFIA THRILLER: DRUGS, ARMED

ROBBERY, PROSTITUTION, MONEY

LAUNDERING, GUN SMUGGLING,

YOU NAMED IT AND HE DID IT

ALL, AND THEN SOME.

IT IS AS IF I BECAME THE

DEVIL'S SLAVE.

I REMEMBER MAKING A PACT

WITH SATAN, TO SERVE HIM.

George: AND HIS DEEDS

EVENTUALLY CAUGHT UP WITH

HIM.

I WAS ARRESTED AND

SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN

PRISON.

George: THAT'S THE

PAST, AND TO WITNESS THE

POWER OF A LIFE TRANSFORMED

BY GOD, LOOK NO FARTHER THA

DENADI TERKIN.

THE YEAR WAS 1987, AND THE

FORMER SOVIET UNION FACED

POLITICAL CHANGES.

AND HE SAT IN PRISON.

I HAD A BA BAD

REPUTATION IN PRISON.

PRISONERS WERE EVEN AFRAID

OF ME.

George: ONE DAY

CHRISTIANS CAME TO SHARE THE

LOVE OF JESUS.

HE SAYS IT WAS THE FIRST

TIME HE HEARD THE MESSAGE.

BUT IT TOOK FOUR YEARS FOR

IT TO SINK IN.

IN 1991, I DROPPED TO MY

KNEES IN THE PRISON CELL AND

TOLD GOD I WAS A SINNER.

FROM THAT MOMENT I WENT FROM

SERVING SATAN TO A SERVANT

OF JESUS.

George: THE PRISON

MIRACULOUSLY SHORTENED HIS

SENTENCE BY FIVE YEARS, AND

HE WAS RELEASED IN 1996.

THE DAY AFTER HE WALKED OUT

OF PRISON, HE WALKED INTO A

BIBLE TRAINING SEMINAR,

ORGANIZED BY RUSSIAN

MINISTRIES, WHICH FOCUSES ON

BRINGING THE GOSPEL TO THE

FORMER SOVIET UNION.

RUSSIAN MINISTRIES WAS

VERY FUNDAMENTAL IN MY

LIFE.

THEIR CLASSES TAUGHT ME HOW

TO SHARE MY NEW FAITH WITH

OTHERS.

AND THEY PUT IN MY HEART TO

HELP CHANGE THE NEXT

GENERATIONS OF LEADERS IN MY

COUNTRY.

George: HE WAS BAPTIZED

SHORTLY THEREAFTER.

NOW FOR OVER 10 YEARS, HE

HAS BEEN LEADING A CHURCH IN

THE NORTH CRACKCOS REGION.

I AM CONVINCED IT IS THE

LOVE OF JESUS THAT TURNED MY

LIFE AROUND.

George: IN THAT TIME,

TWO WARS, AND SCORES OF

TERRORISTS' ATTACKS HAVE

KILLED THOUSANDS AND

DISPLACED MANY MORE.

TURKIN'S GOAL?

REACH THIS WAR-TORN REGION

WITH MESSAGES OF

RECONCILIATION AND

FORGIVENESS.

ONE WAY IS TO REACH YOUNG

PEOPLE.

HE COORDINATES DOZENS OF

YOUTH CAMPS EACH YEAR, IN

PARTNERSHIP WITH RUSSIAN

MINISTRIES AND LOCAL

CONGREGATIONS.

HE IS A MEMBER OF HER CHURCH

AND HELPS WITH THE CAMPS.

THESE KIDS HAVE TO KNOW

THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE

LIFESTYLE TO VIOLENCE.

WE SPEND TIME HANDING OUT

GIFTS AND PLAYING GAMES.

IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY

TO SHARE THE GOSPEL.

George: MANY PARENTS

SAY THE CAMPS ARE GOD-SENT.

I LOVE IT WHEN THEY TALK

ABOUT PEACE AND GETTING

ALONG WITH OTHER ETHNIC AND

RELIGIOUS GROUPS.

THEY'RE HELPING TO BUILD

BRIDGES, AND THIS IS

IMPORTANT.

George: IN ONE CITY,

THE LOCAL COMMUNIST PARTY

TOOK OUT FULL-PAGE NEWSPAPER

ADS PROMOTING THE YOUTH

CAMPS.

YOU MAY BE SURPRISED, BUT

THERE ARE MANY CHRISTIANS IN

THE CAMPS.

George: WHEN HE IS NOT

COORDINATING CAMPS, TURKIN

TRAINS OTHER LEADERS.

IT IS ALL ABOUT MISSIONS

AND.

George: WORKING HERE IS

NOT WITHOUT AD ITS

HARDSHIPS.

WHERE RUSSIAN FORCES HAVE

BATTLED BACK AND FORTH TO

CONTROL THE PROVINCE.

THERE IS RELATIVE PEACE NOW,

BUT I ISLAM'S INFLUENCE IS

GROWING.

WITH THE HELP OF SEVERAL

GOVERNMENTS, INCLUDE SAUDI

ARABIA, THEY HAVE ERECTED

WHAT COULD BE THE LARGEST

MOSQUE AND EUROPE.

AND FOR CHRISTIANS, LIFE FOR

THEM CANNOT ONLY BE

CHALLENGING, BUT POTENTIALLY

DANGEROUS.

CBN NEWS AGREED TO CONCEAL

HIS IDENTITY FOR

PROTECTION.

I HAVE BEEN REPEATEDLY

WARNED BY MUSLIM RADICALS

AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO

STOP PREACHING, BUT I WILL

NOT.

I'M A SIMPLE MAN, WHO'S LIFE

WAS ONE DAY TOUCHED BY

CHRIST.

I HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO

TELL OTHERS ABOUT HIM, NO

MATTER THE COST.

George: IT'S THE PRICE

THAT THESE MEN AND THE OTHER

BELIEVERS ARE WILLING TO PAY

TO BRING EVERLASTING LIFE.

THIS IS MY MISSION, TO

BRING LOVE AND HOPE TO THIS

REGION.

George: THEY CALL

SOUTHERN RUSSIA ONE OF THE

MOST DANGEROUS PLACES IN ALL

OF THIS COUNTRY.

AND A MAN WHO SPENT YEARS

SERVING THE DEVIL IS

SPENDING HIS LIFE SERVING

JESUS CHRIST NOW AND

BRINGING HOPE TO THE NORTH

CAUCUSES.

Wendy: THANKS, GEORGE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

George: AND FINALLY

THIS WEEK, IRANIAN PASTOR

YUSEF NARDARKHANI IS OUT OF

JAIL.

Wendy: AGAIN.

AUTHORITIES ARRESTED HIM ON

CHRISTMAS DAY BECAUSE THEY

SAID HE HAD NOT SERVED HIS

FULL SENTENCE.

YUSEF NARDARKHANI HAD SPENT

ALMOST THREE YEARS BEHIND

BARS UNDER A DEATH SENTENCE

FOR REFUSING TO RENOUNCE HIS

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

HE WAS ACQUITTED IN

SEPTEMBER, BUT NOW HE IS NOW

BACK HOME WITH HIS FAMILY.

BUT UNBELIEVABLY, THEY SAID

HE HADN'T SERVED ALL OF HIS

TIME AND PUT HIM BACK IN

JAIL FOR THREE DAYS.

George: THANK GOD HE IS

OUT.

BECAUSE PEOPLE AROUND THE

WORLD HAVE FOCUSED ON HIS

LIFE AND HAVE BEEN PRAYING

FOR HIM.

PRAYER WORKS, FOLKS.

WERP

Wendy: IT SURE DOES.

FROM ALL OF US HERE,

GOOD-BYE AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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