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Christian World News: March 22, 2013

On Christian World News, March 22: Children of Pastor Saeed: 'Can we see daddy?'; An unexpected visit: A Muslim boy's journey to faith; China's Christians fight to end one-child policy, and more. Read Transcript


TODAY ON CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS, U.S. LAWMAKERS PUSH

FOR THE RELEASE OF AN

AMERICAN PASTOR HELD IN

IRAN.

HIS WIFE TELLS US ABOUT THE

TOLL THE ORDEAL IS TAKING ON

HER FAMILY.

PLUS, CHINA'S DARK SECRET.

A GOVERNMENT POLICY THAT HAS

KILLED HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS

OF UNBORN CHILDREN.

NOW CHRISTIANS SAY THE POWER

OF PRAYER IS PUSHING BACK

THE DARKNESS.

AND HIS CONVERSION TO CHRIST

COST THIS MAN HIS FAMILY.

HOW THE POWER OF GOD BROUGHT

THEM BACK TOGETHER.

MEMBERS OF THE U.S. CONGRESS

STEP IN TO FIGHT TO FREE

PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI.

HELLO, EVERYONE, I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

GEORGE THOMAS IS ON

ASSIGNMENT.

CONGRESS IS LOOKING INTO THE

INTERNATIONAL PERSECUTION OF

RELIGIOUS BELIEVERS, AND

THEY HEARD FROM THE WIFE OF

SAEED ABEDINI ABOUT HIS

IMPRISONMENT IN IRAN.

JOHN JESSUP HAS THAT STORY

FROM CAPITO CAPITOL.

I FAMILY NIGHTMARE BEGAN

IN 2010.

Reporter: HE RECEIVES

HOPES AND PRAYERS THAT SHE

WILL BE REUNITED WITH HER

HUSBAND, PASTOR SAEED

ABEDINI.

HER HUSBAND RECEIVED AN

EIGHT-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE

IN HIS NATIVE IRAN.

AND THE REAL REASON IS

BECAUSE HE IS A CHRISTIAN.

HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY

LAST JULY WHILE IN IRAN

BUILDING AN ORPHANAGE.

SHE TOLD THE CROWDED ROOM TO

EXPLAIN HOW DIFFICULT WAS

WHEN HE SUDDENLY LOST

CONTACT WITH HER AND THEIR

TWO CHILDREN.

JACOB AND REBECCA.

THEY KEPT COMING TO THE

COMPUTER AND SAYING, MOMMY,

CAN WE SEE DADDY.

CAN WE HEAR HIS VOICE?

AND I KEPT SAYING, NO, WE

CAN'T.

I COULDN'T EXPLAIN TO THEM

WHY, THAT HE WAS PHYSICALLY

FINISH TO PRISON.

AND FINALLY THEY KEPT

SAYING, DOES DADDY NOT LOVE

US ANYMORE?

DOES DADDY NOT WANT TO HEAR

OUR VOICE ANYMORE?

AND I HAD TO TELL THEM THAT

HE WAS IN PRISON BECAUSE HE

LOVED JESUS.

Reporter: THE HEARING

HILE LIGHTED THE PLIGHT OF

RELIGIOUS MINORITIES IN

IRAN, ESPECIALLY FOR BAHA

AND CHRISTIAN CONVERTS.

MANY ARE ARRESTED, DETAINED,

OR EXECUTED.

IN PASTOR SAEED'S CASE, THEY

SAY HIS EIGHT YEAR SENTENCE

AMOUNTS TO DEATH.

HE HAS BEEN TORTURED,

BEATEN, AND IS NOW BLEEDING

INTERNALLY.

LAST WEEK THE HUMAN RIGHTS

CALLED ON IRAN TO RELEASE

PRISONERS OF CONSCIOUS,

NAMING PASTOR SAEED BY

NAME.

AND THE WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN

MAINLY SILENT.

THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE

NAMING NAMES.

PRESIDENT REAGAN NAMED

NAMES.

Reporter: THE PASTOR'S

ATTORNEYS THINK THE

ADMINISTRATION'S SILENCE IS

AS A RESULT OF POLITICAL

SENSITIVITYVITIES.

BECAUSE HE IS A CONVERT

AND LEFT ISLAM, THAT HAS

COMPLICATED THE GOVERNMENT'S

REACTION.

IF HE WAS A POLITICAL

COMPONENT OF THE REGIME,

THEY WOULD BE MUCH MORE

OUTSPOKEN.

Reporter: LAWMAKERS AND

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES WANT

THE ADMINISTRATION TO DO

MORE.

MANY ON CAPITOL HILL ARE

DOING THEIR PART, NOT JUST

BY HOLDING HEARINGS, BUT BY

INTRODUCING LEGISLATION.

ONE SUCH BILL BEING

REINTRODUCED WOULD CREATE A

SPECIAL POSITION AT THE

STATE DEPARTMENT, CHARGED

WITH DEFENDING RELIGIOUS

MINORITIES IN THE MIDDLE

EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL

ASIA.

IT PASSED IN THE HOUSE, BUT

WAS BLOCKED IN THE SENATE.

MAGMA IS DISAPPOINTED IN THE

LACK OF RESPONSE FROM THE

WHITE HOUSE AND THE STATE

DEPARTMENT.

BUT SAYS SHE WON'T GIVE UP.

SHE SAYS THROUGH IT ALL, SHE

AND HER TWO KIDS HAVE GROWN

STRONGER IN THEIR FAITH AND

THE PRAYERS OF FELLOW

BELIEVERS.

MY WORRY WAS THEY WOULD

RESENT CHRIST FOR TAKING

DADDY AWAY, BUT THEY'VE

GROWN AND THEY WORSHIP AND

PRAY EVERY NIGHT.

AND NOW THEY'RE PROUD HE IS

IN PRISON BECAUSE HE LOVES

JESUS BECAUSE THEY LOVE HIM

SO VERY MUCH, ALSO.

Wendy: INCREDIBLE

TESTIMONY.

AFTER SHARING HER STORY WITH

CONGRESS, SHE CAME TO OUR

BUREAU IN WASHINGTON, WHERE

SHE SPOKE WITH OUR LORI

JOHNSON ABOUT THIS SPIRITUAL

TRIAL'S IMPACT ON HER FAMILY

AND HER FAITH.

TELL US WHAT THIS

EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN LIKE FOR

YOU AND YOUR KIDS.

IT HAS BEEN A VERY

EMOTIONAL ROAD FOR ALL OF

US, ESPECIALLY THE KIDS, AND

ESPECIALLY FOR ME AS A MOM,

WATCHING THE KIDS SUFFER.

THERE IS ONE THING TO GO

THROUGH ALL OF THE EMOTIONS

AS AN ADULT, BUT WHEN YOU

SEE LITTLE KIDS MISSING

THEIR DAD, THEN -- AND

REALLY LONGING FOR HIM, AND

HAVING TO GO TO SLEEP CRYING

AND MISSING HIM, IT'S BEEN

VERY HARD.

SOME MORNINGS THEY WAKE UP,

AND THEY'RE RUNNING AROUND

THE HOUSE LOOKING FOR

SOMETHING, AND I ASK THEM,

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

AND THEY SAY, OH, MOM, IT

MUST HAVE BEEN A DREAM.

WE THOUGHT DAD BE DADDY WAS

HOME.

IT IS VERY DIFFICULT.

WE KNOW GOD IS WITH YOU

IN THIS ORDEAL.

CAN YOU SHARE WITH OUR

VIEWERS HOW HE IS HELPING

YOU THROUGH THIS CRIES?

> CRISIS.

I THOUGHT AT TIMES OF

CRISIS, I WOULD QUESTION HIS

GOODNESS AND FAITHFULNESS,

BUT I DISCOVERED HOW AWESOME

AND FAITHFUL AND LOVING AND

TENDER AND FULL OF GRACE AND

LOVE HE IS.

I CAN'T EVEN SAY ENOUGH.

SO IT HAS BEEN AN EYE-OPENER

THAT SUFFERING -- IF WE

ALLOW SUFFERING AND CRISIS

AND ISSUES IN OUR LIFE -- IF

WE EMBRACE IT AND ALLOW THE

LORD TO USE IT, IT CAN BE

SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL.

Reporter: HAS THIS

SITUATION CREATED ANY

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO

MINISTER TO OTHERS?

YES.

I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SHARE

WITH ATHEISTS, WITH PEOPLE

OF DIFFERENT RELIGIONS.

THEY'RE OPEN.

AND THEY SAY, HOW COME YOUR

NOT BROKEN?

HOW COME YOU'RE OKAY?

I HAVE HAD ATHEISTS SAY

THERE IS SOMETHING HERE THAT

IS REAL.

I'VE NOTICED AS CHRISTIANS,

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE CALLED

TO.

WE'RE CALLED TO REALLY

INTIMATELY KNOW CHRIST

BECAUSE THE WORLD REALLY

NEEDS HIM.

I HAVE SEEN THE LORD USE

THAT AS A WAY TO BRING

DIVINE APPOINTMENTS ON MY

PAST, AND TO BRING PEOPLE TO

KNOW CHRIST, AND I'M VERY

THANKFUL FOR THAT.

Reporter: YOU SAID IN

THE END, IT WON'T BE A

GOVERNMENT BUT GOD THAT

FREES YOUR HUSBAND.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?

WELL, I'VE HAD BOTH

ENDS -- PEOPLE SAYING WHY

ARE YOU TRYING SO HARD.

GOD IS GOING TO BE THE ONE,

YOU KNOW.

AND I'VE HAD CRITICISM ON

THAT SIDE AS WELL.

WHY ARE YOU TRYING SO HARD

AND KNOCKING AT EVERY DOOR?

, ANAND WHAT I GOT FROM THE

LORD -- AND I TALKED ABOUT

MY PHONE CALLS FROM THE U.S.

GOVERNMENT, AND I'VE HAD

DISAPPOINTING NEWS FROM

PEOPLE THAT HAVE SAID, OH,

WE CAN'T HELP.

WHAT THE LORD HAS SPOKEN TO

ME IS I DON'T WANT YOU TO

BE -- IF THERE IS A DOOR

THAT IS CLOSED, IF SOMEONE

IS NOT SPEAKING OUT.

DON'T BE HEARTBROKEN.

THAT'S A DOOR I CLOSED.

THOSE PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE

WHO YOU TRUST.

IT SHOULD BE IN ME.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I HAVE

HEARD HIM SAY PURSUE MEDIA,

AND PURSUE THE EFFORTS WE'RE

TAKING WITH THE GOVERNMENT,

BECAUSE I BELIEVE NOT

NECESSARILY THIS WILL BE A

TOOL -- IT WILL BE A GREAT

TOOL TO FREE MY HUSBAND, BUT

I ALSO BELIEVE THE LORD

WANTS TO USE IT TO GLORIFY

AND LET PEOPLE KNOW HE IS.

AND THE LOST WORLD, THE

PEOPLE WATCHING, CAN COME TO

KNOW CHRIST.

IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

FOR THE LORD'S NAME -- FOR

JESUS' NAME TO BE

PROCLAIMED.

AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE

HURTING AND LOOKING FOR REAL

ANSWERS, TO FIND IT.

OUR PRAYERS CONTINUE TO

GO OUT TO MAGMA, HER

CHILDREN, AND SAEED.

YOU CAN ADD YOUR NAME TO A

PETITION CALLING FOR SAEED'S

RELEASE.

FIND OUR LINK ON THE

WEBSITE, CBN.COM.

PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK A

STRONG STAND IN FAVOR OF

ISRAEL DURING HIS VISIT TO

ISRAEL.

HE ALSO EXPRESSED HIS

SUPPORT FOR A PALESTINIAN

STATE.

AND MANY ISRAELIS DON'T

THINK THAT IS A GOOD IDEA.

CHRIS MITCHELL HAS THE STORY

FROM JERUSALEM.

Reporter: PRESIDENT

OBAMA VISITED MT. HERTZEL

CEMETERY TO LAY A WREATH AT

THE FOUNDER OF MODERN ZINE

NISM.

ZIONISM.

IF THEY ACQUIESCE TO

EVIL -- NEVER AGAIN.

Reporter: BUT THE

CENTREPIECE OF PRESIDENT

OBAMA'S VISIT IS WHEN HE

SPOKE DIRECTLY TO HUNDREDS

OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND

THOUSANDS OF ISRAELIS HERE

IN JERUSALEM.

HE THRILLED ISRAELIS, WHEN

HE AFFIRMED THE COUNTRY'S

RIGHT TO EXISTENT.

President Obama: MAKE

NO MISTAKE, THOSE WHO ADHERE

TO THE IDEOLOGY OF REJECTING

ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST,

THEY MIGHT AS WELL REJECT

THE SKY ABOVE THEM OR THE

EARTH BELOW BECAUSE ISRAEL

IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

Reporter: AND STRONG

COMMENTS ABOUT HEZBOLLAH

ALSO DREW APPLAUSE.

President Obama: EVERY

COUNTRY WHO VALUES JUSTICE

WHO CALL HEZBOLLAH WHAT IT

TRULY IS, A TERRORIST

ORGANIZATION.

Reporter: THE MAIN

POINT OF OBAMA'S SPEECH CAME

WHEN HE ADVOCATED TWO STATES

FOR TWO PEOPLES.

President Obama: GIVEN

THE DEMOGRAPHICS WEST OF THE

JORDAN RIVER, THE ONLY WAY

FOR ISRAEL TO ENDURE AND

THRIVE AS A JEWISH AND

DEMOCRATIC STATE IS THROUGH

THE REALIZATION OF AN

INDEPENDENT AND VIABLE

PALESTINE.

Reporter: BUT A NUMBER

DON'T TRUST THAT SOLUTION.

THAT'S NOT THE SOLUTION.

IF IT WERE THAT WAY, IT WILL

BE THE PRELUDE FOR A NEW

AREA.

President Obama:

ISRAELIS MUST RECOGNIZE THAT

CONTINUED SETTLEMENT

ACTIVITY IS

COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE TO THE

CAUSE OF PEACE.

AND THAT AN INDEPENDENT

PALESTINE MUST BE VIABLE.

Reporter: OBAMA CALLED

THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

AND MAHMOUD ABBAS PARTNERS

FOR PEACE.

THIS MAN SAYS ABBAS SENDS A

DIFFERENT MESSAGE TO HIS

PEOPLE.

THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

GLORIFIES TERRORISTS, HONORS

THEM, AND NAMES SUMMER CAMPS

AFTER THEM AND SOCCER

TOURNAMENTS AFTER THEM.

THE MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE,

IF YOU KILLED ISRAELIS,

YOU'RE A HERO.

Reporter: THE IRAN

ISSUE, THOUGH, MAY

OVERSHADOW ANY CHANGE

BETWEEN ISRAELIS AND

PALESTINIANS.

IRAN'S SUPREME LEADER SAID

IRAN WOULD DESTROY HAIFA AND

TEL AVIV IF ISRAEL ATTACKED

THEIR NUCLEAR PROGRAM.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS.

COMING UP, CHINA STANDS

UP AGAINST FORCED

ABORTIONS.

HOW THE POWER OF PRAYER IS

STARTING TO CHANGE HEARTS

AND MINDS.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK.

THIS MONTH THE CHINESE

HEALTH AGENCY RELEASED A

STAGGERING FIGURE.

SINCE 1971, THE CHINESE

GOVERNMENT HAS PERFORMED

336 MILLION ABORTIONS.

RESEARCHERS SAY THAT BREAKS

DOWN TO 13 MILLION ABORTIONS

PER YEAR, OR ABOUT 1500

EVERY HOUR.

THE HIGH NUMBER IS LARGELY

DUE TO CHINA'S POLICY

ALLOWING ONLY ONE CHILD PER

FAMILY.

THAT POLICY IS OFTEN

ENFORCED THROUGH INVOLUNTARY

ABORTION.

NOW THAT POLICY MAY BE

CHANGING.

BRIAN LEE IS EXECUTIVE

DIRECTOR OF "ALL GIRLS

ALLOWED," A CHRISTIAN

MINISTRY AIMED AT ENDING

CHINA'S ONE-CHILD POLICY.

HE TOLD GEORGE THOMAS THAT

THE PRAYERS OF CHINA'S

CHRISTIANS ARE MAKING A

DIFFERENCE.

Reporter: IS THERE ANY

CHANCE YOU THINK THAT THE

GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO

GRAPPLE WITH THIS ISSUELING

PROOLZ ISRAELI ARISSUE AND

PERHAPS EVEN CHANGE THIS

POLICY.

THIS IS SOMETHING AS

CHRISTIANS, WE NEED TO SEEK

THE LORD AND CRY OUT TO HIM,

AND ASK THE GOVERNMENT TO

MOVE TO ACTION.

RIGHT NOW THEY'RE TRYING TO,

QUOTE,"SAVE FACE," BY NOT

CHANGING THE POLICY.

WHAT IS THE CHURCH'S ROLE

AS IT LEADS TO THIS HORRIFIC

PRACTICE.

WE FOUND OVER THE LAST 30

YEARS, SINCE THE CHURCH HAS

REALLY BLOSSOMED, IT HAS

GROWN UP UNDER THE ONE-CHILD

POLICY.

MANY CHRISTIANS DON'T

REALIZE THAT GOD HAS A PLAN

FOR EVERY SINGLE LIFE.

AND HE LOVES EVERY LIFE FROM

THE BEGINNING TO THE END.

WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH

CHURCHES TO EDUCATE THEM

ABOUT THE SANCTITY OF LIFE,

TO ASK THEM TO CHOOSE LIFE.

AND AS THEY'VE BEEN HEARING

THIS MESSAGE, THEY HAVE BEEN

CRYING OUT IN REPENTANCE,

RECEIVING FORGIVENESS AND

HEALING, AND WE HAVE SEEN

THE LORD RESPOND IN AMAZING

WAYS.

AS ONE EXAMPLE, BACK IN JUNE

OF LAST YEAR, THERE WAS A

FORCED ABORTION ON A WOMAN

WHO WAS SEVEN MONTHS

PREGNANT.

ON JUNE 13th, 500 PASTORS

FROM ALL ACROSS CHINA GOT

TOGETHER AND CRIED OUT IN

REPENTANCE, ASKING FOR THE

LORD'S MERCY.

THE FOLLOWING DAY, A PICTURE

GOT INTO GLOBAL NEWS AND

CAUSED A FIRESTORM THAT

EVENTUALLY EMBARRASSED

CHINA'S GOVERNMENT INTO

BANNING LATE-TERM FORCED

ABORTIONS.

WE DO BELIEVE THERE IS GREAT

HOPE THROUGH THE CHURCH AND

THROUGH JESUS.

WE HAVE SEEN MANY WOMEN

RESTORED IN THEIR VALUE.

GIRLS WHO WERE FORMALLY JUST

PLANNED TO BE ABORTED,

SAVED.

AND THIS HAS BEEN ALL THE

WORK OF BRAVE AND COURAGEOUS

CHURCH MEMBERS, ORDINARY

CHRISTIANS.

SO OVER THE LAST YEAR, WE'VE

SEEN THE LORD STRETCHING OUT

HIS HAND AS MORE AND MORE

CHRISTIANS ALL ACROSS THE

U.S. AND ACROSS THE GLOBE

HAVE COME TOGETHER IN PRAYER

AND FASTING.

THIS GOES ALL THE WAY BACK

TO MAY OF LAST YEAR, WHEN

THE BLIND ATTORNEY, CHIN

WANG CHUN, WAS RELEASED AND

ULTIMATELY GOT TO AMERICAN

SOIL SAFELY, AND HE HAS BEEN

A CHAMPION FOR FORCED

ABORTION VICTIMS.

THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO

PRAYER.

OUR FOUNDER, CHA LING,

PRAYED BEFORE CONGRESS,

SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE THAT,

FOR HIS RELEASE.

MOST RECENTLY, AS WE'VE BEEN

CRYING OUT IN PRAYER, WE'VE

SEEN THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT

MAKING SOME STEPS IN

CHANGES.

WHILE IT IS NOT EVERYTHING

WE'RE HOPING FOR, IT IS A

STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION,

AND WE BELIEVE THAT THIS IS

THE LORD JESUS RESPONDING TO

THOSE PRAYERS.

Reporter: BRIAN LEE IS

WITH THE GROUP "ALL GIRLS

ALLOWED."

AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

YOUR ANALYSIS ON THIS

SUBJECT TODAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

GOD BLESS YOU.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Wendy: YOU CAN SHOW

YOUR SUPPORT FOR CHINA'S

CHURCH THROUGH SOCIAL

MEDIA.

JUST POST YOUR COMMENTS AND

YOUR PRAYERS ON OUR C.W.N.

Facebook PAGE.

UP NEXT, HIS CONVERSION TO

CHRIST MADE THIS MAN AN

OUTCAST FROM HIS OWN

FAMILY.

BUT HIS FAITHFUL OBEDIENCE

TO THE CALL OF LOVE WON THEM

OVER.

Wendy: IMAGINE WHAT IT

WOULD BE LIKE IF YOUR

DECISION TO FOLLOW JESUS

MADE YOU AN OUTCAST FROM

YOUR FAMILY, AND EVEN A

TARGET FOR DEATH?

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO THE

MAN IN OUR NEXT STORY.

BUT AS EPHRAIM GRAHAM TELLS

US, THE POWER OF LOVE BROKE

DOWN THE BARRIERS AND

REUNITED HIM WITH HIS LOVED

ONES.

THE STORY TAKES PLACE IN

ETHIOPIA, AND IT COMES TO US

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT THE

VOICE OF THE MARTYRS,

CANADA.

AB DUDU AND HIS FATHER,

SULIMAN, SPEND TIME PRAYING

AND STUDYING THE BIBLE

TOGETHER.

SOME MIGHT CALL THAT A

MIRACLE SINCE THE TWO DID

NOT SPEAK FOR NEARLY 20

YEARS.

IN FACT, SULIMAN'S FATHER

ONCE TRIED TO KILL HIM.

WHY?

BECAUSE AT THE AGE OF 16,

ABDU DECIDED TO LEAVE ISLAM

AND FOLLOW JESUS.

THE YOUNG MAN'S JOURNEY OF

FAITH BEGAN WITH AN

UNEXPECTED VISIT.

Translator: I WAS

SLEEPING, AND JESUS WOKE ME

UP.

AND IT WAS LIKE A DREAM, A

REVELATION.

Reporter: ABDU GAVE HIS

LIFE TO CHRIST AFTER READING

FROM A BORROWED BIBLE.

HIS DECISION MADE HIS FAMILY

ANGRY BECAUSE IN THEIR

MUSLIM COMMUNITY, LEAVING

ISLAM BRINGS DISGRACE.

Translator: WE DIDN'T

KNOW WHAT KIND OF BELIEF HE

BROUGHT.

WE WERE FUNDAMENTALIST

MUSLIMS AND VERY UPSET.

THAT IS WHY WE WERE AGAINST

HIM.

OUR NEIGHBORS ALSO TOLD US

HE BROUGHT UP FOREIGN

RELIGION HERE, WHICH IS NOT

GOOD.

THEY SAID TO ATTACK HIM AND

DON'T EXCEPT HIM.

Reporter: HIS MOTHER

WAS ALSO VERY UPSET WHEN SHE

LEARNED HER SON BECAME A

CHRISTIAN.

I HAD DEEP, DEEP SORROW

IN MY HEART BECAUSE I

THOUGHT I HAD LOST MY BOY.

I THOUGHT, WE CAN'T EVEN BE

BURIED TOGETHER WHEN OUR

DAYS ARE OVER.

IT WAS A BIG SORROW AT THAT

TIME.

Reporter: VILLAGE

LEADERS TRIED TO INTIMIDATE

ABDU, BY ORDERING A GANG OF

YOUNG MANE TO ATTACK HIM.

AS I WAS WALKING TO

SCHOOL, THEY MET ME ON THE

ROAD, AND THEY BET ME VERY

BADLY WITH A ROPE AND MADE

ME SUFFER.

THEY ASKED ME IF THIS WAS MY

FINAL DECISION.

IF I CONTINUED TO BE A

CHRISTIAN, THEY SAID THEY

WOULD TAKE THE FULL MEASURE

AND WOULD KILL ME.

Reporter: STILL, ABDU

REFUSED TO RENOUNCE JESUS,

AND HIS FATHER BECAME SO

ANGRY, HE TRIED TO TAKE HIS

LIFE.

WE CHASED HIM OUT FROM

OUR HOME BECAUSE WE DIDN'T

WANT TO BE AGAINST OUR

NEIGHBORS.

WE CHASED HIM OUT AND HE

WENT TO ANOTHER VILLAGE.

Reporter: DURING HIS

YEARS IN EXILE FROM HIS

FAMILY, HE WORKED AT A

CHURCH AS A SECURITY GUARD

AND GREW STRONGER IN HIS

FAITH.

HE READ MORE THAN 100

CHRISTIAN BOOKS AND BEGAN

DISCIPLEING OTHER FORMER

MUSLIMS WHO HAD COME TO

JESUS.

BUT ABDU'S MOTHER MISSED HIM

TERRIBLY.

AND AFTER MANY YEARS OF

SEPARATION, SHE SLIPPED AWAY

TO SEE HER SON.

I HEARD HE WASN'T

DRINKING ALCOHOL OR DOING

BAD THINGS. BUT THE BOYS

HERE WERE DOING THOSE

THINGS.

SO I DECIDED TO SEE HIM

SECRETLY.

Reporter: IT TOOK 10

YEARS BEFORE SHE, TOO, WOULD

LEAVE ISLAM TO FOLLOW

JESUS.

I BELIEVE THAT THE FAITH

OF MY SON WAS TRUE AND

CORRECT.

BUT NOW I HAVE A BIG PROBLEM

WITH MY HUSBAND.

BUT I DECIDED TO FOLLOW

JESUS AND TRY TO BRING MY

HUSBAND TO CHRIST.

Translator: WE SHOWED BIG

LOVE TO HIM, AND BIG CHANGES

IN OUR CHARACTER.

THIS INFLUENCED HIM.

Reporter: ABOUT A YEAR

LATER, SULIMAN'S HEART

SOFTENED UNDER THE INFLUENCE

OF GOD'S BIG LOVE.

NOW HE AND THE REST OF HIS

FAMILY, ABOUT 40 OF THEM,

ARE ALL CHRISTIANS.

THIS HUT ON THE FAMILY

PROPERTY IS NOW A PLACE OF

WORSHIP TO THE LORD AND FOR

HEARING THE GOSPEL.

Translator: I'M VERY

HAPPY THAT MY FAMILY HAS

COME TO JESUS.

BUT THE BIGGEST THING THAT

MAKES ME EXCITED IS THAT

NEAR THE HOME WHERE I GREW

UP IS A PLACE BEING USED AS

A CHURCH.

PEOPLE ARE COMING AND

PRAYING AND GIVING THEIR

LIVES TO CHRIST.

Reporter: AS FOR

SULIMAN, WHILE HE AND HIS

FAMILY ARE PERSECUTED FOR

THEIR FAITH, HE SAYS HE IS

NOT ABOUT TO RETURN TO

ISLAM, AND HE LOOKS FORWARD

TO ETERNITY WITH THE LORD.

Reporter: THE

FUNDAMENTALISTS CAN DO THE

WORST THEY CAN TO US.

THE LAST OPTION FOR THEM IS

TO KILL US.

WE DON'T MIND IF THEY KILL

US, BECAUSE SOME BELIEVERS

WILL BURY US.

WE WILL LIVE WITH CHRIST.

THESE DAYS FOR US ARE NOT A

THREAT.

Wendy: ABDU IS NOW A

MISSIONARY TO MUSLIMS.

THE VOICE OF THE MARTYRS,

CANADA, AND A SCOTTISH GROUP

CALLED STEAD STEADFAST

GLOBAL ARE RESPONDING.

THEY REPORT THAT THOUSANDS

ARE RESPONDING TO THE

GOSPEL.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Wendy: FINALLY THIS

WEEK ON EASTER WEEKEND,

MEXICO WILL LAUNCH THE NEW

VERSION OF CBN'S ANIMATED

SERIES, "SUPERBOOK."

SUPPER LIBRO WILL BE

BROADCAST ON THE THIRD

LARGEST NETWORK IN MEXICO.

AS MARK MARTIN SELLS US,

CHURCHES ARE GEARING UP TO

PROMOTE THE PROGRAM.

Reporter: THOUSANDS OF

MEXICANS WILL ENJOY THE

ADVENTURES OF LOUISE AND THE

ROBOT.

THEY ARE THE WITNESS OF

JESUS MINISTRY, INCLUDING

THE REASON FOR HIS SACRIFICE

ON THE CROSS.

THEY WILL BROADCAST SEVERAL

EPISODES ON SATURDAY, MARCH

30th.

IT IS IN ALL 31 STATES OF

THE NATION OF MEXICO.

WE'RE GOING TO BE

BROADCASTING AT PRIME TIME

ON CADINA THREE, DURING THE

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING.

Reporter: CHURCHES AND

MINISTRIES WILL BE INVITING

NON-BELIEVERS TO WATCH THE

ANIMATED SERIES.

WE ARE EXPECTED A GOOD

NUMBER OF PEOPLE TO WATCH

THE BROADCAST ON MARCH

30th.

AND WE ARE VISITING CHURCHES

AND LETTING PEOPLE KNOW IN

SOME SPECIAL EVENTS ABOUT

THE BROADCAST.

Reporter: "SUPERBOOK"

IS A CHILDREN'S BIBLE STORY

SERIES THAT HAS BEEN

TRANSLATED INTO SEVERAL

LANGUAGES FOR DISTRIBUTION

ALL OVER THE WORLD.

NOW CBN IS LAUNCHING

"SUPERBOOK" WITH A BRAND NEW

LOOK.

MARK MARTIN, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: OUR ENGLISH

LANGUAGE VIEWERS KNOW THE

"SUPERBOOK" ROBOT AS GIZMO,

BUT HE HAS LOTS OF DIFFERENT

NAMES ALL OVER THE WORLD.

IN RUSSIA, HE IS KNOWN AS

ROBIK.

THAT IS GOING TO DO IT FOR

THIS WEEK'S CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, FROM ALL OF

US HERE, GOOD-BYE AND GOD

BLESS YOU.

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