Christian World News – February 17, 2017


>>George: THIS WEEK ON “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,” A NEW DAY IN U.S.-ISRAELI RELATIONS. THE POWERFUL WORD PRESIDENT TRUMP USED TO DESCRIBE AMERICA’S SUPPORT FOR THE JEWISH STATE.>>Wendy: PLUS…WILL THIS CHRISTIAN GOVERNOR WIN AN ELECTION, OR WILL HE GO TO JAIL? THE POLITICAL CONTEST THAT IS TESTING RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST MUSLIM NATION.>>George: AND…BURIED ALIVE BY AN AVALANCHE OF SNOW, WITH ONLY MINUTES TO RESCUE HIS BROTHER, THIS MAN CALLED OUT TO GOD AND HEARD THE ANSWER HE NEEDED. BA>>George: AND HELLO, EVERYONE. WELCOME TO THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF CREDIT CARDS. “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.” I’M GEORGE THOMAS.>>Wendy: AND I’M WENDY GRIFFITH. EVANGELICALS IN AMERICA VOTED STRONGLY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP. ONE REASON WER WAS HIS PROMISE TO RESTORE AMERICA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL. PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU VISITED WASHINGTON THIS WEEK. AND IT IS CLEAR THAT ISRAEL HAS A STRONG ALLY AND THE WHITE HOUSE.>> David: A REKINDLED FRIENDSHIP CHASED AWAY ANY WINTER CHILL AT THE WHITE HOUSE, AND AFTER YEARS OF, PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU AS A KEY PARTNER.>>I HAVE KNOWN THE PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY AND HIS TEAM FOR A LONG TIME. THERE IS NO GREATER SUPPORTER OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND THE JEWISH STATE THAN PROTEST DONALD TRUMP.>> David: BUT THERE ARE KEY ISSUES TO WORK THROUGH, STARTING WITH HOW TO ACHIEVE PEACE BETWEEN THE PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS.>>President Trump: AS WITH ANY SUCCESSFUL NEGOTIATION, BOTH SIDES WILL HAVE TO MAKE COMPROMISES.>> David: IN COMMENTS THAT WOULD NO DOUBT ANGER PALESTINIAN LEADER — TRUMP SAID A TWO-STATE SOLUTION ISN’T A REQUIREMENT FOR PEACE.>>President Trump: I’M LOOKING AT TWO-STATE AND ONE STATE, AND I LIKE THE ONE THAT BOTH PARTIES LIKE. I’M VERY HAPPY WITH THE ONE THAT BOTH PARTIES LIKE.>> David: NETANYAHU MAINTAINS PALESTINIANS MUST RECOGNIZE ISRAEL’S RIGHT TO EXIST BEFORE ANY PEACE PLAN CAN MOVE FORWARD.>>YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF, WHY ARE JEWS CALLED JEWS? WELL, THE CHINESE ARE CALLED CHINESE BECAUSE THEY COME FROM CHINA. THE JAPANESE ARE CALLED JAPANESE BECAUSE THEY COME FROM JAPAN. WELL, JEWS ARE CALLED JEWS BECAUSE THEY COME FROM JUDEA. THIS IS OR ANCESTORAL HOMELAND.>> David: THE OTHER THORNY ISSUE IS ON SO-CALLED SETTLEMENTS. IN THE WEST BANK, NETANYAHU HAS PUSHED FORWARD, BUT THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS THAT MAY NOT BE THE BEST MOVE FOR A PEACE DEAL. IT IS A TOPIC CBN NEWS ASKED ABOUT AT THEIR JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE.>>>ON THE SETTLEMENT ISSUE, ARE YOU BOTH ON THE SAME PAGE? HOW DO YOU EXACTLY TERM THAT AS IT RELATES TO THE SETTLEMENT ISSUE?>>President Trump: AS FAR AS SETTLEMENTS, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU HOLD BACK ON SETTLEMENTS FOR A LITTLE BIT. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A DEAL BE MADE. I THINK A DEAL WILL BE MADE.>>THAT’S THE ART OF THE DEAL.>> David: DAVID BRODY, CBN NEWS.>>George: IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS, JOHN WAGGI HAS BEEN IN BOTH JERUSALEM AND WASHINGTON. WHAT’S THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS MEETING BETWEEN THE TWO LEADERS FOR CHRISTIANS?>>John: CHRISTIANS VOTING IN THE UNITED STATES PARTICULARLY, 80% FOR DONALD TRUMP, AND PART OF THE REASON THEY CAST THEIR VOTES FOR DONALD TRUMP INVOLVED ISRAEL. TRUMP, DOWN THE CAMPAIGN STRETCH, IN THE LAST MOMENTS OF THE CAMPAIGN, TALKED FREQUENTLY ABOUT PROMISING TO MOVE THE U.S. EMBASSY FROM TEL AVIV TO JERUSALEM, AND TALKED ABOUT REALLY REESTABLISHING A RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL THAT THE UNITED STATES WOULD BE MORE COMFORTABLE FOR ISRAEL, AND THAT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH HOW ISRAEL IS PORTRAYED IN THE BIBLE. WHERE THE LORD SAYS IN GENESIS, I WILL BLESS THOSE WHO BLESS US, AND CURSE THOSE WHO CURSE US. THERE IS A CORE PART OF SUPPORT THAT CHRISTIANS GAVE TO DONALD TRUMP. NOT TO MENTION ALL OF THE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WHO HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR ISRAEL. YOU CAN SEE THE INCREASE IN TOURISM, FROM PLACES LIKE CHINA AND INDONESIA — LOTS OF CHRISTIANS ARE PRAYING FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM AND ARE ACTUALLY COMING THERE.>>George: JOHN, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST HAVE BEEN FORCED TO FLEE FROM THEIR HOMES. DO YOU THINK THESE TWO LEADERS CAN BRING ANY HOPE FOR THEM?>>John: I THINK THERE IS SOME HOPE, GEORGE. THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT A REGIONAL KIND OF COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL AND OTHER STATES THAT DON’T WANT TO SEE THE EXPANSION OF RADICAL ISLAM. NOW, IF THAT HAPPENS, IT MEANS THAT THERE IS AN ALLIANCE THAT CAN ACTUALLY DEFEAT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS, LIKE ISIS, WHO HAVE BEEN FORCING THEM FROM THEIR HOMES AND PUTTING THEM TO DEATH. AND SO THAT GIVES SOME HOPE THAT THE CHRISTIANS WILL BE TREATED WELL, WHEN THEY’RE AWAY FROM THEIR HOMES, AND ALSO THAT THERE WILL BE A MORE STABLE ENVIRONMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST.>>George: FOR YEARS THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HAS CALLED FOR THIS THING CALLED A TWO-STATE SOLUTION BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS. WHAT IS THE BIBLICAL SIGNIFICANCE BEHIND THE PUSH FOR A PALESTINIAN STATE ON THE WEST BANK?>>John: WELL, ACTUALLY, GEORGE, THAT IS THE TERRITORY, THE EXACT TERRITORY, THAT THE LORD CALLS IN DIFFERENT PLACES IN THE BIBLE THE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL. MY LAND. HE ADMONISHES THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD NOT TO DIVIDE HIS LAND. AND YET THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE INTERNATIONAL PUSH HAS BEEN ABOUT FOR THE LAST FOUR DECADES. THIS IS A BIBLICAL PATRIMONY, A LAND THAT WAS PROMISED TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE 4,000 YEARS AGO.>>George: THANK YOU, JOHN.>>Wendy: AND THE BIBLE TELLS US TO PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM, AND WE ENCOURAGE OUR “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS” COMMUNITY TO DO JUST THAT. ON OUR Facebook PAGE, YOU CAN GO THERE AND POST YOUR PRAYERS AND PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE JEWISH STATE.>>George: COMING UP, WE GO TO THE INDONESIA, WHERE A CHRISTIAN GOVERNOR IS SEEKING RE-ELECTION WHILE HE STANDS TRIAL FOR BLASPHEMY AGAINST ISLAM.>>Wendy: WELCOME BACK. INDONESIA’S COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRACY AND RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE MAY BE AT STAKE AS VOTERS IN JAKARTA CHOOSE THEIR NEXT GOVERNOR. UP FOR ELECTION IS THE CURRENT GOVERNOR, A CHRISTIAN WHO IS STILL ON TRIAL FOR ALLEGEDLY COMMITTING BLASPHEMY AGAINST ISLAM. LUCILLE TALUSAN IS IN THE INDONESIAN CAPITAL AND BRINGS US THIS REPORT.>>Reporter: JAKARTA’S INCUMBENT GOVERNOR, POPULARLY KNOWN AS AHOK, WAS AMONG THE EARLY VOTERS IN THE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION. THE GOVERNOR IS CURRENTLY ON TRIAL FOR ALLEGEDLY INSULTING ISLAM, SOME BELIEVE IT MAY CAUSE HIM TO LOSE THE ELECTION. BUT HIS SUPPORTERS SAY HIS RECORD OF GOOD GOVERNANCE MAY LEAD TO VICTORY, REGARDLESS OF THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM. BARNEY HARGINS IS A MUSLIM POLITICAL ANALYSTS.>>HE IS ONE OF THE BEST GOVERNORS JAKARTA HAS EVER HAD. AHOK HAS NO PROBLEMS WITH THE MUSLIMS. BUT THE HARDLINERS ARE REJECTING HIM.>>Reporter: THE CHRISTIANS BELIEVE AHOK IS AN ANSWER TO PRAYER AND THE WORLD’S MOST POPULOUS MUSLIM COUNTRY.>>THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON NOW FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS, THIS MOMENTUM OF PRAYER FOR INDONESIA AND ITS GOVERNMENT. I SEE THE RISE OF BASUKI TJAHAJA PURNAMA, A GOD-ORDAINED LEADER, BEING RAISED UP, FEARLESS IN INTEGRITY, FOCUSED ON BEING A TRANSPARENT, GODLY LEADER.>>Reporter: HE SAYS IF AHOK BECOMES THE FREELY ELECTED GOVERNOR OF JAKARTA, THIS CAN OPEN THE WAY FOR A DOUBLE MINORITY. AHOK BEING CHRISTIAN AND CHINESE, TO BE PRESIDENT OF INDONESIA IN THE FUTURE.>>HE SAYS, WHY CAN’T I BECOME PRESIDENT? I’M INDONESIAN, LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. THAT PATH WOULD BE OPEN TO HIM IF HE BECOMES THE FREELY ELECTED GOVERNOR OF JAKARTA.>>AND, ACTUALLY, WE ARE EDUCATED BY OUR PARENTS WHO LOVE THIS NATION. AND REALLY TO DO THE BEST FOR THIS NATION. SO WE LOVE THE MUSLIMS, AND THE MUSLIMS LOVE US.>>Reporter: THE WINNING CANDIDATE MUST RECEIVE MORE THAN 50% OF THE VOTE. THE FINAL ELECTION RESULTS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THREE WEEKS. IF THE VOTES OF THE WINNERS ARE LESS THAN 50%, A SECOND ROUND BETWEEN THE TOP TWO CANDIDATES WILL BE HELD IN APRIL. THE PEOPLE HERE AT THE AHOK HEADQUARTERS ARE VERY EXCITED BECAUSE THEIR CANDIDATE IS LEADING. IF AHOK WINS, THIS IS A STRONG INDICATION THAT INDONESIA IS A COUNTRY THAT IS RUN BY DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES, AND NOT BY RELIGION. AND EVEN IF HE LOSES, THE PUBLIC WILL LOOK AT HIS GOOD PERFORMANCE AS A WORK BAROMETER FOR WHOEVER SUCCEEDS HIM. LUCILLE TALUSAN, CBN NEWS, JAKARTA.>>George: HERE IN AMERICA, YOUNG AMERICANS FAMILIAR WITH HILLSONG, AND CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS BECOMING VERY POPULAR IN CHINA. A BAND OF CHINESE CHRISTIANS WHO ARE TAKING THEIR COUNTRY BY STORM.>>Reporter: CHINESE MILLENNIALS LOVE ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC. IT IS NOW NEW TO CHINA, BUT ROCK IS GROWING IN POPULARITY AMONG YOUNG CHINESE. UNCLE BING IS THE LEAD SINGER OF “RAINBOW,” A ROCK BAND FORMED IN 2012. FEW PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT THE GROUP AT THAT TIME, BUT A NATIONAL TALENT SHOW ROCKETED THEM TO STARDOM.>>Through Translator: WHEN I CREATED THE BAND, I SHARED THE IDEAS WITH A FEW FRIENDS. THEY STARTED TO LOOK FOR OTHER TALENTS TO MAKE THE BAND MORE SPECIAL. TODAY OUR MEMBERS HAVE TAKEN THE BAND TO A NEW LEVEL. IT IS BEYOND WHAT I EVER IMAGINED.>>Reporter: TRAVELLING FROM CITY TO CITY, EACH BAND MEMBER EXPERIENCED MANY DIFFICULT AND LONELY NIGHTS, AWAY FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THEN THEY FOUND SOMEONE SPECIAL.>>Through Translator: MONEY USED TO KEEP ME BUSY, AND I BARELY HAD TIME FOR ANYTHING ELSE. EXHAUTION AND TRAVELLING WERE PART OF MY LIFE. UNTIL I FOUND JESUS, AND EVERYTHING CHANGED FOR ALL OF US. THIS IS WHAT GLUED US TOGETHER.>>Reporter: EVENTUALLY, IT INSPIRED THEM TO CHANGE THEIR MUSIC TO CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ROCK. THEY’RE NOW USING THEIR MUSIC TO SHARE CHRIST LOOSE LOVE WIT’SLOVE WITH CHINESE FANS.>>Through Translator: WE WANT YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY TO EXPERIENCE SOMETHING NEW AND TRENDY ABOUT GOD.>>Reporter: THEIR FANS ARE ATTRACTED TO THE NEW MUSIC STYLE UNKNOWN TO MOST CHINESE.>>I AM SO GLAD THEIR MUSIC IS DIFFERENT. IT IS LIKE THEY’RE TELLING MANY STORIES, AND WE HEAR ALL OF THOSE MIRACLES. THIS IS SOMETHING I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE.>>Reporter: WHILE SECULAR ROCK MUSIC IS POPULAR, HE BELIEVES CHRISTIAN ROCK CAN WIN MANY FOLLOWERS. THE CHALLENGE IS HOW TO SHARE BIBLICAL STORIES IN THEIR MUSIC.>>HOW WOULD YOU TELL THE STORY OF DAVID AND GOLIATH THROUGH MUSIC? AS A CHRISTIAN BAND, WE NEED TO USE CREATIVE WAYS TO SHOW WHAT WE’RE SINGING FOR AND WHAT WE’RE LIVING FOR. THE WORD LOVE IS BEING DISTORTEED TODAY BYTORTED TODAY BY THE SECULAR WORLD.>>Reporter: AS A NEW CHRISTIAN, SHE IS VERY PROUD OF WHAT THEY HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. AND SHE IS GRATEFUL GOD HAS GIVEN HER MORE THAN SHE IMAGINED.>>SOME OF THE WORDS FROM OUR SONGS ARE FROM OUR PRAYERS. THEY ARE NOT FANCY. I FEEL GOD COULD HEAR OUR PRAYERS, EVEN WHEN WE’RE SINGING. WE ENCOURAGE OUR FANS TO DO THE SAME. GOD LISTENS TO US ALL OF THE TIME.>>Reporter: THEIR HUMBLE ATTITUDES ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER.>>WE ARE NOT PERFECT. WE JUST WANT TO FOLLOW GOD. WHEREVER HE LEADS US, WE’LL BE THERE.>>Reporter: TODAY “RAINBOW” IS TRAVELLING NATIONWIDE IN CHINA. THEY’RE TRUSTING GOD FOR BIGGER SUCCESS, AND THEY’RE PRAYING THEIR MUSIC CAN REACH MORE CHINESE FANS.>>WE WON’T STOP. OUR LIVES BELONG TO GOD. OUR TALENT BELONGS TO GOD. OUR MUSIC IS FROM GOD.>>Reporter: MUNG FE LI, CBN NEWS.>>Wendy: FABULOUS.>>>UP NEXT, WHEN A WAVE OF SNOW SWEPT HIS BROTHER AWAY, THIS MAN CRIED OUT TO GOD AND HAD A DIVINE REVELATION.>>George: AND WELCOME BACK TO THE BROADCAST. MATT AND MICHAEL WALSH ARE SNOWBOARDING FANATICS.>>Wendy: YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN. SO WHEN THEY FOUND THEMSELVES 5,000 FEET HIGH ON A MOUNTAIN WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WHIPPING AROUND THEM, THEY CONCLUDED IT WAS PERFECT SNOWBOARDING WEATHER.>>George: AND THE TWO BROTHERS WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO AN AFTERNOON OF FUN, BUT SOON THEY WERE PRAYING JUST TO MAKE IT DOWN ALIVE.>>ALL OF A SUDDEN EVERYTHING STARTS TO LET GO. THE LEDGE AND EVERYTHING. BY THIS TIME I LOST MY SIGHT OF MATT. AND THE CLOUD OF SNOW WAS SO BIG, I COULDN’T SEE MY HAND IN FRONT OF MY FACE. I’M THINKING HE’S DEAD.>>Reporter: MICHAEL WALSH AND HIS YOUNGER BROTHER, MATT, THOUGHT THEY FOUND THE PERFECT SPORT FOR SNOWBOARDING. IT HAD A SNOWDRIFT AND DEEP POWDER. THEY PARKED MICHAEL’S TRUCK AND CLIMBED TO THE STEEPEST POINT, NEVER THINKING ABOUT AN AVALANCHE.>>AS IT BLOWS, IT KIND OF CURLS AND CURLS AND CURLS AND BUILDS UP A BIG WEDGE. WE WERE SITTING RIGHT ON THE EDGE OF IT. WE WERE BOTH GOING TO GO DOWN AT THE SAME TIME. I DON’T KNOW WHY I CHANGED THE PLAN. HE WAS ALREADY STRAPPED IN, AND I LOOKED OVER AT HIM, AND I WAS LIKE, HEY, MATT, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?>>Reporter: HIS BROTHER JUMPED OFF THE LEDGE AND HIT THE SLOPE BELOW, TRIGGERING A MASSIVE AVALANCHE.>>ALL I HEAR IS POP, POP, POP. IT SOUNDED LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN.>>Reporter: MATT SLID HUNDREDS OF FEET DOWN THE MOUNTAIN, CAUGHT IN THE AVALANCHE. THE WALL OF SNOW BEHIND HIM HIT HARD, BURYING HIM UNDER THREE FEET OF HEAVY-PACKED SNOW. MICHAEL LOOKED ON HELPLESSLY.>>THERE WAS NO SIGN OF HIM. THERE WAS DIRT KICKED UP FROM THE GROUND ON TOP OF THE SNOW. TO SEE HIM DISAPPEAR LIKE THAT, AND I COULDN’T STOP IT, THAT WAS VERY HARD.>>Reporter: MICHAEL HAD A DECISION TO MAKE: RUN TO HIS TRUCK TO CALL SEARCH-AND-RESCUE, OR TRY TO FIND HIS BROTHER ON HIS OWN.>>IF I WENT AND LOOKED FIRST, THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS GETTING BACK UP THAT HILL BY MYSELF TO CALL SEARCSEARCH-AND-RESCUE AGAIN. SO I JUST CRIED OUT TO GOD AND SAID, GOD, WHAT DO I DO? I HEARD HIM AS LOUD AS YOU’RE TALKING TO ME, GO FIND YOUR BROTHER. I NEVER HEARD GOD SPEAK TO ME LIKE THAT BEFORE AND IT ROCKED ME.>>Reporter: HE RAN DOWN THE HILL, FRANTICALLY CALLING HIS BROTHER’S NAME.>>AS SOON AS I GET ON TO THE SLIDE WHERE IT ALL SETTLED, THERE WAS JUST DESTRUCTION, AND NO SIGN. I’M LOOKING FOR A HAT, A TIP OF HIS BOARD, A HAND, SOMETHING STICKING OUT OF THE SNOW. NOTHING. AND THEN I STARTED TO SECOND-GUESS MYSELF. WAS THAT REALLY GOD TELLING ME TO GO FIND MY BROTHER? I DECIDED THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS GOING TO FIND HIM. THERE IS NOTHING, NO SIGN OF HIM. I FINALLY CAME TO A POINT WHERE I JUST KIND OF LIKE GAVE UP. IT SOUNDS TERRIBLE, BUT I COULDN’T SEE HIM OR ANY SIGN OF HIM.>>Reporter: MATT LAID BURIED DEEP IN THE HEAVY SNOW, UNABLE TO MOVE. RUNNING OUT OF AIR AND HOPE.>>RIGHT WHEN I REALIZED I WAS BURIED, AND THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS MOVING MY BODY, I WAS CERTAIN I WAS GOING TO DIE. AT THAT POINT I HAD GIVEN UP ON TRYING TO GET OUT. I KNEW I WAS GOING TO DIE.>>Reporter: BUT AS HE LAY THERE PRAYING, HE SAID HE FELT GOD’S PRESENCE WITH HIM.>>THE PEACE I FELT IN THAT MOMENT WAS AMAZING. I WOULD SAY IT WAS HIM WITH ME IN THE MOMENT. SO I WAS READY. I KNEW WHERE I WAS GOING. I WASN’T SCARED.>>Reporter: HE HEARD GOD SPEAK TO HIM AND REMIND HIM OF A PROPHECY GIVEN TO MATT’S MOTHER WHEN SHE NEARLY MISCARRIED HIM AS A BABY, THAT THE BABY WOULD NOT DIE BUT LIVE. AND GOD WOULD DO GREAT THINGS THROUGH HIS LIFE.>>I THOUGHT, HE’S GOING TO RESCUE ME. HE IS GOING TO SAVE ME. IT IS NOT GOING TO STOP HERE. HE STILL HAS A PLAN FOR MY LIFE AND A PURPOSE FOR MY LIFE.>>Reporter: MATT SAYS HOPE PROPELLED HIM TO ACTION. HE HAD AN AIR POCKET NEAR HIS FACE AND HE WAS ABLE TO DIG ONE ARM TOWARDS THE SURFACE. MEANWHILE, MICHAEL STOOD DIRECTLY ABOVE HIM, UNAWARE OF HIS LOCATION.>>I’M ABOUT TO FALL TO MY KNEES AND LOSE ALL HOPE, AND I DECIDED TO TRY ONE MORE TIME. THE WIND IS BLOWING 60 MILES PER HOUR, AND SO WHEN YOU’RE HEARIN WEARING A HOOD AND A HAT, YOU CAN’T HEAR VERY WELL. BUT I HEAR, MIKE, I’M FINE. THERE IS NO WAY I SHOULD HAVE HEARD HIM, WITH HOW HARD THE WIND WAS BLOWING. I TAKE A STEP BACK, AND I LOOK DOWN AND I SEE A HOLE ABOUT THE SIZE OF A BASEBALL. I STARTED DIGGING FRANTICALLY. I DUG ABOUT TWO FEET. I THOUGHT, I’M CRAZY, THAT WASN’T REALLY HIM. I KEPT DIGGING AND DIGGING AND DUG ANOTHER FOOT, AND I COULD SEE THE OAK LEAF SYMBOL ON HIS JACKET THAT I JUST BOUGHT HIM ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE THAT. I COULD SEE HIS FACE, AND HE WAS STILL ALIVE AND OKAY. I STARTED CRYING LIKE A BABY. I WAS SO HAPPY BUT SO SCARED ALL AT THE SAME TIME.>>Reporter: HE SPENT THE NEXT HALF HOUR DIGGING MATT OUT OF WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN A SNOWY GRAVE. THEY SAY IT WAS ONLY BY GOD’S GRACE THAT THEY MADE IT OUT ALIVE.>>HE LED ME RIGHT TO THE SPOT WHERE MATT WAS. I DIDN’T KNOW WHERE HE WAS. I HAD NO IDEA WHICH DIRECTION HE WAS, WHICH WAY HE WAS SWEPT. AND TO LEAD ME DEAD CENTER ON TOP OF HIM, THAT’S NOT COINCIDENCE. EVERYTHING FELL INTO PLACE JUST PERFECT. GOD MET ME THERE AND WAS STANDING THERE AND HELD MY HAND ALL THE WAY DOWN THERE AND KEPT ME SAFE AND HIM SAFE.>>I THINK I DIDN’T DIE BECAUSE GOD HAS A BIGGER PLAN FOR MY LIFE. HE HAS BIG THINGS IN STORE FOR ME, AND I DON’T THINK HE WAS GOING TO LET THAT BE FOILED BY AN AVALANCHE. IT WASN’T HIS WILL. I’M DEFINITELY VERY THANKFUL THAT GOD WOULD RESCUE ME, AND HE WOULD WORK IT OUT IN A WAY THAT WE BOTH CAME OUT OKAY.>>DEFINITELY THE SCARIEST THING I EVER HAD HAPPEN TO ME IN MY LIFE. WATCHING MY BEST FRIEND AND THINKING, HE’S DEAD, THERE IS NO WAY I’M GOING TO FIND HIM. HAVING THE LORD MEET ME THERE ON THAT HILL AND BE THERE WITH ME THE WHOLE TIME, HE WAS THERE AND HE HEARS YOUR PRAYERS IN YOUR TIME OF NEED.>>George: AND MATT WAS SAYING GOD WAS WITH HIM THROUGH THAT ENTIRE ORDEAL. THAT IS A REMINDER FOR OUR VIEWERS, WHATEVER YOUR GOING THROUGH TODAY, WHEREVER YOU ARE IN THE WORLD, GOD IS WALKING YOU THROUGH THAT PROCESS.>>Wendy: AMEN. WELL-SAID. WELL-SAID. ALL RIGHT. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.>>George: AND FINALLY THIS WEEK, PUERTO RICANS HEARD SOME GOOD NEWS LAST WEEKEND AT FRANKLIN GRAHAM’S FESTIVAL OF HOPE.>>Wendy: NEARLY 33,000 PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE TINY ISLAND NATION PACKED THE STADIUM TO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD. MORE THAN 1,000 PRAYED WITH REVEREND GRAHAM TO PUT THEIR FAITH IN CHRIST. TAKE A LOOK.>>DEAR GOD, I’M A SINNER. I’M SORRY FOR MY SINS. [BEING TRANSLATED]>>FORGIVE ME. I BELIEVE JESUS CHRIST IS YOUR SON. I BELIEVE THAT HE TOOK MY SINS TO THE CROSS.>>Wendy: AND GRAHAM’S MINISTRY REPORTS THAT MANY PEOPLE STAYED TO PRAY AND WORSHIP LONG AFTER THE SERVICE ENDEDED.>>GeorgeENDED.>>George: IT IS INCREDIBLE, ALL OF THESE FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD, HE TAKES THEM EVERYWHERE. AND IT IS A BEAUTIFUL THING. AND ALSO SAMARITAN’S PURSE.>>Wendy: AND HE WAS RECENTLY HERE, AND HE IS PLANNING TO KEEP GOING AND GOING. WE APPRECIATE WHAT HE IS DOING.>>George: THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.” I HOPE YOU’VE ENJOYED OUR BROADCAST. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.>>Wendy: UNTIL NEXT WEEK, FROM ALL OF US HERE, GOOD-BYE AND, AS ALWAYS, GOD BLESS YOU. “PROMOS,” FEBRUARY 17, 2017.

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