Christian World News – July 28, 2017


>>Wendy: THIS WEEK ON “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,” AS SWEDEN OPENS ITS DOORS TO MUSLIM REFUGEES, THEY’RE SHOVING CHRISTIAN CONVERTS OUT. EVEN THE ONES THAT FACE PERSECUTION BACK HOME. AN IRANIAN ACTRESS WHO FACES SIX MONTHS IN PRISON SHARES HER STORY.>>>PLUS…TOO LATE TO HELP CHARLIE GUARD. GARD. HOW COURT BATTLES AND DELAYS KEPT HIM FROM GETTING THE TREATMENT THAT MIGHT HAVE SAVED HIS LIFE.>>>AND…THIS MAN SAYS, IF YOU WANT TO SEE A MIRACLE, SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER HEARD IT BEFORE. NOW HE IS TELLING HIS STORY OF A LIFE SPENT PREACHING TO THE LOST.>>>WELCOME TO “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,” EVERYONE. I’M WENDY GRIFFITH. GEORGE THOMAS IS ON ASSIGNMENT. WELL, WE WANT TO WELCOME OUR Facebook VIEWERS TO THE SHOW, AND ENCOURAGE YOU TO POSTAL YOUR QUESTIONS AND YOUR COMMENTS, AND WE’LL GET TO THEM IN JUST A LITTLE BIT.>>>JUST A FEW YEARS, SWEDEN LET IN MORE MIGRANTS THAN THE REST OF EUROPE COMBINED. NOW THE SWEDES HAVE YANKED THE WELCOME MAT, AND CHRISTIANS ARE BEING SENT BACK TO THEIR HOME COUNTRIES TO FACE CERTAIN TORTURE AND EVEN DEATH IN MUSLIM NATIONS. DALE HURD REPORTS ON ONE SUCH CASE FROM SWEDEN. *>>Reporter: SWEDEN IS ABOUT TO DEPORT IRANIAN CHRISTIAN ACTRESS AIDEEN STRANDSSON BACK TO THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN, WHERE SHE FACES TORTURE, RAPE, AND EVEN DEATH IN AN IRANIAN PRISON. BUT AS SWEDISH OFFICIALS HAVE TOLD HER, BECOMING A CHRISTIAN WAS HER DECISION, AND NOW IT IS HER PROBLEM AND NOT THEIRS. THIS FROM A NATION THAT THINKS OF ITSELF AS ONE OF THE MOST HUMANE COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. AFTER ALL, SWEDEN IS THE HUMANITARIAN SUPER POWER, WHICH WELCOMED REFUGEES WITH OPENED ARMS. UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT TOOK TOO MUCH POLITICAL HEAT AND DECIDED SOME HAVE TO GO, WHETHER IT KILLS THEM OR NOT. SWEDEN’S MIGRATION BOARD EVEN VIOLATES ITS OWN STATED PRINCIPLES, THAT IT WILL NEVER DEPORT ASYLUM-SEEKERS TO A NATION WHERE THEY WILL BE HARMED.>>THE IMMIGRATION BOARD HAS ON ITS HOME PAGE INFORMATION ABOUT EACH COUNTRY. AND IN THE INFORMATION REGARDING IRAN, THERE ARE PLENTY OF REPORTS STATING THAT IT IS STANDARD TO TORTURE AND TO RAPE IN IRANIAN PRISONS. AND THE QUESTION WE HAVE BEEN ASKING FROM IMMIGRATION TIME AND TIME AGAIN IS: WHY ARE YOU PUTTING THIS INFORMATION ON YOUR HOME PAGE IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW IT?>>Reporter: SWEDISH ATTORNEY GABRIEL DONNER HAS ASSISTED AN ESTIMATED 1,000 FACING DEPORTATION. DO YOU THINK IN AIDEEN’S CASE THEY JUST DON’T CARE?>>THEY JUST DON’T CARE. THEY HAVE PROMISED THE PUBLIC IN SWEDEN THAT THEY WILL DEPORT MORE PEOPLE THAN BEFORE, AND SO THEY HAVE TO FILL THE QUOTA.>>Reporter: AIDEEN STRANDSSON CAME TO SWEDEN IN 2014 ON A WORK VISA. SHE HAS STARRED IN FILMS AND TV, MAKING HER AN EVEN BIGGER TARGET IF SHE IS SENT BACK. SHE SAYS SHE CAME TO CHRIST AFTER SEEING VIDEO OF MUSLIMS STONING A WOMAN TO DEATH.>>I DECIDED I DON’T WANT TO BE MUSLIM ANYMORE.>>Reporter: AND THEN SHE HAD A DREAM.>>I HAD A DREAM ABOUT JESUS. HE WAS SITTING NEAR ME AND HE TOOK MY HAND.>>Reporter: IN IRAN, WHERE IT CAN BE DEADLY TO CONVERT CHRISTIANITY, AIDEEN KEPT HER CONVERSION LARGELY A SECRET, BUT WHEN SHE CAME TO SWEDEN, SHE REQUESTED A PUBLIC BAPTISM.>>I WANT TO HAVE A BAPTISM IN A PUBLIC BECAUSE I WANT TO SAY I DON’T AFRAID ANYMORE. I’M FREE. I’M CHRISTIAN. I WANT EVERYBODY TO KNOW ABOUT THAT.>>Reporter: IRANIAN INTELLIGENCE MOST LIKELY KNOWS, TOO. SHE HAS ALREADY GOTTEN THREATS FROM MUSLIMS ON SOCIAL MEDIA. ARTICLE 33 OF THE GENEVA CONVENTION ON REFUGEES PROHIBITS COUNTRIES FROM DEPORTING ASYLUM-SEEKERS BACK TO THEIR HOME COUNTRY IF THEY FACE DANGER. BUT THAT HAS NOT STOPPED SWEDEN. DONNER ESTIMATES THERE ARE 8,000 CHRISTIAN ASYLUM-SEEKERS HIDING IN SWEDEN BECAUSE THEY’RE UNDER DEPORTATION ORDERS. HE SAYS PART OF THE PROBLEM IS MIGRATION OFFICIALS DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY SOMEONE WOULD BECOME A CHRISTIAN, AND THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN. LESS THAN 20% OF SWEDES SAY THEY BELIEVE IN GOD.>>THIS IS MOST APPARENT WHEN THEY COME TO THE QUESTION WHEN A CONVERT SAYS, I CONVERTED BECAUSE OF THE LOVE I HAVE RECEIVED FROM JESUS CHRIST. AND THEY ALMOST MOCKINGLY ASK THE CONVERT, WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY LOVE? THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE IN THE BIBLE. IT’S JUST COMPLETELY ALIEN TO THEM.>>Reporter: THE SWEDISH MIGRATION BOARD’S PRESS OFFICER TOLD US, IF THE PERSON HAS WELL-FOUNDED REASONS TO FEAR PERSECUTION, HE OR SHE WILL BE GRANTED ASYLUM IN SWEDEN. BY AIDEEN’S REQUEST HAS BEEN REJECTED. AT HER HEARING, THE SWEDISH MIGRATION OFFICIAL TOLD HER IT WOULDN’T BE AS BAD FOR HER IN IRAN AS SHE EXPECTED BECAUSE SHE WOULD ONLY HAVE TO SPEND ABOUT SIX MONTHS IN PRISON. DONNER TOLD US OF A SIMILAR CASE WHERE AN IRANIAN WOMAN WAS RELEASED AFTER SPENDING TIME IN PRISON.>>AFTER SHE WAS RELEASED, SHE DID NOT SAY ANYTHING. A FEW WEEKS LATER, SHE THREW HERSELF OUT OF A WINDOW OF THE FOURTH FLOOR.>>Reporter: SIX MONTHS IN PRISON FOR A WOMAN IS NOT A PROBLEM. THEY DON’T CARE?>>NO, THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT IT.>>Wendy: DALE HURD JOINS US WITH MORE ON THIS STORY. CAN ANYTHING BE DONE TO STOP AIDEEN’S DEPORTATION?>>Reporter: WELL, PRAYER, OF COURSE. AND I THINK CONTACTING THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT. AND THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT CONTACTED ME AFTER THIS STORY, AND THEY BASICALLY SAID, TELL YOUR VIEWERS CALLING US AND WRITING US WON’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE HAVE MADE OUR DECISION. IT IS FINAL. HER ONLY HOPE IS A NEW COURT HEARING.>>Wendy: BUT AREN’T THEY RIL VIOLATING INTERNATIONAL DEPORTATION LAWS BY SENDING HER BACK TO A COUNTRY THAT THEY KNOW COULD POTENTIALLY HARM HER?>>Reporter: YEAH, AND THEY DIDN’T DISPUTE THE FACTS IN THE STORY WHEN THEY WROTE ME, WHICH I FOUND VERY INTERESTING. AND I THINK, WENDY, THE REASON IS THAT I’VE BEEN COVERING IMMIGRATION ALL OVER EUROPE, AND I THINK THIS IS A SIGN THAT THE CONCERN FOR REFUGEES REALLY IS NOT GENUINE. CONSIDER THE FACT THAT THE ELITES IN THESE COUNTRIES IN EUROPE DON’T WANT TO LIVE NEAR THE REFUGEES. THEY DON’T WANT THEIR KIDS TO GO TO THE SAME SCHOOLS. SO THEY ESSENTIALLY BECOME A PRODUCT THAT THEY CAN DEPORT IF THEY NEED TO.>>Wendy: AND LIKE THE LAWYER THAT YOU INTERVIEWED SAID, THEY JUST DON’T GET IT. WHEN SOMEONE SAID THEY CONVERTED BECAUSE THEY FELT THE LOVE OF JESUS AND THEY DON’T WANT TO BE A MUSLIM ANYMORE, THEY GET MOCKED.>>Reporter: RIGHT. RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE IN SWEDEN IS VERY LOW IN SOME CASES, WITH THESE OFFICIALS. AND THEY’LL ASK SOMETIMES RIDICULOUS QUESTIONS OF CHRISTIANITY, OR QUESTIONS SO HARD THAT YOU OR I COULDN’T ANSWER THAT.>>Wendy: SO RIGHT NOW, REALLY PRAYER IS — SHE NEEDS A MIRACLE.>>Reporter: ABSOLUTELY. PRAYER FOR ANOTHER COURT HEARING. BUT I THINK CONTACTING THE SWEDISH EMBASSY, BECAUSE THE SWEDES DO CARE ABOUT THEIR INTERNATIONAL IMAGE.>>Wendy: INTERESTING. ALL RIGHT, WE WANT TO GO TO THE CBN NEWSROOM WHERE EMILY JONES IS MONITORING THE QUESTIONS AND THE COMMENTS THAT ARE COMING IN ON OUR Facebook PAGE. EMILY, WHAT IS THE RESPONSE TO THIS INCREDIBLE STORY? WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?>>YEAH. PEOPLE ARE MIXED WITH SHOCK AND DISAPPOINTMENT. THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE COMMENTING SAYING, QUOTE, “THIS IS SOUL-CRUSHING, DISHEARTENING, TO SEE THAT A WOMAN WHO IS IN DANGER FOR HER LIFE COULD BE SENT TO THE VERY PEOPLE WHO COULD KILL HER.” SO PEOPLE ARE SHOCKED, BUT THEY HAVE HOPE. AND THEY’RE SAYING, WE’RE GOING TO PRAY FOR HER. AND GOD IS NOT FINISHED WITH HER YET. AND GOD CAN CHANGE THE HEARTS OF THE LEADERS IN SWEDEN.>>Wendy: AMEN. WE KNOW THAT’S TRUE. ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS COMING IN FOR DALE?>>YEAH, THERE DEFINITELY ARE. ONE OF THE BIGGEST QUESTIONS IS, CAN SHE GO SOMEWHERE ELSE FOR ASYLUM? CAN SHE COME TO THE UNITED STATES OR ANOTHER COUNTRY THAT WON’T DEPORT HER?>>Reporter: THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION THAT I SHOULD HAVE PREPPED FOR. BECAUSE I KNOW SHE WANTS TO STAY IN SWEDEN. AND THEY WANT TO TRY AND SALVAGE THE SITUATION THERE. SO RIGHT NOW THEY’RE WORKING ON ANOTHER COURT DATE. I’M DOING ANOTHER STORY NEXT WEEK, AND WE’LL BE ANSWERING THAT QUESTION.>>Wendy: ALL RIGHT. GO AHEAD, EMILY.>>ANOTHER QUESTION IS: CAN WE PUT ANY PRESSURE ON THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT? I KNOW THEY SAID YOUR CALLS WOULDN’T HELP, BUT IS THERE ANY GOVERNMENTAL PRESSURE WE CAN PUT ON THEM FROM THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT THAT CAN PRESSURE SWEDEN?>>Reporter: IF THERE ARE SWEDES WATCHING, IT THEY MAY AGREE WITH ME OR NOT, BUT SWEDEN IS ONE OF THE MOST THIN-SKINNED COUNTRIES I HAVE REPORTED ON. AND THEY ESPECIALLY DON’T LIKE BEING LECTURED ON BY THE UNITED STATES. BUT I DO THINK CONTACTING THE EMBASSY COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE. BECAUSE JUST CONTACTING THE IMMIGRATION BOARD, THOSE MAY JUST GET THROWN IN THE WASTE BASKET.>>Wendy: TO SEE A WOMAN SUFFERING LIKE THIS AND TO SEE THE CONSEQUENCES SHE MAY FACE IS REALLY DISTURBING. EMILY, THANK YOU FOR TRACKING THIS, AND DALE, WE LOVE YOUR REPORTING. IT IS GROUNDBREAKING. WE SO APPRECIATE IT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR NEXT REPORT.>>>COMING UP, CHARLIE GARD’S PARENTS FOUGHT FOR MONTHS TO GET THEIR SON LIFE-SAVING TREATMENT, AND NOW THEY SAY IT IS TOO LATE. AND SOME SAY THE DELAYS COST HIM HIS LIFE.>>Wendy: IN LONDON, BABY CHARLIE GARD HAS PASSED AWAY. EARLIER THIS WEEK, A JUDGE RULED HE BE TAKEN TO HOSPICE AND TAKEN OFF LIFE SUPPORT. A MONTH-LONG LEGAL BATTLE FOR EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT ENDED THIS WEEK WHEN HIS PARENTS LEARNED THAT THE TIME HAD RUN OUT FOR THEIR SUN. CHARLENE AARON HAS THIS STORY.>>Charlene: HEARTBROKEN, THE PARENTS OF CHARLIE GARD ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY HIS BATTLE IS OVER, ENDING THEIR FIGHT TO TAKE HIM TO THE U.S. FOR EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT.>>WE ARE TRULY DEVASTATEED, AS CHARLIE’S DEVOTED AND LOVING PARENTS, WE DECIDED IT IS NO LONGER IN CHARLIE’S INTEREST TO PURSUE TREATMENT. WE WILL LET OUR SON GO AND BE WITH THE ANGELS.>>Charlene: CHARLIE WAS BORN WITH MITO CHONDRIAL D.N.A. DEPLETION SYNDROME, AND IT REQUIRED A VENTILATOR FOR CHARLIE TO BREATHE. THE GREAT ORMOND HOSPITAL ADVOCATED TO REMOVE HIS LIFE SUPPORT, ARGUING THE TREATMENT WOULD NOT HELP. CHRIS GARD AND CONNIE YATES FEEL THAT EARLIER TREATMENT WOULD HAVE IMPROVED HIS LIFE.>>HAD CHARLIE BEEN GIVEN THE TREATMENT EARLIER, HE WOULD HAVE HAD THE POTENTIAL TO BE A NORMAL, HEALTHY BOY.>>Charlene: THE CASE MADE GLOBAL HEADLINES, WITH POPE FRANCIS AND PRESIDENT TRUMP WEIGHING IN IN SUPPORT OF CHARLIE. ART ALSO TRACKED THE CASE BECAUSE HIS 6-YEAR-OLD SON HAS A SIMILAR CONDITION AND WAS TREATED SUCCESSFULLY. WHEN CONNIE YATES LEARNED OF HIS SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT, SHE CONTACTED THEM, AND SHE WAS INTRODUCED TO DR. HIRANO. DR. HIRANO FLEW TO THE U.K. TO EXAMINE CHARLIE EARLIER THIS WEEK. BUT THE LATEST SCANS SHOWED THAT THE DAMAGE HAD ALREADY BEEN DONE, IT WAS TOO LATE. HE WAS DEVASTATING UPON LEARNING THAT HE WOULD BE REMOVED FROM LIFE SUPPORT.>>I SEE CHARLIE GARD AS I DO MY SON. IF THE DOCTORS BELIEVE THEY COULD HAVE HELPED CHARLIE, THEY’RE THE DOCTORS, THEY’RE THE EXPERTS, I BELIEVE THAT IT WOULD HAVE HELPED HIM AS WELL.>>Charlene: IN TWO WEEKS, CHARLIE WOULD HAVE TURNED ONE. HE WILL NOW BE PUT IN PALLIATIVE CARE AND ALLOWED TO DIE.>>PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR LITTLE BOY. WE LOVE YOU.>>Charlene: CHARLENE AARON, CBN NEWS.>>Wendy: WE KNOW THAT LITTLE CHARLIE’S LIFE WAS NOT IN VAIN. YOU CAN FOLLOW THE LATEST UPDATES ON CHARLIE AND HIS PARENTS ON cbnnews.com.>>>PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SET TO NOMINATE KANSAS GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK AS THE AMBASSADOR AT LARGE FOR INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. IF CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE, HE WILL RUN THE STATE DEPARTMENT’S OFFICE, WHICH PROMOTES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM THROUGH FOREIGN POLICY.>>INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS GOING THE WRONG WAY. IT’S GETTING WORSE AROUND THE WORLD, NOT BETTER. IT’S GETTING LESS FREE RATHER THAN MORE FREE. THERE IS MORE PERSECUTION, NOT LESS, THAT IS TAKING PLACE OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS SINCE THAT ORIGINAL BILL WAS PASSED. SO I LOOK FORWARD TO IMPLEMENTING — HELPING WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THAT ACT, WITH MOVING THIS ISSUE FORWARD, TO COORDINATING THOSE EFFORTS, AND TO SPEAKING OUT FOR IT.>>Wendy: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM GROUPS ARE SUPPORTING THE CHOICE. DAVID CURRIE OF “OPEN DOORS U.S.A.,” TOLD CBN NEWS THAT BROWNBACK CAN TRANSFORM THE ROLE.>>I THINK IT WILL ELEVATE THE POSITION, AND MAKE THIS THE CRITICAL POSITION THAT IT REALLY NEEDS TO BE. IT IS ESSENTIAL TO WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND THE WORLD, THE MIDDLE EAST AND ASIA. IT IS ALL ABOUT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. WE NEED A SPOKESMAN WHO IS TAKING THE POINT ON THIS. I THINK GOVERNOR BROWNBACK WILL DO AN EXCELLENT JOB.>>Wendy: A FIRST IN COASTAL RICA, AN HISTORIC GATHERING AS CHURCH LEADERS AND POLITICIANS TOOK TO THE STREETS IN SAN JOSE IN OPPOSITION TO GENDER IDENTITY EDUCATION. THE COUNTRY’S EDUCATION MINISTER WANTS TO INCLUDE THE TOPIC IN THEIR SEX ED INSTRUCTION, BUT THOUSANDS OF EVANGELICALS RALLIED TO VOICE THEIR SUPPORT FOR BIBLICAL VALUES AND TO PRAY FOR STUDENTS AND THE NATIONS’ SCHOOLS. CHRISTIAN LEADERS URGED PARENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED TO ADVANCE A PRO-FAMILY SOCIETY AND GOVERNMENT. CHRISTIANS IN SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, MADE A PUBLIC STAND FOR BIBLICAL VALUES AT A PUBLIC RALLY CELEBRATING HOMOSEXUALITY. THE 18th ANNUAL QUEER CULTURE FESTIVAL BROUGHT THOUSANDS OF GAY AND LESBIANS TO A DOWNTOWN PARK. THE CITY’S CHURCHES WERE ALSO ON HAND, SPEAKING OUT AGAINST HOMOSEXUALITY AND PRAYING FOR THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE.>>Through Translator: WE ALSO SENT THE MESSAGES THAT HOMOSEXUAL LOVE CAN BE HEALED. WE, ALL CHRISTIANS, SHOULD LOVE THEM AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THEM.>>Wendy: AND THAT STORY COMES TO US FROM OUR PARTNERS AT C.T.S. TV IN SEOUL. WE APPRECIATE IT.>>>COMING UP, HE SPENT HIS LIFE SHARING THE GOSPEL, AND NOW HE IS TELLING HIS STORY AND ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO PICK UP THE BANNER.>>Wendy: WELCOME BACK TO “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.” HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A MIRACLE? WELL, THE MAN YOU’RE ABOUT TO MEET SAYS ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS START PREACHING THE GOSPEL. DR. ERIC SHECKNEL IS SECRETAREXECUTIVE OF THE JESUS FILM PROJECT. HE SPENT MOST OF HIS LIFE TELLING OTHERS THE GOOD NEWS. NOW HE IS CALLING ON THE CHURCH TO PICK UP THE CALL. HE HAS WRITTEN A BOOK CALLED “EVERYONE EVERYWHERE,” AND HE TOLD CBN’S MARK MARTIN ABOUT HIS LIFETIME OF SHARING THE GOSPEL.>>Reporter: YOU HAD A COMFORTABLE LIFE, PASTORING A SMALL CHURCH AND STUDYING AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY, BUT YOU GAVE IT ALL UP TO BECOME A MISSIONARY. BRIEFLY TELL US WHAT MOVED YOU TO MAKE THAT DECISION?>>WHAT MOVED ME WAS INFORMATION. SIMPLY LEARNING HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD HAD SO LITTLE CHANCE TO HEAR THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST. WHEN WE IN AMERICA AND CERTAIN OTHER PLACES OF THE WORLD HAVE SO MUCH OPPORTUNITY. AND SO WHEN I HEARD THAT THERE WERE CITIES OPENING UP, AND THE FORMER SOVIET UNION, THAT HAD BEEN UNDER SOVIET DOMINATION FOR 70 YEARS, AND ISLAMIC DOMINATION FOR A THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE THAT, AND HAD NOT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THE GOSPEL, IT WAS TOO GOOD AN OPPORTUNITY NOT TO GO.>>Reporter: YOU AND YOUR WIFE ACTUALLY PAID A PRICE FOR YOUR MISSIONARY WORK, AND TELL US WHAT HAPPENED? AND HOW IT AFFECTED YOUR FAITH.>>WE MADE OUR MOVE TO ONE OF THE FORMER SOVIET MUSLIM REPUBLICS. AFTER WE WERE THERE FOUR YEARS, WE HAD AN INCIDENT THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF OUR MINISTRY THERE. 4 a.m. IN THE MORNING WE WERE ATTACKED BY MEN WHO CAME TO OUR HOUSE IN BLACK RUNNING SUITS WITH BLACK SKI MASKS AND HATCHETS, FOUR OF THEM, AND AWAKENED US, AND ONE ON EACH SIDE OF THE BED, AND BEGAN TO BEAT MY WIFE AND MYSELF WITH THE HATCHETS. MY WIFE WAS NEARLY KILLED. I WAS HURT BAD ENOUGH, BUT MANAGED TO WRESTLE MY WAY OUT OF THE SITUATION EVENTUALLY. AFTER INITIALLY THINKING, HEY, THIS IS IT, I’M COMING HOME. BUT THE LORD USED THAT SITUATION IN AMAZING WAYS TO OPEN DOORS. I WAS ABLE TO RETURN TO THE COUNTRY WITHIN A MONTH AFTER THE INCIDENT. MY WIFE TOOK 10 MONTHS TO GET HEALED UP. BUT WE BOTH RETURNED WITH OUR TWO CHILDREN WHO WERE STILL IN OUR HOME WITH US. WHEN THE PEOPLE IN THAT CITY SAW WE LOVED THEM ENOUGH TO COME BACK, AND THAT JESUS COULD GIVE US THE GRACE AND THE STRENGTH TO OVERCOME DIFFICULT OBSTACLES AND SITUATIONS, IT OPENED DOORS FOR US, AND IT OPENED THE EARS OF PEOPLE TO THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST IN WAYS WE HADN’T EXPERIENCED BEFORE.>>Reporter: WOW, WHAT A POWERFUL TESTIMONY. YOUR BOOK “EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE” IS FULL OF STORIES OF PEOPLE WHO CAME TO CHRIST. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE?>>ONE OF MY FAVORITES IS A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE WHO CAME TO CHRIST WHILE HE WAS IN JAIL — HE WAS SERVING TIME AS JUST A PETTY CRIMINAL, A MAFIA GUY, WHEN SOMEONE BROUGHT A JESUS FILM PROJECTOR INTO THE PRISON TO SHOW IT’S JESUS FILM. HE ASKED TO BORROW IT SO HE COULD SHOW PORNOGRAPHIC MOVIES TO HIS FRIENDS, BUT OUR FRIEND SAID, NO, NO, NO. YOU HAVE TO WATCH ONLY THIS MOVIE ON THIS PROJECTOR. HE THOUGHT HE WOULD LIE AND ONLY WATCH IT ONCE, AND THEN WATCH THE OTHER KIND OF MATERIAL. AFTER HE WATCHED THE JESUS FILM ONCE, HE WAS SO TOUCHED, HE WATCHED IT AGAIN. HIS FRIENDS CAME OVER AND SAID, HEY, I HEARD YOU HAVE A PROJECTOR, LET’S WATCH THESE OTHER MOVIES. AND HE SAID, NO, YOU WATCH THIS OTHER MOVIE WITH ME. BY THE NEXT MORNING HE WATCHED THE MOVIE FOUR TIMES. IF YOU COULD SEE THE DOZENS AND DOZENS OF GROUPS THAT THAT ONE MAN HAS STARTED BECAUSE HIS LIFE WAS TOUCHED BY SEEING THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST. IT IS JUST A WONDERFUL THING.>>Reporter: WHY DID YOU WRITE THIS BOOK, AND WHAT DO YOU HOPE PEOPLE WILL GET FROM IT, DR. SHENKEL?>>I WROTE IT BECAUSE IT IS SUCH A WONDERFUL BLESSING TO GIVE OUR LIVES TOTALLY TO FULFILLING CHRIST’S MISSION IN THE WORLD. YET WE AS A CHURCH OFTEN MOVE OFF-CENTER WITH THAT REALITY. WE FORGET THAT TAKING THAT MESSAGE TO THE WORLD IS REALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT JESUS ASKED US TO DO. IT IS A THING THAT HIS HOLY SPIRIT ANOINTS IN AMAZING WAYS. IF YOU WANT TO SEE MIRACLES, START TAKING THE GOSPEL TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD IT. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE STRUCK ME THE MOST STRONGLY IN TERMS OF FAITH, IS THAT FAITH IS SIMPLY ACTING ON THE WORD OF GOD. AND WHEN WE ACT ON THE WORD OF GOD, REGARDLESS OF HOW WE FEEL, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE OBSTACLES MIGHT BE, WE SEE GOD MOVING IN AMAZING WAYS. AND IT ENCOURAGES US TO ACT EVEN MORE. WHEN JESUS SAID, THOSE WHO CONFESS ME BEFORE OTHERS, I’LL CONFESS BEFORE MY FATHER, THAT’S AN INCREDIBLE STATEMENT. WHEN HE MAKES PROMISE OF ETERNAL REWARD TO THOSE WHO SERVE HIM IN THIS LIFE, THAT’S TRUE. AND SO IS MOLDING OUR LIVES ON THE WORDS OF SCRIPTURE, WHICH IS SO IMPORTANT FOR US. WHEN WE DO THAT AND BEGIN TO EXPERIENCE THE BLESSING THAT COMES WITH IT, IT BECOMES ADDICTIVE.>>Wendy: WHAT A GREAT MESSAGE. WELL, YOU CAN LEARN A LOT MORE ABOUT THE JESUS FILM PROJECT AND HOW ITS TEAMS ARE CARRYING THE MESSAGE AROUND THE GLOBE ON OUR WEB PAGE ON “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,” AND FIND IT ON cbnnews.com. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK. WER>>Wendy: CBN IN VIETNAM IS ADMINISTERING TO PEOPLE IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATION BY DELIVERING CLEAN WATER. IN ONE MONTH, CBN SUCCESSFULLY DEDICATED 17 WELLS TO COMMUNITIES ACROSS SOUTH VETO. VIETNAM. THEY HELPED MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE. AS A RESULT, 69 PEOPLE GAVE THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST.>>>WELL, THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS WEEK. UNTIL NEXT WEEK, FROM ALL OF US HERE AT “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,” GOOD-BYE, GOD BLESS YOU, AND Facebook FANS, THANKS FOR TUNING IN. WE R

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  1. Is there a way to accept Christian migrants in our own homes if we are willing? I'd take in a Christian mother and child. Or a Christian woman. It pains me to see my brothers and sisters in Christ being tormented.

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