Christian World News – March 31, 2017

Christian World News – March 31, 2017


>>Wendy: THIS WEEK ON “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,” THE EPIC STORY OF BATTLING THE WORLD’S MOST DEADLY VIRUS COMES TO THE BIG SCREEN. WE’LL GIVE YOU A FIRST LOOK AT THE FILM “FACING DARKNESS.”>>PLUS, AN ENTIRE COUNTRY UNDER THE IRON FIST OF COMMUNIST RULE. BUT SEE WHY IT HAS BECOME THE EPICENTER OF A REVIVAL THAT ISN’T STOPPING ANY TIME SOON.>>>AND IT IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING CHURCHES IN AMERICA. SEE HOW CHINESE IMMIGRANTS ARE FINDING A NEW HOME AND A NEW FAITH. *>>Wendy: WELCOME TO “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,” EVERYONE. I’M WENDY GRIFFITH. GEORGE THOMAS IS ON ASSIGNMENT.>>>FOR DECADES CUBA WAS AN OFFICIALLY ATHEIST NATION, AND THE CHURCH WAS HARSHLY PERSECUTED. TODAY THE CHURCH IS GROWING AND ENJOYING MORE FREEDOM THAN EVER. IN FACT, SEVERAL HUNDRED CHURCHES JUST WRAPPED UP AN HISTORIC EVANGELISM CAMPAIGN IN HAVANA. HEATHER SELLS HAS TRAVELLED TO CUBA AND REPORTED ON THE GROWING CHURCH THERE. HEATHER, THIS IS AN EXCITING TIME FOR THE CHURCH IN CUBA?>>Heather: IT IS INCREDIBLE. NOT ONLY IS THE BODY OF CHRIST GROWING, BUT CHURCHES ARE DEMONSTRATING REMARKABLE UNITY. OVER 300 SOME CHURCHES CAME TOGETHER AND CONNECTED WITH 55,000 PEOPLE. WE TRAVELLED TO CUBA IN 2015 AND FOUND A VIBRANT CHURCH THAT IS USING SIMPLE TOOLS TO SHARE THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST. IN RECENT YEARS, CUBAN CHURCHES HAVE BECOME KNOWN FOR INCREDIBLE GROWTH IN THE MIDST OF POVERTY. PASTOR NESTOR IS TYPICAL. HE LIVES IN A TWO-ROOM APARTMENT WITH HIS WIFE. THE CHURCH MEETS IN A CLASSROOM-SIZED ROOM WHERE THE CONGREGATION OVERFLOWS.>>Through Translator: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS MADE US GROW IN FAITH HAS BEEN THE LIMITATIONS AND THE DIFFICULTIES.>>Heather: IN RESPONSE TO BUILDING RESTRICTIONS, CUBAN BAPTIST AND ASSEMBLIES OF GOD HAVE SEEN HOUSE CHURCHES TAKE OFF. AND IN THE MIDST OF SCARCE RESOURCES, A HUNGER FOR THE GOSPEL IS EVIDENT ACROSS THE ISLAND. [SPEAKING IN SPANISH LANGUAGE]>>Through Translator: PEOPLE HERE DON’T CARE HOW COMFORTABLE THEY ARE. THEY CAN BE EXHAUSTED FROM WORKING ALL DAY, AND THEY WILL SIT ON A BAG OF ROCKS, A STITCHED UP CHAIR, OR STAND THE WHOLE SERVICE, AND THEY’RE OKAY WITH THAT.>>Heather: UNDER THE PRESIDENCY OF RAUL CASTRO, RESTRICTIONS ON CHURCHES HAVE RELAXED SLIGHTLY. THEY CAN NOW MORE EASILY HOLD PUBLIC EVENTS AND EVANGELIZE. TAO BABOON SAYS FIDEL CASTRO’S DEATH COULD OPEN UP MORE OPPORTUNITIES, NOTING THAT THE DICTATOR CRUSHED RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. HE BANNED PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF FAITH. HIS BROTHER, RAUL, IS KNOWN MORE FOR HIS PRAGMATISM, AND IS CONSIDERED LESS ANTAGONISTIC TOWARDS THE CHURCH.>>WE HOPE THAT THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT FEELS FREER, TO MOVE MORE PROGRESSIVELY TOWARDS RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS.>>Heather: BUT THERE IS ALSO FEAR THAT RAUL CASTRO WILL ROLL BACK SOME OF THE NEW FREEDOMS TO PREVENT ANYONE FROM TAKING ADVANTAGE OF HIS BROTHER’S DEATH. AND TRAVEL TO CUBA MAY TIGHTEN UP AGAIN. THAT COULD SLOW DOWN A GROWING PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN U.S. AND CUBAN CHURCHES. JASON CARLISLE SAYS IMPROVED U.S. RELATIONS WITH CUBA HAVE ENCOURAGED MISSIONS.>>ANY LEADER WHO IS EXCITED, WHO IS TRYING TO BE INVOLVED IN THE WORLD OR HOW TO TAKE HIS CHURCH TO AN EXCITING PIECE OF CHRISTIANITY, THEY THINK OF CUBA.>>Heather: FOR NOW CUBAN PASTORS AND MISSION LEADERS ARE CAUTIOUS BUT OPTMISTIC. THE CUBAN CHURCH HAS ALREADY PROVED IT CANNOT ONLY SURVIVE, BUT FLOURISH UNDER TOUGH CONDITIONS.>>A NEW REPORT FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAYS THE FASTEST GROWING CHURCH IN CUBA IS THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD. IN ABOUT 25 YEARS, THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD HAVE GROWN FROM 10,000 MEMBERS TO 120,000 TODAY. AND THERE ARE ALSO ABOUT 100,000 BAPTISTS AND 40,000 METH DIFFERENT ALL METHODISTS THAT ONCE OUTLAWED FAITH, WENDY.>>Wendy: CUBA IS STILL CONSIDERED A POOR NATION BY MANY STANDARDS. HOW IS THE CHURCH GROWING IN THE MIDST OF THIS POVERTY.>>Heather: THEY USE A VERY SIMPLE MODEL. THEY ARE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO SIMPLY SHARE THEIR TESTIMONY. SO SOMEONE BECOMES A BELIEVER, AND THEY’RE ENCOURAGED TO SHARE WITH THEIR NEIGHBOR, THEIR CO-WORKER, THIS IS MY EXPERIENCE AND WHAT JESUS HAS MEANT TO ME. THEY’RE USING BASIC METHODS WE CAN FIND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. AND HOUSE CHAWRCHESR CHURCHES ARE REALLY GROWING IN CUBA AND THAT’S BECAUSTHESE HOUSE CHURCHES ARE MULTIPLYING ON THE ISLAND RIGHT NOW.>>Wendy: THEY RECENTLY TOLD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THERE IS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN CUBA. DO YOU THINK THAT’S CORRECT?>>Heather: I THINK IT IS VERY INTERESTING THEY ARE SAYING THAT. I’M NOT SURE WHY THEY ARE SAYING THAT RIGHT NOW. I WOULD SAY IT IS A MIXED BAG. CUBAN BELIEVERS ARE VERY CLEAR TO SAY THEY’RE NOT BEING PERSECUTED, BUT DO THEY HAVE A LOT OF RESTRICTIONS TO WORK AROUND? YES, THEY DO. THERE ARE BUILDING RESTRICTIONS, AND RESTRICTIONS TO EVENTS THEY CAN HAVE IN PUBLIC. THEY ARE DEFINITELY HAVING TO BE CAREFULLY ABOUT HOW THEY CONDUCT THEMSELVES. BUT PERSECUTED, MOST WOULD SAY THAT’S TOO HEAVY OF A WORD.>>Wendy: HOW SIGNIFICANT DO YOU THINK THIS EVANGELISM CAMPAIGN THAT TOOK PLACE IS?>>55,000 PEOPLE WANTED A BOOK OF CUBAN TESTIMONY, SO A LOT OF GOOD STUFF COMING OUT OF THAT CAMPAIGN, WENDY.>>Wendy: VERY EXCITING. THANK YOU, HEATHER.>>>IN OTHER NEWS, THE PHILIPPINES, A GROWING NUMBER OF CHURCHES ARE SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THEIR PRESIDENT’S VIOLENT WAR ON DRUGS. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ISSUED A RARE LETTER CONDEMNING THE PRESIDENT’S BRUTAL METHODS. SOME SAY HIS METHODS ARE CULTIVATING A CULTURE OF DEATH.>>Reporter: ON “THE 700 CLUB” ASIA PROGRAM, THE PASTOR PAINFULLY DESCRIBES THE HORRIFIC CONDITION OF HIS SON’S BODY, WHO WAS VICTIMIZED IN A KILLING.>>A WIRE WAS TIED AROUND HIS NECK, AND DUCT TAPE ALL OVER HIS FACE, AND HIS HANDS TIED AT HIS BACK, AND THERE WAS A VERY BIG SLASH IN HIS NECK. WHY DID THEY TREAT MY SEWN MY SON AS ANIMAL.>>Reporter: HE ADMITS HIS SON WAS A DRUG USER, BUT SAYS HE QUIT DRUGS AND BECAME A POLICE INFORM MANTJUST WEEKS BEFORE HIS DEATH. MOST OF THE ALLEGED DRUG USERS AND PUSHERS WERE DENIED DUE PROCESS. A CREEPING CULTURE OF IMPUNITY IN THIS SOCIETY HAS PROMPTED THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TO ISSUE A RARE PASTORAL LETTER, CONDEMNING THE RISING DEATH TOLL. THEY CALLED THE GOVERNMENT’S DRUG-WAR APPROACH A REIGN OF TERROR AIMED LARGELY AT THE POOR.>>AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, OF COURSE, BELIEVING IN THE GIFT OF LIFE OF EACH AND EVERY FILIPINO DIRECTLY CONFRONTS THE INCIDENTS HAPPENING NOW. HELP US PREACH ON HOW TO GET OUT OF THE FEAR THAT IS BEING PLANTED BECAUSE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE COUNTRY.>>Reporter: LINDA FEARS FOR HER LIFE. SHE SAYS FIVE OF HER DRUG-DEALING FRIENDS SURRENDERED TO AUTHORITIES BUT WERE STILL KILLED. SHE SAYS POOR PEOPLE LIKE THEM SHOULD ALSO BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO CHANGE AND HAVE A NEW LIFE. POVERTY IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS WHY THESE MEN AND WOMEN ARE RESORTING TO SELLING DRUGS AS THEIR SOURCE OF INCOME, AND THIS IS WHY THE CHURCH AND HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS ARE CALLING OUT TO THE GOVERNMENT TO RESORT TO MORE DIGNIFIED MEANS OF SOLVING THE DRUG PROBLEM, WHICH IS PROVIDING BASIC NEEDS, SUCH AS EDUCATION AND “LIFE IN TH LIVELIHOOD PROGRAMS. THE POLICE AND MILITARY ARE HELPING THE PASTOR SOLVE HIS SON’S CASE. THE PASTOR BELIEVES GOD IS USING HIS SON’S DEATH AS A WAKEUP CALL TO ALL FILIPINOS.>>WE SHOULD BAND AS A NATION AND COME TOGETHER TO PUT A STOP TO THE KILLINGS BECAUSE THIS KIND OF EVIL ONLY BEGETS EVIL. WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SON HAS INSPIRED ME TO BE MORE ACTIVITY IN THE MINISTRY. IT TEACHES VALUE TO THE POLICEMEN WHO IN TURN TEACH VALUE TO STUDENTS.>>WE BELIEVE THAT EVERYBODY CAN CHANGE. AND THAT IS THE SAME THING WE BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT CAN DO. THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR, THAT PRESIDENT DU DUTERTE CHANGES THE WAY HE IS RUNNING THE DRUG WAR.>>Wendy: COMING UP, A DEADLY VIRUS THAT WIPED OUT THOUSANDS IN WEST AFRICA. AND NOW THE STORY OF THE MISSIONARY DOCTORS WHO BATTLED ON THE FRONTLINES IS HITTING THE BIG SCREEN. RODRIGO SCREEN A. SCREEN>>Wendy: IN THE SUMMER OF 2014, A DEADLY OUTBREAK OF THE EBOLA VIRUS SPREAD THROUGH WEST AFRICA. IT KILLED THOUSANDS. A HANDFUL OF MISSIONARIES AND DOCTORS FROM “SAMARITAN’S PURSE” FOUGHT THE OUTBREAK FOR WEEKS, AND THEN TWO OF THEM ALSO CONTRACTED EBOLA. NOW “SAMARITAN’S PURSE” IS RELEASING A POWERFUL DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT THE EPIDEMIC. EFREM GRAHAM BRINGS US THIS STORY.>>THIS WAS AN UNFOLDLY CATASTROPHE.>>THE NUMBERS OF NEW CASES AND DEATH ARE STILL RISING.>>Efrem: IT IS A DISEASE THAT KILLED NEARLY 30,000 PEOPLE OVER THE COURSE OF TWO YEARS. NOW A GRIPPING NEW DOCUMENTARY TELLS THE MIRACULOUS TEENAGE OF THE AMERICAN MISSIONARY WHO FOUGHT THE EBOLA OUTBREAK IN LIBERIA AND CONTRACTED THE ILLNESS.>>I REMEMBER JUST GETTING ON THE FLOOR AND PRAYING, OH, GOD, IT’S NOT TOO MUCH FOR YOU TO SAVE HIS LIFE, WILL YOU SAVE IT?>>Efrem: IT IS CERTAINLY CLEAR IN THE FILM THIS IS A DIFFICULT TIME FOR YOUR MINISTRY. WHY SHARE THIS STORY ON FILM?>>SO MANY PEOPLE THAT WERE INVOLVED IN FIGHTING EBOLA THERE IN LIBERIA AND GUINEA AND SIERRA LEONE WERE YOUNG PEOPLE. AND I WANT THE WORLD TO SEE WHAT GOD DID AND HOW HE USED THE LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE TO FIGHT THE WORLD’S MOST DEADLY VIRUS.>>>MY PHONE RANG AND KEN ISAACS SAID ONE OF OUR DOCTORS, KENT BRANTLY, HAS EBOLA.>>Efrem: THROUGH INTERVIEWS WITH THE TEAM ON THE GROUND, “FACING DARKNESS” SHOWS THE RAW EMOTIONAL JOURNEY OF AMERICAN MEDICAL WORKERS FIGHTING A DEADLY EPIDEMIC, AND THE MIRACLE IT TOOK TO SAVE THEIR LIVES.>>THIS IS A STORY HOW GOD SAVED DR. BRANTLY, BUT YET I WANT ANOTHER GENERATION TO SEE IT. AND I WANT YOUNG PEOPLE TO SEE IT BECAUSE GOD CAN USE THEIR LIVES. AND I WANT THEM TO KNOW GOD NEEDS THEM AND WANTS TO USE THEM, IF THEY’RE WILLING TO TRUST HIM.>>TO BE HONEST, NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DON’T THINK ABOUT LIBERIA AND ABOUT OUR EXPERIENCE.>>Efrem: DR. KENT BRANTLY SAYS WHILE IT IS A BIT UNCOMFORTABLE SEEING HIMSELF ON THE BIG SCREEN, THIS ALLOWS HIM TO REMEMBER GOD’S FAITHFULNESS.>>I THINK THERE IS A REASON THAT GOD TOLD THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELL YOUR CHILDREN WE WERE SLAVES IN EGYPT. I THINK THERE IS SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT ABOUT REMEMBERING THE HARD TIMES WE’VE BEEN THROUGH AND REMEMBERING WHAT GOD HAS DONE IN OUR LIVES TO HELP INFORM THE WAY WE MOVE FORWARD.>>MY GREATEST FEAR IS THAT I WOULD HAVE TO RAISE MY KIDS ALONE.>>Efrem: DR. BRANTLY AND HIS WIFE HAD BEEN SERVING IN LIBERIA FOR A YEAR WHEN THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC HIT. HIS DIAGNOSIS CAME JUST DAYS AFTER AMBER LEFT ON A SHORT TRIP WITH THEIR CHILDREN, BACK HOME TO THE STATES.>>MY PRAYERS IN THOSE DAYS WERE VERY SIMPLE. MY PRAYERS WERE: GOD, HELP. HELP ME. HELP ME TO BE FAITHFUL. I REALLY THINK MY PRAYER FOR MY CHILDREN IN THAT MOMENT, WHEN I DIDN’T THINK I WAS GOING TO LIVE — MY PRAYER WAS THAT I WOULD BE FAITHFUL. THAT THEY WOULD HAVE A LEGACY OF A FATHER WHO WAS FAITHFUL, EVEN IN HIS DEATH.>>ALL TOGETHER, THE MEMBERS I LOSE IS 17.>>Efrem: FILM-MAKERS SAY THE PROCESS OF WEAVING ALL OF THE STORIES TOGETHER WAS CHALLENGING.>>THE STORY OF “FACING DARKNESS” IS DEFINITELY AN EPIC ONE. THERE ARE SO MANY STORIES AND SO MANY THREADS, AND IT WAS REALLY, REALLY HARD TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO WHITTLE IT DOWN. OUR EDITOR WAS ABLE TO FIND SOME OF THE MOST POWERFUL SOUND BYTES AND PUT THEM TOGETHER.>>DAVID LOOKED AT ME, AND HE SAID, YOU, TOO, HAVE EBOLA.>>Efrem: NURSE NANCY WRITEBOL SERVED ALONGSIDE KENT BRANTLY, AND SHE ALSO CONTACTED EBOLA. SHE HOPES THE FILM WILL CONVEY THE MESSAGE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF UNITY.>>IT IS NOT ABOUT TWO OR THREE OR HOWEVER MANY PEOPLE ARE IN THE MOVIE — IT’S NOT ABOUT US. IT’S ABOUT A PARTNERSHIP AND A WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE PEOPLE THAT YOU LIVE WITH. IT’S LIVING WITHIN COMMUNITY.>>PEOPLE SHARED A LOT OF CANDID THINGS WITH US WHEN WE INTERVIEWED THEM AND HAD THEM SHARE FOR “FACING DARKNESS.” BUT YET THOSE ARE THINGS THAT SOMETIMES PEOPLE SAY, OH, I SHOULDN’T HAVE SAID THAT. WHY DID I SAY THAT? BUT YET THAT’S WHAT MAKES US HUMAN. AND WE CAN ALL RELATE TO THAT. AND WE CAN ALL — WE ALL CAN LEARN FROM THAT.>>Efrem: THE PRODUCTION TEAM HOPES THE FILM WILL CHALLENGE AUDIENCES.>>I HOPE PEOPLE WILL LEAVE THE THEATER ASKING THEMSELVES: WOULD I BE THAT BRAVE? WHAT WOULD I DO?>>YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOOK FAR IN THE NEWS TODAY TO FIND PLACES WHERE WE’RE FACED WITH FEAR. AND I THINK SOMETHING THAT THIS FILM CAN HELP US DO IS TO LOOK AT THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES IN OUR LIVES AND THE WORLD TODAY THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS AND SAY, WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE IF WE CHOOSE NOT TO RESPOND OUT OF THE FEAR WE FEEL, BUT, INSTEAD, WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO MOVE FORWARD IN COMPASSION.>>IF WE’RE WILLING TO PUT OUR FAITH AND TRUST IN GOD AND THE SON JESUS CHRIST — IF HE’S IN OUR BOAT, WE DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT BOAT SINKING. HE WILL TAKE US THROUGH THAT STORM. LIKE HE DID WITH DR. BRANTLY. AT THE SAME TIME, I’M HOPING GOD WILL USE US TO BRING UP AN ARMY OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WILL SAY, HERE I AM, SEND ME.>>Wendy: IT IS SO INSPIRING. “FACING DARKNESS” WILL BE IN THEATERS AROUND THE U.S. OWNER APRIL 10th. YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE. JUST GO TO cbnnews.com.>>>COMING UP, WE’LL GIVE YOU A GLIMPSE INTO ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING CHURCHES IN AMERICA. SEE HOW THE GOSPEL IS CHANGING THE LIVES OF THIS COMMUNITY, WHEN WE COME BACK.>>Wendy: WELCOME BACK TO “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.” ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING CHURCHES IN AMERICA IS THE MANDARIN-SPEAKING CHINESE CHURCH. FROM LARGE URBAN AREAS TO SMALL RURAL COMMUNITIES, YOUNG CHINESE IM GRAPTS IMMIGRANTS ARE COMING TO CHRIST, AND THEIR LIVES ARE BEING TRANSFORMED FOR THE BETTER. MUNG FE LI HAS THE STORY.>>Reporter: THIS REENACTMENT SHOWS THE FRUSTRATION AND ANGER THAT IS COMMON IN MANY FAMILIES. CHINESE-AMERICAN PARENTS OFTEN FIND COMMUNICATING WITH THEIR CHILDREN CHALLENGING. YUNGJA MOVED TO THE UNITED STATES WHEN SHE WAS 13. THAT’S WHEN THE RELATIONSHIP WITH HER PARENTS BECAME MORE TROUBLESOME.>>THE FAMILY RULES ARE VERY STRICT. IT’S LIKE EVERYTHING I DO SUCCESSFULLY, I’M SUPPOSED TO BE THAT WAY. IF I’M GETTING A 98, I WOULD PROBABLY GET PUNISHED.>>Reporter: YUNGJA HAD TO LEARN TO OBEY THE RULES IN A HARD WAY, AND COULDN’T UNDERSTAND WHY HER PARENTS TREATED HER THAT WAY.>>MY FATHER IS A MILITARY MEMBER, WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER. SO THE WAY HOW HE WAS TRAINING ME, IT’S LIKE THE MILITARY STYLE.>>Reporter: DESPITE THE CONFLICT, YUNGJA NEVER DOUBTED HER PARENTS’ LOVE, AND THEY ENCOURAGED HER TO FIND HER PASSION. GRADUALLY SHE TOOK UP DANCING AND SPENT MUCH TIME PRACTICING IN THE STUDIO AND PERFORMING.>>THE BIGGEST MOTIVATION FOR ME TO WORK REALLY HARD TO GETTING TO THE ADVANCED CLASS AND TO WHERE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COSTUME IN THE WHOLE DANCE SCHOOL, AND LATER ON, WHEN I STARTED TO GO ON STAGE, AND TO PERFORM THE NUMBERS, THE FLOWERS, THE BIG APPLAUSES, YOU KNOW, AND WHAT THE AUDIENCES SAY ABOUT US BECAME REALLY ATTRACTIVE TO US.>>Reporter: LIFE WAS GOOD AND SHE FELL IN LOVE WITH PAUL. YUNGJA PLACED THE SAME EXPECTATION OF PERFECTION ON PAUL AS HER PARENTS PLACED ON HER. SOON EVERYTHING CHANGED AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP BROKE APART.>>BOTH OF US WEREN’T TALKING TO EACH OTHER. WE WERE MAD AT EACH OTHER, AND I WAS WAITING FOR HER TO APOLOGIZE TO ME FIRST. IT WAS PAINFUL.>>Reporter: THEIR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE WERE ABOUT TO COLLAPSE. THEIR DAUGHTER, CRYSTAL, WAS TRAUMATIZED BY THE CONSTANT FIGHTING AND ARGUMENTS.>>I GET REALLY KIND OF MAD AND SAD AT THE SAME TIME BECAUSE MY PRAYER IS I DON’T THINK MY DAD SHOULD TREAT MY MOM LIKE THAT.>>Reporter: IN THE MIDST OF THE TROUBLE AND THE UNCERTAINTY, THEY BEGAN TO ATTEND LOCAL CHINESE CHURCH SERVICES. THE PASTOR SHOWED THEM AND THE OTHER YOUNG COUPLES HOW TO BUILD A STRONG AND STABLE FAMILY IN GOD’S WAY.>>THERE IS ALWAYS NEW PEOPLE COMING IN. THERE IS ALWAYS PEOPLE LOOKING FOR A COMMUNITY TO BELONG IN AND PEOPLE TO CONNECT WITH. AS A CHURCH, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REACH OUT TO THEM WITH THE GOSPEL, AND INTRODUCE THEM TO CHRIST. MANY OF THEM HAVE NEVER BEEN PART OF A CHURCH BEFORE OR EVEN PICKED UP A BIBLE BEFORE, AND WE CONNECT WITH THEM AND HELP THEM TO KNOW JESUS.>>Reporter: IN 2016, THE UNITED STATES GRANTED ALMOST 21,000 VISAS TO AMERICAN-BORN CHINESE. SOME CHURCHES ARE COMING TOGETHER TO MORE EFFECTIVELY REACH YOUNG CHINESE.>>WE’RE WORKING WITH PEOPLE IN OUR CHURCH AND OTHER CHURCHES. THERE ARE FOUR CHINESE CHURCHES IN THIS AREA WHO ARE ALL WORKING TO REACH THIS COMMUNITY. SOME IN DIFFERENT WAYS. AND WE PARTNER WITH OTHER LOCAL AMERICAN CHURCHES AS WELL. AND WE’RE PART OF A LOCAL CHURCH NETWORK THAT SUPPORTS US AND CONNECTS US WITH OTHER CHURCH LEADERS AND MINISTRIES. WE ALL BASICALLY PARTNER TOGETHER TO REACH THE CHINESE COMMUNITY, TO REALLY BRING THE GOSPEL TO THEM.>>Reporter: GRADUALLY YUNGJA AND HER HUSBAND FOUND THEIR PURPOSE AND THEIR MARRIAGE WAS HEALED.>>PRAYING IS LIKE THE DAILY SPIRITUAL BREATHING, THE AIR THAT WE NEED EVERY DAY. AND READING THE BIBLE, STUDYING THE BIBLE, IS LIKE THE FOOD WE INTAKE EVERY DAY.>>Reporter: CRYSTAL WAS HAPPY THAT JESUS RESTORED HER PARENTS’ MARRIAGE AND BROUGHT PEACE TO THE FAMILY AND SPECIAL MEANING TO HER.>>LORD AND GLORY AND THANKFULNESS.>>TODAY JESUS CHANGED ALL OF US. WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE LORD FAITHFULLY AND CONTINUE TO SERVE HIM. WE WERE LOST, AND NOW WE BELONG TO THE SAME FATHER.>>Reporter: MUNG FE LI, CBN NEWS.>>Wendy: A GREAT STORY. THANKS.>>>NOW YOU CAN SHARE GREAT STORIES LIKE THIS WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. JUST GO TO THE STORY ON YOUR “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS” WEBSITE PAGE AND POST IT TO YOUR Facebook AND TWITTER PAGES. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.>>Wendy: AND FINALLY, A LACK OF RAIN IN KENYA IS CAUSING SEVERE DROUGHT, PUTTING FAMILIES IN DANGER OF DEHYDRATION AND STARVATION. THE DROUGHT DEVASTATED FARMING AND CROPS IN THE COMMUNITY OF CANONGO, BUT CBN’S “OPERATION BLESSING” STEPPED IN TO HELP FEED THEM. THEY DELIVERED A TRUCK FULL OF EMERGENCY SUPPLIES. THE FOOD HELPED MORE THAN 300 FAMILIES. GOOD TO KNOW.>>>WELL, THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS WEEK. YOU CAN ALWAYS FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER OR ON Facebook. UNTIL NEXT WEEK, FROM ALL OF US HERE AT “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,” GOOD-BYE AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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  1. May God Bless you Cuba. Let holy spirit empower your country & everyone experience the presence of lord Jesus Christ.

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