Christian World News – October 27, 2017


>>THIS WEEK ON “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,” A FORMER GANG-BANGER RISES FROM DRINKING AND USING DRUGS, GET THIS, TO BECOME THE GREATEST SOCCER PLAYER IN HUNGARY. SEE HIS AMAZING TRANSFORMATION.>>PLUS THE U.S. PLEDGES TO STAND WITH MIDDLE EAST CHRISTIANS AND ANNOUNCES A MAJOR POLICY SHIFT TO MAKE SURE THEY GET THE HELP THEY NEED.>>AND…CHURCHES IN CHINA ARE GETTING MORE AND MORE CREATIVE IN SPREADING THE GOSPEL. SEE HOW THIS HONG KONG CHURCH IS CHANGING LIVES IN A PLACE YOU’D NEVER EXPECT. *>>HELLO, EVERYONE. WELCOME TO THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.” I’M GEORGE THOMAS.>>AND I’M WENDY GRIFFITH. GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH US. OUR TOP STORY THIS WEEK IS A REMINDER THAT IT IS NEVER TOO LATE FOR GOD. HE CAN TURN A WASTED LIFE INTO A TRIUMPH OF HIS GRACE.>>AND YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THAT IN A MOMENT, AND TAKE THAT SAME PERSON, BY THE WAY, TO THE PINNACLE OF THE SPORTS WORLD. MY COLLEAGUE DALE HURD REPORTS ON A SOCCER STAR’S AMAZING TRANSFORMATION FROM BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.>>Reporter: THIS IS A STORY OF WASTED YOUTH, AND A DEAD-END LIFE SUDDENLY TRANSFORMED BY THE POWER OF GOD. ABOUT A TROUBLED HUNGARY TEEN WHO’S ONLY DREAM WAS TO SOME DAY BE A MAFIA BOSS, BUT WHO GOD BROUGHT TO NEW LIFE IN CHRIST AND TO ATHLETIC GREATNESS.>>THERE IS A SAYING THAT YOUTH IS WASTED ON THE YOUNG. THAT WAS ZULTON GERA. HE WASTED HIS YOUTH ON GANG, DRINKING, AND DRUGS. BUT THEN HE WAS RADICALLY SAVED, AND HE BECAME THE GREATEST SOCCER PLAYER IN HUNGARY. EVEN THOUGH HE WAS A GIFTED FOOTBALLER AS A YOUNG PERSON, HE WAS FAR TOO DISTRACTED BY TROUBLE TO EVER MAKE A SUCCESSFUL YEAR IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS.>>I WAS 15 AND I WATCHED THE GAMES, AND I SAID TO MYSELF, LISTEN, YOU HAVE BETTER QUALITY AND TALENT THAN THESE PLAYERS. BUT I SAID, ALSO, FOR YOU IT IS LATE. YOU’RE FINISHED. YOU’LL NEVER BE A FOOTBALL PLAYER.>>Reporter: AS HE SPIRALLED DEEPER INTO TROUBLE, HIS FATHER DECIDED THAT THIS WAS A LIFE THAT ONLY GOD COULD SAVE.>>YEAH, MY DAD, HE SAID, LISTEN, I CANNOT HELP YOU. I TAKE YOU TO THE CHURCH. LET’S SEE IF GOD CAN HELP YOU OR NOT.>>Reporter: SO HIS DAD TOOK HIM TO CHURCH. HE HAD NEVER SEEN EVANGELICAL WORSHIP BEFORE AND THOUGHT IT WAS FASCINATING TO SEE PEOPLE SO EXCITED ABOUT GOD. BUT WHEN HIS DAD ASKED HIM IF HE WANTED TO GO FORWARD AND BE SAVED, HE SAID NO. SO HIS DAD TOOK HIM TO CHURCH AGAIN AND ASKED HIM AGAIN DID WE WANT TO GIVE HIS LIFE TO GOD?>>AND I SAID, NO, NO, NO. BUT MY DAD, HE PULLED ME AND TAKE ME IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH. AND, YEAH, I PRAYED WITH THE OTHERS. AND FROM THAT POINT I WAS A NEW MAN.>>Reporter: GERA QUIT THE GANGS, DRINKING, AND DRUGS IMMEDIATELY, AND FOUND THAT HE HAD A LOT OF TIME TO PRACTICE SOCCER. BUT HIS BODY WAS STILL DAMAGED FROM DRUGS.>>THEY SAID, YOU’LL NEVER BE A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER. SO I PRAYED, ALSO, GOD, WHEN HE SAVED ME, PLEASE, GOD, HELP ME TO GET BACK INTO THE FOOTBALL. IF YOU LIFT ME UP, I WILL PRAISE YOUR NAME WITH MY FOOTBALL.>>Reporter: GOD ANSWERED HIS PRAYER, AND SOON, WHILE STILL A TEENAGER, HE BEGAN HIS PROFESSIONAL CAREER. AS AN ATTACKING MID-FIELDER FOR THE CLUB, HE HAS BEEN NAMED HUNGARIAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR THREE TIMES. ZULTON AND HIS WIFE, TIMI, HAVE TWO CHILDREN. THEY MET AT CHURCH, BUT SHE KNEW ABOUT HIS TROUBLED BACKGROUND AND DIDN’T TRUST HIM AT FIRST.>>I KNEW ZULTON AS A FOOTBALL PLAYER, BUT NOT PERSONALLY. AND I KNEW THAT BEFORE HE WAS BORN AGAIN, HE WAS A VERY BAD GUY, VERY AGGRESSIVE. SO WE STARTED TO MEET. AND, UM, I JUST REALIZED THAT HE REALLY CHANGED, AND GOD SAVED HIS LIFE. AND HE IS A REALLY NICE PERSON.>>Reporter: ZULTON AND TIMI HAVE BEEN MARRIED NOW FOR 13 YEARS, AND TOLD ME THEY’RE REGULAR VIEWERS OF “THE 700 CLUB” IN HUNGARY. [SPEAKING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE]>>Reporter: BOTH HAVE BROUGHT A CHRISTIAN WITNESS FORTH TO PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY NEED IT. BUT PERHAPS MORE THAN ANYTHING, ZULTON GERA IS AN EXAMPLE TO ALL OF US THAT IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW HOPELESS WE THINK OUR LIVES HAVE BECOME, GOD WILL HAVE THE FINAL SAY.>>FOR GOD, THERE IS NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE. HE CAN CHANGE YOU WHEN YOUR 70, 50, WHATEVER — MY LIFE IS AN EXAMPLE IT’S NEVER TOO LATE.>>AND OUR DALE HURD JOINS US NOW. HE SAID HE DIDN’T WANT TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN, BUT AS YOU PUT IT, HE GOT RADICALLY SAVED. IS THIS UNUSUAL FOR SOMEONE IN A EUROPEAN NATION LIKE HUNGARY?>>Reporter: GOD HAS A SPECIAL HAND ON HUNGARY. WE THINK WE — WE MAY THINK THAT EAST EUROPE HAS A DIST TRADITIO DIFFERENT TRADITION THAN WE DO, BUT HUNGARY WAS DEDICATED TO GOD EARLY ON IN HISTORY. AND IT HAS BEEN ATTACKED BY THE OTTOMAN MUSLIMS WHO OCCUPIED THE COUNTRY, THE ATHEISTIC SOVIET UNION, AND IT IS COMING BACK. IT IS REALLY ASTOUNDING.>>I LOVE THAT. GOD NEVER FORGETS THE PROMISES HE MADE TO A COUNTRY OR A PEOPLE.>>Reporter: EXACTLY. JUST LIKE IN THE STORY OF THE SOCCER PLAYER, HIS PLAN WILL NOT BE THWARTED.>>IT SEEMS THAT EVANGELISM IS BECOMING A FORCE IN HUNGARY, EVEN IN OUR DAY.>>Reporter: IT IS. IF YOU THINK IN TERMS OF SALT AND LIGHT IN HUNGARY — BECAUSE I DON’T THINK HUNGARY IS MAJORITY EVANGELICAL, I THINK IT IS MAJORITY CATHOLIC, IF I’M NOT WRONG, BUT YOU CAN TELL IT IS INFLUENCING POLICY. I HATE TO GO TO POLITICS, BUT THEY HAVE THE FLAT TAX. THEY HAVE A BORDER. THEY HAVE HAD NO TERRORIST ATTACKS.>>THEY’RE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT.>>Reporter: YES. THEY CREATED SOME GOOD POLICY FOR THE COUNTRY. I THINK THAT IS A REFLECTION OF THE FACT THAT SO MANY PEOPLE IN HUNGARY BELIEVE IN GOD.>>ZULTON AND HIS WIFE, YOU WERE MENTIONING THEY WATCH “THE 700 CLUB” THERE IN HUNGARY AND ARE FANS OF THE SHOW.>>Reporter: THEY WOULD BE HONORED TO MEET YOU. SO MANY HUNGARIANS WOULD.>>THEY REALLY WANT TO MEET GEORGE.>>Reporter: I WAS SURPRISED WHEN I WALKED UP TO INTERVIEW THEM, AND THEY SAID, YES, WE KNOW YOU. WE WATCH YOU ALL OF THE TIME ON “THE 700 CLUB.”>>I LOVE THAT WE DO HAVE A GLOBAL REACH. DALE, THAT WAS A FASCINATING PIECE. AND IT IS NEVER TOO LATE, WAS THE MESSAGE FROM THAT STORY.>>ALL RIGHT, FOLKS, COMING UP, TAKING ACTION. THE U.S. PLEDGES TO HELP MIDDLE EAST CHRISTIANS AND ANNOUNCES A MAJOR POLICY CHANGE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. THAT STORY, IN A MOMENT.>>U.S. VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE SAYS CHRISTIANITY IS UNDER UNPRECEDENTED ASSAULT IN THE ANCIENT LAND WHERE IT BEGAN. HE DELIVERED THE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE “IN DEFENSE OF CHRISTIANS” ANNUAL SUMMIT IN WASHINGTON THIS WEEK. AND HE SAID THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS WORKING TIRELESSLY TO HELP THE PERSECUTED CHURCH, ADDING HE STILL HAS FAITH THAT GOD IS WITH HIS PEOPLE.>>UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT TRUMP, I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL ALWAYS STAND WITH THOSE WHO SUFFER FOR THEIR FAITH, AND WE WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT THEM IN THEIR HOUR OF NEED. BECAUSE I’M A BELIEVER. AND I BELIEVE THAT HE WHO SAID THAT WHEN YOU PASS THROUGH THE WATERS, I WILL BE WITH YOU, THAT HE WHO SAID, I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU, NEVER WILL.>>PENCE QUOTING ISAIAH 43. AND HE ANNOUNCED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL NOW WORK DIRECTLY WITH FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, BY PASSING THE UNITED NATIONS TO HELP PERSECUTED COMMUNITIES.>>ROBERT NICHOLAS IS JOINING US NOW. HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE FILAS PROJECT, A GROUP THAT ADVOCATES FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS. THE VICE PRESIDENT SAID THIS ADMINISTRATION IS GOING TO BE WORKING DIRECTLY WITH FAITH-BASED GROUPS INSTEAD OF JUST THE U.N., TO HELP PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN AND WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?>>WELL, GEORGE, THIS IS RARE, WORKING ON THIS ISSUE, THAT THERE IS ACTUALLY SOME GOOD NEWS TO TALK ABOUT. USUALLY IT IS ALL BAD. SITTING IN THAT ROOM, I WAS THERE WHEN THE VICE PRESIDENT SPOKE AND DELIVERED THOSE REMARKS. AND I CAN’T TELL YOU THE ENERGY THAT JUST SORT OF SHOT ACROSS THE ENTIRE ROOM. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE’VE BEEN — ME, MY ORGANIZATION, OTHERS, LIKE I.V. C., HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS, ASKING FOR THIS FOR YEARS. THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN THAT WHILE THE U.S. HAS GIVEN HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS, EVEN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN RECONSTRUCTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID TO IRAQ, ALMOST NONE OF IT ACTUALLY GETS TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT MOST. AND WHY IS THAT? BECAUSE THE MONEY, UP UNTIL NOW, HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH THE UNITED NATIONS, AND THEN TO THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND. WHERE VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE SAID IS THAT THAT’S OVER. WE’RE NOT DOING THAT ANYMORE. WE’RE GOING TO CUT OUT THE MIDDLE MAN. WE’RE GOING TO GIVE THIS MONEY DIRECTLY TO THE COMMUNITIES AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS ON THE GROUND TO GIVE TO THEIR OWN PEOPLE.>>MR. NICKELSON, WHY WAS THE UNITED NATIONS INEFFECTIVE?>>LISTEN, WE KNOW THAT COMMUNITIES KNOW BEST WHAT THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES NEED. THAT IS A PRINCIPLE THAT APPLIES ALL OVER THE WORLD. THE CLOSER YOU ARE TO A PROBLEM, THE MORE LIKELY YOU ARE TO KNOW HOW TO SOLVE IT. THE UNITED NATIONS IS A BIG, GIGANTIC DEMOCRACY, FILLED WITH WELL-MEANING PEOPLE, BUT IT IS A BUREAUCRACY. YOU PUT A DOLLAR IN, AND BY THE TIME THAT SAME DOLLAR COMES OUT, IT IS 10 CENTS. AND THEY DON’T ACTUALLY KNOW HOW TO ADMINISTER AID ON THE GROUND, NOT LIKE A MIDDLE EASTERN CHURCH, OR EVEN AN AMERICAN FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION THAT UNDERSTANDS RELIGION AND KNOWS HOW TO DEAL WITH THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES.>>WHAT THREATS, IN YOUR OPINION, CURRENTLY FACE PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST?>>ON THE ONE HAND, WE KNOW ISIS HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK DRAMATICALLY. AND THERE ARE MANY, MANY, IF NOT MOST OF THE TOWNS, IN NORTHERN IRAQ THAT ARE LIBERATED. THEY’RE FREE NOW FOR CHRISTIANS TO BE ABLE TO RETURN. PEOPLE WHO FLED IN 2014 ARE NOW COMING BACK. THE PROBLEM IS RIGHT NOW, EVEN THIS WEEK, THERE IS AN ACTUAL BATTLE BETWEEN THE IRAQI CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND THE KURDISH REGIONAL GOVERNMENT IN THE NORTH. AND THESE AREAS, UNFORTUNATELY FOR THE CHRISTIANS — THEY ARE AREAS THAT THEY ARE MOST HEAVILY CONCENTRATED IN, THERE IS DISPUTE BETWEEN THESE TWO FORCES. YOU HAVE CHRISTIANS WHO HAD TO FLEE, WHO CAME BACK WITH HOPE, AND NOW HAVE TO FLEE AGAIN BECAUSE OF THIS NEW FIGHTING.>>UNFORTUNATELY, THE NEWS OUT OF THAT REGION IS THERE HAS BEEN SOME KIND OF A CEASE-FIRE THAT HAS BEEN AGREED UPON — THAT IS GOOD NEWS. THE FINAL FEW QUESTIONS, WHAT SHOULD CHRISTIANS DO HERE IN THE UNITED STATES TO HELP THEM?>>LISTEN, TO ME, GEORGE, THE MOST AMAZING THING IS RAISING AWARENESS, BESIDES PRAYER. I GIVE A LOT OF CREDIT TO VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE AND PRESIDENT TRUMP, AND ALL OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WORK, BUT THIS SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED THREE YEARS AGO. THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A MASSIVE MOVEMENT OF CHRISTIANS IN THIS COUNTRY CALLING OUT AND DEMANDING THAT THIS HAPPENS. THE BEST WAY TO GET PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING, IN MY VIEW, IS TO SHOW A MOVIE. A MOVIE IS CALLED “FAITHKEEPERS,” AND YOU CAN CONTACT US IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHOW THIS MOVIE FREE IN YOUR CHURCH. SO THEN THEY CAN TAKE THAT NEXT STEP WHEN THEY’RE ABLE TO.>>TERRIFIC. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR UL THAALLYOU ARE DOING TO BE THE VOICE FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH IN THE MIDDLE EAST.>>THANK YOU, GEORGE.>>COMING UP, THE CHURCH IN CHINA WON’T STOP GROWING. THAT’S BECAUSE CHURCHES KEEP FINDING NEW WAYS TO REACH MORE PEOPLE WITH THE GOSPEL.>>CHRISTIANITY IS GROWING RAPIDLY IN CHINA AS CHURCHES FIND NEW WAYS TO REACH PEOPLE. AS MUNG FE LI REPORTS, ONE HONG KONG CHURCH IS BRINGING THE GOSPEL TO PRISONERS.>>Reporter: FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET, GLEANING OVER THE RIVER SITE, PEOPLE SHARE STORIES ABOUT HONG KONG AND IT IS GAINING THE ATTENTION OF THE WORLD. SINCE 1997, HONG KONG HAS BECOME THE ENGINE DRIVING THE CHINESE ECONOMY. WITH A POPULATION OF SEVEN MILLION, THE CITY IS THE HOME TO MANY INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSES AND A THRIVING TOURIST INDUSTRY. SUSAN IS A CHURCH LEADER WHO SAYS HONG KONG AND ITS PEOPLE ARE SPECIAL TO HER.>>I TRY TO ADD VALUE TO THE PEOPLE AROUND ME. WE’RE ALL SPECIAL IN SOME WAY.>>Reporter: BESIDES MANAGING THE CHURCH, SHE IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN AN IMPORTANT MISSION: GIVING HOPE AND GUIDANCE TO HONG KONG PRISON INMATES. HONG KONG HAS BEEN PART OF MAINLAND CHINA FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS. MOST OF US KNOW THAT CHRISTIANITY IS SPREADING RAPIDLY IN CHINA. HONG KONG HAS A MORE OPEN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM POLICY THAN MAINLAND CHINA, AND THAT’S WHY THE PRISON MINISTRY IS ONLY POSSIBLE IN THIS PART OF CHINA.>>WE DESIGNED A UNIQUE PROGRAM. THE PROGRAM IS TEACHING THOSE PEOPLE THAT GOD CAN CHANGE US INWARDLY, AND ALSO OUTWARDLY. WE ALL MADE MISTAKES IN LIFE. THE CRITICAL PART IS TO REALIZE THE MISTAKES AND GET ON THE PATH THAT GOD HAS FOR US.>>Reporter: FOR SUSAN, LEADING IT’ THE MINISTRY WAS NOT EASY. MANY INMATES WERE TEENAGERS, AND THEY WERE UNAWARE THAT BAD CHOICES OFTEN LEAD TO SEVERE CONSEQUENCES. IN 1998, ROBSON LAW WAS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AND IMPRISONED FOR 25 YEARS.>>THE 25 YEARS IN PRISON WAS HARSH. I THOUGHT MY LIFE WAS DONE. THE CHOICES THAT I MADE BROUGHT PAIN AND TRAUMA TO ME. I THOUGHT MY LIFE WAS WASHED AWAY. LIFE DIDN’T MEAN ANYTHING TO ME THEN.>>Reporter: DURING HIS DARKEST MOMENTS, LAW MET A PASTOR FROM SUSAN’S CHURCH WHO INTRODUCED HIM TO CHRIST. LAW WAS DEEPLY MOVED.>>I WAS TOUCHED BY GOD. AT THE TIME, I WASN’T A BELIEVER AND TRIED TO COMMIT SUICIDE. BUT I HEARD A VOICE SAYING, ARE YOU REALLY GOING TO DO STUPID THINGS AND HURT YOUR FAMILY AGAIN? THAT VOICE BROUGHT ME BACK. IT WAS THE VOICE OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER.>>Reporter: AS SHE HE STUDIED THE BIBLE, HE STOOUNDERSTOOD THAT GOD HAD BETTER PLANS FOR HIS LIFE, AND ONLY GOD HAD THE FINAL SAY. HE WAS RELEASED FROM PRISON. HE BECAME PART OF A CHURCH FAMILY AND RECEIVED A NEW MISSION FROM THE LORD.>>GOD HAS FULFILLED MY DREAM OF USING SPORTS TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL. HE HAS CALLED ME TO BECOME A MINISTER.>>Reporter: LAW’S FAITH AND PASSION FOR THE LORD MOVED HIS FAMILY MEMBERS, TOO. HE PRAYED THAT HIS PARENTS, WHO COME WOULD COME TO CHURCH AND BECOME CHRISTIANS, TOO.>>WE WANT THEM TO HAVE A JOB THEY ARE GOOD AT OR EVEN HAVE A GREAT PURPOSE OF SERVING GOD. THESE ARE ALL OF OUR GOALS.>>Reporter: TODAY SUSAN AND THE CHURCH ARE MAKING GREATER EFFORTS, USING THE GOSPEL IN CREATIVE WAYS TO CHANGE INMATES’ LIVES. THEY BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE COULD ALSO BECOME THE CHILDREN OF GOD ONE DAY.>>GOD DOESN’T WANT TO BREAK ANY RELATIONSHIPS, EVEN WHEN THOSE PEOPLE DON’T SEEM LOVABLE. I ALSO SEE THAT NO MATTER HOW BROKEN OR TWISTED A LIFE IS, WHEN GOD PICKS IT UP, HE REALLY LOOKS FORWARD TO BRINGING BACK THE GREATNESS THAT WAS THERE WHEN CREATION BEGAN.>>Reporter: MUNG FE LI, CBN NEWS.>>THANKS, MUNG FE.>>>PUERTO RICO, BY THE WAY, REMAINS A VIRTUAL DISASTER AREA ONE MONTH AFTER HURRICANE MARIA RAVAGED THE ISLAND. CBN’S ERIC GONZALES BRINGS US THIS LOOK AT WHAT THE CHURCH IS DOING TO HELP.>>Reporter: WE’RE IN THE CITY, ABOUT AN HOUR NORTH OF SAN JUAN. THIS IS AN AREA WHERE THE EYE OF THE STORM MADE ITS WAY THROUGH. POWER LINES ARE STILL DOWN, AND POWER LINES ARE BEING HELD UP BY TREES. THIS ENTIRE AREA IS WITHOUT POWER, JUST LIKE MUCH OF THE ISLAND. MORE THAN 80%, SOME 3.5 MILLION HOMES, ARE STILL IN THE DARK MORE THAN A MONTH AFTER HURRICANE MARIA. PUERTO RICANS ARE DESPERATE, SOME TURNING TO Facebook TO GET THE WORD OUT THAT THEY NEED HELP. SUCH WAS THE CASE OF THIS MAN WHO SAID HE AND HIS COMMUNITY NEED FOOD AND WATER. HE WROTE IN THE STREET, S.O.S., AGUA, MEANING WATER, AND COMINA, MEANING FOOD.>>WE’RE HOUSING MISSIONARIES FROM CHICAGO. THEY CAME OVER HERE TO HELP OUR PEOPLE FROM PUERTO RICO, GIVING THEM WATER AND FOOD. ONE OF THE MISSIONARY’S WIFE SAW Facebook, AND WE MADE IT OUR MISSION TO FIND THEM.>>Reporter: BUT GETTING TO THE MAN ABOUT 90 MINUTES SOUTH OF THE CITY PROVED DIFFICULT. SNAPPED POWER LINES AND DEBRIS STILL LITTERED THE STREETS.>>WE KNEW THAT THE GOVERNMENT HADN’T REACHED THEM, SO IT IS THE WORK OF THE CHURCH TO HELP EVERYONE IN NEED.>>Reporter: IN THE END, CHURCH MEMBERS REACHED HIM WITH GROCERIES AND WATER. THEY ADDED LLAGAMOS, WHICH MEANS, WE MADE IT.>>WE USED TO HAVE A SECOND STORE. IT JUST FELL DOWN.>>Reporter: THIS PASTOR LEADS ONE OF THE ISLAND’S LARGEST CHURCH. THERE WAS WATER INSIDE HERE. MANY OF THE TILES WERE JUST RIPPED OFF THE ROOF. THE ENTIRE SECOND FLOOR CAME DOWN. THIS CHURCH SEATS ABOUT 5,000 MEMBERS. IN ALL, ABOUT 10,000 MEMBERS HERE IN PUERTO RICO ATTEND THIS CHURCH. WHAT CAN WE, AS CHRISTIANS, DO FOR YOU?>>WELL, JUST PRAY. FIRST OF ALL, PRAY. DO NOT FORGET ABOUT PUERTO RICO. OUR ISLAND IS GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE LONGER THAN A COUPLE OF MONTHS.>>Reporter: THE PAST TELLS CBN NEWS IT WILL TAKE TIME, BUT HE PLANS TO REBUILD.>>THEY ARE THANKFUL THAT A $300 MILLION ELECTRICAL CONTRACT WAS RECENTLY SIGNED BY WHITEFISH ENERGY TO GET POWER BACK ON THE ISLAND. PUERTO RICANS SAY ONCE THE POWER COMES BACK ON, LIFE WILL GET BACK TO NORMAL QUICKER. ERIC GONZALES, CBN NEWS. THIS MONTH ISRAEL INVITED CHRISTIAN JOURNALISTS TO JERUSALEM. CHRIS MITCHELL HAS DETAILS. CLIR>>Chris: THE CHRISTIAN JOURNALISTS WERE HONORED BY ISRAEL’S PRIME MINISTER AND PRESIDENT AND LEADERS.>>ISRAEL HAS NO BETTER FRIENDS IN THE WORLD THAN THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD.>>AS WE SAY IN HEBREW, ALL THE RESPECT. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU.>>Chris: THEY CAME TO THE FIRST EVER CHRISTIAN MEDIA SUMMIT, SPONSORED BY THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT.>>IT IS THE REPRESENTATIVES IN THIS CHRISTIAN SUMMIT, WHICH REPRESENT OVER ONE BILLION CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS. AND THEY PRAYED FOR US. NO MATTER THE POLITICS, RIGHT WING, LEFT WING, IT DOESN’T MATTER. THEY SUPPORT THE STATE OF ISRAEL WITH ALL THEY HAVE.>>Chris: THE ISRAELI STATE MINISTER AND NEFTALI BENNETT SAID HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT CHRISTIANS TAKE ACTION.>>THIS IS REALLY AN HISTORIC THING, THAT WE STARTED IT, AND WE WANT IT TO BECOME A TRADITION.>>UNDERSTANDING THAT ISRAEL IS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THINGS, THAT WE’RE FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM, FIGHTING FOR VALUES. AND WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT. WE NEED THE CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD TO BACK ISRAEL, TO BE OUT THERE AND NEVER BE SILENT.>>Chris: 130 MEDIA EXECUTIVES AND JOURNALISTS, INCLUDING CBN’S C.E.O. GORDON ROBERTSON, CAME FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO JOIN THE EVENT.>>Gordon: I TELL CHRISTIAN JOURNALISTS REMEMBER PSALM 126: “AND THEY SAID AMONG THE NATIONS, THE LORD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR THEM.” THAT NEEDS TO BE OUR WATCH WORD.>>IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR US, TO SEE MANY PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER AND GETTING THE PLANS THAT GOD HAS FOR ISRAEL AND FOR OUR CHRISTIAN NATIONS, TO BE TOGETHER WITH ISRAEL.>>Chris: PARTICIPANTS SAID IT WAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH ISRAEL.>>IT HAS JUST OPENED UP SO MANY AVENUES FOR MORE INFORMATION, AND INFORMATION FLOWS BOTH WAYS, AND IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STORY.>>THIS IS A REAL SIGN THAT THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES THE CONTRIBUTIONS, PARTICULAR MADE BY CHRISTIAN BROADCASTERS AROUND THE WORLD, IN DEFENDING ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE.>>IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IN THESE DAYS OF SO-CALLED “FAKE NEWS,” FOR CHRISTIAN MEDIA TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING.>>MANY SUGGESTED THE CONFERENCE WAS SUCH A SUCCESS, THEY SHOULD HAVE IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR, IN HONOR OF THE 70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE JEWISH STATE. CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, JERUSALEM.>>FOLKS, THAT IS IT FOR THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF CBN NEWS.>>THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. UNTIL NEXT WEEK, PARTICULAR ALL OF US

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  1. CBN Do you post everyday? If so then why don't I receive the updates in my feed everyday? Love your work by the way.

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