Christian World News – January 27, 2017


>>George: THIS WEEK ON
“CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,”
THE U.S. CAPITAL A BUZZING
WITH A NEW PRESIDENT AND A
NEW ADMINISTRATION.
BUT WHAT WILL A TRUMP
PRESIDENCY MEAN FOR THE
NATION AND THE WORLD?
>>Wendy: PLUS…THE
COUNTRY IS STILL REELING
FROM THE EFFECTS OF
COMMUNISM.
SEE WHY RUSSIA’S
CHRISTIANS REFUSE TO GIVE
UP THE FIGHT FOR RELIGIOUS
FREEDOM.
>>George: AND…THE
CHINESE NEW YEAR IS UNDER
WAY.
SEE HOW CHINESE CHRISTIANS
ARE CELEBRATING THE GOSPEL
IN A BRAND NEW MUSICAL.
*
>>George: AND WELCOME,
EVERYONE, TO THIS WEEK’S
EDITION OF “CHRISTIAN
WORLD NEWS.”
I’M GEORGE THOMAS.
>>Wendy: AND I’M WENDY
GRIFFITH.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WON
THE ELECTION LARGELY ON
THE STRENGTH OF
EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN
VOTERS.
IN THE FIRST PHASE OF HIS
PRESIDENCY, PRESIDENT
TRUMP’S FAITH WAS ALREADY
ON DISPLAY.
JENNA BROWDER HAS MORE.
>>Reporter: AN
IMPORTANT LONG-STANDING
TRADITION AT THE NATIONAL
CATHEDRAL: A SPEAL
PRAYER SERVICE FOR THE NEW
PRESIDENT AND THOSE
CLOSEST TO HIM.
>>RULER OF ALL THINGS IN
HEAVEN AND EARTH, GRANT TO
THE PRESIDENT, VICE
PRESIDENT, AND MEMBERS OF
THE CABINET, WISDOM AND
GRACE.
>>Reporter: AND YOU SEE
THE WEIGHT OF
RESPONSIBILITY WEARING ON
FACES, INCLUDING FIRST
LADY MELANIA TRUMP, WHO
WAS MOVED TO TEARS DURING
A PERFORMANCE OF “HOW
GREAT THOU ART.”
* THEN SING MY SOUL
>>Reporter: FOR
PRESIDENT TRUMP, THIS
DISPLAY OF FAITH GOES WELL
BEYOND THE CHURCH WALLS.
>>THY KINGDOM COME, THY
WILL BE DONE.
THE PSALMIST DECLARED, LET
YOUR FAVOR BE UPON THIS
ONE NATION UNDER GOD.
>>Reporter: CLOSE
FRIEND AND SPIRITUAL
MENTOR PAULA WHITE, ALONG
WITH A RECORD NUMBER OF
EVANGELICAL LEADERS, TOOK
PART IN HIS SWEARING-IN
CEREMONY.
>>HE BLESSED THOSE WHO
ARE PURE IN HEART FOR THEY
WILL SEE GOD.
GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO WORK
FOR PEACE FOR THEY WILL BE
CALLED CHILDREN OF GOD.
>>MR. PRESIDENT, IN THE
BIBLE RAIN IS A SIGN OF
GOD’S BLESSING.
AND IT STARTED TO RAIN,
MR. PRESIDENT, WHEN YOU
CAME TO THE PLATFORM.
>>Reporter: AND TRUMP
HIMSELF MENTIONED FAITH
SEVERAL TIMES.
>>President Trump: THE
BIBLE TELLS US HOW GOOD
AND PLEASANT IT IS WHEN
GOD’S PEOPLE LIVE TOGETHER
IN UNITY.
WE WILL BE PROTECTED BY
THE GREAT MEN AND WOMEN OF
OUR MILITARY AND LAW
ENFORCEMENT.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE
WILL BE PROTECTED BY GOD.
>>Reporter: AT THE
SWEARING IN OF HIS SENIOR
STAFF, HE ONCE AGAIN
TALKED ABOUT GOD.
>>President Trump: WE
ARE GOING TO DO SOME GREAT
THINGS OVER THE NEXT EIGHT
YEARS, OKAY?
[APPLAUSE]
>>President Trump:
EIGHT YEARS.
[APPLAUSE]
>>President Trump:
RIGHT?
[APPLAUSE]
>>President Trump: WE
WILL FACE MANY CHALLENGES,
BUT WITH THE FAITH IN EACH
OTHER AND THE FAITH IN
GOD, WE WILL GET THE JOB
DONE.
>>Reporter: WHITE HOUSE
CHIEF-OF-STAFF AND
EVANGELICAL REINCE PRIEBUS
ALSO QUOTED SCRIPTURE.
>>FROM ISAIAH 40: 31:
“THOSE WHO HOPE IN THE
LORD WILL RENEW THEIR
STRENGTH.
THEY WILL SOAR ON WINGS
LIKE EAGLES.
THEY WILL RUN AND NOT GROW
WEARY.
THEY WILL WALK AND NOT BE
FAINT.”
* THIS IS MY SOUL, MY
SAVIOR *
>>Reporter: ENCOURAGING
WORDS FROM THE BIBLE AND
MUSIC TO THE EARS O
EVANGELICALS WHO HAVE HIGH
HOPE FOR THIS
ADMINISTRATION.
REPORTING IN WASHINGTON,
JENNA BROWDER, CBN NEWS.
>>Wendy: THAT IS
AMAZING.
CBN NEWS’ DAVID BRODY IS
SITTING DOWN WITH
PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR A
ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW, AND
YOU CAN WATCH IT SUNDAY
NIGHT ON THE FREE FORM
CHANNEL AT 11 p.m.
>>George: MEANWHILE,
PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS
INVITED ISRAELI PRIME
MINISTER BENJAMIN
NETANYAHU TO VISIT HIM IN
WASHINGTON.
THAT COMES AS THE WHITE
HOUSE MAY SOON ANNOUNCE
PLANS TO MOVE THE U.S.
EMBASSY FROM TEL AVIV TO
JERUSALEM.
CHRIS MITCHELL HAS THAT
STORY.
>>Chris: TRUMP INVITED
NETANYAHU TO VISIT TIME IN
FEBRUARY DURING A PHONE
CALL ON SUNDAY BETWEEN THE
TWO LEADERS.
A STATEMENT FROM
WASHINGTON SAID THEY HAD
DISCUSSED WAYS TO ADVANCE
AND STRENGTHEN THE
U.S.-ISRAEL SPECIAL
RELATIONSHIP AND SECURITY
AND STABILITY IN THE
MIDDLE EAST.
NETANYAHU’S OFFICE
DESCRIBED THE CONVERSATION
AS WARM.
THE STATEMENTS FROM BOTH
SIDES SAID THEY HAD
DISCUSSED IRAN.
ABSENT FROM BOTH
STATEMENTS WAS ANY MENTION
OF MOVING THE U.S. EMBASSY
FROM TEL AVIV TO
JERUSALEM.
EARLIER IN THE DAY, AN
ISRAELI TELEVISION
JOURNALIST TWEETED HE HAD
BEEN TOLD THAT WASHINGTON
WOULD ANNOUNCE THE MOVE ON
MIEWSMED.
MONDAY.
BUT SEAN SPICER SAYS
THEY’RE AT THE VERY
BEGINNING OF EVEN
DISCUSSING THE TOPIC.
THE MAYOR OF JERUSALEM
APPLAUDED TRUMP AND SAID
IT SENT A CLEAR MESSAGE TO
THE WORLD THAT THE U.S.
RECOGNIZES JERUSALEM AS
THE CAPITAL OF THE STATE
OF ISRAEL.
THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT
BREATHED A SIGH OF RELIEF
FOLLOWING THE
INAUGURATION.
AND NOW THE WAITING GAME
CONTINUES TO SEE HOW TRUMP
WILL FOLLOW THROUGH ON HIS
PLEDGES.
CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,
JERUSALEM.
>>Wendy: SOME IN THE
BODY OF CHRIST BELIEVE THE
UPCOMING GOVERNMENT
TRANSITION IN WASHINGTON
ULD LEAD TO A TIME OF
SPIRITUAL REFORMATION.
AS PAUL STRAND REPORTS,
THEY RECENTLY ORGANIZED A
“COME TO THE NATION’S
CAPITAL” TO DO THEIR PART
IN SEEKING GOD FOR THAT
VERY THING.
>>Reporter: POTUS IS
SHORT FOR PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES.
AND A NEW NETWORK OF
PROPHETS, PASTORS AND
OTHER CHRISTIANS HAVE
FORMED TO CREATE WHAT
THEY’RE CALLING POTUS
SHIELD, TO PUT A SHIELD
AROUND THE NEW PRESIDENT
D THE GOVERNMENT.
THEY CAME TOGETHER IN
WASHINGTON TO DECLARE AND
DECREE THE STRATEGIES OF
GOD FOR AMERICA.
FIRST AT A GATHERING OF
THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB,
AND THEN OUTSIDE PLACES
LIKE THE SUPREME COURT.
JENNIFER LE CLAIRE PRAYED
WITH ONE SUCH GROUP.
>>THE MORNING OF THE
ELECTION, THE HOLY SPIRIT
TOLD ME TODAY, ON ELECTION
DAY, A KINGDOM WILL BE
TOPPLED.
AND WHEN I LOOKED AT THE
MAP WHEN I WOKE UP IN THE
MORNING, THE MAP WAS
ALMOST ALL RED.
I’M THINKING THIS IS PAR
BOLIPARBOSTICPARABOLIC OF THE BLOOD OF
JESUS.
THE BLOOD OF JESUS IS
SUFFICIENT FOR THE SINS OF
AMERICA.
>>Reporter: THEY AREN’T
GATHERING JUST TO GATHER.
THEY MEAN TO CREATE A
SERIOUS AND PROPHETIC
SHIELD OVER THE
GOVERNMENT, THE WHITE
HOUSE, CONGRESS AND THE
SUPREME COURT.
AND THEY MEAN TO BE
SERIOUS SPIRITUAL PARTNERS
TO THE SECULAR GOVERNMENT.
MARC GONSALVES BELIEVES
THIS COULD BRING ABOUT A
GREAT AWAKENING.
>>THE FUTURE OF AMERICA
IS LITERALLY IN THE HANDS
OF THE CHURCH AT THIS
HOUR.
GOD HAS GIVEN US AN
OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE LIKE
WE’VE NEVER ENGAGED.
AND TO ALLOW US TO SHIFT
THIS COUNTRY THROUGH THE
POWER OF PRAYER AND
FASTING.
>>Reporter: THEY ARE
GOING TO HELP TRANSITION
THE GOVERNMENT INTO WHAT
WE’VE ALL BEEN PRAYING
FOR.
SO OUR PRAYERS ARE SO
IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW.
RIGHT NOW IS NOT THE TIME
TO STOP PRAYING.
IT IS THE TIME TO PULL OUR
BOOTS UP, ROLL OUR SLEEVES
UP, AND WORK HARDER THAN
EVER BEFORE.
>>NO MATTER HOW SMALL YOU
ARE, YOU’RE IMPORTANT.
AND I FELT LIKE GOD WAS
REALLY SAYING, I’M GOING
TO CALL MY PEOPLE, WHO ARE
MARKED BY MY NAME, TO COME
AND REPENT ON THE SINS OF
THIS NATION.
BUT, MORE IMPORTANTLY, I’M
GOING TO TURN THAT AND
HEAL YOUR LAND.
>>Reporter: THESE
CHRISTIANS SAY IF YOU FELT
LIKE YOU’VE BEEN ON THE
BACK BURNER, IT IS TIME TO
LET GOD USE YOU AGAIN.
>>HE IS THERE WITH THE
BROKENHEARTED, WITH THE
HUMBLE.
HE IS THERE WITH THOSE WHO
SAID, I MISSED UP.
I DIDN’T DO, I DIDN’T
FULFILL, I DIDN’T
WHATEVER, BUT THIS IS THE
TIME HE IS MEETING US
BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT LOST
OUR ASSIGNMENT.
THE ASSIGNMENT IS STILL
THERE.
THE CALLING IS WITHOUT
REPROACH.
>>Reporter: ONE REASON
LE CLAIRE IS TRUSTING
TRUMP IS BECAUSE OF THE
COUNSEL HE HAS GOT.
>>HE HAS SURROUNDED
HIMSELF WITH GODLY
COUNSEL.
AND THE BIBLE SAYS,
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO DO
NOT STAND IN THE COUNSEL
OF THE UNGODLY.
>>Reporter: IT MENTIONS
THAT GOD HAS GIVEN THE
COUNTRY A TIME OF
REPRIEVE.
AND CHRISTIANS MUST
REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT THEY
ARE AND THAT THEIR WORDS
AND DEEDS CAN AFFECT THE
DESTINY OF THEIR NATION.
PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,
REPORTING FROM THE SUPREME
COURT.
>>George: COMING UP,
RUSSIA’S CHRISTIANS NO
LONGER LIVE UNDER THE
SHADOW OF COMMUNISM, BUT
SEE WHY THEY’RE STILL
FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT TO
SPREAD OF GOSPEL OF JESUS
CHRIST.
>>Wendy: GEORGE, CAN
YOU BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN 25
YEARS, SINCE THE COLLAPSE
OF COMMUNISM IN RUSSIA,
AND THE FIGHT FOR
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM STILL
WAGES ON THERE.
>>George: IT SURE DOES.
MORE THAN SEVEN MONTHS
AGO, DONALD ASAWAGI BECAME
THE FIRST AMERICAN
CONVICTED OF BREAKING A
RUSSIA LAW FOR PREACHING
THE GOSPEL OUTSIDE A
REGISTERED CHURCH.
NOW HE IS GOING BEFORE
RUSSIA’S SUPREME COURT AND
THE OUTCOME COULD HAVE
HUGE RAMIFICATIONS FOR ALL
CHRISTIANS IN THAT
COUNTRY.
>>George: AMERICAN
DONALD ORSAWAGI AND HIS
WIFE MOVED TO THIS CITY 14
YEARS AGO.
>>MY AREA IS 215 MILES
SOUTH OF MOSCOW, AND
THEY’RE VERY, VERY
COMMUNIST.
THEY HAVE A VERY SOVIET
MENTALITY.
>>George: THEY DECIDED
OREO WOULD BE A GOOD PLACE
TO SETTLE DOWN AND START
THEIR NEW LIFE.
>>I’M THERE TO TELL THEM
ABOUT THE GOSPEL OF JESUS
CHRIST.
>>George: THEY PLACED
PAMPHLETS IN EVERY MAILBOX
IN THE TOWN OF OREO.
>>THERE ARE 220,000
PEOPLE IN OREO, AND
EVERYBODY HAS RECEIVED A
PERSONAL INVITATION FROM
ME WITH A PLAN OF
SALVATION.
>>George: AND PEOPLE
RESPONDED.
AFTER A SMALL CHURCH
BEGAN, SOME GAVE THEIR
LIVES TO CHRIST AND WERE
BAPTIZED.
>>THOUGH EVERYBODY KNOWS
WE’RE THERE, WE’RE
OPERATING OPENLY — THERE
IS NO SECRET WHAT WE’RE
DOING AND WHY WE’RE DOING
IT, AND WE’RE THE ONLY
AMERICANS WITHIN
250 MILES.
EVERYBODY IN TOWN KNOWS
THAT I AM THE AMERICAN.
>>George: BUT ON SUNDAY
MORNING, AUGUST 14, 2016,
THEIR WO CAME TO A
SCREECHING HALT.
>>I HAD BEEN EXPECTING IT
FOR THREE WEEKS BEFORE
THAT.
AND THEN WHEN THEY WALKED
IN, I THOUGHT, OKAY, HERE
GO
>>George: LET’S PAUSE
HERE FOR A MOMENT.
25 DAYS BEFOR
JULY 20th,USS
PRESIDIMUT
SIGNED NEW AMENDMENTS TO A
T GOVE
RELIGIOUS LIFE.
UNDER EE
NFRONTIN TERRORISM,
PUTIN AUTHORITIES TO
BAN PREACHING, PRAYING,
PROSELYTIZING, AND HANDING
OUT RELIGIOUS MATERIALS
OUTSIDE OF
GOVERNMENT-SANCTIONED
CHURCHES.
THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT
SIGNALLESTATED THAT THE MOVE
SIGNALLED A TROUBLING
TREND.
THIS MAN WORKS IN RUSSIA
AND 13 OTHER COUNTRIES OF
THE FORMER SOVIET UNION.
>>THIS LAW IS KNOWN AS AN
ANTI-MISSIONARY LAW
BECAUSE IT PLACES HARSH
RESTRICTIONS ON THE
EVANLICAL CHURCHES AND
FOR MISSIONARY
ORGANIZATIONS.
>>George: AMONG OTHER
THINGS, THE LAW REQUIRED
FOREIGN MISSIONARIES TO
HAVE A PERMANENT TO
EVANGELIZE, ALSO READING A
BIBLE, SINGING, OR SIMPLY
PRAYING OUTSIDE A
REGIERED CHURCH, IN A
HOME, BECAME ILLEGAL.
ROMAN LANKIN IS A LAWYER
FOR THE CENTER FOR LAW AND
JUSTICE.
>>THE LAW INFLICTED
SERIOUS DAMAGE BECAUSE
SUDDENLY MANY CHRISTIANS
FEEL THAT JUST TALKING
ABOUT FAITH OR SHARING
WITH OTHERS ABOUT GOD WAS
A CRIME.
>>George: ANDREA NEFSKI
IS A PROMINENT RUSSIAN
COMMENTATOR.
>>THE LAW TELLS US NOT TO
DO ANYTHING THAT CAN BE
CALLED MISSIONARY
ACTIVITY, INCLUDING SAYING
I BELIEVE IN JESUS.
>>George: THEY SAY THE
LAW IS NECESSARY, BUT THIS
MAN INSISTS THERE IS A
SINISTER AGENDA.
>>THE RSIAN AUTHORITIES
ARE TRYING TO RESTRICT THE
PROTESTANT AND EVANGELICAL
MOVEMENTS AND TRYING TO
STOP THEM FROM SPREADING
THEIR MESSAGE OF THE
GOSPEL.
>>George: BACK IN OREO,
HE WAS HOME PREACHING WHEN
RUSSIAN OFFICERS SUDDENLY
APPEARED.
>>THREE POLICEMEN WALKED
RIGHT INTO OUR HOUSE,
WHERE WE MEET AND HAVE OUR
SERVICES.
>>George: HIS WIFE
SNAPPED THESE PICTURES OF
THE PLAIN-CLOTHED
OFFICERS.
>>THEY DIDN’T EVEN KNOCK
ON THE DOOR.
>>eorge: THEY WAITED
FOR HIM TO FINISH HIS
SERMON AND THEN STARTED
INTERROGATING EVERYONE.
>>THEY ASKED THEM, WHAT
ARE YOU DOING HERE?
WHAT DOES THIS GUY DO
HERE?
>>George: HE WAS TAKEN
TO THE POLICE STATION.
>>I WAS CHARGED WITH
ILLEGAL ACTIVITY.
>>George: HE LIVES
AROUND 200 MIMES SOUT 200 MILES SOUTH OF
MOSCOW WAS FINED $640 FOR
HOLDING RELIGIOUS SERVICES
IN HIS HOME, AS WELL AS
PUTTING UP POSTERS IN THE
COMMUNITY, ADVERTISING FOR
THOSE MEETINGS.
HE APPEALED TWICE BEFORE A
LOCAL COURT AND LOST, AND
HE IS NOT ALONE.
LANKIN, WHO REPRESENTS
HIM, SAYS ALMOST THREE
DOZEN PEOPLE, MOSTLY
RUSSIANS, HAVE FALLEN PREY
TO THE LAW.
>>J JEHOVAH WITNESSES ARE
ALSO TROUBLED.
BUT THERE IS ONE GROUP
THAT IS LEFT ALONE.
>>FOR THE MOMENT, NEVER,
NEVER, NEVER, BECAUSE NOW
THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX
CHURCH IS CLOSELY
ASSOCIATED WITH THE
STATES.
>>George: HE SAYS THERE
ARE GROWING NUMBERS IN HIS
CHURCH THAT SEE ALL
NON-ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS AS
CUTCULTS OR FOREIGN SPIES,
AND HE IS NOT HAPPY ABOUT
IT.
>>IF THEY’RE NOT ENEMIES,
THEY’RE A POTENTIAL
DANGER.
SO THE NEED IS TO BE
SELF-CONTAINING.
>>THE WORD ORTHODOX IN
RUSSIAN MEANS THE PROPER
WAY TO GLORIFY GOD, WHICH
IMPLIES THAT EVERY OTHER
WAY IS IMPROPER.
>>George: THE RUSSIAN
ORTHODOX CHURCH HAS A
POWERFUL ALLY IN VLADIMIR
PUTIN.
THE PRESIDENT HAS ELEVATED
THE CHURCH’S PROMINENCE
AND INFLUENCE IN RECENT
YEARS.
IN FACT, IN SOME CORNERS
OF RUSSIAN SOCIETY, THE
ORTHODOX CHURCH IS
CONSIDERED THE NATIONAL
CHURCH.
>>AND THIS IDEA IS BEING
PROMULGATED BY MASS MEDIA
AND SOCIETY, AND
UNFORTUNATELY BY THE
ORTHODOX CHURCH AND THE
GOVERNMENT.
>>George: SO FOR
ORSAWAGI, IT IS A FIGHT TO
BE ABLE TO PRACTICE THEIR
BELIEFS FREELY IN RUSSIA.
>>IF I DON’T HAVE THE
RIGHT TO SIT IN MY OWN
HOUSE WITH MY FRIENDS AND
READ THE BIBLE AND PRAY,
THEN NOBODY HAS THAT RIGHT
IN THIS COUNTRY, WHETHER
THEY’RE RUSSIAN CITIZENS
OR FOREIGN VISITORS.
>>George: FOR NOW, THEY
HAVE STOPPED HOLDING
CHURCH SERVICES IN THEIR
HOME, WHILE THEY APPEAL
THEIR CONVICTION BEFORE
RUSSIA’S SUPREME COURT.
>>Wendy: WOW!
>>George: IT IS A VERY
IMPORTANT CASE AND WE NEED
TO PRAY FOR THEM.
>>Wendy: I WAS THERE
WHEN COMMUNISM FIRST FELL,
AND IT WAS SUCH A GREAT
DAY.
BUT NOW —
>>George: IT IS
TURNING.
AND SOME OF THIS IS UNDER
THE GUISE OF FIGHTING
ISLAMIC TERRORISM, BUT
UNFORTUNATELY IT IS GOING
AFTER EVANGELICALS BECAUSE
A LOT OF THEM ARE LEAVING
THE ORTHODOX CHURCH.
>>Wendy: THANKS SO
MUCH.
A GREAT REPORT.
COMING UP, A NEW PL IS
STIRRING THE GOSPEL IN A
WAY THAT CHINA HAS NEVER
SEEN BEFORE.
>>George: AND WELCOME
BACK TO THE BROADCAST.
THE CHINESE NEW YEAR IS
UPON US, AND FOR THE VERY
FIRST TIME THE NATION IS
ABOUT TO EMBRACE A NEW WAY
TO CELEBRATE THE
TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY.
>>Wendy: ALL RIGHT.
A MUSICAL ABOUT THE
BIBLICAL STORY OF RUTH IS
BEING PERFORMED
NATIONWIDE.
CHRISTIAN ARTISTS ARE
HOPING THE MESSAGE CAN
DELIVER THE MESSAGE OF
JESUS TO MORE UNBELIEVERS.
MUNG FI LEE EXPLAINS MORE.
*
>>Reporter: THIS IS
PERFORMANCE THAT HAS NEVER
BEEN SEEN BEFORE IN CHINA.
DURING THE CHINESE NEW
YEAR HOLIDAY,
THEATER-GOERS WILL HAVE
THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE
BIBLICAL STORY OF RUTH ON
NATIONAL STAGES.
*
>>Reporter: MANY HAVE
NEVER HEARD OF THE STORY,
WHICH IS CENTERED ON THE
TRUE LOVE RELATIONSHIP
BETWEEN RUTH AND HER
MOTHER-IN-LAW, NAOMI.
THE PRODUCERS ARE HOPING
THE PLAY WILL HELP IMPROVE
FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS.
MODERN CHINESE NEWLYWEDS
OFTEN HAVE DIFFICULTY
GETTING ALONG WITH THEIR
IN-LAWS.
WITHOUT PROPER GUIDANCE ON
SOLVING THE CONFLICTS,
FAMILIES SPLIT UP.
FOR MANY CHINESE WOMEN,
MAINTAINING FAMILY UNITY
CAN BE CHALLENGING.
>>AS A WOMAN, PLEASING MY
HUSBAND’S MOTHER IS A TOP
PRIORITY.
>>Reporter: FAMILY
STRIFE IS ONE OF THE
REASONS THAT THE DIVORCE
RATE IN CHINA IS RAISING.
NEARLY FOUR MILLION
COUPLES ENDED THEIR
MARRIAGES IN CHINA IN
2016.
THAT’S A 5.6% INCREASE
FROM 2014.
CHRISTIANS ARE HOPING
YOUNG CHINESE MAY RECEIVE
BIBLICAL GUIDANCE FROM
ATTENDING THE PERFORMANCE.
THE STORY SHOWS HOW TO
MAINTAIN STRONG FAMILY
RELATIONSHIPS.
>>Through Translator:
WE’VE WORKED HARD TO MAKE
THE PLAY BIBLICALLY
ACCURATE.
THE YOUNGER GENERATION
ENJOYS THE THEATER, AND
WE’RE MAKING EFFORTS TO
MAKE THE STORY MORE
RELEVANT TO THEM.
>>Reporter: DURING THE
PRODUCTION PROCESS, SOME
OF THE CREW MEMBERS SOUGHT
WIWISDOM AND GUIDANCE FROM
THE LORD.
>>Through Translator:
THE ONLY QUESTION I
THOUGHT ABOUT THE WHOLE
TIME WAS, HOW SHOULD WE
PRESENT THIS CHRISTIAN
STORY?
I KNEW MANY BROKEN CHINESE
FAMILIES NEED TO KNOW THIS
STORY.
THE CONFLICTS AMONG FAMILY
MEMBERS IN CHINARE
GREATER THAN EVER.
THIS COULD BE A CHANCE TO
HEAL SOME OF THE BROKEN
RELATIONSHIPS.
I PRAY THE SPIRIT COULD
MAKE MIRACLES.
>>Reporter: THE CAST
WAS ONLY GIVEN 40 DAYS TO
REHEARSE BEFORE THE PUBLIC
OPENING.
THE DIRECTORS WORKED HARD
TO DELIVER RUTH’S MESSAGE
IN A SIMPLE WAY.
>>Through Translator:
WE CREATED ADDITIONAL
CHARACTERS WITHIN THIS
PLAY.
WE WANT THE AUDIENCE TO
KNOW WRONG DOARS AR DOERS ARE JUST
A PART OF LIFE, HOWEVER,
THE RIGHTEOUS WILL ALWAYS
WIN IN THE END.
>>Through Translator:
WE INVITED HISTOR F
ELOES STAGE
SCENESG WITH THE
ITH US.
HOPEFULLY OUR AUDIENCE IS
GOIN TO EJOY TIME
TRAVEL EXPERIENCE.
>>Reporter: CAST
MEMBERS ARE PROFESSIONAL
ACTORS AND ACTRESSES, A
MILESTONE IN CHINESE
THEATER HISTORY.
DURING THE COMMERCIALS,
SOME OF THE ACTORS
REVEALED THEY HAVE NEVER
HEARD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
OR THE STORY OF RUTH.
SOME SAID THEY WERE DEEPLY
TOUCHED BY HER STORY.
CHRISTIAN CAST MEMBERS
BEGAN TO SHARE HOW JESUS
CHANGED THEIR LIVES, AND
AT LEAST THE ONE ACTRESS
ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST.
>>WHEN I REHEARSED THE
LINES, I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND
IT UNTIL I BECAME A
CHRISTIAN.
>>Reporter: FOR MANY
CHINESE CHRISTIANS, BEING
PART OF THIS PLAY IS A WAY
TO REKINDLE A RELATIONSHIP
WITH JESUS CHRIST.
>>Through Translator:
FOR SO LONG, I HADN’T HAD
TIME TO READ THE BIBLE ON
MY OWN.
I USED TO MAKE EXCUSES TO
THE LORD.
WHEN I WAS PRACTICING THE
LINES, I HAD THE
OPPORTUNITY TO READ THE
BIBLE.
I FELT THE LORD WAS
INVITING ME TO BE UNITED
WITH HIM AGAIN.
>>Reporter: NOT ONLY
ARE THE CHRISTIAN ARTISTS
IN THIS MUSICAL HOPING FOR
A POSITIVE CHRISTIAN
RESPONSE, THEY’RE HOPING
THE CHINESE AUDIENCE WILL
DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN
KNOWING OTHER BIBLICAL
TRUTHS.
MUNG FI LEE, CBN NEWS.
*
>>George: A MAJOR PART
OF CBN’S GLOBAL OUTREACH
IS TO TEACH KIDS AND THEIR
PARENTS ABOUT THE LOVE OF
JESUS IN A FUN WAY.
WELL, THIS CHRISTMAS IN
NEPAL, NEW GENERATION
COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP
CHURCH SPONSORED A
“SUPERBOOK” CELEBRATION IN
E CITY.
GIZMO AND A POPULAR LOCAL
CHARACTER CALLED CUSH WERE
ON HAND TO DANCE TO SONGS,
PLAY GAMES, AND SPREAD
SOME HOLIDAY CHEER.
AND A “SUPEOOK” EPISODE
WAS SHOWN INSIDE A
NEPALESE SCHOOL ON
CHRISTMAS DAY.
CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOLS
THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY ARE
NOW STARTING TO USE THE
“SUPERBOOK” CURRICULUM.
IMPACTING THE NEXT
GENERATION AROUND THE
WORLD.
>>Wendy: FOR SOME
REASON, I DIDN’T SEE GIZMO
WHEN I WAS CLIMBING UP TO
EVEREST SPACE CAMP IN
NEPAL.
I GUESS HE WASN’T THERE
YET.
>>George: FOLKS, THAT
IS IT FOR THIS WEEK’S

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