Christian World News – May 4, 2018

Christian World News – May 4, 2018


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>THIS WEEK, A SPECIAL EDITION OF CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS. WE TAKE YOU TO CHINA WHERE A POPULAR MUSICIAN EXPERIENCED A MIRACLE AFTER HE WAS BROUGHT TO THE BRING OF DEATH.>>AM I STILL A HUMAN BEING? ALL OF MY DREAMS AND GOALS WERE WASHED AWAY. >>AND CHINESE CHRISTIANS ARE SHAKING THEIR NATION. SOME ARE TRUSTING JESUS TO HELP FIND THEIR SOUL MATES.>>WE ARE HOPING TO GROW TOGETHER IN THE LORD. GOD BROUGHT US TOGETHER. >>A MAN WHO ALMOST GAVE UP IN FINDING HIS TRUE LOVE AND HE RECEIVED A BLESSING FROM GOD. RECEIVED A BLESSING FROM GOD.>>HELLO, EVERYONE. WELCOME TO THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS. I’M GEORGE THOMAS. A POPULAR CHINESE MUSICIAN LOST EVERYTHING IN A HORRIFIC FIRE ACCIDENT AND HE WANTED TO GIVE UP ON LIFE AFTER HE SUFFERED MANY BURNS TO HIS BODY. BUT HIS MOTHER WANTED HIM TO FIND A NEW LIFE. >>HE WAS A TALENTED CHINESE MUSICIAN. SINCE COLLEGE, HIS PASSION WAS TO PERFORM ON STAGE PLAYING VARIOUS INSTRUMENTS. HIS MUSICAL TALENT WAS SO IMPRESSIVE THAT HE WAS INVITED TO PERFORM AT MANY IMPORTANT OCCASIONS. AND AT EACH ONE, HE RECEIVED ASTOUNDING PRAISES. IN 1991, HIS LIFE CHANGED DRAMATICALLY. HIS HOUSE WAS ENGULFED IN FLAMES AND AS THE FIRE CONSUMED HIS BODY, HE PASSED OUT AND REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE HOSPITAL.>>WHEN I SAW MYSELF IN THE MIRROR, I WAS VERY SHOCKED. I KEPT ON ASKING THE QUESTION, WHERE IS MY BEAUTIFUL FACE? WHERE ARE MY FINGERS. AM I A MONSTER OR STILL A HUMAN BEING. ALL OF MY DREAMS AND GOALS WERE WASHED AWAY. >>HE UNDERWENT 18 SURGERIES. DUE TO THE FIRE, MOST OF HIS SKIN HAD TO BE REPLACED. A SURGEON HAD TO GRAPH SKIN TO COVER THE WOUNDS. THE EMOTIONAL PAIN WAS UNBEARABLE. >>WHEN I SAW MY SON, HE RAN WAY. MY WIFE WAS AFRAID TO SEE ME. EVERYONE AROUND ME THOUGHT I WAS A MONSTER. THEY ALL LEFT ME. I DIDN’T KNOW HOW I WAS GOING TO LIVE FOR ANOTHER DAY. THERE IS ONLY ONE SOLUTION FOR ME, BEING DEAD. >>FEELING DEPRESSED AND HOPELESS, HE DROVE TO THE OCEAN 1 DAY AND HE SAW THE WAVES AND SMELLED THE OCEAN. HE WAS READY TO END HIS LIFE. HE DIDN’T WANT TO BE A BURDEN ON HIS FAMILY OR HIMSELF. >>>>INTO — I DIDN’T WANT TO LIVE ANYMORE. NO ONE WAS GOING TO ACCEPT ME. I WAS TIRED OF HIDING INSIDE MY HOUSE. I USED TO BE A SHOCK, TODAY NOD ANYMORE.>>AS HE SLOWLY SLIPPED INTO THE OCEAN, ALL OF A SUDDEN HE HEARD A VOICE. THE VOICE WAS TELLING HIM, DON’T WORRY, OUTWARD BEAUTY IS NOTHING. GOD IS LOOKING INTO OUR HEARTS AND YOU ARE HIS CHILD. HE REMEMBERS HIS CHRISTIAN MOM TOLD HIM THE SAME THING. HE COLLAPSED IN WATER. >>WHEN I WOKE UP, THE FIRST THING I SAW WAS MY MOM. SHE BEGAN TO TELL ME ABOUT GOD. SHE SHARED HOW GOD IS THE GOD OF MIRACLES. JESUS NEVER CARED ON HOW WE LOOKED ON THE OUTSIDE. WHAT MATTERS TO HIM IS WHAT IS INSIDE. HE LOVES US NO MATTER HOW WE LOOK. >>NOW IN BED LISTENING TO HIS MOM’S WORDS TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE WAS SAYING. >>GOD IS GOING TO GIVE YOU THE NEW IDENTITY. HE LOVES YOU NO MATTER WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE.>>SHE KNEW IT WAS TIME TO MAKE A DECISION. >>AFTER 18 OPERATIONS, I FINALLY UNDERSTOOD WHY GOD SPARED MY LIFE BECAUSE HE LOVED ME. HE WANTS TO USE ME TO TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS. I’M SO THANKFUL THAT MY MOM INTRODUCED ME TO JESUS. DESPITE MY SINS, MY LIFE STILL MATTERS TO HIM. >>HE STARTED TO ATTEND CHURCH SERVICES WITH HIS MOM. HE WAS DEEPLY TOUCHED BY THE LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE FROM HIS CHURCH MEMBERS. HE HAD NEW GOALS. HE WROTE MANY BOOKS, ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO KNOW GOD AND HIS MIRACLES. >>I HAVE JESUS IN MY LIFE. I SHOULD BE THANKFUL ABOUT BEING ALIVE. HE IS NOT DONE WITH ME. I NEED TO FOLLOW HIM AND LIVE THROUGH IT. I KNOW HE STILL HAS PLANS FOR ME. HE LOVES ME. >>TODAY, HE HAS A NEW FAMILY. HE’S VERY PROUD OF HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND TWO AMAZING CHILDREN. NOW, WHEN HE LOOKS AT THE OCEAN, HE’S AMAZED BY ITS BEAUTY AND FEELS GRATEFUL FOR WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR HIM. >>JESUS IS A SAVIOR AND A MEDICAL WORKER.>>CBN NEWS. >>POWERFUL TESTIMONY. IN HONG KONG, CHRISTIANITY IS A MINORITY RELIGION BUT THEY ARE FINDING WAYS TO REACH PEOPLE. IT IS TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF HARDENED CRIMINALS. >>ON THE SUNSET GLEAMING OVER PEOPLE SHARE STORIES ABOUT HONG KONG AND IT’S GAINING ATTENTION OF THE WORLD. SUSAN SAYS THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ARE SPECIAL TO HER. >> WE ARE ALL SPECIAL IN SOMEWAY.>>SHE’S ALSO INVOLVED IN AN IMPORTANT MISSION IN GIVING GUIDANCE TO HONG KONG’S PRISON INMATES. >>MOST OF US KNOW THAT CHRISTIANITY IS SPREADING IN CHINA. THAT’S WHY THE PRISON MINISTRY IS ONLY POSSIBLE IN THIS PART OF CHINA.>>WE DESIGNED A UNIQUE PROGRAM THAT IS TEACHING PEOPLE THAT GOD CAN CHANGE US UPWARDLY AND OUTWARDLY. WE ALL MADE MISTAKES IN OUR LIVES. THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO GET ON A PATH FOR CHRIST.>>WHILE MANY WERE TEENAGERS, THEY WERE UNAWARE THAT BAD CHOICES OFTEN LEAD TO SEVERE CONSEQUENCES. IN 1998 ROB 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 I MADE BROUGHT PAIN TO MY FAMILY AND ME. I FELT MY LIFE WASHED AWAY. LIFE DIDN’T MEAN ANYTHING TO ME. >>HE MET A PASTOR FROM CHURCH. 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 AND THAT VOICE WAS OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. >>HE UNDERSTOOD THAT GOD HAD BETTER PLANS FOR HIS LIFE AND ONLY GOD HAD THE FINAL SAY.>>IN 2011, LAW WAS RELEASED AND HE STARTED TO ATTEND THE ASSOCIATION. TODAY, ARE SUSAN AND THE CHURCH ARE MAKING GREATER EFFORTS USING THE GOSPELS IN CREATIVE WAYS TO CHANGE LIVES. THEY BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE COULD ALSO BECOME THE CHILDREN OF GOD 1 DAY.>>GOD DOESN’T WANT TO BREAK ANY RELATIONSHIPS EVEN WHEN THEY SEEM UNLOVABLE. NO MATTER HOW BROKEN OR TWISTED A LIFE IS, WHEN GOD PICKS IT UP, HE’S REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE GREATNESS THAT WAS THERE WHEN IT BEGAN.>>CBN NEWS.>>UP NEXT, THIS JEW FOUND REFUGE AND MUCH MORE. >>WELCOME BACK TO THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS. IN THE 1930s AND 1940s WERE SOME OF THE DARKEST TIMES FOR EUROPE’S JEWS WHERE MILLIONS WERE EXECUTED. THOSE FLEEING THE HOLOCAUST WAS CHINA. WE HAVE THE STORY OF ONE AUSTRIAN JEW WHO LITERALLY FOUND A NEW LIFE IN SHANGHAI.>>IT WAS PART OF HISTORY THAT NO ONE CAN FORGET. DURING THE DAYS OF HITLER, MILLIONS WERE SENT TO CONCENTRATION CAMPS AND MILLIONS PERISHED. >>SOME COUNTRIES OPENED THE DOORS TO JEWS, CHINA WAS ONE OF THEM. ALL OF A SUDDEN, CHINA BECAME THE HOME TO REFUGEES. MANY WERE RELIEVED THAT CHINA WAS THE SAFE PLACE, A COUNTRY THAT SAVED THEIR LIVES. >>SHE WAS BORN IN AUSTRIA. SHE AND HER HUSBAND RECENTLY VISITED CHINA IN MEMORY OF HER DECEASED FATHER WHO CAME TO CHINA AFTER FLEEING THE HOLOCAUST AFTER HITLER OVER RAN THE COUNTRY. HE REALIZED AS A JEW THAT HE COULDN’T SAFELY REMAIN IN THE COUNTRY.>>AFTER HE CAME TO SHANGHAI HE WAS WORKING AS AN ENGINEER. HE HAD GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA. HE WAS ABOUT 25 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME. >>WHEN I HEAR ABOUT THE NATIONS INCLUDING AMERICA WHO TURNED AWAY PEOPLE SEEKING REFUGE IS REALLY HEARTBREAKING IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT.>>THINK ABOUT WHAT CHINA DID. THEY OPEN THEIR ARMS TO PERSECUTED PEOPLE. THEY CAME WITHOUT PASSPORTS, WITHOUT PROPER DOCUMENTATION. >>IN CHINA, AN AMERICAN MISSIONARY COUPLE EMBRACED HIM. >>THEY INTRODUCED HIM TO THE CHURCH IN SHANGHAI. >>WATCHMAN WAS A CHURCH LEADER WHO WORKED IN CHINA AT THE TIME. EXPOSED TO MANY CHINESE CHRISTIANS, HE LEARNED ABOUT THE BIBLE FROM THE CHINESE CHRISTIANS.>>HE IN 1939 WENT TO CHURCH AND HE WAS GIVEN THE NAME WHICH IS A CHINESE NAME FOR JOHN.>>THE JAPANESE MILITARY INVADED SHANGHAI AND HE WAS TAKEN PRISONER AND SENT TO A CONCENTRATION CAMP. DURING THE IMPRISONMENT HE WAS ONLY TO DO ONE THING WAS READ THE BIBLE AND PRAY. HE STAYED MORE YEARS IN CHINA BEFORE MOVING BACK TO VIENNA AND STARTED A NEW LIFE. >>HE PRAYED. I HAVE MANY PRAYERS THAT HE WROTE DOWN FOR HIS CHILDREN THAT WE WOULD COME TO KNOW GOD EARLY IN LIFE AND EMBRACE THE FAITH AND GOD WITH ALL OF OUR HEARTS. >>TODAY, AS SHE WALKS AROUND THE SHANGHAI REFUGEE MUSEUM.>>IT MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE WAS HERE ESPECIALLY THE NAME OF JOHN THAT WAS GIVEN TO HIM AS HIS CHRISTIAN NAME. >>HE PASSED AWAY IN 1983 WITH A DEGREE IN THEOLOGY. HE NEVER STOPPED THANKING JESUS AND FOR THE CHINESE WHO INTRODUCED HIM TO THE LORD. >>I THANK GOD.>>CBN NEWS . >>COMING UP, A TASTE OF IRELAND IN CHINA? AND HOW ONE CHURCH USED SOME CREATIVE WAYS TO HELP MILLENNIALS FIND THEIR TRUE LOVE. >> >>WELCOME BACK TO THE BROADCAST. WHEN COUPLES MAKE THEIR VOWS, BUT MANY HOPE TO DO THIS AND HOPE TO FIND THEIR TRUE LOVE. >>ON A BEAUTIFUL SUNNY SATURDAY MORNING IN BEIJING, THESE YOUNG CHINESE DO SOMETHING UNUSUAL HERE. IRISH DANCING IN THE PARK. BESIDE ENJOYING THE FUN, THE MAIN PURPOSE IS TO HELP SINGLE CHRISTIANS FIND THEIR TRUE LOVE. HE PRAYED FOR YEARS THAT MR. OR MRS. RIGHT WOULD SHOW UP AND EVEN WENT TO CHURCH LEADERS FOR HELP. >>GOD CALLED US TO BE IN RELATIONSHIPS WITH ONE ANOTHER. OUR CHURCH IS LIKE A FAMILY. WE WANT TO HELP THEM FIND THE RIGHT ONES WHO ARE ALSO PART OF OUR CHRISTIAN NETWORK. WE HAVE MANY UNMARRIED AMAZING BROTHERS AND SISTERS. THEY DESERVE TO MARRY THE RIGHT PEOPLE. THAT’S WHAT MOTIVATED US TO PLAN THIS HUGE EVENT.>>THESE YOUNG PEOPLE GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER BY PLAYING GROUP GAMES. THIS ONE REQUIRES THEM TO FIND SCRIPTURE VERSUS — >>I’M SO HAPPY TO SEE EVERYBODY HAVING SUCH A GREAT TIME. PRAISE THE LORD.>>I’M SO GLAD I CAME. >>SINCE 2012, MANY LOCAL CHURCHES IN BEIJING ORGANIZE A SIMILAR EVENT. THROUGH PRAYER AND FUN ACTIVITIES, MANY HAVE FOUND THE RIGHT PERSON THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THEM. >>HE WAS SINGLE FOR MANY YEARS BEFORE ATTENDING THE PROGRAM. HE PRAYED TO FIND SOMEONE BUT THAT ALWAYS ENDED IN DISAPPOINTMENT. HE STARTED BELIEVING THERE WAS NO RIGHT PERSON WAITING FOR HIM. >>CHURCH LEADERS ENCOURAGED HIM TO BE FAITHFUL AND PATIENT.>>WHEN WE ARE VULNERABLE AND DISAPPOINTED, WE TEND TO COMPROMISE OUR PRINCIPLES. WE NEED TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL AND HE HAS THE PERFECT SOLUTION. TRUST IN HIM IS VERY IMPORTANT.>>LATER ON HE BEGAN TO TAKE PART IN CHURCH FELLOWSHIP MEETINGS. SOON, HE MET HIS FUTURE WIFE.>>AFTER BEING MARRIED FOR 8 MONTHS, I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE THAT I FOUND A BEAUTIFUL AND LOVELY WIFE. WITH OUR OWN FAMILY TODAY, MOST IMPORTANTLY WE ARE ABLE TO GROW TOGETHER WITH THE LORD. GOD BROUGHT US TOGETHER. >>SHE BELIEVES HER HUSBAND IS A GIFT FROM THE LORD.>>MY HUSBAND IS SUCH A CARING AND SWEET PERSON. HE LOVES ME SO MUCH. WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE OTHER SINGLES TO TRUST IN JESUS. HE HAS THE PERFECT TIMING.>>CHURCH LEADERS ARE HOPING MORE CHRISTIANS WILL JOIN THESE SINGLES PROGRAM AND THAT GOD SHOULD ALWAYS BE AT THE CENTER OF ANY RELATIONSHIP. IF THEY WILL WAIT ON HIM, THEY WILL FIND THEIR PERFECT MATCH. >>AND ASIA REPORT JOINS US WITH MORE. WHY IS CHRISTIAN DATING SO IMPORTANT TO CHINESE FOLKS? >>YOU KNOW THAT INTERNET DATING RAPIDLY GROWING IN CHINA, THERE ARE MILLIONS OF USERS IN CHINA — ALONE AND MANY ARE LOOKING FOR LOVE THROUGHOUT THE INTERNET BUT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND ANYTHING. SO THE CHURCH SAID, WE CAN HELP YOU PROVIDE THIS THE RIGHT WAY BY GOD. >>WITH THIS GENERATION, IS IT DIFFERENT FROM GENERATIONS PAST? >>GEORGE, YOU HAVE BEEN TO CHINA MANY TIMES AND SEEN MILLENNIALS AND IT’S VERY DIFFERENT. TODAY, THE YOUNGER GENERATION IN CHINA IS CRAZY AND PASSIONATE ABOUT KNOWING THE LORD. THEY REALIZE IF I WANT TO BE MORE SUCCESSFUL AND HAVE A GREAT FAMILY, I NEED TO KNOW THIS TRUTH AND HOLD THIS ACCOUNTABLE. >>COMING UP, WE HAVE ANOTHER UNIQUE STORY ABOUT COFFEE. I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT CHINA LOVED THEIR TEA. COFFEE IS NOT GROWING? >>YES, COFFEE IS STILL GROWING IN CHINA, BUT THE YOUNGER GENERATION IS REPLACING WITH THIS SOMETHING ELSE. YOU SEE STARBUCKS AND COFFEE SHOPS EVERYWHERE. IT’S ONE OF THEIR WAYS TO SHOW THEIR LUXURIOUS LIFESTYLE. >>STAY WITH US. WE’LL HAVE MORE OF THAT AS I SAID A STORY ABOUT COFFEE IN CHINA. FOLKS, WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK RIGHT AFTER THIS. >>COFFEE IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR DRINKS IN CHINA TODAY. IN FACT THERE ARE MORE COFFEE SHOPS RISING IN THE CAPITAL CITY. ONE COFFEE STORE OWNER IS USING A UNIQUE WAY TO INVITE CUSTOMERS TO TASTE MORE THAN JUST THE POPULAR DRINKS.>>HE’S A NATIVE BEIJINGER, HE’S DEVOTED HIMSELF TO THE COFFEE BUSINESS AND WAS FASCINATED BY THE DELICIOUS SMELL AND THE DELICIOUS FLAVOR.>>BEFORE WHEN I WAS DRAWN TO COFFEE, I WAS DRAWN TO THE FLAVOR. IT WAS SOMETHING I HAD NEVER TASTED BEFORE. STARBUCKS WAS STILL NEW TO CHINA. THEY DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO EXPERIENCE THIS WESTERN DRINK. >>HE LEARNED HOW TO MAKE IT AND CAME UP WITH HIS OWN UNIQUE RECIPES. >>I WAS SO EAGER TO PURSUE MY OWN PASSION BUT IT WAS NOT EASY. WHEN I FACED SET BACKS, I WAS FRUSTRATED. I KNEW I COULD DO IT BUT STILL NOT MAKE IT RIGHT.>>HE BEGAN TO SPEND TIME AWAY FROM HIS FAMILY. HIS WIFE FELT HE WAS NO LONGER DEDICATED TO THE CHILDREN AND THE MARRIAGE.>>THEN 1 DAY, ARE WAYNE MET A CHRISTIAN FRIEND AND SHARED HIS FRUSTRATION AND CONCERNS. AFTER A LONG TALK, HE REALIZED WHAT WAS MISSING. HE WENT TO CHURCH. >>THE SAME DAY BEFORE I WENT TO BED, I GAVE MY LIFE TO JESUS. I WANTED HIM TO HELP ME BECOME A SUCCESSFUL COFFEE MAKER. I COULDN’T DO IT ALONE.>>HE OPENED HIS OWN SHOP IN ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR AREAS OF BEIJING. HIS BUSINESS GREW AND HE STARTED RIDING A BIKE DELIVERING COFFEE TO HIS CUSTOMERS.>>IT’S LIKE GOD SUDDENLY OPENED THE FAUCET. PEOPLE STARTED COMING TO MY COFFEE SHOP. HE TAUGHT ME SO MUCH OVER THE YEARS.>>BEING A COFFEE SHOP OWNER FOR YEARS, WAYNE WAS GRATEFUL FOR WHAT GOD HAD PROVIDED FOR HIM. HE BEGAN TO INVITE HIS CUSTOMERS TO LISTEN TO HIS STORIES AS WELL AS ENCOURAGING PEOPLE IN CHINA TO LEARN ABOUT JESUS CHRIST. >>PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK ME HOW I BECAME SUCCESSFUL TODAY, IT’S IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO HEAR ABOUT MY STORY. IT’S NOT ABOUT ME, GOD SAID IT’S FOR ME.>>EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT HE HOLDS A BIBLE STUDY AT HIS COFFEE SHOP. HE’S NOT AFRAID OF PEOPLE ASKING QUESTIONS. HE’S PASSIONATE ABOUT SHARING THE GOSPEL.>>WAYNE IS A GREAT TEACHER AND VERY PATIENT ABOUT EXPLAINING THE GOSPEL TO US. HIS STORIES, >>WE SEE CHINESE MILLENNIALS ARE FLOODING TO BEIJING TO REALIZE THEIR DREAMS. HE’S HOPING TO OPEN MORE COFFEE SHOPS AROUND THE NATION. THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO INVITE MORE PEOPLE TO HIS STORE TO TELL THEM WHO GOD IS.>>EVERYONE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS BY KNOWING GOD AND FOLLOWING HIS PRINCIPLES. >>CBN NEWS. BEIJING, CHINA.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US ON THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS AS WE SEE WHAT GOD IS DOING IN THE NATION OF CHINA. UNTIL NEXT WEEK, GOOD-BYE. AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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