Christian World News – October 6, 2017

Christian World News – October 6, 2017


>>COMING UP ON ON
“CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS”,
THE DEADLY MASS SHOOTING
BRINGS LAS VEGAS TO ITS
KNEES.
SEE HOW LOCAL CHURCHES ARE
TRANSFORMING SIN CITY WITH
THE LOVE OF CHRIST.
>>>PLUS, A CHINESE
MUSICIAN IS BADLY BURNED
IN A HOUSE FIRE.
SEE HOW HE GOT A NEW LIFE
AND A NEW HEART AFTER
COMING FACE TO FACE WITH
DEATH.
>>>AND…A WEALTHY MAN
LEAVES FAME AND FORTUNATE
BEHIND TO BECOME A FATHER
TO THE FATHERLESS.
HIS AMAZING STORY IS ABOUT
TO REACH MILLIONS AROUND
THE WORLD.
*
>>AND WELCOME TO
“CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,”
EVERYONE.
I’M WENDY GRIFFITH.
GEORGE THOMAS IS ON
VACATION.
>>>AMERICA IS SHOCKED AT
THE SLAUGHTER IN LAS
VEGAS, BUT IT COULD HAVE
BEEN FAR WORSE.
FIRST RESPONDERS AND
ORDINARY AMERICANS MADE
HEROIC EFFORTS TO SAVE
OTHERS.
AND PRESIDENT TRUMP
HONORED THEM IN HIS VISIT
TO VEGAS THIS WEEK.
AS BEN KENNEDY SHOWS US,
HE ALSO SPOKE WITH LOCAL
PASTORS ABOUT THE TRAGEDY.
>>Reporter: THE STORIES
OF SURVIVAL ARE NOTHING
LESS THAN INCREDIBLE.
AS PRESIDENT TRUMP MET
WITH FIRST RESPONDERS,
DOCTORS, NURSES, AND EVEN
THOSE WHO RISKED THEIR OWN
LIVES FOR STRANGERS.
>>President Trump: IN
THE DEPTHS OF HORROR, WE
WILL ALWAYS FIND HOPE IN
THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO RISK
THEIR LIVES FOR OURS.
>>Reporter: THE
COMMANDER IN CHIEF USED
WORDS LIKE “AMAZING” AND
“INCREDIBLE” WHEN TALKING
ABOUT THE FIRST RESPONDERS
AND MEDICAL TEAMS.
>>President Trump: IT
MAKES YOU VERY PROUD TO BE
AN AMERICAN, WHEN YOU SEE
THE JOB THAT THEY’VE DONE.
>>Reporter: VISITING
LAS VEGAS FOLLOWING THE
WORSE MASS SHOOTING IN
AMERICAN HISTORY,
PRESIDENT TRUMP MET WITH
VICTIMS AND GAVE HIS
PERSONAL THANKS TO
OFFICERS, AND EVEN HONORED
CIVILIANS WHO PUT ASIDE
THEIR OWN SAFETY TO
PROTECT OTHERS.
>>President Trump:
AMERICANS DASHED INTO A
HAIL OF BULLETS TO RESCUE
TOTAL STRANGERS.
>>Reporter: AND WHILE
IN LAS VEGAS, TRUMP ALSO
MET WITH LOCAL PASTORS.
>>HE SHOOK OUR HANDS AND
TOLD THE PASTORS, THANK
YOU FOR BEING HERE.
>>Reporter: THIS PASTOR
GOT THE CHANCE TO TALK TO
THE PRESIDENT AND FIRST
LADY ONE-ON-ONE.
>>Reporter: WHAT DID IT
MEAN TO YOU TO HAVE
PRESIDENT TRUMP HERE
SHAKING YOUR HAND DURING
THIS TIME OF TRAGEDY?
>>IT MEANT A WHOLE LOT,
NOT ONLY TO ME, BUT I
BELIEVE TO THE WHOLE CITY
BECAUSE THIS CITY NEEDED
HIM AT THIS TIME AND HE
SHOWED UP.
>>Reporter: PASTOR
VANCE PITTMAN OF HOPE
CHURCH LAS VEGAS AGREES.
>>PEOPLE ASK THE
QUESTION, WHERE IS GOD IN
ALL OF THIS?
GOD IS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE
OF IT.
GOD IS DRAWING PEOPLE TO
HIM AND SAVING PEOPLE.
>>President Trump: MAY
GOD BRING HEALING TO THE
FAMILIES OF THE INJURED,
THE WOUNDED, AND THE
FALLEN.
>>Reporter: THE
PRESIDENT WAS ONLY IN THE
DESERT FOR A FEW HOURS,
BUT IN THAT SHORT PERIOD
OF TIME, HAD A BIG IMPACT
IN THE WAKE OF THIS
TRAGEDY, AS THE POLICE
CONTINUE THEIR
INVESTIGATION INTO THE
MOTIVE BEHIND THIS
MASSACRE.
BEN KENNEDY, CBN NEWS, LAS
VEGAS.
>>THANKS, BEN.
HE HAS BEEN THE CONSOLER
IN CHIEF LATELY.
MANY OF THE SURVIVORS OF
THE SHOOTING HAVE LEARNED
ABOUT THE POWER OF PRAYER.
ONE YOUNG MAN SAW HIS
FAMILY’S PRAYERS ANSWERED
IN REALTIME.
AND ONE TEENAGER SAYS ONLY
GOD COULD HAVE GOTTEN HER
OUT ALIVE.
STIFSTEPHANIE RIGGS BRINGS US
THOSE STORIES.
>>Reporter: CHRIS HAHN
HAS TRONS CELEBRATE HIS REASON TO CELEBRAT
E.
>>THE FIRST THING I
THOUGHT OF WAS PHONING MY
MOM.
TO HAVE HER ON THE PHONE
AND SAY, I LOVE YOU.
JUST TO TALK TO SOMEONE
WHILE ALL OF THIS WENT
DOWN.
>>Reporter: AS HE RAN
FOR COVER WITH THOUSANDS
OF OTHER TERRIFIED SOULS,
HIS MOM BEGAN TO PRAY.
>>SHE DIDN’T CRY.
SHE DIDN’T PANIC.
SHE JUST SAID, IT’S ALL
RIGHT.
IT’S ALL RIGHT.
WE’RE GOING TO PRAY, AND
YOU’RE GOING TO BE
PROTECTED.
WE’RE GOING TO ASK GOD FOR
HIS PROTECTION.
AND AT THAT MOMENT — AND
I’M SURE SHE WAS TERRIFIED
AS CAN BE — YOU COULD
STILL HEAR THE GUNSHOTS
RINGING OUT AND SCREAMING.
AND SHE JUST STARTED TO
PRAY AND SAID, WE NEED
YOUR PROTECTION, LORD.
WE NEED YOU TO PROTECT
HIM.
>>Reporter: LYNETTE
MARTINEZ THOUGHT SHE WAS
HEARING FIREWORKS, BUT
WHEN COUNTRY STAR JASON
ALDEAN RAN OFF THE STAGE,
SHE RAN FOR HER LIFE.
>>THERE WAS JUST GUNSHOTS
AND GUNSHOTS AND GUNSHOTS.
AND A GUY FELL BEHIND ME.
AND HE WAS COVERED IN
BLOOD.
MY BOOTS WERE COVERED IN
BLOOD.
AND I’M SO GRATEFUL THAT I
GET TO SEE ANOTHER DAY.
THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT
COULDN’T.
AND I SEE THE VIDEOS
ONLINE OF THE GUNSHOTS AND
WHAT HAPPENED, AND I CAN’T
EVEN HEAR IT BECAUSE IT
JUST — I’M JUST NUMB TO
IT.
I SHOULDN’T BE GETTING
USED TO GUNSHOTS.
>>Reporter: THIS
16-YEAR-OLD GREW UP
OVERNIGHT.
>>MY HEART GOES OUT TO
EVERYONE.
I UNDERSTAND.
I UNDERSTAND.
I WAS THERE.
I’M JUST PRAYING FOR EVERY
SINGLE PERSON, FOR HEALING
AND PEACE.
>>Reporter: HAHN SAYS
HE FOUND AN IMMEDIATE
SENSE OF PEACE AND RALLIED
FOR THOSE AROUND HIM.
AND HE SUDDENLY REMEMBERED
A PHONE CALL FROM HIS
CENTESISTER A FEW WEEKS AGO.
>>SHE SAID, I FEEL THIS
REALLY STRONG URGE TO PRAY
FOR YOU.
GOD IS TELLING ME THAT
YOU’RE GOING TO BE UNDER
FIRE.
AND THAT’S FUNNY SHE SAID
THOSE WORDS.
BUT AT THE TIME, I
THOUGHT, UNDER FIRE, THAT
COULD BE A LOT OF THINGS.
>>Reporter: GOD ONLY
KNOWS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED
HERE A FEW DAYS AGO, BUT
THIS BRIGHT YOUNG REAL
ESTATE AGENT PLANS TO
TRUST HIM AND KEEP GOING.
>>THERE ARE OTHER THINGS
INVOLVED AND THERE IS EVIL
IN THIS WORLD.
IT IS WATCHING GOD COME
INTO PLAY NOW AND HELPING
PEOPLE HEAL.
AND JUST WATCHING THE
OUTREACH OF PEOPLE THAT
DON’T EVEN KNOW EACH
OTHER.
>>IT IS AMAZING TO SEE
THE BLOOD DONATION BANKS
WITH HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE
LINING UP BECAUSE THEY’RE
NOT THINKING ABOUT
POLITICS.
THEY’RE NOT THINKING ABOUT
RELIGION WHILE THEY’RE
DOING IT.
THEY’RE THINKING ABOUT
OTHER PEOPLE.
AND THEY’RE THINKING ABOUT
PEOPLE THAT ARE HELPLESS.
>>Reporter: MARTINEZ
STILL CANNOT BELIEVE SHE
MADE IT OUT ALIVE.
>>I WAS WAITING TO GET
SHOT.
I WASN’T WAITING TO COME
OUT ALIVE.
>>Reporter: AND NOW
THAT YOU HAVE COME OUT
ALIVE, HOW DO YOU SEE THE
WORLD?
>>SO MUCH DIFFERENT.
IT IS SO DIFFERENT.
I FIND I HAVE SO MUCH
COMPASSION TOWARDS OTHER
PEOPLE.
I JUST THANK GOD EVERY
SINGLE DAY.
>>Reporter: CHURCH IS
THE ONLY PLACE SHE WANTED
TO GO, AND IS SO GRATEFUL
SHE HAS THIS COMMUNITY.
>>MY HEART IS WARMED BY
THE MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE
COMING TOGETHER RIGHT NOW,
EVEN AT THIS CHURCH.
IT IS JUST AMAZING.
>>Reporter: AND HOW DO
YOU FEEL ABOUT THE GUNMAN?
>>I DON’T THINK IT IS HIS
FAULT.
I DON’T THINK IT’S HIS
FAULT.
HE IS NOT RIGHT.
IT WASN’T GOD.
IT WASN’T HIM.
IT WAS ANOTHER THING.
IT WAS AN EVIL THING.
I FORGIVE HIM.
>>Reporter: SHE PLANS
TO TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A
TIME AND CLING TO HER
FAITH.
>>SO I’M GOING TO READ
THE WORD, AND I’M GOING TO
WORSHIP AND I’M GOING TO
PRAY BECAUSE THAT’S THE
ONLY THING THAT CAN GET ME
THROUGH IT.
>>Reporter: YOU NEVER
REALLY KNOW HOW YOU’LL
RESPOND WHEN YOU’RE WORLD
COMES CRASHING DOWN.
>>I’M GOING TO LOVE
PEOPLE MORE.
I’M GOING TO THINK OF
PEOPLE AS IF THEY WERE MY
FRIEND, THEY WERE MY BEST
FRIEND, AS IF THEY WERE MY
BROTHER OR MY SISTER
BECAUSE THEY ARE.
WE’RE ALL TOGETHER HERE
FOR A REASON.
>>Reporter: WHAT
HAPPENED HERE JUST A FEW
DAYS AGO HAS BROUGHT OUT
THE VERY BEST IN PEOPLE,
PEOPLE WHO RECOGNIZE THIS
IS NOT ABOUT JUST ONE MAN
UNLEASHING EVIL, BUT HOW
GOODNESS, KINDNESS, AND
FAITH HAVE TURNED TRAGEDY
INTO TRIUMPH.
STEPHANIE RIGGS, CBN NEWS.
>>THANKS, STEPHANIE.
GREAT STORIES.
COMING UP, THE MOVING
STORY OF THE MAN WHO
RISKED EVERYTHING TO
RESCUE STREET CHILDREN.
NOW HIS STORY IS ABOUT TO
GO GLOBAL.
>>CHARLES MULLY HAS LIVED
A REAL LIFE RAGS-TO-RICHES
STOR.
STORY.
BUT AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS
SUCCESS, HE SOLD IT ALL SO
HE COULD BECOME A FATHER
TO CHILDREN WHO LIVE ON
THE STREETS.
HIS OBEDIENCE TO THE CALL
OF GOD IS THE FOCUS OF A
NEW FILM.
EFREM GRAHAM HAS THIS LOOK
AT “MULLY.”
>>LOOK FOR THE BIGGEST
AND BRIGHTEST SMILE IN
THESE FAMILY PHOTOS, AND
YOU’LL FIND CHARLES MULLY.
HIS CHILDREN, WHO WERE
ONCE ORPHANS CALLED HIM
DADDY MULLY.
YOU, YOURSELF, ABANDONED
AS A CHILD?
>>YES, CORRECT.
AS A YOUNG CHILD.
I WOKE UP ONE DAY TO FIND
THAT I WAS ALONE AT THE
AGE OF FIVE, SIX YEARS,
AND THAT WAS MY LIFE.
NO FOOD.
NOTHING THAT I COULD LEAN
ON.
NO ACCOMODATIONS.
AND THEN I BECAME A STREET
PERSON AND A BEGGER.
I REMEMBER ONE DAY I WOKE
UP AND EVERYBODY HAD GONE.
>>HIS AMAZING CLIMB FROM
KENYA’S SLUMS IS THE FOCUS
OF THIS FEATURE FILM,
“MULLY.”
AND YOU GO FROM BEING A
BEGGER TO A MILLIONAIRE.
[LAUGHTER]
>>SOMETIMES IT’S SO HARD
FOR ME TO MEASURE IT ON
THAT LEVEL.
BUT I CAN ACKNOWLEDGE IT
AND SAY, YES, THE LORD
REALLY LIFTED ME SO HIGH
THROUGH HIS RIVER, THROUGH
THE SMALL BUSINESS THAT I
STARTED.
>>SMALL BUSINESS?
>>SMALL BUSINESS THAT I
STARTED.
>>IT WAS MY LIFE.
*
>>WHERE DO YOU THINK THAT
DRIVE FOR YOU CAME FROM,
THAT ENTREPRENEURIAL
DRIVE, TO WANT BUSINESSES
FOR YOURSELF AND TO THINK,
I CAN DO MORE WITH THIS.
I CAN TAKE WHAT LITTLE IS
IN MY HANDS AND DO MORE —
WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?
>>WHEN I LOOK AT IT AND I
LOOK BACK, I SEE GOD’S
GRACE AND PLAN, AND A GOOD
PLAN.
HE SAID, I HAVE A GOOD
PLAN FOR YOU.
AND THEN WHEN YOU LOOK AT
IT, IT IS LIKE GOD HAD A
GOOD PLAN.
WHY?
HE WAS PLANNING FOR ME TO
BECOME AN INSTRUMENT FOR
THE FUTURE.
WHEN GOD WANTS TO REALLY
MAKE HIMSELF VIEWED, THERE
IS NO WAY YOU CAN ESCAPE,
EVEN WHEN YOU TRY TO RUN
AWAY.
>>HAPPILY MARRIED WITH
EIGHT CHILDREN, MULLY FELT
GOD CALLING THEM TO SELL
EVERYTHING.
THAT CALL CAME IN 1986,
AFTER A FACE-TO-FACE
ENCOUNTER WITH CHILDREN
BEGGING ON THE STREETS.
>>I WAS REALLY COMMANDED
BY THIS VOICE.
I SAW THE FACES.
AND I COULD NOT WORK
ANYMORE.
I CRIED WHY, TO THINK THAT
GOD WANTED TO TAKE ME BACK
AGAIN.
I WILL NEVER, EVER WORK
FOR MONEY AGAIN.
GOD WAS SPEAKING TO ME
THIS WE.
YOU WERE LIKE THEM.
>>YOU WERE THEM.
>>I SAW MY FACE IN THEIR
FACES.
AND BECAUSE I WAS TRYING
TO HIDE MYSELF, BUT I
DON’T REMEMBER ONE DAY
EVEN SHARING THE TESTIMONY
ABOUT MY PAST.
I WANTED PEOPLE TO SEE ME
AS A GREAT MAN, WITH MONEY
AND EVERYTHING.
*
>>GOD SAID HE NEEDED TO
SELL EVERYTHING AND POUR
IT INTO SOCIETY FOR THE
CHILDREN WHO WERE
ABANDONED.
>>HOW DO YOU LET GO OF
WHAT YOU HOLD DEARLY.
>>HE STARTED “MULLY’S
CHILDREN’S FAMILY,” NOW
THE LARGEST CHILDREN’S
REHABILITATION
ORGANIZATION IN AFRICA.
>>>GROWING THAT FAMILY TO
THE SIZE IT IS TODAY
HASN’T BEEN AN EASY
PROCESS.
>>ALL THIS JOURNEY HAS
NEVER BEEN EASY.
TOGETHER WITH MY WIFE,
ESPECIALLY THE REJECTION
FROM OUR FRIENDS, FROM THE
CHURCHES — THEY NEVER
WANTED TO HEAR ABOUT IT:
THEY THOUGHT I WAS CRAZY.
>>WE HAD THREE CHILDREN,
FOUR CHILDREN, AND THE
NUMBERS KEPT ON COMING.
>>THIS IS YOUR FAMILY
NOW.
THESE ARE ALL OF YOUR
BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
>>MORE THAN 13,000 OF
DADDY MULLY’S CHILDREN
HAVE GONE ON TO BECOME
DOCTORS, SCIENTISTS,
ENGINEERS, AND TEACHERS.
>>I SEE THE WORLD, KENYA,
AND THE CONTINENT OF
AFRICA BEING TRANSFORMED
THROUGH THEM, AND CHRIST
WILL STRENGTHEN THEM.
>>TRANSFORMATION THAT
BEGAN WITH OBEDIENCE AND
LED TO BECOMING A FATHER
TO THE FATHERLESS.
EFREM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.
>>THANKS, EFREM.
>>>COMING UP, THIS MAN
WAS SEVERELY DISFIGURED BY
A HORRIFIC HOUSE FIRE.
BUT HE FOUND A NEW
IDENTITY IN CHRIST.
>>AND WELCOME BACK TO
“CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.”
IN CHINA, A POPULAR
MUSICIAN LOST HIS WILL TO
LIVE AFTER A HORRIFIC
HOUSE FIRE.
WITH DISFIGURING BURNS AND
SCARS COVERING MOST OF HIS
BODY, HE WANTED TO END HIS
LIFE.
BUT A MYSTERIOUS VOICE
SPEAKING HIS MOTHER’S
WORDS STOPPED HIM IN THE
KNICK OF TIME AND HELPED
HIM FIND A NEW PURPOSES IN
LIFE.
MUNG FE LI HAS THIS STORY.
>>Reporter: DONG WONG
WAS A TALENTED CHINESE
MUSICIAN.
AND 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, DONG’S LIFE
CHANGED DRAMATICALLY.
HIS HOUSE WAS ENGULFED IN
SMOKE AND FLAMES.
HIS DREAMS WERE SHATTERED
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.
>>Reporter: HE
UNDERWENT 18 SURGERIES.
DUE TO THE FIRE INCIDENT,
MOST OF HIS SKIN HAD TO BE
REPLACED.
THE SURGEON HAD TO GRAFT
SKIN FROM HIS HEAD TO
COVER THE WOUNDS.
THE EMOTIONAL PAIN WAS
EVEN MORE UNBEARABLE.
>>WHEN MY SON SAW ME FOR
THE FIRST TIME, HE RAN
AWAY AND REFUSED TO COME
BACK.
MY WIFE WAS AFRAID OF
COMING HOME 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: BE DEAD.
>>Reporter: FEELING
DEPRESSED AND HOPELESS, HE
DROVE TO THE OCEAN ONE
DAY.
AS 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.
>>I DIDN’T WANT TO LIVE
ANYMORE.
NO ONE WAS GOING TO ACCEPT
ME.
I WAS TIRED OF HIDING
MYSELF IN THE HOUSE.
I USED TO BE THE BIG SHOT.
TODAY, NOT ANYMORE.
>>Reporter: AS HE
SLOWLY SLIPPED INTO THE
OCEAN, ALL OF A SUDDEN HE
HEARD A VOICE.
THE VOICE WAS TELLING HIM,
DON’T WORRY, OUR BEAUTY IS
NOTHING.
GOD IS LOOKING AT OUR
HEARTS, AND YOU ARE HIS
CHILD.
HE PAUSED, REMEMBERED HIS
CHRISTIAN MOM TOLD HIM THE
SAME THING.
HE COLLAPSED IN THE 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 CARES ABOUT
HOW WE LOOK ON THE
OUTSIDE.
WHAT MATTER MATTERS TO HIM IS
WHAT’S INSIDE.
HE LOVES US NO MATTER HOW
WE LOOK.
>>Reporter: HE LAID IN
BED, LISTENING TO HIS
MOM’S WORDS, TRYING TO
UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE WAS
SAYING.
>>GOD IS GOING TO GIVE
YOU A NEW IDENTITY.
HE LOVES YOU NO MATTER
WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE.
>>Reporter: HE KNEW IT
WAS TIME TO MAKE A
DECISION.
>>AFTER 18 OPERATIONS I
FINALLY UNDERSTOOD WHY GOD
SPARED MY LIFE.
BECAUSE HE LOVES ME.
HE WANTS TO USE ME TO TELL
OTHERS ABOUT JESUS.
I AM SO THANKFUL THAT MY
MOM INTRODUCED ME TO
JESUS.
IN SPITE OF MY SINS, MY
LIFE STILL MATTERS TO HIM.
>>Reporter: HE STARTED
TO ATTEND CHURCH SERVICES
WITH HIS MOM.
HE WAS DEEPLY TOUCHED BY
THE LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE
FROM THE CHURCH MEMBERS.
HE HAD NEW GOALS.
HE WROTE MANY BOOKS,
ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO KNOW
GOD AND HIS MIRACLES.
>>I HAVE JESUS E IN MY
LIFE.
I SHOULD BE THANKFUL ABOUT
BEING ALIVE.
HE IS NOT DONE WITH ME.
I NEED TO FOLLOW HIM AND
READ HIS WORD.
I KNOW HE STILL HAS PLANS
FOR ME.
HE LOVES ME.
>>Reporter: TODAY HE
HAS A NEW FAMILY.
HE IS VERY PROUD OF HIS
BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND TWO
AMAZING CHILDREN.
NOW, WHEN HE LOOKS AT THE
OCEAN, HE IS AMAZED BY HIS
BEAUTY AND FEELS GRATEFUL
FOR WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN
HIM.
>>JESUS, THE SAVIOR AND
MIRACLE-WORKER.
>>Reporter: MUNG FE LI,
CBN NEWS.
>>FINALLY THIS WEEK, MEET
AMIN SAFARI.
HIS FAMILY FLED IRAN
BECAUSE OF CHRISTIAN
PERSECUTION WHEN HE WAS
JUST FOUR YEARS OLD.
HE FELL IN LOVE WITH MUSIC
IN HIGH SCHOOL, USING IT
AS A TOOL TO LEARN
ENGLISH.
NOW HE WANTS TO USE HIS
GIFT TO SERVE GOD.
*
>>Reporter: THE VOICE
OF A-MINOR IS AMIN SAFARI,
AN ASPIRING RAP ARTIST.
AT JUST FOUR, HE AND HIS
FAMILY FLED IRAN AND MOVED
TO TURKEY.
WHAT WAS LIFE LIKE IN
TURKEY?
>>IT WAS NOT FUN AT ALL.
IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT.
WE WERE REFUGEES.
AND, ONE, WE ESCAPED FROM
IRAN’S GOVERNMENT, SO THE
GOVERNMENT WAS LOOKING FOR
US IN TURKEY.
AND LATER WE BECAME
CHRISTIANS, AND THE
TURKISH PEOPLE DIDN’T LIKE
CHRISTIANITY, AND THEY
STILL DON’T.
SO THEY WOULD KICK US OUT
OF THE HOUSES.
SO THAT’S WHY WE HAD TO
MOVE 28 TIMES.
>>28 TIMES?
YOU MOVED 28 TIMES?
>>YEAH.
THERE WERE MANY TIMES WE
HAD TO SLEEP IN PARKS.
IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT.
>>WHEN YOU LEFT IRAN,
YOUR DAD IS THE ONLY ONE
WHO WAS A CHRISTIAN, AND
WHEN DID YOU BECOME A
CHRISTIAN?
>>WELL, I BECAME A
CHRISTIAN WHEN I SAW THE
TRANSFORMATION.
I SAW MY DAD TURN FROM A
CRIMINAL TO BE A PASTOR.
SO THAT WAS ALMOST, LIKE,
UNBELIEVABLE.
HOW COULD THIS VIOLENT MAN
TURN SOFT.
AND THEN I SAW MY SISTER
GET HEALED, WHEN SHE HAD
LIKE A 99% CHANCE OF
DEATH.
SO WHEN I SEE MIRACLES
LIKE THAT, IT IS ALMOST
IMPOSSIBLE TO DENY THAT
GOD EXISTS.
AND THEN I WENT TO SEMINAR
AND CONFERENCES, CAMPS,
AND I GOT MORE INFORMATION
ON IT.
I WAS, LIKE, WOW THIS IS
THE REAL THING.
SO HOW COULD I NOT BELIEVE
THAT.
>>AMIN LEFT TURKEY FOR
AMERICA AT AGE 13, AND
HEADED FOR CALIFORNIA.
>>WE STAYED THERE FOR A
YEAR AND A HALF.
I DIDN’T SPEAK ENGLISH AT
ALL.
>>YOUR STORY IS AMAZING.
I’M REALLY CURIOUS, WHEN
DOES THE MUSIC THING FOR
YOU HAPPEN?
WHEN DOES THAT CONNECTION
HAPPEN?
>>WELL, THE MUSIC IS KIND
OF RANDOM.
BECAUSE WHEN I FIRST CAME
HERE, I DIDN’T SPEAK
ENGLISH, LIKE I SAID.
I ALWAYS HAD THIS THOUGHT,
WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?
I HAD NO GOAL, I HAD NO
PURPOSE IN LIFE.
I WOULD ALWAYS PRAY, GOD,
WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?
WHEN I FINISHED MIDDLE
SCHOOL, GOD WOKE ME UP AND
HE WAS, LIKE, I WANT YOU
TO DO MUSIC.
AND AT THE TIME, I DIDN’T
KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MUSIC.
I THOUGHT MUSIC WAS JUST A
WASTE OF TIME.
I NEVER EVEN LISTENED TO
MUSIC — ONLY AT CHURCH.
YEAH, HE TOLD ME TO DO
MUSIC.
AND I WAS, LIKE, BUT I
DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT
MUSIC, WHY WOULD YOU WANT
ME TO DO THAT?
HE WAS, LIKE, TRUST ME.
>>AMIN SAYS HIS MUSIC IS
INFLUENCED BY ARTISTS LIKE
EMINEM, KANYE WEST, AND
JAY-Z.
>>AND I THOUGHT HE WANTED
ME TO DO CHRISTIAN MUSIC
AND GOSPEL MUSIC.
I SLOWLY STARTED GETTING
INTO THAT, AND, AGAIN, HE
TOLD ME NOT TO DO
CHRISTIAN MUSIC, WHICH WAS
VERY WEIRD TO ME.
HE WAS, LIKE, I DON’T WANT
YOU TO DO CHRISTIAN MUSIC
BECAUSE CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS
FOR CHRISTIANS.
AND HE WANTS ME TO REACH
PEOPLE WHO AREN’T
CHRISTIANS.
HE WANTS ME TO REACH
EVERYONE.
>>BE IN THE WORLD BUT NOT
OF THE WORLD.
GREAT MESSAGE THERE.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING
US THIS WEEK.
UNTIL NEXT WEEK,

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