Christian World News – March 11, 2016


>>George: THIS WEEK ON “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,” AS A YOUNG BOY, HE SPENT HOURS STUDYING THE QURAN. TODAY HE IS BAPTIZING MUSLIM INTO FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.>>Wendy: PLUS, A CHURCH GROWS IN A WAR ZONE. HOW UKRAINE’S CHRISTIANS ARE TAKING GOD’S LOVE TO THE WAR-TORN AREAS OF THEIR OWN COUNTRY.>>George: AND MEET NEPAL’S NEWEST CELEBRITY. HOW “SUPERBOOK’S” GIZMO IS HELPING CHILDREN LAUGH AGAIN. HELLO, EVERYONE. WELCOME TO THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.” I’M GEORGE THOMAS.>>Wendy: YES, YOU ARE. AND I’M WENDY GRIFFITH. GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH US. ON THE SAME BEACH IN LIBYA, WHERE ISIS BEHEADED 21 CHRISTIANS, AN EVANGELIST RECENTLY BAPTIZED FORMER MUSLIMS INTO FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. AS A YOUNG MAN, HE STUDIED THE QURAN FOR HOURS AT A TIME, AND NOW HE IS A PREACHER OF THE GOSPEL.>>George: AN INCREDIBLE STORY YOU’RE ABOUT TO WATCH. HOW DID THAT TRANSFORMATION COME ABOUT? HIS STORY COMES TO US COURTESY OF THE MINISTRY “LEADING THE WAY,” WITH DR. MICHAEL YOUCEF. TAKE A LOOK.>>AS A MUSLIM, WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY, I USED TO GO TO THE QURANIC SCHOOL. FROM AGE FIVE UNTIL I BECAME 20, WHICH MEANS I SPENT 14 YEARS HERE. AFTER THIS TIME, I WAS APPROVED AND PASSED THE TEST OF MEMORIZING THE ENTIRE QURAN. BUT AFTER STUDYING THE SHAR’IA LAW, ALLAH WAS COMPLETELY EXPOSED. DURING THE THREE YEARS OF MY STUDY, LITTLE BY LITTLE I HAD A SERIOUS CONCERN ABOUT ISLAM. AFTER DISCUSSING THIS WITH FRIENDS, AMONG GETTING ANSWERS, THEY BECAME HOSTILE TO ME. THEY TOLD ME THERE IS A VERSE IN THE QURAN THAT URGES MUSLIMS NOT TO SEEK ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT SOME THINGS AS IT MAY HURT THEM IF THEY KNOW THE ANSWERS. I LIVED IN STRUGGLE FOR THOSE THREE YEARS. I GOT TO A POINT WHERE ISLAM HAD NO PART OF MY LIFE, AND RELIGION CEASED TO EXIST. MUHAMMAD MEANT NOTHING TO ME. I BECAME AN ATHEIST. BY PURE ACCIDENT, WHEN I WAS IN MY HOME COUNTRY, I WAS NAVIGATING TV CHANNELS TO FIND SOMETHING ENTERTAINING. STILL, I GOT TO THE TV CHANNEL WHICH WAS SHOWING A SHOW. I STARTED TO HEAR WORDS WE NEVER USED IN ISLAM. I WANTED TO COMMUNICATE WITH THEM. SO I PICKED UP THE PHONE AND CALLED THE NUMBER ON THE SCREEN. I COMMUNICATED WITH SOMEONE AND OUR CORRESPONDENCE LASTED FOR TWO YEARS. SHE INTRODUCED ME MORE TO CHRIST. I LEARNED ABOUT WHO JESUS IS AND HOW TO BE A CHRISTIAN. THIS WAS FOR TWO YEARS. AFTER THAT, I CORRESPONDED WITH THEM AGAIN UNTIL THEY INTRODUCED ME TO A CHRISTIAN BROTHER, WHO HAD A FRIEND WHO WOULD HELP. AFTER I MET WITH THAT BROTHER, I SPENT THREE MONTHS STUDYING WITH HIM. WE STUDIED MANY SUBJECTS IN THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. WE STUDIED HOW TO LIVE WITH CHRIST, FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM, AND BE PART OF THE CHURCH. I ACCEPTED JESUS’ SALVATION, AND I GOT BAPTIZED. AND NOW THE NEXT STEP TO FOLLOW WILL BE TO SERVE THE LORD IN MY HOME COUNTRY. PEOPLE THERE NEED TO KNOW JESUS THE GOD AND LORD. CERTAINLY THERE IS A LOT TO BE DONE THERE.>>Reporter: SOON AFTER SHAHEED WENT HOME, THEY LOST CONTACT WITH HIM. AFTER TWO MONTHS OF SILENCE, WE LEARNED THAT HIS OWN FATHER, ANGERED BY HIS CHRISTIAN CONVERSION, HAD REPORTED HIM TO THE GOVERNMENT. SHAHEED HAD BEEN INTERCEPTED AT THE BORDER. WHEN WE REGAINED CONTACT, HE WAS IN A REFUGEE CAMP, WHERE TWO MUSLIMS TRIED TO MURDER HIM. SHBUT THE LORD SAVED HIM TWICE. SHAHEED SHARED WHY THE MUSLIMS WANTED TO KILL HIM SO BADLY.>>I COULDN’T KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT. I HAD TO SHARE JESUS WITH OTHERS.>>Reporter: THROUGH THE HELP OF “LEADING THE WAY’S” HELP THE PERSECUTED MINISTRY, SHAHEED WAS RELEASED FROM THE REFUGEE CAMP AND HE CALLED TO THANK US.>>I HAVE PRAYED. PLEASE THANK EVERYONE WHO HELPED ME. THANKS FOR THE LAWYER AND ALL THAT HE DID. THANKS FOR CARING.>>Reporter: SINCE THEN SHAHEED HAS LED MANY TO CHRIST. HE IS BAPTIZING MUSLIM CONVERTS. HE IS HELPING OUR TEAM FOLLOW UP WITH LISTENERS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD. HE IS CONNECTING “LEADING THE WAY” WITH OTHER PERS CUTEED CHRISTIANS TO HELP PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS TO HELP THEM. AND HE IS PLANTING CHURCHES ACROSS AFRICA AND EUROPE AFTER JUST TWO YEARS LATER. RECENTLY HE SENT A PICTURE OF HIS BAPTIZING MUSLIMS ON THE SAME BEACH WHERE JIHAD BEHEADED PEOPLE.>>MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU ALL.>>Wendy: AND YOU CAN SHARE THIS STORY WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND ENCOURAGE THEM WITH NEWS OF HOW GOD IS AT WORK IN THE WORLD. JUST VISIT OUR “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS” Facebook PAGE AT THE LINK YOU SEE RIGHT THERE ON YOUR SCREEN.>>George: OKAY. ISIS, WELL, THEY ARE COMMITTING GENOCIDE AGAINST CHRISTIANS AND OTHER RELIGIOUS GROUPS. THAT’S THE REPORT FROM THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS. THE CATHOLIC FRATERNAL GROUP ISSUED THE RECORD, DETAILING HOW CHRISTIANS HAD BEEN KILLED, KIDNAPPED, AND RAPED, AND HOW RELIGIOUS PROPERTY HAS BEEN DESTROYED. EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE WHITE HOUSE SAID THE LEGAL DETERMINATION FOR USING THE WORD HAD NOT YET BEEN MET. FATHER DOUGLAS ABAZI WAS HELD CAPTIVE BY ISIS FOR NINE DAYS AND HE DISAGREES.>>I STILL KEEP MY SHIRT WHEN THEY KIDNAPPED ME, AND STILL I LOOK AT MY BLOOD EVERY DAY AND I REMEMBER. AND THIS IS WHAT HAS HAPPENED EVEN TO MY PEOPLE, EVERY DAY. I’M LUCKY. BUT WHAT ABOUT MY PEOPLE? THEY DON’T HAVE ANY CHANCE MORE.>>George: THE REPORT FROM THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PROVES THE LEGAL THRESHOLDS HAVE BEEN MET. TWO MILLION CHRISTIANS USED TO LIVE IN IRAQ. AND NOW THERE ARE FEWER THAN 300,000.>>Wendy: COMING UP, EASTERN UKRAINE IS RACKED BY WAR AND POVERTY, SO WHY IS THE CHURCH GROWING THERE? WE’LL TELL YOU RIGHT AFTER THIS. PAPER>>George: AND WELCOME BACK TO “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.” IN WAR-TORN UKRAINE, EVANGELICAL MISSIONARIES ARE REACHING OUT TO VICTIMS CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIGHTING. EVEN THOUGH A YEAR-OLD CEASE-FIRE IS IN PLACE, UKRAINE FORCES AND RUSSIAN-BACKED SEPARATISTS CONTINUE THEIR BATTLE. THE FIGHTING ISN’T STOPPING SEVERAL EVANGELICAL GROUPS FROM HELPING RESIDENTS WHO LIVE IN THE SO-CALLED GRAY ZONE. ONE OF THOSE GROUPS IS CBN’S “ORPHANS’ PROMISE,” WHICH IS WORKING THROUGH CHURCHES TO PROVIDE FOOD AND OTHER NEEDS. RECENTLY I SPOKE WITH NATALIA FROM “ORPHANS’ PROMISE” ABOUT THAT WORK. TELL US SPECIFICALLY WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING ON THE FRONT LINES? YOU GUYS ARE STILL THERE, ALL THESE YEARS LATER?>>YES. CBN HAS OFFICES IN UKRAINE. THEY ARE ACTIVELY REACHING OUT TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NEEDY AND HURTING. AND “ORPHANS’ PROMISE” IS SPECIFICALLY WORKING, HELPING THEM TO REACH OUT TO THE CHILDREN. THERE ARE A LOT OF VULNERABLE CHILDREN THERE RIGHT NOW. CHILDREN ORPHANED BY WAR, AND CHILDREN LIVING WITH RELATIVES, WITH EXTENDED FAMILIES STILL IN THE WAR ZONE.>>George: YOUR MINISTRY IS WORKING THROUGH EVANGELICAL CHURCHES TO ACCOMPLISH ALL OF THE WORK THAT YOU’RE DOING ON THE FRONT LINES?>>YES. WE ARE WORKING THROUGH THE EVANGELICAL CHURCHES BECAUSE WHAT WE WANT IN PEOPLE IN THIS TIME OF WAR, IN THIS TIME OF UNCERTAINTY, THEY DON’T NEED JUST BREAD AND WATER, BUT THEY NEED PEACE. THEY NEED UNDERSTANDING. THEY NEED SOMEONE WHO WILL COMFORT THEM, WHO WILL BRING SAFETY, WHO WILL TELL THEM ABOUT THE ETERNAL SAFETY AS WELL. THE CHURCH IS RIGHT THERE ON THE GROUND, AND THEY’RE ESTABLISH MINISTRIES. IN FACT, WE’RE ABOUT TO ROLL OUT, THROUGHOUT ALL OF THE TOWNS IN THE WAR ZONE OR NEAR THE WAR ZONE, “SUPERBOOK” CLUBS FOR THE CHILDREN. THAT THEY COULD COME AND GET THEIR QUESTIONS ANSWERED. AND THEY COULD COME TO THE SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST.>>George: INNOCENTLY SINC INCIDENTALLY, WE HAVE SIX NEW CHURCHES THAT “ORPHANS’ PROMISE” IS SPONSEING AND FUNDING. THESE CHURCHES ARE VERY CLOSE TO THE FRONT LINES. WHY ARE THEY SET UP SO CLOSE TO THE FRONT LINES?>>THE NEED IS GREAT THERE. THEY DON’T HAVE BREAD OR ANYTHING IN THE STORES, OR ANYBODY REACHING OUT. SO DELIVERING BREAD IS NOT THE ONLY THING THAT IS NEEDED THERE. IT IS NOT ENOUGH. AND THEREFORE SOMEBODY’S PRESENCE, SOMEBODY THEY CAN COME AND TALK TO ABOUT THEIR FEARS, SOME HELP CAN BE GIVEN TO THEM. THERE IS A CHURCH CALLED “GOOD NEWS,” AND THEY HAVE ROLLED OUT THIS MISSIONARY ACADEMY, AND THEY HAVE TRAINED OVER 300 MISSIONARIES. AND THEY ARE SENDING THEM OUT TO START THESE CHURCH PLACES, TO BE A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN COME WITH THEIR QUESTIONS AND THEIR PROBLEMS, AND COME AND GET COMFORTED. IT IS AN UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH OF CHURCH THROUGH THAT. AND CBN IS INVOLVED INTO THAT, AND “ORPHANS’ PROMISE” IS SUPPORTING AND SPONSORING ALL OF THE CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES IN THOSE CHURCHES.>>George: TALK ABOUT THE IMPACT YOU’RE HAVING ON THESE COMMUNITIES IN THE MIDST OF THESE VERY DIFFICULT TIMES.>>OUR MAIN GOAL IS TO REACH OUT TO THE ONES THERE. IMAGINE YOU’RE THERE AND THERE IS WAR AND YOU DON’T KNOW WHEN IT IS GOING TO END — WHOM DO YOU TURN TO? WHEN THERE IS A PRESENCE THERE, A CHURCH, SOMEBODY WHO WILL FEED YOU HOT SOUP, TO BRING YOU BREAD, TO COMFORT YOU, AND TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN, BECAUSE THE SCHOOLS ARE BEING CLOSED, SO THE KIDS CAN COME THERE AND CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION, TO PROVIDE ANY TYPE OF STABILITY –>>George: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR INSIGHTS AND COMING ON THE BROADCAST.>>THANK YOU.>>George: AND NATALIA TOLD ME THOSE CHURCHES ARE FACING PERSECUTION, NOT ONLY FROM RUSSIAN-BACKED SEPARATE TESTS, BUT FROM THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH AS WELL. YOU CAN SEE THE REST OF OUR INTERVIEW WITH HER AT cbnnews.com.>>Wendy: AND TURNING TO LATIN-AMERICA AND THE CRITICALLY POOR NATION OF HAITI. THERE IS A FOOD SECURITY CRISIS THERE. THE ISLAND NATION NEEDS JOB AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD SOURCES. AS CAITLIN BURKE SHOWS US, CBN’S “OPERATION BLESSING” IS RESPONDING TO THOSE NEEDS THROUGH AQUACULTURE.>>Reporter: TACKLING HUNGER IN HAITI IS A FULL-TIME BUSINESS FOR CBN’S “OPERATION BLESSING.”>>WHEN I FIRST WENT TO HAITI IN 2009 AND SAW HOW HUNGRY THE PEOPLE WERE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME HOW MUCH WATER THEY HAD AND HOW MUCH SUNSHINE THEY HAD, I THOUGHT, WHAT A PLACE FOR AQUACULTURE. THIS IS A PERFECT SCENARIO FOR SOMEONE TO BE IN THE FISH FARMING BUSINESS.>>Reporter: HERE AT THE “OPERATION BLESSING” FISH HATCHERY, THEY BREED TALAPIA, TO HELP RESTOCK EMPTY LAKES, AND IMPROVE THE HAITIAN ECONOMY.>>TALAPIA IS GOOD FOR HAITI BECAUSE IT IS ONE OF THE EASIEST FISH TO GROW. IT GROWS FAST. IT HAS A LOT OF MEAT, WHICH IS WHAT YOU WANT.>>Reporter: THERE IS A HUGE MARKET FOR FISH HERE BECAUSE MANY OF THE LAKES AND RE RESERVOIRS ARE EMPTY.>>THEY SCOUR THE PONDS AND LAKES AND RIVERS JUST FOR THE TINNIEST FISH.>>Reporter: “OPERATION BLESSING” PRODUCES MORE THAN A MILLION BABY FISH, WHO ARE THEN SOLD TO FISH FARMS ACROSS HAITI OR PUT INTO ITS LAKES OR RESERVOIRS. THE LARGEST CUSTOMER BUYS UP TO 70,000 FINGER LINKS.>>THE FIRST YEAR WE’RE LOOKING AT PRODUCING ABOUT 500 TONS, ABOUT A MILLION POUNDS. WE’LL BE THE LARGEST AGRICULTURAL OPERATION IN THE COUNTRY, AND WE HOPE TO GROW FROM THERE.>>Reporter: PART OF BUILDING A FISH FARM MEANS FINDING A PLACE TO GROW THE FISH. HE PUTS THE FINGER LINKS IN THIS LAKE USING CAGES. THERE ARE SIX CAGES LIKE THIS OUT ON THE LAKE, BUT THAT NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO DOUBLE. EACH CAGE CAN HOLD 200,000 FISH.>>THE FISH ARE GROWING AHEAD OF SCHEDULE, WHICH IS ALL GREAT NEWS. THEY’RE MORE EFFICIENT THAN WE THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO BE, IN TERMS OF CONVERTING FOOD TO MASS. THEY SEEM TO BE SWIMMING AND VERY HAPPY.>>Reporter: WHILE SELLING FINGER LINKS IS A MAJOR PART OF THEIR WORK, “OPERATION BLESSING” ALSO DONATES FULL FISH FOR MEALS AT SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS.>>THE HUMAN BODY REQUIRES PROTEIN. IN HAITI, IT IS A STEADY DIET FOR THE POOR OF BEANS AND RU-486, AN RICE, AND THEY DON’T ALWAYS HAVE ENOUGH.>>Reporter: AND IT PROVIDES MUCH-NEEDED JOBS. THAT’S THE REAL SOLUTION TO POVERTY, AND THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF “OPERATION BLESSING” IN HAITI.>>EVERYONE HAS HEARD THE OLD SAYING ABOUT TEACHING A MAN TO FISH. I BELIEVE IN THAT PRINCIPLE, BUT WE WANT TO TEACH A COUNTRY HOW TO FISH.>>Reporter: CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS, PORT PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI.>>Wendy: WELL, COMING UP, GIZMO IS ON TOP OF THE WORLD, LITERALLY. SEE HOW GIZMO I “SUPERBOOK” IS TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM.>>Wendy: WELCOME BACK TO “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.” THERE IS A NEW CELEBRITY IN THE HINDU NATION OF NEPAL. THE COUNTRY WAS DEVASTATED LAST YEAR BY A TRAGIC EARTH. DO YOU REMEMBER?>>George: YES. AND — WHO IS IT — GIZMO. NOW “SUPERBOOK’S” GIZMO IS HELPING KIDS LAUGH AGAIN WHILE THEY LEARN SOME VALUABLE LESSONS. MY COLLEAGUE, LUCILLE TALUSAN HAS THAT STORY.>>Reporter: “SUPERBOOK” HAS ONLY BEEN IN NEPAL FOR THREE WEEKS, BUT IT IS HAS ALREADY REACHED MORE THAN 30,000 CHILDREN. CBN BELIEVES THAT INTRODUCING ONE OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS OF THE BIBLE FROM “SUPERBOOK” TO CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS WILL INCREASE VIEWERSHIP OF THE PROGRAM. THE NEPALI VERSION OF “SUPERBOOK” BEGAN AIRING ON NATIONAL TELEVISION TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE BIG EARTHQUAKE STRUCK IN NEPAL LAST YEAR. BUT WITH GIZMO AND THE “SUPERBOOK” TEAM GOING TO THE REMOTE VILLAGES, ITS AUDIENCE IS GROWING BIGGER.>>Reporter: THE CHILDREN LOVE IT, AND THEY CAN LEARN MORAL VALUES FROM ITS BIBLE STORIES. UP ON STAGE, GIZMO TALKED IN THE NEPALI LANGUAGE TO THE CHILDREN. HE CHALLENGED THEM TO COURAGEOUSLY FIGHT THEIR BAD HABITS, JUST LIKE DAVID WAS BRAVE ENOUGH TO FIGHT GOLIATH. GIZMO’S BUBBLY CHARACTER DELIGHTED THE STUDENTS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, AS WELL.>>THANK YOU FOR BRINGING GIZMO TO OUR SCHOOL AND INTRODUCING “SUPERBOOK.” IT WILL BE A BIG HELP FOR OUR STUDENTS.>>Reporter: SCHOOLS IN NEPAL ARE MOSTLY HINDU, AND THIS POSSESS A CHALLENGE TO SHOW “SUPERBOOK” TO THE STUDENTS BECAUSE IT IS CHRISTIAN IN NATURE.>>ONE PRINCIPAL SAID, OH, THIS IS AGAINST OUR CULTURE AND TRADITIONS. SO OUR NEPALI TEAM LEADER CHALLENGED HIM: JUST WATCH ONE EPISODE OF “SUPERBOOK” AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK. SO HE WATCHED IT, AND HE SAW THAT THESE “SUPERBOOK” STORIES TEACHED THE SAME GOOD MORALS AND THE SAME GOOD CHARACTER TRAITS THAT THEY TEACH IN THEIR SCHOOLS. AND THEN THEY WERE VERY GLAD TO PROMOTE “SUPERBOOK.”>>Reporter: THESE CHILDREN WHO MET GIZMO IN PERSON ON A SATURDAY COULDN’T WAIT TO GET HOME TO WATCH “SUPERBOOK,” WHICH AIRED LATER ON THAT SAME DAY. AND BECAUSE ONLY A FEW HOMES THAT TELEVISION IN THIS REMOTE VILLAGE, THIS BUNCH OF KIDS GATHERED IN ONE HUT TO WATCH “SUPERBOOK” FOR THE FIRST TIME.>>Through Translator: I’M VERY, VERY HAPPY TO MEET BIS MO GIZMO, AND WATCH HIM IN “SUPERBOOK.” I LEARNED FROM THE SHOW TODAY THAT WE SHOULD BE OBEDIENT AND RE SPECT FULL RESPECTFUL TO OUR PARENTS. I REALLY LIKED “SUPERBOOK” AND WILL WATCH IT AGAIN.>>Reporter: THE “SUPERBOOK” TEAM IS GOING TO VISIT MANY CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS ACROSS NEPAL. ESPECIALLY NOW THAT THE ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE BOARDING SCHOOLS HAS APPROVED THE “SUPERBOOK” TOURS IN SCHOOLS.>>ONE OF OUR GOALS IS TO SEE CHILDREN TRANSFORMED AND DEVELOP GOOD CHARACTER. AND THEN WHEN THIS GENERATION GROWS UP, THEY CAN HAVE A POSITIVE AFFECT UPON THE NATION.>>Reporter: LUCILLE TALUSAN, CBN NEWS, NEPAL.>>Wendy: WE GET TO SEE LUCILLE BACK IN ACTION IN NEPAL. WE’VE MISSED YOU. DID YOU KNOW THAT “SUPERBOOK” HAS A BIBLE APP FOR KIDS. JUST GO TO OUR cbn.com WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE “SUPERBOOK” TAB. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE APP AND START TEACHING YOUR KIDS THE BIBLE TODAY. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.>>George: AND FINALLY ON THE BROADCAST, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DIG A HOLE IN ISRAEL WITHOUT MAKING SOME HISTORIC FIND.>>Wendy: IT CERTAINLY SEEMS THAT WAY. THE RECENT DISCOVERY OF TWO ANCIENT SEALS IN JERUSALEM TELLS US A LOT ABOUT THE HISTORIC CITY AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE. CHRIS MITCHELL EXPLAINS.>>Chris: ARCHEOLOGISTS FOUND THE SEALS INSIDE A 2500-YEAR-OLD BUILDING.>>INSIDE THIS BUILDING, AS A RESULT OF VERY GENTLE WORK THAT INCLUDES, ALSO, 15 OF THE FINDS, 15 OF THE AREAS IN ORDER TO FIND ALL OF THESE TINY ARTIFACTS, WE DISCOVERED, AMONG OTHER STUFF, TWO HEBREW SEALS. ONE WITH THE NAME OF A MAN, AND ANOTHER ONE WITH THE NAME OF A WOMAN.>>Chris: THE DISCOVERY TOOK PLACE HERE IN AN AREA KNOWN AS THE CITY OF DAVID. THIS NINE-YEAR-OLD EXCAVATION HAS SERVED AS A TIME PIECE, DOCUMENTING THE HISTORY OF ANCIENT JERUSALEM.>>WE ARE STANDING IN THE HEART OF JERUSALEM, THE SO-CALLED CITY OF DAVID, THE DERM THA TERM THAT THE BIBLE USED FOR THIS PLACE. THE CITY STARTED HERE AND DEVELOPED ON A VERY SMALL SQUARE, HERE IN THIS PLACE, FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS. WE HAVE 10 HISTORICAL PERIODS HERE, STARTING FROM THE NINTH CENTURY B.C., AND JUST SOME 100 YEARS LATER THAN THE KINGDOM OF DAVID AND SOLOMON. AND WE HAVE MANY MORE YOUNGER, I WOULD SAY, FINDS. INCLUDING IN THE ROMAN AND BIZANTINE AREA. AND EACH PERIOD EXCAVATED HERE REVEALS THE MOST INTERESTING AND MOST EXCITING FINDS.>>Chris: SHE SAYS IT IS EXTREMELY RARE TO FIND THE NAME OF A WOMAN ON A SEAL.>>IT IS VERY EXCITING TO KNOW THAT IN ANCIENT TIMES, THERE WERE STRONG WOMEN IN JERUSALEM LIVING HERE. AND EVEN WE HAVE NO IDEA WHO WAS THIS LADY AND WHY SHE DESERVES SUCH A SPECIAL RIGHT IN THIS SOCIETY, THE WOMEN USUALLY WEREN’T THAT HIGH. AND THAT’S WHY IT IS SO INTERESTING TO FIND A SEAL SIGNED BY A WOMAN’S NAME. I THINK IT IS VERY INSPIRING BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT IN THIS SOCIETY, THAT WE KNOW WAS FOR MEN, AND SUCH A LONG TIME AGO, EVEN THEN THERE WERE WOMEN WHO WERE CAPABLE TO RUN THEIR OWN INDEPENDENT LIFE.>>Chris: SOME FEEL SHE MIGHT HAVE BEEN LIKE THE WOMANESCRIBED IN THE BOOK OF PROVERBS, WHERE IT SAYS SHE WORKS WITH WILLING HANDS. HER HUSBAND IS KNOWN IN THE GATES. WHEN HE SITS AMONG THE ELDERS OF THE LAND. SHE SAYS UNCOVERING A NAME BRINGS THE PAST AND ITS PEOPLE TO LIFE.>>WHEN YOU HAVE A NAME OF THE PERSON, IT IS TURNING FROM SOMETHING VERY ABSTRACT TO SOMETHING VERY INDIVIDUAL. SO WE KNOW THAT THEY WERE HERE BY NAMES. IT IS AMAZING. AND THAT IT’S A WOMAN, I THINK IT IS VERY INSPIRING.>>Chris: CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, THE CITY OF DAVID, JERUSALEM.>>George: OKAY, THAT WRAPS UP THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.” THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.>>Wendy: UNTIL NEXT WEEK, FROM ALL OF US HERE, GOOD-BYE AND GOD BLESS

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