Christian World News – May 18, 2018


>>THIS WEEK ON “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,” CELEBRATING AN HISTORIC MOMENT FOR ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES. THE U.S. BECOMES THE FIRST NATION TO MOVE ITS EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM, OPENING THE DOOR FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW.>>PLUS…IN THE PAST 70 YEARS, MILLIONS OF JEWS WORLDWIDE HAVE MOVED TO ISRAEL. WE’LL SHOW YOU THE HAPPY RETURNS AND LEARN WHY SO MANY HAVE DECIDED TO MAKE ALIYAH.>>AND TRAGEDY IN INDONESIA: THREE CHURCHES BOMBED ON A SUNDAY MORNING. THE ATTACKERS, ALL MEMBERS OF ONE FAMILY. *>>HELLO, EVERYONE, WELCOME TO THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.” I’M GEORGE THOMAS.>>AND I’M WENDY GRIFFITH. IT IS OFFICIAL, THE U.S. EMBASSY IN ISRAEL NOW RESIDES IN THE CAPITAL OF JERUSALEM.>>POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS CELEBRATEDED THE CELEBRATED THE EVENT, WHICH TOOK PLACE ON THE 70th ANNIVERSARY OF ISRAEL’S FOUNDING. CHRIS MITCHELL HAS THIS REPORT.>>Chris: STEVEN MNUCHIN UNVEILED THE SEAL.>>ON BEHALF OF THE 45th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WE WELCOME YOU OFFICIALLY, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, TO THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES HERE IN JERUSALEM, THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL.>>Chris: IN A VIDEO, HER FATHER, PRESIDENT TRUMP, SAID HIS DECISION ACKNOWLEDGED REALITY.>>President Trump: ISRAEL IS A SOVEREIGN NATION WITH THE RIGHT, LIKE EVERY OTHER SOVEREIGN NATION, TO DETERMINE ITS OWN CAPITAL. YET FOR MANY YEARS WE HAVE FAILED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE OBVIOUS: THE PLAIN REALITY THAT ISRAEL’S CAPITAL IS JERUSALEM.>>Chris: ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU CALLED IT HISTORIC.>>WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY. REMEMBER THIS MOMENT! [APPLAUSE] [CHEERING]>>PRESIDENT TRUMP, BY RECOGNIZING HISTORY, YOU HAVE MADE HISTORY.>>Chris: AMBASSADOR DAVID FRIEDMAN HOSTED THE EVENT AND TOLD CBN NEWS ABOUT HE FELT ABOUT THE HISTORIC DAY.>>WE’VE BEEN PLANNING FOR THIS FOR 25 YEARS. AND THANK GOD IT CAME. IT WAS JUST AN INCREDIBLE MOMENT, ONE THAT WILL PROBABLY TAKE ME WEEKS FOR ME TO PROCESS ALL OF MY EMOTIONS.>>Chris: AFTER NEARLY 23 YEARS, THE JERUSALEM EMBASSY ACT HAS BEEN FULFILLED, WITH THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HERE IN JERUSALEM. BUT SOME SAY IT IS NOT JUST HISTORY IN THE MAKING, BUT ALSO PROPHECY IN ACTION.>>WE’RE SEEING PROPHECY UNFOLD. I DON’T KNOW WHEN THE LORD IS COMING BACK, BUT I KNOW TODAY IT GOT A LITTLE CLOSER.>>THIS IS ALSO A PROPHETIC MOMENT BECAUSE GOD PROMISED ISRAEL, IN THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY, CONCERNING THE NATIONS, I WILL MAKE YOU THE HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL.>>Chris: OTHERS SAW IT AS ISRAEL TAKING ITS PLACE AMONG THE NATIONS.>>ONE OF THE MOST VISIBLE MANIFESTATIONS OF THE DOUBLE STANDARD IS IT IS THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD NOT ALLOWED TO ANNOUNCE ITS OWN CAPITAL. I HOPE WE SEE THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THAT. FOR THE ISRAELI PEOPLE, THEY WILL BE TREATED LIKE FIRST-CLASS CITIZENS OF THE WORLD.>>AND IT TELLS ISRAEL’S ENEMIES, THIS IS THE CAPITAL, THE AMERICAN EMBASSY IS HERE, NOW DEAL WITH IT.>>Chris: MEANWHILE, THOUSANDS OF PALESTINIANS RIOTEDED ALONG THE ISRAELI-GAZA BORDER TO PROTEST, AND ALSO MARKED THE NAKBA. DURING THE RIOTS GAZAN OFFICIALS SAID MORE THAN 50 DIED AND HUNDREDS MORE WOUNDED. THE I.D.F. DROPPED THOUSANDS OF LEAFLETS, WARNING PROTESTORS TO STAY AWAY FROM THE BORDER, AND BLAMED THE HAMAS TERROR GROUP FOR THE UPRISING.>>WE WILL CONTINUE TO DEFEND OUR SOVEREIGNTY, OUR CIVILIANS, AND OUR BORDER. WE WILL DO SO WHILE TRYING TO MINIMIZE THE AMOUNT OF CASUALTIES, BUT WE WILL NOT LET THE RIOTERS THROUGH AND TO HARM ISRAELI CIVILIANS THAT ARE A RUNNING DISTANCE AWAY.>>Chris: ISRAEL SAID CAPTURED GAZANS TOLD THEM HAMAS ENCOURAGES CHILDREN TO CROSS THE FENCE. THEY WANT IT TO BE SEEN AS A POPULAR UPRISING AN NOT INSPIRED BY HAMAS. CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, AT THE NEW U.S. EMBASSY, JERUSALEM.>>THE U.S. ISN’T THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT IS MOVING ITS EMBASSY TO ISRAEL.>>THAT’S RIGHT, GEORGE. PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DECISION IS OPENING THE DOOR FOR OTHER NATIONS TO FOLLOW.>>Reporter: ON DECEMBER 25th, 2017, GUATEMALAN PRESIDENT JIMMY MORALES ANNOUNCED HIS COUNTRY WOULD MOVE ITS EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM. TODAY IT BECOMES THE SECOND NATION AFTER THE UNITED STATES TO OFFICIALLY DO SO. CBN NEWS GOT THE FIRST INTERVIEW WITH THE PRESIDENT IN ISRAEL.>>GUATEMALA HAS BEEN A BLESSED NATION, AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE HAD AN EXCELLENT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL, WITH THE PRESIDENT IN 1948. AND SINCE THEN, WE’VE HAD EXCELLENT RELATIONS, AND WE HAVE TO STRENGTHEN THEM. AND I BELIEVE WE WILL BE RECEIVING BLESSINGS FOR BOTH PEOPLES BY DOING THE RIGHT THING.>>Reporter: AT THE OPENING, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU WELCOMED GUATEMALA’S PRESIDENT AND CITEDECITED THE HISTORIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ISRAEL AND GUATEMALA.>>THERE ARE GUATEMALAN STREETS IN MANY COMMUNITIES IN ISRAEL BECAUSE WE REMEMBER OUR FRIEND. GUATEMALA IS OUR FRIEND. [APPLAUSE]>>IT IS A VERY BRAVE DECISION. IT’S AN HISTORIC DECISION. AND WE ARE HAPPY ABOUT THIS. WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID IS THE CORRECT DECISION.>>Chris: SA SARA SOLIS IS THE GUATEMALAN AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL.>>GUATEMALA WAS THE FIRST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO ESTABLISH AN EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM IN 1956. THE FIRST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. SO NOW WE ADD ANOTHER MILESTONE TO THIS HISTORY, AND THAT IS THE RETURN OF THE EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM.>>Chris: GUATEMALA HAS A HISTORY OF SUPPORTING ISRAEL. IN 1948, IT JOINED THE U.S. IN RECOGNIZING THE JEWISH STATE. AFTER PRESIDENT HARRY S. TRUMAN DID SO FOLLOWING DAVID BEN-GURION’S DECLARATION OF ISRAEL’S INDEPENDENCE.>>THERE ARE VERY FEW COUNTRIES THAT HAVE THIS KIND OF HISTORY.>>Chris: YES.>>SO WE FEEL VERY CLOSE TO THE STATE OF ISRAEL. AND WE HAVE CREATED A UNIQUE FRIENDSHIP.>>Chris: ISRAELI LEADERS, INCLUDING MICHAEL OREN, SEE THE U.S. AND GUATEMALA SAYS JUST THE BEGINNING.>>WE HAVE AFFIRMATIONS FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC, FROM HUNGARY, SOME LATIN-AMERICA COUNTRIES AS WELL, AND WE’LL BE EAGERLY AWAITING THEM. AND THEY’LL BE VERY NICE PLACES AVAILABLE IN JERUSALEM.>>THIS IS NOT THE END OF A PROCESS. I BELIEVE, ACTUALLY, IT IS THE BEGINNING OF A PROCESS. WHAT THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION AND PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS DOING WAS, I THINK, IN A WAY SHOOTING THE STARTING SHOT FOR THE RACE. I BELIEVE THERE WILL BE MANY OTHER NATIONS THAT WILL FOLLOW THE UNITED STATES.>>Chris: JERUSALEM MAYOR NIR BARKAT HELPED FACILITATE THE MOVE.>>THEY ARE VERY CHEERFUL AND GOOD PEOPLE, AND I’M VERY PROUD OF OUR PARTNERS IN GUATEMALA. THAT WILL BE THE SECOND EMBASSY MOVING.>>I WAS AMAZED BY THE INNUMERABLE AMOUNT OF CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES THAT THE EMBASSY RECEIVED, NOT ONLY FROM ISRAEL, BUT FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. IN MANY LANGUAGES. FROM AFRICA, FROM EUROPE, FROM LATIN-AMERICA, SAYING CONGRATULATIONS, GUATEMALA. WE SUPPORT YOU. THEY WERE SAYING, OUR COUNTRY SHOULD DO THE SAME. OUR PRESIDENT SHOULD MAKE THAT DECISION.>>Chris: AND THAT’S WHERE GUATEMALA COMES IN. IT HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGES OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS IN THE WORLD. AND ONE REASON WHY THE COUNTRY IS ON ITS WAY TO JERUSALEM.>>PEOPLE IN GUATEMALA PRAY FOR THE PEACE IN THIS REGION, PRAY FOR JERUSALEM. AND THEY ARE EXCITED. THEY TOLD ME IT WAS AN HONOR THAT IT WAS DURING YOUR TERM. I FEEL PRIVILEGED. I FEEL MOVED. I FEEL THAT THIS IS A GIFT FROM GOD. I KNOW THAT A LOT OF BLESSINGS WILL COME AFTER THIS DECISION. THIS IS A PROMISE IN THE BIBLE, IN GENESIS. AND I DON’T THINK — I’M SURE MANY BLESSINGS WILL COME FORWARD.>>Chris: CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, AT THE NEW GUATEMALAN EMBASSY, JERUSALEM.>>EXCITING.>>>WELL, IT IS CALLED ALIYAH, AND IT MEANS GOING UP. SCOTT ROSS EXPLORES WHAT INSPIRES JEWS TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES AND MOVE TO ISRAEL.>>AND WELCOME BACK TO “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.” IMAGINE THIS: THERE WERE ONLY ABOUT 600,000 JEWS LIVING IN PALESTINE WHEN ISRAEL BECAME A NATION IN 1948. THE NEW COUNTRY, AS YOU YOU CAN IMAGINE, NEEDED CITIZENS IN ORDER TO SURVIVE AND GROW, BUT WHERE WOULD THEY COME FROM?>>EXACTLY. CBN’S SCOTT ROSS TAKES A LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED THEN AND WHAT IS STILL GOING ON TODAY.>>Reporter>>Scott: THEY COME FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, TO A PLACE MANY HAVE NEVER BEEN. YET THE JEWISH PEOPLE HAVE LONGED TO RETURN TO THIS LAND FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS.>>I’M SARAH FROM FRANCE.>>HI, I’M FROM URUGUAY.>>I’M HERE BECAUSE I LOVE ISRAEL.>>MY NAME IS DEBBIE. I’M FROM CORDOVO, ARGENTINA.>>I’M FROM RUSSIA.>>I’M FROM BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, AND I MADE ALIYAH IN DECEMBER. I’M A LAWYER IN NEW YORK. I’M HERE BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY JEWISH STATE THERE IS.>>Scott: IT IS CALLED, ALIYAH, LITERALLY GOING UP. THE TERM DESCRIBES WHEN PEOPLE WENT UP TO JERUSALEM TO WORSHIP AT THE TEMPLE. NOW IT MEANS IMMIGRATING OR RETURNING TO ISRAEL. YOU’RE AN AMERICAN?>>YUP.>>Scott: WHY DID YOU COME?>>IT IS A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY. I LOVE IT HERE.>>Scott: YEAH. ARIZONA IS BEAUTIFUL?>>ARIZONA IS BEAUTIFUL, BUT IT IS NOT ISRAEL.>>Scott: LAST YEAR 27,000 NEW IMMIGRANTS ARRIVED IN ISRAEL, INCLUDING 3600 FROM THE UNITED STATES.>>FOR OVER 3,000 YEARS WE WERE DISCONNECTED, BUT WE WERE PRAYING FOR JERUSALEM. AND SO IT CONTINUES EVERY DAY.>>Scott: I SPOKE WITH NATAN SHARANSKY, LEADER OF THE JEWISH AGENCY WHICH OVERSEES BRINGING THE JEWISH PEOPLE HOME.>>I’M VERY PROUD TO BE THE HEAD OF AN ORGANIZATION NOW WHICH BROUGHT 3.5 MILLION JEWS TO THE CENTER OF ISRAEL.>>Scott: HE MADE HEADLINES IN THE ’80s AS A POLITICAL PRISONER IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION. INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE LED TO HIS RELEASE AND HE IMMIGRATEDED TO ISRAEIMMIGRATED TO ISRAEL
IN 1986.>>I MEET WITH A LOT OF IMMIGRANTS, AND I LOVE TO BE IN THE AIRPORT TO SEE THEM GOING DOWN FROM THE AIRPLANE. BECAUSE YOU THINK AFTER EACH OF THESE PEOPLE, THERE ARE AT LEAST 50 GENERATIONS OF JEWS WHO WERE PRAYING AND DREAMING ABOUT COMING TO JERUSALEM. IT IS A HUGE CIRCLE, A THOUSAND YEARS OF EXILE.>>Scott: PROPHETS ISAIAH, JEREMIAH, AND EZEKIEL, ALL SPOKE OF A TIME WHEN GOD WOULD BRING THE JEWISH PEOPLE BACK TO THE LAND OF ISRAEL. THE PROPHET AMOS SAYS THEY WILL NEVER BE DISBURSEDED DISBURSED AGAIN. IMMIGRANTS FACE A WHOLE NEW WORLD WHEN THEY ARRIVE.>>SOME OF THE PEOPLE LEFT EVERYTHING, LEFT THE FRIENDS, LEFT FAMILIES, LEFT THE SMELL, THE FOOD, THE JOBS, ALL OF THE THINGS THAT THEY KNEW, AND THEY’RE COMING HERE TO START A NEW LIFE.>>Scott: THAT’S WHY THE STATE WORKS TO CREATE A SMOOTH TRANSITION. ZEBRA LEADS AN ABSORPTION CENTER IN JERUSALEM. NEW IMMIGRANTS LIVE HERE FREE FOR FIVE MONTHS, SO THEY CAN FOCUS ON LEARNING HEBREW AND LIVING IN ISRAEL.>>THEY CALL IT THE FIRST HOME IN THE HOMELAND. THEY’RE COMING HERE AND THEY HAVE LIKE A SOFT LANDING. THEY DON’T NEED TO BE AFRAID FROM THINGS. WE HELP THEM TO BE PART OF ISRAEL, BUT STEP BY STEP.>>Scott: HOW IMPORTANT IS IT THAT THEY LEARN HEBREW?>>THE MAIN REASON THAT THE PEOPLE ARE HERE IN THIS ABSORPTION CENTER IS TO GET TO KNOW THE LANGUAGE. THE HEBREW IS THE KEY TO THE ISRAELI SOCIETY. IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF ISRAEL, IF YOU WANT TO BE THE LEADER OF THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, YOU NEED TO KNOW THE LANGUAGE.>>Scott: UPON ETZILAN IS MAINLY FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE A UNIVERSITY DEGREE. ARE THERE CONFLICTS BETWEEN THEM, CULTURALLY, SOCIALLY? ADAPTING TO ONE ANOTHER?>>YES. THE CULTURE DIFFERENT. THE LANGUAGE IS DIFFERENT. SO TO PUT TOGETHER 250 YOUNG ADULTS IN ONE PLACE, YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT IS GOING ON HERE IN THE EVENING. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE BECOMING FRIENDS FOR LIFE.>>Scott: DO THE MAJORITY STAY IN ISRAEL?>>THE FIRST YEAR AND THE SECOND YEAR ARE THE HARDEST ONES. IF YOU SURVIVE THE TWO YEARS, PEOPLE ARE STAYING IN ISRAEL AND THIS IS GOING TO BE THEIR HOME.>>Scott: I SPOKE WITH SOME OF THE STUDENTS ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES.>>IT IS THE LAND OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE, AND THAT IS WHY I’M HERE. I WANTED TO ESSENTIALLY COME HOME AND TO BE WITH MY FELLOW JEWS. AND TO FIND A JEWISH HUSBAND.>>Scott: WHY DID YOU COME?>>I CAME TO ISRAEL BECAUSE I FEEL THIS IS THE HOMELAND OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2,000 YEARS WE HAVE OUR OWN HOMELAND. IT IS EXCITING TO BE A PART OF.>>Scott: WHAT KIND OF WORK WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET INTO?>>I STUDIED ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE, SO HOPEFULLY SMNGR SOMETHING ISOMETHING IN THAT AREA.>>Scott: DO YOU YOU WANWANT TOGET MARRIED?>>YEAH, SURE. THERE ARE PLENTY OF BEAUTIFUL JEWISH GIRLS.>>OUR PROPHETS SPEAK ABOUT IT, THE GRAND DESIGN. THE GATHERING OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL. AND I WANT TO HELP THE PEOPLE MAKE THIS DECISION NOT BY GIVING ORDERS, NOT BY PUSHING THEM, NOT BY SHAMING THEM, BUT SIMPLY BY GIVING THEM THE FEELING OF HOW GOOD IT IS.>>Scott: SCOTT ROSS FOR CBN IN JERUSALEM.>>COMING UP, MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS ARE SEEKING GOD DURING RAMADAN. CHRISTIANS ARE PRAYING, TOO, ASKING THE LORD TO REVEAL HIMSELF TO SEEKERS.>>WELCOME BACK TO “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS” ON CBN NEWS. RAMADAN, A TIME OF FASTING AND PRAYER FOR MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS AROUND THE GLOBE STARTED THIS WEEK. BUT MUSLIMS WON’T BE THE ONLY ONES PRAYING. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS WILL TAKE PART IN AN ANNUAL 30 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD. IT IS A TIME WHEN CHRISTIANS PRAY FOR GOD TO REVEAL HIMSELF TO THEIR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS.>>WE WANT THEM TO BE SEEKING GOD IN A WAY THAT WOULD OPEN UP THEIR EYES TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW WHO JESUS IS, TO KNOW THE CHRISTIAN STORY IN A WAY THAT SEEKERS WOULD REALLY UNDERSTAND. SO WE WANT TO PRAY THAT GOD DOES SOMETHING SPECIAL.>>AROUND 100,000 COPY OF THE MOVEMENT’S PRAYER GUIDE ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.>>THE BODIES OF 20 EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS MURDERED BY ISIS IN LIBYA TWO YEARS AGO ARE NOW HOME. ISIS MARCHED THE CHRISTIANS ON TO A BEACH AND BEHEADED THEM ON CAMERA. THE REMAINS WERE FLOWN TO EGYPT. THE COPTIC COMMUNITY RECENTLY HONORED THE MARTYRS BY ERECTING A NEW CHURCH IN THEIR HOME TOWN.>>MULTIPLE SUICIDE ATTACKS IN INDONESIA ON SUNDAY. A MUSLIM FAMILY OF SIX, INCLUDING CHILDREN, LAUNCHED GRUESOME ATTACKS ON THREE CHURCHES. THE ATTACKS COME AS INDONESIA CONTINUES TO SEE A RISE IN ISLAMIC FANATICISM. CTV CAPTURES A MOMENT WHEN TWO MILITANTS RIDING TWO MOTORCYCLES BLOW THEMSELVES UP AT A SECURITY GATE LEADING TO A POLICE HEADQUARTERS IN INDONESIA.>>WE CAN CONFIRM A POLICE OFFICER WAS A VICTIM OF THE EXPLOSION.>>AUTHORITIES SAY A FAMILY OF FOUR, INCLUDING A CHILD, WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTACK. MONDAY’S BLAST HAPPENED A DAY AFTER SUICIDE BOMBINGS AT THREE CHURCHES ROCKED INDONESIA’S SECOND LARGEST CITY OF SOLOBIO.>>IT WAS 7:50 IN THE MORNING, AND THE CHURCH WAS ANNOUNCING THE PLANS FOR THE NEXT WEEK WHEN THE EXPLOSION HAPPENED. EVERYONE WAS SCARED.>>IN AN UNUSUAL TWIST, THE ATTACKERS, ALL WEARING SUICIDE VESTS, WERE A FAMILY OF SIX: FATHER, MOTHER, TWO DAUGHTERS AND TWO SONS. THE CHILDREN’S AGES RANGED FROM NINE TO 18. THE TWO SONS STRUCK FIRST, HITTING SAN SANTA MARIA CATHOLIC CHURCH.>>15 PEOPLE WERE INJURED, INCLUDING POLICE WHO STOOD GUARD IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH.>>FIVE MINUTES LATER, THE MOTHER AND HER TWO DAUGHTERS WALKED INTO AN INDONESIA CHRISTIAN CHURCH AND DETONATEDE DETONATED THEIR EXPLOSIVES.>>I WAS IN A FOOD COURT, AND I SUDDENLY HEARD THE EXPLOSION FROM NOWHERE.>>THE FATHER THEN DROVE HIS BOMB-LADEN CAR ACROSS TOWN TO A PENTECOSTAL CHURCH. IN ALL, 13 PEOPLE WERE KILLED, AND MORE THAN 40 OTHERS WOUNDED. ISIS CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ATTACKS.>>THIS ACT OF TERRORISM IS REALLY BARBARIC, AND BEYOND THE LIMIT OF HUMANITY.>>THE PARENTS REPORTEDLY BELONGED TO A TERROR GROUP WITH TIES TO THE ISLAMIC STATE. IN INDONESIA, THEY HAVE SEEN A RISE IN ISLAMIC EXTREMISM IN RECENT YEARS. REPORTS SAY MORE THAN 1,000 INDONESIANS JOINED ISIS TO FIGHT THE WAR IN SYRIA. MANY OF THEM HAVE NOW RETURNED HOME. WITH THE RISE OF FAN FANATICISM, RELIGIOUS MINORITIES ARE OFTEN TARGETED BY ISLAMIC MILITANTS. ON SUNDAY, POPE FRANCIS OFFERED PRAYERS FOR THE VICTIMS OF INDONESIA’S CHURCH ATTACKS.>>Through Translator: LET’S INVOKE TOGETHER THE GOD OF PEACE IN ORDER TO STOP THESE VIOLENT ACTIONS. MAY EVERYONE’S HEARTS HAVE SENTIMENTS OF RECONCILIATION AND BROTHERED HOOD, NOT SENTMENTS OF HATE OR VIOLENCE.>>THIS WEEKEND’S BOMBINGS WERE THE WORST AGAINST CHRISTIANS IN INDONESIA, SINCE THE CHRISTMAS 2000 ATTACKS WHEN ISLAMIC TERRORISTS KILLED 15 PEOPLE AND WOUNDED NEARLY 100.>>>YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHURCH AROUND THE WORLD AND HOW YOU CAN PRAY AND SUPPORT PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS, JUST GO TO OUR WEBSITE, cbnnews.com. WE’LL BE BACK RIGHT AFTER THIS.>>WELL, SUNDAY, MAY 20th, MARKS PENTECOST SUNDAY. PENTECOST IS WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT EMPOURE EMPOWERED CHRIST’S DISCIPLES TO PEACH THE GOSPEL TO THE WHOLE WORLD.>>AND IT WILL BE THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE UNREACHED, BECAUSE AS PAUL STRAND REPORTS, BILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD AREN’T ABLE TO HEAR THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST.>>Reporter: MORE THAN A THIRD OF HUMANITY WILL LIKELY NEVER HEAR A MESSAGE ABOUT JESUS.>>OUT OF THE SEVEN BILLION PEOPLE ON PLANET EARTH, I THINK 3.2 BILLION PEOPLE, WHICH IS AGAIN, ABOUT 40% OF THE POPULATION, THAT HAVE NO OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THE GOSPEL WHERE THEY LIVE.>>Reporter: WAYNE PETERSON SAYS THAT’S WHY ON MAY 20th, HIS ORGANIZATION WILL HOLD ITS THIRD INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE UNREACHED. WHY THEN? BECAUSE IT IS ALSO PENTECOST SUNDAY, WHICH APPROPRIATELY MARKS THE DAY THE HOLY SPIRIT FELL UPON CHRIST’S FOLLOWERS.>>IT IS REALLY THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT GIVES POWER TO THE GOSPEL.>>Reporter: THE DAY IS MEANT TO RAISE AWARENESS.>>ON AVERAGE, THE CHURCH SPENT LESS THAN 1% TOWARDS REACHING THE UNREACHED. DO WE CARE? DOES THIS BREAK OUR HEARTS? DOES IT UNIT US AND MOTIVATE US TO TAKE ACTION?>>WE OUGHT TO PAY ATTENTION TO A PERSON’S LAST WORDS. IN THIS CASE, JESUS SAID, TAKE THE GOSPEL TO THE OUTER MOST PARTS OF THE EARTH.>>Reporter: UNFORTUNATELY, AMERICAN CHURCH-GOERS CAN’T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT THAT LED TO.>>OVER 50% DID NOT KNOW, WHEN ASKED, WHAT IS THE GREAT COMMISSION.>>Reporter: HE HOPES A WORLDWIDE LIVE BROADCAST ON MAY 20th WILL GIVE CHRISTIANS WHAT THEY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GREAT COMMISSION AND WHAT THEY CAN DO TO FULFILL IT. *>>Reporter: TOP PREACHERS AND TEACHERS LIKE DR. DAVID PLATON WILL TAKE PART AGAIN THIS YEAR.>>PEOPLE WHO ARE BORN, THEY LIVE, AND THEY DIE, AND THEY NEVER EVEN HEAR — NOBODY EVER TELLS THEM THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD’S LOVE FOR THEM IN CHRIST.>>Reporter: FOR THOSE WHO MAY THINK REACHING THE UNREACHED IS NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS, PETERSON HAS THIS ADMONITION.>>IF WE HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY THE LOVE OF CHRIST AND HAVE EXPERIENCED HIS SALVATION AND HIS FORGIVENESS, THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE, ANY OF US SHOULD WANT TO SHARE IT WITH OUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR OR OUR NEIGHBOR AROUND THE WORLD.>>Reporter: PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>THAT IS IT FOR THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF “CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.”>>IT IS. THANKS SO MUCH FOR

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  1. I love the passion Guatemala’s diplomat has for Israel. I like her immediately. God bless her and her country

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