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Story number 3 for 24 Jan 2000

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A Christian television station is refusing to accept a license by the Federal
Communications Commission because of new guidelines attached to it. The new
guidelines, restricting the amount of religious programming, forced Cornerstone
Television to make the move. They said it would jeopardize their ability to carry out
your mission of sharing the Gospel. The guidelines require noncommercial educational
TV stations to devote half of their time to educational materials, excluding preaching
and most church services. National Religious Broadcaster and members of Congress
oppose the guidelines, which could affect 90 other such stations.

Story number 1 for 21 Jan 2000

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We begin today’s newscast in strife torn Indonesia where the Muslim and
Christian conflict continues. After three days of rioting Christians are fleeing the
Island of Lombok (lohm-bahk). Clashes there have claimed two-thousand lives over
the last year. Guy Sire with New Tribes Mission says we’re seeing a fundamental shift
in the country. “Indonesia has always been a Muslim country with an attempt to keep
the government secular. But, what we’re finding now is without a strong powerful figure
in the presidency, Islamic elements are making their bid for control of the country.”
According to Sire, because many New Tribes missionaries are in safe areas of the
country, their work has slowed. “We have a tremendous core of Indonesians that have
gone through our training program there. We still have two families still in the Moluccas
and have not evacuated out. But, we sincerely need more Indonesians, challenged to
reach their own people.”

Story number 3 for 21 Jan 2000

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With the Balkans in ruins, World Servants is making plans to go into twelve
destroyed villages this spring to help rebuild. Chris Clum says not only are they
working to provide shelter, but they also want to give back the future the Serbian
soldiers stole from the Albanians. “One of the things they did in these villages when they
went in is target the schools. They leveled the schools, and in some cases, killed all the
teachers in some of these villages. So, we are going to go back to one of these villages
and work with the people that live there and rebuild the school.” Clum says helping the
Muslim community in this manner will give them a chance to share the Gospel. “It’s a
wonderful open door for us to share our Christian faith by just working alongside them
and helping meet some practical needs really warms their hearts to receive the Gospel.
As we’ve been over there and have begun to build relationships, they begin to ask
questions-“Why are you here?” “Tell us about your faith.””

Story number 4 for 21 Jan 2000

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Elsewhere, a message on the Bible millennium lands a Chinese pastor in jail
again and another chance to share Christ with authorities. Voice of the Martyrs
reports that the Chinese people are to refer only to the “new century” and not use the
word millennium due to it being a Biblical term. Li De Xian was preaching on that topic
when he was arrested earlier this week by local police. Xian says he welcomes the
opportunity as a means to plant seeds and share the Gospel with the PSB authorities.

Story number 1 for 20 Jan 2000

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We begin today’s newscast in the Balkans where American Christians there are
wondering if the arrest of an American soldier will affect their work. The U-S
Army Sergeant has been charged in the death of an 11-year-old Albanian girl in
Kosovo. Joel Samy is President of World Hope and lives in the region. He’s
optimistic. “As we touch base with a number of the Christian organizations on the field
here, they also convey the unsettling aspect of this news. They continue to work
day-by-day feeding, providing hope, sharing the Gospel with those in need. And,
specifically helping the ethnic Albanians in their resettlement program.” Samy believes
the incident won’t have a direct impact on their work. “We certainly know that
incidents like this cause great concern. However, the ethnic Albanian people look at
the whole process in seeing that the Americans are here risking their lives to provide
peace and stability and this certainly will have a ripple affect in the community.”

Story number 2 for 20 Jan 2000

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Next, with the peace talks with Syria at a standstill, the work of repatriating
Jews to their homeland continues. Christians For Israel’s David Sudlow says
even though there have been talks of Israel giving up more land to Syria, those talks
haven’t done anything to affect their Exobus Project. “The immigration from the former
Soviet Union to Israel is up. In fact, our latest report is that we can not meet all the
requests of those who want to leave for Israel.” According to Sudlow, because the
Jewish people have been so mistreated, it opens doors to share the Gospel with them
as they return. “We do have a God given mandate at this time. I believe that with all my
heart that we’re called to come along side the Jewish people and to stand with God’s
Biblical promises for them. To assist them, to help them where ever we can. And, it’s
the cup of cold water in Jesus name that really touches their hearts.”

Story number 3 for 20 Jan 2000

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Reuters is reporting that religious unrest continues to spread throughout
Indonesia’s riot-torn islands. Violence has reached southern Sulawesi, where a mob
of 200 Muslims attacked six Christians. Meanwhile, some leading Muslims have urged
a holy war against Christians in the Moluccas, known also as the spice islands. Please
continue to pray for believers and evangelistic work in this country. Many missionaries
report that despite the trouble, the church remains alive and vibrant.

Story number 4 for 20 Jan 2000

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Meanwhile, Southern Baptist missionaries are encouraged by a report showing
their effectiveness in overseas missions. The International Mission Board’s
annual statistical report for last year showed that with the help of their partners, more
than 360 thousand new Christians were baptized. Record growth was also seen in new
churches and church memberships. Team members continue their commitment to share
with the world the good news of Jesus Christ.

Story number 2 for 20 Jan 2000

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Next, tomorrow is the anniversary of the Roe versus Wade decision. That’s the
decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Bethany Christian Services, a
Michigan based adoption and crisis pregnancy agency, is helping to point mothers to
be to the Savior. Linda VanderKuyl (vander-KY-uhl) is a crisis pregnancy counselor.
“We’re very empathetic. She’s in a crisis. She needs assurance that there is hope she is
going to get through this. She doesn’t need to make decisions in panic. There’s plenty
of time for making a decision, whatever she decides is going to affect her for the rest of
her life.” VanderKuyl says they use these special times to share the Gospel with these
hurting ladies. “There’s many opportunities when a woman is faced with a crisis like
this. We may pray with her at the hospital or varied different points. The birth mothers
that come here are from all different walks of life.” According to VanderKuyl some of
them do come to Christ.

Story number 1 for 19 Jan 2000

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Topping today’s newscast, anti-Christian sentiment has been building in India
for several months, and Hindu zealots have reportedly been spreading rumors
about Christianity to the tribes people in hopes of inspiring intimidation.
However, Dayspring International’s John Gilman says there has been an interesting
turn of events. “Persecution in India is not going to go away for some time because of
the ruling party, but it’s caused the church to come together. In November, 150
Christian leaders gathered together in a historic meeting with a commitment to the
uniqueness of Christ and loyalty to the Scriptures as a result of this wave of
persecution.” Gilman this means there is a new field for ministry. “It’s a spiritual
movement-it’s what we would classically describe as a great move of the Holy Spirit
sweeping the nation of India as the people of God embrace their communities and their
states and their nation.”