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Story number 3 for 25 Jan 2000

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Audio Scriptures International is embarking on a new ministry to Albania. The man responsible arrives this week to begin the work. The project
is the first of its kind in the history of Christian literature in the country. He explains the
need they re trying to meet. The situation in Albania is [80-percent] of the population
are not adequately educated, so the written version of the Scripture is great, but we re
targeting those people that live in rural areas that don t know how to read and write.
Dervishi says, as with any fledgling ministry, there are many needs. He adds that they re
currently looking for ways to duplicate the twelve cassette albums for use in Albania.
If we have the albums, then maybe in the end of February or March, we d like to send
the teams there. If there is anybody that wants to contribute to be part of this
tremendous blessing in the history of my country, contact Audio Scripture
International.

Story number 4 for 25 Jan 2000

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Elsewhere, a United States-based outreach is creating a new concept for the
work of churches in their communities. New Focus National’s Betsy Decker calls
this ‘creating space for ministry’. She explains the idea. “Often our lives are so busy,
that we don’t take the time to do what we want to do. New Focus creates the structure
in the church where we can do that. When you have a space, you’re making an
appointment with a person-and, as you’re relating to that person, you have an
opportunity to share your own life testimony about how God helped you.” Decker says
they are asking for prayer support as they work with churches nationwide to implement
their own programs. “Our prayer is that the church will wake up to the potential of
encouraging people daily and being open to people who have needs, so that people
don’t only go to church to worship, but they can go to church to share their need.”

Story number 1 for 24 Jan 2000

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Headlining today’s news the list of countries that fail to allow religious freedom
has been released. It’s called the Open Doors’ World Watch list, comprising of
countries where Christians face the most persecution. Open Doors President Terry
Madison. “Saudi Arabia has the distinction, unfavorable as it is, of being the most
repressive regime in the world for Christian faith. And, they have topped this list again
as number one for a number of years in a row.” Madison says Afghanistan is second,
followed by China, Chechnya and Sudan. 82 other countries made the list. He says
churches can use this as a prayer tool. “It’s very helpful for churches to use because
they can pray their way through the list and remember those who are in bonds for
Christ’s sake. We’re really committed to public education, particularly among the
church folk, to realize that even as we enjoy the freedom that we have, that is not what
others around the world share.”

Story number 1 for 24 Jan 2000

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Headlining today’s news the list of countries that fail to allow religious freedom
has been released. It’s called the Open Doors’ World Watch list, comprising of
countries where Christians face the most persecution. Open Doors President Terry
Madison. “Saudi Arabia has the distinction, unfavorable as it is, of being the most
repressive regime in the world for Christian faith. And, they have topped this list again
as number one for a number of years in a row.” Madison says Afghanistan is second,
followed by China, Chechnya and Sudan. 82 other countries made the list. He says
churches can use this as a prayer tool. “It’s very helpful for churches to use because
they can pray their way through the list and remember those who are in bonds for
Christ’s sake. We’re really committed to public education, particularly among the
church folk, to realize that even as we enjoy the freedom that we have, that is not what
others around the world share.”

Story number 1 for 24 Jan 2000

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Headlining today’s news the list of countries that fail to allow religious freedom
has been released. It’s called the Open Doors’ World Watch list, comprising of
countries where Christians face the most persecution. Open Doors President Terry
Madison. “Saudi Arabia has the distinction, unfavorable as it is, of being the most
repressive regime in the world for Christian faith. And, they have topped this list again
as number one for a number of years in a row.” Madison says Afghanistan is second,
followed by China, Chechnya and Sudan. 82 other countries made the list. He says
churches can use this as a prayer tool. “It’s very helpful for churches to use because

they can pray their way through the list and remember those who are in bonds for
Christ’s sake. We’re really committed to public education, particularly among the
church folk, to realize that even as we enjoy the freedom that we have, that is not what
others around the world share.”

Story number 1 for 24 Jan 2000

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Headlining today’s news the list of countries that fail to allow religious freedom
has been released. It’s called the Open Doors’ World Watch list, comprising of
countries where Christians face the most persecution. Open Doors President Terry
Madison. “Saudi Arabia has the distinction, unfavorable as it is, of being the most
repressive regime in the world for Christian faith. And, they have topped this list again
as number one for a number of years in a row.” Madison says Afghanistan is second,
followed by China, Chechnya and Sudan. 82 other countries made the list. He says
churches can use this as a prayer tool. “It’s very helpful for churches to use because
they can pray their way through the list and remember those who are in bonds for
Christ’s sake. We’re really committed to public education, particularly among the
church folk, to realize that even as we enjoy the freedom that we have, that is not what
others around the world share.”

Story number 1 for 24 Jan 2000

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Headlining today’s news the list of countries that fail to allow religious freedom
has been released. It’s called the Open Doors’ World Watch list, comprising of
countries where Christians face the most persecution. Open Doors President Terry
Madison. “Saudi Arabia has the distinction, unfavorable as it is, of being the most
repressive regime in the world for Christian faith. And, they have topped this list again
as number one for a number of years in a row.” Madison says Afghanistan is second,
followed by China, Chechnya and Sudan. 82 other countries made the list. He says
churches can use this as a prayer tool. “It’s very helpful for churches to use because
they can pray their way through the list and remember those who are in bonds for
Christ’s sake. We’re really committed to public education, particularly among the
church folk, to realize that even as we enjoy the freedom that we have, that is not what
others around the world share.”

Story number 2 for 24 Jan 2000

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Next, among the top ten countries on the World Watch list, most of them are
strongly Islamic. So, evangelism among the Muslim community worldwide has been a
challenge. However, for Arab World Ministries, the light of Christ is being shared
elsewhere. We spoke with one missionary, whom we’ll call “Mark”. His ministry is in
France’s Muslim community. “Mark” says despite the fact that France’s Islamic
population is more open to evangelism, they are faced with many obstacles. “A Muslim
who would become a Christian from a Muslim point of view is a traitor-he’s a traitor to
God, he’s a traitor to his country, he’s a traitor to his family, to his ancestors, to his
history, to all that is good, right and true. Many Muslims who become Christians feel a
lot of pressure to conform to their former religion, to the people around them.”

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.”