Christian World News • July 16, 2015 • By FEBC

Welcome to FEBC World News Here are today’s top stories from around
the world Child in Famous Vietnam War Photo Learns to
Forgive Charleston Families Demonstrate the Power
of Forgiveness ISIS Islamic Teacher Turns to the Bible Imprisoned Iranian Christian Pastor To Be Released Early 240 Syrian Refugees Flee to Belgium from Syria A traumatic past has been transformed into
a bright future for Kim Phuc, the 9 year-old girl who was the subject of a famous photo
taken during the Vietnam War. A survivor of a napalm attack, Phuc has turned to God for
the strength to forgive. After suffering disfiguring burns, 14 months of hospitalization, and multiple
surgeries, Phuc was questioning if she still wanted to live. When she discovered Christianity,
Phuc was transformed from a National Symbol of War to a woman who campaigns for peace
around the world, even forgiving her attackers. “Through my story, I really give people
hope. If they [are] seeking hope and forgiveness, it’s possible. If that little girl can do
it, then everyone can do it,” she said. In the aftermath of the murder of 9 members of Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina the Christian community has rallied around the cross for strength. Church and family members have refused to allow hate to triumph, instead choosing to show mercy to Dylann Roof, the 21 year old gunman. The Christian community is following Jesus’ example and is extending forgiveness to Roof in the midst of their grief, speaking to him about love at his bond hearing and holding a city-wide prayer vigil. The churches in Charleston never closed their doors and have been nationally recognized as a testament to the power of God’s love. A seasoned missionary in the Muslim world
recently shared a story on The Voice of the Martyrs Radio program about a taxi driver
in Lebanon who gave a Bible to an ISIS teacher of jihad. The driver picked up a man near
the border of Syria who requested to find a Bible before he flew home to Saudi Arabia.
The driver was a Christian and he fulfilled the man’s request. The man then told the
driver that he had been teaching ISIS fighters jihad 1-0-1, the theology and practice of
jihad. He was sick of the killing and he knew there had to be something better, finding hope through the Bible. Iranian Christian pastor Farshid Fathi has
been imprisoned in Iran since December 2010 for what the Iranian government says are crimes
of Christian faith and ministry work. Arrested in his home in Tehran, Fathi has since been
housed at two different prisons, the same prisons as another Iranian
Christian pastor, Saeed Abedini, who was arrested for similar crimes on September 2012. On
July 4, 2015 Fathi was informed that he would be released in December 2015, 2 years earlier
than his original sentence. Fathi asks that his family in Christ would be praying for
him in his final months of harsh imprisonment. Over the past 2 months, civil society groups
have moved 240 people to the Lebanese border in secret. From there these mostly Christian
families were taken to Belgium, one of several European countries who have chosen to aid
religious minorities in Syria. The government in Brussels has rescued these refugees from
inevitable persecution and is expected to grant them asylum. Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, was home to 160,000 Christians 3 years ago. One of the biggest populations of Christians
in the Middle East, Aleppo became a war zone. Islamic militants and rebels have invaded
the city, causing unbearable conditions. Thank you for watching Christian World News, brought to you by FEBC.

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