Kresta in the Afternoon – May 4, 2016 – Hour 1

+  China Cracks Down on Religious Freedom

  • Description: Christians worldwide were shocked last week to read that Ding Cuimei, the wife of a Chinese pastor, had been buried alive as she and her husband attempted to prevent their church from being bulldozed by developers. This is just the latest story in a disturbing trend that is developing in the Communist nation. On April 23, Chinese president Xi Jinping on party leaders to take the initiative in reasserting control over religion. What does this mean for a growing Christian population that is projected to become the world’s largest within a few decades? We’ll talk about it with Bob Fu.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Bob Fu
      Bob Fu is the Founder and President of China Aid. He was born and raised in China and was a student leader during the Tiananmen Square protests. He and his wife, Heidi, were imprisoned for two months in 1996 for “illegal evangelism.” Bob has testified before several Congressional commissions and was rewarded the John Leland Religious Liberty Award in 2007. He’s the author of God’s Double Agent.
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+  On the Run from ISIS (2 segments)

  • Description: The water in Rome’s Trevi Fountain was dyed red last week to raise awareness of Christian persecution. It’s been nearly two years since ISIS came to power and we’re still hearing daily stories of its horrific treatment of Christians. Mindy Belz has spent a decade reporting on the ground from the Middle East. She joins us today with stories of real-life Christians who have refused to abandon their faith, even in the face of losing everything.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Mindy Belz
      Mindy Belz is the Editor of World Magazine. She has written for World since 1986 and has covered war in Africa, the Balkans, Afghanistan and the Middle East. She’s the author of They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecute Christians in the Middle East. Mindy’s reporting has been published in First Things, FrontPage Magazine and the Washington Times and she has appeared on Fox news and ABC News and is a regular guest on radio talk shows.
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