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June 15, 2019
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Leading the Way with Michael Youssef

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  • Jane Robelot: Welcome, everyone, to a very special program
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  • of "Leading the Way with Dr. Michael Youssef."
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  • I'm Jane Robelot.
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  • We have a fast-paced 30 minutes together now
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  • as we share the impact that "Leading the Way" is having
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  • all around the world to reach the lost
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  • and to equip the saints.
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  • Dr. Michael Youssef: God looked down from heaven,
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  • found the most unlikely person, and he said,
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  • "I'm gonna use you to do my bidding
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  • in the work of the evangelism in the Arab world,
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  • in the Western world, and around the globe.
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  • Dr. Youssef: He wanted the media to be that instrument,
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  • and radio and television was his idea.
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  • Dr. Youssef: When you think about 3.9 billion people,
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  • any of them can literally turn on the radio
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  • or television or go online
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  • and hear the gospel preached in their language.
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  • We are on hundreds and hundreds of outlets so that millions
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  • can hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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  • Literally, we are a globe-encircling ministry.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Hello, my friends.
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  • Greetings from Jakarta, Indonesia,
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  • the largest Muslim country in the world.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Hello, friends, I am honored and privileged
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  • to be standing here, overlooking the Mount of Olives.
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  • Dr. Youssef: I flew 22 hours to London because there were
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  • so many meetings set up by our director here,
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  • Dr. Alan Kirby, and I wanted to be here to meet
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  • every one of those individuals.
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  • And we began to talk about
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  • the issues that are facing England.
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  • male: The distinctiveness of Dr. Youssef's preaching style,
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  • that reaches across broadcast mediums.
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  • It reaches across nations, across language barriers,
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  • across cultures because it is
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  • just the preaching of God's Word.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Work with the same intensity
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  • when it comes to world evangelism,
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  • when it comes to sharing the gospel with the lost,
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  • when it comes to ministering to others.
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  • Dr. Youssef: When you come to Jesus the only way.
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  • [translator translating in foreign language]
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  • Dr. Youssef: You will have the whole truth.
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  • [translator translating in foreign language]
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  • Dr. Youssef: And eternal life.
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  • Dr. Youssef: They love the ministry.
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  • They say, "You teach me.
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  • You fill my soul and my spirit with the Word of God
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  • and encourage me and challenge me."
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  • Lives have been transformed.
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  • God is doing some remarkable things.
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  • Dr. Youssef: God has blessed us with enormous media resources,
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  • and we want to use every bit of it
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  • in order to impact the world for Jesus Christ.
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  • Jane: And what an impact this ministry is having
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  • all across the world for Jesus Christ.
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  • Many of you tune in to "Leading the Way"
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  • for the solid teaching.
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  • So, now, we wanna spend a little time highlighting
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  • the impact of that teaching
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  • on people all around the world.
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  • Michael, you just mentioned 3.9 billion people
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  • can be reached with the gospel message,
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  • and it is having an impact.
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  • These are hungry people throughout the world
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  • that, really, "Leading the Way" is uniquely situated to reach.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Right, and when we speak of the 26 languages
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  • in which the messages have been translated to,
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  • these are the most spoken languages of the world.
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  • I mean, you just think of Mandarin and Cantonese
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  • and you've covered 1.2 billion people.
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  • And then Turkish, and Farsi, and so forth.
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  • So, God has given us since early days--
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  • and I'm glad I did it when I was younger
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  • because the energy that it took for me
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  • to sit in a studio
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  • and to have a specific message to the groups
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  • that within outside of the Western world,
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  • and then have a translator,
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  • and then being able to put these in different languages,
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  • is really a remarkable thing that God allowed that to happen
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  • 20 years ago when we started.
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  • And now, of course, we are using it on the Internet,
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  • so people don't even have to have a radio or a Navigator.
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  • They can go to the Internet, and that is, of course,
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  • a dominant thing in the world today.
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  • Somebody can go and type "Mandarin" or "Cantonese"
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  • or "Farsi" or "Turkish" or "Arabic" or any language,
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  • and they can sit there in front of their computer
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  • or on their iPhone and listen to the gospel message.
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  • And that is a privilege I do not take for granted.
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  • Jane: And in this past year,
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  • there's been a great deal of focus, too, on the West,
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  • the United States, Canada,
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  • the United Kingdom, Australia.
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  • I hear a concern from maybe the sociologist in you,
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  • that's your PhD from Emory, are you concerned about
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  • kind of the more commonplace socialism that we're hearing?
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  • Dr. Youssef: Well, you've got socialism and Islamism
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  • that seem to be working together for some crazy reason,
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  • although I explained that in one of my books.
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  • But they are working together to undermine
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  • Christianity in Europe and in the United States.
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  • Recently, I just showed out in my social media
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  • a video of the--I call it,
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  • "The Third Jihad in Philadelphia."
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  • It's a Philadelphia Islamist school
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  • where they're teaching the kids to sing,
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  • "Behead the infidels, behead the infidels."
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  • And the song is there in Arabic, and translations at the bottom.
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  • I showed it in a social media, and it just went wild.
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  • People could not believe
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  • that this is happening in the United States.
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  • And you know what the school authorities said?
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  • "Well, we need to investigate that."
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  • Right, investigate themselves?
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  • They already approved it.
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  • And this is happening all across the United States and Europe.
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  • And so that--you're right about my new burden
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  • has been now we've got the problem here.
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  • And while we have thousands of people over there
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  • coming to Christ, now they're coming here
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  • and are trying to undermine
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  • the Christian foundation of this nation.
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  • So, I've been challenging myself afresh to double our effort
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  • in the United States, in Europe, and in the West in general,
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  • Australia and Canada, to first help the Christians
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  • wake up and know what's going on.
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  • Most people have no idea that schools in Washington, D.C.
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  • or Philadelphia or California where they're teaching
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  • not just--look, I have Muslim friends.
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  • It's not just Islam.
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  • This is militant Islam.
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  • Now, I showed another video of an imam who's saying,
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  • "I came to the West to escape from Islamism, but now,"
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  • and this is a Muslim imam, he said, "now it's coming here."
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  • He said it scares him.
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  • And so, when a Muslim person's saying that he is seeing
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  • Islamism growing in the West, we better,
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  • we better take notice.
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  • Jane: And this ministry is uniquely positioned
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  • to take notice of that.
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  • We want to share an example of how "Leading the Way"
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  • is equipping the saints.
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  • Meet Garth Dix.
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  • Garth Dix: Hello, my name's Garth Dix.
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  • I'm from Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.
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  • Personally, in my walk of life, I'm 58, and Michael is 70,
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  • and I admire his drive.
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  • The word "retirement"
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  • obviously has just never entered his mind.
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  • Michael's on station 62
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  • and he's on at 7:30 in the morning,
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  • and my wife and I would always listen to
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  • and have church first thing in the morning
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  • before we go to our church in Australia.
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  • His message is always very purposeful
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  • and very strong, straight to the point.
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  • My job overseas was
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  • the main mechanical engineer of different drilling rigs.
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  • I spent eight years in Indonesia,
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  • and in Indonesia, they're 99% Muslim.
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  • I had a fairly good rapport with the local boys
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  • that were working on the rigs.
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  • You share their lives because you're living with them.
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  • You're working with them. You're having lunch with them.
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  • And I had the respect from these men
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  • because I'd been with 'em for about four years.
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  • It came up to a Friday morning, which is their prayer time.
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  • So they went for prayers,
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  • but this one time was very different to before.
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  • They would not talk to me.
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  • I said to the driller, "What is going on?"
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  • And then, with tears in his eyes, he said,
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  • "Boss, the cleric has told us
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  • that we need to kill an infidel to go to heaven."
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  • And I said to him,
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  • "You know my faith, I'm a Christian,
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  • and the God that I serve doesn't say that we
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  • should be killing people to go to heaven.
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  • It's quite the opposite.
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  • For me to go to heaven, I'm to love and care for you."
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  • And he looked at me and he said,
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  • "Yes, Boss, I know."
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  • Because of God's grace and mercy, they saw
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  • the witness of Jesus in the way I was walking.
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  • I walked the walk.
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  • No one harmed me.
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  • No one touched me.
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  • And I'm grateful to this day that I'm here
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  • and I can tell that story, praise God.
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  • But I've been working overseas for 26 years,
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  • and I haven't had a so-called regular church,
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  • and Dr. Youssef made that possible for me.
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  • But I have been personally blessed,
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  • and my wife has been blessed.
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  • We can download his sermons.
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  • Whatever is on the website,
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  • we're so hungry to be able to get it and listen to it.
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  • This is the app.
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  • I will download what Michael's put
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  • on "Leading the Way."
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  • We can listen to any of these at any stage
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  • if we can't get to church.
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  • Michael never compromises,
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  • and I love the way that he sees it,
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  • and he says it the way it is.
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  • Things are black and white,
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  • and that's how it should be seen.
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  • There's no gray matter.
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  • And that's why I really enjoy listening to him
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  • because I know what he's saying is truth, and it's real.
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  • Jane: Garth Dix said it right.
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  • There is no compromise with Michael Youssef.
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  • The truth is the truth, and it all begins and originates
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  • from right here where we are in Atlanta, Georgia.
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  • This is the "Leading the Way" global operations center,
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  • where the infrastructure is really built and created
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  • to send out that global message, as you said,
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  • really crossing every line in the world,
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  • reaching Muslims, reaching people
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  • who live in countries that are socialist or communist,
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  • and reaching people in the West
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  • where those philosophies are now coming up.
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  • Michael, it's all about the truth.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Absolutely, and Jesus himself said,
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  • "When you know the truth, the truth will set you free."
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  • So, philosophy, pop psychology,
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  • all of these things, motivational preaching,
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  • which is now becoming a commonplace in the West,
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  • is just motivational speakers really, not preachers.
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  • All of that doesn't help people.
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  • It's Band-Aid on a cancer that is growing inside.
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  • And that cancer only has one answer,
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  • one cure, and that's the blood of Jesus Christ.
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  • And that's what the message of the truth is all about.
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  • The gospel is the gospel.
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  • The gospel has never been changed in 2.000 years.
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  • It's never been--people have tried to modify it,
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  • water it down, but in the end, all of that is feeble
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  • and an effort that will not produce fruit.
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  • And so, it's been my conviction since I was a young man
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  • when I gave my life to Christ, and I remember,
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  • at the age of 18, I said, "I'll go anywhere, do anything,
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  • but I'll always be faithful to the preaching of the truth."
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  • Because in the end, I only care about what Jesus thinks
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  • and what Jesus will say to me on that great day.
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  • Jane: That's a wonderful challenge to all of us
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  • to have that same attitude.
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  • Now we wanna introduce people
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  • to someone who truly knows what it's like to live
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  • under a regime that is socialist and communist.
  • 00:12:31.180 --> 00:12:35.030
  • Gina: I was born into a world,
  • 00:12:38.260 --> 00:12:41.120
  • an early 1950's existence that was uniquely different,
  • 00:12:41.130 --> 00:12:45.230
  • a world of privilege, but also secrecy,
  • 00:12:45.240 --> 00:12:48.210
  • where everything, everything about fellow man was exposed.
  • 00:12:48.220 --> 00:12:53.090
  • They were watching, and they were listening.
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  • It had all been designed for the common good of man,
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  • but the benefits were shared by few.
  • 00:12:58.210 --> 00:13:01.140
  • This so-called "new class," seized power
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  • not by excellence in education or ethical integrity,
  • 00:13:04.270 --> 00:13:08.250
  • but by political scheming and the complex machinations
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  • of organizing and running a society
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  • based on exploitation and deception.
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  • My family was the beneficiary of this society
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  • and its empty promises.
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  • My father was one of the architects of socialism,
  • 00:13:25.020 --> 00:13:27.250
  • and as such, we were launched into the inner circle
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  • of its feared, revered leader, Marshall Tito.
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  • This was Yugoslavia in the 1950s.
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  • Communism had reared its ugly head.
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  • Gina: I was born in Washington, D.C.,
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  • but when I was four months old,
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  • my family returned to Yugoslavia,
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  • where my father was
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  • minister plenipotentiary of foreign affairs
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  • under Tito, Marshall Tito.
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  • Gina: His name was Marshall Tito,
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  • an icon of his time, and for generations to come,
  • 00:13:57.230 --> 00:14:01.010
  • he was masterful in his ability to manipulate and control.
  • 00:14:01.020 --> 00:14:05.130
  • Like all great despots, he had his way with people.
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  • I didn't know it at the time,
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  • but I was living under his iron-fisted rule.
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  • It is possible to live life even comfortably
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  • and completely misread its underlying realities.
  • 00:14:16.290 --> 00:14:20.040
  • Gina: One of the aspects of communism
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  • is that there is no religion.
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  • The state is your religion.
  • 00:14:25.060 --> 00:14:26.220
  • So I was raised
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  • with absolutely no religious foundation.
  • 00:14:28.030 --> 00:14:31.240
  • It's like having something missing all the time,
  • 00:14:31.250 --> 00:14:34.120
  • but you're not aware of it,
  • 00:14:34.130 --> 00:14:35.250
  • and you simply go along through life
  • 00:14:35.260 --> 00:14:37.290
  • and you're simply not aware of it.
  • 00:14:38.000 --> 00:14:40.190
  • I had a deep spiritual need which I always, always felt,
  • 00:14:40.200 --> 00:14:46.120
  • but I went through 35 years without ever addressing it.
  • 00:14:46.130 --> 00:14:51.130
  • Gina: When my father defected to America
  • 00:14:52.070 --> 00:14:53.290
  • and brought his family to freedom,
  • 00:14:54.000 --> 00:14:55.280
  • I learned for the first time what my parents had endured.
  • 00:14:55.290 --> 00:14:59.140
  • Little did I know
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  • that our new freedom was something people
  • 00:15:00.270 --> 00:15:02.160
  • simply took for granted in America.
  • 00:15:02.170 --> 00:15:04.270
  • They considered it their unalienable right
  • 00:15:04.280 --> 00:15:07.040
  • to be born free, but real freedom
  • 00:15:07.050 --> 00:15:09.180
  • would not come for me until 30 years later,
  • 00:15:09.190 --> 00:15:12.130
  • when I came to know Christ.
  • 00:15:12.140 --> 00:15:14.090
  • Gina: I can se now how the Lord moved in my life,
  • 00:15:14.210 --> 00:15:17.210
  • how each thing led to another.
  • 00:15:17.220 --> 00:15:20.050
  • I'm a jogger.
  • 00:15:20.060 --> 00:15:21.150
  • I would tune in to Michael Youssef.
  • 00:15:21.160 --> 00:15:24.070
  • It happened to coincide with my jogging time.
  • 00:15:24.080 --> 00:15:27.120
  • There was something about Michael
  • 00:15:27.130 --> 00:15:28.220
  • where he really leads you into something
  • 00:15:28.230 --> 00:15:30.210
  • through elliptical circles, honing in,
  • 00:15:30.220 --> 00:15:33.100
  • honing in on the point
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  • so that you really understand it in a very personal way.
  • 00:15:35.150 --> 00:15:39.230
  • Began to apply what he was saying to my life,
  • 00:15:39.240 --> 00:15:43.230
  • that I understood now who Christ was.
  • 00:15:43.240 --> 00:15:47.220
  • When I think about what Michael and "Leading the Way"
  • 00:15:47.230 --> 00:15:49.210
  • has brought to my life, and I imagine how he's being broadcast
  • 00:15:49.220 --> 00:15:54.070
  • all around the world now, and how many people have
  • 00:15:54.080 --> 00:15:57.150
  • the opportunity to have the gospel brought to them,
  • 00:15:57.160 --> 00:16:00.220
  • I just think about how much I love the program
  • 00:16:00.230 --> 00:16:04.040
  • that seems to relate
  • 00:16:04.050 --> 00:16:06.010
  • to something going on in my life.
  • 00:16:06.020 --> 00:16:08.070
  • Gina: As I look back on my life,
  • 00:16:09.110 --> 00:16:11.030
  • I know unequivocally that God has guided and protected me
  • 00:16:11.040 --> 00:16:14.140
  • every step of the way.
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  • It came to me through Michael Youssef.
  • 00:16:16.140 --> 00:16:18.200
  • His presentation of the true gospel
  • 00:16:18.210 --> 00:16:20.210
  • was what enabled me to make the personal leap of faith
  • 00:16:20.220 --> 00:16:25.000
  • that has brought me to Christ.
  • 00:16:25.010 --> 00:16:28.010
  • My eternal home is secure,
  • 00:16:28.020 --> 00:16:30.150
  • and for the rest of my days on this earth,
  • 00:16:30.160 --> 00:16:33.020
  • I will walk in freedom.
  • 00:16:33.030 --> 00:16:34.180
  • Jane: Michael, we can't change the situations
  • 00:16:36.190 --> 00:16:38.160
  • that people are in around the world.
  • 00:16:38.170 --> 00:16:40.100
  • We can't change the places where they grow up,
  • 00:16:40.110 --> 00:16:43.030
  • the challenges they face every day,
  • 00:16:43.040 --> 00:16:44.270
  • but we can offer, through this ministry,
  • 00:16:44.280 --> 00:16:47.180
  • freedom through Christ.
  • 00:16:47.190 --> 00:16:49.240
  • Dr. Youssef: Yes, and that's the only thing we're about
  • 00:16:49.250 --> 00:16:51.290
  • in this ministry, and that is why, for all these years,
  • 00:16:52.000 --> 00:16:55.120
  • I have insisted on not having any financial relationship
  • 00:16:55.130 --> 00:17:01.010
  • with "Leading the Way" whatsoever,
  • 00:17:01.020 --> 00:17:02.180
  • no compensation whatsoever,
  • 00:17:02.190 --> 00:17:04.030
  • because I wanted people to realize
  • 00:17:04.040 --> 00:17:08.120
  • that I'm about the gospel.
  • 00:17:08.130 --> 00:17:10.020
  • I'm not about personal benefits.
  • 00:17:10.030 --> 00:17:12.010
  • And so when you think of Gina,
  • 00:17:12.020 --> 00:17:13.290
  • I think Gina is really a representative
  • 00:17:14.000 --> 00:17:17.040
  • of probably tens of thousands of people
  • 00:17:17.050 --> 00:17:20.000
  • that we don't hear from.
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  • We hear from thousands,
  • 00:17:22.050 --> 00:17:24.010
  • and that's why we think if the Lord is leading us now,
  • 00:17:24.020 --> 00:17:27.100
  • we know that in our Vision 2025,
  • 00:17:27.110 --> 00:17:30.000
  • is he's leading us to reach a million people.
  • 00:17:30.010 --> 00:17:32.180
  • But if we hear from a million people,
  • 00:17:32.190 --> 00:17:34.050
  • that means there are probably
  • 00:17:34.060 --> 00:17:35.150
  • ten million who have we have not heard from.
  • 00:17:35.160 --> 00:17:38.050
  • But it doesn't matter because in heaven we will.
  • 00:17:38.060 --> 00:17:40.190
  • That's really all that matters.
  • 00:17:40.200 --> 00:17:42.200
  • And many of our financial partners,
  • 00:17:42.210 --> 00:17:44.220
  • who sacrificially and sacrificingly give
  • 00:17:44.230 --> 00:17:47.250
  • to this ministry, you know, they're gonna have people
  • 00:17:47.260 --> 00:17:51.020
  • walking up to them in heaven and say, "Thank you,
  • 00:17:51.030 --> 00:17:53.070
  • because of what you have done,
  • 00:17:53.080 --> 00:17:55.070
  • I am here today in heaven."
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  • Jane: Amen, and "Leading the Way"
  • 00:17:57.240 --> 00:17:59.130
  • is on the very frontlines of reaching the Muslim world,
  • 00:17:59.140 --> 00:18:03.100
  • reaching the lost for Christ.
  • 00:18:03.110 --> 00:18:05.040
  • Here's one amazing example of a woman who listened
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  • and understood the truth.
  • 00:18:08.160 --> 00:18:10.110
  • female: Well, my family came to America from Iran in 1972.
  • 00:18:11.060 --> 00:18:16.280
  • I was only a year old,
  • 00:18:16.290 --> 00:18:18.260
  • but they came here for school, my family.
  • 00:18:18.270 --> 00:18:21.110
  • They finished high school and went to college here.
  • 00:18:21.120 --> 00:18:23.210
  • And they eventually decided to stay here.
  • 00:18:23.220 --> 00:18:25.280
  • And when I was about 11, my mom,
  • 00:18:25.290 --> 00:18:30.120
  • she was always religious,
  • 00:18:30.130 --> 00:18:31.290
  • but she became very religious as far as the Muslim faith.
  • 00:18:32.000 --> 00:18:37.160
  • That's when she started to cover herself,
  • 00:18:37.170 --> 00:18:40.110
  • wear the veil, and that was enforced.
  • 00:18:40.120 --> 00:18:44.040
  • The prayers were enforced.
  • 00:18:44.050 --> 00:18:45.150
  • We would go to the Friday night prayers in the mosques,
  • 00:18:45.160 --> 00:18:49.000
  • and everything just changed overnight.
  • 00:18:49.010 --> 00:18:52.060
  • It was very difficult because my family,
  • 00:18:52.070 --> 00:18:57.190
  • my mother, my parents would force it on me.
  • 00:18:57.200 --> 00:19:02.170
  • I just knew that that was not for me.
  • 00:19:02.180 --> 00:19:04.060
  • I didn't know who Jesus was.
  • 00:19:04.070 --> 00:19:06.250
  • I didn't know nothing.
  • 00:19:06.260 --> 00:19:11.180
  • I have a long commute to work, and I always listen to the news.
  • 00:19:11.190 --> 00:19:16.210
  • And one day, I said, "I'm tired of listening to the news,"
  • 00:19:16.220 --> 00:19:19.290
  • so I just flipped through the AM station
  • 00:19:20.000 --> 00:19:22.090
  • and that was the first time, almost two years ago,
  • 00:19:22.100 --> 00:19:26.040
  • I listened to "Leading the Way."
  • 00:19:26.050 --> 00:19:29.040
  • I do recall just being blown away.
  • 00:19:29.050 --> 00:19:34.130
  • I forgot I was in traffic.
  • 00:19:34.140 --> 00:19:36.130
  • I forgot I was even in my car.
  • 00:19:36.140 --> 00:19:38.210
  • The first thing that really got me with Dr. Michael Youssef
  • 00:19:38.220 --> 00:19:43.130
  • was his passion, the way he said his messages,
  • 00:19:43.140 --> 00:19:48.010
  • the way he conveyed it.
  • 00:19:48.020 --> 00:19:49.170
  • Then you start listening to his messages.
  • 00:19:49.180 --> 00:19:52.280
  • It was pure truth,
  • 00:19:52.290 --> 00:19:56.110
  • and he just gives you so much hope.
  • 00:19:56.120 --> 00:19:59.140
  • I wouldn't have made my decision--
  • 00:19:59.150 --> 00:20:01.060
  • I know I wouldn't have made any decision to convert
  • 00:20:01.070 --> 00:20:04.010
  • if it wasn't for "Leading the Way,"
  • 00:20:04.020 --> 00:20:07.080
  • absolutely not.
  • 00:20:07.090 --> 00:20:09.040
  • Jane: And, Dr. Youssef, I really feel like this ministry
  • 00:20:10.200 --> 00:20:13.110
  • is uniquely positioned to reach people who are
  • 00:20:13.120 --> 00:20:17.000
  • maybe not really in segmented target areas otherwise.
  • 00:20:17.010 --> 00:20:21.270
  • This Iranian woman,
  • 00:20:21.280 --> 00:20:23.200
  • who's a Muslim driving down the road,
  • 00:20:23.210 --> 00:20:25.130
  • but she happens across this channel.
  • 00:20:25.140 --> 00:20:27.030
  • She hears it. She knows the truth.
  • 00:20:27.040 --> 00:20:28.200
  • And much of that goes back to your own background.
  • 00:20:28.210 --> 00:20:31.160
  • You grew up Evangelical Christian
  • 00:20:31.170 --> 00:20:33.170
  • under a brutal dictatorship in Egypt under Nasser,
  • 00:20:33.180 --> 00:20:37.200
  • but you also have a degree in sociology,
  • 00:20:37.210 --> 00:20:40.150
  • and you also have a masters degree in theology.
  • 00:20:40.160 --> 00:20:42.260
  • And really, to take your unique background,
  • 00:20:42.270 --> 00:20:46.000
  • you're able to reach people
  • 00:20:46.010 --> 00:20:47.110
  • that are kind of off the radar in other places.
  • 00:20:47.120 --> 00:20:49.170
  • Dr. Youssef: Exactly, and, you know,
  • 00:20:49.180 --> 00:20:51.100
  • God knows what he's doing.
  • 00:20:51.110 --> 00:20:53.010
  • I always tell people, "The sovereignty of God is
  • 00:20:53.020 --> 00:20:55.140
  • the most comforting doctrine in the Scripture.
  • 00:20:55.150 --> 00:20:59.010
  • When you know that God is overruling,
  • 00:20:59.020 --> 00:21:02.020
  • that God is the one who's in charge of all--
  • 00:21:02.030 --> 00:21:05.100
  • and we think we're in charge,
  • 00:21:05.110 --> 00:21:07.020
  • and even when we get into a mess,
  • 00:21:07.030 --> 00:21:08.180
  • and then we come out of a mess, and we think we're doing this,
  • 00:21:08.190 --> 00:21:11.270
  • and we're doing that and the other thing,
  • 00:21:11.280 --> 00:21:13.260
  • in reality is that God has all of that all worked out
  • 00:21:13.270 --> 00:21:17.210
  • in his economy to bring his elect,
  • 00:21:17.220 --> 00:21:22.010
  • to bring his children.
  • 00:21:22.020 --> 00:21:24.090
  • As the book of Acts says,
  • 00:21:24.100 --> 00:21:25.190
  • "Those who are appointed unto salvation."
  • 00:21:25.200 --> 00:21:28.020
  • And that's all we really wanna do.
  • 00:21:28.030 --> 00:21:30.070
  • We don't wanna force anybody to believe.
  • 00:21:30.080 --> 00:21:32.200
  • We don't wanna convert anyone, because we can't anyway.
  • 00:21:32.210 --> 00:21:36.110
  • Only God converts people.
  • 00:21:36.120 --> 00:21:37.210
  • Story after story, we see how God does it.
  • 00:21:37.220 --> 00:21:40.260
  • And that's really the great joy
  • 00:21:40.270 --> 00:21:42.060
  • of being co-laborers with Christ,
  • 00:21:42.070 --> 00:21:45.220
  • is that we do this small part that he gifted us to do,
  • 00:21:45.230 --> 00:21:49.150
  • and then he does the rest.
  • 00:21:49.160 --> 00:21:51.100
  • Jane: And we find out enough of that to give us fuel
  • 00:21:51.110 --> 00:21:53.170
  • to be passionate about the very next day
  • 00:21:53.180 --> 00:21:56.070
  • and the next mission that God sets us on.
  • 00:21:56.080 --> 00:21:59.040
  • And we appreciate so much
  • 00:21:59.050 --> 00:22:00.220
  • that we and our listeners and viewers
  • 00:22:00.230 --> 00:22:02.250
  • and people who support this ministry all band together,
  • 00:22:02.260 --> 00:22:05.270
  • people all over the world,
  • 00:22:05.280 --> 00:22:07.130
  • to maximize the impact for Christ,
  • 00:22:07.140 --> 00:22:09.270
  • to passionately proclaim that uncompromising truth.
  • 00:22:09.280 --> 00:22:13.180
  • Dr. Youssef: This is, beloved, the power of the gospel,
  • 00:22:14.080 --> 00:22:18.030
  • and that power knows no geographical boundaries.
  • 00:22:18.040 --> 00:22:20.210
  • It knows no separation of distance.
  • 00:22:20.220 --> 00:22:22.270
  • It knows no hindrance of language.
  • 00:22:22.280 --> 00:22:24.240
  • That power that has no distinction of culture,
  • 00:22:24.250 --> 00:22:28.050
  • that power is the power of the gospel
  • 00:22:28.060 --> 00:22:31.100
  • when it is faithfully proclaimed.
  • 00:22:31.110 --> 00:22:33.210
  • female announcer: God has blessed "Leading the Way"
  • 00:22:34.260 --> 00:22:36.160
  • and Dr. Michael Youssef for over 30 years.
  • 00:22:36.170 --> 00:22:40.090
  • Loyal partners have sustained and encouraged the ministry
  • 00:22:40.100 --> 00:22:43.150
  • as methods "Leading the Way" uses to reach
  • 00:22:43.160 --> 00:22:45.270
  • the nations and people for Jesus Christ
  • 00:22:45.280 --> 00:22:48.010
  • have continuously shifted and changed.
  • 00:22:48.020 --> 00:22:50.110
  • But Dr. Youssef's message of passionately proclaiming
  • 00:22:50.120 --> 00:22:53.170
  • uncompromising truth has never wavered.
  • 00:22:53.180 --> 00:22:57.000
  • Dr. Youssef: So many things I would never have thought about,
  • 00:22:57.010 --> 00:22:59.220
  • but God brought about.
  • 00:22:59.230 --> 00:23:01.100
  • Doors that I never thought would open,
  • 00:23:01.110 --> 00:23:03.140
  • he opened them wide.
  • 00:23:03.150 --> 00:23:04.240
  • Literally, we are a globe-encircling ministry.
  • 00:23:04.250 --> 00:23:08.270
  • Now, "Leading the Way" is reaching
  • 00:23:08.280 --> 00:23:11.000
  • into hundreds of millions of homes,
  • 00:23:11.010 --> 00:23:14.190
  • proclaiming God's Word more than 13.000 times a week.
  • 00:23:14.200 --> 00:23:20.220
  • But what is more amazing are
  • 00:23:20.230 --> 00:23:22.100
  • the testimonies of lives changed.
  • 00:23:22.110 --> 00:23:26.200
  • female: There are no words to describe
  • 00:23:26.210 --> 00:23:28.000
  • what Dr. Youssef has done in my life
  • 00:23:28.010 --> 00:23:30.020
  • in helping me understand the love of Christ.
  • 00:23:30.030 --> 00:23:32.080
  • announcer: Faithful supporters from around the world
  • 00:23:33.230 --> 00:23:35.180
  • have helped Dr. Youssef bring the gospel of Christ
  • 00:23:35.190 --> 00:23:38.140
  • to the darkest and most remote corners of the world
  • 00:23:38.150 --> 00:23:41.090
  • by using different platforms
  • 00:23:41.100 --> 00:23:42.250
  • to reach people right where they are.
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  • male: No one had ever told me abut this Jesus.
  • 00:23:45.170 --> 00:23:48.120
  • Tonight was something I have never experienced.
  • 00:23:48.130 --> 00:23:52.010
  • female: I watch your videos in secret,
  • 00:23:53.220 --> 00:23:55.130
  • away from my family, and I really thank God for you.
  • 00:23:55.140 --> 00:23:58.230
  • announcer: "Leading the Way"
  • 00:23:58.240 --> 00:24:00.050
  • doesn't just teach the good news,
  • 00:24:00.060 --> 00:24:01.270
  • but we reinforce it with on-the-ground follow-up,
  • 00:24:01.280 --> 00:24:04.220
  • spiritual guidance, and support
  • 00:24:04.230 --> 00:24:06.190
  • as believers grow in their faith,
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  • and connections with underground churches
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  • to help Christ followers grow
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  • and develop a deeper love of him.
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  • male: My uncle brought sheikhs to convince me
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  • to turn back to Islam,
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  • but they couldn't win the discussion.
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  • I knew my Bible,
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  • and your programs enabled me to answer their questions.
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  • announcer: As "Leading the Way" continues to use
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  • ever-changing methods to transform hearts and lives,
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  • we focus on the future and a brand-new challenge
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  • from Dr. Youssef: Vision 2025.
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  • Dr. Youssef: It is a strategic plan
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  • that God laid on my heart with the goal of seeing
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  • 1 million people come to Christ by 2025.
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  • It is an unprecedented opportunity for us
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  • to reach more people than ever before
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  • with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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  • announcer: Join with us to impact the world.
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  • "Leading the Way with Dr. Michael Youssef,"
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  • we are passionately proclaiming uncompromising truth.
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  • Jane: And thanks to those amazing people,
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  • we're able to buy more time on more platforms
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  • to reach even more people.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Absolutely, and I just want to thank
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  • those who have given and those who will be giving.
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  • I know that God is moving some hearts today.
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  • And I want you to listen to what God directs you to do,
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  • and please, as you know, I receive no compensation
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  • from "Leading the Way" whatsoever.
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  • In fact, one of my books just brought
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  • half a million dollars to the ministry.
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  • That's because I have no compensation,
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  • no interest in what God does in this ministry
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  • other than giving it, of myself.
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  • And so I want to challenge you, if you haven't,
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  • now is the time.
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  • This is the moment.
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  • Help us meet this particular challenge,
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  • gift challenge, for this fiscal year.
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  • God bless you. I know he will.
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  • announcer: Stand with Dr. Youssef
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  • and thousands of ministry partners around the world
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  • as God draws lost souls to Christ
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  • through your partnership with "Leading the Way."
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  • Watch as your generous gifts help racially transform lives
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  • as we expand the ministry
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  • through our Vision 2025 Initiative.
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  • Dr. Youssef's teaching programs
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  • will be available on new stations.
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  • Navigators will be delivered to unreached places.
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  • On-the-ground follow-up teams will work together
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  • to maximize the impact of our expanding media content,
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  • and the global ministry will share the gospel
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  • as we grow to reach the next generation.
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  • To help fuel the ministry
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  • and maximize our fiscal year-end gift challenge,
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  • generous partners have committed $650.000 in matching funds
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  • to "Leading the Way."
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  • You can help $650.000 become $1.3 million.
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  • Call, write, or visit us online at ltw.org
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  • to give your generous gift today.
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  • 00:26:59.090 --> 00:27:07.080
  • announcer: Passionately proclaiming
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  • uncompromising truth,
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  • "Leading The Way" with Dr. Michael Youssef
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  • thanks you for your faithful support
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  • through your continued prayers and gifts.
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  • ...
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