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I'm the Executive Director of Mission Network News, a broadcast network servicing more than 900 radio stations in North America, New Zealand, Eucuador, Romania and Moldova

Monday, April 11, 2005

I was the interviewee

Well, I got to sit in the oposite seat over the weekend. Our NBC affiliate, WOOD-TV 8 called to ask if I would be willing to do an interview in response to the bombing that took the life of an 18-year-old West Michigan man. He was traveling across north Africa 'seeing the sites', but at the same time handing out medicines and sharing the Gospel when ever they could.

They ended up in Egypt where Alex was killed in a random terrorist bombing. Three others were injured. TV-8 wanted to know the dangers of sharing the Gospel around the world. He noticed we were here in West Michigan and called us.

His questions we all good. Mission Network News was shown in a good light. He used great video cuts, but he took one of my comments out of context and used it. I was telling him that many Christians around the world give their lives every day for sharing their faith. When I was in India, I asked those pastors how we could pray for them...'should we pray for your saftey?' They said, 'no we consider suffering for Jesus is a worth it...' Then I told the reporter that their battle cry was, Phil 1:27 "For me to live is Christ, to die is gain..." Well, he used that as a battle cry for these young men, of whom I had never meant. A bit of a bummer.

I guess reporters can't get everything right.

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