CRISIS HAS HIT IRAQ.
ISIS MILITANTS WORK TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE REGION.
PERSECUTING ANYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH THEM...
AN IRAQI NATIVE WHO ESCAPED PERSECUTION AND NOW LIVES
IN COEUR D'ALENE.
IS WORKING TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE DIRE HUMANITARIAN
SITUATION...KXLY 4'S ALEX LEFRIEC SAT DOWN WITH HIM...ALEX
WHAT DID HE HAVE TO SAY? AARON, THE STORY OF MICHAEL
PAUL HAS PLENTY OF TWISTS
AND TURNS..AND HE SAYS PERSECUTION
IN IRAQ FOR DIFFERING CONVICTIONS HAS BEEN GOING ON
MICHAEL PAUL CRIED TODAY..
I really cried today to God.
I mean what a hero he is.
He was arrested in Libya and he went to Syria again
and he didn't care.
WHEN HE THINKS OF AMERICAN JOURNALIST JIM FOLEY AND
HIS HORRIFIC FATE.
HE KNOWS HE COULD HAVE BEEN IN THE SAME SITUATION.
They used high voltage elctricity, cold water, beaten
PAUL GREW UP AS A MUSLIM IN IRAQ BUT FOUND CHRISTIANITY
AT THE AGE OF 18.
HE ASSISTED THE UNITED STATES MILITARY AS A CULTURAL
ADVISOR AND INTERPRETOR AND WAS KIDNAPPED AND TORTURED
MULTIPLE TIMES....BY DIFFERENT GROUPS FOR WHAT HE
People in Iraq today.
They don't have social justice.
NOW MICHAEL PAUL IS ON A MISSION: TO CONVERT ARABS
FROM ISLAM...TO CHRISTIANITY.
The real source of extremeism in the world and the
unrest situation, is the teaching of the Quaran.
AFTER ESCAPING IRAQ, PAUL MOVED TO COEUR D'ALENE AND
STAYED WITH A HOST FAMILY, BEFORE OPENING HIS OWN
BARBER SHOP, J.C.
HE SAYS HE IS GRATEFUL FOR THE FREEDOMS AMERICA OFFERS,
FREEDOMS WE OFTEN..TAKE FOR GRANTED.
They neglect what a blessing it is to live here today.
Just the fact that the first ammendment in our constitution
gives us the right to beleive what we beleive in and
no one can persecute us.
PAUL EVEN SPOKE AT THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY CEMEMONY OF
THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS IN NEW YORK...
I never imagineD that I would be in a spot where all
of the world can see me.
HE SAYS HE HOPES THE MIDDLE-EAST CAN FIND PEACE, AND
THAT EVERYONE AROUND THE WORLD UNDERSTANDS THAT A
SIMPLE THING LIKE BELIEF CAN PUT AN ENTIRE NATION
PAUL SAYS HE HOPES TO RETURN IRAQ ONE DAY TO SHARE
THE GOSPEL, EVEN IT MEANS HE IS MARTYRED FOR IT.
REPORTING IN THE STUDIO, ALEX LEFRIEC, KXLY-4 NEWS.