The season premiere of CBS's "Touched By An Angel" prominently featured {{Wayne Watson}}'s song "For Such A Time As This." The No. 1-rated inspirational drama season opener, seen this past Sunday (September 26th), focused on war-torn Sudan and the persecuted Christians who are being sold into slavery. This moving anthem is from Wayne's latest album, ==The Way Home==.

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Martha Williamson, ==Touched By An Angel== executive producer, heard the song while listening to a Salt Lake City radio station. She was so moved by "For Such A Time As This" that she tracked down the song.

"We're honored and blessed by all of this," said Watson, who will begin work on a new album this winter. " I hope this song continues to not only touch people but motivate change in them. This is one of the highlights of my 20 years of doing this work."

Watson recorded a new version of the song, at the request of Williamson, with producer Michael Omartian specifically for the episode.

Actress Roma Downey, playing the angel Monica, delivers a powerful message to a fictional U.S. senator. Referring to the Biblical account of Esther, Monica challenges the senator that she too may have been appointed to her influential position in life "for such a time as this." Watson's song can be heard in its entirety as the show comes to an inspirational close.

Prior to hearing Watson's song, Williamson had already begun to develop an episode addressing the slavery and genocide in Sudan after hearing about the situation through a CBS news piece and network executives. As Williamson began to receive information on the situation from several sources, including Dem. Congressman Donald Payne and Rep. Sen. Sam Brownblack, she was encouraged to produce an episode focusing on this situation.

Williamson knew that she could recreate on screen the exchange of money for human lives and increase awareness about the tremendous suffering of this 15-year internal war. Statistics report that 1.9 million Sudanese have died in the last decade and there have been a reported 4.3 million refugees with no formal intervention from other countries.

Many of the people who appeared as extras in the episode were themselves former Sudanese slaves, still carrying the scars of the abuse they suffered at the hand of their oppressors. Thirty-six of the Sudanese extras were local men, women and children now living in Salt Lake City; and thirty-four were from San Diego, CA.

Watson attended a special screening of the program's season premiere this week (Tuesday, Sept. 21), in front of the Senate and top legislative leaders on Capitol Hill along with Roma Downey, Martha Williamson and top CBS executives.

"For Such A Time As This" was the #1 Inspirational Song of the Year in 1998, according to year-end industry charts, and has been used in the past year for a number of impactful events. {{Wayne Watson}} was asked to perform the song this past May by a high school student from Littleton, CO, at a rally held by students at Cherry Hills Community Church and at a memorial/service of hope for the Columbine High School students at the Denver Coliseum.

by Barry Smades for The Music Channel at Crosswalk.com

For more information about persecuted Christians in Sudan and how you can help -- check out the website for The Center For Religious Freedom.