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Adult Film Star Hopes For True Love

“When I was younger,” Candia describes, “I felt like I was blamed for a lot of things. Any time there was an issue within the home or anytime somebody would say something, I would just think, well, maybe they're right. Maybe I'm not that smart. Maybe I won't ever amount to anything.”

Candia grew up believing the world was against her, even God. She shared, “I was never going to be what God wanted me to be, I couldn’t. I felt like He was always mad at me. Like He was always disappointed with me. I was always having to constantly go and repent, ‘Please forgive me, please forgive me.’”

And when she was molested by a family member at 12 years old, Candia blamed herself. She thought, “’Did I provoke that? What did I do? What was it about me that made that happen?’ I did not believe that I was worth love, but I wanted it so bad. I wanted somebody just to put their arms around me and hold on to me and not let me go. But that didn't happen. It's very hard. It is very lonely. And it feels like something that you'll never attain, something that you'll never have.”

Desperate, she married her first love at 18. But it was hardly the fairytale of her dreams. “Prince Charming,” she said, “wasn't so charming. He became violent – abuse and beatings and times that I had to call the police. I was so broken. In my mind, I loved him and that's what love was.

Then, Candia took a friend’s advice and became a stripper. Her first night on stage she was nervous, but not for long. “There were cheers, there was all kinds of nice comments,” she remembered. “They wanted me – can you imagine not just one person but multiple people, at one time?! I'm like, ‘Yeah, this is it. They like me.’ I kind of left that little girl thinking and feelings and heart behind, and just went full force into this.”  

Candia went from stripping, to full nude bars, and eventually porn. By the time she was 30, she was addicted to cocaine and traveling the world as a porn star and high-end escort. 

At the time, she was living in Vegas. “In sin city – penthouse suites, limousines, $5,000 bottles of champagne. I had clients that if I told you their names you would know who they were. They're athletes, they're actors, they're CEOs. I loved it. It was feeding my ego, filling that need to be successful, that need to be desired.”

Candia starred in over 80 porn films – at her peak, she married for a third time. He loved her, but he loved porn more. "He was addicted to porn,” she disclosed, “and the life that I was living. I was like his dream girl."

After 16 years in the industry, Candia realized she still didn’t have what she wanted. "I was at the top of everything,” she shared, “and I had everything I thought I wanted. But it wasn’t real. I'd done everything that there was to do in the movies. I had done everything there was to do in the clubs. I had done everything there was to do in escorting. There wasn't anything else. It just got to a point where I couldn't stand to look at myself in the mirror any more. I didn't like what I was becoming, and I don't know why. But it was as if everything I was doing just stopped filling the void. I felt like I was trapped, like I was hopeless. It was almost like I was feeling like I was when I was a child. I got down on my hands and knees before my husband and I said, 'Please.’ in tears — just wanting him to take me away from all this."

He refused. But something inside Candia wouldn’t let her give up hope. She described, "I just felt like on the inside like there was something more. It was almost like I heard a voice on the inside saying, 'I've got something more for you.' But I didn’t know what that was."

Candia left the industry and her husband when she discovered she was pregnant. Strung out with nowhere to go, she reached out to her two sisters who drove to Vegas to pick her up. By the time they arrived, Candia had miscarried. "'God, why?’ I thought that I was finally going to have somebody to love me. And I was devastated."

Candia flushed the last of her drugs and returned to Minnesota with her sisters. Still desperate, she accepted her sisters’ invitation to church. "There was nothing left but God,” she said. "I was so disappointed in myself. How could He be any more disappointed in me? I sat down, and I heard the songs. They talked about a God that I really didn't know. They talked about Him like He was right there in the room."

And it was at that moment she suddenly remembered the voice she’d heard months earlier. "'I've got something more for you,' she shared. "I went back to that. 'Really, could there be something more?' I had to take a chance. I said, 'I want to know You, I want to be different. If You say that there's something more for me, I want to know what that is. Show me.'”

That day, she finally realized that Jesus was the love she had always wanted. "I had levels of, 'I was so bad,' or 'I had done this so much,’” she said. "And I didn't realize that He didn't have levels. He just forgave me. And He has filled that void for me. He's the only one that has filled that void for me."

Candia, now happily married and a mother of four, shares her story to anyone in search of unconditional love. "There is a God, He does love you. He wants to have a personal relationship with you. You have to believe something – why not believe in Him?"

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Blessing Those Who Serve America

E 4 Specialist Cooper is proud to serve in the U.S. Army. Cooper says, “It felt more like a calling. It really teaches you so much about discipline. It just helps you grow up in a way.”

His wife Alexis appreciates his dedication to his country and his family. Alexis explains, “I’m very proud of him. He works hard to provide for our family and make sure we're happy and healthy and make sure we have everything that we need."

Alexis admits being an Army wife has its challenges. The toughest was when Cooper deployed for nine months just four weeks after their wedding. Her faith played a big part in getting her through the months alone as a new bride. Alexis says, “Praying for him over there and making sure he was safe.”

Soon after Cooper returned, the couple became a family of three with the arrival of their daughter. Life was good—until their financial situation took a blow when Alexis’ car broke down. They couldn’t afford the $1,800 in repairs…leaving them with Cooper’s old, unreliable truck as their only transportation. They knew it was just a matter of time before the truck broke down too.

Cooper explains, “I feel worried. We only have $300 in savings, there's no way we can get it fixed. It’s all around a really bad situation.”

Despite their predicament, the couple relied on their faith in God. 
        
“I feel like he's got a plan,” says Cooper. He's got something going in the works for us. I don't know what it is. I don't know when it will happen. I'm hoping that it happens sometime soon. But I honestly do believe that in some way, shape or form, He's going to find some way of getting us out of it.”
        
The couple attends a local chapter of a military support organization called Cadence International who contacted Helping The Home Front about their situation. Leaders Dan and Charlotte invited them over to share some good news.

Charlotte begins, “CBN and Helping The Home Front, in conjunction with Cadence International, they found out about your car problems and they just wanted to come alongside you and alleviate some of your stress.”

Alexis replies, “Thank you.”

Dan continues, “We know that this burden of $1,800 is massive. So, we are so excited to share with you that CBN is going to pay for that. So, when you pick up your car, it’s gonna be paid for.”

Alexis exclaims, "Oh! That’s amazing!” 

Cooper asks Alexis, “Are you good?”

Alexis answers, “Yea! I was not expecting that.”

Dan continues, “There’s more. Helping The Home Front and Cadence wants to honor your service and support your family by replacing your truck with a reliable, used car. And there's a car dealership right now ready to take you guys in and help get you into a car so that you can have two reliable cars."

Alexis answers, “Thank you guys so much! I’m sorry. You guys can’t even imagine how this is helping our family and our future. I’m just so blessed.”

Cooper and Alexis headed to the car dealership, picked out a vehicle, and drove it home that day. They had Alexis’s car fixed too. Because of CBN partners, this military couple now has two safe vehicles without a huge financial burden.

Cooper concludes, “Helping the Home Front is such an amazing outreach program. Continue doing what you are doing! It's an amazing blessing that y'all have given my family.”

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A Single Mom’s Journey from Despair to Faith

Shannon is a single mother who always tried to raise her two sons to have faith. But when a hurricane hit her Florida community, their faith was shaken. Shannon told us, “It wasn't really supposed to be a direct hit here...You know, it was a very quick transition to…pack up your prized possessions and get out for your safety.”

Shannon quickly made the decision to evacuate with her sons to escape the violent winds and floods. While staying with family, they found out their house had flooded. They were devastated. She said, “There's moments where you're broken, you’re scared, but then I can't fall apart, because I have two people that depend on me for everything.” Tearfully, she continued, “It's very daunting to even start moving things as one single person or even, you know, a single adult and two children trying to move stuff out.”

Operation Blessing disaster relief teams deployed to Florida before the hurricane even made landfall. In partnership with Christian Center Church, volunteers brought cleaning kits and other relief items to help disaster victims like Shannon and her family.

Shannon was grateful. She said, “Having all-hands-on-deck, helping move things, dismantle bedroom furniture, take out dressers that would have been extremely difficult, even for me and my boys to take out on my own.” She continued, “Thank God for Operation Blessing and my church that immediately came over to meet the need of helping me pick things up and clear them out.”

Thanks to the support of Operation Blessing partners, Shannon and her boys got the help they needed to begin recovery and renew their faith.

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700 Club

Tiny Faith Delivers Big Miracle

After a stroke leaves Seanna disabled and angry about her new limitations, she clings to a mustard seed of faith for a full recovery. During a church service, a miracle begins to unfold.

CBN’s impact around the world

USA

Daily prayers for people across the country

CBN’s prayer team prayed with over 1.2 million callers in 2022 alone, while also praying with people through email, social media channels, live chat on the website, and written correspondence.

Latin America

Highlighting testimonies of God’s faithfulness

Vida Dura or “Hard Life” stories are sourced throughout Latin America and produced in Spanish to reach a region with testimonies of people who hit rock bottom and turn to God for change. CBN has a prayer center in Latin America to support people through prayer and faith resources.

Turkey

Serving in the wake of natural disasters

CBN's Operation Blessing was on the ground quickly in the wake of the devastating earthquakes in Turkey, providing much-needed food, relief supplies, and medical aid. After large-scale natural disasters, Operation Blessing strives to be the first to arrive, and the last to leave, tending to the needs long after the news cameras leave.

Ukraine and Poland

For 30 years, CBN has been serving the people of Ukraine

Through CBN’s Orphan’s Promise and Operation Blessing, we were able to quickly provide valuable resources soon after the conflict began, and we continue to support Ukrainian refugees.

International

Projected 135 million* watched a CBN program in 2022

CBN partners are reaching children around the world with the Gospel of Jesus through Superbook, a Bible-based animation series. In 2022 alone, children in 139 countries watched at least one episode of Superbook.

Bible Reading for the Day

Read or listen to today's Old and New Testament Bible readings. Each day is portioned to give the entire Bible to you in a year. Start anytime. Scroll forward or backward if you miss any days or want to get ahead.

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