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 New Life After Surgery

Peng and Rao always spoiled their little sister because they didn’t know how long she’d be around. Miao had a hole in her heart.

“Doctors said if it got bigger, she could die of heart failure,” her mother shares.

“My mom kept her at home. So, I bought her a little toy frog. When she saw it jumping, she smiled,” Miao’s brother says.

“I always gave her stuffed animals and said, ‘See sister, you have friends,’” adds Miao’s sister.

Meanwhile, Miao barely ate and struggled to breathe. So, Mrs. Zhou found a witch to help.

“The witch told me the devil had taken her healthy soul,” reports Mrs. Zhou. “She did some spells and said they would make her healthy.”

Yet after that, she got weaker.

Miao’s sister, explains, “Her heart beat really hard, like someone hit it with a hammer. She liked music, especially ‘Two Tigers Running Fast.’ So, I played that a lot. I wanted her to be as fast and strong as a tiger.”

Before long, Miao had pneumonia.  

Mr. Miao says, “The hole in her heart had grown from the size of a grain of rice to the size of a bean. Her life was in danger.”

“When I touched her back, I only felt bones,” adds Miao’s sister. "And she didn’t clap anymore when I played music. She just stayed in bed and took medicine.”

Her brother says, “I asked my dad, ‘Is sister going to die?’ He sighed and told me an operation was too expensive.”

Mrs. Zhou shares, “It was the most painful thing to watch. I wish it was me with heart trouble, not her.”

“I didn’t want to see my daughter die like this,” Mr. Zhou adds. “So, I looked around for a charity to help.”

A friend told the Zhous about Operation Blessing, and you helped make heart surgery possible for Miao. 

“My sister is a different person now,” exclaims Miao’s brother.

Her dad declares, “She put on a lot of weight and is full of energy every day.”

“Now when I play songs, she dances like a beautiful butterfly,” Miao’s sister proclaims. “She even danced on stage. I couldn't stop clapping for her.”

“Whenever I see her smile, I am the happiest person in the world,” concludes Mrs. Zhou. “And during the surgery, Operation Blessing volunteers shared God with us. I will try to pray to this God in the future. Thank you to all the Operation Blessing donors. You brought my family out of the dark. Thank you for your love.”

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A Woman’s Journey of Faith and Discovery

Before excelling in the music world as a writer and musician, Cleanne Bowen embarked on a journey of discovering God's true character. From the death of her beloved mother to her same-sex marriage, Cleanne confronts internal questions about God's goodness, His faithfulness, and whether He truly is who He says He is.

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700 Club

Following God’s Path to Success

Mark and Sharon Taylor began their lives together in her hometown of Brooksville, Florida, where he worked in his father-in-law’s mulch business and had ambitious financial goals.

Mark says, “I grew up in a house that didn’t have a lot of money. My parents worked hard but we just didn’t seem to accumulate very much, never owned a home really when we were growing up, ever. My goal was to accumulate a certain amount of money, and then once I got that, that I would never have to work again."

While mark worked in the family’s business, Sharon practiced law. They had two children and were financially stable, but after 8 years, Mark and Sharon took a financial risk and branched out into real estate.

“We wanted to, just try something on our own,” says Sharon. “We did medical office buildings, we also did some sub-division work, where we took large tracts and we split them up into five and ten acre tracts and sell them,” adds Mark. “For the first year we didn’t sell a single lot that was not the plan, the plan was to sell them almost immediately and it just didn’t happen. It’s a little scary, so sometimes with the real estate market that goes way up or way down, uh, it can be crazy.”

They were eventually able to sell those lots. However, the rocky start into the real estate market stretched them financially. Around that time, they began attending a new church where they were challenged to follow the biblical principles of giving and tithing.

“This pastor said ‘hey, you get your Bible, you read it, and you decide if what I say is true,'" sys Mark. "And so he began to talk about tithing, and giving and those types of things.”

“Yes, He tells us we’re supposed to tithe, but that’s just the minimum, you know, and I mean there’s so many scriptures about helping the widows, the orphans, the needy, the poor, and they’re always gonna be there and the Christians are always supposed to take care of them. I mean, that’s why we’re here,” says Sharon.
 
“We began to talk about what we should do for the Lord, and I think that was a major change in how we looked at it. First time I ever thought about the idea that it was God’s money, as opposed to our money,” says, Mark.

Soon new investment opportunities arose which led to dramatic financial increases. Over the years, their land developments have had exponential financial returns, and allowed Mark and Sharon to place their focus on giving.

“I have so much, so He gave it to me for a reason. I need to be using it, I need to be doing something with it and I just feel so blessed, and I am just so thankful to God for it, because it’s from Him. It’s nothing I did,” says Sharon.

Mark and Sharon began praying for wisdom in their business decisions and for guidance on what ministries they should support.

“Specific ministries like, Bible translation, and supporting missionaries in the field, those types of things," says Sharon. "Who’s gonna give to that but Christians, you know. The Christian Broadcasting Network, who’s going to give to that, but Christians?"

They partnered with several Christians and organizations to support Christian ministries around the world.

“We just heard so many testimonies from other people who had been so generous, and were continuing just to do incredible things for the Lord, and I’m like, I want to be a part of that, you know Cuz you could just feel the joy coming out of them, and I really really wanted to feel that and be apart of that. And so that began our journey down this road of generosity,” says Sharon.

“And that’s really what we’re trying to do, especially as we work to finish life a little well, we wanna make sure that God’s kingdom is provided for, as best we can,” says Mark.

The joy that Mark and Sharon have experienced through obedience to Gods financial leading has become a huge blessing in their lives.

“Once you get used to the fact, you know I really am not in control, you know, and that God is in control and if we are lead to give somewhere we need to do it, you know. We just need to give it, and God has always been faithful,” says Sharon.

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700 Club

Waiting for a Miracle

Betty says, “The whole room was spinning. I was so dizzy, but is started causing me to have nausea, so I almost threw up.” Betty Cusack was praying when the vertigo hit. Lying down only made it worse. Betty recalls, “The nausea and the dizziness. It came on very very strong. Never have I felt that kind of nausea and dizziness before. With vertigo, you can't just get up. You are so dizzy, you're so disoriented.”

When she woke up the next morning, the nausea had passed, but she still felt dizzy. Betty remembers, “I had to carry a laundry container in one hand and hold onto the railing with the other hand and make sure I walk slowly because my balance was not a hundred percent. So I'd pick up something, bend over, turn, all of a sudden I'd feel dizzy.”

With Thanksgiving in a week, Betty thought she wouldn’t be able to get everything ready for the holiday and enjoy the time with her daughter who was coming from out of town.

Betty shares, “I was contemplating on canceling our Thanksgiving get together. But I hadn't seen my daughter for a whole year and I thought, I'm just gonna pray and let God allow me to have the strength to do what I needed to do.”

Instead of going to see the doctor Betty prayed. She also sent in an on-line prayer request to CBN. Betty says, “I felt the power of that prayer lift a lot of that weightiness of that dizziness from me.”

Despite occasional bouts of dizziness, Betty managed to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for her family. Betty recalls, “And even though I was lightheaded, I was able to get around. As long as I didn't turn too fast or bend over and get up too fast, the Lord gave me the strength and I was able to spend time with my family.”

The next day, Betty, a longtime CBN partner and 700 Club viewer was watching the show when Andrew Knox gave a word of knowledge.

Andrew Knox shares, “Someone's been battling dizziness. In fact, you're sitting watching this program because you need to sit, because when you walk, you need to put your hand on furniture to stabilize yourself and that dizziness is gonna go away now in the name of Jesus. God wants to do something mighty in your life. Thank you, Lord!”

Betty remembers, “So I thought, wait, that's, that's me. I was so excited. So, I stood up and say, 'thank you Lord.' I'm going to receive it in Jesus' name. And all of a sudden, I started feeling just slightly better. And I thought, well, I just won the lottery. I can't believe this. I was so blessed when I could, I just lift my hands to the Lord and say, ‘thank you Lord Jesus, because you saw my situation. You had mercy.’”

The next day, Betty no longer felt any symptoms of vertigo.

Betty says, “I was feeling so much better. All of a sudden, I didn't need to balance myself. I didn't feel lightheaded. I was fine. I was back to normal.”

Betty encourages others to believe that with God all things are possible.

Betty shares, “And hearing my testimony and thinking it’s not going to happen to you. Maybe it happened to me because I am somebody special. But no way. I'm no special than anybody else. But it was my faith in the Lord Jesus. I was waiting for a miracle. And he just honored that. And he just came through. He's always someone that you can trust.”

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.

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