Skip to main content

Top Stories

SPR173_College_World_Series
700 Club

College Baseball’s Finest Take the Field in Omaha

The top college baseball teams compete in Omaha for the title of College World Series Champion. Among the eight teams, many players and coaches use this opportunity to publicly glorify Jesus. 

Not Selected

In the Wake of Tragedy, Light Shines Through

“The guy says, 'What’s going on?' I said, 'My daughter’s missing.' He was with the volunteer fire department, he said, 'You say the word, we’ll start a search,'" said Dave Lemaire. 

He raised his family in the small town of Tazlina, Alaska. He loved the outdoor adventures he shared with his daughter Mandy.

Dave remembers, “Mandy was the combination of a pretty little girl and an outdoor tomboy. She was my fishing buddy, she was my hunting buddy."

August 22, 1991, 11-year-old Mandy Lemaire left her home to meet a friend at a meeting point halfway between their houses. Mandy never arrived.

“Her friend Erin had made it all the way to our house and didn’t see Mandy. I got on the 4-wheeler and went driving the route that she should have gone and she wasn’t there. I started realizing there’s something seriously wrong,” recalls Dave.

Dave contacted search and rescue crews, who immediately combed through the nearby Alaskan wilderness. Meanwhile he flew over the area in a friend’s plane, but there was no sign of Mandy.

“It’s pouring down rain now,” says Dave. “And now I’m thinking about the possibility that she’s out there, she’s hypothermic, and I’m praying, 'God, protect her. Help us find her in the morning.' My head is spinning, and I try to keep rational thoughts going.”

The search continued for 10 excruciating days. Then, while driving Dave was flagged down by a volunteer fire truck. “We stopped and I walked back and he says, 'We found her.' And I got excited and he says, 'But she’s dead.' And my heart sank. I just sat in shock for the 35-minute drive back to the house, thinking how could this be?”

Mandy's body was found in a secluded wooded area about a mile from her house. She had been sexually assaulted and shot. With no suspects, Dave was overwhelmed and angry.

“As time went along, I would go to town and I would say, 'Will I see my daughter’s killer in the grocery store, and will I know it?' So, this cloud kind of followed me. Somebody’s getting away with murder," Dave reflects. “And then I started doing a very wrong thing right here in my head. I started daydreaming about what I would do if it was my turn and my opportunity to punish this person. I came up with very, very awful things. And I drove myself almost to the verge of a nervous breakdown.”

Dave’s anger took a toll on his already shattered life as he waited for justice and longed for revenge.

“I was struggling on how to continue trusting God,” says Dave. “I’d go to church but really, I was there as a payoff to God, like, 'If I’m doing this, then no more bad things are going to happen.' And slowly I shut down, not that I completely would walk away from God but where I’d come to the point of asking myself, 'Can I really trust God at this point?'"

Three months after Mandy’s disappearance, Charles Smithhart a local resident, was arrested and charged with sexual assault and first-degree murder. A jury found him guilty and sentenced him to 114 years behind bars. Yet it was Dave who remained in an emotional prison.

He somberly states, “I had built a wall for myself. One angry thought, one bad thought after another. I built this wall of really ugly things and I felt like I had Him in a prison. And by now I came to the point that I’m having a hard time finding joy in life. And I knew that I had to come to forgiveness. Forgiveness meant that I let God be God and God be the judge. When I came to that point, I tore down that ugly wall and I found out the prisoner had been me. All this time I hadn’t hurt Him one little bit. But I almost ruined me.”

Choosing to forgive restored Dave’s love for God and renewed his joy in life.

“I’ve found now I can enjoy the simple things in life again of kids laughing and playing, of seeing God’s beauty and God’s handiwork. Also, if you think about the fact I’m going to have an eternity with her. So, the time that I’ve lost here on earth, although I’ve lost greatly, will be very, very minute to the time that I’m going to have with her in eternity. And I can just visualize the time when I get there. And I’m going to be greeted by the Jesus who loved me enough to hang on a cross and die for me. And behind him will be a beautiful blonde-haired saint that’ll be running towards me, bouncing up and down and singing, 'Daddy’s home. Daddy’s home. Daddy’s home.'”

700 Club

Healing a Child Soldier's Heart

“I heard stories of rebels that kill everyone and burn entire villages,” said a young man named Jonah who lives in Uganda. “So, when our neighbor screamed, ‘They are here,’ I ran and hid all day, but they still found me.”

CBN Reporter, Dan Reany, said, “Jonah told me the incredible story of his capture, and eventual release and rescue from the Lord’s Resistance Army.  He was taken captive with many other boys when he was just 6 years old.”

Jonah explained, “I was the youngest among them. We walked for days then arrived at their base. The commander gave me a big stick and ordered me to kill a man. If I didn’t do it, they would kill me. I beat him and beat him, but I was so small and weak he would not die.  Then I said, ‘Just let me die too, I am too young to kill this man.’”

The LRA commander gathered all the boys around and told them not to cry or shout, but only to laugh and celebrate what was about to happen.

Jonah said, “They made the man lie down and cut him in pieces as he begged for mercy. There was so much blood. My heart cried out for him, but I kept it inside. I lost all my good memories, and only saw the madness around me.”

Forced to fight for the LRA, Jonah was badly injured during a crossfire. The soldiers asked him if he wanted “to rest.”

Jonah said, “When they ask that, it means they'll make you rest forever. I said, ‘I can walk.’ I prayed and asked God to take me home. I knew it was out of my hands, I could no longer do anything.

Nobody took care of Jonah, so when his wound didn't heal, a soldier took him to an empty field to kill him. But instead of shooting him, the soldier let him go.

“I wanted to get as far away as possible,” said Jonah.  “I stayed in abandoned huts as I fled, and everywhere I went, I was in so much pain. At night, I woke up and heard a voice saying, ‘You have to keep on going.’  I looked to see who spoke, but there was no one. Now I know it was God.”

In one abandoned hut, Jonah found beans and a few matches, and managed to start a fire.  An army fighting the rebels saw the smoke, and surrounded the hut.  When they found Jonah alone, they took him to safety. Jonah went back to his village, reunited with his family, and joined a Peace Club.  The club was started by Exile International, a ministry supported by CBN’s Orphan’s Promise.  Through the Peace Club, he learned about the God who saved him.

Jonah said, “Even before I knew Him, He took care of me. I have given my life to Christ and I know there is nothing I have outside of God. You didn't find me by accident. God sent you to me, and your love and acceptance has helped heal my heart.”

Dan said, “Many of the children who come to these peace clubs are either war orphans or former child soldiers. But here in a therapeutic setting they sing songs and play games. Early on, a lot of the skits they put on have to do with violence and war, but in time, they do little plays about school and their friends, because here they have a chance to be kids again.”

We also enrolled Jonah in a Christian boarding school where he is doing very well.

“My life is complete,” said Jonah. “You have cared for me like a parent and given me everything I need. There's nothing I can give you in return, but I pray that God will bless every person who has been part of helping me.”

spr167_royce_lewis_club-ssh.jpg
700 Club

MLB Star: Baseball Mirrors Life

Minnesota Twins Royce Lewis is Minnesota Nice! A gracious soul who thrives as their hitting enforcer, maximizing his moments after significant injuries delayed his young career. The overcoming third baseman delivers after being baseball’s top draft pick – a franchise face whose feet are grounded by an embedded faith.

Question: “For a California kid, what makes Minnesota baseball distinct for you?”

Royce Lewis: “Yeah, for me, growing up, you know, especially in California, I always thought Minnesota, you know, snow, you know, like eight, nine months of the year. Aww, but when you get up there, it's just so beautiful. It's so peaceful. In the summertime, you know, I'm blessed enough to have an opportunity to play the best months of the year for Minnesota. The 'Minnesota Nice' term is definitely a true thing and you feel that and I'm just so happy and respectful of the opportunity I have to be a Major League Baseball player.”

Question: “When you consider all the things that go into your development, what’s the one thing that’s being the primary catalyst to elevate that level of talent?” 

Royce Lewis: “Something at post-draft they told me it was me as a person and how I was and how I responded to them and how I acted that really brought them ultimately to make that decision of taking me number one overall all. The talent was there for sure, but they talked about the deciding factor between me and three or four other guys - that made me and my family excited and happy to be part of this Minnesota organization.” 

Twins Coach, Tony Diaz, endorses Royce as both a talent and person saying, “There’s a lot of players though that have premium talent. What separates Royce even at a young age is his heart and the attitude of gratitude that he brings. Royce is a coach’s dream. He brings that attitude in day in and day out. He brings a smile. He’s very intentional about everything he does and he’s very open-minded.”

Question: “Overcoming can be a beast. Before ’22, you tear the ACL, same leg - consecutive seasons. For that second time around what did you have to pull on?” 

Royce Lewis: “The first time around I learned a lot about myself, and where I needed to grow as a person, and I felt like I grew a lot. And then the second time around, it hurt a lot more, obviously, because I knew that the rehab was going to be automatically out for a year. In a sense, it brought me closer to Him. It made me realize that baseball is not everything and so now when I play baseball, I just take it for the gratitude that it is.”

Question: “Royce, did you have to struggle with the ‘why’ question, ‘why me?'”

Royce Lewis: “If you don't, you're not human, you know. That question of ‘why me,’ definitely was there. It was something that right away I was very upset with God, with myself, with what could I have done different? He opened perspective for me that changed my life ultimately and I'm still growing in my faith and trying to continue to pursue God the best way I can and I'm always learning. I feel like those “pinch-me” moments – I get dreams and visions of hitting home runs or doing something with a teammate, talking to yourself! And I just feel like it’s just God talking to me, letting me know where I'm at in my in my life and that I'm on the right path.”

Question: “You’re the historic grand slam guy! You’ve already made your mark, it’s your signature. Four grand slams in the fewest amount of games – 56! When those bases are loaded Royce, how does that turn to your advantage?”

Royce Lewis: “Yeah, you know, it’s the simplicity approach for me. I think the pitcher...he’s worried about walking me and letting in a run for free. That’s the way we look at it as competitors. That’s like a free base and a free run. So, for him he wants to compete and challenge me. So, I know he’s going to come at me with his best stuff in the zone. And so I’m just waiting for that pitch and do some damage with it and put it in the outfield and I am blessed enough to be the one up at-bat when those situations come and just rise to the occasion.” 

Question: “Those bases loaded opportunities, does that translate to, to a life that can be live with productivity and efficiency?”

Royce Lewis: “Absolutely! It does. Yeah. I always compare baseball to the game of life; you learn a lot. There’s so much more failure in this game then for most of us in life. You know, I’m failing seven out of ten times and that’s a great Hall of Fame baseball career. But in life, if we fail seven out of ten times, we’re probably in trouble. When I’m able to be productive and efficient in this game good things seem to happen. And when I’m able to be productive and efficient in life, I feel like it definitely makes life a lot easier and a lot more fun.”

Question: “The competitive moment provokes in you a rise to the occasion. How is the Christ you walk with an unseen competitor on our behalf?”

Royce Lewis: “He did the ultimate sacrifice. I feel like, that’s why He’s the best competitor there will ever be. To do something that no one is willing to do and to do it it for others who may not be worthy and to do it out of the kindness of his heart. How wonderful of a moment! You know I wish I could go travel and see what it was like in that time and be with Jesus and walk with Jesus. I grew up from my parents just being in a Christian household of learning and being a part of Jesus and then hopefully, you know, I just got engaged, as I become a parent one day, I’m able to teach my kids the same thing and have them grow up in a household where being a Christian man or being a faithful man is safe and comfortable, and welcoming to where you let your kid make that decision on their own. But you also show them the way, the light and the truth. ‘Cuz I feel like the truth is so important, man.”

Question: “As a centerpiece of a Major League franchise, what does the Jesus Christ that you companion with bring to you?” 

Royce Lewis: “He brings a sense of peace when I’m able to pray before the game and when I’m out on that field I know He’s there with me. And sometimes you’re in a situation that you prefer not to be in. I realize now, like my ACL, He set me on a path for better direction. He says, 'your time’s not now, I have a better idea in mind.’ And that’s kind of the feeling and fulfillment I get from the Jesus Christ I’ve come to learn.”

Question: “Tell me about the underrated value of humility. How have you embraced that?”

Royce Lewis: “Humility to me...what it means is someone that has like a knight in shining armor, that armor underneath something, that they may do great things, but they put it off to everyone else because they realize it’s not them that’s doing it. And that’s to me, is Jesus Christ, it’s my parents, it’s the rest of my family, and they’re giving me that armor to be the man I am today and put me in the path to be successful.”

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.

Read Now 

CBN News

Image
ap24173620997210.jpg
Israel

Former Israeli Liaison: Don't Slow Israel's Deterrence, Hezbollah's Real Focus is 'Great American Satan'

The Israeli Embassy in Washington's former liaison reminds America that Hezbollah isn't just the enemy of Israel but of the U.S. as well. "They are focusing on the U.S. primarily, much more so than on Israel," he noted. "Their aim, as they stated, is to bring the great American Satan to submission..."
Image
massachusettspro-lifecenter05_si.jpg
US

Massachusetts Governor Targets Crisis Pregnancy Centers Already Hit by Vandalism and Threats

A new ad campaign by Massachusetts Governor Maura Healy tells women to avoid what it terms "anti-abortion centers," calling them unsafe.
Image
frankiegrahamap_hdv.jpg
World

'Stand for the Gospel': Franklin Graham Preaches in UK, Launches Group to Defend Religious Liberty

The Rev. Franklin Graham announced over the weekend the launch of the Billy Graham Defense Fund, a legal support group advocating for Christians facing religious freedom challenges in the United Kingdom.
Image
indiachristianpersecutionap.jpg
World

'Hindutva': The Radical Hindu Ideology That Seeks to 'Push Christianity Out of India'

A troubling trend is emerging in the world's largest democracy. Millions of Indians believe the country belongs to Hindus and that all other religions, including Christianity and Islam, must be eliminated from society. 

Live: CBN News Channel