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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.”

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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.

700 Club

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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700 Club

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?"

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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