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From Animation to Transformation: Superbook Leads Kids to Jesus

How can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? (Romans 10:14)

Within the vibrant communities and the quiet corners of the world, stories of faith and transformation emerge. At the heart of one such story is Kushi, a 10-year-old girl whose journey of faith has touched the lives of many around her, proving that even the youngest among us can be mighty prayer warriors.

Kushi’s journey with God began in an after-school program sponsored by Orphan’s Promise, where the stories of CBN Animation’s Superbook inspired her to place faith in Christ. It was here, amidst friends and mentors, that Kushi discovered the power of prayer. “Superbook and the teachers here taught me to believe in God and pray for everyone,” Kushi shares with a bright smile.

Moved by the Bible episodes she watched, Kushi began to pray at home with her parents. It wasn’t long before her entire family was drawn into the journey, learning about Jesus Christ and making the decision to follow Him. “Kushi used to come home and tell us about the Superbook stories. We learned that Jesus said, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’”, says Shivratari, Kushi’s mother. “I slowly developed faith in God and started meditating on the Word of God. This gave me peace of mind. My husband and I finally decided to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.”

Kushi’s faith didn't stop there. She began to pray for her neighbors, her community—and witnessed miraculous answers. From helping a neighbor conceive after years of waiting for a child to seeing her own family blessed with a new home through a government housing program, Kushi’s prayers were a testament to her inspirational faith.

Today, Kushi dreams of becoming a Gospel singer, using her voice to spread the Word of God. “I enjoy playing piano for God’s glory, and I love worshipping Jesus Christ,” she says, her eyes sparkling with excitement.

Through Superbook, children are introduced to the Gospel in a relatable and engaging way. With over 2 billion views on YouTube and over 1 million decisions to follow Jesus through the app alone, Superbook is a powerful tool for sharing God’s love.

Gordon Robertson, CEO of the Christian Broadcasting Network, calls Superbook “the most effective evangelistic tool developed by CBN in over 60 years of ministry.” The reach and impact are undeniable, touching lives across the globe, just like Kushi’s.

Our partners play a crucial role in this mission, enabling us to bring the incredible stories of the Bible to children everywhere. Together, we are sowing seeds of faith that will grow and flourish, transforming lives and communities in the process.

It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it (Isaiah 55:11). Kushi’s story is a living testament to this promise, a reminder of the powerful journey of faith that begins with experiencing the word of God and the story of Jesus.

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Thailand

11-year-old March and Tan Koon are good friends. They love playing badminton and hanging out together.

One day before the pandemic March’s friend asked him a question.

"He said, ‘Do you want to know God?’ I said, ‘Sure, I want to know God,’" March told The 700 Club.

So March began to go to Sunday School in Thailand with his friend. There they watched episodes of CBN’s Superbook. One week March saw the story about Jesus, called He is Risen.

“I learned that Jesus came to redeem us,” he recalled.. 

At the end of the episode March prayed to become a Christian. “I felt so happy and at peace,” March added. “I knew that I would go to heaven someday. I felt like I was starting a new life.” 

A few weeks after that prayer the church shut down due to the pandemic. So their teacher held Superbook Sunday School classes online.  

“Our teacher sent us the links to Superbook,” he said. “After we watched the stories we talked about them and prayed together.” 

March lives with his dad Ali and invited him to watch Superbook episodes with him. At night they prayed together.    

“Because of the pandemic, the gas station that I managed had no customers,” said March’s dad Ali. “I was afraid the company would shut it down.”

“I told my dad that God is real and if we ask He will help us!” said March. “I prayed, ‘Dear Lord help my dad to open his heart to you and believe in you.’” 

Their prayers were answered and Ali’s station did not shut down and he did not lose his job.  

After the lockdown ended, Ali went to church with his son and prayed to become a Christian too.  

“Superbook showed me that God is real,” declared Ali. “Now I have Bible studies with my co-workers, and tell them, 'Try God, He will help you.’”

“I think everyone should watch Superbook to know God,” added March. “Thank you for bringing us Superbook!”  

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700 Club

Encouraging Girls to Walk in God's Calling

GIRLS OF THE WORLD

Linsey’s sixth children’s book is called Girls of the World. The new release is currently #10 on the New York Times best-seller list for Children’s Picture books. Her previous bestselling titles include: Smallest Spot of a Dot (2023), How High Is Heaven? (2022), Stay This Way Forever (2021), One Big Heart (2019), and The World Is Awake (2019). The book encourages children to use their voices, talents, and intelligence to help the world and raise awareness of girls and all the amazing things they do! The book was written by Linsey with co-author Michael Tyler. The whimsical illustrations are by best-selling artist Lucy Fleming. 

The book is designed for children ages 4-8. The message of the book encourages girls to be strong, brave, and curious about the world and their place in it. She says, “As a little girl, I remember being so impressed, glued to the TV screen watching Debi Thomas ice-skate on the world stage at the Olympics. She was victorious in a sport in which it was so uncommon for women of color to even participate. I didn’t desire to be an ice skater, but it certainly opened my eyes to what was possible, to the idea that a young, black girl like I was at that time, could and should shoot for the stars in whatever field or arena my heart desired.” Linsey hopes her book inspires girls to step up and show the world what they can do as they pursue their dreams in life. She says Oprah Winfrey may have said it best: “You don’t become what you want; you become what you believe.”

Another person, in addition to her parents, who really encouraged her growing up was her babysitter, Elizabeth Hester. She reinforced to Linsey what she was capable of and gave her a foundation of faith. Lindsey says, “Elizabeth instilled the belief in her that anything was possible and she was either silly or smart enough to believe her.”

FAITH

Growing up, Linsey attended Sunday School and church. She came to know the Lord at a young age. Her family’s heritage was rooted in faith. She recalls seeing all of her grandparents on their knees at night by their beds praying. “It deposited something in me in a deeper way than words could have ever said.” As a little girl, Linsey paid close attention to the minister’s sermons. He was compelling as he delivered the sermons, and she liked hearing the Word of God. Around the age of 12, she had a feeling of a “strong connection and pull toward God,’ and decided she wanted to be baptized. 

As an adult, faith and personal beliefs are not typically discussed in the world of news, but Linsey doesn’t shy away from discussing her belief in God and how it encompasses every part of her life. She explains that, “faith certainly influences who all of us are in our day-to-day interactions and living no matter what we do for a living.”

Linsey Davis is currently an anchor for ABC News Live Prime, which is ABC News Live’s first-ever streaming evening newscast, and weekend “World News Tonight” on Sundays. She is a correspondent filing reports for “World News Tonight,” “Good Morning America,” “20/20” and “Nightline.” Between February and April compared to the past six months, her show’s viewership grew +226% and increased +64% in hours streamed viewers. 

Throughout the 2020 presidential election cycle, she was at the forefront of ABC News’ coverage, beginning with all eight nights of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions to co-anchoring major political events such as two presidential debates, the vice-presidential debate, presidential election coverage and Inauguration Day. She has conducted powerful exclusive interviews with Shelley Lynn Thornton also known as Baby Roe, the daughter of Jane Roe; Kevin Strickland, a wrongfully convicted Missouri man who was released from prison after 43 years; Myon Burrell, a Minneapolis inmate who said he was wrongfully convicted for murder; and Nick Cannon to discuss his journey towards atonement, education and self-improvement after making anti-Semitic comments and espousing conspiracy theories.

Additionally, Linsey has interviewed major influential figures, politicians and health officials including Hillary Clinton, Mike Pence, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Anita Hill, Bill Gates, Dionne Warwick, Huma Abedin, Dave Grohl, Billy Porter, and nearly two dozen senators from both sides of the aisle and dozens of House representatives.

She has covered news stories around the globe, including the Harvey Weinstein allegations and subsequent MeToo Movement and Boston Marathon bombing. Her coverage ranges from presidential election to social injustice and various natural disasters. 

Before joining the network in June 2007, Davis was anchor of the weekend evening newscasts at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis. She started out as a reporter in 2003 and, during her time there, reported from New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, from Torino for the 2006 Winter Olympics and from Athens for the 2004 Summer Olympics. From 2001-2003, she was a reporter at WJRT-TV, the ABC owned station in Flint, Michigan. Davis has received several honors for her reporting, including two Emmy® Awards and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

Discover more about Linsey Davis and her children's books at: www.LinseyTDavis.com.
 
 

700 Club

God’s Timing Orchestrated a Miracle

Lamar Erdman had always been the picture of health, often taking hikes into the woods to fish and hunt in his home state of Pennsylvania. On Sunday, January 5th, 2020, he and his wife Karen had settled in for a relaxing afternoon after church. She called a friend to chat while he went down the hall to his home office to watch football and rest. The 67-year-old had just come home from a hunting trip two days earlier.  

A minute later Karen thought she heard him call to her. She recalls, “So I showed him the phone and said, ‘I'm on the phone.’ He's not a rude man, so when I heard him call again, I looked towards him, he was motioning for me to come to him. I knew something was wrong.”

Karen, a retired nurse, hung up and hurried to the office. She found her husband in tremendous pain and slurring his words. She says, “I immediately knew, this is not good. My heart started to immediately pound. My husband was in trouble.”

Suddenly, Lamar’s body seized up and he started gasping for air. Karen recognized it as agonal breathing – confirming he was having a heart attack. She recalls, “Panic sort of set in. Sometimes people look like they're like a fish out of water. His was like a moan, sometimes it's a growl which means he could be ready to die.”

Karen yelled loudly and shook Lamar trying to get him to come out of it. After about a minute his body relaxed and he was breathing normally again. Karen moved him to the floor and dialed 9-1-1. He was still in tremendous pain and starting to turn pale. She says, “He was alert, didn't really want to talk. But he was conscious again. I could actually pray for him, laid hands on him and prayed for him. Asking God to touch him and keep him, keep him alive and keep him breathing and keep his heart beating.” 

Less than five minutes later the EMTs arrived. As they started working on Lamar, Karen noticed the EKG readout. She recalls, “It was a troubled heart. There was definitely still a risk that he could die. It was a scary moment.”

The EMTs loaded Lamar into their ambulance and rushed him to the fire station where a helicopter waited. Karen stayed behind and started calling friends and family for prayer. She says, “The first thing on my mind was, Lord, we need you. And I needed prayer warriors.”

Lamar was flown to Penn State Health Medical Center in Hershey, PA. Meanwhile, Karen began the long drive, praying as she went. She says, “At any time when someone is having a heart attack, usually there is a blockage somewhere. And until you get the blockages opened, there is a risk that the person could die at any time. But I, there was something in my heart, almost this relief that he was being taken care of and the Lord had ahold of him.”

At the hospital doctors discovered Lamar had two blocked arteries: one 90%, the other 100%. He was taken into surgery immediately where the medical team inserted a stent to clear the worst of the two. Karen arrived a few minutes after the surgery and saw Lamar being wheeled into his room. She recalls, “When I saw him, I was elated. I could see the difference in his color already. He had rosy cheeks, he had normal flesh color. He wasn't that pale gray that he had been when the ambulance took him.”

During surgery his kidneys had been compromised. So, in order to avoid further damage, doctors had to wait until they recovered before doing another surgery to clear the 90% blockage. Karen recalls, “At any time that one could have had a clot, the blockage completely close up. So that was a danger yet.”

Two days later, Lamar’s kidneys had recovered enough for the second stent surgery. Lamar recalls, “I almost felt 100% normal.”

The next day on January 8th, he was released to go home. As they thanked God for healing, they began to see the Lord’s protection even before Lamar’s heart attack.

Karen says, “Two days before, he was out hunting in really cold weather. He didn’t die. He didn't have the heart attack then. If he would have been driving, that would have been bad. There's so many things that God just orchestrated for him to live.”

Today Lamar’s heart is still going strong, and the couple are back to enjoying life and looking forward to having many more years together. Karen says, “We were just grateful to God for allowing him to live.”

Lamar adds, “He just loves everybody. And He's willing to help anybody who's going to ask Him. The more people that pray for you, the better the results are going to be. I felt blessed that I had those friends who would take the time to do that.”

Karen concludes, “Hang on to God, no matter what, that's where your help comes from.”

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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