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Cartoon Pushes Back Against the Darkness

Our world is in serious moral and spiritual crisis and, sadly, children are suffering the consequences. The latest statistics from the U.S. alone are alarming:

  • Barely one-third of young teens (36%) believe that God exists and is the all-knowing, all-powerful Creator of the universe.
  • Nearly half don’t know if there is a God, don’t believe in His existence, or don’t care.
  • Most of the youngest teens (61%) either believe Jesus Christ sinned while He was on earth or hold open the possibility He did. *

Given the U.S. is the main exporter of influence, these trends do not bode well for the rest of the world.

This is critical because it is during these years that a person’s thinking is established. Dr. George Barna, in his latest book Raising Spiritual Champions, states, “A person’s worldview starts developing in the fifteen-month to eighteen-month age range and is largely in place by the age of thirteen. That’s the prime window of opportunity for discipleship.”*

It is no mystery that the type of media most attractive to this age range is animation. Animation transcends cultural boundaries and speaks to a child’s heart in a way no other medium can. It consistently tops the lists of highest-grossing movies and tv shows; media giants spend billions creating animated content. Animation is also highly compatible with the digital landscape children are familiar with. They naturally watch, re-watch, and engage with content through gaming apps, websites, and social media. This is why it is so concerning that the content filling this space is becoming more and more antithetical to Christianity. A space traditionally reserved for kids and families has been turned into a playground of godless indoctrination. We simply cannot afford to abandon this massively influential space and leave it for the enemy.

And what better content to counter this influence than the ultimate source of Truth—the Word of God. This is why, together with generous partners like you, we created the animated Bible series Superbook and integrate it with the latest digital technology: the Superbook Kids Bible App, Superbook Kids Website, and online Superbook Academy discipleship curriculum. The results have been remarkable. Gordon Robertson, CEO of the Christian Broadcasting Network, stated, “The Superbook animated series is the most successful evangelistic tool CBN has created in its more than 60 years of ministry.” And this is why:

STREAMING

  • 2 Billion + YouTube Channel Views
  • 7.8 Million YouTube Channel Subscribers

BROADCAST**

  • Projected 514 Million Viewers in 143 Countries
  • Projected 364 Million Recalled Having Sung the Salvation Poem

APP + WEB

  • 33.8 Million App downloads
  • 10.7 Million Gospel Presentation Views
  • 1 Million + Indicated Salvations

You can celebrate Childhood Evangelism Month and leave a legacy of influence for Christ. With your help we can do so much more, including:

  • Translate Superbook episodes, the website, and Bible app into more languages
  • Increase our ability to put lifesaving content in front of children
  • Improve the app and website experience so we can reach more children
  • Help disciple children around the world

And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?

Romans 10:14

Together we can tell them.

 

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*Dr. George Barna; Raising Spiritual Champions

**Brown, Fraser & Associates, a research company founded by Regent University professor Dr. William Brown and by Dr. Benson Fraser, carried out a study of CBN’s international viewership in 2023. To prepare this study, Brown and Fraser surveyed 16,282 persons in 136 cities or regions of 13 countries. Brown and Fraser applied the results from these and prior years’ surveys to project audience sizes and impact of CBN programming.  

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A Miracle in Thailand

10-year-old Dao and her little brother went to live with their grandparents after their mother abandoned them. But after only a few weeks, Dao wasn’t sure she liked the new living arrangements. Grandma Pinyo faced challenges with Dao from the beginning.

“Dao wouldn’t listen to me and always argued with me,” recalled Grandma Pinyo. “I didn’t know what to do. I felt so discouraged even after a short time.”

“Whenever Grandma asked me to help her with the chores, I always told her I would do it. But I never did,” said Dao.

Dao’s grandparents prayed for their grandkids and took them to church. The kids went to Sunday School where Dao watched the Superbook episode about Job.    

“I saw that bad things happened to Job. He had boils on his body, his children died, his friends left. His wife told him to turn away from God. But Job was very patient. He knelt down and praised God. He had great faith,” recalled Dao. 

When Dao came home after watching Superbook, she prayed in her room to become a Christian. “I felt Jesus was speaking to me,” she said. “He told me to have faith in Him and to follow Him.”

Grandma Pinyo was amazed by the dramatic change she saw in Dao. “She said, ‘Grandma, from now on, I’ll obey you. I’ll help you do the dishes and the laundry. I’ll do everything you ask,’” recalled Grandma Pinyo.

Grandma Pinyo asked Dao to help her with something else. “I don’t know how to read very well, and now she helps me read the Bible!” said Grandma. “Dao has become a new person! I’m so glad that she believes in Jesus and follows Him.” 

Soon after, Dao invited her friend, Ink to Sunday School. After she watched the Superbook episode, “The Fiery Furnace,” Ink prayed to become a Christian too. “I really like Superbook,” said Ink. “God delivered the three men from the fire. It makes me know that always protect me too!”

“I’m so happy that I got to share God’s love with my friend,” said Dao. “We love Superbook!”
 

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700 Club

Rescuing Ukrainian Babies as War Breaks Out

Tuesday, February 22, 2022. As the world braces for a Russian invasion into Ukraine, Tony and Sarah Witbrod board a flight headed to the port city of Odessa. Sarah said, “The government knew that we had plans to be in Ukraine and had sent us an email that said, 'do not travel.' That we are evacuating all Americans out of Ukraine. 'If you choose to go to Ukraine, you're flying on your own. No one will come and get you.'" 

The couple had a compelling reason for ignoring the dire warnings. Lives were at stake. Two Ukrainian children, both with special needs, were waiting for Tony and Sarah to adopt them. Three of the couple’s 6 children at home in Douglas, Wyoming, had also been adopted.  

“From the second we pursued them, they were my children and they were my responsibility the same as any of my other, my other children,” said Sarah. “And so to choose not to get them would be like losing your children. And it wasn't an option.”

Tony said, “The moment you say yes during that process and you see a child and you see that face and you're like, no matter what, like we're, we're bringing that kid home and that kid's going to live here forever.”

The couple made it to Odessa, and the next day took custody of the children; one year old, Caius, a boy who needed surgery for a condition affecting his joints, and two year old, Junie, who was born with a rare genetic disorder and desperately needed a bone marrow transplant. They were scheduled to fly to Poland the next day, Tuesday, the 24th. That morning at 3 am, those plans would change. Sarah said, “Like the loudest boom. I can't even describe it unless you've, it's just the loudest boom. And then everything just kind of, the air, the walls, everything just shakes and you just, like, it takes your breath." 

“Russia had invaded,” said Tony. “It was real. We get an email on our phone that says, 'your flights have been canceled, find other means of transportation.' And then right with that, the state department saying, 'where are you? We need to know your location. If you move like what's going on? Tell us your plan.'”

By then, all Ukrainian airports had been shut down, and the Wibrod’s needed a new plan to save themselves and the children. “I thought, next step, what do we do now?” said Sarah. “We knew what their future held. We know we knew that if they didn't get out, that was it. There was nothing for them there.”

The couple prayed, contacting friends stateside to pray as well. The closest, and safest, airport was in Bucharest, Romania, 400 miles and two countries away. So with the help of their interpreters, they crossed into the country of Moldova on Ukraine’s western border. From there, they drove all day and night, racing along dirt roads. 

Finally, they reached Bucharest, but by now their funds were depleted, and airline tickets had quadrupled in price. Tony said, “Just the exhaustion has really kicked in and that...that nervousness of like, man, if anything goes wrong, like we're not leaving these kids, but we got to get home to our other six kids. And just going forward like blindly through that faith in that like, next step, next step, whatever we can do, whatever we're allowed to do, we're going to do the next step and we'll get going.”

Within a day, supporters from the US had come through and Tony and Sarah had enough money to purchase the last two seats on a plane to Warsaw. Tony said, “Like you literally felt the power of prayer from across an ocean in the middle of a war when everything was just chaos and unknown.”
“There's this, a picture that I have of, of Sarah, she's holding Caius when we landed in, in Poland after like a flight that we shouldn't have been on. Like how, how it all worked out like that at the last minute and with everything being so chaotic. But the hardest part for me is a picture of my wife looking more tired than I’ve ever seen her in her life, clutching a baby in his blanket, and that was the hardest part.”

A week later, they were back home where Caius and Junie were welcomed with loving arms. Sarah said, “I had a faith that if, if I’m supposed to go there, then the way will be made for me to get there. And so that's kind of the faith that I was traveling on.”

Ever since then, Caius and Junie have lived a life surrounded by a family who loves them. Even though both continue to have medical needs, and they’re still looking for a bone marrow donor for Junie. Sarah and Tony have never questioned their decision. “When you are called to something you really want to show up because really amazing stuff happens,” said Sarah. 

Tony said, “So, I would say to someone who, to someone who was considering adoption, but thought it might cost too much or it might be too hard or too difficult, it, it'll change your life. Our lives are so much richer and so much grander and amazing because we said yes.”  

“When God invites you to live something that's bigger than you could ever imagine, you show up because it's going to be awesome. And it is, it has been every time,” said Sarah. 
 

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700 Club

Finding Love Again

Kevin was born at his grandmother’s house. After his mother gave birth to him, she abandoned him, leaving him in the care of his grandmother.

Kevin explained, “When I was small, life at home with my grandmother was very good. I love her very much. I woke up, went to school and then came back home. Granny gave me chores to do with her, and when I was done, she let me play.”

A few years later, Kevin’s mother came back, planning to take him with her to Nairobi. Kevin’s grandmother didn’t want him to leave, but she had no choice but to let him go. Instead of taking him to Nairobi with her, his mother abandoned him again, this time with an aunt in the nearby town of Kitale.

Kevin said, “I did not like being there or being away from home. My aunt would not give me food. She sent me to bed hungry while they ate. She was angry at my mom for not sending her money to support me. I spent one whole year there, then she chased me away and threw my bag out of the house. That night, I just sat by the road. I could not go to sleep, because I had to guard my bag from street boys who wanted to steal from me. I did not know how to get back to my grandmother, and I felt like I had nothing to live for. I thought of looking for a rope and hanging myself.”

The next day, someone found him on the streets of Kitale, and brought him to Embrace, a ministry supported in part by CBN’s Orphan’s Promise. Here, he was given food, counseling, and a safe shelter. Here, he could heal from his trauma, while social workers searched for his grandmother.

“Everyone welcomed me here at Embrace,” said Kevin. “We did many different activities, and always had fun together. One of the things I learned to do is pray, and now I pray every day. I was taught about God and the Bible, and I gave my life to Jesus. It felt so good, and immediately my life became different.” 

Just a few months after he arrived at Embrace, Kevin was reunited with his grandmother.

Kevin said, “I was so happy to get back home with my granny. It was a very happy day. My grandmother said she prayed every day that God would bring me back to her. I really missed her, and she missed me. I am back in my old school now, and I am working hard to catch up. I am very grateful to everyone who helped me. I’ve come a long way to be here today, and I never want to go back. If it weren’t for you, I would not be here. Now, I have a hope for a good future. I pray God will bless you all, and that you continue helping rescue boys from the streets and teaching them about Jesus.”
 

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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