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TikTok Success Came After Hard Knocks

“At the peak of my success, I lost everything in the blink of an eye. One bad decision in five seconds, changed everything.” Andrew Carter: husband, father and owner of a successful CrossFit gym was going to jail for assault in the third degree. A gym member had made a racial slur about him, sending the 31-year-old into a violent rage. However, Andrew didn’t feel it was his fault. He recalls, “I blamed God for me being in jail. I stayed mad at God the entire 18 months that I was in prison, and then probably another good year after I got out.”

Anger wasn’t new for Andrew. He experienced nothing but turmoil from the time he was born to his white, drug-addicted mother and her black pimp. From 10 till 16 Andrew bounced between foster care and relatives. One was his uncle, an ex-con. Andrew says, “He taught me many of the same defense mechanisms and survival tactics that they teach somebody in prison: how not to be a punk, how not to be taken advantage of, how to stand up for yourself. I felt respected. I felt like the, you know, the harder I was, the...the more respect that I got.”

Throughout Andrew’s teens, drugs and sex were his tickets to peace and acceptance. Then at 17, he came to faith in Christ after his girlfriend’s brother told him about God’s love. Andrew recalls, “For the very first time, life made sense. This was truth. It touched my heart.” Andrew hoped church would be where he finally fit in. He says, “You're told to come as you are, but then when I did, I wasn't good enough. It reawakened some of those feelings of rejection, of not finding a place to fit in, not being accepted."

So, Andrew ran, and went back to his old lifestyle. Two years later he married his girlfriend and started a family. His temper resurfaced and he wound up doing six months in jail for assault and battery. Then, one of the inmates, a Christian, befriended him. He recalls, “I'm feeling accepted. We have this common denominator. And that's Jesus. I started to reawaken my relationship with God.”

That friendship gave him hope, so, after his release, Andrew started taking his family to church. He took a factory job, dreaming of financial security he never had growing up. A few years later he went to see a guest preacher at church, hoping he’d give him a word from God of prosperity. Instead, the man told Andrew he was destined to be a pastor. Andrew recalls, “I felt discouraged. Other people's word from the last year were financial blessings, prosperity, growth in their career and opportunities. The picture of ministry to me wasn't a picture of success. I grew up with not having enough things. And so, I didn't want that to be my story.”

So, Andrew ran from God again. He left the church to pursue his own path, earning two college degrees and starting a profitable CrossFit gym. Then came the racial slur, the fight, and an 18-month jail sentence. He says, “I really felt like I was on the right track. I was doing everything that the world promises will bring you joy, and peace, and happiness. I lost everything in the blink of an eye. I felt angry. I felt frustrated. I was mad specifically at God.” After his release, Andrew’s life continued to crumble. He got divorced, his business failed, and his relationship with his kids was strained. Even his occasional visits to church weren’t helping. Andrew says, “I felt defeated. I felt lost. I wanted to die.”

Over the next eight years, as Andrew worked even harder to rebuild his life, he started to notice people around him nudging him towards God. Even as things improved, he began to realize how empty his life was. He recalls, “I was doing things externally, making money, traveling, sleeping around. Doing all these things trying to figure out how I fit in, and it was in that moment when I realized I’m doing the same thing that I did before and it’s gonna lead me to the same place. I'm trying to win the approval of people through success as opposed to entering into a relationship with God.”  

It was a sobering realization. As Andrew contemplated his life, he reflected on everything God had carried him through. And one evening in late December 2019, he posted a TikTok video testimony that went viral overnight. While reviewing the comments the next morning, one message pierced his heart. He recalls, “It said, ‘Andrew, I've been to prison, I've been divorced, I've been to foster care, and last night I was going to take my life. But seeing that God carried you through those things, I believe that He could do the same for me. And so, I decided not to.’ I felt the Holy Spirit come over me and I started weeping. I just started crying. I was just like, ‘God, forgive me.’"  

Andrew repented of his pride and anger. He recommitted his life to God and over the next year continued to submit and seek God’s direction. He recalls, “Everything was making me cry. And it was just tears that I've held back. It was tears from the pain and the hurt that I've caused. It was tears from the realization of what Jesus did for me on the cross.”  

Today, Andrew has embraced his God-given identity as a pastor with a huge social media influence. He knows now he was never alone or abandoned. He says, “As I look back in retrospect, God has been with me. He never walked away. He never let go of me. And I have the absolute privilege of telling the world, yelling from the rooftops and on, on all the platforms in front of millions of people, the goodness of God, the love of Jesus, and the power that He has to transform your life.”

Discover more about Andrew Carter's ministry at www.AndrewFCarter.com.
 

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From Hunger to Hope

Margarita is a widow. She’s raising her three children in Guatemala and survives by washing clothes and running errands using the motorcycle her husband left her saying, “The money I earn only pays for the basics. My son often gets sick with lung infections and I am not able to afford medicine to treat it.”

Margarita told us her work is not consistent, sometimes only two days a week. When that happens, the family goes hungry. Her son David explains, "One night, we had nothing to eat. That day, we only had tortillas with salt and lime, and we had a bit of coffee. I was still hungry."

9-year-old Elena remembers other times when they ran out of food, sharing, "My mom told us that there was no food for us, and my brothers started to cry. I comforted them." A despairing Margarita adds, "It hurts a lot because as a mother, it's my responsibility and because I love them. I have to figure out how to feed them."

Then, Operation Blessing arrived and invited Margarita to take part in a chicken project. First, we trained her how to raise healthy chickens and to manage a poultry and egg business. Then we built her a chicken coop and gave her 195 hens, feed and medicine.  

A rejuvenated Margarita calculates that, "currently, I'm collecting 150 eggs a day, which I can sell for more than $20! Lord willing, I will collect 180 eggs a day in the future. That will mean I can potentially earn around $780 a month!"

Things have completely turned around for Margarita and her children. They now have money for food and other expenses. Elena enthusiastically shares, "When I saw the first egg, I was so happy, I thought, 'now we will always have food and won’t be hungry anymore.'"

Margarita overwhelmingly shares, "I am very grateful to God and Operation Blessing for coming into my life. Thank you!"

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God Prevails Over the Battle of Depression

Depression had taken over Joseph Cantu’s life. The youth pastor, husband, and father of four says he contemplated suicide every day, believing that was the only way to escape the memories haunting him. “For me, the answer was literally death,” Joseph explained. “I could not get it to stop no matter how hard I tried. I couldn’t pray it off. I couldn’t take enough sleeping pills to make it go away. And it scared the life out of me.”

Joseph had struggled since he was 10 years old. After his parents divorced, his mom would disappear for years at a time. His dad, who was in the military, worked long hours. “Dark thoughts of feeling worthless, unneeded, were permeating in the back of my mind often,” said Joseph.

As a teenager, Joseph would find acceptance in a gang, embracing the lifestyle of drugs, violence, and crime. “I believe that at the time, being in a gang made me feel part of a family.” That is until one day when a man named Ralph approached 16-year-old Joseph and started telling him about Jesus. “He took me under his wing,” Joseph recalled. “And really, that is where my life really started to transform with a new hope.”

Shortly after, Joseph got out of the gang and started living his life for Christ. “So, finding Jesus was the answer that I needed to all the emptiness that I had felt as a young teenager…wanting to feel part of a family, wanted to be loved was everything that Jesus was and what I needed,” Joseph said.

Having put his old life behind him, Joseph went on to marry his wife Stephanie, open a dance studio, and start a family. Still, his battle with depression continued. In 2017, he started counseling. One session would reveal memories, difficult memories Joseph had long since blocked out. “Some very dark childhood, um molestation came out,” Joseph stated. “Young friends, always, who just for some reason, always felt comfortable wanting to do something to me or access my body in some way.”

Feeling a darkness so heavy, sometimes he’d go out in the middle of the night and walk the streets for hours. Stephanie watched helplessly as her husband continued to spiral downward. "I didn’t know what thoughts were going through his head,” Stephanie explained. “I was thinking the worst that he may have wanted to harm himself. I was terrified to walk in the door after work. I was terrified to open the door. I thought that I would see him lifeless. I thought I would see him, not breathing.”

Suicide seemed to be his only escape. “I knew I loved my wife. She is the closet thing to me,” Joseph said. “And all I could think about was ending the pain and the sorrow and this torture in my mind that would not stop.”

Every day, Stephanie and their children prayed, sang worship songs, and read scripture to Joseph, believing God would heal him. “God told me to just keep praying and just keep seeking Him, and that He was gonna help him,” Stephanie said. “So I did that. I just kept trying to pray and getting the kids to pray and believing that hope and healing was gonna come.”

The family wasn’t alone in their prayers. The community and their church also rallied around Joseph. “I had a strong team of praying intercessors that were helping us fight through this very tough battle together,” Stephanie added.

Fighting the urge to end his life, Joseph prayed for the Holy Spirit to help him. One night, God answered their prayers. “I heard the Holy Spirit tell me, 'If you’re willing to fight, I will take this from you right now,'” Joseph recalled. “I felt a hand, is the best way to describe it, touch my forehead. And without words, I know that I felt that hand say, ‘Keep living, you are healed.’ As soon as that hand touched my forehead, right here, this darkness and this heaviness just, boom, just came off. It lifted off of me. It was gone,” he said.

For the first time, Joseph was completely at peace and able to find joy in his life and work. “Victory from this was like the best feeling every…to see him standing, to see him walking, to see him coming back to life,” said Stephanie. “It was literally like he was dead, and he was coming back to life.”

“I wake up every day now and I tell God I’m so happy to be alive. It’s just a complete opposite from where I used to be. Thank you, God, for another day,” he concluded.

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From War-Torn Iraq to a Financial Minefield

Rick is an Army Special Forces soldier following in his father’s footsteps. When he deployed to Iraq, he experienced the impact of war firsthand. Rick explained, “Sometimes we’d get shot at as soon as we left the gate. There wasn't a day that we would ever go out on a convoy mission that we wouldn't have to stop because somebody spotted an I.E.D.”

After Rick returned, he met and married Casey. It’s hard for Casey to comprehend what he endured.

Casey said, “I couldn't even imagine. Still, to this day when he talks about it, I’m like, I don’t know I could? I could never do that.”

When Rick retired, the couple could easily maintain the family budget. However, their plan quickly fell apart when they learned Rick’s retirement pay would be delayed. The couple managed with Casey’s salary until they discovered she needed surgery and would be out of work without pay for several months.

Rick recalled, “It's tough. I'm worried, overwhelmed. Definitely frustrated.” 

The couple struggled to afford basic necessities like food and were unable to make their mortgage payments. Foreclosure was looming. Adding to their crisis, their family vehicle broke down. Rick and Casey learned it needed a new engine and transmission.

Casey shared, “I'm afraid for our family. I'm afraid that we're gonna lose everything.”

As believers, Rick and Casey turned to their faith and prayed for a solution.

Rick said, “My faith is a big comfort. I pray that God points us in the right direction, helps us make the right decisions with what we have.”

Casey continued, “This situation has definitely helped improve my prayer life. I've had to rely on nothing else but God.” 

Financial relief was around the corner when a ministry called Reboot contacted CBN about the couple’s crisis. Dory Nissen with Helping the Home Front came by with big news.  

Dory shared, “CBN and Helping the Home Front is going to get you caught up on your mortgage."

Casey exclaimed, “Oh my gosh! Wow! We aren’t going to lose our house!”

Dory continued, "We have one more surprise. We are making arrangements to fix your transmission and your engine.”

Casey exclaimed, “Thank you so much!”

Rick continued, “Thank you. God never gives us more than we can handle. God always provides.”

The couple headed to Paylor Powertrain to get the vehicle repaired and their mortgage was covered until Rick’s retirement pay kicked in. Shortly afterward, Casey returned to work. Thanks to Helping the Home Front, this family is now back on financial track.

Casey said, “I'd like to say to the CBN partners, thank you so much! You have no clue what you've done for us today."

Rick shared, “I can't thank CBN's Helping the Home Front and the CBN partners enough. It's absolutely amazing."

Casey concluded, “A true blessing!”
        
        
        
        
        

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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