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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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Family Discovers Christ Through Superbook

9-year-old Peach lives with her parents and older brother. Like most families in Thailand they are Buddhist. When Peach’s mom heard about an after-school program supported by CBN’s Orphan’s Promise, she encouraged Peach to go. That’s where she saw CBN’s Superbook for the first time.  

"I saw the story of Jacob and Esau. I learned that God forgives sins, and that we should also," recalled Peach. 

Just 2 weeks after Peach joined the after school program, the country went into lockdown due to the pandemic. Peach’s Sunday School teacher decided to keep meeting virtually. That’s where they watched the episode about Abraham and Isaac. “Abraham was about to give Isaac to God as an offering,” said Peach. “But God stopped him from killing his son. God loved them and had already prepared a ram as an offering. I learned that God loves us very, very much.” 

Peach decided to pray with her teacher over the phone and became a Christian. “I wanted to welcome Jesus into my life. I knew that He loved me a lot. I wanted to be a part of His family!” she said. 

When the lockdowns ended, Peach invited her older brother to church, where he prayed to become a Christian. Next her mom watched Superbook and prayed to become a Christian.

When Peach and her dad came down with Vovid--they had to stay in the hospital. Her mom and brother had to go to an isolation center. Orphan’s Promise brought food to them while they stayed there. “I’m very grateful for the food packs you gave us!” said Peach’s mom, Piromya. “I was so worried, but because of your kindness and encouragement, I felt comforted. I knew that we were not alone!”

10 days later, the whole family was reunited. That’s when Peach said she prayed with her dad and he became a Christian, too!

“Thank you for telling us about Jesus so we could open our hearts to Him,” said Piromya. “Now I follow Him and I’m ready to serve Him. Even my sister has prayed with me to become a Christian!”  

“I’m so happy that my family knows Jesus,” added Peach with a smile. “Thank You, Superbook, for our new life!”

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700 Club

To Fit In, the Gym was Her Best Friend

Haley Erickson had long lived by the motto: “eat clean, train mean,” but it eventually took over her life. “I was mentally enslaved at that point,” she recalled. Haley had never been happy with her body, or her weight, something she picked up from her mom. “I saw my mom always dieting and talking about what her body looked like and needing to change her body. So as a young girl that really looked up to my mom, I thought that I needed to look a certain way to also be loved and accepted by others.”

In high school, she started eating healthy, dieting, and exercising constantly. “Although I tried to play it off as just being super healthy, and loving to exercise and eat healthy, I knew in my heart that this is not healthy. This is an obsession,” she said. “My life revolved around food and exercise and what my body looked like. Every time I looked at myself in the mirror, there was always something that needed to be better. Whether it was fixing my body or something about my face, it was never good enough.” 

Although she was considered underweight, she was healthy for the most part. In her sophomore year of college, Haley overheard some of her sorority sisters talking about going to the beach for spring break and needing to lose weight. “That seed was planted of, oh I need to lose weight too,” she recalled. “I know subconsciously it was, I just wanted to fit in with these girls and be loved and accepted, and I wasn't even going on the trip with them, but I just wanted to belong.”

Now, she took her obsession of non-stop weight training and counting calories to a new, unhealthy level. This led to many physical and mental health issues. “I was very lonely and sad and felt very isolated,” she said. “The gym was my best friend because I didn't have those solid relationships. Also, it really took a toll on my health physically, but I kept pushing past the pain.”

During Christmas break of her junior year, Haley slipped on black ice and injured her leg. It wasn’t broken, but doctors told her she couldn’t exercise for weeks. The now 20-year-old became desperate. “I begged God to please show me the purpose of my life because everything I was living for was gone. I didn't know why I was here, or what the purpose of my life was, and I honestly wasn't sure if I wanted to live anymore.” 

Weeks later, as soon as the pain subsided, Haley was back in the gym. This time she met then 85-year-old Mary Jane. The two hit it off and Mary Jane invited Haley to her home the next day. When the conversation turned to families, Haley shared a picture of hers, explaining she grew up in a Christian home. She didn’t know her new friend was a follower of Jesus. “I asked her, 'are you a Christian?' She cried and I knew that something was missing. I thought, this is why she’s here,” recalled Mary-Jane. Until then, Haley considered herself to be a Christian. Haley said, “Right then and there I heard the Holy Spirit's very clear conviction almost as if it was an audible voice, and the Lord just said, ‘you poser.’ I was claiming to being a follower of Christ because I had gone to church when I was younger, but I definitely did not know Jesus.”

Mary Jane explained God’s plan of salvation through Christ. “I started with John 3:16 and I put her name in it,” she spoke. Haley accepted Christ into her life that day and began to grow in her faith. However, she would continue to obsess over her body image for another three years. Then, at 24, she completely surrendered it to Jesus. “I said, ‘Lord, I don't want anything to do with this anymore. I ask for your healing and that you would show me what it looks like to eat in a way that is glorifying to you.’ Finally, surrendering the food and exercise, I really just let God walk me through this healing journey. The Lord led me to really cling to truth instead of what I thought was my identity and what made me worthy,” she said.

Now a nutrition coach, personal trainer, and public speaker, Haley still likes to stay fit, but says she sees herself through God’s eyes. “The Lord really helped me renew my mind,” she stated. “With seeing who He says I am instead of what I thought made me worthy.”


 

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700 Club

Mom Chooses Life for Trisomy 18 Baby

“We did all those tests with the previous two, so we felt like our odds of that ever happening to us were, I mean, pretty much non-existent,” said Will Mortensen.  

Will and Sarah Mortensen had been looking forward to this day in November 2017. Sarah, 38 years old and 10 weeks pregnant, was getting the results of her prenatal screening. Having had two healthy children, the couple expected a good report. They’d also find out if their new addition was a boy or a girl. 

Sarah said, “I was just waiting at the phone to get that call, and sure enough got the call. My doctor said, 'Sarah I need to let you know your baby tested positive for Trisomy 18.' And right away I knew what that meant, basically my child wasn’t going to make it.”

Also known as Edward’s Syndrome, Trisomy 18 is a birth disorder in which babies carry an extra chromosome 18. Of those who do live full term, 90 to 95% don’t survive the first year. 

“I felt like, oh my gosh, I’m going to lose this child. How will I ever be the same? How will I be able to tell my other children? And how will this affect us, you know,” said Sarah. 

Before hanging up, there was still one thing Sarah needed to know. “I said, 'Wait a minute. What did it say that Will and I are having? Are we having a boy or girl?' And she said, 'a girl, Sarah.'"

Later that day, the couple met with Sarah’s doctor.  

Will said, “It was a shock. So, that's all I remember that moment, like learning that information, learning what it was, and preparing ourselves mentally for what could lie ahead. It was just a blur and just a shock.”

The couple were already familiar with Edward’s Syndrome. Each had friends whose babies had the disorder. One died in the womb. The other had numerous challenges. 

Will said, “I think my biggest fear was that like, you know, we're going to be that family that has to live with this, uh, situation where we've got two healthy kids we're trying to raise, but this third child that's requiring every ounce of our time and energy just to keep, you know, keep them alive and what's that going to do to our other children.”

At the doctor’s advice, they scheduled Sarah for an amniocentesis to verify the diagnosis and help them make an informed decision about whether to terminate the pregnancy. While abortion wasn’t an option, the couple wasn’t sure they had the faith to turn it over to God and trust Him for the outcome. At home the next day, Sarah poured her heart out to God. 

“I’m just crying out to him saying, 'Lord, I need a word, Lord, as to what me and Will are supposed to do.'” Sarah said at that moment God spoke to her through the voice of her unborn daughter. “Mommy, tell them to leave me alone. I’m just fine.”

Later, when Will came home from work, he said, "She was so excited when I got home. It was the first thing she said to me that we're not doing the amniocentesis. And I just said, 'God told me the same thing. We're not. That's awesome.' And we just had so much peace after that.”

Sarah cancelled the appointment. They even gave their daughter a name - “Lively Reign.” But now they wouldn’t know whether the baby had the disorder until she was born, if she lived that long. For the next 33 weeks the couple and their family prayed as Sarah continued getting checkups and numerous ultrasounds. Finally, the day came. 

On July 24, 2018, “Lively Reign” was delivered by C section. In the words of Sarah’s obstetrician, the baby was “perfect.” There was no sign of Edward’s Syndrome.

“And it was such a great moment because I just knew that the Lord had told me this was going to be the outcome,” said Sarah.  

Will said, “They put her up on the table, cleaning her off, blocking my view, and then they're finally like, 'okay, come dad.' So, I go over and I just saw, I just saw this beautiful tiny little baby. And I saw 10 fingers, 10 toes. And I just looked back to Sarah, and I was like, 'She looks great. We’re good.'”

“God gave me a miracle. He saved Lively,” said Sarah.  

Lively Reign is five years old and healthy in every way through the power of prayer. 

Will said, “I’m grateful for the blessings that we've received from the Lord. And that's...I just live in that.” 

“And God shows up for you. And if I can tell any parent out there to let God have the final say, gather your information, lay it at His feet, and expect to hear Him,” encouraged Sarah. 
 

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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.

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Highlighting testimonies of God’s faithfulness

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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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