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When Jesus Becomes Your Best Friend

“After everything was done, I was curled up into a ball in the corner of the car, just looking out the window and just watching the rain,” Malorie remembers. “I started crying because I didn't know what happened to me.”

Malorie was just 14 years old, a freshman in high school when she agreed to meet an 18-year-old senior one evening. She says, “He convinced me to go see a movie with him. And I thought we were going to just go see a movie. I was naive. And when we got there, he was he was telling me like, Let's go, we're going to leave. he drove around until it got dark, and he wouldn't speak to me. I started feeling like something was wrong, like something was like almost evil, and when he parked, he told me to get in the back seat. And there was no way for me to get out because it was it was a two-door car, and the seat was pushed back onto me. So, I was just pinned there. He kept trying to touch me and grab on me. And I kept trying to fight him off of me. And he raped me in the back of the car. After everything was done. I was curled up into a ball in the corner of the car, just looking out the window and just watching the rain. And I started crying.”

She was later dropped off back at the theater, hurt and confused. Her innocence was taken, and her self-esteem shattered. She remembers, “I felt so broken, and I would often look at myself in the mirror and tell myself that I was disgusting and that I was not worth anything.”

Mallorie then began living the reflection of how she saw herself, using drugs, drinking, and sleeping around.

“I hated myself on the inside,” says Mallorie. “So, I just kind of did things that are going to make God hate me too. I started cutting myself and it led to an addiction like a very severe addiction. And it was all over my legs, my arms, everything. It was years of being in that.”

She became severely depressed, retreating from friends and family.

“It got to the point I didn't want to get out of bed,” says Mallorie. “I didn't want to go see friends. I was ignoring people's phone calls. Every day I looked at myself and I would just tell myself, ‘you are ugly,’ and I felt so used and disgusting And those are just things that I kept telling myself, ‘you are nothing. You're not going to be anything.’ And I ended up trying to overdose.”

After a failed suicide attempt with pills, and several days in the hospital Mallorie returned home, still stuck in her emotional prison.

“It was one of those days I was crying myself to sleep and I was just like, I was just I was about to give up. I was like, crying out to God, ‘I don't know if you're real. I don't know if you're actually there, if you're listening to me, but I need something from you.’”

Her prayer was answered in a moment. She received a text from a youth leader who shared a Christian song and a message of hope.
Mallorie remembers the message, “She just texted me one day and she was like ‘I just felt like the LORD wanted me to send you this song.’  Before the first word even was said, just like the music that was happening, I immediately felt the Holy Spirit, like just completely fill my room. And it was like the Holy Spirit was just talking straight to me. And I just felt him, like, kneeling in front of me. And it was to the point that I looked up and I was like, ‘Is that you? God? Are you right there?’”

Mallorie continues, “and I felt his hand. It was it was a hand just like this. And it landed on my heart. And I was like, ‘If that's you, I need you. I feel you.’ And I started just sobbing and I was saying, like, ‘I need to be filled with you. I am tired of living this way. I don't want to be depressed anymore.’ And I felt that hand go into my chest, like around my heart, and I felt every individual finger. I felt the holes in his hands around my heart, and he just squeezed it. Every single bad thing that happened to me, every bad thing I had done, all the anger and rage and depression and everything, I felt it all just exit me. And then I felt his hand let go and I was just filled with like, indescribable joy. I started laughing. I just started laughing and happy crying. It was the strangest feeling. I just I felt like the LORD had really just went into me. It's like he squeezed everything negative out of me, and then he put everything of him in me, all the fruits of his spirit, all the peace and the patience and the love and everything that he knew I needed to feel. I felt that and that was just the day that I gave my life to Jesus on my bedroom floor, right in front of my closet.”

Mallorie’s life today continues to reflect the love of God she received during her moment of deepest need.

“Ever since that moment, I have not been the same. Everything has changed. I started following Jesus that day and I've never stopped. He, all the joy that I felt in that moment, I feel it every day still. I am happy and I have the joy of the Lord. I am called. I'm a mama. I am a wife. I just. I love the life that I have now is so far different from what I used to be. I feel like the Lord really has just almost washed my memory clean.”

Mallorie encourages girls who have faced similar issues, to embrace their true identity as a dearly loved child of God.

“Jesus is my best friend. He's my best friend now. He is somebody that I know I can go to and I'm not judged. He's going to believe me because he already knows what happened. He's going to let me then tell him he is going to speak to me. He's going to correct me. He's going to lead me. He’s my best friend.”

 

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Parents Discover Their Sons Have a Death Sentence

Growing up, the Yang twins were always sick.

Their mother explains, “They often caught colds and had fevers, so we took them to a small clinic to get injections and medicine.”

Their father adds, “We fed them nutritious foods to make their bodies strong and thought they’d get better as they got older.”

Yet, they only got worse. And one day, Xin collapsed while the boys were playing basketball.

“He was sweating, and his face was white,” his brother recalls. “He put his hand over his heart and was panting the whole way home.  He said, ‘I’m afraid.  I don't want to die.’”

“His words filled me with terror,” Mrs. Yang shares.  “So, I borrowed money from a neighbor and took Xin to the hospital right away.”

Doctors discovered that Xin had a large hole in his heart that had been growing since he was a baby.  When they checked his brother’s heart, they found the same thing.

Mrs. Yang says, “My boys’ health got worse and worse. They could barely walk.  My sons asked me, ‘Mom, will we die if we don't have the surgery?’”

“We had to stay home and read or watch TV or just sleep,” Xin shares.  “I was so sad.  My brother read me stories about Superman.  He said, ‘Brother, you’re my hero. You’re going to recover!’”

His twin adds, “When I was sick, Xin told me we’d get through it together.”

The couple was poor and couldn’t afford surgery. Then, a friend told them about Operation Blessing, and you made it possible for both boys to get operations.
 
“Now they’re energetic and they never get tired,” exclaims Mr. Yang.

 “Once we played basketball from two-o-clock to ten,” says Xin’s twin.

Xin adds, “My classmates say I'm like a new person.”

“My boys are healed,” concludes Mrs. Yang. “We are happy from the bottom of our hearts.  I really appreciate the Operation Blessing donors for helping us. We don't know what we would’ve done without you.”

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Standing with Our Military Families

US Navy Sailor, Elijah, works in combat support operations and has deployed twice to Southeast Asia. When he’s away from his family, he knows he leaves everything in the capable hands of his wife, Victoria.
      
Elijah says, “There's a level of peace that comes with that. Because I know things are gonna be taken care of. I know the bills, the kids are going to be taken care of.”

When Elijah received new orders for his next duty station in Virginia, they knew the cost of living would be much higher and planned accordingly. They started an emergency savings fund and cut out everything from their budget that they could. However, their financial situation spiraled when their family van needed over a thousand dollars in repairs.  

Victoria explains, “It cost exactly what was left in our savings. That means we could take care of it. It is what it is.”

A week later, their water heater broke. Victoria says, “I broke down crying. Because we didn't have savings anymore. And I had been saving money for the kids' birthdays, like cash in an envelope for their birthdays. I was like, I'm gonna have to use their birthday money to pay for the, sorry, to pay for the water heater.”

As if things weren’t hard enough, the biggest financial blow came when their roof started leaking. They learned they needed a new one and their insurance didn’t cover it. 

Elijah admits, “It’s scary because I don’t know what to do with it. Even if I pulled all my resources together, I couldn’t afford it.”

The only thing the couple could do was pray for a solution. Victoria says, "We can't do it alone. He is always protecting us and there for us, even when things go wrong.”

Their prayers were answered through a partnership with Coastal Community Church and Helping the Home Front. Pastor Trabelus Whitfield invited Elijah and Victoria over to tell them CBN was reimbursing them for the van repair.   

Elijah says, “That’s huge. Thank you!”

Victoria adds, “We are going to be able to go back and start our savings again!”

Pastor says, “Well, that’s not the only surprise though. They're going to reimburse you for the cost of your water heater.”

Victoria says, “That's amazing.” Elijah adds, “That's amazing. Thank you!”

Pastor continues, “There's actually one more thing. They're going to take care of putting a new roof on your home."

Elijah asks, "Really?” 

Pastor answers, “Absolutely! Absolutely.”

Elijah says, "I'm speechless. Yeah.” 

Victoria adds, “I don't even know what to say. Just thank you.”

CBN hired Better View Roofing to replace the roof. When the company learned how Helping the Home Front helps military families, they replaced the roof for less than cost. Owner John explains why, saying, “We want to be there to support our military families. We want them to know that there are people in their community that love them, want them to be here, and want them to be part of our lives.”

With the roof replaced, and the van and water heater paid for, this family’s financial future is looking brighter.

Victoria concludes, “God has definitely put each of the CBN partners where they are for, for these moments. And I'm just so thankful that God has put them in that path.”
        

        
        

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Healing the Soldier and His Relationship

“I basically had a nervous breakdown, Mike Beaulieu said about the struggles he faced after life in the military. Cumulative effects from blast exposures on my brain and all that built up – I was horrible.”

“It was like he brought the war home,” Wendy Beaulieu said. “Jekyll and Hyde – I'm with the good one sometimes, and then the bad one’s here and you don’t know which one you’re going to end up with.”

From the battlefields of Iraq to Afghanistan, Mike served his country as a Forward Observer in the US Army for over a decade. He was good at his job, but the physical and mental toll it took on him was beginning to affect his wife, Wendy, and their children.  

“You can do one of two things,” Mike said. “You can be a good dad and husband, or you can be a good soldier, you really can’t do both at the same time. So, I tried to focus on my job because I was the income earner, but my family sacrificed. That constant fear all the time gave me no break to decompress. I was really verbally abusive, like maybe a drill sergeant. But at the time, I didn't think I was doing anything wrong.”

“He started drinking excessively,” Wendy said. “More easily agitated, less patience with the kids. I tried to talk to him about it, but he did not want to burden me. Not knowing what he went through, I couldn't understand. He would fight hard for him being right about his thoughts, or his actions, or his behavior, it was like we were at war with each other. There's just not enough of the good and the love to feel even secure.” 

Then, in 2010, Mike was retired from the Army. Thirteen blast exposures and severe PTSD had left him a shell of his former self.

“I felt like I went from a hero to an absolute zero,” Mike said. “I didn't have any of that support structure anymore, and I was no longer useful to the military. I felt like I was cast away, a used-up toy that they didn't want to play with anymore. Pain really wears on you and limits the amount of patience you have for other people. The whole scenario really negatively affected my relationship with my wife, and so that's when suicide came into it. I really looked at suicide as an option to stop hurting my family.”

“The first suicide attempt was, gut wrenching,” Wendy said. “I just never expected it. ‘I’ve got to be better at this. I've got to do better at making him happy. I've got to really work harder at being a really good wife.’ And we've got a brain injury that's causing all kinds of impulsive and unsafe behaviors. I couldn't share who I was with my husband for fear that any words I say may be deadly. So, I was telling God, and asking God, and begging God, just help me understand. Sometimes it was prayers of just...I need strength to get through this. I was getting hopeless.”

Wendy continued to suffer in silence until she learned about Operation Heal Our Patriots, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that invites military couples to a six-day marriage retreat in Alaska. There, they learn how to better communicate and apply Biblical principles to help strengthen their relationships. For the Beaulieus, it was a revelation. 

“So, I'm in my camaraderie group again, able to talk out loud to other people about everything because they're going through the same thing,” Mike said. “Through their time and effort, they helped course correct me. It was the beginning of a change. I knew God and had a reverence for God, but I didn't have a relationship with Him. Now, it's like I'm talking to a family member, or friend, or an uncle. The more you focus on Christ, the less you focus on the hurt. It was a constant effort to bring Him into every decision that I made through prayer and time in the Bible learning what He had to teach me.” 

“Once I let it out, when I expressed my emotions or my thoughts, then I think God showed me that I was just as valuable, my emotions and my thoughts were just as valuable to Him as my husband’s were, and I could start healing,” Wendy said. “And just that being able to trust God, I could be a wife again and not just a nurse. We can talk now. I didn’t have a voice before, but now I have a voice and he can hear me, and I don't have to worry about what I say is going to kill him.”

It took several years, but Mike and Wendy eventually learned how to put God first in their marriage. The results have restored their family.

“Today as a couple, we're thriving,” Wendy said. “We are best friends. We can go on vacations with our kids. I am overwhelmed with God and what He's done in our lives. I'm so grateful to have my husband with me to do life with me. I have a partner again. We are Key Leader Volunteers, so we work with other couples that have gone through Operation Heal Our Patriots. We hope that people can see our story and see that there is hope and that we can encourage them to do the things that we've learned to do, like pray.”

“My job was literally to control the battlespace, to control my environment,” Mike said. “You can't control everything. You have to surrender that control to Him. If it wasn't for Wendy, I would be dead. If it wasn't for Christ, I wouldn't have a wife and I'd be dead. Throughout that process of going hero to zero, He's made me feel like a hero again.”

 

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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