A Tripled Income

A Tripled Income


NARRATOR: Randy and
Karen Parlor worked hard to build their
careers and live debt-free. But they say it was applying
God’s principles about finances and giving that made
all the difference. He has blessed us beyond what
we could have ever thought of. NARRATOR: But as
career-driven newlyweds, Randy and Karen had
very different attitudes about money and success. I wanted the same
things I saw other people around me wanting and getting. It was normal, you
know, the American dream. NARRATOR: In the first two
years they were married, they lived a life filled
with parties, travel, and lavish spending–
all on credit. I’d say I had
probably 20 cards. And that was a way to get
the things that I wanted. It was so easy. You pulled it out, charged it. NARRATOR: Before
long, they had $63,000 in credit card debt,
two large car loans, and a hefty monthly mortgage. We were in that
big debt bondage. It is very enticing. And we fell into that trap. NARRATOR: But the decision
to change their direction came a year later. Randy’s brother
died unexpectedly, leaving Randy to take a deeper
look at how he was living. I knew at that
moment that I needed to give my life to the Lord. NARRATOR: Randy began
to search the Bible. And he found that God had a
lot to say about how to live and how to handle money. I felt the Lord’s
strong impression. And He said, you
should start tithing. NARRATOR: Randy was
eager to learn more about God’s
financial principles. He found many of the answers
watching “The 700 Club.” RANDY PARLOR: As Pat taught,
the things that he talked about, the law of reciprocity–
he talked about budgeting. NARRATOR: Randy
designed a strict budget that included tithing,
paying off debt, and getting rid of credit cards. But Karen wasn’t ready
to give up her plastic. I can’t live like that. Are you kidding me? I get paid once a month. And you want me to go the whole
month on this amount of money? NARRATOR: Soon, Karen
accepted Christ too. She also got on board
with Randy’s plan to use God’s principles
for their money. We decided to get out of debt. Because, one, that is
not God’s plan for us. We are not going to be
slaves to the lender. NARRATOR: At first,
Randy wasn’t sure how they could keep up with
bills, pay off their debt, and tithe. When 10 plus percent
is not already included in what you do,
yes, it’s a radical change. NARRATOR: But after
several months, the couple was amazed
by their bottom line. And I can’t say that
I know exactly how we didn’t miss something. Because on paper, it looked
as if we just wouldn’t be able to pay everything. NARRATOR: After six years
of diligently following God’s principles, they paid
off their $63,000 in debt and then their mortgage. Where you can see
God really working– we had paid everything off. Our income has probably tripled. Being out of debt,
we have peace. We can help others. NARRATOR: That’s
why, in 2004, they started giving to CBN at
the Thousand Club level. RANDY PARLOR: They
were doing things in a lot of areas
that– digging wells, providing medical attention,
establishing homes for orphans. We want to see the
work that CBN does. That’s why we give. NARRATOR: They know, success
isn’t about what they have. It’s about what they give. And ask God to plant
a desire in your heart to give more than to have
stuff and to know in your heart that God will take
care of all your need, according to His
riches and glory. That’s all you have
to do is to be faithful in what he asks you to do. Blessings will come. He will give you the
desires of your heart. [DIGITAL TONE] NARRATOR: Samira’s eyes
sparkle when she smiles. The spirited 7-year-old
from Western Ukraine seems to have no
cares in the world. The truth is, Samira was
born with two clubbed feet, a serious disability
that causes severe pain and limits her movement. Her mother, Nora, suffers too. [INAUDIBLE] NORA THROUGH INTERPRETER: I feel
pain, because she is my child. I can’t look at
her without crying. But I can’t do anything for her. I can’t pay for the
surgery that would allow her to walk and run
and play like other children. NARRATOR: Samira rarely cries. But this day, her
tears fall when she sees her mother crying. NORA THROUGH INTERPRETER: I
have one dream, for Samira to be healthy and
to walk normally. NARRATOR: Yet Nora knows her
dream is unlikely to come true. This poor family can
barely afford food. And like most people in this
village, Nora and her husband are uneducated. And their job
opportunities are limited. NORA THROUGH
INTERPRETER: My husband is hired by people to do jobs
like cutting grass or digging graves and is only
paid $2 to $4 a day. NARRATOR: That’s why Nora was
overjoyed when CBN’s Orphan’s Promise opened a school nearby. She enrolled Samira right away. But we knew that Samira
needed much more than reading and writing skills. She needed surgery that her
parents could never afford. So it wasn’t long before we
located a skilled surgeon and paid the full cost
of Samira’s surgery and postoperative care. 11 months later, when
Samira’s cast was removed, her legs and feet were normal. NORA THROUGH INTERPRETER:
My child can do everything. What else could I ever want? Thank you. Because it all is
because of you. SAMIRA THROUGH INTERPRETER:
I can walk and run. I can play with other children. I even take dancing
lessons at my school. Thank you for giving
me straight legs. [DIGITAL TONE] NARRATOR: The flooding in
Denham Springs, Louisiana was unexpected,
widespread, and devastating to the families hit hardest. When I got up, I seen it
coming towards us fast. The river was running
through our house. We didn’t know the flood was
coming until it was almost in the backyard. It came up on us pretty quick. But– That’s my whole
inside of my house. Everything was ruined. NARRATOR: Operation
Blessing was quick to send in food and supplies. We set up a mobile
command center where people could get hot meals
and sign up for volunteer help. I’m so thankful and
blessed the y’all did come. They’d just done a
great job saving us. In a matter of hours, they did
what it would have taken me several months to do. NARRATOR: And in some cases,
God is using Operation Blessing for much more. Operation Blessing
came by today. Not only did they fix my house,
but one of their volunteers laid hands on me and took
all the pain away today. NARRATOR: Operation
Blessing is standing with the people of Louisiana
in their darkest hour. I just want to thank
Operation Blessing for the work they did today,
because I feel 100% better. I’ve accepted God today. I’ve accepted Jesus today. When this morning I woke
up, I was an atheist. Today, I believe in Jesus. And I just want
to thank you all. [DIGITAL TONE] NARRATOR: With a growing
family, Carrie and Neal Rozema are careful about what
their sons watch on TV. Our children are at
that age where they’re fascinated with superheroes. And the world will
put out superheroes, for one, that aren’t
real and, for two, that you can’t believe in. NARRATOR: That’s why the
Rozema’s became members of the Superbook DVD Club. “Superbook” is a documentary
on the real superheroes. Jesus is a real superhero. Joseph is a superhero. Every story is about a superhero
that has changed the world. CARRIE ROZEMA: It
was like the heroes that they had kind of
worshiped before started to become the
heroes of the Bible, and Jesus being the big one. NARRATOR: Their oldest
son, Judge, agrees. NARRATOR: I like
“Revelations,” because Jesus fighted this big snake. NARRATOR: “Superbook” is
more than just entertainment for the boys. Every new episode, they
learn more about the Bible. I think for a child, it
makes all the difference in the world to see it
lived out and for them to be able to relate. Because I can read them
stories all the time, but to have it re-enacted and
related for children is huge. I like it because it
teaches about Jesus. [MUSIC PLAYING] WOMAN: (SINGING) The
stories forever have life. CARRIE ROZEMA: It brings the
Word to life for the boys. And once we read
the scriptures, it helps them to get a picture
of what we just read. NARRATOR: Carrie
and Neal especially appreciate how
“Superbook” reinforces the same Christian values
that they’re teaching. It helps me be a good boy. And it helps me be a good
kid, so mom could teach me everything about it. When we started watching
“Superbook” in the home, it was like the spiritual
temperature in our home just went up, up,
through the roof. NARRATOR: With such
a young family, Neal and Carrie plan on
keeping “Superbook” around for a long time. And they know that what
their sons learned today is preparing them
for the future. CARRIE ROZEMA: What I love
about “Superbook” is it really teaches boys where
real power comes from, how to really be men of God. NEAL ROZEMA: The
values that “Superbook” teaches my children is how
to take Biblical principles and apply them to real-life
situations, to show compassion, to show forgiveness,
to show love. It teaches them how
to be more like Jesus. And that’s the most
important thing. Thank you, CBN, for
making “Superbook.” [DIGITAL TONE] NARRATOR: 12-year-old
Phea always look for used plastic
bottles, not to recycle, but to find the tiniest bit
of water she could drink. [SPEAKING KHMER] PHEA THROUGH INTERPRETER:
My mouth and throat are dry. So even if the water in the
bottle is a little yellow, I drink it. NARRATOR: This is Phea’s mom. PHEA’S MOM THROUGH
INTERPRETER: The village children told me that they saw
Phea pick up a used bottle. I was so shocked. But I don’t have the
money to buy clean water. NARRATOR: Every morning, Phea
and her mom head to the river. The water there is filthy
and loaded with bacteria. PHEA THROUGH INTERPRETER: The
water from the river looks red. It smells muddy. We boil it. But it still makes us sick. NARRATOR: They have time
for one trip in the morning before Phea goes to school. In the afternoon, Phea was so
thirsty she also drank water from this muddy canal. By the time she got
home, she was sick. PHEA THROUGH INTERPRETER:
It felt like I had insects inside my stomach. It hurt so much that I was
scared I was going to die. PHEA’S MOM THROUGH INTERPRETER:
I was afraid I would lose her. I begged my neighbor
to lend me some money. And I took her to the hospital. NARRATOR: CBN discovered
the family’s need and dug a well for
Phea and her mom. Those moments after
the well was capped became a time of
celebration, as everyone got to taste the water. PHEA THROUGH INTERPRETER: It
was so clear and delicious. The first time I tasted
it, I felt so happy. NARRATOR: Then we gave Phea
and her mom a cow to raise and seeds to plant a garden. With plenty of fresh
water from the new well, the vegetables quickly grew
and provided a great harvest. Now, Phea and her mom have
income when she can’t find work with other farmers. PHEA THROUGH INTERPRETER: I
love our new garden and cows so much. PHEA’S MOM THROUGH
INTERPRETER: I will never forget what the CBN did. Thank you forever. [DIGITAL TONE] NARRATOR: Chunyu could hardly
wait to meet her baby brother. CHUNYU THROUGH INTERPRETER:
I picked wild flowers in the mountains
and made a wreath he could wear when he got
home from the hospital. And I drew a picture of him
looking really handsome. NARRATOR: But sadly,
Sunsong was born with a cleft lip and palate. MR. GAO THROUGH INTERPRETER:
He was in critical condition and looked like a tiny squirrel. NARRATOR: Mr. Gao
worried he wouldn’t be able to afford surgery for
Sunsong because, as a farmer, he only makes $9 a week. And his wife can’t work, because
she’s almost completely deaf. MR. GAO THROUGH INTERPRETER:
I just hoped for a miracle. NARRATOR: Sunsong’s cleft
lip and palate made it hard for him to eat or drink. CHUNYU THROUGH
INTERPRETER: It was so bad that I couldn’t
get close to him. I never give him
the gift I made him. I threw away the wreath and
just ripped up the drawing. NARRATOR: Meanwhile,
Chunyu came up with a plan. CHUNYU THROUGH
INTERPRETER: I saved everything I could for
surgery for Sunsong. I never spent any money on
drinks, even on hot days. But when my dad said it would
cost thousands of dollars, I cried. NARRATOR: Sunsong stayed inside,
malnourished and dehydrated. The few times he went
out, people laughed at him and called him a monster. CHUNYU THROUGH INTERPRETER:
[INAUDIBLE] felt so sorry for my poor little brother. I wanted to protect him. NARRATOR: Then a flood
drowned the Gao’s crops, draining their income. All hope for surgery was lost. MR. GAO THROUGH INTERPRETER:
I knelt down and begged the doctors to help Sunsong. But they said, no. They didn’t care about
us, because we are poor. NARRATOR: Shortly after this,
CBN came to Sunsong’s village. We told the Gao’s we’d be happy
to provide cleft lip and palate surgery free-of-charge. MR. GAO THROUGH
INTERPRETER: It seems like our world immediately
went from cloudy to sunny. The surgery was so good,
Sunsong won’t even have scars. He’s finally starting to
grow and can go to school. I know he’ll have a good life. NARRATOR: Now,
Sunsong loves to wear the wreathes his sister makes. And he looks as cute as
the pictures she draws. CHUNYU THROUGH
INTERPRETER: Thank you for helping my brother. I know I have never seen you. But you have shown
me what true love is. Thank you for
bringing us all hope. May you be happy forever. [DIGITAL TONE] NARRATOR: In the refugee
camp where his family lives, Noradin walks alone. The other kids don’t want
to play with him, because he was born with a
deformity of his tongue and has trouble speaking. NORADIN’S MOM
THROUGH INTERPRETER: He came home crying
all the time, because the other
children laughed at him. Even the adults teased him. He hated the whole world. And that made me cry too. NARRATOR: Noradin’s
mother told me that, after escaping the
bombings of the Civil War in Syria, their family came
to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon with next to nothing. NORADIN’S MOM
THROUGH INTERPRETER: The Lebanese government
keeps us from moving. We can’t find good jobs,
but still have to pay rent. We never lived like this. And we could never save
enough money to help Noradin. NARRATOR: Then,
Heart for Lebanon, which is supported by CBN,
went to Noradin’s camp and met his family. When we found out about the
problem with his tongue, we paid for the
surgery he needed. NORADIN THROUGH INTERPRETER:
I was so excited! After the surgery, I
could speak normally. The other kids
noticed right away. And that made me really happy. NARRATOR: Noradin now goes
to school at the Heart for Lebanon Hope Center, where
he’s excelling at math, Arabic, and English. NORADIN THROUGH
INTERPRETER: I love coming to school, because I
get to learn about new things. And the teachers
take good care of us. I also get to play
with all my friends. NORADIN’S MOM
THROUGH INTERPRETER: When I heard Noradin speaking
better after the surgery, I thanked God. He is so happy now. Seeing him go to this
fantastic school is amazing. Because of the war, my
children missed so much school. But now, they are learning
again and doing great. NARRATOR: The kids
at the Hope Center also get to watch
“Superbook” in Arabic. NORADIN THROUGH
INTERPRETER: I really like hearing new Bible stories. I go home and tell
them to my family and talk about how
Jesus loves us. Every day, I thank God
for taking care of us and for sending His son
to take away my sins. NARRATOR: CBN and Heart
for Lebanon good food every month to Noradin’s
family and thousands of other refugees. NORADIN’S MOM
THROUGH INTERPRETER: I can’t imagine what we
would do without Heart for Lebanon and CBN. I really love them. I get excited knowing there
are people out there who care about us. NORADIN THROUGH
INTERPRETER: Thank you for helping me and my family. I love you. [DIGITAL TONE] NARRATOR: Every day,
84-year-old Joanne Stodghill gets on her computer to pray for
people all over the world who need hope and encouragement. When you pray for somebody,
there’s three involved. There’s you and God and the
person you’re praying for. And that’s so personal. I have to look for
opportunities to witness for God all the time. NARRATOR: She found one
of those opportunities when she saw CBN helping people
rise above their circumstances. CBN is fantastic in
getting people set up so that they can be
proud of themselves and make their own money,
earn their own way, instead of just
taking a handout. NARRATOR: Joanne started giving
to CBN as a Thousand Club member. Then one day, while
watching a telethon, she doubled her giving. JOANNE STODGHILL: I
saw this little child trying to help the mother
get this dirty water. And I thought, Lord,
they’ll get sick. And they’ll die. They can’t– they
can’t drink that water. They need a well
with clear water. So the Holy Spirit
just spoke to my heart. Well, what are you
going to do about it? And I’d think, this is only God. God only works this way,
where he reaches out and touches people
by my obedience plus everybody else that gives. NARRATOR: Joanne also
sees how her gifts are her helping her
great-grandchildren learn more about God and his teachings
through CBN’s “Superbook.” GIRL: I learned from
“Superbook” about God, that He can do everything. You just need to listen
and learn from Him. It excites me and blesses me. And I’m investing
in their eternity, in their eternal life. NARRATOR: And it’s the same
desire for people all around the world that Joanne
shares with CBN. I’m very happy– very
happy– being a CBN partner. I feel like I’m a part of
a wonderful big family. And their only main concern
is spreading the Word of God and helping those in need. And I’m a part of that. And that’s a blessing. [DIGITAL TONE] NARRATOR: Jordan and Erin
Zitoun work hard and play hard. They stay fit, love a good meal. And like many millennials,
they go online a lot and stay connected
through social media. But both admit they
need to be careful. Because it’s easy to get
sucked into a selfie mindset. There’s just a lot
of people just trying to get and gather and
absorb as much as they can for self-interest
and to look good. As far as outfits, or where they
live, or what car they drive, everyone’s hypercompetitive. And everyone’s
trying to get ahead. NARRATOR: The Zitoun’s
try hard to stay focused on other things. We prioritize when
we first got married. God is number one. And then, family, number two. And then, our jobs and
career, number three. NARRATOR: And while they’re very
successful real estate brokers, their goal isn’t to
build a big bank account so they can buy
things for themselves. Instead, they choose to invest
in promoting God and giving to others. I believe that’s what the
Lord’s put me here for. NARRATOR: The Zitoun’s
tithe to their church and are CBN partners. They increase their giving
to CBN on a regular basis. I’ve made a covenant in
my heart with the Lord that I would give
5% more a year. And in doing that, it was
a kind of a step of faith. And I realized, well, He
really is my provider. So I can trust Him with these
extra little bits every month and every year. NARRATOR: Since
giving more, they’ve seen their profits consistently
increase for the past six years. Jordan and Erin credit
their success to God and encourage others to put God
first in their lives and give. We’re not any different
or any more special than the guy next to us. I think we’ve just found this
key to the kingdom in a way to partner with God in what
he’s doing on the earth. I think it’s about your
heart posture towards the Lord and towards the thing
that you’re giving to. NARRATOR: The Zitoun’s
especially like giving to CBN, because of how CBN
uses social media to share stories of God’s love. I repost them on my Facebook. And it’s just like a nice tool
that the Lord’s using nowadays to plant seeds in people
and just reach out to them. JORDAN ZITOUN: Well,
I just know in my life that the Lord– He’s filled me
with His love and His spirit. And it just makes me come alive. And I know that that really
is everything in life. And so, if I can
partner with God in bringing that same
message to millions of people across the world through
what CBN is doing, then that’s just– what
an amazing opportunity and a privilege. I want to encourage others
to be partners with CBN because it really has brought
so much blessing to our life. Like, there’s honestly
no better organization out there to give to as far
as Christian ministries. [DIGITAL TONE] NARRATOR: Mr. Yo’s
lungs had grown weak after he recovered from
a bout with tuberculosis. MR. YO THROUGH INTERPRETER:
Since then, it’s been hard to breathe. NARRATOR: But Yo
knew he could never stop the backbreaking job
that put food on the table for his wife and children. MR. YO THROUGH INTERPRETER:
I chop down the trees and cut them into logs. I built a controlled
fire to steam the wood, which turns it into charcoal. NARRATOR: But working for
someone else doing that job meant Mr. Yo earned
little more than $1 a day. Most months, he had to borrow
money just to afford food. MR. YO THROUGH INTERPRETER:
I had to buy food on credit from the store. Recently, they said,
no more credit. NARRATOR: This
Christian family lives in the mostly Buddhist
country of Myanmar. Jobs are scarce. In spite of his weakening
health, Mr. Yo kept working. If he stopped, he knew
his family would starve. So CBN gave him some help. Working through a
local church, we provided what Mr. Yo needed
to start a brick and paver manufacturing business. Within days, he received his
first order for 3,000 bricks. Now, the whole family
is working hard to meet the growing
demand for their products. MR. YO THROUGH INTERPRETER:
The results are amazing. Already, I am
earning more income, and I’ve paid off my loans. BOY THROUGH INTERPRETER:
Thank you, CBN, for helping our family. MR. YO THROUGH INTERPRETER:
Yes, thank you.

2 Comments

  1. Ask Aligna says:

    Great inspiration

  2. Deter Kerkhoff says:

    Im a Christian and dont say i dont believe in tithing but I find it hard to believe in it. Sometimes I feel its primarily the way churches make money

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