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A Tripled Income

Randy and Karen worked hard to build their careers and live debt-free. But they say it’s applying specific financial principles that makes all the difference. Learn what they are. Read Transcript


NARRATOR: Randy and Karen Parler 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 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--

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 about 20 cards,

and that was a way to get the things that I wanted.

It was so easy.

You pulled it out, cherish 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,

leading 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 oppression.

And He said, you should start tithing.

Randy was eager to learn more about God's

financial principles.

He found many of the answers watching The 700 Club.

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're not gonna 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 $63000 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 1,000 Club level.

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 implant 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 asked you to do.

Blessings will come, He will give you

the desires of your heart.

NARRATOR: Samira's eyes sparkle when she smiles.

The spirited seven-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.

NORA: I feel pain because she's 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 cry.

NORA: I have one dream--

for Samira to be healthy and 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: My husband is hired by people

to do jobs like cutting grass or digging graves.

And he's only paid $2 to $4 a day.

NARRATOR: That's why Nora was overjoyed when CBN 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 post-operative care.

11 months later, when Samira's cast was removed,

her legs and feet were normal.

NORA: My child can do everything.

What else could I ever want?

Thank you, because it all is because of you.

SAMIRA: 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.

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 till it was almost

in the backyard.

It came up on us pretty quick, but--

That's my whole inside of my house,

it's-- 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, that you all did come.

You had just done a great job saving us in a matter of hours,

did what it would've 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.

NARRATOR: With a growing family, Carrie and Neal Rozema

are careful about what their sons watch on TV.

Our children are at the 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 it.

NARRATOR: That's why the Rozemas became members of the Superbook

DVD Club.

Superbook is a documentary on real superheroes.

Jesus is a real superhero.

Joseph is a superhero.

Every story is about a superhero.

That has changed the world.

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.

I like Revelations because Jesus fighted this big snake.

NARRATOR: Superbook is more than just entertainment

for the boys.

With 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 'cause it teaches about Jesus.

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It brings the Word to life for the boys.

And once we read the Scriptures, it

helps them to kind of get a picture of what we just read.

NARRATOR: Carrie and Neal especially

appreciate how Superbook reinforces

the same Christian values 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 learn today

is preparing them for the future.

What I love about Superbook is it really teaches

boys where real power comes from,

how to really be men of God.

The values that Superbook teaches 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.

NARRATOR: 12-Year-old Faya always looked

for used plastic bottles.

Not to recycle, but to find the tiniest bit of water

she could drink.

My mouth and throat are dry.

So even if the water in the bottle is a little yellow,

I drink it.

NARRATOR: This is Faya's s mom.

The village children told me that they

saw Faya pick up a used bottle.

I was so shocked, but I don't have the money

to buy clean water.

NARRATOR: Every morning, Faya and her mom head to the river.

The water there is filthy and loaded with bacteria.

FAYA: The water from the river looks red.

It smells muggy.

We boil it, but it still makes us sick.

NARRATOR: They have time for one trip in the morning

before Faya goes to school.

In the afternoon, Faya was so thirsty,

she also drank water from this muddy canal.

By the time she got home, she was sick.

FAYA: It felt like I had insects inside my stomach.

It hurt so much, I was scared I was going to die.

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 Faya and her mom.

Those moments after the well was capped

became a time of celebration, as everyone

got to taste the water.

FAYA: It was so clear and delicious.

The first time I tasted it, I feel so happy.

NARRATOR: Then, we gave Faya 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, Faya and her mom have income when she can't find work

with other farmers.

FAYA: I love our new garden and cow so much.

I will never forget what CBN did.

Thank you forever.

NARRATOR: ChunYu could hardly wait to meet her baby brother.

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.

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.

I just hoped for a miracle.

SunSong's cleft lip and palate made it hard

for him to eat or drink.

It was so bad that I couldn't get close to him.

I never gave 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.

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: I 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.

I knelt down and begged the doctors to help SunSong,

but they said no.

They didn't care about us because we were 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: 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.

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.

NARRATOR: In the refugee camp where his family lives,

Noradeen 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.

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: Noradeen'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.

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 Noradeen.

NARRATOR: Then Heart for Lebanon,

which is supported by CBN, went to Noradeen's camp

and met his family.

When we found out about the problem with his tongue,

we paid for the surgery he needed.

I was so excited.

After the surgery, I could speak normally.

The other kids noticed right away,

and that made me really happy.

NARRATOR: Noradeen now goes to school at the Heart

for Lebanon HOPE Center, where he's excelling at math, Arabic,

and English.

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.

When I heard Noradeen speaking better after the surgery,

I thanked God.

He is so happy now.

Seeing him going 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.

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

give food every month to Noradeen's family,

and thousands of other refugees.

NORADEEN'S MOTHER: 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.

NORADEEN: Thank you for helping me and my family.

I love you.

NARRATOR: Every day, 84-year-old Joanne Sedgehill

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.

JOANNE SEDGEHILL: 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 1,000 Club member.

Then one day, while watching a telethon,

she doubled her giving.

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 gonna do about it?

And I 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 helping

her great grandchildren learn more

about God and his teachings through CBN's Superbook.

I learn 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.

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 a look--

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 Zitouns try hard to stay

focused on other things.

ERIN ZITOUN: We prioritized 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 Zitouns 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--

that I would give 5% more a year.

And in doing that, I just-- it was a step of faith

and I realize, 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 and what he's doing on the earth.

I think it's about your heart towards the Lord,

and towards the thing that you're giving to.

NARRATOR: The Zitouns especially like

giving to CBN because of how CBN uses social media

to share stories of God's love.

I re-post them on my Facebook, and it's just 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 would encourage others partners with CBN

because it really has brought so much blessing to our life.

There's honestly no better organization

out there to give to as far as Christian ministries.

NARRATOR: Mr. Yo's lungs had grown week

after he'd recovered from a bout with tuberculosis.

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.

YO: 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.

YO: 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.

The results are amazing.

Already, I am earning more income and I paid off my loans.

Thank you CBN for helping our family.

YO: Yes, thank you.

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