January 15, 2017
3444 JoAnn DiCuirci: JoAnn turned from God at an early age. From then on, a series of strange events forced her to face the question of her mortality. Still, she was too ashamed to approach God until He led her and her husband to some friends who explained the truth.
January 8, 2017
3443 Michael DiCuirci Classic: (Alcoholic) A musician faced death as a teen when his father passed away suddenly, and again as a young adult when he nearly lost his life after driving drunk. Still, he kept on drinking until a fellow performer shared a message that freed him from his addiction.
January 1, 2017
3442 Andrew Lombardi: (Gangs, Drugs, Prison) Andrew’s parents let his impoverished Italian grandmother raise him in the ghetto where Andrew is bullied. He has dyslexia, feels like a failure, but marries and has two sons. He forms gangs that shoot two men. Arrested, he reads the Bible in jail, is saved but his marriage fails. He becomes a pastor and is reconciled with a lost son. Still in ministry.
December 25, 2016
3441 Melvin Massey: (Drug Dealing, Crime, Ignoring truth and Good examples) Melvin was a product of a Christian family living in Detroit’s lower east side in the 1930s. He was arrested for looting during the city’s 1941 riots, but got off. Joining the Merchant Marines during World War II, he was eventually court-martialed for assault. He turned to a life of theft, robbery and drug dealing, but that landed him in jail. There he heard the Gospel and received Jesus. After his release, he became a preacher, founded a church and helped found a rescue mission.
December 18, 2016
3440 Reed Waid Classic: (Alcohol, Pills) No matter where he traveled, Reed couldn’t escape the shackles of alcohol and sleeping pills. He drifted from one job to the next, unable to keep any for long because of his addiction. Then, a visit to a local mission showed him the way to freedom.
December 11, 2016
3439 “Dina” Classic: (Rebellion, Mental Illness) Dina’s family life changed for the worse at age 5, when her mother started struggling with mental illness. With no stability at home, she turned to drinking, drugs, and dating low-class men. After graduation, she moved out. Lacking direction in her life, she sought a deeper meaning, and revisited the lessons she learned in Sunday School as a child.
December 4, 2016
3438 Wade Gambill – Part 2: (Prison, Paralysis) Wade and a former inmate commit burglary. The police shoot Wade, paralyzing him. He tries but fails to end his life, then loses a foot to gangrene. Living with his dad Wade listens to an evangelist’s tape, sees his sin and is saved. Now married and in prison ministry.
November 27, 2016
3437 Wade Gambill – Part 1: (Rebellion, Prison, Paralysis) Wade’s parents’ divorce leaves him confused and fearful. He thinks guns will protect him. He lives with his father, graduates and joins the army but burglarizes a pawnshop and is arrested. He escapes and is caught. The first part ends as he goes to prison for ten years.
November 20, 2016
3436 Madelynn Nelson – Part 2: (Missionary, Philippines) Madelynn Nelson and her sisters pursue missionary work in the Philippines, even though a family member was killed doing similar work many years ago.
November 13, 2016
3435 Madelynn Nelson Classic – Part 1: (Doubting Faith, Rebellion) Madelynn’s oldest sister moves out, burdening 9-year-old Madelynn and her mother with caring for six younger children. Madelynn feels like she can’t do enough to help her family, and struggles with feelings of failure and doubt.