February 19, 2017
3449 Charlie Koch – Part 1: (Godless, Motorcycle Accident) As a child, Charlie idolizes his father and tries to be good to avoid spankings. As a teenager, he drinks with friends to have fun. After drinking too much one night he crashes his motorcycle that keeps running downhill, alerting rescue efforts. Charlie promises to follow God and his leg is not amputated. Eight years later Charlie keeps his vow, reads the Bible and is saved. The first part ends as his father lies dying.
February 12, 2017
3448 Norman Joe Jackson Classic: (Alcoholism, Violence) Norman joins the Army after high school at the onset of World War II. He witnesses the death of his best friend in Italy and experiences prejudice in South Carolina prior to discharge. Starting civilian life as an assistant cook in a hospital he eventually becomes an executive chef in a fancy hotel. Meanwhile, he destroys his marriage, family and career through alcohol. At the Baltimore Rescue Mission he receives Christ and starts working for the mission. In recognition of his humanitarian service to the city, Norman receives a prestigious award, giving glory to Jesus in his acceptance speech.
February 5, 2017
3447 “Fern”: (Prostitution, Family, Forgiveness) When her father grows ill, Fern’s mother struggles to care for her seven children and enlists her daughters’ help in entertaining local men in her home. Fern reports her mother to the police and her family is scattered across various institutions and foster homes. As a young woman, Fern tries to find belonging in different cities and lines of work. An employer connects her to Pacific Garden Mission, where she is introduced to Christ. Through His love, she finds the courage to forgive herself and her mother.
January 29, 2017
3446 Jahan Berns - Part 2: (Ugandan, Abortion) Jahan’s mother transfers her to an Islamic school. Disappointed, Jahan walks away from Christ, lives foolishly in law school and has an abortion. She tries to repent but gets pregnant again and vows to keep the baby in spite of shame. Finally, she humbles herself to her mother and lives for God. On a Christian dating site she meets Bob, an American, who comes to Uganda and they marry. Now they serve Christ in America.
January 22, 2017
3445 Jahan Berns - Part 1: (Uganda, Islam, Witchcraft) Jahan’s father, a colonel who helped overthrow Idi Amin, is assassinated and Jahan and her mother go from wealth to penury. Jahan is so traumatized by her father’s death she has nightmares and seeks help from a shaman, yet does well in school. Her mother persuades the president of Uganda to pay for her daughters’ education. Jahan attends a Christian school where she receives Christ as the first part ends, infuriating her mother.
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.