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A Thanksgiving Story

Thanksgiving Special with the Barricks

The holidays can be a difficult time for many people. Despite our best intentions, sometimes life simply doesn’t go the way we plan. When bad things happen, it’s hard to be thankful to God. Where is He when times get hard?

Jen Barrick was a sweet, shy 15 year old girl. Daughter of Andy and Linda and sister of 11 year old Josh, and granddaughter of Dr. Ed Hindson, Jen desperately wanted to be bold and to be used by God to make a difference in eternity. On the night of November 5, 2006, the Barrick family went to church to hear Dr. Hindson preach and to watch Jen sing in the choir. They sang Jen’s favorite song, Lord You’re Holy.

Wonderful, glorious, holy and righteous,
Victorious, conqueror, triumphant and mighty,
Healer deliverer, shield and defense,
Strong tower and my best friend

After the service, the family picked up food and made their way back to their house where friends were waiting to have a little party. Then, about a mile from the house, the Barricks were hit by a drunk driver going 80mph. They were soon being rushed to four different hospitals. No one expected them to survive the night, but God had other plans.

They all suffered injuries; Andy and Linda were both in wheelchairs and Josh would have some scars, but Jen was by far in the worst condition. She had taken the crash head on and had suffered a traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for months. Her family was praying for her, but the doctors weren’t optimistic. If she lived, she would have limited capacity for movement. It was highly unlikely that she would ever wake up.

But she did.

When Jen woke up, she couldn’t see and she couldn’t understand verbal commands and she couldn’t recognize her family or move her body easily, but she remembered every Bible verse she had ever learned and she knew how to pray. She would spend her days talking to God, praising Him for His goodness and for His work in her life.

Slowly, Jen began to heal, but she never took her eyes off of Jesus. Today, Jen still isn’t fully well. She needs Jesus every day and, if you ask her, she’ll tell you that He has never let her down.

Today, the Barrick family is thankful for the tragedy they were forced to walk through. Thousands of people have heard their story and Jen and her family travel around the country to share of the goodness of God. He is using their story to impact the lives of thousands and to show the world how to find hope and joy through any season of life.

This Thanksgiving, we want turn the focus back to the Lord. To help do that, we have two wonderful resources for you!

The Thanksgiving Special with the BarricksThanksgiving Special with the Barricks

In this special Thanksgiving episode of The King is Coming Telecast, Dr. Ed Hindson and his wife Donna sit down with their daughter Linda and her family a year after the accident to discuss the events of that night and share the moving story of how God has been working in their lives since then. You are guaranteed to be touched by their faith and inspired to trust the Lord in thankfulness, no matter where you are in life.

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Who Stole Our Christian Heritage?

 “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…”

Christian Heritage-Romans 1:16

America was founded on the principles of the Word of God, the truth of the Gospel of Christ and the freedom to express those truths. However today, our Christian heritage has been threatened and the heart of Thanksgiving has been forgotten.

Thanksgiving is one of America’s greatest holidays, a time that is rooted in family and friends and the celebration of the goodness of life itself. It’s a holiday that is rooted in God and in the Bible and in the early commitment of the pilgrims who came to America seeking the Lord, yet over the centuries God has been written out of the story of Thanksgiving.

Who stole our Thanksgiving heritage?

Join Dr. Hindson as he explores the history of Thanksgiving. Be inspired to stand firm in your faith and express your gratitude to God in all seasons.

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Open Doors in Cuba

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As has been widely reported, in December 2014 diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba were formally restored. Shortly thereafter a bipartisan group of eight senators introduced legislation to remove all travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba. While there is not, as of yet, completely unrestricted travel access to Cuba, under the revised regulations that took effect January 16, 2015 American citizens are allowed to travel to Cuba under a dozen different categories. These categories include: religious activities, professional research, family visits, humanitarian efforts, and the most commonly utilized category of educational or academic programs that consist of preplanned person-to-person contact. These person-to-person contacts can be readily arranged by a number of travel agencies. Most importantly, such opportunities offer a great open door for evangelism in Cuba.

The nation of Cuba, while never having been an exceptionally religious country, has been experiencing somewhat of a revival over the last 25 years since the communist government began to ease religious persecutions. During the worst period of religious persecution in Cuba, during the 1960s and 1970s, Christians were often fired from their jobs and sent to forced labor in “re-education” camps. However, the Washington Post has recently reported an exchange that took place between Cuban leader Raúl Castro (brother of Fidel Castro) and Pope Francis after which Raúl Castro, who had attended a school in Cuba operated by the Catholic Jesuit order before he was swayed by the tenets of communism, told Vatican reporters he was so impressed with the Pope that he was seriously considering returning to the Catholic Church. This attitude is an indication of the urgency with which Evangelicals must embrace this unprecedented opportunity.

Until this recent legislation the most effective evangelical outreach in Cuba has been limited to those groups that were in the country prior to Fidel Castro’s revolution (1953-1959). Now, as a result of the recent U.S. legislation, American evangelicals have the ability to participate in the spiritual harvest that will, prayerfully, soon be sweeping across Cuba. This is exactly why we are so very excited about our efforts to translate our phenomenal new series Jesus of the Bible into the Spanish language. Additionally, we are working on a set of accompanying study materials that will also be translated into Spanish to help spread the Biblical truth of Jesus into this new field that is truly ripe for the harvest.

Our Savior instructed us that His Gospel “shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14). Thus, as the events in other parts of the world offer illustrations of the foreboding aspects of Bible prophecy, these recent developments in Cuba offer us an example of the positive role Christians are called to play in a vital aspect of God’s eschatological plan; to evangelize the nations! The Bible says that faith comes by hearing, so when our Lord opens a door, as He has done with Cuba, we ought to bravely walk through it and boldly proclaim the Good News!

PRAY: For believers in Cuba to continue to enjoy freedom to worship. Pray for our efforts to translate the Jesus of the Bible project into Spanish as an outreach to Cubans. Pray for the ways in which God would lead you to help us in this effort to take advantage of this unprecedented open door of evangelistic opportunity in Cuba.