There are a lot of essential headlines to dive into as we start the week, but let’s begin with a stream of incredible and uplifting stories that will inspire you.
First and foremost, a little girl who survived the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting was recently released from the hospital after spending 66 days there with critical injuries. Her road to emotional recovery is nowhere near over, but the uplifting scene of her leaving the hospital is well worth watching.
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And a good Samaritan in Hollywood, California, saved the day after a homeless man allegedly sucker-punched and robbed an elderly man earlier this month in broad daylight. The entire ordeal is on film; the hero’s selfless actions saved the day.
“I took him down and just waited there until the police arrived,” good Samaritan Tim Ratcliff said.
And in another fit of kindness, a high school football team rushed to help a car crash victim, looking past any dangers to selflessly ensure her safety.
“We all knew we had to get her out before something worse would happen,” one of the players said.
There was also a touching interview with a Tennessee woman who became emotional after her revered Bibles survived a horrific apartment fire. “I believe in miracles, and I’m really blessed,” she said through tears.
And a California cop miraculously left the hospital just one week after being shot in the face. Friends, family, and supporters showed up to cheer as he was wheeled out of the hospital Thursday.
Meanwhile, chaos in Afghanistan continues one year after the U.S. exit. But while much of the news surrounding Taliban rule is dire, there are signs Christianity and faith could be growing amid the unthinkable.
And here in America, faith statistics continue to spark concern, as one recent study found just 2% of Christians are apparently “mature” in their faith. Dr. Bill White, pastor of Christ Journey Church in Miami, Florida, explained the shocking data and what it exposes.
“We don’t grow to that level without help. We need mentors. We need models. We need connection,” White said. “Personally, it’s not just something you read about in a book — you need to see it lived, and done, and then helped throughout.”
We also sat down with iconic TV host Kathie Lee Gifford to discuss her new Christian film, her path to faith, and her mission to spend the rest of her life honoring God. Read and listen here.
“I came to know Jesus in a movie theater as a 12-year-old little Jewish girl,” Gifford recently told “The Prodigal Stories Podcast.” “And Jesus spoke to my heart through a movie that the Billy Graham organization put out, and I’ve never been the same since.”
Christian singer TobyMac also shared the Bible verse that led to an incredible breakthrough and peace after his son’s tragic 2019 death. And Colton Dixon dove deep into making music, seeing a real-life miracle, and what he believes Hollywood gets wrong about Noah.
Plus, Todd Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, is on a mission to bolster free speech, and he’s tackling these concerns by creating a new search engine he believes could revolutionize Google’s dominance and reinvigorate competition in the tech space. It’s a fascinating story.
We’ll close out today with some major prayer requests. NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel delivered the heartbreaking news Thursday that his son, Henry, died Aug. 9 after a long battle with a genetic brain disorder. Read more and add the family to your prayer list.
Also, the parents of a little girl in Nashville, Tennessee, are clinging to faith in the Lord — and hopes for a miracle — after their 7-year-old daughter was paralyzed in a freak accident.
“I believe God can and will heal my daughter. I need a miracle. My wife needs a miracle. My children need a miracle,” dad Tre Faulkner told WZTV-TV. “You need a miracle. Our country needs a miracle to show that God is real and God is alive.”
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