Many Filipinos’ childhood memories include Superbook. Originally shown in the 1980s as “Superbook Classic,” a new and improved version of the Bible cartoon series, “Superbook Reimagined” premiered in 2013.
The kids’ favorite TV show featured Chris and Joy on their Bible adventures. They were able to better understand the stories of the Bible, thanks to these figures! But Gizmo, the adorable and humorous robot pal of Chris and Joy, was one of the characters who truly resonated with the young audience.
Because of this, the children were overjoyed and excited when Gizmo made a trip to Canlubang, Laguna last June 16-17, 2022, for Gizmo on the Go!
Gizmo on the Go is an event where Gizmo goes to different places to bring fun and exciting games and activities to kids and, most importantly, to tell them about Jesus.
The 12-year-old Mara Oruga is one of the kids who felt very excited to meet the Superbook team.
When Mara was younger, she started watching Superbook with her family.
“We turn on the TV early in the morning to watch Superbook. We learn valuable life lessons and Bible stories,” she shared.
Mara and her friends from Canlubang, Laguna, enjoyed showing off their skills, playing Gizmo’s Lab, and watching the Superbook episode, “Joseph and the Pharaoh’s Dream.”
She said, “Like Joseph, I have learned to be gracious and forgiving.”
She especially liked the part where Joseph forgave his brothers, “Even though Joseph was made a high-level official, he didn’t use his position to get back at his brothers.”
After learning about the Bible, it was finally time for their long-awaited meeting with Gizmo!
When the kids saw their favorite robot friend, they cheered loudly!
Gizmo invited the kids to dance “The Salvation Poem,” and they were encouraged to pray and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
That day, more than 100 kids decided to follow God. They went home happy and holding a lootbag filled with Superbook goodies. Truly a dream come true for all the certified Batang Superbook!
When homes become battlefields, people make life or death decisions—whether to stay or flee.
For many families from Ukraine, leaving their homes and loved ones behind is heartbreaking. But when the armed conflict intensified in February, they were left with no choice. They were forced to abandon their homes in search of safety.
Millions of children, women, and elderly left everything behind not knowing what will happen next or if they will have a place to return to. They have endured journeys in horrendous conditions just to reach the borders of Poland and other neighboring countries and seek safety.
Thankfully, Polish communities have opened their doors to help families who are fleeing Ukraine.
One of them is Maria Mroczkowska who came from Warsaw, the Capital of Poland.
Maria was still grieving the death of her husband when she heard about the conflict in Ukraine.
Instead of finding solace by travelling the world or saving her resources for her future, the widow chose to open the doors of her home in Szczyrk, Poland to survivors.
“When they came here, they cried for hours telling me their stories. I also cried with them while listening to all those stories. I am like a mother to them,” Maria recalled.
Without any hesitation, Maria welcomed the displaced families with loving arms. She accommodated them all by herself, sometimes barely sleeping just so she could attend to everyone’s needs.
Taking care of more than 50 people can be exhausting, yet Maria is happy and inspired to continue the legacy of her late husband who was a World War II hero.
“He would give everything to help other people, even his last shirt or last piece of bread. Now I opened this house—which has been my dream for years—and gave them everything. I gave them my heart, I gave them my time,” Maria smiles.
She adds, “The guest in our house is God. And as we honor our guests, we honor God.”
Despite her extraordinary generosity, taking care of many people can be extremely challenging. That is why Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, works hand in hand with DNA Church in Poland to support Ukrainian families and Polish individuals who help them.
Operation Blessing has been delivering lifesaving aid to displaced families including food items and hygiene kits. These past few weeks, survivors in Kraków and Rzeszow have received relief items, encouraging messages, and prayers from the team.
This time, the disaster response team brought relief to Szczyrk to support Maria and the Ukrainian families seeking shelter in her home, “It is always inspiring to see people from other countries extend love to those who need it. Thank you very much!”
History books will remember the momentous events and major details about the conflict in Ukraine, but for those involved, these little moments of humanity are something that they will never forget.
“I want to thank God and Maria for receiving us in her home. We are comfortable and satisfied with everything here,” said Valentina, one of the survivors.
You, too, can deliver lifesaving help to Ukrainian families in Poland!
Your donation could go a long way to help people who need it. If you want to be part of Operation Blessing’s relief efforts in Poland, it is truly easy. All you have to do is to call 8-737-0-700 or 0939-921-5543, or give through the website of CBN Asia or Operation Blessing.
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Rocking the stage of gay beauty pageants in gowns and five-inch heels. Winning Miss Gay Asia. Enjoying lavish parties as an entertainer in Japan.
This was the lifestyle of Rhory Mearns. And he absolutely loved it—until the day he suddenly didn’t.
Rhory was living what many today would consider “the dream life.”
He was rich, beautiful, famous, and is considered as one of the most successful gay beauty queens in the 90’s after he was crowned Miss Gay Avon Davao and Miss Gay Asia.
The Filipino-Australian began the lifestyle early, after experiencing same-sex attraction around 12.
“When I was a child, my preference was to play with girls. I was shocked that I started to like the same sex. That time I was already struggling with identity crisis,” Rhory recalled.
Like Rhory, are you also questioning your sense of self or place in the world?
As for Rhory, he embraced his homosexual feelings since then and entered the world of beauty pageants. With a crown on his head and a title under his name, Rhory admitted that he became too boastful and arrogant.
Pride started to ruin him and his relationships with people, he recounted, “You were not allowed to talk to me if I didn’t like you. If you were not a beauty queen, you were not allowed to raise your eyebrows at me. As I won contests, my pride ruined me. I became too boastful.”
When Rhory moved to Japan to work as an entertainer, he began falling deeper into worldly acts. Rhory entered multiple same-sex relationships which left him feeling empty and used.
“I thought having multiple relationships would make me beautiful and famous. But, in reality, my life was messed up,” he shared.
Fame. Money. Beauty. Relationships.
Rhory had all these things, yet it still wasn’t enough. Behind the glitz and glamor of his chosen lifestyle, his actions have left a trail of misery in its wake.
He felt stuck in his ways and thought nothing would change—until he flew back to Philippines.
Little did he know, attending a funeral service would be the start of his brand-new life.
“The pastor preached, ‘Who wants to go to heaven?’ Everybody raised their hands, but I did not raise mine because my hair was too long, and my lips were too plump with lipstick. That was pride. But I said in my heart, ‘I want to go to heaven,’” Rhory narrated.
The preacher asked again, and this time, Rhory faced the most important decision he had to make. The question resonated in his heart, “Who wants to receive Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior?”
Everyone raised their hands again except Rhory, who discreetly responded, “I know you are God. I won’t raise my hand, but I accept you as my Lord and Savior.”
Back to his hotel room, Rhory sat at the edge of his bed—pondering on his life and the decision he just made. He gazed upon the Bible on the nightstand and held it close to his heart. He wasn’t prepared for the flashbacks that followed.
“I remembered everything I’ve done. I prayed, ‘Lord, I am so sorry. I don’t know where to start or what should I do. I don’t know how to read Your Word. But I accepted you a while ago. Is it true that I am saved?’”
He received God’s message when He opened the Bible, in 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
The Word of God struck Rhory, like an arrow through his heart. With tears streaming down his face, he prayed and repented for every sin he has done.
Rhory cut his hair, changed the way he dressed, and threw away everything that reminded him of his old life—even the pride that ruled his heart. Despite the criticisms, he stood his ground.
God turned his situation upside down and brought him the kind of freedom that he never knew was possible.
Seeking God’s truth, Rhory enrolled to a Bible school where his faith blossomed fruitfully, and eventually became a pastor—a man of God who reached out to the members of the LGBT community.
“I surrendered my life, and it was all by the grace of God. I am just a manifestation of His grace. I wasn’t saved because of my deeds or works—I was saved because of what God has done,” Rhory testified.
Are you struggling with pride?
Are you questioning who you are and your purpose in life?
There are days when the world will try to lead you to a path toward the identity you built on your own. Your own pride. Your own strength.
It’s so tempting to build yourself on what the world says or what you accomplish. But, ultimately, your true identity is based on what God has done for you. In Christ, you are loved.
You are chosen, and you are forgiven. You are a child of God.
As you embrace His truth and persevere to obey, you can discover freedom and transformation. Doubts, confusion, or pride will fade. His truth will remain.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.” (1 John 3:1 NIV)
You don’t have to face your struggles alone. Our trained prayer counselors at the CBN Asia Prayer Center would love to encourage you and uplift you through prayers. Call 8-737-0-700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page.
Do you want to take good care of your loved ones? Staying healthy is the key! A healthier mind, body, and spirit enable you to care for your family and spend more time with them.
Check out these 3 practical health and wellness tips that will benefit you and your family:
Tip #1: Take care of your physical health
You might be working so hard that you’re not aware of the consequences of unhealthy lifestyle and bad eating habits. It is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle! Remember that a healthy body will help you live a productive life.
How do you take care of your physical health?
In his interview with Beyond Small Talk, coach and motivational speaker LA Mumar said that eating right, drinking lots of water, and getting enough sleep are so basic, but they can make a positive difference to your health.
For Coach LA, observing a healthy lifestyle is really important. Being healthy and staying fit allow him to take good care of his loved ones.
He encourages men to exercise and advises fathers to engage their children while working out. For instance, he plays basketball and swims with his two boys. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone–he gets to exercise and bond with his kids at the same time.
This is a great idea for a busy person who juggles family, work, and other responsibilities. Try exercising or playing different kinds of sports with your family members. It will not only keep you in shape, but it’ll also let you enjoy the bonding experience with your loved ones.
Tip #2: Nurture your mental health
Many people are still affected by health issues, financial problems, and other challenges brought by the pandemic. If anything is weighing you down, it’s time to look after your mental health.
Inspirational speaker Carl Pascua shared tips to overcome anxiety, and suggested that reconnecting with your loved ones, spending time praying and reading the Bible, and looking for something that can give you fulfillment are all vital for a healthy mental health.
Tip #3: Nourish your spiritual health
Just as you eat, exercise, and keep your physical body healthy, you need to recharge from the ultimate source of strength—God. Carve out time to pray and rest in the presence of your Heavenly Father.
The 700 Club Asia host Erick Totanes shared the benefits of cultivating a prayer life, “A man connected to God through prayer, discerns well, hears well, understands well, and leads their lives well and the family that they have.”
Follow these health and wellness tips to stay healthy not only for yourself, but for your loved ones as well!
CBN Asia’s flagship television program The 700 Club Asia, was once again hailed as the recipient of the Paragala Pang Kapakanan, a Traditional Spiritual Program Award by the Paragala: The Central Luzon Media Awards of the Holy Angel University, last June 17.
Bannering the theme, Kislap, Paragala applauded the truthful and genuine efforts of media programs and personalities who all serve as the light of the nation during challenging times.
On its 9th year, the student-led award-giving body honored The 700 Club Asia’s role in inspiring and transforming the lives of Filipinos—in Central Luzon and throughout the world.
“This award is very significant because it’s not frequent that Christian-based organizations, programs, and TV shows are being recognized,” said Becky Cabral, The 700 Club Asia Executive Producer who received the award on behalf of CBN Asia Family of Ministries.
Cabral thanked Paragala for the recognition and shared that it is only through God’s grace that the program is able to continue its mission of proclaiming Christ and transforming lives.
“Thank you for recognizing us for the second time. We will be celebrating our 28th anniversary this October, and God is always guiding us, giving us wisdom, direction, on how to do our work despite very limited resources—especially during the pandemic. All of it is by the grace of God,” she remarked.
All the honor and glory belong to God!
Do you want to partner with us in sharing God’s love and light to our kababayans?
Call 8-737-0700 or visit this page to know how you can be a blessing today.
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Timeless Superbook episodes, interactive games, and exciting contests!
It was a fun-filled day for all the certified Batang Superbook from Marikina, Pasig, and Quezon cities when they finally got the chance to meet Gizmo and the Superbook team at Robinsons Metro East last June 11.
One of the early registrants to the Gizmo on the Go event was the 6-year-old boy Levi who was accompanied by his Mommy Frances, his dad, and his little sister.
“I love watching Superbook, especially the David and Goliath episode because I always remember how God protected David from Goliath,” Levi shared.
His mom Frances told the Super Crew that their kids always watch Superbook as part of their Saturday routine. They enjoy learning new Bible stories and lessons on godly values every weekend.
“Superbook is helpful because the kids learn about Jesus. It’s presented in a way that is easy for them to understand and they can relate to the characters as well,” she shared.
Frances added, “I am happy that through Superbook, they get to know who Jesus is and how He worked in the lives of the people in the Bible. I pray that the kids will always remember the lessons as they grow older.”
She also loved how the show reaches out to the little ones who don’t know how to read yet. They’re amazed on how the Bible stories come to life.
With this, Frances encouraged every parent to let their children watch Superbook.
“Just as I support my kids in watching Superbook regularly, I also want to encourage the parents out there to let their children watch the show,” Frances shared with enthusiasm.
Do you also want to enjoy fun activities at Gizmo on the Go?
You have always shown your love in the best way you could. You may not be perfect, but you are a work-in-progress. This Father’s Day, we want to honor and pray for you.
To the father who works hard for his family,
You turn the day into night and the night into day – all to provide the needs of your family. Wemay never know how much you sacrifice for the sake of your loved ones, but we know that your heart is selfless and pure.
You are seen.You are heard. You are appreciated by your children.
At times when you feel tired and you think your works are in vain, look up to God who will restore your strength and continue to protect and bless your hard work.
“For we are glad when we are weakand you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for.” (2 Corinthians 13:9, ESV)
To the father whois having a hard time providing for his family,
God knows your worries.He knows how much you try to be the best father you could ever be. He knows how much you sweat it out just to provide a good life for your family.
In all that you do, know that you are never alone. You don’t have to carry all the burden.Your Father in Heaven is waiting for you to put your hopes in Him. Trust Him. He is your Faithful Helper and Great Provider.
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19, NASB)
To the father who is away from his family,
We know you cannot wait to see your children. You are longing to finally be with them, hold them in your arms, and take care of them.Time and circumstances may not allow it now, but do not worry.
God sees your heart and he knows how much you want to reconnect with your family.Come to Him and never get tired of praying for restoration. Take heart and keep the faith. He is in control.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28, NLT)
To the fatherless father,
All your life, you longed for that ‘father figure’ who could teach you how to be a good man and a good father. Now that you have entered the world of fatherhood, it feels like throwing darts in the dark – without guidance and direction.It must have been very difficult, but we are in awe because you still took the courage to carry the responsibility of being a dad.
You may not have an earthly father to guide you, but know that your Heavenly Father has been and will always be with you. He is your perfect parent! By His grace, youcan be the best father you can be, as He guides you and makes your paths straight.
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” (Romans 8:14, NIV)
To the single father,
Raising a child on your own is an extraordinary responsibility. You play both roles of being a mother and a father singlehandedly.You are the epitome of compassion, love, courage, and strength.
Thank you for your unconditional and selfless love. Be encouraged, for the Lord is with you every step of the way.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.”(Philippians 4:6 NLT)
To the father who lost his child,
Losing your precious child is an overwhelming anguish no one prepared you for.
When words are not enough to comfort your aching wounds, God still hears your wordless groans. He sees your pain, and He wants to heal and comfort you. Let your Heavenly Father’s comforting arms embrace you.
“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” (Psalm 34:18, NLT)
To the spiritual father,
You pour your heart out to raise young men that loves God, and we appreciate you for that. Whether you’re a mentor, a pastor, or discipler, God sees your passion to walk the extra mile as a spiritual father for those who doesn’t have one.
Thank you, for stepping in and leading them into greatness and godliness. May God abundantly bless your efforts as you lead the next generation of leaders, of men who proclaim the saving love of Jesus Christ!
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” (Matthew 25:2, NIV)
To our Heavenly Father,
Thank You, for the unconditional love that You have showered upon us. Thank You, for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, to save us. Words will never be enough for us to express our adoration and gratitude for all that You have done and will continue to do in our lives.
Thank You for taking care of us and providing for us. Thank You for protecting us and for guiding us along the right path. Thank You, Abba.
“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15, NLT)
To all the Daddy, Papa, Tatay, Pops, Happy Father’s Day! Allow us to honor you today through prayers and encouraging words. Feel free to call us at 8-737-0-700, or send us a message through our CBN Asia Facebook Page. We are here for you!
Daren Dela Cruz saw the excitement in the eyes of her daughter Dea after hearing that they finally have an opportunity to meet Superbook’s beloved robot friend, Gizmo, in-person.
As a 10-year-old kid who is an avid fan of CBN Asia’s animated series for children, Dea was only used to seeing Gizmo, Joy, and Chris on YouTube. Daren knew that her daughter would be thrilled to attend the event!
True enough, it was a joy to behold when she accompanied Dea to Superbook’sGizmo on the Go caravan at Robinson’s Place Angeles, Pampanga, last June 5.
Daren said that Superbook is a great help in teaching Dea godly values. Watching an episode per day teaches her kid how to pray and be strong in life.
Not only do both of them find Superbook fun and exciting, but they are also thankful how each episode gives Dea a better understanding of the Bible.
While attending Gizmo on the Go at Robinson’s Angeles, Dea had so much fun playing Superbook games including “Escape to Egypt” and “Harvest Rush.” She was so thrilled to take a picture with her robot friend, Gizmo!
It was truly a fun day not just for the kids but also for their parents. The crowd was filled with both kids and their families who received Superbook gifts as they joined the games and showcased their talents on stage.
It was a remarkable day for the children and adults who all discovered the character of God—their source of strength and confidence.
Like Dea, do you also want to meet Gizmo and the rest of the Super Crew?
Gizmo on the Go will visit more places across the country!
For many, the workplace can be a source of stress. While small amount of manageable stress can help motivate you and keep you focused, too much of it can lead to burnout.
Thankfully, there are some things you can do to help yourself break free from stress. Here are 3 tips to overcome your work-related stress:
1. Revisit your purpose and priorities
Why do you work?
There is a greater purpose why you are working and that is found in Colossians 3:23 NIV, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human master.”
You give your best at work not because you want to please men, but because you want to serve God above all. To manage stress, list down your purpose and priorities then ask God to help you focus on what truly matters to Him.
2. Improve your work-life balance
You can love your job but still get stressed if you don’t practice a healthy work-life balance.
Do not let work steal your time with God and with your loved ones. Schedule a time for rest and relaxation without feeling guilty. Go to your quiet place. Take days off and allow yourself to breathe, recharge, and rest in the presence of God.
See how it can bring refreshment to your soul and strength as you face tomorrow. Find comfort in God’s Word in Philippians 4:6 NIV, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
3. Seek help
If you’re one breath away from burnout, here’s something to comfort you: You don’t have to go through everything alone.
God wants you to seek help from others and trust that they can really support you. Jesus showed this trait when He called His 12 disciples and gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease (Matthew 10:1 NKJV).
He could’ve done all the miracles but chose not to. Instead, He empowered His disciples to work miracles. In the same way, trust that God can help you through your workmates and loved ones! Reach out to someone and ask for help when you need it.
Above all, pray. Seek help from your Heavenly Father and trust that He will help you overcome (Isaiah 41:10).
How do you support your child’s gifts and talents?
As a parent, you can inspire your kids to thrive in life!
Papuri! artist, father, and Beyond Small Talk guest Rommel Guevara shares 5 practical ways that can help you bring out your child’s best:
1. Be motivated by love
All parents want their children to succeed. However, pushing your kids to excel in areas that they are not genuinely interested in can do more harm than good.
Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz of Child Mind Institute says that pushing kids to do things they don’t like can lead to anxiety disorder or learning disability.
When you want to support your child’s best interest, it is always best to be motivated by love and consider their dreams, too.
2. Let them know that you support their dreams
Does your child know that you always got their back?
Through your words and actions, let your child know that you support their aspirations.
“When our daughter was born, we prayed to support her dreams. We do not want to pressure her into doing ministry work, just because her parents are in the ministry. We let her discover her passions as she grows up,” Rommel said.
3. Do not withhold discipline
Great parents are those who learn how to strike a balance between freedom and discipline.
You can give your child the freedom to choose their own path, but you are also called to guide them (Proverbs 22:6). Setting healthy boundaries is important.
Rommel shared, “We should support our children, but that doesn’t mean tolerating them when they are doing the wrong things. Love and support come with discipline.”
4. Support their talents and interests
Sometimes, you need to step out of your comfort zone to help your child explore their gifts and talents.
Encouraging them through words is great! But there are also times when you need to show your support by providing them with the tools, materials, and supplies that will further nurture their talents.
Simply put, your wallet will be involved – which leads to point number 5.
5. Provide financial support
To Rommel, moral support is wonderful, but it is better if parents can also support their children’s interests financially.
So, if the budget allows, do not hesitate to gift your child with the equipment and materials they need. After all, you are investing in the future of your loved one!
But what if the budget is limited?
Fathers, it is best to rely on your limitless God.
“Thankfully, God only entrusted our children to us. Our children’s real Father is in heaven,” Rommel said. “So, when it comes to the financial needs of our daughter, we ask God for provision. He will supply the needs of our children.”
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 ESV)
Do you find these tips helpful in unlocking your child’s potential?