Saving Lives at a Cost: A Sobering Update From The Nazarene Fund

More than 6,000 Christians and Yazidis have been removed from the clenches of ISIS thanks to donations made by Glenn Beck listeners and Mercury One rescue teams on the ground in the Middle East --- but it's dangerous work. One recent mission took a scary turn a few weeks ago. Following multiple --- and ultimately successful --- rescue attempts to free a captured Yazidi mom and her two children, two local team members went missing. Glenn gave the details on radio Wednesday, asking listeners to pray for everyone involved.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

GLENN: One of our rescues took a scary turn a couple of weeks ago. A Yazidi mom who had been kidnapped with her two children somehow or another gained access to a cell phone. And she immediately called a friend and she knew where she was being held, and she said, "You've got to get us out of here. We're being held at this location. Please send help."

This friend happened to know about us. I guess in some places Mercury One is really starting to be known as a savings grace. And they reached out to us and said, "Can you help us?" We reached out to our partners in the Middle East. And we verified the report. Made sure that it was true. We set a plan into action to get her and her children to safety and bring them to a safer place than where they were.

Once the rescue had been approved, all the communications -- and this happens every time, go dark.

We don't communicate. Once we know what's happening, no one speaks to each other. It's a precaution for safety for everybody involved. So it is not uncommon for us to green light something and then not hear anything for a couple of weeks while the operation is going on. And we sit on pins and needles as we wait. In this particular case, everything went as planned. The women and her children got out. And they got out with the members of the team.

And then unfortunately, they were recaptured by the bad guys. Two of our local team members, of our partner's network went dark at that point. We didn't hear anything from them for two weeks.

Finally, the mom reached back out. Reached out to her family again and said, "We were recaptured. We were, you know, escaping and then they -- then they captured us again."

We had to go, start from the beginning. This time, we were much more cautious because we were worried that ISIS was trying to kill our team and they were on to us and we needed to, you know -- this was a setup. They were going to kill the mom and the children, and they were going to kill the members of our team as well.

Mom, the children, two members of the team, missing. We learned earlier this week that the information was valid. We green lit another rescue. It is nothing short of a miracle that they were rescued a second time. Mom and her children are now safe, and they are free. They are going to now our counseling center, which we should tell you about is an amazing thing. In the Middle East, women cannot go to seek counsel. And so we work through another organization there that is doing some amazing things. And going into women's houses disguised as something else and then providing the women and children with counseling, so nobody in the neighborhood knows, especially none of the neighborhood men know.

Anyway, they're going to be receiving the counsel. And they will be back with their family by Easter.

This is the light in the very, very dark situation in the Middle East. But we need you to pray for some more light.

The two members of the first rescue team that went in have not been found. And they have not been in contact. There is no evidence that anything has happened to them.

We hope and pray that they are just in hiding right now and are going to be able to return safely to their families in the Middle East very soon. But we have also reason to have real concern. And we would ask for an Easter miracle to happen. And if you would please pray earnestly for your family. These are remarkable heroes that are not doing it to write a book. Not doing it for the praise and the glory. They're doing it because these children are caught in slavery. And it's -- they are really, truly in the jaws of hell.

Please pray for them. So you know, Mercury One never pays a ransom. These rescues are risky. They take sometimes a team of up to 20 people to bring them back into safety. They are comprised of ex-military, counterterrorism professionals. They volunteer their time. They sacrifice their lives for other human beings. And we sure would like to celebrate their rescue and their safe return this Easter. Please pray for them. And thank you so much for everything that you have done to help two projects that are very near and dear to my heart. And I know they are to yours. The Nazarene Fund and operation OUR. Ourrescue.org.

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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