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.

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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According to the mainstream media's COVID-19 narrative, the president is "ignoring" the crisis.

On tonight's "Glenn TV" special, Glenn Beck exposes the media's last four months of political theater that has helped shape America's confusion and fear over coronavirus. And now, with a new school year looming on the horizon, the ongoing hysteria has enormous ramifications for our children, but the media is working overtime to paint the Trump administration as anti-science Neanderthals who want to send children and teachers off to die by reopening schools.

Glenn fights back with the facts and interviews the medical doctor Big Tech fears the most. Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America's Frontline Doctors, stands up to the media's smear campaign and explains why she could no longer stay silent in her fight against coronavirus fear.

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It's high time to leave the partisan politics behind and focus on the facts about face masks and whether or not they really work against COVID-19.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck spoke with Drs. Scott Jensen and George Rutherford about the scientific evidence that proves or disproves the effectiveness of mask wearing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Then, Dr. Karyln Borysenko joined to break down where the massive political divide over masks came from in the first place.

"I think if we were to talk about this a couple months ago, I might have said, 'Well, there's the science of masks, and there's the emotions of masks.' But, unfortunately, there's something in between," Jensen said. "I would have thought that the science of masks would have to do with the physics of masks, so I did a video a couple months ago where I talked about the pore side of a cotton mask or a surgical mask."

He explained that properly worn masks can help reduce the spread of virus particles, but cautioned against a false-sense of security when wearing a mask because they are far from providing complete protection.

"If you have a triple-ply mask, the pore size will end up being effectively five microns. And five microns, to a COVID-19 virus particle, is 50 times larger. That's approximately the same differential between the two-inch separation between the wires of a chain-link fence, and a gnat," Jensen explained.

"But now what we're seeing is if we have some collision of COVID-19 viral particles with the latticework of any mask ... if you're breathing out or breathing in and the viral particles collide with the actual latticework of a mask, I think intuitively, yes, we can reduce the amount of virus particles that are going back and forth."

Dr. Rutherford said masks are essential tools for fighting COVID-19, as long as you wear them correctly. He laid out the three main reasons he believes we should all be wearing masks.

"So, we're trying to do three things," he said. "First of all, we're trying to protect the people around you, in case you are one of the 60% of people who have asymptomatic infection and don't know it. The second thing we're trying to do is to protect you. The third thing we're trying to do is, if you get infected, you'll get infected at a lower dose, and then you're less likely to develop symptoms. That's the threefer."

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