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.

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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