3253 Kenneth Watkins - Part 1: (Alcohol, Arson, Abuse) Ken's father burns the family home to collect the insurance, then flees to avoid prosecution, leaving Ken's mother to struggle in poverty. Ken, his mother and two siblings live in an abandoned garage and house for seven years. When his father returns he is still a drunk who abuses and neglects the family. The first part ends as Ken joins the army to help his mother.
3252 Denise Donovan: (Parental Kidnapping, Fear, Shame) Denise and her sister are kidnapped by their father, a sailor who disappears from their lives when Denise is ten. They are raised by their unstable stepmother, Betty, an alcoholic. Life is miserable for both girls. After her sister leaves, Denise endures her stepmother's bizarre behavior. At sixteen Denise goes to church, hears the Gospel and prays to receive Jesus. Then, Denise lives with her sister, graduates and works. She marries, has two daughters and finds her real mother. But there is no bonding. Her husband divorces her and she is now serving with a hospital-ship ministry.
3251 Leslie Gentry Classic: (Dust Bowl, Alcohol, Navy) Leslie's father is a bootlegger and farmer who flees the Dust Bowl with his wife and nine children in their old jalopy. Les is 16. His father dies in Phoenix and Les joins the Navy, becoming a drunk. He marries Myrna but continues his drunken ways. He survives World War II and Korea but is increasingly mean to Myrna who stays with him. Les's brother prays for them and Myrna is saved but Les is not. Finally, he goes to church with his sister until he sees Christ and is delivered from alcohol.
3250 Joseph & Margaret Meeko: (Missionaries to Japan) Joe and Margaret sell their home and with their sons, aged four and six, travel to Japan in 1947 to share the Gospel and help the Japanese people. Their journey by freighter in late November is harrowing; many storms at sea. But they leave a legacy of love that is still ongoing in Japan.