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Buying Food on Credit: Not a Good Long-Term Solution!

Dory Nissen - 700 Club Producer

In the midst of war, Ned's job, as a US Marine Communication Specialist, is to capture footage and photos of combat where civilian reports are not allowed to go. As a Christian, he believes God has saved him in battle.

"I have stepped on a bomb that did not go off," he says. "The only reason I must be here is because God had plans."

During deployments, Ned relies on his wife Melissa to handle the household at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. With two kids and one on the way, he feels her job is just as important.

"It's almost unbelievable what she's capable of doing," he says. "I know it's not easy, I feel like she genuinely could handle anything."

Melissa says, "There's a sense of national pride that comes with being married to somebody who chooses to make that sacrifice."

Not long ago, Melissa started taking online courses to finish medical training for her midwife license. She looked forward to landing a job and contributing to the family's income. But until then, paying bills and tuition on Ned's single salary was tough. On top of that, the couple had to open a credit card to pay for moving expenses the military didn't cover when they transferred to Camp Lejeune.

"We realized that we were using credit cards to pay for things like groceries because we just weren't getting by," says Ned.

Melissa says, "Panic really kind of sets in the huge picture of everything that seems to be falling apart all at once."

Even after Ned took on a second job delivering pizza, the couple couldn't get ahead. They prayed that God would get them through the financial crisis.

"Somewhere along the way something is coming that is going to get us out of this. That God isn't finished. And isn't standing around waiting for us to wallow into self-pity."

Their church contacted Helping the Home Front and asked for help. CBN said, 'Yes!'

Pastor Greg says, "I was just so thankful that Helping the Home Front was willing to be an agent for God in expressing His kindness and generosity".

Calvary Chapel's Pastor Greg Schmidt told the couple CBN was reimbursing them for the move and paying for one year of Melissa's tuition.

Melissa says, "I don't know what to say? Thank you! I guess to start there."

Pastor Greg had one more surprise. "We have a financial mentor to help take care of that and get all of these things straight."

"Oh my! 'What do you say to that?' I guess you could say, 'God is good'. Yea, really really good."

Ned and Melissa met with a financial advisor and mapped out a plan to get them through until Melissa gets her degree. They got their family budget on target just in time to greet the arrival of their new son.

Melissa says, "I can't even harness all the thoughts in my head right now. I feel like the biggest burden has been lifted!"

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