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John lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he surveys land and negotiates timber contracts.  For a decade, he was the picture of success.  

He shares, “I had a six figure job with a car, a company credit card, 401K retirement plan.  I had a 36 foot boat moored at the marina 10 minutes from my house.”

Then in 2008, the market crashed.  John lost his job and his medical benefits.  Around the same time, he was also diagnosed with cancer.  

He reflects with a sigh, “This one’s always tough to talk about. What do you do when your doctor says you have a tumor and you need radiation, you need chemotherapy?  You do it.”  

Over the next few years, John sold his assets, exhausted his savings, and cashed in his 401K in an effort to make ends meet and pay his medical bills.

“At times they went to collection, so it hurt my credit,” he admits.  “I was going to be without anything.   Losing my car, losing my insurance, losing my cell phone... it’s not a good feeling.”

Sporadic work and multiple tumors followed.  Then at 52, John moved home with his mother.  

“That’s tough for a man to do, to ask for help, to say ‘I can’t do it.’” John candidly shares.  He continues, “Pretty tough for a self-sustaining man - sort of an all-time low. That’s when I turned back to God. I said, ‘Ok, I will trust in you.  You help me out of the circumstances.’”
John had just under three hundred dollars when he says his prayer was answered.  He was watching The 700 Club.  

He remembers, “Terry talked about giving $20. And I’ve always been touched by the stories that The 700 Club do.    And the thought that went through my head was, ‘What’s $20?’   I think the Holy Spirit just prompted me to give that. And I had never given to a TV ministry before.”

John called CBN and pledged $20 a month.  Within two weeks, he had four clients and was back in the timber consulting business, working as an independent contractor.  

He says, “The light went off in my head, and I thought the only thing that changed between now and then is that I started giving to The 700 Club.  And it brought tears to my eyes.  And I stopped and I pulled over and I called The 700 Club.  And I said, ‘I want to raise my gift from $20 to $100.’”  

John also started tithing to his church. Now, he has consistent work, a flexible schedule, and he’s able to pay all his medical bills.  

He reports, “My finances have recovered. I have more consulting work than I know what to with right now.  I put back into savings, put back into my 401k.  I don’t think there’s any way that that could be a coincidence.”

John challenges others who need a financial turnaround to start giving to CBN.

He explains, “It’s a great ministry, it’s a great ministry. You say, ‘Look we’re tight, we can’t squeeze another $100 out.’   Then give 50, give 40, give $20.  I don't believe in giving to get.  That's not my motivation.”  He concludes with a smile, “But I gave a little bit, and God blessed a lot.”

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