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Working With What You Have Financially

Larry Olsen loves to take in the breath-taking scenery of the Black Hills of South Dakota every chance he gets. He’s a truck delivery driver and ten years ago he spent a lot of time on the road.

“I was gone for maybe two or three weeks at a time. But I didn't like it. I like to be home and have more of a normal daily routine,” said Larry.

Larry became a Christian as a young man. He knew about tithing, but he didn’t give.

“I always felt I couldn’t afford it. I always had bills to pay and, you know, had insurance to pay and different things like that and just didn’t feel like I could part with ten percent of my total income,” Larry shares.

But he lost his job after the company he worked for shut down. He was forced to take odd jobs to try and keep up with his bills.

“Before I found permanent work, I was working at a fireworks stand just half a day.  I'd go to the job service officer in town in the mornings and check their sheets because they got a new sheet in every day with current listings and stuff,” said Larry.

Then one month, he fell behind on his rent and was down to his last 25 dollars.

“If I wouldn’t have come up with the $800 rent payment, I think it was due in about a week and a half, I would have been out in the street. I was just praying and seeking God for employment and help with my finances and it just kind of dawned on me that maybe I should pay tithes on this. It was my last $25 and $2.50 wasn't going to make any difference whether I paid my rent or any of the other bills or not.  So I thought, "I'll just tithe on this and leave it in God's hands," and so that's what I did,” said Larry.

Three days later, God answered his prayer.

“I came across a job in job service that fit what I was looking for and that I was qualified for.  I applied for it and I got it. And lo and behold, I started work there and maybe within two or three days or so, and I got paid within another week to a week-and-a-half and I made enough to pay my rent, so I didn't have to move out on the street.”

Larry made sure to tithe on his first payment.

“I realized that I paid my tithe on that $25, and I got this job and so I thought, "Well, I paid my tithe on the 25, I should probably pay my tithe on this check I’m getting from my new job.  So I did, and it's worked out good ever since,” said Larry.

Larry continued to tithe, and has even increased his giving every year. In 1990, he became a CBN partner.

“They help people here in our country and all over the world. They go to people that need water, need clean water, a lot of people don't have that.  They help people with physical needs, like cataracts and surgeries and stuff like that where people don't have availability for physicians and doctors. And they also share the love of God with people,” said Larry.

Today, Larry works closer to home and can enjoy the outdoors. His income has doubled and he now gives away about 20 percent through his tithes and offerings. He recently joined the Founders Club. He says the biggest lesson he’s learned is that God is always faithful if you trust Him.

“I think it's important to be a tither and a giver because the Bible says if you give it shall be given unto you, in good measure, pressed down and running over. It'll be more than you can contain. It's a blessing just to know that I'm doing what He wants me to do and He is smiling because of it. That's worth everything,” said Larry.

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