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Newlywed and Deployed

Dory Nissen - 700 Club Producer

Newlyweds Patrick and Cristina didn’t have much time to settle in to married life.  Patrick is an infantry solder and was scheduled to leave for six months just three weeks after the weeding.

Cristina says, “I’m very proud of him. It takes a brave person to do what he does. And he does it very well. It’s scary knowing he’s willing to sacrifice to serve the country that he loves.”

Both say what really sees them through, is prayer.

Patrick says, “When I’m deployed, I pray all the time. I pray that she’s safe. I pray that he keeps me safe as well. I have found that he has been there several times.”

Cristina adds, “God plays a big part in my life and our relationship and keeping me strong. He keeps me calm and he keeps me going.”

They also pray for their finances.  With Patrick on a sergeant’s salary and Cristina still in school working only part time, they knew they wouldn’t have much.   It didn’t help that Patrick’s truck needed repairs and they didn’t have money to fix it. The newlyweds couldn’t even afford to buy furniture for their first apartment together.

Patrick says, “If I can’t get the household set up before I leave, I don’t want her sitting on the floor. I want her to be set up. Not to have any issues to worry about except school and her job when I’m gone.”

The couple had attended premarital counseling with ministry leaders Donnie and Michelle Bowen.  The Bowens knew about their financial stress and contacted CBN's Helping the Home Front and we started planning. Donnie and Michelle invited the newlyweds to their home and started by telling them CBN would fix Patrick’s truck.  

Patrick says, “That’s great.  That’s going to fix everything.”

And there was more!

Michelle says, “Helping the Home Front is also wanting to take you to Ashley furniture and bless you all with, bless you all with some furniture. So, as a newlywed couple going into a deployment, you can maybe put that money into savings.

Donnie adds, “You’ve got yourself a home!  Isn’t that awesome?

After arranging to fix the truck, they went to Ashley home furniture to pick out what they needed.  Ashley’s was happy to give CBN a big discount.  The newlyweds settled in to their new home before Patrick left.

Cristina concludes, “I’m very much grateful to CBN for doing this for the families that have to go through things like this. It’s a wonderful blessing. And I hope that they continue to do it.”

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