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GOD'S ECONOMY

Surviving on Five Dollars an Hour

By Dory Nissen
The 700 Club




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CBN.com - Shiketa Oliver owns a hair styling salon just south of Atlanta, Ga.

"I love what I do. I love the people. I love to make them pretty," she says. "I like people who have issues and they come in the door and say can you fix me? And I say, 'Yea, I can fix you.'"

Her salon is successful, which is a good thing since she’s a single mom raising five kids. But before she opened her business, she was in a financial mess. Her minimum wage job didn’t cut it.

“I was trying to juggle paying rent, paying the electricity, paying for what I needed for the kids," she recalls. "I just didn’t make enough money!"

Three months behind on rent and facing eviction, Shiketa had no clue what to do. Her pastor encouraged her to apply what the book of Malachi says about money.

"Pastor says that’s the only scripture that God says put me to the test. 'I’ll open the windows of heaven that you won’t have enough room to receive.' So I said, I need the windows of heaven to open up for me. So I said, I ’m going to try it."

A few weeks later, she got a call from work saying she received a bonus!

"My check came the day of the eviction. I stuck my receipt up to them and said you won’t need to do an eviction here."

Shiketa then received a promotion and the more she gave the more God blessed her for her consistent giving. And when she found The 700 Club, she wanted to give over and above her tithe.

"I’m going to sew into The 700 Club because I believe they are good ground," she says.

Shiketa had taught her kids to give too. So she asked if they wanted to send in 20 dollars each to match her first month’s pledge. They all said yes. Shiketa is glad her kids enjoy tithing and giving as much as she does.

"Oh tithing works. It not only works, it works. It works beyond working!"

Being obedient to God's truth made an incredible difference for this family. They made themselves available for God's love to flow through them to others, and they are reaping a blessing themselves as well. Join them in partnering with CBN. You will make a difference in lives around the world, through medical missions, food and clothing programs, humanitarian outreaches and so much—all in the name of Jesus. Please join today.

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