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From Welfare to Fortune 500 Career

Jennifer Maggio knew her life could not get any worse financially. That’s when she heard a sermon and made a tough decision that changed her life forever. Listen to her advice on what not to do with your finances—it could change your life too. Read Transcript


Reporter: JENNIFER WAS

VALADICTORIAN OF HER HIGH

SCHOOL CLASS.

BUT WHEN SHE GOT PREGNANT,

SHE HAD TO GIVE UP HER

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP TO RAISE

HER BABY.

EVENTUALLY, SHE ENDED UP AS

A SINGLE MOTHER OF TWO

LIVING ON WELFARE IN THE

PROJECTS.

HE SITUATION SEEMED

HOPELESS.

I FELT LIKE I WAS

SURROUNDED BY POVERTY.

THAT'S ALL I SAW.

I WAS AT THE PLACE WHEN I

THOUGHT IT CANNOT GET MUCH

WORSE THAN IT IS IN THIS

VERY MOMENT.

I WAS GOING TO SCHOOL AT

NIGHT, WORKING FULL-TIME

DURING THE DAY, AND JUST WAS

OVERWHELMED.

THERE WAS NO ONE ELSE THAT I

COULD LEAN ON FINANCIALLY.

I LITERALLY HAD NOTHING, AND

WAS SCRAPING PENNIES TO GET

BY.

Reporter: THEN ONE

SUNDAY, JENNIFER HEARD A

MESSAGE IN CHURCH.

THE PASTOR PREACHED A

SERMON ON TITHING.

AND I KIND OF ROLLED MY EYES

AS THE PASTOR BEGAN TO

PREACH THIS.

BECAUSE I THOUGHT, LORD, I

HAVE NO MONEY.

I AM BARELY ABLE TO MAKE

ENDS MEET.

I'M LIVING IN GOVERNMENT

HOUSING RIGHT NOW.

AND I'M USING GOVERNMENT

ASSISTANCE TO FEED MY KIDS.

AND YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT

TITHING.

BUT THE THOUGHT WOULD NOT

LEAVE MY MIND.

THAT CEREMONY WOULD NOT

LEAVE MY THOUGHTS.

Reporter: JENNIFER

DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND GIVE

10% OF HER INCOME.

EVEN THOUGH SHE ONLY EARNED

ABOUT $400 A MONTH.

I JUST WROTE IT.

AND WITHIN SIX MONTHS, GOD

BEGAN TO MOVE IN MY LIFE

FINANCIALLY.

HE BEGAN TO DO THINGS THAT

ONLY GOD COULD DO.

Reporter: JENNIFER GOT

A NEW JOB AS AN OFFICE

MANAGER, AND HER INCOME

DOUBLED.

THAT JOB LED TO ANOTHER

PHYSICIAN AT AN HSBC BANK, A

FORTUNE 500 COMPANY.

SHE WORKED HER WAY UP TO

ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT.

I BEGAN TO THRIVE

FINANCIALLY.

IT IS AMAZING TO SEE GOD

ORCHESTRATE THINGS FAR

BETTER THAN WE PLANNED AND

ORCHESTRATE THINGS IN A WAY

WE COULD NEVER THINK OR

IMAGINE.

Reporter: AND SHE

DECIDED TO BECOME A "700

CLUB" PARTNER.

SHE BELIEVES GIVING IS THE

KEY TO HER SUCCESS.

OVER AND OVER I SEE GOD'S

HAND IN MY LIFE.

I BELIEVE IT IS OUT OF THE

TITHING, THE GENEROUS

GIVING, AND BEING A BLESSING

IN GIVING IN THE "700

CLUB."

Reporter: TODAY

JENNIFER IS HAPPILY MARRIED

AND SHE AND HER CHILDREN ARE

THRIVING.

MY CONVERSATION SO MANY

TIMES IS ABOUT GIVING, AND

THE CONVERSATION INEVITABLY

LEADS TO, JENNIFER, I ONLY

HAVE ONE INCOME, AND I HAVE

TWO OR THREE CHILDREN THAT

I'M RAISING.

AND I HAVE ALL OF THESE

OBLIGATIONS THAT I HAVE TO

MEET FINANCIALLY.

I DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO

TITHE.

I CAN'T TITHE.

AND I WILL SAY TO THEM, YOU

CANNOT AFFORD NOT TO TITHE.

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