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Going Hungry to Pay the Bills

Mike and Ellen went to extremes to survive financially in a new city with their kids. There was no end in sight until they became consistent in one thing that moved their finances higher and higher. See what they learned and apply it in your life. Read Transcript


Terry: MIKE AND TINA

JUST MOVED TO A NEW AREA AND

THEY WERE STRUGGLING RAISING

THEIR TWO CHILDREN ON THEIR

OWN.

WE ARE NEW PEOPLE TO THE

AREA.

AND WE HAD TO JUGGLE FOOD

AND BILLS AND CAR AND HOUSE,

AND JUST MAKING IT ALL

WORK.

Terry: SO TO CUT

CORNERS, THEY SKIMPED ON

FOOD AND LOWERED THE HOUSE

TEMPERATURE DURING THE

WINTER.

I HAVE PICTURES OF EMMY

SITTING ON THE FLOOR IN THE

HOUSE WITH A THICK, KNITTED

WHETHESWEATER WITH A HAT

BECAUSE IT WAS COLD.

Terry: THEY WERE LIVING

PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK WITH NO

END IN SIGHT.

WE JUST HAD TO LEARN.

Reporter: YEARS BEFORE

MIKE AND ELLEN MET WHILE

BACKPACKING IN INDIA.

ELLEN WAS HINDU BEFORE SHE

MET MIKE.

GOD WAS THERE, WORKING

THROUGH CBN IN HER LIFE AND

MY LIFE.

GOD LED ME TO MY HUSBAND,

WHO LED ME TO THE LORD.

Reporter: MIKE

REMEMBERS HIS MOTHER TAUGHT

HIM ABOUT GIVING, AND THE

YOUNG COUPLE WAS EAGER TO

PUT THESE PRINCIPLES IN

ACTION.

IT LOOKED LIKE THE

SMALLEST TIME OF GIVING FROM

THE NATURAL PERSPECTIVE, BUT

I BELIEVE SPIRITUALLY, FROM

GOD'S PERSPECTIVE, IT WAS

OUR GREATEST TIME OF

GIVING.

WHEN WE GAVE OUT OF OUR LACK

AND NOT OUR ABUNDANCE.

WITH STARTED REALLY

TITHING, AND BEING

CONSISTENT IN OUR TITHING,

KNOWING THAT GOD WANTS THIS

FROM US, YOU KNOW.

AND WE STARTED GIVING

FAITHFULLY.

AND THEN THINGS STARTED

MOVING.

Reporter: THE MARTINEZ

E MARTINEZES SAW THEIR

FAITH WORKING.

SOMETIMES THROUGH PEOPLE

THEY DIDN'T EVEN KNOW.

IT WASN'T ALWAYS MONEY.

BUT IT WAS ALWAYS PROVISION,

SOMEHOW TO GET US THROUGH

FINANCIAFINANCIALLY.

Reporter: THEN MIKE WAS

OFFERED A NEW JOB, FOR A

COMPANY THAT MAKES AND SELLS

HIGH PRECISION BEARINGS.

AND HE SAID, SOME PEOPLE

WOULD LOSE THEIR JOB ASKING

FOR A 15% RAISE.

THEN MY BOSS SAID, HERE'S

WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO,

WE'RE GOING TO PUT YOU ON A

COMMISSION-BASED TO YOUR

SALARY.

AND IT ENDED UP BECOMING A

25% RAISE.

PRETTY SOON AFTER THAT,

WE MOVED TO A TWO-BEDROOM

HOUSE, WHERE OUR CHILDREN

COULD HAVE THEIR OWN ROOM,

AND WE COULD HAVE OUR OWN

ROOM.

AND WE HAD A BIG BACKYARD,

WHERE THEY COULD PLAY.

IT WAS SUCH A BLESSING, JUST

TO BE ABLE TO GIVE THEM

THAT.

ALL OF IT CAME OUT OF ONE.

Reporter: THE

MARTINEZES WANTED TO GIVE

BACK, AND THEY CHOSE "THE

70"THE 700 CLUB."

GOD IS SAYING I WANT TO

BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY.

HE IS SAYING I LOVE YOU.

IT IS ABOUT HOW MUCH ARE YOU

GOING TO TRUST HIM.

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