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Five Successful Businesses and Growing!

After 14 years in the Navy, Leon fought to turn a profit in his new career as a car-detailing business owner. He and his wife even lost their apartment due to money troubles. It wasn’t until he followed specific principles he’d learned that ... Read Transcript

NARRATOR: Playing golf is one of the ways Leon and Lataunja

Johnson take a break from their busy schedule of running

five successful companies.

My life is incredible right now because of God.

NARRATOR: To get where they are today,

Leon has learned some hard lessons.

It was 1993 when he and a partner

started a mobile car detailing operation after 14 and 1/2

years in the Navy.

Even though he worked hard and had a lot of customers,

he wasn't making a profit.

When you go into business, everyone generally

believes you're just going to be an instant success.

You know, we didn't understand market research.

So you quickly realize you have a lot of business

but you're not making a profit.

NARRATOR: Lataunja's salary as a bank teller

was their only income.

They couldn't keep up with their bills

and had to move out of their apartment.

A friend rented out a room to them and their young daughter.

I just remember some nights just laying there and just

crying myself to sleep.

And that my husband didn't even know but I would just silently

just cry out to God and say, God, you've got to help us.

NARRATOR: Leon started suffering from stress and anxiety.

My consistent prayer to God was God, I love you.

I need your help.

God's answer to me was consistently

I love you, follow my principles.

NARRATOR: One of those principles was tithing.

Something the couple hadn't done consistently

since starting the business.

Leon decided to tithe faithfully on anything he made.

He says afterwards the business started turning a profit.

It did so well they were able to move

into a house they had rented.

But after a year, they had stopped going to church

and tithing.

Once again, the business started losing money.

I think the reason I went back to my old ways

is sometimes we feel like, OK, thank you, God.

I got it from here.

NARRATOR: After a year, his business began failing.

His income dropped so dramatically

that he couldn't afford to shop at discount stores.

A reality hit me that I could not afford

one item in the dollar store.

That was a very sobering moment for me.

From that point in that dollar store, I said, Lord, I get it.

Lord, I will be faithful.

Lord, I will be obedient.

NARRATOR: Soon afterwards, he and Lataunja found a new church

and started tithing and giving to CBN.

Things were starting to turn around.

We actually had hope again.

NARRATOR: With the detailing business doing so well,

Lataunja quit her job at the bank

and started a cleaning business of her own.

Now the Johnsons own five successful businesses.

The one that provides medical solutions

has been ranked among "Inc. Magazine's" Top 5000 fastest

growing privately-held companies in the US

for the past three years.

The financial blessing has been wonderful,

but God has restored me to right thinking and humility.

And as a man, I feel that I'm very well-balanced.

NARRATOR: In addition to their tithes,

the couple are also CBN Founders.

LATAUNJA JOHNSON: It's a great ministry, a great opportunity

to give into something that's a lot bigger than us.

NARRATOR: The couple has learned many lessons

about running a business, but the most important one

is giving obediently to God.

God is faithful, and He is a God that He will not lie.

Just determine in your heart, in your mind

that I'm going to start.

And God knows your heart.

He knows where you are, and He will

meet you right where you are.

God is faithful to everything and to every principle

and to every promise that's written in the word.

Be obedient to God.

Just trust Him.


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