If one more thing went wrong, we would have been in serious trouble...

They seemed to be living the American dream. Jake and Kayla both landed great jobs right after their wedding. They were making good money — so of course they took out a loan for a nice car. They took out a mortgage on a nice house. They bought a big dog — “just because we could,” Jake says.

But they kept on spending ... and the credit card debt began to mount. 

It was a tenuous time for this couple. They were on the brink of financial disaster.

“If one more thing went wrong, we would have been in serious trouble,” Jake says. “If a car had broken down, an appliance
would have quit, or one of us had gotten sick, we would not have made it out ...

“We realized our spending was out of control,” Jake remembers. So when they heard about a Crown class, they signed up.

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She was following the world's blueprint of materialism...

Sure, Akil Cole was a Christian ... “Yet I was ignorantly following the world’s blueprint of materialism,” she says.

It was a Crown class that totally changed her perspective.
She had graduated from college with student loans, a car loan, and credit card debt.

“Crown showed me through God’s infallible Word that I was in bondage,” Akil says, “and not free to serve God completely.”

She calls it an “abrupt awakening” — and it spurred her to make every effort to get out of debt.

When she achieved this goal, God began speaking to her heart about sharing what she had learned.

Which is why you’ll find her in Panama today.

“A Christian mentor helped me discover my passion in life,” Akil says, “which was to share Crown’s message primarily with historically oppressed people groups. Because I had been incorporating God’s principles of stewardship for many years, I was free, spiritually and financially, to answer His call to Central America to study Spanish. In Panama, I am not only learning Spanish, but also learning about the beautiful Latino culture, which has dark strokes of corruption painted throughout its wonderful colorful landscape. Crown’s message of hope is needed here.”

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Meat means ends meet...

Crown Financial Ministries on 12/16/15 10:30 AM

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“I was set free!” 

Meat — there had to be meat — with every single meal.

Dinart Barradas’ wife and children couldn’t understand his obsession. In fact, neither could he. It was a fixation born of poverty.

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They lost everything...

When they lost everything ... You gave them MORE than they could imagine!

It caught them completely off guard.

Roberto and Carolina had everything they could possibly want: A happy marriage. A beautiful 15-year-old daughter, Valentina. A great church family near their home in Columbia. College educations. Five businesses.

But in 2008, the world economic crisis hit hard — and they lost everything. Their home, their daughter’s college fund, over $150,000 worth of investments ... all gone.

“We were left with a $100,000 debt — minimum,” Roberto says. “It was devastating ... We suffered such a hard financial crisis that we didn’t have food to eat. We had nowhere to live. We were unemployed. We owed money to our daughter’s school for more than a whole year of fees.”

But then God’s principles stepped in ... and changed EVERYTHING.

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His business’s debt was six times as large as its income...

He told his wife he’d be a millionaire by age 30.

But that year he was forced to file for bankruptcy protection.

Phil Drake worked a feverish 100 hours a week — his business’s debt was six times as large as its income. His wife was left to care for their three young children — living on food stamps. And the IRS was knocking at their door — threatening to shut him down.

He thought about suicide. At least the insurance money would let his family eat.

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On the brink of divorce...

God's principles are changing everything — lives are transformed forever!

Lives like Mike and MeMe Ostrom ...

Their marriage was in serious trouble — on the brink of divorce because the financial stress on their relationship was overwhelming. They couldn’t see their way out.

Along the path to recovery, they found a Crown course. And as they began to learn and apply biblical principles to their personal finances, they were able to eradicate $200,000 of debt within a year!

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