Once Lynette began to understand interest rates and see her budget on paper in black and white, she became highly motivated to eradicate her debt. Because of regularity in which she showed up for her appointments, we were able to provide several short term loans to Lynette to help her avoid further interest charges and fees.
Even before Lynette was ready to stop meeting with her CFE consultant and manage her budget on her own, she asked about becoming a donor to CFE. Lynette also began to refer others who needed help with their finances to CFE. It humbles us and challenges us to see someone with modest means desire to give back.
As she began to experience financial victory after victory, she began to view herself more the way God sees her- as someone who is not a victim of her circumstance, but someone who has the ability to offer the world something of herself- her talents, gifts, and resources. Her open hand and giving heart now allow her to be a blessing in the lives of others.
Perhaps the greatest impact she will have will be with her son; starting a new family heritage of managing money well and role modeling self worth and dignity and providing him a home not marked by the stress of unpaid bills, freeing herself to focus on more important goals. Lynette continues to give on a monthly basis--her donation is just over a dollar a day, comes out of her bank account monthly, and no doubt remains a line item on her budget every month.
A few weeks ago, the board and staff of CFE decided to call donors to tell you how thankful we are for your support. When we put together the list of names to call, the cumulative effect of Lynette’s generosity struck us all! In roughly two years she has become a $1000 CFE supporter!
We are so thankful for your witness, Lynette! It was a privilege to walk alongside you, and we pray that God will continue to bless your life as you have been a blessing in the lives of so many others.
31 [Jesus] told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32, NIV
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