When Scott and Haley Revels married in 2009, they had $100 in the bank, no place to live, and were $60,000 in debt – most of that was from Scott’s concrete business. He recalled, “The pressure as a man to make sure you're providing for your spouse...like it was, it was challenging. Every little thing we would spend it was like, it was just a battle. It was embarrassing, you know, having to live with my wife's mom, you know, starting our marriage.”
One thing they were determined to do was tithe. Scott said, “It actually took pressure off of me to be able to sow that first fruit. For me it's like, ‘Hey, I've done my part, Lord, it's on You.'" And Haley added, “God has principles. And when we align to His principles and His ways, it's going to be a good outcome.”
In 2011 Scott sold his concrete business and moved into medical sales. He worked for a couple companies learning the business before starting his own company in 2016. However, Scott stretched himself too far and in 18 months his company failed. Scott and Haley were at their lowest points financially and spiritually. Scott recalled, “All these things that I had put my hope in had disappeared. I was left in a bottomless pit and I feel like Joseph.”
Haley added, “It was very intense. It was a lot of pressure. Yeah. I did not feel good at all. ‘Where are you, God? What are You doing?’ It was a nightmare.” Scott recalled, “My savings accounts just dwindling away. I remember specifically it was like around -$3,000 at the end of the month and it was just every month draining and I’m trying to cut things.” Haley recalled, “I was very concerned with all the no’s and it looking very bleak.”
Unemployed, Scott sent out numerous resumes, yet couldn’t land another job. Even in his darkest times, Scott still trusted God’s promise to provide. Scott recalled, “Jeremiah 17:7, 8 really gave me faith on another level. Put your trust, your hope, your confidence in the Lord. You know, He'll take your tree and plant it by the river and in those long months of drought, like your leaves will stay green. I remember just God speaking to me in that moment that your leaves will stay green.”
Then, in late 2017, with no other options, Scott secured a business loan from a friend and restarted his second medical sales company, continuing to make tithing a priority. Scott said, “He just showed up in these miraculous ways of taking care of us and providing for us that it was like I almost viewed it like, if I don't give, you know, I'm not going to see the next blessing in my life. I was able to pay Him back six months later with, with interest.”
Scott’s business earnings went from $85,000 to over 2 million in three years; today he’s on track to make over 3 million, staying on the forefront of new medical developments. Scott said, “It was just a massive opportunity to grow this...this technology where doctors had not had an opportunity to, you know, have this testing in their offices.” Haley added, “We just generously give whenever we can and just miracle upon miracle happens.”
To Scott and Haley, giving is an act of worshiping God. They encourage everyone they meet to put their faith in God when it comes to finances and see what amazing things will happen. Scott said, “If you want to see something miraculous in your life, then you have to do miraculous things and step out in faith. If you never step out of the boat, you'll never experience what it's like to walk on water. And when you see God show up in the ways that He does that, you can't logically make sense of by a budget or by your wages or by a raise, it just increases our faith in Him.”
Haley encouraged others to, “Ask the Lord to help you increase your faith and let go, let go and do what the Lord says. He says, ‘test me.’ He is faithful. Let go. See what happens, He's going to come through.”
Not long after she was born, Kanak developed a slight swelling in her neck. By the time she was three, it had not stopped growing.
Kanak’s mother said, “We took her to many hospitals. They said the swelling in this gland could eventually kill her if it wasn’t removed. It hurts her and makes her cry, and they said eventually it could swell so much that she would suffocate and die. My husband and I are so worried, but we do not have enough money for surgery.”
Kanak's mother had to take care of her around the clock, so she couldn’t work in the fields. She took Kanak out of school and feared she would get hurt every time she saw her playing. It even hurt for her to eat or drink.
“I love her so much,” said Kanak’s mother. “She is my little princess, but I cannot do anything to help her.”
When Kanak's parents heard about Operation Blessing’s Life Changing Surgeries Program, they reached out to us. Operation Blessing paid for her surgery.
“I am so happy and relieved,” said Kanak’s mother. “Now, she can eat and drink properly. She plays with her friends, and goes to school, and I have no fear she will get hurt. I am working in the fields again and earning a living. Thank you so much for your help. You saved my princess' life.”
Dennis and Renee Savage are passionate about the nostalgia and design of classic cars. Their favorite is an American classic, and for good reason.
Renee shared, “We eloped in his 57 Chevy.”
Dennis recalled, “And I had named my 57’ Chevy, Blue Angel. It was beautiful. It had a white top. Under the carpet we found a wedding band. And we looked at each other and I said, 'hmmm, that might be a sign.'"
Renee said, “And we've been married now 55 years.”
In the beginning of their marriage, Dennis struggled to find employment. He inspected poultry for the US Department of Agriculture and when that job ended due to downsizing, he worked in a factory. Renee worked part time in retail. With three small children the couple found it difficult to make ends meet.
Renee remembered, “We were down to tomato soup and popcorn basically for the kids. It was horrible. I just laid down on my bed one night and I just cried out to God, and I said, 'where are you?'”
Dennis recalled, “I felt like a colossal failure. Because I couldn't support my wife with the money she needed to help us raise the kids and pay the rent and everything else we had to do.”
Dennis and Renee started going to church and gave their hearts to God. They learned the principles of tithing and began tithing right away.
Renee recalled, “The whole premise was that God would bless you also if you gave what belonged to Him back to Him. And He only asked for 10%. And when you follow His word, He then blesses you in abundance. You couldn't ask for anything better.”
Dennis said, “It’s a universal principle. Anybody can use it. And it works. We do it because it’s in our heart to give.”
Unemployed, Dennis pursued a communications degree. Renee also went to college to study marketing and business. After she graduated, she became a district sales manager for a fortune 500 company. The couple fulfilled a dream when they were able to buy a farm.
Renee recalled, “And we actually had enough money to be able to put a down payment, on the farm and to be able to afford a mortgage.”
The Savage’s provided for their family on Renee’s salary. The couple continued to tithe and support other ministries, including CBN.
Dennis recalled, “700 Club broadcasts, they broadcast the whole gospel.”
Renee shared, “CBN is there with Operation Blessing to make sure people get food, get water, get teams to share the love of God. That to me is the most amazing thing about CBN. What better use of your money? I don't need another couch. I don't need another chair. I don't need another thing in my house. I don't need a bunch of junk, but I can save a life.”
Today, on his Youtube channel called, 'Bring em’ back to life,' Dennis goes to old salvage yards full of antique cars showing people where they can buy parts for their restoration projects.
Dennis shared, “People all over the world love American Iron. They call it. Now I've got over 21,000 subscribers and I've got millions of views in 54 countries. It's really touching.”
Dennis is able to bring in income from his channel. The Savages paid off their home and their farm. Today, they are retired and continue to enjoy God’s blessings in their lives …because of their giving!
Dennis said, “For some people it's just not possible for their mind to wrap around giving 10% of money away. So start with something and make a commitment.”
Renee said, “All of it belongs to God. It's such an amazing blessing to be able to know that you're supporting God's work.”
Jhan, a 9-year-old boy living in the Andes mountains of Peru, used to have to wake up early every morning to ride his bike to get bottled water for his family. Their main water source was an open pit well filled with bacteria, and when it ran dry, they had to walk 40 minutes each way to a river to get water that was also dangerous to drink.
Jhan and his siblings have gotten sick from drinking the bad water. "When I was sick I had a headache, a stomach ache and diarrhea," Jhan said. "I could not do anything but lie down and sleep."
Jhan's mother, Cirila, said they have faced critical water shortages for generations. "I've been here for 37 years, ever since I was a child," she said. "We have had little or no water. We must go somewhere every day to get some."
But then, Operation Blessing arrived in the community and built a large capacity storage tank over a new underground spring. A solar-powered electric pump fills the tank, and the water is then purified and sent via a network of pipes to every home and family in the community.
Now, Jhan and his family have access to clean water for the first time in their lives. "I'm happy because I have clean water," Jhan said. "We can drink it and it tastes great!"
Cirila is also grateful for the new water system. "Now the water is safe for us to cook with and to drink," she said. "I can use it to bathe my children."
Both Jhan and Cirila thanked Operation Blessing for bringing clean water to their community. "Thank you very much to everyone who gave us this clean water," Jhan said. "I am happy! Thank you."
"I am very grateful to Operation Blessing," Cirila said. "Thank you for giving us water. Now we are so happy!"
How to Help:
Operation Blessing is a Christian humanitarian organization that provides clean water, food, medical care, and disaster relief to people in need around the world. You can help Operation Blessing continue to provide clean water to communities like Jhan's by donating today.
CBN’s impact around the world
Daily prayers for people across the country
CBN’s prayer team prayed with over 1.2 million callers in 2022 alone, while also praying with people through email, social media channels, live chat on the website, and written correspondence.
Highlighting testimonies of God’s faithfulness
Vida Dura or “Hard Life” stories are sourced throughout Latin America and produced in Spanish to reach a region with testimonies of people who hit rock bottom and turn to God for change. CBN has a prayer center in Latin America to support people through prayer and faith resources.
Serving in the wake of natural disasters
CBN's Operation Blessing was on the ground quickly in the wake of the devastating earthquakes in Turkey, providing much-needed food, relief supplies, and medical aid. After large-scale natural disasters, Operation Blessing strives to be the first to arrive, and the last to leave, tending to the needs long after the news cameras leave.
Ukraine and Poland
For 30 years, CBN has been serving the people of Ukraine
Through CBN’s Orphan’s Promise and Operation Blessing, we were able to quickly provide valuable resources soon after the conflict began, and we continue to support Ukrainian refugees.
Projected 135 million* watched a CBN program in 2022
CBN partners are reaching children around the world with the Gospel of Jesus through Superbook, a Bible-based animation series. In 2022 alone, children in 139 countries watched at least one episode of Superbook.
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