60 Years of Marriage—One Key Financial Principle
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Tom and Maity Schrecengost have enjoyed 60 years of marriage and show no signs of slowing down.
Maity shares, “We find ourselves living a lifestyle that we would've never expected. And we're active in our church. And our lives are rich and full.”
The Schrecengosts’ have learned a few things over the years. Especially about their faith. One of those lessons came early on in their marriage. Instead of teaching, the couple decided for Maity to be a stay at home mom while Tom taught at a local high school. They didn’t give much thought to tithing because they were trying to stretch every dollar. One day, as they were listening to a message on tithing at a meeting, that changed.
Tom remembers, “There was a man up in the front of the room who just stood up and he said, ‘I don't know why I'm saying this,’ but he pointed (LAUGHS & POINTS) right back to us, ‘if you aren't tithing, you should be tithing.’”
The couple started tithing and have never stopped.
Tom says, “The Lord is very generous. We wanted to be generous also. So, we uh gave in that (SLIGHT LAUGH) same manner, as well as not only to the church, but also to other groups.”
Something else they’ve learned over the years is that they can trust when they give to C-B-N, they’re helping change lives around the world.
Toms shares, “Operation Blessing, yes. They go everywhere. it's good to see that they're doing this and that we're a part of it, the money that we send and the prayers that we give for them are a part of that and helping them.”
Maity says, “By being part of the ministry, we're able to see hungry people fed, sick people healed. It’s just a wonderful ministry. We do Pledge Express. People our age tend to forget things, (SLIGHT LAUGH) if you're with Pledge Express, you don't forget. Our purpose is to be obedient and to glorify the name of Jesus and spread the good news.”
Today, Maity enjoys writing Christian books and Tom is an ordained minister who teaches the bible at a nearby nursing home. The couple are still giving to C-B-N, and still trusting God.
Maity shares, “We've seen that God is faithful. He never ever lets us down. As long as we are obedient to what the Lord is calling us to do He’s faithful to provide all of our needs.”
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