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From Overwhelmed to Peace of Mind

Dory Nissen


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Army sergeant, Michael, and his wife, Hailey, cope with a challenge most couples never have to face. Hailey has an incurable neurological disease that progressively deteriorates motor functions and speech. She was diagnosed before they married. At the time, her symptoms were mild but progressed quickly.

Michael said, “I think that she's got perseverance that is staggering. She wakes up and she tackles the day, day after day. And, you know, it's hard, it's hard to find her in a weak state.”

Hailey uses a walker at home and a scooter when they go out. When her scooter broke, they didn’t have the thousands of dollars to buy a new one.   

Michael explaind, “The scooter is paramount for her as somebody with a disability to have the independence, to go wherever she wants, whenever she wants.”
To add to their financial problems, the pipes in their home needed replacing. They didn’t have the thousands of dollars for that either. Then Michael was in a minor car accident. They shelled out a $1,000 auto insurance deductible, nearly depleting their savings.
Michael recalled, “One financial struggle on top of another causing me a lot of anxiety and be feeling overwhelmed.”
Michael and Hailey remain confident that God will provide a solution. Michael shared, “The way that God’s love and His support is steadfast gives me a lot of comfort. He's always the rock.”
God’s provision came when Manna Church Pastor, Joshua Clark, in Colorado contacted Helping the Home Front.
Pastor Josh said, “When we heard about Michael and Hailey, our first thought was we are going to call Helping the Home Front. Because we have worked with them before and they have met the need and helped us a great deal."

Pastor Josh came over to tell the couple Helping the Home Front was buying Hailey a new scooter.

Michael exclaimed, "That’s amazing!”

Hailey added, "Thank you!”

Michael continued, “That’s huge!”

Josh added, “They are not just going to stop there. They are going to cover all the cost to reimburse you for what you paid to have the pipes replaced."

Michael said, “Wow. Okay. That’s, that’s huge! I don’t know what to say!”

Pastor Josh had one more surprise.

“We also told them the car accident you were in and the $1,000 deductible you had to pay out of pocket. And CBN will be reimbursing you for that as well.”

Michael responded, “That’s amazing. Yea, I don’t know what to say. That kind of wipes the slate clean. And that puts us back to where we need to be to keep fighting.”

CBN paid for new pipes, the insurance deductible, and bought Hailey a brand-new scooter.

Michael concluded, “The relief we’ve gotten from CBN is a game changer for us. The change of mindset for me is instant. I feel provided for and feel taken care of."

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Dory Nissen

Dory Nissen has been story telling for CBN since 1993. She joined CBN when her husband received orders to Norfolk, VA. She loves sharing stories of God’s grace. Her most recent focus has been on producing stories showcasing how CBN financially helps military families. As a Navy sailor’s wife, she understands the challenges military life brings.