Aha!

  1. In addendum to Susy K's thread 'Why' where we got into a really great discussion about how to best help people, I thought this would uplift a few folks...

    I found it on one of my conservative web pages that I frequent...hee hee...had to tell y'all that...and found a nice story that I wanted to post here. It's very brief. Read on:

    "The Mount Carmel Baptist church (in Norfolk, VA) has a project. The project is to deliver members from credit card debt. At monthly "debt liquidation revivals" the church members chose one family - a collection is taken - the credit card is paid. That family is then compelled to attend financial seminars and to be ready to help other church members in the future.

    Thus far the church has liquidated over $300,000 credit card debt. There's a bowl on the altar where sliced and diced credit cards go to their final reward.

    My kind of church. People truly getting together to help, not to judge. " ~ Neal Boortz

    Pretty great.
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   l.rae
    OH YEAH!...and.....another fine example of how private citizens choose honorable and worthwhile charity projects to support as compared with our government......gotta give G.W. credit, cause he know this too..........LR
  4. by   Jenny P
    How do they choose the families that get the credit card debt paid off? This sounds like a wonderful idea! Especially the part about the financial management classes! And if these people could stay away from credit cards afterwards, that would really be terrific! :hatparty:
    Last edit by Jenny P on Jun 19, '02
  5. by   live4today
    Yahoooooo! I wanna join that church! I've got a credit card to pay off, and when it's paid off, I will never have another one! What a superb idea! Now that's what I'm talkin' about! Churches need to step to the forefront more in today's society and do more TEACHING than they do in areas such as this. I mean...why congregate each week, sometimes several times a week, just to hear kind words spoken about how we should do this or that when we can put those teachings into action. What better way to send our children a message that we care about one another, and that helping one another must be lived not just preached about. Right on Mt. Carmel!
  6. by   shay
    Renee, you hit the nail on the head. That's a great example of Christ in action. It's one thing to sit in a pew and nod your head for an hour once a week, but it's another to do what these folks did. I agree, that's a pretty great congregation. I hope the idea spreads. :angel2:
  7. by   nursejws
    Where is this place I can move to???? I cannot wait to pay off my credit cards! Once they're paid off, I *might* keep one for emergencies and travel. I have 9 cards. 1 of them is under $1000, 5 are under $500. A combination of clothing stores, a gas card, and 4 major cards. Now you know WHY I need to get a job! :chuckle Actually, my heart was in the right place. I needed credit to travel when my Dad was ill...I never imagined I'd get all 3.
  8. by   live4today
    Originally posted by shay
    Renee, you hit the nail on the head. That's a great example of Christ in action. It's one thing to sit in a pew and nod your head for an hour once a week, but it's another to do what these folks did. I agree, that's a pretty great congregation. I hope the idea spreads. :angel2:
    AMEN ,SISTER SHAY! :kiss
  9. by   RNforLongTime
    Wow! How awesome is that! I need to start serving the Lord but am not sure how. I attend my mother's United Methodist Church irregularly. I got married in this church but since the church is 28 miles away, I rarely make it to Sunday services. I would love to find a church in my area but I am afraid as I don't know many people in my town.

    I know, I know. Go to Church, Kelly and you'll make new friends. It's hard though cause I have somewhat of a self-esteem problem. Go figure and I am quiet and reserved around people I don't know. Obviously, people take this as I have a "know it all" attitude. And it's not that way at all!! It's shyness.
  10. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heart of texas

    I dont know much about this church, but I did cut my credit cards up and aint had one one for 27 years, and Ive been richer for it
  11. by   fedupnurse
    I think it is a great idea what the church is doing. But you don't need to go to church to believe in God. I was raised Catholic and joke that I gave it up for lent when I was 14 and never took it back up. I go to weddings, funerals and baptisms because they are family gatherings. I definetly believe in God and if I had a church (couldn't care less what flavor the religion is-God is God afterall) that did what the church Shay is talking about, I'd attend in a heartbeat. They are living what they believe rather than what many people do which is go thru the motions once a week and throw their money into the basket. Hope this kind of thing spreads too!
  12. by   nursejws
    Originally posted by kaknurse
    I know, I know. Go to Church, Kelly and you'll make new friends. It's hard though cause I have somewhat of a self-esteem problem. Go figure and I am quiet and reserved around people I don't know. Obviously, people take this as I have a "know it all" attitude. And it's not that way at all!! It's shyness.
    Oh Kelly we could be related! Irregularly, we attend a mahvelous church. We moved, so it's a longer drive, although worth it. The first time hubby took me to this church(he was already a member), we made it to the parking lot and I told him to take me home. 1) it's HUGE, 2) we were running late, 3) i was not prepared for the size of the church, and I hate going in late...anywhere! Then it seems like all of the members are models, and I don't feel like I fit in.
  13. by   fergus51
    What a neat idea! Personally I think a lot of people go out of control with the credit cards, buying things they can't really afford. I have 2 credit cards I use for buying things over the phone and the internet and I NEVER buy anything I can't pay off within a month. My credit cards never have a balance over 500$ on them, unless it's for a plane ticket, and I just pay it out of my savings if it happens. Some of my friends owe thousands of dollars, and the interest alone will take a few years to pay off. I will never understand how people continue to buy things they can't afford.

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