Couple’s Generosity Not Affected by Unemployment

Pat and Bonnie Gardner love spending time together, they also love partnering with CBN to help those in need all over the world.

Bonnie says, “The thing about CBN is they already have all those connections and they can get there and they can be first on the ground and they can get the help there immediately.”

When the Gardners came across The 700 Club in 2012, they were barely getting by. Pat, an electrician hadn’t worked a day since getting laid off two years earlier.  While watching the show one day, they heard about the biblical principle that when we give, God provides. 

Bonnie says, “We were just like –we weren't getting it, and we said one day to the Lord; Lord, show us what we're missing. How can we grow in our faith and how can we grow closer to you? Beat us over the head, show us in a way that we understand what you're telling us.”

About that time, they learned about a single mother of four who was recovering from back surgery, and needed help. The couple didn’t have money to give, so they took the family some household supplies, and helped out around the house.

Pat says, “I wasn't busy and I could go over and help her.  So I did.”

Bonnie says, “I can still help others cause it shows you that no matter how bad your life is, there is always someone else who has it a lot rougher and who needs a lot more help than you do.”

A few days later, Pat received a phone call – and a new job.

Pat says, “Not only did I go back to work, but it was for 60 hours a week, 20 hours overtime.”

Both knew right away that God had provided, saying, “We got down on our hands and knees and we praised him and we thanked him.”

They also realized it was the law of reciprocity at work, and called CBN.

Bonnie says, “We started out with a generous donation right from the beginning because we knew that was what the Lord called us to do.” Since then, Pat and Bonnie have increased their giving, to reach a world in need. 

Pat says, “I like Operation Blessing. I like how they're always there and they're everywhere in the world and they're always willing and able to help.” 

Bonnie says, “The Lord says, ‘test me and I will be faithful’ and we've seen it and we know it.”

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