Faith Corner

Welcome to the Faith Corner section of my website. I do not take the credit for the success that I have had in my real estate investing career. Instead, I lift it up to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without Him, I believe that I could be investing and struggling, but with Him I can change lives.

I'm going to share with all of you some of the instances when I could see the Lord working in my business, and I encourage those of you who have testimonies to share to do the same thing. Please send in your testimonies and I will be happy to post them on my site.

Thank you so much for visiting and God Bless you!


God has been a part of every step of our real estate career. That includes the GOOD DAYS and ...not so good days. At times the road can seem long.  In the midst of the journey our faith has been challenged, but ultimately strengthened through the process. The key to coping with the ups and downs of real estate has been our relationship with Jesus Christ.  It has helped us with a greater understanding and patience when dealing with homeowners. In fact, our prayer life has grown immensely by recognizing and seizing
opportunities to intercede for those in need. And that has been ALL OF US at one point or another. 

Here is a beautiful example that.

We work with a great lady named Maria. She handles all of our bi-lingual translations for our sellers and buyers. Maria has three incredible children and a husband that is very supportive. On Easter Sunday, Maria's life was shattered. We learned that Maria's husband had been tragically killed by an automobile collapsing on top of him. Maria and her three kids found him in their drive-way...dead.

We did not hear from Maria for many weeks. We called her and learned about the incident. My wife immediately went to speak with her and spent time crying, talking and praying with her.  Little did Maria know what would happen next.

Maria is very poor. She was not educated so her job options were limited. She relied almost solely on her husband, but now he was gone. She needed to feed and cloth her three kids.  Plus get them ready for the school year. She was overwhelmed, but had to find a way to move on... if for no other reason...for her kid's sake.

My wife had a good idea. No...It wasn't just a "good" idea. It was a GOD idea!  She got with some of the women at our local Church (The Edge Church). She requested anyone that had children that had outgrown their clothes to donate them to Maria. The Pastor's wife sent out an email to the entire congregation requesting people to pray and help Maria.  

The next day my wife receives a phone call from Maria. She tells her that she had a dream that was really strange. She saw a bright light and was in front of a building. She couldn't make out the building... (I get goose bumps even writing this)  All she can see is a bunch of people all joining hands that are circled around her. She didn't know what it meant.  My wife knew.

As you can imagine... when Maria was delivered winter coats, gloves, shirts, shoes and even a large pre-paid Sam's card for groceries for her and her kids she was speechless!  She cried so much that it made my wife have a deeper appreciation for the Greatness of God. Maria now believes we were sent from God to help her with this tragedy.

Little does she know just how many people God used to pray for her and continue to pray for her today.

I hope people realize that God can use you to be HIS answered prayer to another.

Cory & Crystal Boatright
Edmond, OK


Several years ago I had several houses for sale in a slooooooow market for several months. I was investing full time with no other income to speak of. Needless to say, things were tight. My wife and I would lay awake at 3am and talk about what belongings we could sell to make our payments. We had been faithfully tithing for quite a while and continued to do so. Several time I actually wrote HOT checks to our church...what were they going to do...prosecute me!? I would write the check (knowing the money was not there) and then tell God that "this one is up to You". I never had a check bounce, we made every payment on time, and money would suddenly come in, just when we needed it most...under the strangest circumstances.

The bottom line is that God is faithful to His children...even when we are not. 
Jeremiah 29:11

Paul Roden
Oklahoma City, OK


I have a testimony that I would like to share with all of you. This came about back in the summer of 1999. At this time I was doing some very heavy marketing for retail buyers and the phone was ringing off of the hook. I had developed a database of 700+ potential buyers in a short period of time. I knew I couldn't sell them all homes, but I wanted to be able to sell some. I was turning homes so quickly and just couldn't supply them all with homes. In fact, people started getting mad at me, because I had nothing to show them.

So one weekend I just got on my knees and prayed. I got a list of homes, and made 40 offers. When I made the offers I just looked up and said "Lord, you know what I need. I trust you, and know that you will give me what I can handle". On Monday afternoon following the weekend, my realtor called me to tell me that I had 9 of my offers accepted. They didn't even counter offer on them. They all accepted my first offers. Over the course of the next two days I bought 3 more of them. I had never bought 12 houses in 3 days before, nor did I ever get 12 of 40 offers accepted before. In fact I have never even come close to that.

I had people telling me "slow down, don't you think you are taking on to many"? I just replied "I prayed for them and the Lord wouldn't give me more then I can handle. I sold every one of those homes within the next few months. Since then I have always tried to make it a point to pray when I make my offers. I just tell the Lord that He knows what I need and what I don't and I trust that He will give me what I need and keep from me what I don't.

Moral of the story: Pray when you make offers!

Steve Cook
Reisterstown, MD


I just came across your site. If I had your e-mail I would have sent this directly to you but since you have shared your faith in this section I did not think you would mind if I did the same.

Like you I have been an investor since about 1998. I started out by purchasing and holding for rental income and the long term retirement account. After about a year or so I decided I wanted to do this full time. I had dabbled in some minor rehabbing projects and made some pretty good returns on those projects. In 1999 I took the plunge full time and left the corporate world, where I had been very successful in sales.

After a year of doing this by myself and cultivating some investors I ran into some finacial problems. I ran out of money from the bank to do what I wanted to do. They decided I was no longer a good risk at $1,000,000 in loans on the properties I was holding. Even though they cashed flowed very well. The mistake I made was relying on one bank. I was really wondering if I had made a mistake by quitting my job to start this business. I was maintaining myself by using hard money lenders and living off the equity I had in my house. While you can make a living this way it is not very lucrative.

My wife and I are beleivers , as you are, and our first reaction was to get on our knees and pray for God's direction. We had committed ourselves to going where God directed us. That meant if I had to go back to work for someone else then so be it. I came across some information on another site about a lenders forum to get lenders fighting to give you money. I had nothing to lose so I went. I felt that God had opened this door.

When I returned, I got right to work on the direction they laid out to get the unlimited funding needed. I developed a business plan and put together some finacial projections etc. I started visiting banks and after 2 rejections I started hitting home runs at several banks.

I currently work with four local banks and have unlimited capital to do everything I want. I wanted to complete 12 rehabs and one new construction for the current year. To this date I have completed 7 rehabs and have 10 others under contract.(I made a blanket offer on 10 properties owned by the same bank and they accepted it). I have also completed and sold three new homes and have 8 other lots under contract. These homes will all be completed before September. My company has picked up an investor who is buying all of the rehabbed properties as quickly as I can get them completed. He also wants my company to build spec houses for him. We currently have 5 houses contracted to build for him. If that was not good enough, I also picked up another investor who is buying run down properties and has contracted my company to do all of his renovation work. I have just passed $1,000,000 in sales this year and I am projected to surpass $4-5,000,000 this year. Our best previous year was $250,000 in sales.

Some people would take the credit for this as their own hard work and some good luck. I do not believe much in hoping for things. I do believe in the power of prayer. God has blessed our faith in trusting him to follow his direction. Not only has he blessed my company and us personally but, he has also allowed me to use my company as a vehicle to witness to others The glory of Gods faithfullness. I currently employee 3 gentleman who have been in prison at one time or another. They are great workers and appreciate the chance they have received working for me. In fact, just the other day one of them blessed me. I play the guitar in our churches worship band. He knew this and came to work one day and gave me his old electric guitar( as he bought a new one for himself). I was overwhlemed with his kindness.

To sum this up. You can not outgive God. Be faithful in your giving both presonally and finacially and God will bless you beyond anything you can imagine. But don't take my word for it, Test God and he will amaze you.
Finally, do everything as unto the Lord!

Richard Patterson
Harleysville, PA


August 8, 2002-

Hello all- I come before you all today at a point in my life where I'm just beginning to climb out of a spiritually low season in my life. No I haven't turned from my faith, but I have felt distant from God. It is times like these where journaling really helps. You can take the time to go back and see where and how God has worked in your life, and open your eyes to realize that he is still and will always be there, you just need to take the time to recognize it.

Lately I just haven't had the "joy" of knowing Christ in my life. I've been praying to get the "joy" back, to have a fire lit within me again, but it constantly seems to be quenched. I'm going to reveal a lot more to all of you about my testimony and the way God has acted in my business, and hopefully it will provide some insight or direction to some of you of where the Lord may want you at this time in your life.

I was not a follower of Christ when I first started investing. I did a number of deals and I made a living, but not much more. After investing for about a year and four months I came to know the Lord. Not only did my life change, but my investing changed. My whole attitude about investing changed. I no longer invested for me, but I pursued my career in investing with the intent of helping others. My business soared, I was doing well, but I didn't care about what it was doing for me. I felt blessed just to have the opportunity to help others. I liked helping, but I wanted to do more.

I prayed a lot about this, and where God wanted me to be. It was revealed to me through a "Spiritual Gifts Survey" that my gift was "giving". I never imagined that my gift would have been "giving" but then when I had the time to step back and take a look at my life as a whole it all fit together. The joy of knowing that God had me here and was blessing me so that I could give to others was so awesome I can't even put it into words.

I began looking for opportunities to give. I gave of myself and monetarily, and I gave way above what my flesh was saying was too much simply because I trusted that this is what God wanted me to do and where he wanted me in this world. I trusted that he wanted me to just give freely of my self, my resources, and that I couldn't give too much because He would take care of me.

I began giving more then I was keeping monetarily and the abundance at which deals and profits came together just grew more and more. I took so much joy in being able to further His kingdom.

Lately I have become so busy with my investing and with Flipping Homes that I have been losing track of what the Lord has me here for. My "joy" had been watered down. I have still been faithful with giving, but with the wrong "motives". I have been giving for a while out of obligation and because I was supposed to, not because I wanted to give back to the Lord what he has so graciously trusted me with.

My businesses have been very successful. I'm still blessed with an abundance, but the "joy" in my life doesn't come with abundance of material things. It comes from knowing and being close to God, living my life for Him. I can attest to the fact that money does not make you happy- for me it is giving back because God loves me and trusts me with his resources that makes me happy. God loves all of you, and expects me to do the same. He expects me to help and give back to all of you with the same "joy" that He helps and gives to me.

I prayed last night that God would reveal to me how to get back to a close relationship with Him and he did. He also put it on my heart to write this testimony for the Faith Corner of my site. Although we go through seasons of ups and downs, He is a good God, He's and awesome God, He is faithful and just and we should all remember that.

I apologize to all of you, for the lack of joy I have demonstrated in helping and giving as of late. I know it is a season in my life, and not one that I want to stay in for very long. I also write this to hold my self accountable to who I am in Christ, not that I expect you to hold me accountable, but the fact that this testimony is out there for all of you to see is something that I know.

Thank you all for participating in this website and for your part in my success. May God bless you all as he has with me.

In Him,

Steve

 


     
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