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How giving turned less into more

Ryan & Sarah Thorne's story

Daring God just seemed like a good idea.

Tithing since 2010, Sarah and Ryan Thorne saw God’s favor on their family while they lived paycheck to paycheck so they could support their startup ambulance business.

It’s better in his hands than ours

Now the couple wanted to go “above and beyond” in their giving by pledging to the Step Up Campaign.

According to Sarah, reaching 100,000 people for Jesus was “a greater purpose than we could imagine.”

When the couple brought two figures to the table — after lots of prayer and a little number-crunching — they knew they had to pick the higher one. The amount was everything they could spare after stripping down their budget to the essentials.

“It’s better in his hands than ours,” Sarah says of the money.

Not long after making the commitment, Ryan saw God open up an unexpected opportunity to pursue a lifelong dream of working as a firefighter — without having to give up the business.

Not only that, but Ryan’s pay over two years turned out to be equal to the amount of their pledge.

The experience “allowed us to grow in our relationship with Christ and trust in his faithfulness,” Sarah says.

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