How NOT to be a BROKE Millennial.

Are you a young person and sick of being broke? Here’s some truth from a young adult that isn’t broke…

You want to make quick money?? First of all, just about everything you see on Facebook is a “Get rich quick SCAM.” Why would you pay money upfront for a seminar to learn some secret information on how some stranger that you’ve never even heard of made large amounts of money??? Lol.

I’m not discrediting their success, I am simply saying that what worked for them is probably not going to work for you.

Do you know the number one source with proven money handling principles that has led to ONE people group controlling a large percentage of the world’s wealth since it was written? It’s called the BIBLE!! The Jews didn’t earn large amounts of money by get rich quick schemes… But we do know that after being freed from Egyptian slavery, they left with the gross national product of Egypt – they must have multiplied it somehow!!

Anyways my favorite scripture about money is found in Proverbs 13:11

“Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.” NIV

Little by little… even Aesop’s Fable teaches this with the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. Slow and steady wins the race.

But I NEED MONEY NOW!! Says everyone on a regular basis…. usually the main reason that we are out of money is from poor management of the little that we had. Materialism can be held responsible, but ultimately the devil is just using everyone and everything to steal yo’ money.

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10 NIV

Just look at the monthly APR of any credit card and try to convince me that these companies are not being used by the devil trying to rob you? In certain scenarios a man can charge $1,000.00 on a credit card, make minimum payments until he dies, and still not pay off the debt thanks to his interest compounding each period – that ain’t cool. These companies offer you the ability to have what you want NOW and then make you pay double and triple what the cash price would have been.

I’m not super rich… don’t have a lot of assets, but as strange as it sounds – I am living in financial freedom at 21, have a college degree, and no student loans to pay off thanks to TOPS and some grants. I am living a millennial’s dream and I ain’t broke! And I’d like to keep it that way – having more than I need at the time of the need.

  • Stop throwing away money in subscriptions and lessons about getting rich
  • Save up and stop spending on anything and everything – only necessities
  • What God says about money in the Bible is the best advice in the universe(LITERALLY!) So read yo’ word.
  • Slow and steady wins the race!

Good luck!!! And stop being broke yall 😉

Making Progress in Panama! 

During the recent Christmas holiday I went back to Panama to visit Yessica and her family. For a while we had been talking about getting a farm started, having cows, and utilizing the land as best we can… well, we are definitely starting to do so little by little! 

CHICKENS. Yes, chickens

We saw an opportunity and realized its potential, how could we not raise chickens too?? Yessica’s family had this old open shed not far from their house that was just filled with junk and never really used for anything.. here is a before picture;

For a while, we talked with her parents about the idea of turning that shed into a mini chicken factory and selling chickens every 2-3 weeks to the community and nearby stores. Using formulas that I found on the internet, we already had enough space to raise 150 chickens at a time. With a little investment and sweat equity – this run down shed would soon become a money making machine! 
We decided that we would invest the initial money needed to start up this business and share everything 50/50 with her family since they would be doing the buying and selling and we would put up the money to get started and have everything needed for optimum production. Lucky for us, chicken sells for $1.40 a pound!! Below is a list of most of the things we had to buy to get this project under way;

  • Chicken Wire
  • Black Mesh (to cover the chicken coup at night and keep light in)
  • Water Dispensers
  • Feeders
  • Lights
  • Storage Containers
  • Rice Husk (for bedding) 
  • Misc. Building Materials
  • 1,000lbs of feed
  • 100 Chickens

Before we started getting all of the stuff mentioned above, we first had to clean out that old shed and get it ready for a complete “makeover”. It definitely took some hours to clean out and toss all the trash, but as soon as it was clean we were able to start making this thing into the Chicken Motel. 

Might not look like much to you, but it really was something that suprised the community. All day everyday someone was stopping by to ask what we were doing and why we were doing it. There were some happy people, neutral people, and even some negative people. But you can expect that whenever you are moving forward with anything in life…

Well we eventually got everything fixed up and divided the chicken coup in half so that we could sell every 3 weeks. The following pictures show our end product;

And here are the first 50 chics;

About 3 weeks after buying these little guys(I was back in the USA), Yessica’s family went out and bought another 50 chickens. After we sell the first group we will be getting 60 per group and then 70 until we reach our maximum capacity. Things are looking pretty good, its kinda exciting! So now we have 100 chickens and 3 cows. Hopefully pretty soon we will be able to expand even more.. Our extremely small success with completing our chicken coup is already a testimony to the community. Stay tuned for more!! 

Finishing whats been started. 

With only a few weeks until the end of this semester and deadlines QUICKLY approaching, it seems as if time never stops. Everyone and everything are trying to distract me, but why now? I truly believe the devil always try to disrupt you right before you accomplish something great. He tries to get you off track and waste your time… but that aint gonna happen!! I’ve got much to do and no time for setbacks.

(This picture was taken somewhere in Panama)

As some people may know, on December 10th I am scheduled to graduate… The very next day, I fly out to Panamá for two weeks to start working on some BIG things. But before all of this takes place I have to hunker down and complete my studies at Southeastern. I must finish strong.

With this being said, if you don’t here from me or can not get in touch.. it’s probably because I am trying to focus on my studies with the time that I still have. Just taking things one day at a time and letting God direct my path.

Be Happy.

Never has our nation been more divided.

This has been a CRAZY election cycle! We have seen more dirt flung around that ever before during any political campaign.. Never has our nation been more divided. Almost half supporting Hillary and the other portion supporting Trump. That doesn’t seem like a unified America to me.

People are paying high taxes, receiving less pay at their jobs, getting less hours(thanks to Obama Care), Americans are not investing like they used to, and people are too scared to express their Christian faith in public for fear of being bullied by the various liberal groups.. But NOT ANYMORE.

Hopefully over the next few years we see an America where a Christian bakery can have the right to refuse business due to religious belief, Christian churches not having to worry about offending the government for fear of loosing their tax-exempt status, no longer will pastors be required to marry a gay couple against their will or be fined… But most importantly, I hope we see an end to ABORTION in the USA.

There have been many promises made on the campaign trail(some HUYYYGGEEE ones).. Will president Trump deliver?? I have a good feeling that he will.

Finally, we will have a president that respects our military and public servants, a person that will salute the American flag, a man that will not apologize for being successful. I sure hope the our next president “Makes America Great Again”.

Graduation, Cows, and Panamá.

“What in the world is this about?”

I know what you’re thinking, “What in the world is this about?” … Well, for the past three and a half years I have been attending SLU working on my bachelors degree in Spanish and I am finally nearing my graduation. When I first chose my major I decided that I would go for Spanish since I was already fluent in the language and wanted to be able to be effective in ministry work in Latin America. Fastforward a year from starting college and I’m scratching my head trying to figure out what jobs are available for me with the Spanish degree I’m working towards… Not as many as I thought!! Continue reading “Graduation, Cows, and Panamá.”