What is 8/18?


In August 2011, Dave Stone wore a 70-pound backpack as he preached about the burden of debt and issued the challenge to be debt free by August 2018. He said, “I’m going to challenge you to spend the next seven days praying about what God can do in the next seven years.” That week thousands of people circled 8/18 on their calendar and with God’s help began the journey to financial freedom.

 







8/18 Stories




Robert and Milessa Barnes


When Milessa Barnes first heard the 8/18 sermon, it was only a few weeks after confessing her shopping addiction to her husband Robert. They placed their trust in God as they committed to paying off over $35,000 in credit card debt. “In every aspect, in every decision, God played a pivotal role.”


Marty and Erica Brischke


“When things were the worst we were in a little over $900,000 worth of debt. We were literally steps away from bankruptcy or something really scary.” The 8/18 challenge gave Marty and Erica Brischke a date to work against as they set their sights on becoming debt free.


Benjamin and Ashley Hall


“It’s forced us to have discussions about our priorities and what we want to say ‘yes’ to and what we want to say ‘no’ to and making sure we are on the same page.” After hearing the 8/18 sermon, Benjamin and Ashley Hall knew they wanted to commit to getting out of debt by paying off their mortgage by 2018.


Mark and Shannon Denney


“We have learned to trust God for work and finances, and that He is trustworthy in all things.” When Mark and Shannon Denney heard the message about being debt free by August 2018, they agreed to use every means possible to pay off all their debt.



Mike and Denise Amos


“God is faithful. He has provided. You just have to trust Him and hold hands and say ‘We can do it.’” The 8/18 sermon helped Mike and Denise Amos start communicating about money and got them moving in the same direction.


Levi and Lori White


“If you are in a hole, no matter how big the hole feels, it’s not necessarily a numbers thing, it’s a discipline thing.” After hearing Dave Stone’s 2011 sermon, Levi and Lori White held on to the truth of Hebrews 12:11 as they paid off $46,000 of debt in 18 months.


Alex and Taylor Calix


“We eliminated seemingly small things like Netflix, but that extra $10 a month is $10 a month towards getting debt paid off.” Alex and Taylor Calix are keeping their eye on the goal to be debt free by 8/18.


Alan and Lynne Landreth


Alan & Lynne Landreth were well on their way to tackling their debt when Dave Stone issued the 8/18 challenge to the congregation in 2011. “We decided to see the challenge as a great timetable for us to be debt free.”



Joe and Lindsey Poe


Joe and Lindsey Poe responded to Dave Stone’s sermon in August 2011 by planning to pay off all debt except for their house. But with God’s help, they also eliminated the debt on their home in less than 7 years. “We never dreamed that we’d be able to have a paid off house and for that we give God all the glory.”


John & Tammi East


“I knew how important being on the same page financially was to building a healthy, successful marriage.” John & Tammi East entered into marriage with a commitment to trust God and His plan for their finances. Now they are on track to have all debt paid off except their mortgage by August 2018.



David & Sharon McCarty


Persevering through all the challenges was worth it to David & Sharon McCarty as they completed their seven-year journey to be debt-free. “It feels so good to be out from under the weight of it. It is so freeing to not owe anyone.”



Bill and Linda Graves


Bill and Linda Graves took seriously the 8/18 seven-year challenge to become debt free. Greater financial margin has brought more opportunities to serve God and fulfill His purposes for their lives. “That’s why it’s important for us to pay off all our bills, because we can take that money and actually do good for other people.”


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