Financial Empowerment Workshops

The Financial Empowerment Workshop begins with a series of questions about what makes a country successful. For example, we know from Biblical evidence that people have been living in Africa for over 5,000 years. Because the American Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, the United States would be less than 250 years old. The question is—why is there so much poverty in countries such as Africa, with 5,000 years of human development, and so much success in America, with less than 250 years of development?

Once the audience identifies several reasons (such as civil war, government corruption and lack of education), the conversation turns toward the audience’s need for respecting other people’s time. For example, there’s a difference between African-time and American-time. If an airplane waited two hours for someone who was late, it would cause 200 other people on the airplane to be less productive.

After discussing the importance of respecting other people’s time, the conversation turns toward goals. At this point in the seminar, Robert Abel will ask the audience how many people have a goal to accomplish something within the next six months? Because goals work like a set of stairs, participants in this seminar will need to create a step-by-step plan. Other requirements for setting goals include clearly defined time-lines, because goals without a time-line, are nothing more than hopes and dreams.

Once Robert teaches the audience how to set goals, he will ask if there's anything that would prevent a person from accomplishing his or her goals. If a person from the audience says, “the lack of money,” Robert will give an example of how money always follows the work. If a person from the audience says, “the lack of education,” Robert will give an example of two auto mechanics—one mechanic has 20 years of education, but has never fixed a car, and the other mechanic has no formal education, but has learned by taking apart junk cars and putting them back together again. One mechanic has no experience; the other mechanic works hard and learns by doing.

After addressing the audience’s need for working hard and learning by doing, Robert describes how he was able to earn more than one million dollars building homes in America. As a young man, Robert started working construction for minimum wage and quickly learned that if he wanted to earn more money, he would need to buy tools. With more tools, he could accomplish more work, and by accomplishing more work, he would become a more valuable asset to his employer. As a more valuable asset, Robert could charge his employer more money.

After acquiring every kind of tool imaginable, working hard, and learning the construction trade by doing, Robert started buying foreclosed houses. Because there was an economic downturn in America, Robert could buy a foreclosed home for $50,000 USD, and after completing the renovations, he could resell the property for $80,000 USD. After rehabilitating many homes for many years, Robert started buying vacant land and built a townhouse project. At age 28, he considered himself financially retired, and in his last year in business, Robert earned over $1,200,000.00 USD.

After acquiring a large amount of money, Robert started trading high-risk commodities in the stock market, and within a short period of time, he lost over $250,000.00 USD. During this devastating financial loss, Robert found himself angry and depressed. At the advice of his pastor, he went on retreat to a conference center near Estes Park, Colorado. After checking into his room, he laced up his hiking boots and climbed the tallest mountain peak available to have it out with the Almighty.

After praying for several hours and hearing nothing except the sound of the soft mountain breeze, Robert returned to the retreat center broken and crushed. Lying on the floor in his room crying, Robert surrendered his life to the Lord. From the depths of his heart he made a promise to God saying, “I will do whatever you want from here on out.” As soon as Robert came to place of complete surrender, God showed up and gave him his first ministry assignment. At that moment, he went from being self-employed to being God-employed.

After teaching the audience how to become surrendered servants of God, through the three-part process of prayer, listening and obedience (as described in Matthew 7:2127), Robert describes the unlimited power and potential we have working in partnership with God to accomplish the Lord's will for our lives.

This two-hour seminar concludes with prayer so that members of the audience can start working in partnership with God to accomplish the Lord’s will in their lives.


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