Cara, If you look at our past updates, you will see that our loans are not Federal Student Loans. They are Private Student Loans, which are regulated differently than the Federal Loans. Private Student Loans are not dischargeable upon death. That is the purpose for our petition on Change.org, which as been signed by over 211,000 people.
As this year ends, we wanted to express our deep gratitude to all of you who supported us through a very, trying time. Although our debt remains high, the heavier debt we feel is a debt of gratitude to you for your encouraging words of strength, as well as your financial support. They have brought such light and life to our lives. Thank you!
It has been said that feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. In the best way we know how, please accept our present to you for
your unselfish generosity. Your gifts of kindness will never be forgotten. Thank you again.
Merry Christmas and may you have a very, happy 2015!
Very sincerely yours,
Steve & Darnelle Mason
We want to thank everyone who has generously helped us with our daughter's student loan debt. Due to your kindness and generosity, we are able to reduce the loan debt in half!
We have no words to thank you for helping lift this enormous burden. Thank you so much! We are filled with gratitude for you each and every day.
May God continue to bless you as you have blessed others.
Steve and Darnelle Mason
We are writing you today to wish you an early Happy Thanksgiving!
At this time each year we "officially" stop to be thankful for the many blessings in our lives and we could not let this season pass us by without offering our sincere appreciation and gratitude to you for your kindness and generosity towards us.
It is because of caring people like you - who reached out in our time of overwhelming grief and burdens - that we are
so grateful today.
Whether you are a believer in God or not, we give many thanks to Him because He caused you to care.
We wish you warmth, love, family and friends. Remember in this season of
giving thanks, that we give thanks for you. May God bless you.
Steve and Darnelle Mason
Not a day goes by where we are not mindful of all of you and your kindness and generosity towards us and our family. We thank you so much for sending us your notes of support, encouragement and gifts. It helps us more than you could ever know!
It is undoubtedly a long and slow process working with legislation, as well as with the loan companies. We will continue to keep you updated. Until then, please accept our sincere gratitude!
It is difficult to find the adequate words to express our gratitude and appreciation for people's utter kindness and generosity towards us. While we never sought to elicit funds from anyone, our family members created the GoFundMe page due to the many, many people that asked for a way to help three orphans. People's acts of sacrificial giving will be a legacy to our daughter’s children as they witness – with unbelief – the incredible kindness of strangers and friends. Our hope is that they will grow up to be as kind and generous to others as people have been to them. People can be assured that their gifts will be used to bring relief to three children, but their greatest gift, regardless of the amount given, is the example they have shown that will live forever in the lives of three young people, who lost so much. Thank you!
“…for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corin. 9:7
Not a day goes by where we are not mindful of all of you and your kindness and generosity towards us and our family. We thank you so much for sending us your notes of support, encouragement and gifts. It helps us more than you could ever know! It is undoubtedly a long and slow process working with legislation, as well as
with the loan companies. We will continue to keep you updated. Until then, please accept our sincere gratitude!
People have been asking about what our church is like. Here is a link to yesterday's sermon at Oasis Church ...
You can find out more about us at WWW.OASISWEB.ORG
October 12 Service: The Journey Part V
Uploaded by churchesredlands on 2014-10-13.
We are waiting to hear back from Sallie Mae about a settlement on our loans with them. I think the petition has helped our position in the discussion. ACS has been unwilling to negotiate with us. They have reduced the payment for six months, but they said that was all they could do.
All German universities will be free of charge when term starts next week. SHARE if the US should follow Germany's lead! Please repost this wherever you can. And please go to
change.org/studentloandebt and sign our petition (Even if you've signed it before. The more signatures the better)
All German universities will be free of charge when term starts next week. SHARE if the US should follow Germany's lead!
Our petition has been signed by over 200,000 people. Our AES loans have been resolved by NCO Financial. We are still waiting to hear back from Sallie Mae / Navient. And ACS has been the least sympathetic lender. We have reduced payments with them for six months, but they are unwilling to negotiate any type of settlement. If you haven't signed our petition, please do so at Change.org/studentloandebt. and please post our story on your Facebook Page so that others can sign our petition. Thank you for your support! Our entire family appreciates it more than you will ever know.
Our petition just exceeded 200,000 signatures. And we are in contact with Senator Feinstein's office. They just contacted the Department of Education for us. Updates will come shortly. Thank you!
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PLEASE HELP PASTOR MASON!!! EDUCAUTION Films is joining forces with Pastor Mason who's story was featured on CNN, Fox, and other major news outlets to bring change to the student loan industry. A link to his story is below. Pastor Mason's daughter died unexpectedly and he had to take his orphaned grandchildren and assume her student loans which quickly ballooned from $100k-$200K and decimated his savings and financial well-being. Getting an education should NOT have this effect on you or your family! Please use the link below to purchase a copy of "eduCAUTION." We will send you a copy of our film and use a portion of the proceeds to help Pastor Mason and other families in his situation. PLEASE HELP EDUCAUTION HELP PASTOR MASON!!!!!!! Steve Mason David Esfeh http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/08/06/california-couple-struggling-after-being-forced-to-pay-deceased-daughters/
We have received substantial help from NCO. We are waiting to hear from ACS and Sallie Mae / Navient. We are hoping they will reduce the balances enough so we can pay them off.
Darnelle and I will be on Fox's The Daily Helpline this Tuesday, August 19. If you are in Southern California you can watch the show on Channel 13 at noon PST. The Guest host is DeVon Franklin, the Producer of the movie "Heaven Is For Real".
Please consider emailing your congressmen and senators requesting that private student loans be allowed to be discharged in bankruptcy. Also ask that loans be forgiven whenever the primary borrower dies. You should also google Christopher's Law, a bill introduced to the House of Representatives that addresses the issues we all face with our student loans. And please sign our petition. The link is
Change.org/studentloandebt. Thank you.
Darnelle & I will be on “America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum.” tomorrow morning, Aug. 7th, at approximately 9:35am EST.
Darnelle and I were interviewed yesterday by a producer for Inside Edition. The segment will air on today's show (Aug. 5th). If you would like to watch it, it is on KCAL 9 @ 3:30PM PST. If you are not in Southern California, you can watch the program on your local stations, but I'm not sure what time the show is on.
Some of the people who have donated have questions about our church. You can go to our church website at www.oasisweb.org.
You can read about our history and watch videos of our sermons on our website if you are interested.
Our family is overwhelmed by your love and generosity. While we have a long way to go, we also wanted to let you know that we have lowered our goal amount in response to one of the loan-holders discharging their balance today in the amount of $12,000. We are so grateful for CNNMoney and other media outlets willingness to tell our story, and for each of you. Thank you, again.
THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM AN ARTICLE BY BLAKE ELLIS ON CNNMONEY ABOUT THIS CAUSE. TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE, CLICK HERE
IF YOU CAN HELP, PLEASE DO. EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
When his 27-year old daughter Lisa died suddenly of liver failure five years ago, Steve Mason was as devastated as any father would be.
He and his wife Darnelle immediately took in Lisa's three children -- ages 4, 7 and 9 at the time -- even though they knew it would be a huge struggle to support them. Steve earns less than $75,000 per year as a pastor, while Darnelle earns even less as a director at the same church.
Then the student loan bills started coming.
Mason had co-signed on the $100,000 in private student loans that his daughter took out for nursing school, and the lenders wanted their money.
Unable to keep up with the monthly payments on top of all of the other mounting expenses, the $100,000 balance ballooned into $200,000 as a result of late penalties and interest rates of as high as 12%.
"It's just impossible on a pastor's salary raising three kids to pay $2,000 a month on loans," said Mason, who has been searching for a second job.