Craigslist Scam: 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback

I normally don’t like to do these kinds of posts, but my hope is to help others out who may run into this same situation.

Yesterday, on the Nashville Craigslist site, I saw a posting that looked too good to be true, and it was.

There was a post for a 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback with the price of only $3900.

I contacted the seller, and they returned back with the name Kristin Bennett and said that she was in the military on her way to Afghanistan and that the car was in Topeka, Kansas all wrapped up and ready to go.

She even sent me a Photobucket link with all of the pictures in it:

She then said that I would need to buy the car through Amazon and they would hold the money for me, but then once I received the car, after 5 days, I could either allow the money to be released, or I could get my money back.

They even sent me an e-mail with a header from Amazon with an invoice number on it.

The phone number they had me call was 1-877-357-4092 and someone answered the phone with “Hello, this is Amazon” Which I knew was false, because Amazon would probably have one of those “Press 1 for this option” prompts.

The VIN number on the car is 0F02L160534

Just wanted to let everyone know to be safe and this is a scam.

Photo from the ad.

Guatemala 2012

Here I go again.

I’ve been given the opportunity to go alongside of Hands and Feet Ministries this upcoming May 5, 2012 – May 12, 2012 to Guatemala!

We will be going to work alongside another ministry called Hope of Life International (

I could sit here and try to explain what their ministry does, but I think this video sums it all up. (Be prepared to shed a few tears.)

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Here is a list of items we will be doing while there.

–Construction – build a home – work on a hospital
–Mobile Medical Clinics
–Feeding centers
–Evangelism Outreach
–Programs – music, drama, gospel illusions, skits, teaching
–Jungle Outreach
–Sports Outreach
–Rescue Center
–Elderly Home
–School Programs

In order to go on this trip, I have been asked to raise $1500 that will go towards the airplane ticket, building supplies, food, and any extra supplies that may be needed.

Donations can be sent directly to Hands and Feet Ministries:

Hands And Feet
300 Colonial Drive
Waynesburg, PA 15370

(If you would like to, you can turn in this Tax Document with it as well. Click Here)


You can pay online here:

(Be sure to put my name: Matt Manes as the individual you would like to donate to.)

I can’t thank you enough for all of your support!

It Couldn’t Just Happen

It Couldn’t Just Happen: Knowing the Truth About God’s Awesome Creation
Lawrence O. Richards
Thomas Nelson

From Thomas Nelson Description:
This four-color, Gold Medallion Book Award winner is a perfect tool that offers solid, biblical answers to some of the tough questions kids ask about evolution and our world.
“Did Earth begin with a ‘Big Bang’ cosmic explosion?”
“Does science contradict the Bible?”
“What happened to dinosaurs?”
“Is there life on other planets?”
“Did we evolve from apes?”
“What makes my body work on its own?”
Kids are daily exposed to the theory of evolution by the media and public schools. It’s not safe to assume that your kids will reject that theory. It’s up to us as parents and Christian leaders to make sure our children know the truth about the creation of the world. With thousands of evidences to prove He created and sustains the universe, It Couldn’t Just Happen will fascinate kids with fun activities and examples of God’s marvelous works.

It feels great to be able to actually read for pleasure and not just what my professors have asked me to read for school. Not that I’m not enjoying those books, but it’s nice to chose the book that I wanted to read.

I began this book before going back to school this semester, and have just finally finished it.

The book was a great read. I got it mainly because there is a kid in my youth group who is really into studying creation and evolution, and I wanted to brush up on some of the topics a little so that I could at least hold my own in a conversation.

The author did a great job at just presenting facts and not really taking a stand, until the end of the book. I really appreciate that because some authors will display their bias from the beginning and then as a reader, you are stuck with that mindset for the rest of the read.

This book covers a huge array of topics from Heaven and Hell to Creation and Evolution and even to Dinosaurs.

Towards the end of the book, the author got in to a lot more of the Christian topics like Prophesy and Miracles performed by Jesus.

Here are two of my favorite quotes:

“Bible prophesy about Jesus could not have “just happened” to be fulfilled. God must have spoken through the prophets. And Jesus must be the Son of God, as the Bible says he is.”

“People who watched these miracles knew that what they just saw could not just happen. What they saw was something supernatural, not something that was natural.”

If you’re looking for an easy reading book that brings up topics that you can discuss with your teenage son or daughter, this is a great book for you.

Disclosure of Material Connection: BookSneeze sent me a free copy of this book as part of their bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”