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Mar122012

All The Right Moves: The Pudlo Story

Mitzi and Rick Pudlo, owners of Pro Cargo, a global freight forwarding company, study the Scriptures together. (Click to enlarge)Rick and Mitzi Pudlo met in the summer of 1975, and were married in the fall of 1976 at a local county courthouse. They remember the judge pointing his finger at them and saying, “If you put Jesus at the center of your marriage, you’ll never have any problems.” At that moment, Rick had a vision of he and Mitzi, merging into one person; the two of them becoming one flesh (Ephesians 5:31). Although Rick was not saved at the time, his experience at the courthouse made a significant impact on him and left him with a decision to make; would he acknowledge God’s presence in his life, or continue on a path of destruction?

The Pudlos spent a good portion of their first two years together high on drugs.
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Although neither were living God’s plan for their lives when they were married, Mitzi had received Jesus as her Savior when she was eleven, and Rick had been raised in church. Rick had gotten into drugs in his latter teens, and for two years following their marriage, Rick and Mitzi continued to live a life involving drugs, all the while knowing God was trying to reach them. The first Easter the Pudlo’s were married, they attended a small Baptist church in rural Kentucky. When the invitation was given to receive Jesus, Rick audibly heard God speak to him, “Rick, come.” Needless to say, Rick was shocked. “It was like someone had bellowed through a megaphone,” Rick explained. Despite this experience, Rick still resisted.

Mitzi and Rick lived rebellious lives, but the Lord was working on their hearts. (Click to enlarge)Although the Pudlo's continued their rebellious lifestyle, Rick soon came to the realization that he needed to change his course or he was going to end up in jail, or worse—dead. Rick got up one Sunday in July of 1978 and went to a Baptist church thinking that the Baptists never fail to give an altar call. He waited for the invitation, but it never came. Rick figured if they didn’t give an altar call, he couldn’t get saved. Later that same week, Rick went outside into his garden in the early morning hours, fell on his knees and looked toward heaven. “I didn’t say the sinner’s prayer or anything, no words came from my mouth, but the cry from my heart was one of help to the Lord. The moon and the stars are my witnesses that God touched my life and changed me on the spot. I got up out of the dirt a different person,” Rick said.

Rick standing next to the couple's car, on their journey West. (Click to enlarge)Mitzi acknowledges that Rick was indeed a “completely changed man” and within two weeks, the couple had sold nearly everything they owned, loaded up their Volkswagen and left town, throwing drugs out the car window as they drove. They had no idea where they were going, but figured God would direct them. Ten thousand miles and six weeks later, the two landed in Boulder, Colorado where Rick ended up getting a very good paying job. Things were looking up for the couple.

One day, while riding in his work truck, Rick heard Andrew on the radio. He liked what he heard and he and Mitzi decided to attend one of Andrew’s meetings in Denver a few days later. After several years working a variety of jobs, Rick (right) longed to start his own freight forwarding company. The Lord opened the doors for Pudlos to start their company, Pro Cargo. (Click to enlarge)It was at that meeting that Rick and Mitzi learned about the Baptism in the Holy Ghost. Rick was baptized at the meeting and Mitzi followed a week later. For the Pudlos, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost opened up a new level of intimacy with the Lord, and Andrew's steady teaching continued to minister to the couple.

Over the next several years, Rick and Mitzi committed to do exactly what God led them to do. The couple moved from Boulder to Knoxville, Tennessee and then to Houston, Texas, where Rick landed a job at the Houston airport with a freight forwarding company. “I didn’t even know what a freight forwarder was or that there was such a business,” Rick said. He and Mitzi remember sleeping in their car at a gas station when they first arrived in Houston, trying to save money so they could As the Pudlos sought the Lord for wisdom, He brought them from a humble start-up in their home, to international status.
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rent an apartment. Rick’s boss happened to ask him about his living situation during his first day of work. After Rick explained their situation, his boss gave him enough money for first and last month's rent. For four years Rick stayed with the company, during which time the Pudlos had two children; a daughter, Jordan and a son, Asher.

In January, 1985 Rick left his freight forwarding company at the Houston airport to work for an oil well completion company. Rick’s job was to transport the necessary tools, which included explosives to the company's job sites. Although he enjoyed his job, Rick could not stop thinking about owning his own freight forwarding company. After much prayer and consideration with Mitzi, Rick decided to take another step of faith. “I told my boss my intentions and he and I drove Today, Pro Cargo offices in Houston, New York, Toronto and Dubai. (Click to enlarge)to headquarters to talk to the president of our division. I told him I liked my job, but if I didn’t do this, I’d grow old wondering if I would have made it,” recalled Rick. To his amazement, the president responded, “I know exactly what you mean.” Not only did the president of the company support Rick’s new business venture, he offered him a safety net. He told Rick that if things didn’t work out, he could have his job back.

In 1988, the Pudlos started Pro Cargo. From humble beginnings, Pro Cargo now has four locations around the world. Today, the Pudlos enjoy sowing seed and giving back to the Kingdom. Rick and Mitzi Pudlo. (Click to enlarge)“One of Andrew's teachings that ministered to us early in our walk with the Lord was on giving. No matter how lean the times were, we knew that giving was something we were called to do. It's always been a joy to give, and it's true—you can’t out-give God!” said Mitzi.

Be sure to watch the video below for more insight into the Lord's work in Rick and Mitzi's lives during their journey to prosperity.

Reader Comments (8)

Great story; God is Faithful and good

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentereverard owen

This Story of the Pudlo's is so strong, seek the Lord's direction as we have the mind of Christ and the wisdom of God. (1 Cor 1-16&24&30) . I've watched it twice. Now I'll go and put it into practice.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErick

This is a fantastic story of two wonderful, Godly people. Thank you, Rick & Mitzi for following the Lord, being faithful, and sharing your story. It blessed us and it will bless thousands. It will change their lives. This story is a testimony of the goodness of our god. You can't out give him, and when you put God first and Jesus in the center of your marriage, you can't go wrong. "Work hard and trust God!"

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael & Donna

Thank you for this testimony. I fasted recently asking God about purpose and he said its, give your self a living sacrifice to me, try not to nag your poor husband (ha ha), be a wonderful christian example for your children and if you want to get out office work and teach go ahead. He basically gave me the green light. As I broke the fast my phone rang and it was for a two week teaching stint. Well it is more long term now but it is just for two evenings a week. It does not pay the bills but it is a wonderful experience. But since that time my husband has taken a salary cut of 50% and I got desperate and started looking for office work again. But your testimony has encourage me to stay focused on what God is saying. I want to teach, I have the qualifications and I am now getting a little experience. I am going to hang tough because I sort the Lord and he has directed me. On a side note, Andrew Wommack is a saving grace for me as well. His teachings on body soul and spirit is what I use in my own outreach with unbelievers. God bless you.

Giselle Clarke

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGiselle Clarke

Rick and Mitzi Pudlo story is great encouragement to me. I started walking with the Lord in 1998, and in 1999 the Lord told me I would have a Transport Company. A media specialist , I had no idea about Transport. In 2001 the Lord gave me a promise; " this year on the 13th of August, which is a Monday, all the ideas and plans that you have laid out with My help will all be ready and on that day, it will be your first day of work." This year unlike back in 2001, I have the plans laid out. Now daily I walk in great hope and expectation for the day when I will enter my first day of work. If the Lord did it for the Pudlos, He will do it for me and the team He has given me. Rejoice with us/ we at Beatie- Ka Holdings, as we move towards the great work set before us here in Eastern & Southern African region and indeed the world over.

June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBti Shepherd

Thank you, your testimony has encouraged me to go forward with my plans to attend Charis bible college this Sept. This is huge for me because I have never in 45 years been out on my own I've always depended upon man. I've spent to many years believing man had all the answers. Well they don't but my God does. God has been preparing me for the past three years, helping me to overcome fears and going above and beyond anything I could ever have done on my own. I have always been a stay at home mom. Always knowing God has more for my life and just trusting him to work out all the details. Please pray for me as I will pray for you and your wife. Our God is Awesome and so greatly to be praised. By the way 10 percent just doesn't cut it when it all belongs to God anyways. Glad to know I'm not the only one who struggled with those questions.. "IN GOD WE TRUST " GOD BLESS YOU

August 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterW Badea

What an awesome testimony of God's goodness and faithfulness! Thank God for Andrew, who has helped so many of us get to know God for who He really is and experience His power and provision beyond anything we ever thought possible! Thank you, Rick and Mitzi, for sharing your testimony. Our God IS an AWESOME GOD!!!

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKari McAdow

This is an amazing testimony. God is very much able to change our lives so that the glory goes to Him. In Him alone will we have full satisfaction in life. God bless you.

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna

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