Author Archives: Cameron Doolittle

Three Lessons on Giving from Joseph Martin and Betty Joseph

1. Sometimes, to the World’s Eye, It Looks Like You’re Going Down. Joseph was part of a big company and led their software testing practice. A few years ago, Joseph saw an opportunity—gaps that his current company could not fill. “That was divine wisdom to Joseph,” Betty says. The family took a risk and started a new firm. “It all fell into place that we should do this, and do it together.” Betty laughs, “He’s the boss at work and I’m the boss at home.” Betty calls starting a business […]

Three Lessons on Giving from David Smith

1. Giving without Active Prayer Is Just Wasted Money. “We give to organisations that depend on active prayer,” says David. As Genesis Foundation has grown to give to more than 150 organizations per annum, David has observed that “the ministries which take prayer seriously simply thrive! It is not rocket science: the most significant strength of a Christian organisation is their chief asset: the active presence of the all-powerful God. We ask ministries, ‘What is the role of prayer in the organisation?’” So what are some ways ministries can organize […]

Three Lessons on Giving from Roger Lam

1. Bring in the Full Tithe. In 2005, Roger says that he wasn’t following biblical teaching in any area of life, but decided to start with money. “It’s rather an unusual decision to start following biblical teaching in the area of money first, which for most people, it’s the last area of surrender.” Having heard a talk on Malachi 3 and bringing in the full tithe, Roger decided to accept God’s invitation to “test me in this.” He describes what happened next: “I filled out an auto-pay form. I put […]

Three Lessons on Giving from Carl and Michelle Hauschild

1. Giving to God Is an Honor. “When I was about seven years old, I was lying in bed,” says Carl, “and I was thinking. I wasn’t in a Christian family, but I remember thinking ‘If I make a lot of money, I’d take a third, give a third to God, and a third to the poor.” Carl found God as a teenager and when he moved to Sydney as an adult, connected with Hillsong Church. His career took him from industrial chemistry into financial services and then into mortgage […]

What Can We Learn From Wasted Perfume?

Many Churches talk about Stewardship. Few really invest in it. what can your church learn from leading churches? Central Christian Church in Phoenix Arizona, loves stewardship so much that, 17 years ago, they hired Dave Briggs to lead their efforts as Stewardship Pastor. Dave has walked with thousands of givers across the church’s several campuses. Over this series of posts, Dave answers questions about what God has taught him about helping a church grow in stewardship and generosity. An Attitude of Generosity Dave has found that people often use the […]

Three Lessons on Giving from Don Lothrop

1. Invest for the Long Term. “After three years of charitable giving to an orphanage, medical clinic, and school, I realized that the greatest need of Romanian children was long-term investment in community development, education and healthcare.” says Don, who had retired at the age of 42 and was beginning his own quest to fully trust the promises of God. A former Harvard Business School Baker Scholar, Don says “our communities and cultures are a product of what we invest in. It is our private capital, not our government, that […]

NEW Video: What Happened Pete and the Prisoners? More from the Jailhouse

Most of you who have attended a Journey of Generosity saw one of our films about Pete Ochs. The Global Leadership Network’s site posted a new video that updates us on Pete, and on the prisoners — and former prisoners — he serves. You may want to have a handkerchief available. Well done, Pete, and we are rejoicing with you! http://d15greoaou1b27.cloudfront.net/YR/Pete%20Ochs/GV20190001/GV20190001-OchsPe-640×360.mp4   The two videos we share about Pete are below. We’re grateful to Pete for the way he listens and obeys Jesus. We pray that his stories lead all […]

Three Lessons on Giving from Joseph Pai

1. You’re Called to be a Pastor.  “Growing up, I was hoping to be a pastor and wanted to be a pastor,” says Joseph. “At our school fellowship, everyone was praying about what God was calling us to do. People were feeling calls to missions. My best friend got a clear calling and became a pastor for more than 30 years.” “But I didn’t get that call,” Joseph says. “I felt a bit lost. I never imagined that I’d be a businessman.” Joseph went on to spend 40 years in […]

“How can I know God will provide?”

Situation: “How can I know God will provide?” Whenever we give, we give by faith. We release some of what God has given us, trusting that He will continue to meet our needs. As Generosity Path spreads the biblical message of generosity in the developing world, friends in places like Ethiopia and Bangladesh have asked, “How can I know God will provide?” For this reason, we have an entire section that focuses on the “fears that keep us from giving.” Our friends in the UK have made a great film […]

Three Lessons on Giving from Paul Bolte

1. Parents’ Example Sets the Course. “I grew up six hours due west of Sydney,” Paul says. “Our farm was 35 miles from the nearest town. We were an average family that went to church and were generous. The best example of generosity I had was from my parents. We were farmers and we didn’t have a whole bunch.” Paul recounts the story of a generosity miracle at the Bolte family farm. “One year we were going to harvest our crop and it was worth $60k. But then there was […]