Author Archives: Cameron Doolittle

Three Lessons from Suparno Adijanto, Indonesia

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet Suparno Adijanto from Indonesia. 1. What Do You Hold in Your Hands? “Upon graduating, I worked in the family business,” Suparno explains. “I had a low starting salary, so I pondered how to serve the Lord through giving. I decided, besides money, to give more time and talents to God’s work. Over the years, my salary increased and I was able to increase my […]

“Do I Give More or Invest?” Alan Barnhart, Michael Blue, Henry Kaestner and Pete Ochs Respond

Situation: Give or Invest in My Business? Julian from the UK attended a JOG recently. He then sent us this question: What is the right balance between ensuring the continuing growth and success of our business (with career development and rewarding, meaningful jobs for employees) and giving wealth to charities and external good causes? Friends in India asked a very similar question. Our friend Pete Ochs says, “You’ve just asked the $64,000 question!” We reached out to Pete, along with our friend Alan Barnhart, Michael Blue, and Henry Kaestner for […]

Three Lessons from Paul Dettmann, Australia

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet Paul Dettmann from Australia. 1. The Generosity Habits We Form Early Shape Our Life in Giving. Paul grew up as the sixth generation on his family’s farm, about a one hour’s journey from Melbourne, Australia. After a few years of marriage, he was living in a cottage on his family’s land, working as an agronomist. “We didn’t have much at all,” Paul explains. […]

Three Lessons from Andy Corley, United Kingdom

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet Andy Corley from the United Kingdom 1. Delight in Your Calling as a Kingdom Entrepreneur. “I became an exploration geologist and rose through the company for the next 20-odd years and had some success,” Andy says. “I got to board levels of some very big companies, but then in my 40th year, I was canned and spent two years out of work.” Time […]

Three Lessons from Surya Gunadi, Indonesia

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet Surya Gunadi from Indonesia. 1. Recognize How Amazing it is that the Word Became Flesh.  Surya was on track to become a Buddhist monk. At Christmastime, we always remember that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” This has special meaning for Surya. “I was eighteen years old and three months away from becoming a Buddhist monk,” says Surya. “I thought Buddha […]

David Wills of NCF-Texas on “How Do I Pass Wealth to My Heirs?”

As we’ve lead Next Steps Retreats throughout the world (check out nextstepsretreat.org to learn more!), one question that comes up often is “How do I pass wealth to my heirs? David Wills has walked with hundreds of families through these questions. He shared at an Atlanta Celebration of Generosity. The thoughts below come from his comments.

Three Lessons from Champ and Lerato Thekiso, South Africa

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet Champ and Lerato Thekiso from South Africa. 1. Giving Is Caught, not Taught.  “I came from a family of four boys and we always had visitors in our home,” explains Champ. “My parents had big hearts and unofficially adopted other kids, so we had to make space and we enjoyed serving that way as a family. I used to play football with a […]

“How to do good through investing?” Aimee Minnich of the Impact Foundation Responds

Tim in Hong Kong posed the question of “How to do good not just through giving, but through investing.”Others have asked more generally, “How do I invest charitable dollars?”Our friends Jeff Johns and Aimee Minnich established the Impact Foundation a few years ago to help invest charitable dollars in for-profit projects. Aimee took time to share her thoughts with us.

Three Lessons from Steven and Phyllis Loo, Singapore

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet the Steven and Phyllis Loo from Singapore. 1. Ask God for a Number.  “One year, our church had a great need and we prayed,” Phyllis says. “The Lord spoke to the two of us about the story of the woman with the alabaster jar. She was willing to give the Lord Jesus more than what she had. Before that, we had always given […]

The Four Steps to Generous Community

Last time, we looked at three generous communities in the Bible and shared notes from interviews with three leaders of modern-day communities in which generosity is spreading. Check out that post. What steps can you take to help business leaders and owners in your community gather for generosity? Here’s what we found: Step 1: Organized Prayer and Fasting, Asking for God’s Vision and Divine Connections Laurie emphasized the importance of praying and fasting, and of the specific vision that God gave her for a transformed business community in South Africa. […]