1. Jesus Gives Purpose to Our Giving. “From the time we were very young,” says Rajiv, “the value of helping others was instilled into me from my family. I was raised as a Buddhist in Sri Lanka.” Rajiv continued, “My family there is very philanthropic. My great grandfather donated schools, built the biggest public maternity hospital and donated it to the government.” Rajiv shared that his mother was involved in the ‘Friend in Need Society,’ which began the Jaipur Foot Program to provide low-cost artificial limbs. Rajiv explains, “They needed […]
1. Tithing Sets a Good Baseline. God has led the Abrudans into vocational ministry and then into real estate and digital media companies and now, for Marius, back into vocational ministry. But tithing—as a joyful rule of thumb, not as a duty—has been a constant. “As I look back, I think it’s been always kind of a constant in my Christian walk,” says Marius. “Even in college, I would get my monthly pay and put aside my tithe and the next day, I would get a chance to earn more […]
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 […]
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 […]
1. Atheists Can Be Big Givers “I became successful quickly,” says Imre. “I was an atheist then and I started a business in 1988 and I sold it in 1996 for millions of dollars. Most of the business leaders are happy when they have millions. That’s usually the end of the story.” Imre wondered what to do with his newfound wealth. “I was keen to make an effort to change society,” he says, “I believed that Hungary could be a successful European country, so I gave toward that. I was […]
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 […]
Situation: How Can We Develop a Generous Community? How can you help your community become generous? Imagine your city as a place in which Christians are meeting the needs and partnering together to live with open hands. How can we get from here to there? We noticed this year that, where we see Journeys of Generosity taking root, we often see a whole community of people catalyzing that. What’s going on? How can we help form generous communities? We interviewed three leaders whose areas are becoming more generous. Marius (Romania), […]
Situation: Discerning the difference between corporate and personal giving Many of you run your own companies. You have personal passions. But you also see giving as a way to disciple your employees, or as a way to build your company’s brand. Stanley in India put it succinctly: “Should my company’s giving differ from personal giving? How do I establish corporate generosity?” Danie Vermeulen is a delightful member of our team. He’s served as a pastor and ministry leader. Most recently, he served as Executive Manager at the Mergon Foundation in […]
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 Imre Somody from Hungary.
“I became successful quickly,” says Imre. “I was an atheist then and I started a business in 1988 and I sold it in 1996 for millions of dollars. Most of the business leaders are happy when they have millions. That’s usually the end of the story.” Imre wondered what to do with his newfound wealth…
Godly ambition or greed?
“I have a business question for you,” said Rajiv (not his real name) as I sat in his kitchen. “How ambitious is it OK to be?”
Rajiv has been growing his business steadily. God has blessed it in remarkable ways. The business how has assets of about $10 million USD, generating revenue of $1 million. And Rajiv has the chance to take on a new piece of land that would grow his assets to about $15 million and take his revenues up to over $1.4 million.
But there’s a catch…