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. Funerals Remind Us that It’s Not Ours. “I keep coming back to this: He owns everything,” says Francisco. “If I think that by any measure I own it, I am hallucinating. I live in a very violent country and I’m part of a pastoral team at our church. We go to funerals all the time. I can’t remember going to a funeral as a kid. The first one I think was being 12 or 14. I never went to funerals. Now we go all the time. And, really, you […]
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 […]
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. […]
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), […]
“How do you collaborate with other funders/foundations?” – Cynthia, South Africa
In this final post, David explains what he, and the Maclellan Foundation, have learned about how Christians can give together well.
Christians, to whom God has entrusted with resources, could gather together in their own nations to pray, fellowship and strategize together to see the Lord’s Kingdom expand throughout their country.
It’s not a new idea, in 400 BC, God gave Nehemiah a strategy to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem, as described in chapters 3 and 4 of his book.
Now, it was the Lord that gave you your brain, your work ethic, your guts, and the favor. God did not give you wealth. He gave you the ability to make wealth.
So here is the question that I want to propose: Why you, why me?
Why wasn’t I born blind in a village in Brazil? I still would have had a great life, but it would have been a different life. Why was I given these unique abilities in the unique place where I live in this unique time?