Category Archives: Joy Giving

Three Lessons on Giving from Aarav and Drishti, India

1. Be Generous—or Your Spouse May Be Generous For You!   “I was really mad about it,” says Aarav. He’s talking about the time, in 2009, that he first learned about tithing. He wasn’t mad that he had to give. “I felt I’d wasted so many years,” he says, “and I decided to do something about it.” Aarav brought his new revelation about tithing to his wife, Drishti. “She already knew and had been hiding money and giving it away!” he says. “It wasn’t going to a proper church, but […]

“Why should my friends give?” Questions from Nigeria and China

Situation: “Why should my friends give? What do I tell them?” “I want to share generosity with the youth, children, adults and even parents. When they ask ‘why give more?’ what do I say?” – Shadrach from Nigeria “How can I mobilize my friends around me to participate in dedication? What if they do not want to give?” – Li Wei from China   Scripture: You were bought at a price. In 1 Corinthians 7:23, Paul reminds the Corinthians that they used to be slaves, but God paid a high […]

“I Feel Called to Give, but My Husband Does Not” The Turner Family Responds

Situation: One Spouse Wants to Be Generous  Julie from the UK asks, “What do I do if I feel called to give but my husband does not?” Our colleague Lee Turner and his wife Gerri have walked together on their generosity journey for decades. We asked the Turners to share their perspective as seasoned veterans in trying to give with unity. They’ve shared that, while they have different passions and approaches, they pray together and work to come together to give with unity. Lee notes that “generosity has been a […]

Three Lessons from Rajiv Kumaraswamy, 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 Rajiv Kumaraswamy from Indonesia. 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 […]

Randy Alcorn on “Should Giving Always Be Kept Secret?”

Situation: Prem from India Prem from India recently attended a JOG. Welcome Prem! He then wrote: In the area of giving, Matthew 6:1-4 points that “when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly”. I struggle to put this in perspective while planning to give towards organised ministries, where the givers details have to be mentioned for accounting and transparency […]

“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 […]

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.

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. […]

The Four Components of a Generous Community: Lessons from Romania, Czech, and 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), […]

Kim King on Women and Giving

About Kim King Our friend, Kim King, recently authored “When Women Give: The Adventure of a Generous Life.” Kim is a former corporate lawyer, and began her own giving journey she found herself short on resources that would guide her along the way. She faced many questions: How much do I give? How do I find good organizations that are efficient and effective? What are some of the common methods of giving? How do I find others to join me on this journey? Most of all, she wanted to root […]