Category Archives: Three Lessons

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 […]

Three Lessons on Giving from Imry Somody, Hungary

 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 […]

Three Lessons from Hennie Muller, 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 Hennie Muller from South Africa. 1. Live Like You Have Ten Minutes. Three years ago, Hennie was competing in the Midmar Mile swimming competition. Then, Hennie says, “I had a heart attack and was dead for twenty minutes. I lost consciousness while swimming and it was total blackness. Miraculously, I finished the swim, walked 75 meters and touched a total stranger on his […]

Three Lessons from the Jonathan Pak, Korea

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 Jonathan Pak from Korea. 1. God May Test Your Integrity and Trustworthiness. Jonathan’s financial planning firm in Korea has 95 advisors serving more than 10,000 clients. But before God gave him this successful business, Jonathan says, “I was very poor and didn’t have enough to run my family, because I could not find a job during an economic recession.” To secure a job […]

Three Lessons from the Bistrian Family, Romania

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 Emanuel and Bianca Bistrian from Romania. 1. Give First. “We started a real estate fund as Romania was going through a boom; we were buying and selling property,” Emanuel explains. “Now we’ve moved into developing entire communities—a community feel where everything is within walking distance.” When the Bistrians’ firm sells a house, the first part goes to God; they give away the first […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]