Category Archives: Three Lessons

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 […]

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 […]

Three Lessons from the Foster Brothers, 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 the Alex and Edward Foster from the United Kingdom. 1. Launching Businesses Beats I-banking.  Since coming to Christ, Alex had a passion for spreading the Gospel. He wanted to earn more so he could give more. “I went into investment banking and M&A because it was the highest paid. But then it made sense to launch companies,” says Alex. “It was higher-risk bets. […]

Three Lessons from Rob Allin, 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 Rob Allin from the United Kingdom. Rob began his career as a Chartered Accountant, before turning his efforts to building his own practice, Business Partners Financial & Management Services Limited, to serve the needs of growing companies, both in accounting and other aspects of business. 1. God often sows the seeds of generosity early in our Christian life.  On the evening that Rob gave […]