Category Archives: Three Lessons

Three Lessons from Jonathan Onigbinde, Nigeria

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 Onigbinde from Nigeria. NABFL is a food processing company, manufacturing ice cream, fruit drinks, biscuits, and other food items. Jonathan’s company is part of the ONIGBINDE Group of companies in Nigeria, of which Jonathan also is a senior director. Jonathan is a National Vice President of MAN (Manufacturers Association of Nigeria). He has been happily married to Charity for 38 years. They […]

Three Lessons from Juerg and Benzli Opprecht, Switzerland

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 Juerg and Benzli Opprecht from Switzerland. In the 1950s, Juerg’s father invented a revolutionary way to improve the safety, cost and efficiency of cans. As the business was growing, Juerg learned entrepreneurship and generosity as he saw his father personally meet their employees’ needs. 1. Despite What Others Say, Fulfill Your Commitment to the Lord.  After selling his family’s company, the Opprechts decided […]

Three Lessons from Gerard and Geraldine Low, 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 Gerard and Geraldine Low from Singapore. 1. Test God.  Gerard asks, “Why is God Himself asking us to test Him? Because He wants to reveal something to us. He asks us to test Him so He can express His greatness.” Geraldine adds, “That’s Malachi 3:10. Test the Lord. If you don’t let go, you’re not giving Him a test.” God has passed the […]

Three Lessons from Zsolt Szalai, Hungary

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 Zsolt Szalai from Hungary. 1. We Should Talk About Giving More, Not Less.  As Zsolt talks with givers in Hungary, he encourages them to think about giving. “People are rather shy about these things,” Zsolt says. “I know that people have very different practices, but sometimes the church leaders think that if they emphasize it too much, they get into the trap that […]

Three Lessons from Lijo Mathew, United Arab Emirates

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 Lijo Mathew from the United Arab Emirates. 1. God Reshapes Our Desires.  “Growing up with lack in Bahrain made me want to make myself something successful,” says Lijo. “My parents were all about giving – feeding people, funding missionaries. But I wanted to be a billionaire.” Lijo ended up doing post-war reconstruction, commodity trading and focusing on supply chain in the Middle East. […]

Three Lessons from Simon and Rebecca Pillar, 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 Simon and Rebecca Pillar from the United Kingdom. 1. Become a Gospel Patron to a ‘Bloke Worth Backing’.  As Simon’s career developed, he and his wife Rebecca “wanted to think through how to be most effective in supporting Gospel ministry,” Simon says. “We set out to understand how God had worked at key points in church history and from that to think through […]

Three Lessons from Esther and Caspar Jiang, China

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 Esther and Casper Jiang from China 1. You Can Minister Through Your Business.  Esther founded her business ten years ago, dedicating it to God. Some have questioned her about why she chooses to grow her business rather than giving immediately. She says, “I was working for another company and I started a prayer list. I prayed that God would let me start my […]

Three Lessons from Johan du Preez, 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 Johan du Preez, an investor and entrepreneur from South Africa. 1. Multiply Charitable Capital.  As a private equity professional, Johan thinks about money often. “My real interest is in capital,” he says. “Capital always has an agenda and I’d like the agenda to be Christ.” As he discovered the power of investment returns as CEO of various companies, he looked to integrate that […]

Three Lessons from Raja B. and Shantha Singh, India

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 Shantha R. Singh, a home maker and Raja B. Singh, a Chartered Accountant, living in India. 1. Beyond the Full Tithe.  When preparing to teach about giving, Raja studied Scripture and found three tithes – two annual tithes of ten percent each, and a third tithe of ten percent every third year. “So, on an annual basis, the Jewish people actually gave 23.34 […]

Three Lessons from David Tjokrorahardjo, 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 David Tjokrorahardjo from Indonesia. 1. Listen to God’s Prompting.  “My wife Julia and I had been back in Indonesia for a couple of years,” says David, “and then God started to speak to my heart about giving away one of our companies.” The company was doing a couple of million annually in revenue. “It was a time of testing for us, but something […]