Category Archives: Three Lessons

Three Lessons on Giving from David Smith

1. Giving without Active Prayer Is Just Wasted Money. “We give to organisations that depend on active prayer,” says David. As Genesis Foundation has grown to give to more than 150 organizations per annum, David has observed that “the ministries which take prayer seriously simply thrive! It is not rocket science: the most significant strength of a Christian organisation is their chief asset: the active presence of the all-powerful God. We ask ministries, ‘What is the role of prayer in the organisation?’” So what are some ways ministries can organize […]

Three Lessons on Giving from Roger Lam

1. Bring in the Full Tithe. In 2005, Roger says that he wasn’t following biblical teaching in any area of life, but decided to start with money. “It’s rather an unusual decision to start following biblical teaching in the area of money first, which for most people, it’s the last area of surrender.” Having heard a talk on Malachi 3 and bringing in the full tithe, Roger decided to accept God’s invitation to “test me in this.” He describes what happened next: “I filled out an auto-pay form. I put […]

Three Lessons on Giving from Carl and Michelle Hauschild

1. Giving to God Is an Honor. “When I was about seven years old, I was lying in bed,” says Carl, “and I was thinking. I wasn’t in a Christian family, but I remember thinking ‘If I make a lot of money, I’d take a third, give a third to God, and a third to the poor.” Carl found God as a teenager and when he moved to Sydney as an adult, connected with Hillsong Church. His career took him from industrial chemistry into financial services and then into mortgage […]

Three Lessons on Giving from Don Lothrop

1. Invest for the Long Term. “After three years of charitable giving to an orphanage, medical clinic, and school, I realized that the greatest need of Romanian children was long-term investment in community development, education and healthcare.” says Don, who had retired at the age of 42 and was beginning his own quest to fully trust the promises of God. A former Harvard Business School Baker Scholar, Don says “our communities and cultures are a product of what we invest in. It is our private capital, not our government, that […]

Three Lessons on Giving from Paul Bolte

1. Parents’ Example Sets the Course. “I grew up six hours due west of Sydney,” Paul says. “Our farm was 35 miles from the nearest town. We were an average family that went to church and were generous. The best example of generosity I had was from my parents. We were farmers and we didn’t have a whole bunch.” Paul recounts the story of a generosity miracle at the Bolte family farm. “One year we were going to harvest our crop and it was worth $60k. But then there was […]

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 […]