Category Archives: Three Lessons

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 […]

Three Lessons from Anne-Christine Bataillard, 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 Anne-Christine Bataillard from Switzerland. 1. Teach the Next Generation.  Anne-Christine’s father, Jean Andre, was a Swiss grain trader, leading Andre & Cie SA. The family’s company was one of the world’s great grain houses, along with Cargill and Archer Daniels Midlands. As Jean and George, his eldest brother, built his grain empire, Jean also built Grain of Wheat International, a ministry to refresh […]

Three Lessons from Eun Young Park, South 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 Eun Young Park from South Korea. 1. Happiness Is Lost in Lifestyle.  “I was a partner at a law firm about seven years ago. I still had something empty in my heart. I was so far away from God. I felt emptiness. I realized that, like a prodigal son, I needed to go home to see my Father. It took seven years coming […]

Three Lessons from Adam Walach, Czech Republic

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 Adam Walach from Czech Republic. 1. Start with the Why of Generosity.  When we started our business, we thought it would be a risk that we might become too rich. So we decided to give away 50% of the profit. We didn’t keep that promise for a few years and I drifted from God, but in 2006, I came back to God. I […]