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 […]

Laura Blackburn of Excellence in Giving, “What reports should givers expect from ministries?”

Recently, two different givers posed almost the same question to JoyGiving.org:

What reports do you receive from ministries? How do you verify them?
What kinds of reports should we expect from ministries we support?

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 […]

Regi Campbell of Radical Mentoring on “Do You Have a Giving Goal?”

I wanted God, my boss, and everyone else to be generous with me, but I hadn’t ever been generous . . . didn’t really even know what it meant. But I knew God wanted my heart . . . my whole heart. And that money was a big thing for me, if not an idol, at least a major distraction. I had a problem. A selfishness problem.

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 […]

Catherine Muthey on “How Do I Discern the Holy Spirit in Giving?”

From two continents this month, we received two very similar questions.

“How do I evaluate different giving opportunities I guess I want to know exactly where and how God wants me to give?” — Walter in South Africa
“How to distinguish between the Holy Spirit and the ideas?” — Kang in China