Situation: How to Give? Eugen from Kiev attended a Journey of Generosity last year. He wrote this week to ask, “How to properly dispose of funds if the Lord will increase the income of our family.” Lee Turner, who has championed our efforts in the Russian-speaking world, provided these great insights. Thanks, Lee! Scripture: Acts 20 Lee points out that “Acts 20:32-35 shows us that living the Gospel and leading a generous life are two sides of the same coin.” Steps: Discerning Toward the Causes God Calls You […]
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 […]
Situation: How best to visit ministries? Tiffany from the USA asked, “How can I fruitfully visit ministries in the field without being a distraction or slowing down their work?” Our friend Todd Peterson has a passion for spreading the Gospel to the world and has taken many others along with him, observing and celebrating what God is doing around the world. In response to questions we received, Todd Peterson shared–in his last post–why to visit ministries in the field. In this post, he shares how to do so. Steps: Six Things […]
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 […]
Situation: How best to visit ministries? As givers become more generous, their eyes inevitably look beyond their own borders to “the ends of the earth.” As they give to the mission field, they want to visit the mission field to see it in action. But the last thing a giver wants to be is a hindrance. That’s the question that came in earlier this year: Tiffany from the USA asks, “How can I fruitfully visit ministries in the field without being a distraction or slowing down their work?” Our friend Todd […]
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 […]
Two friends in China both wrote recently with the same question:
Wang Wei wrote, “How do I identify where and how God wants to multiply all my gifs, talents & experience to be godly generous in God’s Kingdom?”
Xiu Ying asked, “How do I determine what kind of ministry God wants me to give to?”
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 […]
I’ve observed five things about marriage and giving:
1. Most couples don’t live on a budget that they both understand and could articulate.
2. Most couples don’t talk about their giving on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.
3. Most couples don’t have a strategy that guides their giving so that our passions align with God’s heart. Couples can think of this strategy as a team effort to shape their hearts, to help them care about what God cares about.
4. Many people don’t know their spiritual giftedness, so they are not deploying themselves in service.
5. Many people are biblically illiterate so they are not stewarding the eternal gospel well.
Situation: Discerning the difference between corporate and personal giving Many of you run your own companies. You have personal passions. But you also see giving as a way to disciple your employees, or as a way to build your company’s brand. Stanley in India put it succinctly: “Should my company’s giving differ from personal giving? How do I establish corporate generosity?” Danie Vermeulen is a delightful member of our team. He’s served as a pastor and ministry leader. Most recently, he served as Executive Manager at the Mergon Foundation in […]