The Four Steps to Generous Community

Last time, we looked at three generous communities in the Bible and shared notes from interviews with three leaders of modern-day communities in which generosity is spreading. Check out that post. What steps can you take to help business leaders and owners in your community gather for generosity? Here’s what we found: Step 1: Organized Prayer and Fasting, Asking for God’s Vision and Divine Connections Laurie emphasized the importance of praying and fasting, and of the specific vision that God gave her for a transformed business community in South Africa. […]

Three Lessons from the Foster Brothers, 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 the Alex and Edward Foster from the United Kingdom. 1. Launching Businesses Beats I-banking.  Since coming to Christ, Alex had a passion for spreading the Gospel. He wanted to earn more so he could give more. “I went into investment banking and M&A because it was the highest paid. But then it made sense to launch companies,” says Alex. “It was higher-risk bets. […]

The Four Components of a Generous Community: Lessons from Romania, Czech, and South Africa

Situation: How Can We Develop a Generous Community? How can you help your community become generous? Imagine your city as a place in which Christians are meeting the needs and partnering together to live with open hands. How can we get from here to there? We noticed this year that, where we see Journeys of Generosity taking root, we often see a whole community of people catalyzing that. What’s going on? How can we help form generous communities? We interviewed three leaders whose areas are becoming more generous. Marius (Romania), […]

Three Lessons from Rob Allin, 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 Rob Allin from the United Kingdom. Rob began his career as a Chartered Accountant, before turning his efforts to building his own practice, Business Partners Financial & Management Services Limited, to serve the needs of growing companies, both in accounting and other aspects of business. 1. God often sows the seeds of generosity early in our Christian life.  On the evening that Rob gave […]

Kim King on Women and Giving

About Kim King Our friend, Kim King, recently authored “When Women Give: The Adventure of a Generous Life.” Kim is a former corporate lawyer, and began her own giving journey she found herself short on resources that would guide her along the way. She faced many questions: How much do I give? How do I find good organizations that are efficient and effective? What are some of the common methods of giving? How do I find others to join me on this journey? Most of all, she wanted to root […]

Three Lessons from Jessy Levi, 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 Jessy Levie from Switzerland. Jessy and Benjamin grew up in India, but now live and work in Switzerland. Jessy has been a successful operations executive overseeing technical capital planning for a large multi-national corporation. Benji works with ambassadors and diplomats who come to Switzerland to work with the UN. They are parents to two children. 1. Generosity is a response to the generosity […]

Lee Turner on “How to properly dispose of funds”

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 […]

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 […]

Todd Peterson on “How to Visit Missions in the Field”

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 […]

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 […]