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

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 […]

David Denmark on “How do you collaborate with other givers?” Part 2 of 3

Christians, to whom God has entrusted with resources, could gather together in their own nations to pray, fellowship and strategize together to see the Lord’s Kingdom expand throughout their country.

It’s not a new idea, in 400 BC, God gave Nehemiah a strategy to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem, as described in chapters 3 and 4 of his book.

David Denmark on “How do you collaborate with other givers?” Part 1 of 3

Now, it was the Lord that gave you your brain, your work ethic, your guts, and the favor.  God did not give you wealth. He gave you the ability to make wealth.

So here is the question that I want to propose: Why you, why me?

Why wasn’t I born blind in a village in Brazil?  I still would have had a great life, but it would have been a different life.  Why was I given these unique abilities in the unique place where I live in this unique time?

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 […]

Danie Vermeulen, South Africa on “How to respond to personal requests from my pastors?”

Danie Vermeulen from South Africa answers this question: “I got a text from my pastor asking for money for personal support of one of our church staff. Then an email went out to parents of children in our youth program asking them to contribute to get new carpet for the youth pastor—and the sale on carpet ends tomorrow. Am I wrong to be troubled by these requests?”