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?”

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 […]

Michael Blue: How do I set a giving goal for myself and my family?

The same question came to us from three different friends in Africa this month.

“I want you to possibly give guidance on how to set a giving goal,” wrote Waziri from Nigeria.

“I need more light on how to set a giving goal,” said Dairya, also from Nigeria.

And Gugu from South Africa asked for “guiding on how to decide to set a giving goal.”

China: How should I mobilize my family to participate in my dedication to be generous?

A brother from Shenyang, China, went through a Journey of Generosity and asks, “How should I mobilize my family to participate in my dedication?” To respond to this question, a friend from China who loves the Generosity Movement wrote these thoughts.

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 […]

What about non-financial generosity?

Situation “What about non-financial generosity? I want to be generous in other ways.” – Claire, Melbourne, Australia   Scripture Scripture talks about all kinds of generosity, giving not just our money, but ourselves to God. But let’s be clear: financial giving is required of every believer. “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” (1 Corinthians 16:2) Paul recognizes that […]

How generous are you inside your family?

Situation “How generous are you inside your family? I want to give outside as well, but am trying to figure out what level of giving to family I should do.” – Martin, India   Scripture What does the Bible say about this topic? Let’s look at a few passages. Paul tells Timothy, “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Timothy 5:8) Jesus notes that every parent gives good gifts to their children. […]