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 Suparno Adijanto from Indonesia.
1. What Do You Hold in Your Hands?
“Upon graduating, I worked in the family business,” Suparno explains. “I had a low starting salary, so I pondered how to serve the Lord through giving. I decided, besides money, to give more time and talents to God’s work. Over the years, my salary increased and I was able to increase my giving while maintaining a faithful application of my time and talents. God asked Moses, ‘What do you hold in your hands?’ I realized that I could use the businesses and resources entrusted to me to do good works.”
Certain things, such as the souls of men and doing God’s work, will stand with me for eternity.
2. Take an Annual Stewardship Retreat.
“Every year I spend a day to review my stewardship of the four Ts: my time, treasure, talents, and truth. About ten years ago, the Lord challenged me to multiply myself by teaching and mentoring more young people in stewardship.” Through Crown Financial Ministries, “we started going around the country teaching people how to manage money God’s way.” About four years ago, Suparno co-founded the Kingdom Entrepreneurship Academy to equip entrepreneurs to honor the Lord in business.
3. Remember You Will Be Called to Account.
“At the end of my life, God will call me to account for that which He entrusted to me,” says Suparno. “2 Corinthians 4:18 became my life verse. It encourages us to focus on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Certain things, such as the souls of men and doing God’s work, will stand with me for eternity. But worldly things like money, material possessions, and fame are temporal.”
Suparno loves to give to:
Suparno says, “Increasingly, I subscribe to Tim Keller’s view from his book ‘Generous Justice.’ He speaks on the need for social justice, especially in countries where the poor are being oppressed. “Yes, teaching a person to fish is better than giving a person a fish. However, if through injustice, there are no more fish left in the lake, social justice may be necessary. Christians must be the proponents of such changes in their society.”
“We started strategizing and using the businesses and resources entrusted to me, such as the schools, the plantations as well as the mines to do good works. We began to give out scholarships, disaster relief, and we began community capacity-building programs.” Suparno has been particularly involved in building a Christian international school in the thriving metropolis of Jakarta. “The reason why I am so passionate about the school is that currently there are thousands of Christians schools which either do not have the funding, whose teachers are inadequately trained or may have lost their purpose and mission,” says Suparno. “As a result, they are sub-performing. Much has been given by the Lord to Ichthus School and I know that much is required. Ichthus could be used by the Lord to repurpose all these schools for His glory. It’s been a joy to give students a great education and prepare them for the future.” Suparno is also passionate about mentoring young leaders to be more Kingdom-minded. “Generosity is an exciting path to walk,” he says. “Let us be of the same mind as Oscar Schindler when he cried out, ‘I could have done more.’ We live to hear the Lord say, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.’”