Generous Rescue

The Whale Said “Thank You”
by Arthur Poletti

If you read the front page story of the SF Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the FarraloneIslands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her a very dangerous proposition. One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.

They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous moves. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed gently around-she thanked them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you. And may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude. David, there are many animals in the world that need to be emancipated. Our cause is necessary and worthy. For the sake of all animals. Arthur, A kindness done in the hour of need may itself be small, but in worth it exceeds the whole world.

Global Nomad 30 April 2010

Unexpected Generosity

Unexpected Generosity

Recently, I discovered this wonderful story about generosity. It is called “Invest Here” and tells of an unemployed gentleman who had creatively placed a notice “Invest Here” to attract donations that folk might like to share with him.

The notice caught the attention of an entrepreneur, on his way to the office, who was facing a serious hiccup in one of his businesses. He stopped and asked the man at the road-side “Invest in what?” and the reply was “In me”. This triggered a resonant chord in the businessman’s heart and he did just that by taking the gentleman to a doughnut store to unfold the plan….

You can read the whole story at:

Although the story is fictional, there are many principles and creative ideas woven into the text which can trigger much valuable thinking with the potential to ignite similar incidents in real-life.


Global Nomad
28 April 2010

Generous Matches

The following examples of generous matching of equipment, skills and materials are taken from the Global Hand website. I thought these were very encouraging and inspiring. More information on:

The ‘matches’ we witness amaze us…
An adult education institute in Kunming, China, asked us for a photocopier which was able to sort into 12 categories. Natwest was moving offices and donated one that sorted into 20 categories!
The Conrad Hotel donated a coffee-maker of commercial size. Shortly afterwards we were approached by a teacher in North West China. She wanted her students to be confident using their English in a social setting, rather than just a classroom. She was therefore opening a coffee shop to give them opportunity to learn.
A school for nomadic children in Western China wanted bunks to provide accommodation, since its students could not live at home when their parents were always on the move. Hong Kong’s new airport was closing its construction facilities at the time…and dispensing with 500 bunk beds.
An orphanage in Hainan Island needed to furnish two apartments for its staff. Right at that time, a Hong Kong landlord rang to say she was closing down two apartments which had been recently furnished. Could we use the furniture?
A rehabilitation group in Croatia was building a centre to help restore lives devastated by recent unrest. They needed to furnish a guesthouse-type facility, with curtains, bedspreads, lamps, bedroom furniture, etc. The YMCA happened to be re-furbishing at the time and its donated goods met the need in Croatia to perfection. Everything was ideal. Everything matched. The timing was extraordinary.

We see instances of this kind all the time.

Global Nomad
27 April 2010

Generosity 101 [part 3]

Generosity 101
[Part 3]

Web Design 
A key feature of the contemporary world is the Internet and along with this amazing networking phenomenon is all the creativity and skillful designing that is required to produce quality websites. Thus here is another area in which one can be generous. Giving skilled input into producing impacting websites for charities and emerging businesses in countries who are seeking to make significant progress development-wise.

Craft ideas
Another creative area is that of craft-work and design. Cultures around the world abound in craft skills, often quite striking and extremely unique. However, there is often need for those with craft-skills to enable modifications and even new designs to be introduced to be effective and desirable to the world market. Thus being generous with such craft experience could really enrich others lives. Sometimes it is as simple as making woollen hats or clothes for youngsters. One person is giving of her expertise generously in this area and has setup an attractive knitted doll business involving some 25 women from a rural area of a country in economic difficulty.

Fund Generation
There is an ongoing need for creative thought in the area of fund generation. The concept can be simple or more complex but the generous investment of time coupled with willingness to share ideas can make all the difference to those desperately searching for financial resources to fund vital projects.

What a wealth of experience and skill is available and how special when it is shared with others generously to enhance their lives, communities and businesses. There are excellent organisations specifically set up to facilitate the giving of such investment with a generous heart. The long term benefits are amazing and will bring joy to all those involved.

Global Nomad
22 April 2010

Generosity 101 [part 2]

Being able to link people and resources together for greater effectiveness and blessing is another aspect of generous giving. Being alert to and aware of resources in a wide spectrum of activities can be a tremendous resource. I’m continually amazed at the way people can linked and blessed. We live in an unprecedented time of creative projects, an abundance of resources and incredible technical communication channels. The missing link is often those with the resources are not aware of those needing them. The whole vision  of Global Hand is based on such situations.

“A problem shared is a problem halved” is a common saying. Thus sharing with others is great way of being generous and contributing to their lives in a meaningful way. The secret is to keep ones eyes and ears open to capture opportunities to share in this way. You’ll find 101 ways of doing this I am sure. The sky is the limit as it were. Sharing a story, sharing a meal, sharing a gift, sharing a thought, sharing an idea, sharing a skill by teaching others, sharing a resource, sharing an experience.  The list is a long one for sure…..

In our multi-cultural world translation and translators are welcome skills that can be used generously and in a variety of situations. This can be in the linguistic or in the cultural field. Many people are taking more interest in languages other than their own. This may be a hobby or may be part of their business development brief. It can lead to a career as an interpreter or translation specialist.

Helping visitors to feel at home or guide them in a purchase or direction can be a wonderful form of generosity. It may be helping a new neighbour from overseas understand your own culture as they seek to settle in to a new way of life. There are many things that need “translating” in what they observe. It can be so different to their lifestyle in their former home country.

If you have a flair for sketching or drawing then you will discover many opportunities to be generous with your gift and share it with others by offering to illustrate their book or poster or programme or website. There are so many avenues and outlets for such a skill. A very good example of being generous with such a skill is a family business in the UK that has been creatively developed around an e-card concept. Take a look and see what you think…..

Global Nomad
19 April

Generosity 101 [Part 1]

Immediately the word generosity comes to mind, a financial image is often the first one that appears. What about all the other 101 aspects of generosity that could equally be a great blessing to the many worthy projects around the world. Initiatives often desire to see further development but are lacking the resources to see this happen. The resources at our disposal, although varying from person to person, are considerable and wide-ranged. Let’s think about  some of them for a while.

One major resource is time. Willingly giving  time to assist others is a wonderful way of being generous. Taking time to show friendship, encouragement or assistance with a particular project or activity. It is a most valuable resource and is readily available to be used wisely with good planning and discipline. 

Our life’s experience is another reservoir from which we can draw to contribute to various events or projects that our friends are developing. Each of us has learned so much through meeting with others and while being part of various organisations such as scouts/guides, youth clubs, sailing clubs, sports clubs, air/sea/army cadets etc. Many will have learned first aid as well as other skills. These skills are often hidden away and not fully used. They can be diverse and in some cases need to be updated such as flying, technical or medical skills. Noticing the opportunities to share these skills with others in their projects can be such a valued contribution. Prayerfully keep your eyes open to such ventures where you can be generous with your skills. Some organisations that might be able to assist you are: The Finishers,  Second Wind and Volunteering International.  

Advice is another vast resource that is often untapped or unrecognised as a channel for generosity. It is amazing how much can achieved by receiving the right advice. Such generous action can save thousands of pounds or dollars. Never underestimate the input and value of wise advisors. There’s much good teaching about this in the Creator’s Manual.

Global Nomad
17 April 2010

Sharing Quotes Generously

Have you noticed that sharing quotes on facebook, twitter, email footers, etc is continually growing in popularity. There is something about a pithy quote that stirs us. Maybe it is that someone else can say what we do not have the courage to speak out for ourselves. Maybe it is that by quoting a person we admire we can connect with them in a unique way. I’m sure there are countless reasons.

But the fact remains that our lives are now awash in quotes.

Now I am not bemoaning this fact. I share many of my own and I collect quotes to use in writing and presentations. The big question in my mind is this:  “How would a Generous Mind share quotes?”
Here are some thoughts that you can think through next time you are about to Retweet that great piece of wisdom:

1. A Generous Mind would add why they like the quote to the posting of it.
2. A Generous Mind would target quotes to people who they felt could benefit from it.
3. A Generous Mind would ask others why they posted the quote that they did.

I hope you can apply one or more of these ideas next time to share a quote that comes across your desk!
Posted by Jon and Mindy Hirst at 6:14 AM 7 comments  
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[Courtesy of John and Mindy Hirst]

Global Nomad  10 April 2010

The Generosity of small things

[A blog post defending the small things God is doing:]
Today I responded to Sam Rainer, a local pastor, author and blogger for Outreach Magazine, on twitter. I don’t often do that but I wanted to speak to his comment with a very specific thought. Now I need to preface my thought with the fact that I can’t read Sam’s mind and he may have very different ideas of what these words meant. I’m not judging him or his motives. More than anything these words are an opportunity to share an idea that has been growing in my heart.

Here is Sam’s tweet and then my response:
SamRainer: Meeting with our long-range planning committee. Since God is controlling our future, we’re planning for big things.

Generousmind: @SamRainer: What if God has small things planned instead?

God doesn’t always use our metrics for success!

Here is my thought: Is it possible that the God who loves us has small things for us to do rather than big things? In our culture we tend to value the big and set the small things aside. But as I have been working with churches on discipleship models I am realizing something pretty amazing – the small things really count!

What do I mean? When you tweak a small thing, big things can result. They may not look like big things to the world but they are big in the lives of those who are being transformed in Christ. For instance. You might modify an event ever so slightly to include prayer in an authentic and incarnational way. It might only be 10 minutes of the event but it might change the whole dynamic of your evening!

I guess that is the main issue. Becoming more like Christ seldom looks big or impressive. Usually it looks unimportant and humble. But in God’s economy it is all that matters. So Sam, I am so glad you are planning ahead and that you are expecting big things from God. I just pray that if God sends small things you will be just as grateful. I’m sure you will!
Posted by Jon and Mindy Hirst at 8:10 PM 2 comments

09 April 2010

Resources to Enrich [10]

Gogo Olive
Just Giving
Power to Change
Fisherman’s Rest

It’s always so encouraging to see brilliant initatives that are transforming people’s lives. Gogo-Olive is a very good example where the lives –  and families of some 25 women in Zimbabwe are being blessed through a small project they have set up. It is a company that produces handcrafted toys.

A delightful adventure….

Promoting projects creatively is what Just Giving does and does extremely well. If you have a project or event to promote then check out this lively site….

A website which you can recommend with confidence to folk who are searching for the way in life. It is full of real-life stories and resources to help anyone who is really keen to know more about “Life to the Full”

An excellent place to stay in Malawi, Africa. Set up with artistic insight and thougthfulness to those needing rest and refreshment it is a wonderful “Oasis” of blessing.  It is also closely linked with the local commmunities in provision of many ongoing sustainable projects. A break with a purpose that is a two way blessing.

With the ever increasing request for mentoring in many countries where keen entreprenurs are seeking to move ahead in the fields of business, MOWGLI, is the link bringing together these keen bsuiness folk with experienced mentors here in the UK and elsewhere.

The Christian Association of Business Executives is truly alive and well. The key business Principles which they drafted a few years ago have enriched many lives and stengthened businesses too.  The regular meetings in the UK especially in London, are really stimulating and informative.

Global Nomad

07 April 2010

Opportunity for Generosity (1) [100th post]

As we have reached the 100 post for the Global Nomad, we thought this report, sharing about the need for 100 new staff, was an appropriate way to mark the occasion.

WHO CARES FOR STREET CHILDREN?  Please pray with ACTION as we share the Gospel and compassionate care to some of the 160 million street children throughout the world.  There are 1.5 million children on the streets in the Philippines, up to 40 million in Latin America and 18 million in India alone.  There are also an estimated 145 million orphans in the world, 13 million of them AIDS orphans in Africa.  We need and are praying for 20 additional committed staff members to work with street children in the Philippines and another 80 committed staff members to reach out to street children in Africa (Malawi, Uganda, and Zambia), Asia (Cambodia and India), and Latin America (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras and México).

This report reveals a tremendous “Opportunity for Generosity” with at  least 100 volunteers this desperate situation will continue. Pray for folk to step forward…..You may know of folk who could step into these gaps. If you do then just contact Doug at the ACTION office: or check out the website:

If you would like to send a gift to this project, you can do so directly to Action through their website above or through the Generosity-Alive – where you are at the moment and we will forward it. Just designate to the STREET CHILDREN FUND

Global Nomad

06  April 2010