True Givers

A collection of stories of exceptionally generous, true givers around the world, sometimes in the most unlikely places - that is what grows here.

Those who are, or have been (as we read biographies) great givers will be profiled here, so that we can learn from them. When possible, I'd like to interview some, and ask questions to draw out lessons from their giving experiences. Some might even be willing to share some testimonials of their giving experiences.

For many years I had an older pen pal friend who inspired me. I've often said or written to her, "Louise, when I grow up, I want to be a giver like you!" She has passed on to her reward now, but Louise's wholehearted joy in giving still is an example to me.

The Bible has some wonderful examples of True Givers for us to study. Let's start with a good look at a giver like Abraham (You will find my challenge there to count the ways Abraham was a giver).

One inspiring story is of an unexpected and very generous giver on the street in India. Generosity on the Street - Sayora, a woman doctor tells this story.

How to Give

You have come to know and care about a ministry in a third world country, and you are ready to help them out. Your next question is - how to send money gifts to them? You have several options, and the choice often depends on the country to which you are sending money. Some options are not available in certain countries. I can give you some basic guidelines. How to send money gifts.

How Much Ought I to Give

Give as you would if an angel
     Awaited your gift at the door;
Give as you would if tomorrow
     Found you where giving was o'er.
Give as you would to the Master
     If you met His loving look;
Give as you would of your substance
     If His hand your offering took.

- Author Unknown

[More profiles of Givers coming...]

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Lessons in Giving