Why I love giving through Kiva

One of the things I’m most enjoying about parenting is giving with my son Noah (he’s four and a bit). Working out how to do that can be fun and one of the ways we use the most is giving through Kiva. Kiva is a great example of using the power of technology to harness giving and generosity. Essentially it is a global network of micro-finance groups linked to Kiva who give out loans helping people out of poverty. Here’s how it works. Noah and I can sit at my…

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Christian Living 

Kids won't want to know about giving if you don't teach them

A while ago I saw this infographic about parents and kids views on money. Take a look at the question ‘what do your kids want to know about money?’ and the responses. Conspicuous by its absence is giving. So either it wasn’t an option that the survey offered (shame on them) or it wasn’t an answer given by the respondents (shame on them). If we want to our children to know how to give, we must talk about it with them and share the adventure of giving with them. If we…

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Support this!

My friend Simon Guillebaud is currently 1800+ miles into cycling coast to coast across America. He’s hoping to raise vast sums of money for the incredibly poor and neglected Batwa (pygmy) tribe of Burundi. If you were looking for a fresh chance to be practice the grace of giving and grow in generosity then this is a good cause to support. You can follow the adventure by reading Simon’s blog, give to them here and get a feel for this adventure by watching this

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Micro-finance for mission

Not so long ago I signed up to the excellent Kiva, which harnesses the power of the internet to raise finance for micro-finance groups all over the world. I’m all for it. Just the other day a lady in Cambodia repaid the first part of a $25 loan. I could take the money out and put it back in my pocket but, of course, I won’t do that. I’ll recycle the money and lend it to someone else and so increasing the amount of times my gift does some good.…

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How do I convince my three year old that Jesus was right?

In Acts 20:35 Paul reminds the church at Ephesus these words of Jesus, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Just take a moment to think about whether you believe that or not. How are you more blessed? Do you feel more blessed when you give? It can be easy if you have children, the few moments when they see a new present and delight fills their faces, it’s easy to see why giving can be so good. Ten minutes later when they’re bored with your gift, the…

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Chrysostom: On giving to the poor

Sometimes when I read the early church fathers I find their writings impenetrable. This might be because the translation is hard work or because the debates and concerns just don’t connect. Other times I am stunned by the power of prose and the immediacy with which it speaks to us today in different cultures, 1800+  years later. This quote is in the second category. Watch how Chrysostom demolishes our arguments for not giving to the poor. “Immediately accusations are brought against the applicant. For why does he not work, you…

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Links 

I give therefore I am (17.05.2011)

The more observant among you may have noticed a difference in the title of this regular blog post and that’s because today’s links all have something to do with giving, generosity or resisting the temptation to spend, spend, spend! To kick us off Craig Groeschel writes about the relationship between wealth and generosity All of which is good reason to be aware of the forces at work when you go shopping Marcus Honeysett reflects on how comfort and middle-class comfort in particular can so often fall short of what the…

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Giving and happiness

So a few days ago in the UK a happiness movement was launched. There’s a few things worth noting here. Firstly the movement rejects materialism as a basis for happiness. “Despite massive material progress, people in Britain and the US are no happier than they were 50 years ago, while there are many societies in which people are much happier than in Britain. Rejecting a societal focus on materialism and self-obsessed individualism, the movement instead prioritizes healthy relationships with others and meaningful activities as a means to happier living.” I’d…

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