Cows, milk and poverty

I have a long-lasting attachment to the small nation of Burundi in East Africa. It is one of the poorest in the world. I’ve found that commitment to a nation in prayer, finances and support has helped keep me engaged with the poor when I become tired of all the campaigns and disasters or when my focus becomes inward not outward focused. For a great mix of evangelism and nation building initiatives I’d recommend supporting the work of Great Lakes Outreach and for regular challenge, inspiration and humour, read founder…

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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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Pay attention to the parody

I don’t know enough about the ministry of Hillsongs to know whether this parody hits the mark or not. I don’t know how focused on money they are or how generous to the poor they are. In some ways that’s not really the point. They have clearly built a reputation and a perception that they are essentially after your money and have made the gospel a commodity item. That worship and buying CDs are a natural fit on a Sunday morning. That might be the wrong perception but usually these…

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