Giving Story | When the Tables are Turned

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All of us desperately need giving heroes

We need to hear about the generous things people are doing.  Through those stories, God can helps us to become more generous.  We don’t often get to hear those stories because we don’t want our left hand to know what our right hand is doing  .  However, here at MH4C, we’ll use this anonymous format to share encouraging giving stories.

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When the Tables are Turned

The following story was submitted by an MH4C reader JF.

In 2006, I was traveling with a group of six other North American friends doing a short term mission trip to Kerema, Papua New Guinea.  We stayed in a village for just a few days and planned to leave there by boat. 

On the day we were supposed to leave, the weather was awful and it wasn’t safe to sail because the seas were so rough.  We were all a little concerned, especially since the majority of the group had an international flight to catch within the next couple of days.  It all seemed a little overwhelming knowing that we were stuck in the village and were supposed to be on a flight out of the country soon.  Changing the international flight would no doubt be expensive, and none of us had the funds available with us to book a flight out of the village. 

While we sat around praying, worrying, and hoping that the seas would calm, we got word from our host in the village that he wanted to buy us all plane tickets so we could leave that very day.  It seemed ironic and backwards that a Christian New Guinean business owner would buy all seven of us plane tickets (as a gift).  He insisted, bought us tickets, and we were all on the flight out that very day. 

God used someone we never thought possible to give more than we could’ve imagined. 

We heard just a couple of years ago that this same man was murdered because others in the community were jealous of his wealth.  But I’m thankful to know that he didn’t use his wealth only for himself.  He blessed others. He even blessed some of us who thought we were there to bless him and his family.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. (2 Corinthians 2:14 NIV)


  1. Violet says

    Sometimes a failure of justice is an opportunity to give. My brother is still in prison (for a questionable crime he really didn’t commit) but it gives us the opportunity to see the plight of prisoners in the state penitentiary. We formed a group the Susi Ng Katarungan Prison Ministries (SKPM), Inc. in 2004–that is what stands for my email address: Susi is the Filipino name for key. Ever since we formed this group, I give 200% of my salary that is if my weekly pay is P3,000 or roughy $70, I give P6000 or $140/wk to run our makeshift office with prison inmates volunteers doing the job of paralegal and humanitarian service. In addition, I do the dellivery of their requests for assistance from the Department of Justice agencies to help them in their cases. This is all for free because most of the inmates we help is not even visited by their own families. You may wonder where I get the other P3,000, it’s from allowances and reimbursements. But I don’t know how this will last… I only depend on God Himself.

  2. says

    Donb, still, though, if we had tons of cheap nucelar power, why would need this?There is a distinction to be made. The part of the smart grid that we want is the part that minimizes bad affects even when things go wrong (tree falls on power line, lightning strikes, fire in the transmission line right-of-way, equipment failures).The part we don’t want is the part that limits lifestyles – that would shut off my air conditioner on a hot afternoon, for example.What I tried to say (apparently not very well) is that I would be willing to have some “smart grid” devices that would control the timing of my power consumption where the exact timing is a matter of indifference. The example I gave was recharging an electric car (or running the dishwasher after supper), where it really doesn’t matter exactly when it happens, so long as I have a full charge (and clean dishes) the next morning.I think the reality is that we will always times during the day when demand is lower and power is cheaper. The generation plants with the highest marginal costs are the last to be brought on line and the first to be taken off line. It can be advantageous to both me and the power utility to shift consumption off the peak – if I can get a cheaper rate, and the power utility can use their generation and transmission assets more fully. I like to think of it as a win-win, especially when there is no negative impact on me.

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