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.
If you have a story to submit, please email it to Craig at mhforc at gmail.com. If you want to learn more about Friday giving stories, click here.
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)