Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Spirit of Generosity

God's Littlest Angels is an orphanage in Haiti whose buildings were destroyed during the terrible earthquake in 2010. The church where I am an elder is sending a team of 17 people to Haiti this summer to assist with the rebuilding of the facility. My youngest son Jonas and I are part of that team. We have been working for months to raise a substantial amount of money to make the project possible. A couple of weeks ago my oldest son Taylor, who has been away at college, felt burdened by the Lord to join the team as well. Since Taylor joined the team late, his fundraising challenge is significant. In an effort to help him, I posted a note about the project on my Facebook wall. Several friends responded with donations to help Taylor take this trip. Though I appreciate each and every gift, one stands out as being particularly meaningful. It came from a person I will call Mrs. DB.

Mrs. DB, and her husband, lead a ministry that touches one of America's most forgotten mission fields, the homeless. Though Mrs. DB and her husband are quite gifted and could easily serve a "traditional" church with all the staff, recognition and salary that goes with it, their calling to serve the homeless supersedes any desire to have a "traditional" ministry career. They serve at great sacrifice and live a very modest lifestyle.

Recently Mrs. DB did a little work on the side and received a small stipend for it. Though her own personal needs are great, and the needs of her own ministry sometimes seem overwhelming, she decided to send part of that small stipend to help my son take a mission trip to Haiti. I was touched that she would give, knowing her situation.

Mrs. DB is a living example of what it means to have a spirit of generosity. She gives of herself. She gives of her spirit. She gives of her meager income. She is a giving person. I think many of us who have a more robust income and all the benefits that come with it could learn a lesson about generosity from Mrs. DB.

Note: Anyone else who may want to help with the project, can make a donation at this link:


  1. I have known "Mrs. DB" for years. She is a very giving person. But you neglected to mention that she also has some real physical challenges, yet serves with grace anyway. Just thought your leaders might want to know that part of her life.

    1. Thank you Mrs. DB, I do not know you, yet I know your savior as He saved me also.

  2. Shirley,
    You would get along with Mrs. DB quite well.

  3. I really needed to read this this morning. How cool that God knows what will help when we need a little encouragement. Thanks for sharing this, and thank's "Mrs. DB" for having the heart of Christ.

  4. Thanks for the comment Pastor Dave. You are right, God knows what we need, when we need it.