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by Alisa Hoober, Recruitment and Retention Manager

I used to think I was generous. Now I know I have a lot to learn.

I recently had an opportunity to visit HOPE’s savings program in Malawi. We traveled a windy dirt road for several hours to visit a savings celebration in a small village. After meeting for a year and a half, today was the day they were to celebrate the end of their latest savings cycle and receive back the money they had saved. Today was a day to celebrate their hard work. And they were ready to celebrate! We were greeted with singing, dancing, and hugs.

I learned a few things about generosity that day.

There is a difference between giving our leftovers and giving our first fruits.
Shortly after we arrived, we were told that the group had prepared a lunch for us. This was unexpected, but we accepted this as an incredible act of hospitality. We were so grateful. We sat down to a feast of rice, beans, nsima, and chicken. We later learned that this village ate chicken every six months. And they chose to share with us—visitors that they didn’t know. We enjoyed the meal and felt so blessed, knowing that this was an incredible gift we had been given.

This group gave from their first fruits, sharing their best with guests they hardly knew.

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Hong Kong does not rest. Throngs of the city’s residents churn in and out of the subway system and up and down the expansive skyscrapers. It’s a city of bright lights amid remarkable natural beauty. The steel and glass stand in sharp contrast to the lush wooded hills surrounded by blue seas. Hong Kong is the world’s largest port city and a place that typifies the change in East Asia.

Just 50 years ago, Hong Kong stood on the brink of economic collapse. Today, nearly 10 percent of Hong Kong’s residents are millionaires, and it’s the world’s sixth-best place for entrepreneurship and opportunity. God is at work in Asia. South Korea is now second only to the United States in sending missionaries abroad. The Pew Research Center projects that by 2030, China will be home to the largest Christian population in the world.

Hong Kong’s story is mirrored across the Pacific Rim. In Seoul, Singapore, and Shanghai, the region has experienced unprecedented economic prosperity and growth of the Church. It’s this combination—the vibrant evangelical Church and the surge in financial prosperity—that has created just the right medium for our first international support office. We’re excited about this expansion for many reasons. Here are the top three: Continue Reading…

When Tom Rakabopa and Central Baptist Church first reached out to families living in poverty in Harare, Zimbabwe, they distributed food and other items to fill the great needs they saw in their community. But as he saw some of the unintended consequences of this work, Tom began dreaming of ways they could transition to long-term development. That dream came true when a partnership with HOPE International helped Central Baptist Church begin savings and credit associations (SCAs) in their community, training groups of individuals to save their own money as a safety net in emergencies, to start or expand a business, and to pay routine expenses like school fees.