The gift of helping people to make money
Mr Leong Seng Kok and wife Sharon: Helping people become financially self-sufficient.
– Methodist Missions Society picture.
By NORMAN WONG
I KNOW our Lord said – and I believe that it is true – that it is very hard for a rich man to enter the
I would like you to prayerfully consider using this gift to fulfil our Lord’s great commission to make disciples of every nation.
Mr Leong Seng Kok and his wife Sharon, from the
A few years ago, they approached the Methodist Missions Society (
Their main responsibility was to help streamline the financial procedures and gather regular reports from all our churches and ministries. This they have done very well. In addition to that, they have helped our churches with several income-generating projects.
The crying need in the mission field is to help people become financially self-sufficient.
How can we give money to the less fortunate in a way that will not make them continually dependent on charity?
We need people who are good at handling money – investing money in economically-deprived areas in a way that will generate more money in the long term.
Mr and Mrs Leong knew next to nothing about that before they left
Last year, for example, we loaned out 180,000 baht (approximate S$9,000) to 14 Lahu families (members of
The Lord has blessed us in
In my frequent visits to the missions field, I constantly struggle to respond to requests for help. They know we have a lot of money and they boldly ask for it.
They need a loan to buy seed and fertilizer, a plough, a motorbike, a truck, a toilet, a drum set, or money to buy land and build a church, school fees for their children, a scholarship to attend Bible college, a scholarship to attend university and money to pay for medical bills.
People like Mr and Mrs Leong have helped me sharpen my thinking. There are so many needs, so many requests for money. How should we respond?
If that has been your experience when you have visited the missions field, and like me, you have been overwhelmed by the many needs and requests, and you are not sure what is the best way to help, please give me a call at 6478-4818 or email email@example.com and I will be glad to discuss the matter with you.
If you have the gift of making money and you would like to invest some of your time and money in planting churches or helping the poor stand on their own feet, please call me to discuss possibilities.
Lord, help us to share our financial resources with the less fortunate in a way that will help them become financially independent in the long run.
The Rev Dr Norman Wong is the Executive Director of the Methodist Missions Society.
‘The crying need in the mission field is to help people become financially self-sufficient. How can we give money to the less fortunate in
a way that will not make them continually dependent on charity? We need people who are good at handling money – investing money in
economically-deprived areas in a way that will generate more money
in the long term.’
-- The Rev Dr Norman Wong.