Generous America

First, I saw a big burly guy helping an old lady get to an emergency vehicle. Then I saw a woman of color carrying a white baby and leading the baby’s mother through a flooded neighborhood. Next, I saw men and women of all sorts holding hands together to make a chain to reach someone stuck in a flooded vehicle. …

Travel Light

A few weeks ago my family went on a road trip through the East Coast and into Canada. My kids were thrilled to see New York and go up the Empire State Building, feel the mist of Niagara Falls, and stood in awe in Independence Hall. As much as I love family adventures, there is always a huge amount of …

Be More Together

Growing up I loved the “Little House on the Prairie” book series written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I longed to have two braids like Laura and experience similar adventures. As an adult I have had the pleasure of rereading them with my own daughters. I have enjoyed watching them love the books like I did. As an adult I look at …

The Power of “Clumping”

“They aren’t clumping.  It’s not going to turn out well.  Look at them!”  A common conversation with my wife and sports (or more specifically, the conversation between her and the TV).  As much as I hate to admit it, she is spot on about this one.   Bo Schembechler, the famous University of Michigan football coach for 20 years, was …

Receiving Generosity

When we think of generosity, we often steer immediately to how we’ve given to others of our time, our service, or our money. But generosity is a 2-way act – there’s a giver and a receiver. In our culture, we tend to believe that receiving generosity is only for those who are acutely in need.  But that isn’t necessarily so. …

On the Ground

Hi everyone I’m Jenna McMains, a 19 year old pre-medical student at East Carolina University who has had her heart stolen by international missions. I know I might be a bit young but I am excited to share a bit about my service and what I’ve learned and am continuing to learn. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to serve …

The Power of a Story

Once upon a time there was a little girl.  She was born into a middle-class family living in an ordinary town.  While she was still young, she joined a club at school where she heard the stories of missionaries who were helping the poor around the world.  And while her family was not wealthy, her mother regularly extended invitations to …

Why Give?

You see a post online about victims of trafficking. Or a news item about survivors of a flood or fire. Or a box at the corner store raising funds for a neighbor’s medical care. If you’re like most Americans you’ll probably give some cash to a cause that moves you. In fact, 72% of Americans were willing to give of …

The Momentum of Generosity

I can’t say my childhood was entirely normal. My dad used to tell my siblings and me about important scientists and philosophers as part of our routine dinner table conversation. One such object lesson, my misadventure running down a hill and falling in a spectacular fashion, was a favorite example of the concepts of momentum and inertia which are the …

How Givefinity Started

In the Spring of 2015, God put the idea on our hearts to encourage and promote generosity. Generosity was always important to us but we were inspired by a friend who hung pictures in his office of the times he and his family served on missions trips. Each photo was a visual reminder of the difference he could make with …