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Investing in a Bank that cannot fail - Hudson Taylor’s Testimony

Autor: Lex Loizides
Fecha: 31.05.2011
Category: Capacitación en Evangelismo, Pobreza y Riqueza, Desarrollo del Liderazgo

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Hudson Taylor on bringing our needs to God Alone

When we read biographies of some of the Christian leaders of the 19th Century there is a common feature which immediately strikes us: a commitment to pray to God until the answer comes, rather than appeal to men.

The name George Muller immediately comes to mind, but we could also mention Spurgeon and Hudson Taylor.

Getting it from the horse’s mouth

Taylor was seeking to grow in faith, to exercise ‘spiritual muscles’, in preparation for the demands of faith in China. The incident he describes in the following passage is perhaps one of the most famous in his life. I have edited it down somewhat but it is a sheer delight to read it in his own words.

‘I thought to myself, “When I get out to China, I shall have no claim on any one for anything; my only claim will be on God. How important, therefore, to learn before leaving England to move man, through God, by prayer alone.”

At Hull my kind employer, always busily occupied, wished me to remind him whenever my salary became due. This I determined not to do directly, but to ask that God would bring the fact to his recollection, and thus encourage me by answering prayer. At one time, as the day drew near for the payment of a quarter’s salary, I was as usual much in prayer about it. The time arrived, but my kind friend made no allusion to the matter. I continued praying, and days passed on, but he did not remember, until at length, on settling up my weekly accounts one Saturday night, I found myself possessed of only a single coin, one half-crown piece…’

Serving the Poor

‘That Sunday was a very happy one…After attending Divine service in the morning, my afternoons and evenings were filled with Gospel work, in the various lodging-houses I was accustomed to visit in the lowest part of the town…

After concluding my last service about ten o’clock that night, a poor man asked me to go and pray with his wife, saying that she was dying. I readily agreed, and on the way to his house asked him why he had not sent for the priest, as his accent told me he was an Irishman. He had done so, he said, but the priest refused to come without a payment of eighteen pence, which the man did not possess, as the family was starving.’

The dilemma of a single coin

‘Immediately it occurred to my mind that all the money I had in the world was the solitary half-crown [about 2 days’ labourer’s wage in 1860 – worth roughly £120 in 2011], and that it was in one coin; moreover, that while the basin of water gruel I usually took for supper was awaiting me, and there was sufficient in the house for breakfast in the morning, I certainly had nothing for dinner on the coming day.

Palabras clave: Faith, Prayer, Generosity, Poverty, Giving, Hudson Taylor, Leadership, Discipleship

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God should definitely be our first and most important source of guidance in making the decisions of life and working through problems that arise in life.  Many times today, we take the power and glory of God out of all of life’s decisions and try to make everything work on our own.  At the same time, it is important to remember that we have free will and that we should make decisions on our own, having God’s teachings in the back of our minds when we do make the decisions.


01.05.2013
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This is an amazing story. Before I had a child, I would not have thought at all about giving someone my last penny because I knew that I had family that I could always call upon so that I could eat if I did not have any food. However, at one point in my life I found myself often going hungry so that my daughter could eat and I did not want to tell my family due to pride. The Lord always provided for me, though, in ways that could only have been Him. Since then, it has always been my practice to give to those who ask even if I give food when they ask for money for food. One never knows when one is in the presence of an angel, after all.


04.12.2012
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It does seem easier to trust in God when we think we have a security blanket to rely on. It is also easier to blame others for the state they are in instead of being a servant to them as we are called to do. It is almost like we try to justify why we should not dip into our own security stockpile and give them what the need.  I must admit that I am guilty of this myself.  But, as we have learned with the fall of the economic market, our security blankets are false securities. That is what I find awesome about God’s commandment to trust him only. It frees us. When we trust God and learn that he will meet our needs, we are completely freed from the earthly “securities” that can enslave us. Praise be to God! However, even though I know this, it is still difficult not to pursue earthly securities “for emergencies.” 


26.11.2011
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What an inspiring and challenging article.  This article reminded me of the responsibility and struggle that comes from trusting God for our day to day provisions.  Most of us have very little trouble trusting God as long as His scale of provision is tilted in our favor.  The challenge for me and others comes when God’s scale begins to tilt in the opposite direction and we think we may be in need or want.  As Hudson Taylor discovered, trusting God at the point of his greatest need allowed God to do His greatest work.  Many years ago I experienced a similar situation much like Taylors; I felt as if I was being led to give to someone even though I did not feel I had it to give.  God used that situation to prove Himself to me and I have never doubted Him since.


25.11.2011
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Exhausted Donors.

Pakistan, China, Haiti, local homeless, sponsor children, shoeboxes, local missionaries, church projects, youth going on mission trips, YWAM, secondary school donations, sports teams… the list goes on and on. What in the world (literally) are you suppose to give to?

Non-government organizations (NGO) rely on donors to survive. While some have social enterprise opportunities which provide an income (i.e. salvation army, many thrift stores).  The majority of NGO’s need people to donate to operate.

With so many disasters, and the ability to market the need for cash via social media has seemingly overwhelmed the public in the past few months. Eventually it gets hard to hear, “we need more money”.  

So what do we do? 

The last thing I want to tell you is how to spend your money.  Frankly, it is up to you and none of my business. However as the words; donating, giving, NGO’s, fund raising, support raising, need, projects, and money are in my daily vocabulary - I hope I can help you in your journey of giving.  

How much?

When people take into consideration what a church says - it’s usually comes out - all of it is not enough. Practically I would say a few things. 

1. My parents do it a cool way.  They both come up with a number and they take the average and give that.  2 become 1 right?

2.  If you are alone, take time and just pray. Pray for a specific number and give that.  Don’t be scared if it is a large number, don’t feel bad if it is a small number or even 0.  If a person or organization is mad or upset at you for NOT donating - then that is not an organization you do NOT want to be a part of.  

3. Ask questions! Ask an organization where exactly most funds go to, how they spend funds and how they get most funds.  From my understanding the more you understand what you are giving to the more meaningful your giving becomes.  

Why?

Donors (investors) are usually concerned about their return on investment. They want to know exactly what their money is going to be doing, and rightfully so.  With so much hype on the extreme costs of administration or CEO’s salaries, many have turned their focus to smaller more transparent organizations.

So why should you give?

1. My University Prof. once said about giving, “doing good is NEVER a bad thing”.  For Christians, we can give to show compassion to others.  We give because we know that in the end it really doesn’t matter how much you saved up, it’s how you expended yourself on behalf of others (Isaiah 58). 

2. About half of all total charitable donations in the US are made November and December, as people who itemize their deductions rush to get last-minute tax write-offs and others respond to an influx of end-of-year pleas or market their company or self as philanthropic in nature. Whether or not you agree with these reasons for giving, an important note is to realize that you should give, because our government has agreed to give a portion of that donated money back to you at your year end tax return.  Not every country is so fortunate.

To who?

Usually we respond to a passionate speaker who tells heartbreaking stories and devastating facts of how bad a certain situation is.  But with so many organizations pulling at your pockets - who should you give to?

1. Start with what you are passionate about.  Many women are currently passionate about the sex trade industry. Many young people about microeconomics. Many men about building projects. Find the niche you are passionate about and give to that. 

2. Look into the organizations.  I know in the case of Hungry For Life, we have passed several government grants that have matched dollars raised by HFL up to a rate of 3:1. In a Kenyan project, the church was able to raise approximately $100 000 and so the government paid $300 000 into it.  This doesn’t just mean your dollar is worth more, it means that the government has most likely found the organization and project very innovative and likely to succeed.  

Hopefully this encourages you to keep doing good with your funds and listen closely to what God is telling you. It is very cool to see first hand what donor dollars do and if you have any questions about the organization I work for - Hungry For Life (HFL) in regards to dollars - just click the ask me anything button on the left hand side of this page!


25.07.2011
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Oh how true, it is difficult to fully trust God. I wish I could say I always do. This is just the right reminder "if we are faithful to God in little things, we shall gain experience and strength that will be helpful to us in the more serious trials of life". Wonderful words of wisdom.


09.07.2011
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@ dianaleeballard:

I agree dianaleeballard. I think that we all find it hard to trust God at certain times in life. I often tell myself that I can not do this without God’s help. It becomes a task because I often do what I have been use to doing prior to me establishing a relationship with Christ. I do what I have become accustom to doing. I think that is why we have to "renew our minds." I can say that when I trust God things do go better for me. As a pastor I really have no choice in most cases but to trust God because I certainly do not know how to do this without God’s guidance. But even in those times I am a little nervous.   


11.07.2011
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@ dianaleeballard:

I agree if we trust and be faithful to God in the small things, it will help us to trust and have faith in God in the bigger things and challenges of faith. The main thing is trust and faith in God is our best investment.


Rachel


 


15.07.2011
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@ Rapture7:

Rapture7, Even though Hudson taylor is a far cry from Dickens’ Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. He did have an almost "supernatural" awakening experience. How many times has God pointed out to us, sometimes subtle, sometimes less so, our weakness in compassion to others?


15.07.2011
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@ dianaleeballard:

I agree it is difficult but where would each of us be if we did not have even a mustard seed of faith in God to take even small steps.


15.07.2011
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It is alright to pray, but do not let it excuse you from helping someone, when you can. James 2:26, says, "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also"(KJV).

Rachel


13.07.2011
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@ Rapture7:

Rapture7, I agree about works, they are so important. I have a friend who always says, " show me deeds, not words".


14.07.2011
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It is difficult to tell people to trust God when you do not put your trust in that same God! This is very inspiring. 


16.06.2011
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Kenia

This is a great encouragement, thank you for putting it here. I have gathered sevral lessons from it.


13.06.2011

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