Think of Advent and what springs to mind? Angels and shepherds? The journey of the magi? Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem? But what about the prophets?
When Queen Victoria was staying at Balmoral the story goes that she was caught in the rain when walking and called at a cottage to borrow an umbrella. An irritated cottager, not recognising her caller offered a tatty umbrella. The next day a coachman returned the umbrella with her Majesty’s thanks. As he left he heard the cottager say, “If I had known who she was she could have had my best umbrella!”
Throughout Christian history many people have given up stable sources of income to go headlong into a new adventure with God, just because they believed that He asked them to.
Christmas is coming, and whether or not you’re the sort of person who has everything organised and check-listed to within an inch of its life, Christmas is a God-given opportunity in countless ways.
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Civil war. Bloodshed. Violence. Injustice. Ram Gidoomal has seen it all. Born in Kenya to parents forced to flee from the horrors of Partition; escaping from East Africa to start all over again in London with the bare minimum (£2,000) allowed to families leaving Kenya; he’s a double refugee who has carved out an impressive career as a businessman and entrepreneur. Now the Chairman of Stewardship and the Lausanne Movement, and a CBE into the bargain, Ram’s early experiences have informed his life of philanthropy and generosity.
My neighbour is looking a little bemused. I’m explaining that I can’t babysit on Saturday because I’ve promised to make cocktails for 150 people. “Oooh,” she says, “can I come?” “Absolutely,” I enthuse, “it’s at my church.”
To most people Stewardship is all about giving. After all, for most of our clients that’s how they know us. Our giving account is a large part of what we do and inspiring generosity is what makes us tick. At a quick glance it might seem that’s what we’re all about but look a bit further and you’ll see there’s more to us than meets the eye.
Your back’s a little stiff today? Probably due to the fact that last night you were out in the fields, scything down corn until the small hours. But you’ll be back out there again at first light tomorrow, won’t you? And by the time Sunday comes around you’ll be hand delivering a perfectly formed corn dolly and a couple of premium quality sheaves to your grateful vicar.
Suffolk-based Jane and Alan Hutt were leading a comfortable life with secure jobs. Life was settled: they attended a village church and had a strong Christian faith. Their three children were starting out on their own adult lives: one about to start teacher training; one ready to graduate and the youngest about to embark on his university career. The easiest thing in the world would have been to stay put. But in 2013, everything changed when they answered God’s call to move to Nakuru in Kenya and found the Beehive, a home for child mothers and their babies.
blogs by the Stewardship team and selected guest writers.