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Are We Worth Your Trust and Money?

christian stewardship We could answer the question for you, but you’d take what we say with a grain of salt, right?

How about what Ryan Langford has to say about us?

Ryan joined his wife, Stephanie, on our recent blog trip to the Philippines. He wasn’t there as a blogger, but he felt compelled to tell you what he discovered.

I’ve been praying a lot lately about the money [God has] entrusted to Stephanie and me to steward, and I can’t shake the feeling that He’s calling us to greater levels of both stewardship and generosity.

Generosity is being willing to part with the resources under your control for the good of others. Stewardship gives generosity focus. Its purpose is to maximize the impact of our generosity.

So with this sense of calling in my heart, I tagged along with the Compassion Bloggers as they visited the Philippines to see the work that Compassion International is doing among the children there. We had the opportunity to visit the head office, four development centers, and six homes — and to meet dozens of inspiring volunteers and hundreds of Filipino children.

As we visited all these places and met all these beautiful people, one question burned in my heart as the backdrop for the entire trip:

Does the money that is invested with Compassion International produce a good return on investment?

This is the question I ask myself when I’m making business decisions, so why shouldn’t I look for a good return when I’m investing in God’s business? So I spent the entire week asking hard questions, poring through accounting books, reviewing auditing practices, and evaluating first-hand the kind of impact and scale of impact of Compassion’s work in the lives of those we are called to love and serve for the glory of God.

I crossed the line of professional courtesy before I could shake the first hand, and that line quickly disappeared behind me as I invited myself into every area that I felt mattered in my quest to answer the question. To be fair to the folks at Compassion, though, they never seemed to mind my intrusions and every question was met with complete transparency and invitations to explore further.

Now that we’ve set the stage, read the entire post [3] at Keeper of the Home.