I just finished reading "The Go-Giver" and wanted to share a few of my thoughts about the book. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt challenged to improve in several areas of my life. This book does a good job portraying the importance of giving and how it effects every area of your life! Listed below are two of the five laws for success that the book explains in greater detail. This would be considered a business book, but I believe the lessons in this book can be applied in the life of a believer. I would like to share a few ways that this book has helped me.
1. The Law of Value: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.
I'm sure we all have heard of the famous saying, "It is better to give, than to receive" right? But, do we really believe this? All of us would of course say, "Yes!" but how often do we practice this in our daily life? If you are like me, probably not that often! I'm not just talking about money, all though that is a part of it. There are many ways in which a believer can give. We can give: Financially,Relationally, and Physically. This has challenged me to become more proactive in my giving in every area of my life. I believe the key to become a better giver is to change our mindset or prospective. If we can change what we think about, then it will result in action. If all I'm concerned about is number one, this guess what? Every decision I make will be based on my comfort and enjoyment. For the Christian, God has been very clear on what our mindset should be! In Luke 10:27, God told us to "Love God & Love others" I think this is a good starting place to help us change our perspective. Instead of always focusing on ourselves, we need to ask the Lord to help us to focus on the things that actually matter.
2. The Law of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people's interests first.
I have seen this law work firsthand and can vouch that it truly works! When I was fourteen years old, my youth pastor was the one who started to teach me the Word of God. God used him in a great way in my life. The main reason why I allowed him to influence me was because I genuinely felt that he cared about me and wanted what was best for me. People are not dumb. We know if someone is genuine or not. Another person who has influenced me was a missionary to North Africa. I first met this missionary when I was fifteen and he took the initiative to spend a lot of time with me. He was the one who challenged me to consider being a missionary. He took me on my first missions trip where the Lord gave me a burden to take the gospel to those who have never heard! I don't think that there is a formula or check list to follow, in order to influence someone. The first step is to just show that you actually care! It might require you to give up some time, some money, or some resources. However the Lord leads you, the important thing to remember is to be genuine and allow the Lord to use you in someone else's life!
I hope that you decide to read this book! It definitely has challenged me in a lot of ways and I believe that it will be a blessing to you as well! Click here if you would like to get the book!
Dear Pastors and praying friends,
We want to thank all of you who have been praying for our family and our ministry in China! Last month we welcomed our first child into the world, Lydia Claire Depew! We are so grateful that the Lord allowed us to have a safe delivery for Tiffany and Lydia. We are still amazed by how good our God has been to us.
January has been a busy month and we have been able to present our ministry to some great churches in: OH,MI,IN,NY and PA! God has continued to provide by suppling five new supporting churches this month! This is an answer to prayer and so exciting to see The Lord at work! We currently have about 17% of our support coming in! We want to thank all of the churches who have decided to support us financially! We truly wouldn't be able to go to China without your help!
"Are you afraid of getting kicked out of China?" This is a question that we get a lot while presenting in many churches! Attached below is a link to a post that addresses this question and how a missionary to China should respond to this topic specifically. The author of this post is a friend of mine and fellow missionary to China!
Click here to read the article!
Tom,Tiffany, & Lydia Depew
Dear Pastor and praying friends
Tiffany and I want to thank all of you who have been praying for us. We were able to present our ministry in 11 different churches this month in: OH,IN,IL,WV, and SC! We currently have 10% of our needed support coming in and we praise the Lord for this! We have heard from three new supporting churches this month and are praying to hear back from five more by next month!
Tiffany is currently 36 weeks pregnant, which means we only have one more month until we get to meet our little girl! We want to thank all of you who have been praying for Tiffany and Lydia. The Lord has blessed us with a healthy pregnancy so far. Please continue to pray that everything would go smoothly including the birth next month.
For those of you who haven’t heard, China recently announced that they have lifted the one child policy that has been in full effect for some time now. This is good news and should help reduce the amount of abortions that take place in China. However, China is still a communist country that proclaims there is no God. China is still a dark country that needs to be changed by the glorious gospel of Christ! Who will go? Who will pray?
Dear Pastor and praying friends
Tiffany and I want to thank all of you who have been praying for us.
We have been on deputation since August and we were able to present our ministry in 10 different churches this month in: OH,IN,KY, and VA! We were also able to be a part of three Missions Conferences in October!
Since starting deputation just a couple months ago, The Lord has been gracious to us and has already provided several supporting churches who will be partnering with us! We are currently at 7% of our needed support to leave for the country of China! We praise God for supplying and are anticipating many more in the near future. Our goal is to be at 15% of our needed support before the end of the year. Will you pray with us that the Lord will help us accomplish this goal?
Tiffany is currently 32 weeks pregnant and God has continued to bless us with a healthy pregnancy so far! It is certainly not easy to travel far distances while being pregnant, but my wife has still been an absolute blessing! I thank God for putting her in my life, I do not deserve her. There is no one else I would rather have by my side!
Dear Pastor and praying friends,
Tiffany and I want to thank all of you who have been praying for us. Your prayers truly mean the world to us! We officially started deputation last month and we were able to present our ministry in 10 different churches this month in OH,IL,WV, and TX!
September was obviously a busy month for us, but it was well worth it because of the friendships and partnerships that were formed! We currently have three supporting churches and are anticipating a couple more by the end of this month! We praise the Lord for raising our support and taking care of us every step of the way. Our calendar is filling up nicely for the rest of the year and I'm already working on scheduling meetings throughout all of 2016!
Tiffany is currently 28 weeks pregnant and God has blessed us with a healthy pregnancy so far! We are extremely excited to meet our little girl and are praying for healthy remainder of the pregnancy!
Dear Pastor and praying friends
Tiffany and I just started deputation earlier this month to be church planting missionaries in China! We got back from our six month internship in Taiwan back in June and in July I started calling pastors full time.
Since then, the Lord has allowed us to schedule more than 40 meetings throughout this year and into 2016! August has been a busy but an exciting month! I have preached and presented in 6 different churches this month in Ohio,Indiana, and Kentucky! We are excited about the opportunities we have been given to present our ministry to so many wonderful people this month! September will be even busier as we will be in 10 churches and 2 mission conferences!
Tiffany and I are also expecting our first child to be born on December 25th, 2015! We are extremely excited and can't wait to meet Lydia Claire Depew! Please pray for Tiffany and Lydia during the remainder of the pregnancy. We will be on the road a lot and are praying for safe travels during deputation.
Mailing and Support Address:
Grace Baptist Church
3023 N. Union Rd.
Franklin, OH 45005