Because Janie and I are followers of Jesus, we believe the Bible is clear that giving 10% of what God allows us to have is just the baseline — or the starting point — for what we should be giving back to Him. So as we keep growing closer to God, we keep getting more and more amped about giving generously.
Over the past few years, God has put us in connection with some people who are doing crazy, exciting stuff in God’s name around the world. We love being able to support what they’re doing through our giving.
You really need to know these people. They are all people we respect and who inspire us … and I think they’ll inspire you too. (Then head down to my comments section and tell us who are some people that are inspiring you and your family to show generosity towards!)
Samantha and Chris Sanford
On an October day in 2008, a very tired woman knocked on a door in Tainan, Taiwan. It was the door of Ray of Hope ( a place dedicated to teaching young women about the sanctity of life and Jesus). The woman handed a newborn baby boy over to several women. One of those ladies was Samantha Lin.
Samantha called him Gabriel.
We call him Chase.
Before Chase could be moved to The Home of God’s Love (a wonderful orphanage in Yilan County on the other side of Taiwan), Samantha took care of him for a month. Many of the earliest pictures we have of Chase have Samantha cozied up next to him. When Janie and I traveled to Taiwan to bring Chase home we were thrilled to meet this incredible, young woman. We also know how hard it was for her to part with the little man she had bonded with. Samantha also agree to video herself telling Chase’s story so we could show it to him as he grows up.
A few months later Samantha once again met Chase’s birth mom. This time she was handing over his new baby brother, Jackson.
Around this time, Samantha met a young man from Louisville, KY, named Chris Sanford who had come to serve in Taiwan. She kind of liked him. He really liked her–smart guy. Samantha moved to Louisville and they married. They didn’t stay in the States for long though. They were trained by Team Expansion and sent back to Taiwan to start a church near Tainan (Chase and Jackson’s birthplace).
And I can’t forget to mention, Chris and Samantha are now proud parents of a beautiful little girl appropriately named Hosanna.
We are very proud to help Chris and Sam anyway we can. Taiwan desperately needs more people like them and churches pointing people to Jesus Christ. It is our prayer the same woman who birthed our boys will discover the unconditional love only God can offer through the church the Sanford’s plant.
Check out Chris’s blog for more about their work in Taiwan.
P.S. You may or may not know that I raise my own support so I can serve with World Orphans and help rescue vulnerable children around the globe. So I have a huge amount of gratitude for the 70+ churches, families and individuals who have generously partnered with my family over the last year. It is because of their generosity that we are able to be generous too.