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Ben Kwok

Ben is part of a church plant team establishing the Rouse Hill Church. He holds a Master of Divinity degree. Ben and his wife Diahanna live in Sydney, Australia with their four young children.


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    I think the big problem that is being faced at the moment in terms of charitable giving (and I am including churches in this) is HOW the money is then being used. One church I was once involved in had trouble paying for their parking lot on their new church (which I can see as a reasonable expense) but WAS able to put in a top-of-the-line sound system and air conditioning in their new building before asking for more donations. I use this example but most charitable organisations are the same (look at the research charities that then pay their executive staff to go to overseas conferences).

    I think a greater promotion of a different kind of charity will increase these numbers. Missionaries (at least a few that I can think of) are great for this because you can talk to the person who is USING the money for the people directly and I find most can be trusted to use the money properly.

    Even better, go out and spend the money yourself on local charitable things. Average full time wage in Australia is currently about $65k/yr (taken from ABS website)so a single average Christian could pay the college expenses of a training missionary (if they support that kind of thing), provide one hell of a bbq at the local skate-park for the myriad of youth on the street (I mean over a grand a week to do that is insane) or get a few of you together to pay for a life-saving operation for someone?

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