12 Dec

OK, it’s an old gift cliché but in this case it really does apply. At the risk of sounding self-promoting, or rather Overseas Council promoting, I would like to give you a gift; the gift of an opportunity to make a lasting impact in the Kingdom of God on earth.  I would like illuminate how a gift from you this Christmas could shape the church for generations to come.

A partner seminary in Africa received some scholarship funds from donors through Overseas Council.  In a recent report, they explained that the single gift of $10,000 helped 93 students in their pursuit of Christian education and training! No that is not a typo and was not supposed to be 9.3, but 93 students!  Attached to the report was a list of the students and how each one benefitted from the gift.  Ninety-three students were blessed today so that they can become a blessing in the future! Truly a gift that keeps on giving!


Although not one of the 93 students above let me share, from the OC archives, a story showing how a gift of a scholarship to one student blessed not only the church and community directly, but continues to be a gift to generations to come.

Reacher Williams is a graduate of the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS) in India with a Master’s in Theological Studies. After graduating in 2007, Reacher joined Tribal Mission India (TMI) as a missionary among a tribal group called the Irulas spread over 181 villages in Kerala, a state in southwestern India. God has used Reacher and his fellow missionaries to reach more than 160 villages, some of which are located in deep and wild animal-infested jungles. They have shared the Gospel using films and storytelling methods to both adults and children, in addition to conducting medical camps, providing medicines and medical care in TMI’s 60-bed medical center and providing basic education to adults and children.

Reacher says God has helped him serve among young people as well, especially the 120 tribal children, aged four to 13, in a hostel run by TMI. He has also taught in a missionary training center for young budding missionaries from a tribal background. “God was molding me and pruning me to be a better instrument in His hand for the extension of His Kingdom,” Reacher says. He added that SAIACS’ impact will always be with him: “a mindset for being focused, a craving for excellence in thinking, creativity in preparation and planning, promptness for positive criticism and an understanding of the benefits of team work.”

Because of an OC Scholarship, Reacher was able to receive the education and training to become a world–changer in India.  He is not only helping the Irulas tribal group today, but because of his spreading the gospel to the children, he will have a lasting impact for generations.  He shares a gift that will keep on giving.


This story is only one of hundreds of stories of how the training and equipping of today’s students prepare them to become the missionaries and church leaders of the future.  For a couple of other examples of how one gift to one student can impact hundreds, perhaps thousands, for generations to come go to  You will be able to read a story about Pastor Deolo Tonga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  You will see a video from Rania in the Middle East. And you will learn how the GIVE A LEADER opportunity can give you a chance to make a lasting impact somewhere in the world.

Give the Gift of a trained Christian Leader this Christmas!  I don’t ask for myself or even for the sake of Overseas Council, but I ask for the sake of future Christian leaders whose work and message will keep on giving, long after all of us have gone to glory.  Your gift today, will truly “keep on giving” to future kingdom building.  Your gift certainly does not have to be $10,000 or even $100!  Any amount large or small can be committed to the building-up of Christian leadership in Majority World countries. In addition to giving a leadership gift yourself, consider sending friends and family to the website and giving them the gift of “an opportunity to make a lasting impact.”

 The disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help for the brothers living in Judea.  This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul. Acts 11:29-30


Do you have a network of friends?   I would be honored to be part of your connections on Twitter (@tidwelldan), Facebook or LinkedIn.

May the peace of our Lord be with you during this special season
and throughout the coming New Year. Merry Christmas!

1 Comment

Posted by on December 12, 2011 in Mission, Uncategorized


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  1. Abraham Najjar

    December 13, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Excellent idea with relevant application!


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