“Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is”
June 06, 2012 | Seeds
By Blake Weaver
In his book titled The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn notes that, “My heart always goes where I put God’s money.” When making this point, he references Jesus` words in Matthew 6:21, which states that “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Therefore, it is right to conclude that we will have a tendency to put our money, not where our mouth is, but where our heart is. Moreover, our organization has seen a recent inspiring example of this.
Perhaps you have heard by now that Oasis is opening a new school this fall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The desire to establish a school in KL goes back to the mid- and early-nineties for our agency. That effort came to a halt simply because of the lack of financial capital. Recently, however, a new effort has arisen for a school in KL, and this time it looks like it is indeed the right timing. Moreover, we truly believe this will quickly become a very successful school.
The country of Malaysia is a "rising star" in Asia, and the city of KL is a growing, exciting place, full of expatriates and internationals. In fact, TravelAsia.com (2012) mentions that, “Kuala Lumpur, affectionately known as KL, is an amazing cultural melting pot. Here, you will wander through communities of Chinese, Malays, South Indians, East Malaysian ethnic groups, Thais, Indonesians, Sikhs and a huge community of expats." Thus, there’s no doubt that this place is an ideal location for a new Oasis school. Moreover, during a recent visit to Malaysia, I heard a friend say that this new school plant will undoubtedly be “a strategic place for the work of Oasis.” Considering the mix of cultural and religious backgrounds represented in this city, the accuracy of my friend’s statement is palpable.
God’s provision for this new school plant has been nothing short of miraculous. Indeed, there have been numerous examples of His fingerprints spread throughout the journey of this new school plant. Perhaps one of the most vivid examples relates to how the majority of the start-up funding for this project was provided. It was determined that approximately $500,000 would be needed to launch the school, and we have been praying for His provision of the needed funding for this project. Well, at a very critical point in the planning stages of the project, the Oasis President received the following e-mail from a friend of the organization:
“Dear Dr. Hale, God works in mysterious ways. I have to tell you that this is the first time I have personally experienced how God can answer a prayer from people of strong faith through someone like myself, weak in faith. At the end of February this year, I made a business deal from which I made significant money. I received part of my share in March and was scheduled to receive the remainder in June. So I have been thinking and praying about how I would give part of that money to charity. The first thing that came to my mind was Silver Seeds and I had a figure of exactly $500,000 in mind. I told myself I would wait until the deal was finalized in June. Your email (about the KL Project) is a clear signal from God and He did not give me a chance for even a second thought in confirming this is what He wants me to do with it!”
The testimony of this dear friend is clear evidence that he has chosen to place his treasure in a vision to see the work of this organization carried out in a place like KL. We are certainly grateful for his passion and the fact that God used him to provide the needed start-up funding for this school in KL. Equally valuable to us is the reminder, through the example of this financial supporter, that “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”