Ministry Highlights and Stories
GOD IS TRANSFORMING LIVES
Everyday, people around the world are choosing to walk with Christ as faithful stewards thanks to the generosity and work of Crown’s donors, partners, and volunteers. Together, we are advancing God’s principles of stewardship and life by sharing them with people rich and poor, urban and rural, so that every person has the knowledge they need to choose to live freely in Christ. Here are some of their stories.
TRAINING PASTORS IN TANZANIA
What you can’t tell from this photo is the resounding noise filling the room. Laughter, hands slamming down on tables, and feet rushing across the room are the melody behind these mens’ smiles. Meet three pastors from the Anglican Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro who have come together in Arusha, Tanzania to learn how they deepen their own understanding of stewardship, and how to raise up faithful stewards in their congregations. This scene is from the middle of a raucous Money Map game, where the pastors learn hands-on about budgeting. Crown partners have used this game to teach hundreds of people how to budget with a biblical mindset. Some groups have played for over eight hours! This game, which originated in Africa, is being spread to other Crown partners and is being developed to minister to kinesthetic learners around the world.
EQUIPPING LEADERS IN TEXAS
At the Crown Gathering in October 2018, David and Marilyn Butler felt called by God to establish the first Crown Stewardship Center in the USA, at Faith Bible Church in The Woodlands. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, they developed a proposal and worked with Pastor’s and Staff at FBC and the Crown staff and volunteers around the world during the past year to develop the concept of The Crown Center, USA. Crown wants to provide churches with more than just Bible studies. We want to teach redemptive stewardship to church pastors and lay-leaders by equipping them to teach biblical principles of redemptive stewardship and unite believers to accelerate their impact for Christ through self-sustaining centers to perpetuate the teaching of redemptive stewardship for generations to come.
SHARING THE GOSPEL IN MONGOLIA
Although the power had gone out and the only light they had emanated from a handful of candles, the Crown Mongolia team managed to take a photo of a dinner they shared with people in Ulaistai city. They had spent time in that city teaching a Bible on Money seminar. Everyone from Christians to Buddhists came, seeking to learn how they could find relief from their financial pain. During the seminar, a widow broke down in tears, revealing that her husband had ended his life over shame from his debt. These students were desperate, not simply from a lack of material needs, but from a spiritual emptiness they urgently needed filled by Christ. Through prayer, discipleship, and teaching, the Crown Mongolia team gave hope and shared the Gospel with these people and many others across Western Mongolia.