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Partner of the Month: Matthew Chu

We are excited to introduce this month’s Partner of the Month, Matthew Chu. In this video you will learn more about Matthew Chu’s work as he delves into the intricacies of managing Biblical truths in various aspects of life, including finance, business, and personal growth. Matthew has a deep commitment to reaching a broader Chinese-speaking audience, transcending geographical boundaries. To achieve this vision, he explains the necessity of an online platform which requires financial support, engineering expertise, and qualified Chinese-speaking teachers. He is dedicated to spreading the Word of God and inspiring lives beyond the confines of Taiwan.

Restoration in Zimbabwe

Frederick was one of our first participants trained through the I Was Hungry Program. Prior to coming to the program he was a drug dealer and an addict. Years later, he shared this testimony with us.

Since then, he has become the leader of Guoddream Trust, one of Crown’s Alliance Partners in Zimbabwe. Their mission is to educate and train men with the basic foundational knowledge of the principles of the Bible. They help them grow in the knowledge of the Lord and become professional and trustworthy individuals that are result-oriented. They provide advice in business, markets, entrepreneurship and other skills and are now including Foundations for Farming and the African Money Map to their curriculum. 

Frederick actually first learned English by reading the African Money Map over and over again and is currently one of our most active African Money Map trainers.

Recently, he gathered a group of 20 adults and 10 children and taught them the African Money Map. Fredrick does not have a lot of resources but is constantly finding opportunities to teach. Please join us in praying blessings over him and may the Lord continue to open doors for him to teach and grow his ministry.



Transforming Lives through Financial Stewardship in the Heart of Tanzania

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Debbie and Lance Robbinson, a dedicated team serving at a youth camp and leading classes at a church in Tanzania, faced a challenge: they were asked to teach a Financial Stewardship course with only 2 days to prepare and 1 hour to teach. So they called us. We swiftly equipped them with the African Money Map Road Map, guiding them through its 10 transformative stations and joining them in praying over the students who would attend and the material that would be taught. The impact was extraordinary!

Debbie and Lance joyfully reported, “Praise to Jesus – the presentation of the principles from the Crown Money Map were well received. This group of students here are sponges! They took notes and were so attentive. I have had two different organizations that work with the Tanzanian community ask me about the material. I will send you their information and give them your information as well. God is so good!”

Image (40)This ripple effect, where the seeds of financial stewardship take root and spread, is a testament to the impactful multiplication of our ministry. It’s not merely a class taught in a corner of the world; it’s a transformative experience resonating through the hearts and minds of the individuals and organizations we serve.



Spotlight: Crown Español

Frank Gonzalez is the Managing Director of Crown Español, which aims to be the leading Spanish biblical ministry in Spanish-speaking communities across the United States and Latin America. In this video, Frank praises God for the work that was accomplished in 2023, having taught over 3000 people with the support of faithful small group leaders, national directors, and facilitators.

Frank also shares the inspiring story of our Alliance Partner, Luis Rea, operating in Venezuela. Luis is dedicated to eradicating poverty and malnutrition among children in the Crown Stewardship Center in the city of Barquisimeto. Beyond teaching biblical principles of stewardship, Luis empowers both children and parents to use their God-given resources for the transformation of their families and community.

The incredible impact we see in Spanish-speaking communities through God’s work with Crown Español is truly uplifting, and we are excited to see what God has in store for 2024!



Partner of the Month: Crown New Zealand

This month’s Partner of the Month is Peter Crawford from Crown New Zealand. You’ll hear Peter discuss the development of a five-week course titled “Serving one Master”. The inspiration for the course title struck him in the middle of the night, emphasizing the universal struggle faced by individuals, irrespective of their wealth, in navigating financial pressures. There is a societal resistance in New Zealand to openly discuss financial matters, particularly among pastors. The course aims to address this by fostering a supportive environment where participants can share their financial challenges without judgment, leading to a release of shame and guilt.

Through the course, people discover a shared experience of financial challenges, breaking the silence and creating a space for open conversations. Despite the societal reluctance to discuss finances in New Zealand, the course provides a platform for individuals to connect over common struggles and realize that they are not alone in facing economic pressures. This shared sense of understanding contributes to a more relaxed atmosphere during the course sessions, fostering a supportive community where participants can openly share their stories without fear of judgment.



More Than a Seminar, the Beginnings of a Movement

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KOREA | Russian speaking teens in Korea make up a commonly overlooked marginalized community. I CAN! is an impactful program designed to encourage and equip these teens with practical tools and principles like understanding God’s role in our finances and how to start a business. This program is leading these teens out of isolation, depression and hopelessness as they are restored by an understanding of who they are in Christ and the freedom He has for them.

I CAN!

Irina Tsay and Aaron Kim share a heart for the Koryo people of Korea, a group of around 100,000 ethnic Korean descendants, originating from the former Soviet republics who now live in Korea.

Many Koryo people are highly educated and make up the elite in their country; however, due to the language barrier and issues of assimilation, they have been in labor-intensive roles around the manufacturing hubs of Korea. Many of the teenagers also struggle with assimilation, the language barrier, and alienation. Marginalized and neglected, these teens have to fend for themselves.

Last year, equipped with new-to-her Crown resources (thanks to Aaron’s introduction), Irina started the I CAN! teens club in Korea for Russian-speaking teens. With the help of the international team at Crown, they hosted the first cohort of 15 girls and boys from the ages of 11 to 17 over two days. 

Personal finance makes up the first two sessions at I CAN! based on Crown’s MoneyLife® Personal Finance Study. Many of the participants reported that this was their first realization that God is a part of our finances. By starting with the understanding that God is the owner and we are simply the managers, it opens the door for the students’ hearts to be transformed. The personal finance sessions conclude with generosity, with a focus on God’s personal sacrifice of His only Son, Jesus.

During sessions three and four the students move into two days of competitions. Four business cases are presented and the teams compete for investments in the form of a pitch, similar to Shark Tank. The case studies are conceptualized in a way that Koryo teenagers can understand best. 

Aaron later shared with us: “We are so thankful to God who made this seminar happen. I will need a few more days for the impressions to settle down and to absorb what God is doing in the middle of the Koryo teens in Korea. Thank you to our Crown family for your prayer support. God’s presence was undeniable. One student even mentioned that the seminar felt like a church. As Irina summarized, ‘“I CAN!” This could be more than a seminar but rather a teenage movement (or an awakening) down the road.’ I say: totally… absolutely and why not!”

 

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“These days were very special…Stone-hard hearts melted, and some have taken on new perspectives. Others dealing with depression started to laugh and sing again, and once-worried parents smiled at first in joy only to break out in laughter minutes later. I feel very privileged and grateful for being able to serve this special community. I CAN! is, in so many ways, a unique gathering, and the impact it had on those young faces is special to me. I loved every moment of it, and I am still reminiscing of our time together. God used Irina and myself as empty vessels to do what He had intended to do, which is answering desperate prayers for the next generation of Koryo people.” – Aaron

 

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“The results of the seminar were fantastic! We have received a lot of positive feedback from teens and their parents, including non-Christians. Moreover, there is a new initiative from parents of another city in Korea, Gyeongju, who asked us to hold one more seminar there. This city has even more hurting teens, and the majority of them are non-Christians.” -Irina

Serving Children in Peru | Pan de Vida

Carlos Van de Kamp with Pan de Vida, our Alliance Partner in Peru, feeds 3000 children daily through 43 kinder-restaurants spread throughout all of Peru. Pan de Vida’s vision is to create a school to teach their kids how to become self-sufficient. They have been trained using the Latin Money Map, Foundations for Farming, PID®, and Crown’s Entrepreneurship Program in Latin America.

DRC Children Make a Joyful Noise

Mobali, our dedicated leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is on a mission to establish the first Crown Stewardship Center in the region. His journey is remarkable, having overcome a past where he was taken from his home as a child and forced into being a child soldier. After escaping, Mobali found refuge at our Crown Stewardship Center in Malawi, where he lived, worked, and received training. During his time there, God planted a vision in his heart to return to the DRC and establish a Crown Stewardship Center.

While diligently working to raise funds for the land he aims to purchase, Mobali continues to train and share God’s stewardship principles with everyone he encounters. His outreach extends to training the wives of wounded soldiers who lack a source of income to support their families. Additionally, he has partnered with a secondary school that incorporates agriculture into its curriculum and a local university interested in receiving Foundations for Farming and African Money Map training.

Recently, we received a heartwarming video of Mobali singing and dancing with a group of children on New Year’s day. He collaborated with the UN Coordinator in the area to spread the love of Christ to underprivileged children in the community. We eagerly anticipate Mobali’s plans for the Crown Stewardship Center and are excited to host him in the U.S. in April. God is working through Mobali in incredible ways, and we look forward to providing updates on the progress of the CSC in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the months ahead.



Partner of the Month: Here’s Life Africa

This month’s featured Partner is Andy Blakesley, leader of Here’s Life Africa. Listen as he shares about his partnership with Crown and how it has profoundly impacted their ministry. He expresses his belief in discipleship and utilizes resources like Crown’s films to connect people’s needs for things like money and jobs to their spiritual growth, fostering a deeper relationship with Christ. Their ministry conducts extensive outreach, showcasing the God Provides film series across multiple villages, resulting in countless individuals professing their faith in Christ. These films serve as a vital link between evangelism and discipleship in their efforts, witnessing a consistent pattern of people making decisions to accept Christ in various villages month after month. Through this partnership, they’ve seen tangible results in transforming lives and leading people towards a closer walk with God.

Freedom, Restoration, and Flourishing through Collaboration

Carlos Van de Kamp with Pan de Vida, our Alliance Partner in Peru, feeds 3000 children daily through 43 kinder-restaurants spread throughout all of Peru. Pan de Vida’s vision is to create a school to teach their kids how to become self-sufficient. They have been trained using the Latin Money Map, Foundations for Farming, PID®, and Crown’s Entrepreneurship Program in Latin America.