Leslie/Todd: June brought our Annual Lydia Awards Celebration - our opportunity to celebrate the microentrepreneurs served by our partners who are blessing others while they are being blessed. It was an unusual year - of the 170,000 clients served by our ten microfinance partners, the three Lydia Award finalists were all men! We have been doing these Awards almost annually since 2004, and that has never happened before. Given that 70%+ of the clients served by most of our microfinance partners are women, it's quite a feat for the men this year!
Click here to check out a 5-minute video on this impressive organization.
These three Lydia Award finalists may need to learn to smile when their picture is taken, but they have something to teach us about giving to support the extension of God's kingdom. They, like Lydia of Acts 16, are using what God has given them to bless others. God used Lydia to start the church in Europe -- just imagine what He may choose to do through these three inspiring men.