Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow , the founder of an international charity talks about charity, revealing that charity involves risk-taking. According to the author of a book titled, ‘Give: Charity and the Art of Living Generously,’ risk is as simple as donating to an established charity, but not very certain that the money won’t be mismanaged.
He further explained that there is a high risk that the money donated to charity will be misused and when a beggar approaches you for money on the street, there is a probability that the person wouldn’t use the money judiciously. However, he said that charity is love and there are a lot of risks involved in it. If someone is acting out of love, then the giver needs to try to seek the interest of the person that needs help.
The bigger risk is that the person needs help and we should give it to them regardless of how the money is used. He also said that love makes us help people in need even when we doubt. Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow has been a philanthropist for so long and he has donated a lot to charity.
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His life and career are based on a risk he took back in 1992 when he was watching the news with his siblings about the war that happened in the former Yugoslavia. MacFarlane revealed that he heard a report about a refugee camp that was close to Medjugorje. He told his siblings that they could do something wonderful to help the people.
MacFarlane, the founder of Mary’s Meals was overwhelmed by the donations he got and three weeks after he and his family were driving across Europe delivering the goods donated to that camp. He was touched by people’s kindness, but he had it in mind to get back to his work at a Salmon farm. When he got home he realized God had a better plan since people were still donating.
He prayed about it and then gave up his job, sold his house, and then continued distributing the items people donated. People didn’t stop giving and to date, he has continued driving trucks to and fro the former Yugoslavia.