Vegetable Grower Gives $320,000

What does growing vegetables and philanthropy have in common?

She grows vegetables, and she sells them in a stall in Taitung County Central Market in Southern Taiwan.  Her name is Chen Shu-chu.  None of that is remarkable.  What is remarkable is her generosity.

Chen is 59 years old, and over the course of her life she has donated $320,000 to various causes, including $144,000 to help build a library.  Chen says, “Money serves its purpose only when it is used for those who need it.”

While her donations don’t put her on any Wall Street Journal lists, she is one of the top 100 influential people in the world as noted by Time Magazine.  What makes Chen influential?  It is of course not the amount but her example that’s important.

A simple life that gives is indeed a noteworthy life.

William F. High is the President/General Counsel of the Servant Christian Community Foundation.  He may be contacted at whigh@servantchristian.com.  Servant’s mission is to inspire, teach and facilitate revolutionary biblical generosity.

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