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Give a Man a Fish

GIVE A MAN A FISH
 
You have probably heard the proverb, “Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day, but teach a man how to fish and he can eat for a lifetime”. As wise as that proverb is, it leaves out one very important point, if a man knows how to fish, but he does not have a boat, a fishing pole, fishing equipment or bait, he is not going to catch any fish.  
 Org Fish Many organizations today supply fish. People are in need and so these organizations give them fish or whatever it is the people need in order to help them survive or advance.  
 Org Teach Fish  Other organizations teach fishing. They teach people whatever it is they need to know so that they will understand how to meet their own needs or solve their problems.  
 NHF Fish  With World Changers International

We provides the support, equipment, supplies and technical services along with the understanding that empowers people to catch fish in the most effective and efficient way.  

You bring the vision, we supply everything else!
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Why World Changers International?

Below is the speech given by Bill Moritz to a group of students about  World Changers International.

WORLD CHANGERS INTERNATIONAL
By Bill Moritz, JD

I am a practicing attorney in Colorado Springs and I have been working with charities for 45 years, the last 30 years as an attorney. I have worked with very large ministries and very small ministries. In the last 25 years the organizations that I have started have sponsored over 400 projects in the US and around the world and have enabled people to invest over $100M in the Kingdom through those projects.

I know that everyone who goes to a Bible School can be described as a SELF CHANGER, they come to school with the expectation that they will be changed more and more into the likeness of Jesus Christ because of their time there. But many people attend Bible School because they also want to become WORLD CHANGERS.   They want to see more and more of Gods Kingdom active here on this earth.

There are serious problems in the world today, the social issues that surround us are massive and literally billions of people need Jesus, but charitable organizations and ministries are tiny by comparison and the workers are few.  Most of the time it feels like we are just throwing pebbles at giant problems! but how many of you know that a pebble in the hands of the anointed can kill a giant? This information is for people who want to take up the sling and actively work to slay the giants in the world.

Bono of the ban U2 put it this way, “History will be our judge, but what is written is up to us. We cannot say our generation didn’t know how to do it. We can’t say our generation couldn’t afford it and we can’t say our generation didn’t have reason to do it. Our problem is that the plight of suffering people simply hasn’t gotten personal for us.”   My family operates a project in Thailand.  I can pick up my cell phone right now and talk to missionaries working at the orphanage, I may have to wake them up since there is a 12 hour time difference but we can talk or even see each other on Skype. I can be on a plane today and be anywhere in the world in 24 hours, my luggage may not be there, but I will be and I can send money from my bank today and it will be in the ministry bank account in Thailand tomorrow.   We live in an unprecedented time. Whatever your passion, whatever your calling and whatever your circumstances you can be involved next door or across the world. We started our project in Thailand 15 years ago. My oldest daughter had spent a year with YWAM in Asia and she returned with pictures of the street children there. My youngest daughter, Breanna, who was 12, crawled up in my lap one night and said, “I think that God is telling me that we need to adopt some of these children, what’s he telling you?”

One month later she was killed in an automobile accident and one year later my wife, two oldest children and I were on an airplane to Asia to see what had so powerfully touched Breanna’s heart. We saw the conditions of the tribal children in Thailand, exploited by the sex traffickers and the drug industry, and today Breanna’s House of Joy is home to 35 girls and 14 graduates have gone on for higher education. For us, the plight of these tribal girls in Thailand has become personal.

In the real world, researchers report that 50% of the jobs that people have today, did not exist 10 years ago, but in the nonprofit world 95% of the jobs existed 50 years ago. Are there really so few new ideas today on how to expand the gospel and meet the pressing social needs?   Is Isaiah 43: 18-19 When God said, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold I am doing a new thing, now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and river in the desert.” not for today?    Could God be talking to you about starting something new? We need a new generation of social entrepreneurs, guided by the Holy Spirit, who are willing to answer the call of the Kingdom and go to the hard places, do the difficult work and champion the causes that are on God’s heart.

I recently spoke at a conference to a group of young adults under 30. All of them, dedicated believers, all working for nonprofits with revenues under one million dollars and all wanting to change the world.   I asked them a simple question, “how many of you do fundraising for your organization?” Only 10% of those in attendance raised their hands and so I followed with this story:

When I first went to college, the dean of the college stood up before all of the freshman and said, “look at the person on your left, look at the person on your right, those people will not be here in 4 years when you graduate.” Most students were not willing to pay the price to complete their education. I would tell you the same thing today, look at the person on your left and look at the person on your right, those people will not be in ministry in five years because within the first five years of ministry you will have to make the decision between doing good for the Kingdom and doing well for your family.   We are losing the best and the brightest in ministry because so few people have figured out how to promote their cause, raise the money needed for the ministry and be compensated appropriately for the work they do.

When a person is part of a start up in business they realize that in order to survive they have to get people to invest in their ideas and their business to make it happen. It is the passion and the belief that what is being done will be successful, is needed by society and provides a valuable product or service that is not available today. The goal is that when people really understand what the business is trying to do, they will want to invest in the entrepreneur and the business.

A nonprofit start up is really no different. A gift to a ministry is an investment in the Kingdom and there are people out there who want to partner with you to change the world. They want a champion for the causes that they are passionate about. You are not begging for money, you are earning it - because your partners believe that you are meeting a critical need in the world that is not being adequately addressed and they get to be a part of it!   You are not asking people to put money in your tin cup, you are seeking partners

who will be rewarded in heaven for their involvement in what you are doing for the Kingdom.

To be a World Changer, a person needs to answer 4 questions:

1. Is God calling me?

            Bill Hybils at Willow Creek Church put it this way, “If you are still alive on this planet, it is because God has something for you to do. Do you really believe that you exist only for your own pleasure?”

            Richard Stearns, President of World Vision and author of The Hole in the Gospel said this, “Gods love was intended to be demonstrated, not dictated. The whole gospel means much more than the personal salvation of individuals, it encompasses tangible compassion for the sick and the poor, as well as biblical justice, efforts to right the wrongs that are so prevalent in our world. It is truly the good news for the poor and it is the power to change the world. It is the cup of cold water extended in Christs name.”

            God is calling everyone, the real question is are you ready to listen?

2.   What is the vision that God has for you? Who are you called to serve?

            Tommy Barnett in the book Reaching Your Dreams suggested these steps to discovering your vision:

            1. Get alone with God

            2. Review your gifts and talents

            3. Review your experiences

            4. Decide what is really important in life for you

            5. Begin to explore different avenues of ministry

            6. Journal what God is telling you

            When God touches your heart with a concern then you need to learn all you can about it. Keep asking God what He would have you do? One reason that people never discover their vision and purpose in life is because they never stop long enough to listen. It is an ironic habit of the human race that we double our speed when weve lost our way.

3. How do I turn my dream into reality?

Martin Luther King is not the only person who has dreams! When God created you, He needed something done on earth that nobody else could do as well as you so He designed you to do it better than anyone else. Your vision is meant to impact people. The secret to happiness in life is pouring into other people, giving without expecting anything in return.

4. Who is there to help me?

Nobody does it alone. Everybody needs a posse. I would like to introduce you to World Changers International. World Changers International is a 501(c)(3) public charity that has been established to help those who want to help others.

There are over one million nonprofit organizations in the United States today. 73% of them have annual revenues of less than $250,000. Only 13% have annual revenues of more than

$1,000,000. Applying for 501(c)(3) status has gotten considerably more complicated and expensive. The time for approval by the IRS is running more than a year and the process can easily cost over $10,000. Then once approved, the annual requirements of the 990 tax form, receipting donors, paying staff, technical advice for the website, fundraising, corporate paperwork and meetings can easily take 20 – 30% of your budget and your time.

Consider a Fiscal Sponsorship.   NEW YORK, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Even if you have a brilliant idea for a new charity, your altruistic intentions could get derailed by a morass of complicated 501(c)3 tax rules and regulations. There is an alternative, however. Consider piggybacking onto an existing organization's infrastructure and tax status, a process known as fiscal sponsorship. This allows you do good work, without the tax hassle of running your own organization.

We started World Changers specifically to help graduates of Bible schools or anyone who has been given a vision by God – turn that vision into reality. Our office has been Fiscal Sponsor to over 400 projects in the US and around the world and all of the services are provided for 5% of what comes into the project. It is our goal to help people be involved in ministry full time, part-time or in their spare time.

You have probably heard the proverb, “Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he can eat for a lifetime.” As wise as that proverb is, it leaves out one very important point, if a man knows how to fish, but he does not have a boat, a fishing pole, fishing equipment or bait, he is not going to catch any fish!

Some organizations supply people with fish. People are in need and so these organizations give them fish or whatever it is that the people need in order to help them survive or advance.

Other organizations teach fishing. They teach people whatever it is they need to know so that they will understand how to meet their own needs or solve their problems.

World Changers International provides the support, equipment, supplies and technical services to empower people like you to catch fish in the most effective and efficient way. You bring the vision, we will supply everything else! Our main purpose is to help those to help others.

When you establish a project under World Changers International, we don’t send you off on a bicycle to start your ministry we give you the keys to the Ferrari! You will have all the tools available to you that the large organizations with over one million dollars of annual revenue have available. Your donors will be able to make all kinds of gifts to your ministry, both online and direct and as a project manager you will have access to a dashboard that allows you to see all of the activity in your project, update your information and web page, send out emails and newsletters, get suggestions and information on fundraising and most importantly, get all of the contact information on anyone that gives to your project.

If you are serious about doing what God wants you to do, then we are serious about helping you. Go to www.WCInternational.org to get more information find out how we can help you make your vision a reality.

World Changers International

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Contact the WCI office:
World Changers International
5550 Tech Center Dr. Suite 305
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
719-260-1173 or toll-free 844-670-2875



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World Changers International is a nonprofit tax-exempt public charity organized and operating under the laws of Colorado for the purpose of helping individuals accomplish their charitable objectives in religious, educational, scientific, benevolent, and health related activities. Though much of the money contributed to the Foundation each year is given to support existing charitable organizations, the Foundation is not directly controlled or affiliated with any specific organization.   Read More