Here’s one of the Pentagon’s trucks.
Base price: $437,000. Comfortably equipped (weapons, stealth paint, etc.): $1 million.
Not long ago, the government shipped 5,000 of these to make a difference in another country. Simple math puts that at $5 billion.
Let’s say you had $5 billion to spend on making a difference in another country. How would you spend it?
That’s really two questions wrapped into one. First, what “making a difference” means to you. Then, how you’d use money to make it happen. Here’s how someone I know answered this question:
- Find 10,000 young people who wanted to serve Christ in that country.
- Send them to college for equipping (e.g., nursing, engineering, education, aviation, agriculture, pastoring, church planting, etc.).
- Invest the balance as an endowment to sponsor their first five years of living there, or until they became self-sustaining.
- Enlist 100 churches to pray for them and their work, every day, for the next ten years.
Perhaps you don’t currently have $5 billion to invest. No matter. You still have ideas, convictions, influence, and access to the One who owns all things. Never underestimate the potential of consequential vision.