How are Cupcakes Like the Parable of the Bags of Gold?

“Do not give all of your money to the poor.” I heard Brian say this to our daughters recently. They had just returned from selling Naomi’s leftover birthday cupcakes door-to-door to the neighbors. The girls squealed with delight. Brian was amazed and proud. Nine dollars was burning a hole in their pocket! Ideas on how to spend it were spinning out of control.

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Naomi’s 9th birthday (December 2014)

“Let’s give it all to the poor,” one daughter suggested. Now I was amazed and proud.

“Do not give all of your money to the poor,” Brian said. The statement caught me off guard. My bubble was burst. He had my attention, and the girls’, too. What could possibly be cuter, more compassionate, more thoughtful, or more noble than little girls giving all of their hard-earned money to the poor? This I had to hear.

Brian went on to explain that Jesus said the poor you will always have with you. Then he suggested the girls split the $9 as follows… They could spend a portion, because they worked hard for it. Next, they could give a portion to the poor, because they need it. Lastly, they could take a portion and invest it. He told them they could buy some cookie dough, make cookies, and sell them to earn even more money. Thus they would have more money to spend, more money to give, and more money to invest again. The idea clicked immediately – for the girls, and for me.

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!.” (Matthew 25:21)

I love how simple cupcakes were used to explain Matthew’s The Parable of the Bags of Gold so eloquently, yet elementary.

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a lesson from cupcakes

Thank you for believing in the work our family is able to accomplish in developing nations through Now Hope. It is our privilege and responsibility to serve their leaders. It demands risk and accountability. They are worth it! The investment in a leader can not only change his/her individual life, but it also reaches their families, villages, cities, and nations. This touches the generations to come. This is time well spent. This is our passion. This is our life. We are honored to share it with you.


Our next trip is in April to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We have been visiting this place every year since 2002, working with 22 adopted children, evangelism, and prison outreach. We need to raise another $500 by April 1st. If you would like to give towards this trip, secure donations can be made here. Thank you for your support and prayers.

Dominican Republic

Brian traveled to the Dominican Republic January 16th-18th. This was his third trip there in three years. When he went in October 2014, he worked with Pastor Jose Pelaez, helping him construct his new church building. Because of Brian’s active involvement with the building process, Pastor Jose asked him to come back once they were officially in their new building, which is why he returned three months later.

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Brian and Pastor Jose (January 2015)
during construction (October 2014)
during construction (October 2014)
a service in the newly constructed church building
a service in the newly constructed church building (January 2015)
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Brian outside the church (October 2014)

Pastor Jose’s church is making a big impact in their community. Over 400 kids attend their after-school program! Needless to say, their new building is a huge blessing.

children in the after-school program
children in the after-school program

Our friend David Buchanan accompanied Brian to the Dominican Republic. It was David’s first overseas mission trip. David had an opportunity to speak to the church’s youth group, as well as their children’s ministry. He also prayed for church leaders.

David Buchanan
David speaking to the children

One of David’s most impacting moments on the trip was when he led a woman to Jesus. She lives in one of the poorest areas just outside the city of Santo Domingo. Her family eats only once a day around 1:00 PM. The meal usually consists of a piece of bread and water. Occasionally, they will have a bit of extra money and may be able to enjoy a piece of candy and soda for dinner. Their small house is about the size of a one-car garage, yet eight people live there. It’s difficult to imagine, but somehow they survive.

David Buchanan
David praying with a family
David Buchanan
David with a family in Santo Domingo

Brian lived in New York from age 2 until age 29. His home wasn’t far from the Yankee stadium, so he was understandably a fan. One evening in the Dominican Republic, Brian spoke to a youth group that was started by a former NY Yankee pitcher, Dámaso Marte. What a small world!

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Brian speaking at the church
Brian Chu Dámaso Marte
Brian with Dámaso Marte

A video message from Pastor Jose Pelaez:


Our next trip is in April to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We have been visiting this place every year since 2002, working with 22 adopted children, evangelism, and prison outreach. We need to raise another $500 by April 1st. If you would like to give towards this trip, secure donations can be made here. Thank you for your support and prayers.