how business can be a blessing to many

December 17, 2008

Kenneth Yeung’s story is more than heart-warming, as his story shows how generosity can make such a big difference in the lives of so many. This is an excerpt from his story posted on the website, Home is where the heart is:

A picture can indeed speak a thousand words. But for Halftimer Kenneth Yeung, it was the words on a poster featuring the photo of a young Chinese girl that spoke to his very soul:
“Priority—A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

… “I learned early on in life that it is so important for someone to give you a helping hand if you don’t have help from a family member,” says Yeung.

Several years later, an equally caring teacher led Yeung to Christ. As he matured in his faith, one thing was certain: Yeung wanted to help others as his way of giving back.

… “When I started the business, I told my Lord that I wanted to serve Him. ‘This is your business. I am just your steward to manage it for You.’ That unwritten contract guides how I treat my employees–and how I use the funds the business generates.”

The funds Prince of Peace Enterprises generates are substantial; annual revenues average 30 million. But Yeung says those profits are earmarked for eternal investment, not material gain. He first honored that focus by using POP profits to help hundreds of American families adopt Chinese children when no agency in America knew how to go about it.

… Considered an embarrassment to their families, the mentally and physically handicapped of China are often thrown into garbage bins. Burdened to make a home for these unwanted children, Yeung negotiated patiently with the Chinese government, and in November of 2003 the Prince of Peace Children’s Home (POPCH), located in the Wuqing District of Tianjin, opened its doors. Funded by the Prince of Peace Foundation and World Vision International as a joint venture with the Civil Affairs Bureau of Wuqing, the facility can accommodate 100 mentally and physically handicapped children under six and provides rehabilitation services to other disabled children in the province.

Read the full story for how all of this fits together and to learn more about the Prince of Peace Foundation.

The Second HalfThis story and many others (including a story of Paul Chou, founder of L2 Foundation) are published “The Second Half: Real Stories. Real Adventures. Real Significance.“, an elegant, hard-covered coffee table book packed with stories and pictures of people who are making a difference in their second half. These people stand out in our culture not because of their talent, success or fame, but because they looked inside their hearts and discovered what it is that God created them to do, listened carefully to their unique calling and then summoned the courage to live it out.

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