Buhfai Tham

Buhfai Tham means a ‘handful of rice’. It’s a ministry started in Mizoram, India one hundred years ago. The ladies, though they have not much more to give, set aside a handful of rice each meal to give to the church as their tithe. The church then sells the rice in order to sustain her ministry. Millions of dollars have been earned and thousands of people have been reached through this sacrificial giving.

I can’t wait until I get to heaven to see this parade of women, who by monetary standards have nothing, come before God. I want to see the rich rewards they’ll have for all eternity.

A widow’s mite. We think of it as nothing, but Jesus said:

“I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:4 (NIV)

Even in today’s economy, we are still called to give, not out of our wealth but out of what is honoring to God. You may not be able to measure the impact your giving has on the kingdom, but I encourage you to examine what you give, and give sacrificially what has been entrusted to you. God will do the rest.

Dear God, thank you for these faithful women in India who, in monetary standards have nothing, but take the rice they have to live on and sacrifice a portion to grow Your kingdom. Please help me to follow their example, to tithe according to the riches You have given to me, so that it may be a pleasing gift in Your sight.


To learn more about this ministry, you may click on this link:  http://vimeo.com/16288195 

One Response to Buhfai Tham
  1. Carol Hatcher
    October 17, 2011 | 9:52 am

    This was awesome, Heather! I love the story of this ministry. Thank you for sharing. 🙂