Real Food Does NOT Come in a Box, and Neither Do Real Donors

The best insight I’ve ever received into major donor development and the coaching of champions came from my wife, Hyun Sook.

“Food,” she opined, “does not come in a box.”

We were not at that moment talking about major donor development or the coaching of champions. Nor were we at that moment married. Rather, we were engaged, and she was visiting my townhome and taking astonished inventory of my pantry, which, as you can now surmise by her comment, consisted entirely of foods in boxes and wrappers –freeze-dried noodles of this kind and TV dinners of that kind, Library of Congress-sized stacks of ramen noodles, and more jars of peanut butter than are stocked in the pantries of most Mormons. The only thing in my whole house that passed The Food Test was a single watermelon that she had bought me a week or two earlier, which I had not yet touched because, I reasoned, it was too large to fit in the microwave, the one food preparation apparatus I was able to successfully operate.

I am happy to report that not only do we remain sublimely happily married, more so with each passing year, and not only do I now eat healthier than even cheetahs in the wild thanks to my wife’s peerless care, but I learned lessons about major donor development and the coaching of champions from this godly companion that I simply could have never learned anywhere else.


If food doesn’t come in a box, donors sure don’t either. They’re Holy Spirit-built, not nonprofit-discovered; invited, coached, and challenged, not solicited; savored with our full attention, not wolfed down in five minutes while we are busy doing other things.

About Pastor Foley

The Reverend Dr. Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, of Voice of the Martyrs Korea, supporting the work of persecuted Christians in North Korea and around the world and spreading their discipleship practices worldwide. He is the former International Ambassador for the International Christian Association, the global fellowship of Voice of the Martyrs sister ministries. Pastor Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and Dr. Foley oversee a far-flung staff across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. He earned the Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio.
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