Brother DutchChristian, we know next to nothing about anyone we deal with online, and this forum is just as anonymous as the rest of the internet. I have encountered fakes on here that misrepresented themselves for money (never mind elsewhere on the net), so I am wary of automatically giving money just because an anonymous online person presents himself as needing it. I am not saying that this describes childof, but if he wants money, I don't think it is unloving or uncaring for us to be as wise as serpents in the matter, requiring that he verify his claims. Otherwise we may as well send money to the next person who sends us an email from Nigeria!! I am not meaning to sound harsh, and I am hoping no one here takes it as such, but when I do alms, I want to know it is actually doing what I purposed it to do. I am required to be a good steward with my money, not careless and foolish with it! When I give money to someone face to face on the street, I can see their need, but when it is someone 1000's of miles away (assuming he really IS in Romania), typing anonymously on the internet, I think it would be foolish to so easily give money to such a person. Regardless, I was actually seriously thinking of sending Childof some money, right from the first time he posted, but I wanted to dialog with him and pray with him first (which I did), getting more info from him through emails so I can better ascertain his situation. I don't think that is unreasonable. But he didn't answer my last email and didn't seem interested in anything I had to say. Lastly, I would kindly suggest that you think twice before publicly putting guilt-trips on others and judging their giving spirit, when the case may not be that they have an un-giving spirit, but simply that some people aren't as naive as you. Sorry to have to put it so bluntly. Not to mention, you don't know what alms all of us do or don't do, God knows our hearts, you don't. And it is the Holy Spirit's job to convict us to give, not yours. I give money to others, and I am sure others here do as well, so please don't make assumptions like your following words did : "GIVE lest the LORD HIMSELF be angered against you because of your own selfishness". You seem to be implying here, that unless we give to childof, specifically, we are not only selfish, but under God's wrath? That's a heavy accusation (and judgment) to make, brother, one that you have no right to make. If you have a brand new car and I have a 20 year old one on it's last legs, would you be selfish to not trade with me?