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Building a better world for children today and tomorrow....

All of us have a story to tell and a legacy to leave. Below are inspiring stories of faithful supporters like you. Each has included World Vision in their estate plan so they can continue to support World Vision after their lifetime - it's their legacy of love to the world's children.

"I trust World Vision to use my money for whatever need is greatest."

As a single woman without any children of my own, I always love to think that I can help someone else's child in another country. World Vision allows me to do that. Making that personal connection with the children is important to me.

This is why I named World Vision as a beneficiary of my will. I trust that they will use my money wisely for whatever need is greatest.

My name is Priscilla Anderson.
I trust World Vision to use my money for whatever need is greatest.

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"It's a way that after I'm gone, I can continue to help people."

After her mother passed away, Judy decided to update her own will. In addition to remembering her local church and others in her plans, she made the choice to include World Vision. A longtime child sponsor, she felt compelled to follow her heart.

"I know that my gift to World Vision has eternal value," she says. "It just seems the right thing to do."

My name is Judy Andrews.
And I'm investing in a better world for children.

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"We know that we can really make an impact in a child's life."

We wanted to ensure that our sponsored child is taken care of if something happens to us. When we found out that we could include World Vision in our trust, we knew it was the perfect option! It is a comfort to know that our sponsored child will continue to be cared for.

We want to have a local, national, and international impact. We believe that we can have the best international impact through World Vision," Karen shares.

Our names are Bruce and Karen Barnes.
And World Vision is helping us leave a lasting impact.

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"This is my way to give back."

I've known what it's like to be poor—what it's like not to have things.

By leaving my money to World Vision, I know that children will be taken care of. Children will benefit from my love, even when I'm gone.

My name is Gloria Beckford.
And I'm sharing a legacy of compassion.

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"It's something I have always wanted to do."

I have always been interested in giving to causes that help people help themselves. I am impressed by the way World Vision does this. And since I already give to World Vision, I thought it was a good idea to include them in my estate plan.

I trust World Vision; they are my hands and feet. It's my way of helping somebody else who needs it.

My name is Phyllis.
And World Vision is helping me help others.

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"It just made sense."

We've been sponsoring children through World Vision for over a decade. It's wonderful to hear that a community where one of our children lives has gotten clean water or that more children have the opportunity to go to school because of our donations.

When we started planning for our future, it just made sense to include World Vision in our estate plan. We have great confidence in the organization and know they will use our money wisely when we are no longer here.

Our names are Leonard and Kristi Betts.
And World Vision is helping us continue to make a difference.

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"World Vision is my partner in getting good things done."

I included World Vision in my will because I can't imagine a better partner to invest in the good of the world.

Nothing feels better than when you get up in the morning and know you're doing good. The people of World Vision are the hands and feet of what I want to accomplish.

My name is John Bjodstrup.
And I'm investing in a better world.

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"My sponsored children are a part of my family."

They're my responsibility. Just like you would make sure your spouse had enough money to continue living, I am making sure my sponsored children are taken care of after I'm gone.

I talked to a person in World Vision's estate planning department, and they explained how I could use my life insurance policy to continue to care for my sponsored children after my lifetime. So I designated the organization as a beneficiary of my policy. Through this, I'm looking after my family. And any amount not needed to support my kids will go to support others.

My name is Renee Blancett House.
And World Vision is helping me look out for my "kids."

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"It's a double blessing ..."

"I'm helping children-and it helps me, too!"

"It's a steady, dependable addition to my income. And knowing that I'm helping change lives-even after I'm gone-makes me feel part of God's plan."

My name is Gwen Bradley.
And World Vision is helping me leave a legacy.

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"It brings me joy to help these children ? now and in the future."

World Vision is such a wonderful organization, and they give their very best to help children. I just want World Vision to carry on - which is why they are in my will.

Sometimes it can be hard to take that first step and set up a will. But it gives me such peace of mind to know that even when I'm gone, I can continue to make a difference.

My name is Rosanna Brown.
And World Vision is helping me leave a legacy.

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"It is part of my obedience to the Lord."

I have been sponsoring children through World Vision for more than 55 years. I love participating in an organization that serves as an extension of my faith by helping children in need.

By making World Vision a beneficiary of my trust, I can extend my faith and my service long into the future. It is a comfort to me that, even when I am no longer here, the resources the Lord blessed me with will be used for His work.

My name is Amalia.
And World Vision is helping me leave a lasting impact.

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"It's like a bonus!"

Robert was first introduced to World Vision in the mission field, where he served as a pastor to several churches in Honduras. During his time there, a large hurricane swept the north coast, leaving the country completely devastated. In the aftermath, Robert saw firsthand how World Vision responds in the face of disasters.

Robert Carlson
Part of the World Vision family since 1998

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"It's a great way to continue to do something for someone after you are gone."

A faithful child sponsor for more than a decade, Wanda wants to keep giving and making a difference, long into the future.

"This is something that I support now, and I just want it to continue," she explains. "It's a great way to continue to do something for someone after you are gone. With World Vision, I know that the money is used wisely and it goes where it will do the most good."

My name is Wanda Chochol.
And I'm investing in a better world for children.

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"There's great peace of mind knowing that your giving goes on after your life."

When Beverly was making arrangements to take care of her family after her lifetime, she chose to make World Vision a beneficiary as well. "It just came to me that I can make provisions for my sponsored child, just like [I am doing] for my children and my granddaughter," she explains.

"If I die tomorrow, I am comfortable knowing that my sponsored child and others like her will continue to be cared for."

My name is Beverly Cornelius. And I'm investing in a better world for children.

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"We wanted to make a difference we could measure."

After seeing the needs of the world's children firsthand, we knew we had to do something.

We heard about World Vision and were very impressed by how they approached making a difference one child at a time. So we decided to set up the Children in Crisis Fund at World Vision to help children for years to come.

Jack and Marilyn DeBoer, Kansas
World Vision partners since 1989

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"We want to carry on God's kingdom."

We wish we could sponsor a thousand kids. While we know that is not a possibility, there are other things we can do.

Our money all belongs to God. It came from Him, and it's all His. We can't take any of it with us, so we chose to make World Vision a beneficiary of our living trust. We are giving back what He blessed us with so we can help carry on His kingdom.

Our names are Tom and Jill Demske.
And World Vision is helping us serve beyond our years.

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"I'm extending a helping hand."

My main reason for giving has always been my desire to help people. I like knowing I have a hand in making a difference in a child's life.

By adding World Vision as a beneficiary on my IRA, I know my money is going to help change lives beyond my lifetime. It's nice to know I can continue to do what I love even after my time here is finished.

My name is Carolyn Derr.
And World Vision is helping me make a difference.

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"I just want to make a difference as I pass through this life..."

I have such a passion for World Vision because they're faith-based and Christ-focused.

As Christians, we are called to do what Christ would do—and for me, naming World Vision as a beneficiary of my trust is a way to give back. It's an opportunity for children to receive the resources they need and learn about Christ's love.

My name is Joy Diffendal.
And I'm putting God first in my estate.

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"I'm giving back the blessings I received in life."

"I always knew that I would leave something in my will for World Vision. For me, it's important to support the things I believe in—to promote God's kingdom—not just while I'm here, but when I'm gone, too."

My name is Beverly Berntson.
And World Vision is helping me leave a legacy.

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"Talk about making an impact on the world!"

As I get older, sometimes I feel like I can't do as much. Yet with a gift annuity, my money works for me to help others. I get extra income, and World Vision gets the money they need to fund their wonderful projects. It's a win-win!

It feels good knowing that when I'm gone, my money will continue to serve those in need.

My name is Barbara Elder.
And World Vision is helping me leave a lasting legacy.

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"We're doing something that will last beyond ourselves."

We want to be sure that when we leave this earth, the things we've accumulated and accomplished have an ongoing impact.

It feels wonderful to give to World Vision because we're supporting an organization that does so much good, helping so many people. We know it's a good choice!

Our names are Pat and Donald Erickson.
And we're investing in a better world.

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"These things are eternal."

You know that Scripture where Jesus says to lay up your treasure in heaven? I just felt that would be the thing to do with my estate.

My love and compassion come from the Lord. We are all lumps of clay that He molds.

My name is Jean Estep.
And World Vision is helping me have a lasting impact.

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"Our small gift can amount to so much more."

We feel strongly that we should be giving back to people in need around the world. We have been giving to World Vision for 30 years, and we believe that it is one of the best charities you could give to.

This is why we have chosen to make World Vision a beneficiary of our will. We know our money will not only be put to good use, but it will also be in the hands of an organization that we trust to do the Lord's work.

Our names are Lance and Donna Goetzman.
And we are leaving a legacy for the children of the world

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"Everything we have comes from God...this is just returning it to Him"

Longtime sponsors Richard and Margaret have always had a heart for the world's poorest children. So in addition to leaving their assets to their own children, they decided to include a bequest to World Vision in their will.

They wanted their legacy to make a difference. Richard explains: "World Vision does so much in so many areas . . the more they can do for these kids, the better."

Our names are Richard & Margaret Grable.
And World Vision is helping us leave a lasting legacy.

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"We want to be remembered for sharing what we were given."

"We found our God-given purpose: to help others while we're on earth. Now we can continue to do just that, even after our death."

"World Vision will be able to put our money to tremendous use to help those in need - which is exactly what Jesus wants us to do."

Our names are Gerry and Lori Hartzel.
And we're sharing a legacy of generosity.

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"It's a good feeling to know I am leaving a legacy behind."

I am just really happy to be helping children. I pray for my sponsored child to know Jesus. Knowing that I'm making a difference in her life is important to me.

Several years ago, I received a letter from World Vision about how to include them in my estate plan. At the time I was doing my living trust. The attorney asked me who I would like to have named a beneficiary and I wanted World Vision included. When you make a gift through your will or living trust, you can know that your money is going to continue on to help others.

My name is Grace Healy.
And World Vision is helping me help others past my lifetime.

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"If what I give can change lives, that's the most satisfying thing."

"I worked hard for my money, and I don't want to waste it. With a gift annuity, I receive an income now—and I can help others after I pass away."

"My happiness comes from knowing that the money I give to World Vision goes to help the poor. They're not just giving food to people and forgetting about them; they help people become self-sufficient."

My name is Maisie Herink.
And World Vision is helping me leave a legacy.

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"Whatever we have when we leave this world, we want to share it."

We just want to do what we can to help those in need. World Vision has and will continue to help us do just that.

This is why we made World Vision a beneficiary of our living trust. As little as our giving is, it is helping. We have faith in that.

Our names are Tom and Nancy Hindman.
And World Vision is helping us share our blessings past our lifetime.

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"I'm using it for the Lord's work."

I think we should leave something to the Lord's work. I don't have a lot of money, but I have always tithed—that is something that is important to me.

When I began planning for the future, I thought that rather than expect my children to tithe 10 percent of what they inherit, I would just include it in my plan. World Vision is one of the charities that will benefit from my estate plan.

My name is Evelyn Hopkins.
And World Vision is helping me invest in the Lord's work after my lifetime.

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"I feel so good about doing this."

My life has always been dedicated to giving to others. It's important to me that when I'm gone, I can continue to make a difference. That's why I decided to put World Vision in my estate plan.

God's grace will put you in the position to give to someone else. The world is part of your family, and you have the joy of giving. Step out in God's grace and do what you can. It feels so good.

My name is Earline.
And I'm reaching out with God's grace.

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"It is our ongoing gift."

It's important for us, as Americans, to be generous in helping others. Just the little bit of money that we give can go such a long way. We are confident that by going through World Vision, our gifts get to those who need them.

It is because of this that we felt called to include World Vision in our will. "This is a way for us to make an ongoing gift after we are gone and know that the good work will continue. It gives us great joy to know we can help a little bit.

Our names are William and Arline Jenkins.
And World Vision is bringing us joy.

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"It seemed appropriate to continue on."

World Vision is a safe place where we can invest our hearts in what the Lord allows us to give. That is very encouraging.

So when we began thinking about our end-of-life decisions, we decided to remember World Vision. By leaving them a bequest through our IRA, we are ensuring that our gifts will continue to be put to good use and change lives after our lifetime.

Our names are Scott and Tami Johnston.
And we are making an investment that will last beyond our lifetime.

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"World Vision is effective—that's why we're investing with them."

My husband and I have been blessed and we want to share what we have with others. We want to make a difference in the world.

World Vision does so many good things for children and their communities; we can't imagine a better organization to entrust our estate. That is why we have added World Vision as a beneficiary in our will.

Our names are Robert and Carol.
And we're putting God first in our estate.

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"It means a lot to me, but it means everything to God."

God's been good to me. So I thought, Why can't I help somebody else?

I knew I wanted to include World Vision in my will. I believe in what they do, and I don't have to worry about their integrity. This way I can still be part of their ministry even after I go to be with the Lord.

My name is Ruth Kehn.
And I'm putting God first in my estate.

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"I'm including them as a part of my family."

My sponsored children call me "abuelita", meaning little grandmother. They are a part of my family. I care so much about them.

I am including World Vision in my estate plan because I want my sponsored kids and others like them to be taken care of even when I am no longer here. I think of it like a child left without a parent, and I don't want that to happen. So I am taking care of my family.

My name is Peggy King.
And World Vision is helping me provide for my "kids" beyond my lifetime.

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"I want to leave a legacy of helping kids."

Kids have been very important to me throughout my career as a teacher, so I want to leave a legacy of helping kids.

I can't take my money with me, but I can leave it to a good cause. It makes me feel secure that I can leave this earth knowing I did something positive for people I will never meet.

My name is Gerry Knipfel.
And World Vision is helping me leave the legacy I want.

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"We have a far greater impact than we realize."

I've been blessed through the years, so when I was preparing my will, I decided World Vision is the charity to leave my money to.

As long as there is one person in need, we are all in need. This gave me the opportunity to contribute in ways I couldn't otherwise.

My name is Beth Leidenheimer.
And World Vision is helping me have a lasting impact.

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"It's incredible how many people can be helped."

I feel very blessed financially, and I want to be able to share that blessing with others.

This is my opportunity to make a contribution after I'm gone—and to a godly organization that serves people all over the world.

My name is Karen McCreery.
And I'm investing in a better world for children.

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"We want to leave a legacy of giving."

We'd like to know that after we're gone, we can still contribute to World Vision's ministry. You feel a sense of satisfaction, knowing that the people you're helping now will continue to be helped.

Most of all, we want to be an example to our grandchildren, so they will experience the joy of giving, too.

Our names are Connie and Warren McGhee.
And we're sharing a legacy of generosity.

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"I'm doing what I can to help others."

I don't have children or grandchildren, so I thought I would leave what I have to organizations I know are helping to make the world a better place. World Vision is one of those.

Jesus said that we should go out into the world and help. This is a way I can do that.

My name is Kent Meisenheimer.
And I'm leaving a legacy of helping others.

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"It is a spiritual act for me."

We are stewards of what God allows us to have. Giving brings you real joy knowing that there is good being done through your efforts. It blesses the children that you support and sponsor, but it blesses you even more. It truly glorifies the Lord.

I want my giving to continue even when I am no longer here, so I included World Vision as a beneficiary in my will.

My name is Isabel Mestler.
And World Vision is helping me glorify the Lord.

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"I just want to thank Him by helping His little ones."

God has always given me plenty so I can be a blessing to others. I want World Vision to be in my will so I can have the satisfaction of knowing that the money I don't need will be put to good use.

Supporting children through World Vision is by far the most rewarding and secure investment I've ever made.

My name is Pat Miles.
And I'm investing in a better world for children.

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"My gift will keep on giving ? and make an eternal difference"

From my first visit to the field, I have been deeply moved by the strong faith and commitment of World Vision's staff around the world. I began praying for them because they are on the front line in very difficult circumstances where the needs are so great.

My name is Joanna Mockler.
World Vision partner since 1969

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"It feels good to know that when I pass on, my money will be helping children."

I never had children of my own, so this is a way that I can help others. I am grateful that I can do things for children in need.

When I created my trust, I made World Vision a beneficiary so my gifts will continue to help children, even when I pass on.

My name is Margaret Morrow.
And I'm leaving a legacy of compassion.

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"It is all for His glory."

Our resources belong to God, and He asks us to be faithful by helping others in need. It brings us joy to know that our gifts make a difference in children's lives. When everyone shares their blessings, we can change entire communities.

God has encouraged us to make World Vision's mission our mission, both now and after we are gone. So my husband and I decided to include World Vision in our will. Only God knows the good that will ultimately come as a result of our legacy gift. We trust that somewhere in the world there will be children and families who have better lives because of our small sacrifice. And we are excited about that.

Our names are Rudy and Dodie Moser.
And World Vision is helping us fulfill our mission.

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"It's opened a new door..."

"Why did we choose to make World Vision a beneficiary of our insurance policy?

We want to do as much as we can [...] to help even more children.

When we think about how God has blessed us, we realize he didn't give us these resources for our benefit only, but to help someone else, too."

Our names are Bill and Moya.
And we're putting God first in our estate.

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"We are happy to have our giving continue on after we are gone."

We want to leave something for people who can benefit from our money when we are no longer here. We know that the Lord honors what we give.

So we made World Vision a beneficiary on a percentage of our entire estate, along with our children and other organizations. It's just a blessing to be in a position that the Lord has put us in to be able to do what we can.

Our names are Ronald and Lois Pollard.
And World Vision is helping our giving continue.

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"God is using us to carry out His plan to help others."

Because we've always tithed during our lifetime, we wanted to do the same in our will.

We just want to know that at the end of our lives, we used our estate to do good for those in need. It brings us joy to contribute to an organization that's so faithful in doing the work they do.

Our names are Carol and Craig Powell.
And we're putting God first in our estate.

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"A far greater treasure than any other I could leave..."

I have a different philosophy than some. If I tithe in my lifetime, why not tithe with the money I won't need after I'm gone?

If I give to World Vision, I know God's kingdom will be advanced. With World Vision, I can leave the kind of legacy I want to leave.

My name is Sharon Prewitt.
And I'm investing in a better world for children.

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"It's a blessing that should be carried over..."

We believe that God comes first. If we are giving to charities during our life, why would we want that to stop when we are gone?

It's just natural for us to continue supporting World Vision after our lifetime.

Our names are John and Susan Priesmeyer.
And World Vision is helping us leave a legacy.

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"We would like to have our resources be multiplied after our death."

We believe that part of our responsibility is to use our funds wisely. We have confidence that World Vision is an organization that will do just that.

So we made World Vision a beneficiary of our donor advised fund. When we pass away the money will go to the charities we have listed, including World Vision. We just believe in the integrity of the whole organization, their missions and goals. We know our gift to them will be used wisely.

Our names are Don and Carol Rotta.
And World Vision is extending our giving.

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"This gives me peace of mind."

As a mom, I have a special place in my heart for children. Knowing that I am giving a child an opportunity they wouldn't otherwise have is the most rewarding and important part of my giving.

It clearly says in the Bible that we are to help others in need and to tithe. By naming World Vision in my will, I am placing myself in a position to help other people. I am really glad I can do that!

My name is Andrea Russell.
And World Vision is helping me pass on a legacy of giving.

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"I'm being blessed as much as the children I'm helping!"

I can't describe how good you feel when you know you have helped a child. I ask God to send so many blessing that they can't handle them all. It makes me just want to smile a lot!

One day when I was reading a letter from one of my sponsored children, I thought "When I die, who is going to take care of my kids?" So I called the bank and asked them if I could set up a CD and have the money go to World Vision upon my death. They told me I could!

My name is Kathleen Sanders.
And World Vision is helping me use my blessings beyond my lifetime.

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"Everything I have is His."

God has been very good to me in lots of ways, so I want others to have my blessings when I am no longer here.

By creating a trust that benefits World Vision, I can be confident that my support will continue past my own lifetime.

My name is Ray Scroggs.
And World Vision is helping me leave a legacy.

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"Our gifts can continue to change children's lives."

Even as we have gotten older and our ability to give has decreased, we can still do something significant for others. We chose to make a planned gift to World Vision to ensure that our sponsored children and others like them will be cared for even after we are gone.

We believe that when someone goes to be with the Lord, their gifts can continue to change people's lives.

Our names are Holt and Mary Seawell.
And we're putting God first in our legacy.

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"I decided I needed to do something."

Being able to help children where they really need it is important to me. It was when I started to think about what would happen to my sponsored children when I am no longer here that I decided something needed to be done.

I want my support to continue after I'm gone, so I made a bequest to World Vision in my will. It gives me peace of mind and makes my heart feel good.

My name is Laura Shaida.
And World Vision is giving me peace of mind.

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"It's a win-win situation-there are no losers."

"We all have a chance to leave a legacy of some sort. When you leave an inheritance to an organization like World Vision, you're helping them prolong someone else's life-even after you've gone to be with the Lord."

"We want to use our money for the Lord's work when we don't need it anymore."

Our names are Dale and Anna Shepherd.
And we're sharing a legacy of generosity.

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"It gives me peace of mind."

Children need help-and you really can't go wrong with World Vision.

They're such a wonderful organization. It's been a blessing to be part of their work-and I want that to continue, even when I am no longer here. So when I redid my will recently, I added World Vision.

I support them, and I feel good about doing so. It gives my life more meaning.

My name is Mona Theisen.
And World Vision is helping me leave a legacy.

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"Everything we have is given from God, and we need to share it with others."

"Because of our trust in the organization, we recently designated World Vision as a beneficiary of our estate."

"While it is customary for most parents to pass down everything to their offspring, we think differently. We felt the urgency to help the poor in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. We need to take care of everyone as well as our own children."

Our names are Seung Sam You and Soon Youl Cho.
And we're investing in a better world for children.

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