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.
Amalia Byerts, New York
part of the World Vision family since 1954
Amalia first learned about World Vision in 1954 when she heard the organization's founder, Bob Pierce, speak about his mission rescuing orphans in Korea. Bob's words touched Amalia and her husband so much that they decided to become child sponsors. Though her husband is now gone, Amalia has been sponsoring children ever since.
Amalia was inspired by the idea that child sponsorship would enable her to model giving to her son. "We only had one child of our own. We thought we would sponsor a child from another country so our son would be thinking of someone else. It was like he had a brother that he could pray for."
To this day-more than 55 years after she first became a sponsor-Amalia says she loves giving to World Vision because it allows her to help children in need as an extension of her faith.
"I feel the most important part is the spiritual development of these children," she explains. "World Vision staff demonstrates God's love and models Christian values that will equip children to be good influences in their communities when they grow up."
In the 1970s, Amalia was blessed with the opportunity to meet her sponsored children on a trip to Vietnam and Taiwan. She shares that this experience had a big influence on her decision to continue supporting World Vision through the years. The things she saw on that trip affirmed what she already believed: the money she was giving was really being put to good use.
Amalia recently decided to designate World Vision as a beneficiary of her trust, allowing her to continue demonstrating Christ's love to children in need long after her lifetime. "When you give to an organization like World Vision, you know your money is going to be used wisely to advance the work of the Lord."
The choice was simple, she says. "I see the resources the Lord has given me, and I believe they should be given back. It is part of my obedience to the Lord."
Do your current plans reflect the legacy you want to leave?
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