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.
Beverly Durbin Berntson, Washington
World Vision partner since 1998
"I learned about World Vision through my parents," recalls Beverly. "As far back as I can remember, they always supported a child."
Such generosity did not come without sacrifice. Beverly's parents were retired farmers who spent the better part of their lives raising eight children. Yet they always found time to demonstrate the value of giving.
"They were always doing things for the neighborhood kids, like taking them to church," Beverly explains. "My mom gave everything away."
Today, Beverly is continuing her mom's legacy. Faced with immense need, her secret is simple. "It can be overwhelming, thinking about all the children without clean water, food, and education. But rather than get overwhelmed, I say that I will help one or two. That's very rewarding."
Beverly always planned to include World Vision in her estate. Recently, though, tragedy struck when her only son passed away. In the midst of heartbreaking loss, Beverly decided to remember World Vision in her will as a memorial to her son. "I knew this would be a way to honor him because he loved children," she says.
Beverly's tribute to her son will help ensure that children around the world get the care they need for years to come. "For me," she explains, "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 mom taught us to give. Now the giving goes on."
Do your current plans reflect the legacy you want to leave?
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