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.
Isabel Mestler, California
part of the World Vision family since 1987
Though Isabel doesn't remember exactly when she first heard about World Vision, she does remember what motivated her to sponsor a child. When her husband died, Isabel's income didn't change, but now, she only had one mouth to feed. "So I thought, why not help a child?" she explains.
"I just sponsored girls to begin with, because I always thought that they were so short-changed in the world," she says. From one girl initially, Isabel has gone on to sponsor many more children, including a little boy.
For Isabel, sponsorship is not only a way to help children in need, it is also a way to set an example for others, especially her family. One of Isabel's grandsons and his family sponsor children, as do her daughter and son-in-law. "If God blesses us with the means to help others, then we are obliged to," says Isabel, sharing some of the values she's instilled in her children.
"We are stewards of what God allows us to have," she adds. "The money is not ours." And this is why Isabel began to think of other ways she could serve the Lord through giving. "Through everything I have seen, heard, and learned about World Vision, I've discovered that they are one of the most responsible organizations that receive donations," she says. When Isabel read that she could include World Vision in her will, she jumped at the opportunity.
"I don't want my money being misused or not appropriately handled," she shares. "World Vision came through with flying colors!" By designating World Vision as a beneficiary of her will, Isabel ensures that the children she sponsors and others like them will continue to be taken care of well beyond her lifetime. "We are not here permanently we are going to move on. It's something everyone should consider."
Do your current plans reflect the legacy you want to leave?
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