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.
Kathleen Sanders, Ohio
Part of the World Vision family since 1980
Kathleen first heard about World Vision through a TV special. "It showed how the children were living in such terrible poverty, and it completely broke my heart," she remembers. "There was no way I could imagine them living like that. Kathleen's world was completely rocked by those images. "They would not leave my mind at all for three days," she shares. " I would find myself crying and praying for these children. It had to be God prompting me."
As a widow with six children, Kathleen was already tight on money. But she knew she had to do something. So she researched World Vision to ensure that her gift would actually be used to help children in need. "I checked out World Vision to make sure it was a good organization," she shares. And what she learned only strengthened her desire to give. "I felt very confident, and I told God that if he would help me get my bills paid, the rest of my money would go to World Vision." Kathleen now sponsors seven children, and her bills are paid every month.
She loves her sponsored kids, and enjoys communicating with them as much as possible. "I always tell them that I pray for them constantly. I ask God to send so many blessings that they can't handle them all!" Kathleen exclaims. "They always write back and say things like, 'My mother laughs at all the blessings you are giving us.'"
"I can't describe how good you feel when you know that you have helped a child," Kathleen says. "One of the little boys I sponsor told me that whenever a letter comes from me, the whole community comes over and listens to the interpreter read it!"
"One day I was reading a letter from one of my sponsored children, and I thought 'I am old and when I die who is going to take care of my kids?'" shares Kathleen. "So I called the bank and I asked them if I could set up a CD and have the money go to World Vision upon my death." When they told her she could, she did exactly that.
Knowing she can continue to make a difference in children's lives after she's gone brings a smile to Kathleen's face.
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