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.
Holt and Mary Seawell, Tennessee
Part of the World Vision family since 1977
Mary first learned about World Vision through her father, who modeled generosity to her when she was very young. He supported World Vision's work because he believed that meeting people's physical needs opens the door for them to understand God's unconditional love.
This philosophy stayed with Mary as she became an adult and started a family of her own. Along with her husband, Holt, Mary decided to continue the tradition of giving begun by her father. "We wanted our children to understand that there are many people in the world who don't have enough resources," she explains. Today, Holt and Mary continue to sponsor two children, and have also donated gifts through the World Vision Gift Catalog in honor of loved ones.
With each act of generosity, the couple discovers that the blessing runs both ways. "You can't out-give God," Mary says. "The blessing always comes back to you. Even as we have gotten older and our ability to give has decreased, we can still do something significant for others."
A few years ago, when the couple retired, they began to consider even more carefully the legacy they would leave. "We tried to think of a way our money could be used wisely," recalls Mary. "We wanted to be able to continue our charitable giving."
Concerned for the well-being of their sponsored children, Holt and Mary made a planned gift to World Vision to ensure that these children-and others like them-would be taken care of after their lifetime. As Holt explains, "We believe that when someone goes to be with the Lord, their gifts can continue to change people's lives."
They've discovered another benefit, too: the legacy established by Mary's father is extending to yet another generation. "Being involved with World Vision has made our family aware of the needs in the world," Mary explains. "We believe our children have learned the lesson of giving."
"Now we are teaching our grandchildren!" she says with a smile. "My dad would be happy to know that his legacy lives on."
Do your current plans reflect the legacy you want to leave?
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