Passing Your Values to the Next Generation

Put Your Best Face Forward

Posted December 2014

Families come in all shapes and sizes, as one mother shared recently: “Dear Ann Landers: It happened again today. My two sons and I were in a shopping mall, and a total stranger felt the need to comment on the fact that my boys didn’t look anything alike. Apparently, my 6 year old decided it was time he explained the difference. ‘I’m adopted,’ he said. ‘That’s when you have the same family but not the same face.’” (Illustration by Steve Ely)

Did you know you could change the “face” of your family by “adopting” a ministry you care about, like Bethany Christian Services? It’s true! This approach is often referred to as a “Child Named Charity.” It simply means that an individual chooses to include a ministry in their Will, gifting them an equal share to that received by each of their children. You’re essentially including the ministry in your family.

So why is it a good idea? A “Child Named Charity” allows families to make a clear statement of what they value most – advancing the Lord’s work for generations to come. It also provides some great tax benefits.

2 Corinthians 9:7 says “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” A “Child Named Charity” can help you do that – it’s a simple and smart way to live out your values and give confidently.

What does your financial “family” look like?

For the full version of this article, ask for a FREE copy of our special bulletin “How to Change the ‘Face’ of Your Family” by contacting Sarah Huizer, Donor Engagement Administrative Assistant at Bethany Christian Services, toll-free at (866) 905.7526 or email shuizer@bethany.org

 

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