Gifts of Love
And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee” (Matthew 21:10–11).
This is the question that every missionary hopes to hear. Through the Word proclaimed, through works of mercy, in acts of love, the hope is that peoples’ hearts would be stirred by the Spirit to simply ask, “Who is this?” That is when they can boldly declare that this is Jesus, and then tell the wonderful story of God’s salvation for the world in Jesus Christ. The Gifts of Love ministry seeks to support the work of the LWML aimed into the future, so that missionaries of today and tomorrow can keep doing what they have been doing: proclaiming the Gospel and pointing people to Jesus of Nazareth, the Savior of the world. Our counselors stand ready to help you, to answer your questions, and help you find ways to support this work with your present and future gifts. In so doing, “Hosanna!” shall be the cry on many more lips, rejoicing in the salvation our Lord has come to give.
Since all gifts are first of all God’s gifts, distribution of estate gifts begins with prayer, asking for God’s direction for proper understanding of where His gifts are intended to go. Part of that questioning will be consideration of support of ministries that have become woven into your life as you have been blessed through them and as you serve through them. Your LWML Gift Planning Counselor can ask you these direct questions, so that you may pray and decide.
If you would like to talk about giving perspectives, contact us, your LWML Gift Planning Counselors. We can assist you with expressing your faith through your Christian Estate Plan. LWML provides free, professional Christian estate planning services.
Wishing you a year filled with God’s love in the gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Your Partners in Him,
Carol von Soosten and Elizabeth Weber
Give it Twice Trust While visiting the Wills Planner on her favorite charity’s website, June, a surviving spouse, came across the idea of a Give it Twice Trust. She contacted the charity for more information and talked with a gift planner who explained the concept as a way to first give income to children through a trust and then transfer the trust balance to charity in the future.
June: Fred and I talked about this before he passed away. We both agreed that we wanted to treat each of our four children equally and also provide a benefit to our favorite charity.
The gift planner told June that with her estate of $800,000 she would have the ability to do something significant for both her family and favorite charity. June was concerned because while her three older children are financially responsible, her youngest, Jim, “spends money like water.” June was afraid that if Jim were to receive cash in a lump sum he would spend it right away.
The gift planner explained that the “Give It Twice” plan could be very helpful. June could transfer $400,000 from her IRA at death to the trust. Her children would each receive one-fourth of the income from the trust over 20 years. That would give Jim a chance to learn to save and invest. After that time, the trust balance would benefit her charity. In addition, by using her IRA, June could save on income tax because the special trust is tax-exempt.
June: I established a Give it Twice Trust and was thrilled with the plan. The prospect of helping my four children and my favorite charity made me happy and I knew that it was the right thing to do.