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Dear friends in Christ,

Jesus tells us in His Word:  “You did not choose me but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit…fruit that will last..” John 15:16

Have you ever considered how you can continue to “bear fruit for the Lord” even after you die by supporting missionaries that will tell people about their Savior Jesus?

You can do so by including a gift to Mission Central in your Christian Estate Planning. 

Our Lord has given Mission Central a bright future.  You are an important part of the Lord’s plan for telling people all over the world about His plan of salvation.   As you develop your own personal Christian Estate Plan, please consider how the Lord could use your gift to continue your support for the special missionaries that we help send that have a special calling from the Lord.

Please contact me if you have any questions about how to include the work of Mission Central in your estate planning.

I thank God for your friendship and support,

Old Missionary Gary

Here are some questions you may have:

Gary, what are some ways that I could include Mission Central in my estate plan?

Here are some examples:

  • Gift from will or trust: You can make a gift of a % of your estate, a specific amount, or a specific gift of property through a gift in your will or trust.   This is accomplished by including special wording in these estate planning documents.
  • Gift from tax deferred account: You can make a gift from your tax deferred account such as an IRA, 401K, 403B, Annuity, etc.   This is accomplished through a change in your beneficiary designation.
  • Gift from life insurance:  You can make a gift from your life insurance.  This is accomplished through a change in your beneficiary designation.  
  • Life income agreements: You may make a gift of cash, securities, or real estate into a life income agreement such as a gift annuity or charitable trust.  You receive income for life and at your death the remainder of the principal in your trust goes to Mission Central.  

Gary, what is the wording that I should use to make my gift to Mission Central?

The best way for me to help you with this is for you to contact me directly before you meet with your advisors and I will discuss it with you.  I can give you the correct wording for your gift and even discuss this with your advisors.

Gary, are you able to also help me discuss my estate planning goals for my family?

Yes, I can visit with you about this and I also can introduce you to my special friend Jim Schroeder that specializes in Christian Estate Planning.  He has helped me work with my estate planning advisors and his service is offered to you at no cost.  He can give you ideas for estate planning for your family and gifts to Mission Central.

Call me at 712-882-1029  or email me at Gary.Thies@lcms.org


Mission Central - LCMS World Mission
40718 Highway E 16, Mapleton, Iowa 51034
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