Not long ago, my wife and I began the process of creating our estate plan.  As new parents with a young toddler in our family now, we realized that we needed to make plans in case we were to be taken from her prematurely.  In our preparation, we were reminded of the following principle from the Lord that we needed to keep in mind in our estate planning:

Parents should exercise the right that God has given them. He entrusted to them the talents He would have them use to His glory. The children were not to become responsible for the talents of the father. While they have sound minds and good judgment, parents should, with prayerful consideration, and with the help of proper counselors who have experience in the truth and a knowledge of the divine will, make disposition of their property. If they have children who are afflicted or are struggling in poverty, and who will make a judicious use of means, they should be considered. But if they have unbelieving children who have abundance of this world, and who are serving the world, they commit a sin against the Master, who has made them His stewards, by placing means in their hands merely because they are their children. God's claims are not to be lightly regarded. [3T 121.1]
While our initial motivation to create an estate plan stemmed from the need to make provision for the care of our daughter, we were reminded that we were not to transfer our stewardship responsibilities to her and forget the cause of God in our wills either.  We recognized specifically, as the next passage explains, that anything beyond what’s required to provide for the necessity for our family should be returned to God’s treasury.
Brethren, awake from your life of selfishness, and act like consistent Christians. The Lord requires you to economize your means and let every dollar not needed for your comfort flow into the treasury. [5T 156.1]

While our estate is not overflowing with assets by any stretch of the imagination and our young daughter will require many years of care, we did take to heart the challenge to not forget God in our wills.

Remembering the Lord’s Claims

Perhaps you are in a similar situation as me and need to create an estate plan or need to update one.  Please consider including AudioVerse as a recipient to give back to the Lord’s work.  Often the easiest and most efficient way of doing that is by making AudioVerse a beneficiary in your financial accounts or as a beneficiary in your will.

If you are in the phase of your life now where you are ready to start returning your assets into the Lord’s work, but still need a source of financial support, you may also consider a charitable gift annuity.  AudioVerse works with Western Adventist Foundation who will be able to assist you in setting up the plan and ensuring that your needs are met today while also fulfilling your wishes for the future.

Of course, the work of AudioVerse requires the financial support of our partners now as well.  So if you wish to make a gift today or to become a recurring donor, please visit our AudioVerse donate page for more information.  You may also send a check to our mailing address below.

Thank you so much for your continued generous support of this ministry, your financial support is what enables AudioVerse to continue proclaiming the Three Angels’ Messages online.  We believe the Lord is coming soon.  Let us work together to hasten that day!

Together in partnership,
Alistair Huong
Executive Director

P.S. If you plan to create or update your estate plan, consider a gift to advance the work of AudioVerse by making the ministry a beneficiary.  If you need, you may also set up a charitable gift annuity through Western Adventist Foundation as well.  Visit our donate page or contact Western Adventist Foundation for more information.  We appreciate your support for the work of taking the Three Angels’ Messages to the world online!

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