When Giving Comes Naturally
Stories of Faith in Action 2009
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BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS
Dick and Bev Moody of Buffalo Grove, Ill., each grew up in families that gave faithfully to their church despite times of financial hardship. “We both remember our parents writing a check every Sunday before going off to worship,” Bev recalls. “It was good training. So much so that giving was natural to us after we were married.”
Like their parents, the Moodys have given generously to their church and its ministries throughout their 44 years of marriage. And as their earnings grew, they gave an increasingly higher percentage of their income.
Dick and Bev Moody of Buffalo Grove, Ill.
On a study trip to East Africa
, the Moodys saw firsthand how their gifts to the ELCA work to improve the lives of others. “We actually saw what was happening in those areas and how the work of this church can bring hope to people who are really struggling in poverty and illness,” Bev says.
Today, the Moodys contribute to ELCA World Hunger, the ELCA Fund for Leaders (a seminary scholarship program), and their congregation. The Moodys also participate in a variety of planned giving options available through the ELCA Foundation.
Including the ELCA in their estate plan also came naturally to the Moodys. Having a plan in place has brought the family great comfort. “It’s good to know that we don’t have to worry about making decisions during a crisis or about a survivor trying to follow through with our wishes,” Dick says.
DID YOU KNOW?
The ELCA Foundation’s nationwide network of professional gift planning staff can help you explore a variety of possibilities for making a significant gift to ministry.
Call 800/638-3522, ext. 2970, or visit ELCA Foundation for more information.