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Making a Lasting Difference.


Just as today impacts tomorrow, others’ actions affect us. We tend to navigate life looking out for ourselves, aligning ourselves with those who will benefit us. Naturally, we make decisions with our own interests in mind, but Jesus’ ways are different. His economic values are counterculture. He advises us to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you...” (Luke 6:31) and instructs us to “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God…” (Matt 6:33).

It is an honor to be a part of God’s mission here in the Southern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and to work in our Planned Giving & Trust Services Department. I have already had the privilege of handing a $10,000 check to Principal David Branum of South Lancaster Academy (SLA). Why did that take place? It is likely that somebody, years ago, was kind and patient with a struggling student. Might SLA have given her the sweetest chapter of her life? Did she first accept Jesus into her heart at SLA?

Whatever the case, she chose to remember SLA in her last will and testament, and it was exciting for me to be a small part of a beautiful demonstration of how God’s giving plan works. Luke 6:32 says, “Give, and it will be given to you….” Let’s all live for Jesus. Let’s all live to make a positive difference in people’s lives — an eternal difference.

Audrey Folkenberg, Director

Stewardship | Planned Giving & Trust Services

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