Tuesday, November 14, 2006
NEWS FROM THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN MISSION CENTER (OCMC)
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St. Augustine, FL – There are moments of clarity that can irrevocably alter the course of a human life. Moments when the fog of this world lifts and the call of our Lord can be heard ringing like a bell on a crisp Winter’s day. It is in these times that our path is made clear, illumined by the light of the Holy Spirit, who guides us like the Nativity Star.
The world’s rural Orthodox Christian faithful have been blessed with just such a moment of clarity. Earlier this month, an anonymous donor, established an Individual Retirement Account, of which the Orthodox Christian Mission Center was made a beneficiary for the construction of churches abroad. A devout convert to Orthodoxy, this generous benefactor, was inspired by the words of St. Paul when he wrote to the Colossians,
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
With this gift came a prayer that not one or two churches be built, but seven churches for those in the greatest need throughout the world. How many lives will this simple act of kindness effect? How many baptisms will be performed? How many marriages will be celebrated? How many will be able to partake of the Holy Eucharist? From one act of mercy, an infinite number of beginnings are made possible.
This remarkable and blessed gift marks a new trend in charitable giving. In increasing numbers people are exploring more creative and effective ways to support the causes that God has set before them. Known as planned giving, some of these methods include: life insurance policies, appreciated stock, annuity trusts, unit trusts, and roll-over IRAs to name but a few. Many of these gifts reap benefits for extended periods of time. Some preserve a legacy of Christ-like giving well after one’s repose. And many offer financial advantages, both personally, and to the receiving organization.
In an interview with Planned Giving Pulse, Malcolm Burrows, a Charities and Gift Planning Financial Consultant with the Scotia Private Client Group, states, “There is an increasing expectation of donors to have greater choice…Donors are seeking more charitable planning support from professional advisors…As a result, gifts of assets that require major planning can be made at anytime thus reducing taxes and helping the donor to actually experience the satisfaction of giving during their lifetime.”
Planned giving contributions have supported many Mission Center projects including the construction of churches, schools, and a medical clinic. This act of generosity helps meet the needs of people in especially difficult circumstances in economically underdeveloped countries and in young Churches.
It is through the Body of Christ, whose members give with such love and self-sacrifice, that many of your prayers for the growth of Orthodoxy are answered. The Orthodox Christian Mission Center would like to thank you for these prayers on behalf of those around the world who thirst for His Truth. We would also like to offer special thanks for those who seek to glorify God with their humble, and sometimes creative, acts of charity.
If you would like more information on planned giving that can support and encourage the Mission Center’s many initiatives including SAMP or Theological Training, please contact John-Paul Conners or Jack Klees at 1 (877) 463-6784. To find out more about the work of the OCMC please visit www.ocmc.org.
The Orthodox Christian Mission Center: Helping Orthodox Christians respond to Christ's call to preach, teach, baptize, minister to the poor and make disciples of all nations as the official international mission agency of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA).
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