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Out of Africa

Out of Africa

Article Type: Life Stories

Empowering Practical Transformation Through the Stewards Fund

Paying airfare for community development facilitators to train local leaders in Madagascar. Providing a salary supplement for a national community development coordinator in Kenya. Translating a community training manual into French.

These are just a few of the practical and savvy ways the Lois Ooms Community Health Stewards Fund is being used to transform communities around the world.

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Up-Close and Personal

Up-Close and Personal

Article Type: Life Stories

How the Stewards Fund Enables Heartfelt Generosity for the Viel Family

For Matt and Jen Viel, generous living isn’t done from a distance. Instead, they aim for front row seats.  

“Most of the people we support are very personal to us. We’ve met them, hugged them and have seen their ministry,” says Jen.

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Byte-Sized Giving

Byte-Sized Giving

Article Type: Life Stories

“First Fruit” Gifts through the Stewards Fund

It was the perfect present at the perfect moment.

“People at my church wanted to get on this new thing called the internet,” recalls Michael Wolthuis, who was only 13-years-old at the time. His parents had given him a computer the year before, positioning him to launch an entrepreneurial career.

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When Giving Gets Real

When Giving Gets Real

Article Type: Life Stories

Ed and Shirley Talen and the Stewards Fund

When Ed Talen first tithed as a 13-year-old paperboy, it had nothing to do with faith. “My parents told me I had to,” he recalls.

But that lesson of generosity took root in his heart and life over the years, through growing trust in God’s provision.

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It's How They Lived

It's How They Lived

Article Type: Life Stories

The ongoing legacy of Hal & Jane Rodenhouse

When Hal and Jane Rodenhouses’ daughters began to lend a hand with their parents’ finances, they were astounded by what they discovered. The list of charities their parents supported was two pages long… single-spaced.

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Taking Aim at Missions

Taking Aim at Missions

Article Type: Life Stories

Aim at nothing, and you’ll hit it every time. 

This truism didn’t escape Miriam Bartlett who lived with a singular aim for 96 years – supporting Christian missions. Though she’s now in glory, the effects of Miriam’s life and passion for missions are still experienced all around the world.

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Sermons, Starbucks and Savvy Support

Sermons, Starbucks and Savvy Support

Article Type: Life Stories

How CGAs proved the win-win solution for Peter and Jo Mans

Rev. Peter Mans has one sermon on giving. “It’s titled ‘The Sermon on the Amount,’” he says with a laugh, “I only wish that I had preached that sermon more!”

Beyond what he taught from the pulpit, he and his wife, Jo, have spent a lifetime modeling the values of biblical stewardship.

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When They Saw a Need, They Gave

When They Saw a Need, They Gave

Article Type: Life Stories

The ongoing legacy of Cal and Evelyn Bensema

There’s a smile in Louise Ridlon’s voice as she shares memories about William “Cal” and Evelyn Bensema. “We are so blessed to have them as parents,” she says on behalf of her sisters, Vicki Jaramillo and Caroline Lindsey.

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