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Radio Changed Our Life
by G. Edward Reid
Assistant to the President for Planned Giving
Radio has a special place in my heart. It was the radio ministry that brought my own family a knowledge of the gospel of Jesus and an introduction to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Shortly after the close of World War II, my family lived in a small logging town in northern California. There were no Adventists and, of course, no Adventist church. My brothers and I were preschoolers at that time. Mom and Dad found the radio program on our kitchen radio, and we would all listen on Sunday mornings during breakfast.
After listening to the program for a period of time, my parents took the Bible correspondence course and upon completion requested a visit from an Adventist pastor. The pastor gave them some additional studies, and they were baptized in the Klamath River. That is one of my earliest memories.
Over the years, I have thanked God that someone sponsored that radio program on a station that reached our little wooden mill-town home. Our family's life-focus changed dramatically after my parents' baptism. There was church school, academy, and college, and service for God's church.
With my background, it is easy for me to imagine other families in isolated places in the world - places where there are no Adventists members or churches - responding to the broadcast ministry of Adventist World Radio. The thousands of letters and e-mails received by AWR each year are a positive testimony that families are being reached by radio.
A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.
You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Adventist World Radio as a lump sum.
You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Adventist World Radio as a lump sum.