Outcome Stories

Millicans honor the past and invest in the future through support for clergy leaders

“My wife Kristie and I have developed a passion around supporting young clergy,” said Wesley Millican, explaining the drivers for the endowment he and his wife established at TMF to help pastors participate in TMF’s Leadership Ministry learning communities.

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The Multiplier Effect

Laurinda Kwiatkowski, Outreach Pastor at University UMC in San Antonio, describes how Leadership Ministry learnings are profoundly impacting her ministry, the congregation she serves, and the young leaders she mentors.

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Defining a Family Legacy

Generosity can be spurred from the simplest moments, during a hand shake or a smile, in the aftermath of a light rain or in the beauty of a sunlit day. For Jan Baucum, that moment came during her childhood, growing up in a tiny farming community in West Texas.

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Generosity in the Storm

Two feet of rain fell in the first 24 hours. One third of Houston was underwater. 75 schools closed. 39,000 people were forced into shelters. 203,000 homes were damaged. Harvey. We know the name well. Most of us were glued to the news the entire time this hurricane was raging, and we held out hope our neighbors would be alright. It was difficult to imagine that amount of rain colliding with a city we loved in such a short period of time. For those who lived in Houston, it was still difficult to imagine.

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Amarillo couple extends generosity to Texas coast neighbors

When asked why he and his wife Jan made a gift to TMF’s Grants Ministry in support of Harvey relief and recovery, Charles King described a rough illustration: “Draw a vertical popsicle stick with God at the top and me at the bottom and a heart in the middle,” he instructed. “That’s where the relationship begins – as a willing receiver of God’s grace, acceptance, and love. Being willing to receive is a key first step.”

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Jack Wilson:  Called to Delight

“I’ve devoted a lot of my life to children,” Jack Wilson said. “I was a child,” he continued with a sly grin, “And I’ve never grown up.”

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J. W. Brumbelow keeps faith alive by sharing it with youth

By all accounts, J. W. Brumbelow lived according to his values: steadfast faith, responsible citizenship, patriotism, self-sufficiency. The living trust he created in 2011 clearly reflected those beliefs: an equal share of scholarships were provided annually from the trust to First United Methodist Church in Moody, Texas, and Texas A&M University Corp of Cadets to youth demonstrating those attributes.

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Robbie and Tom Ausley, faithful stewards of abundant life

4, August 10, 2017 12:20pm

by Patti Simmons, Foundation Relations

There are few things as intoxicating and satisfying as meeting someone who lives a fully coherent life where “all outward things are images of inward life,” as Yeats, the poet of eternal opposites, longed for. By all accounts, Robbie Ausley lives an integrated life. Long-time First United Methodist Church Austin member, political and social activist, wife, mother, philanthropist, all converge into a conscious, responsible steward of abundant life.

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Rantons transform grief into gifts of life

“We wanted to leave something that would live on,” said JoAnn Ranton when asked why she and her late husband James established the James and JoAnn Ranton Family Endowment through TMF in 2015. Though a common and admirable motivation for legacy giving, JoAnn’s statement is far from a sweeping observation. For her, it is specific, profound, and startling in its significance.

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