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TMF Medallion of Merit recipients share their ideas on giving and gratitude and abundance.
Picturesque and charming – these are the words that come to mind when you envision McMurry University, a small liberal arts college in Abilene, Texas. Known for warm hospitality and an underlying culture of servant leadership, it might be surprising to some that not even two years ago, McMurry underwent a firestorm of negative press from across the country as a result of living into their values of hospitality. As the news story grew, individuals who had never heard of McMurry previously were sending letters of complaint and some alumni were threatening to withhold financial support.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
TMF is committed to helping steward the potential of innovative ministries like grant recipient Union Coffee who is “recapturing and connecting with leaders of the church now who would never have darkened its doors.” We wish Union deepening impact as they continue to build leaders of the church who “find God where God is at work and become a part of it!”