Outcome Stories

TMF is making a positive impact on individuals, churches and communities.

See how TMF is helping others to steward their potential to create a better world.

TMF Medallion of Merit Honorees share stories of abundant life

TMF Medallion of Merit recipients share their ideas on giving and gratitude and abundance.

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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

Legacy Giving, Grants

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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Advancing Interfaith Education at McMurry University

Grants

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.

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Generosity in the Storm

Legacy Giving, Grants

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

Legacy Giving, Grants

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

Legacy Giving

“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

Legacy Giving

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

Legacy Giving, Gifts To TMF

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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TMF grant recipient Union building spiritual community outside the traditional church

Grants

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!”

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