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Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

  • Like Mother, Like Daughter
    Like Mother, Like Daughter
    When Sarah Ward came home from school every day, she found her mother doing the same thing: taking care of her big brother Ralph, Jr., who lived his entire life with undiagnosed Cerebral Palsy.
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  • Eternal Love
    Eternal Love
    When Mildred Eckert was 20, she committed her life to the Lord. Since then, she has held the cause of American Bible Society dear to her heart.
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  • Ordinary Faith, Extraordinary Results
    Ordinary Faith, Extraordinary Results
    The story of Art Borden's life, age 92, reads like an impressive resume of international Christian ministry.
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  • Jesus Christ is the Answer!
    Jesus Christ is the Answer!
    At just five years old, brothers Bob and Joe Ellis were captivated by their grandfather's zeal for God's Word. Now retired, the two brothers never forgot their grandfather's example-and never stopped loving the words of their heavenly Father.
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  • Committed to Scripture Engagement for Generations
    Committed to Scripture Engagement for Generations
    More than 50 years ago, a pastor approached Jack Turner and made a life-changing proposition: he wanted to replace the cigarettes in Jack's pocket with an American Bible Society New Testament.
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  • Living Simply, Yet Generously
    Living Simply, Yet Generously
    When Ernest E. Reeves died at age 92, his neighbors had no idea that the retired farmer and his wife had given millions to American Bible Society through gift annuities and matching gifts for their ministry programs. At the time they were the largest donors in Bible Society history.
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  • Saving and Sharing for Eternity
    Saving and Sharing for Eternity
    Joy and Tyne Bush will never forget the day they graduated from college. "We graduated at 10:00 in the morning and got married at 3:00 in the afternoon," Joy recalls. She says their decision to get married so soon was purely practical; they wanted to begin their life together quickly and affordably.
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  • Touching Others
    Touching Others
    For someone whose poetry and gospel songs are widely published, Edna Massimilla is surprisingly modest. "I feel like I have a gift of writing, and I'm going to use it for the Lord," she says. Even at age 86, Mrs. Massimilla pens on.
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  • Humble
    Humble
    Alva Wylie, a Mississippi resident, is serving jail time. But the 82-year-old retired pharmacist is not a convicted felon. He's just a humble servant of his Lord. He spends his time visiting prisoners in the county and city jails and youth detention centers.
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  • From Grandma's Bible to Bibles for the World
    From Grandma's Bible to Bibles for the World
    Julie Henricks grew up reading her grandmother's Bible, which was published in 1844 by American Bible Society, and now she partners with us to share God's Word with the world.
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  • We Gave An IRA Gift
    We Gave An IRA Gift
    Donors just like you dedicate their lives to placing God's Word in hands and hearts. Last year, Linda Carley had a very special Christmas wish. She asked her husband Don for a unique gift . . . not to receive, but to share!
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  • The Prodigal Sailor
    The Prodigal Sailor
    Naval Veteran Paul Bendt knows that he isn't the first person who started following Jesus in the U.S. Military-and he certainly won't be the last.
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  • How One Man Sows Seeds for God's Kingdom
    How One Man Sows Seeds for God's Kingdom
    Lyle Gansko is no stranger to hard work. When he was 16, he started helping a local farmer with his daily chores.
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  • Giving a Gift Back to the Lord
    Giving a Gift Back to the Lord
    The earth and everything on it, including its people, belong to the Lord. The world and its people belong to him. The Lord placed it all on the oceans and rivers.
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