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

  • A Gift of Faith
    A Gift of Faith
    Lillian R. Schafft who lives in Virginia was inspired by an article she read in the Record magazine about Brian Waite, a chaplain who baptized soldiers in the Tigris River in Iraq.
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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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  • Gifts Do
    Gifts Do "Double Work"
    "Everything comes from the Lord," Sam Boring said. Despite serious hardships, Sam and his wife, Thelma, unstintingly shared what they had. Thelma, for instance, tithed "every penny she ever made," said Sam.
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  • Investing in Eternity
    Investing in Eternity
    At American Bible Society, we know how important it is to carefully plan for your financial future.
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  • Heart Inspires Generosity
    Heart Inspires Generosity
    Gertrude Porter is deeply grateful for the good things God has given her. She had a mother who worked hard to provide for her after her father's death. "She had a very hard life," Ms. Porter says, remembering sacrifices her mother made.
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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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  • Appreciating Courage
    Appreciating Courage
    Whether it's time spent with his wife Rose Mary in their condo overlooking the ocean, regular Bible study classes, or just the news that his alma mater, Duke University (Class of 1950), has won a national basketball championship-retired attorney Warren Cole from Florida, knows he's been blessed.
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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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  • Heeding the Call
    Heeding the Call
    At each juncture, from courting his first wife, to working in the business world, to serving as pastor in three denominations, Mr. Booker has experienced God's support and guidance. The Nebraska native, who is 98, recalls, "going to church and doing what was right," but not committing to faith until, at age 19, he met his first wife, Thelma Carpenter.
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  • Setting Captives Free
    Setting Captives Free
    Geraldine page's day starts at 3:00 a.m. "That's when I pray, read the Scriptures and exercise. The Scriptures pick me up and keep me going," she says. After that, her schedule fills quickly to tell everyone she meets about the Good News.
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  • 50 Years of God's Faithfulness
    50 Years of God's Faithfulness
    The Rev. James Hainley has witnessed God's provision for more than 50 years. As a student he experienced uncertainties about God. A professor challenged him to trust God with his life. Hainley did, and his understanding of God's provision began.
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