28 March 2006

Fund for World Mission legacies reach £779,000

Legacies to the Methodist Fund for World Mission reached £779,000 in the year to 31 August 2005, nearly double that total for the year before. The money left in legacies has offset a fall in donations from churches to take giving to the Fund to its highest total for three years.

Dr. John Newton, Mission Support Worker, said, 'people's generosity is amazing. The money from legacies this year is equivalent to the cost of supporting 50 more mission partners for a year, building 780 homes in Pakistan or providing over 38,000 Love Boxes to people in South Africa living with HIV/AIDS.'

Although the Fund for World Mission receives most of its income from regular giving, legacies form an important part. 'Legacy income is hard to predict,' says John Newton, 'and has varied in the last decade from a low of £281,000 to a high of £1.8 million. Every penny counts in helping support important work around the world. People leave very different amounts depending on their circumstances, although a typical amount is about £5,000. Every legacy is welcome, and every gift shows how much someone cares.'

A guide to leaving a legacy to one of the Methodist funds - for Home Mission, World Mission, Property or The Methodist Church Fund - was produced in 2004. No More Tears is available free of charge in English and Welsh from MPH or the Mission Education department.

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