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The legendary story of the stork makes it the perfect symbol for pro-life nonprofit Save the Storks. Storks represent mothers and their babies, and Save the Storks is committed to caring for these mothers and babies by offering hope, compassion and truth, ultimately saving lives.

People are used to campaigns designed to save animals. When they hear Save the Storks’ name, they wonder, “Who in the world would kill a stork?” By using branding that disarms those who would criticize their cause, Save the Storks is able to communicate in a winsome way that they believe abortion threatens mothers and motherhood.

The Mission

Save the Storks, headquartered in Colorado Springs, exists to partner with pregnancy resource centers and give abortion-vulnerable women a choice that will change their lives forever. By partnering with resource centers all over the nation, Save the Storks is able to provide powerful tools and training so they can effectively connect with the women in their communities.

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In this short episode of The WaterStone Channel, Will and Jennifer discuss WaterStone's core services including:

  • WaterStone Giving Funds, and
  • WaterStone Charity Advised Funds.

Watch this two-minute video and learn who these core services are for and the features and benefits specific to each fund.

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International Bible Conference was founded in 2004 when Pastor Jeff Anderson traveled to India to conduct a pastors’ conference. Each of the pastors in attendance were first-generation Christians who had been delivered from Hindu culture. Hungry for the Word of God, these pastors had a zeal to further the gospel! Burdened for these native pastors, Pastor Jeff sought a way to come alongside these men to encourage them as they dealt with the rejection of their families and society. Jeff exclaims,

“I love pastors and I love the Word of God! I have committed my life to encourage and equip pastors to reach their own cultures and countries with the Gospel of Christ. The Gospel transforms cultures – and native pastors, armed with sound doctrine and expository preaching, will change their churches, villages, countries, and continents. International Bible Conference aims to change the world by exposing native pastors to Bible preaching and true doctrine!”

The Need

As the church migrates to the Southern Hemisphere, its greatest threat is false...

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Every spring WaterStone hosts a gathering for ministries and nonprofits across the state of Colorado. This year, over 30 attendees braved the April blizzard to learn how to tell the story of intentional giving to their donors. It was truly a blessing to equip these ministries with the tools needed to unlock more resources for their ministry and it was a joy to see the Lord work through the attendees, who collectively share a passion to build the Kingdom.

After opening in prayer followed by a short teaching on biblical giving, attendees were taught the basics of asset-based giving, with case studies focused on real estate and S Corp gifts. We also talked through the benefits of a Charity Partnership Package with WaterStone and the turn-key marketing solutions available for ministries to use for their donors.

This year’s speakers included:

  • Joe Arioto: “Why Give? Why WaterStone”
  • John Mulder: “Unlocking the Giving Potential of Real Estate and Business Interests”
  • Will Stevens: “More Ministry, More Resources: Partnering with...
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Watch this episode of The WaterStone Channel and learn how WaterStone:

  • Equips nonprofits to tell the intentional giving story.
  • Educates nonprofits to communicate the benefits of giving (multiplied giving impact, minimized taxes, heightened generosity).
  • Helps givers explore solutions to take advantage of their unique wealth profile.
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Davar Partners International (DPI) began in 2009 with the goal of making audio versions of the Bible available to the majority of the world’s population who do not read. Multiple offices were soon opened with the goal of recording high quality audio Bible content and seeing it distributed mainly into the Africa and Asia Pacific regions, which contain by far the largest number of people globally who still do not have access to the Bible in written or audio format.

Today, DPI has offices in Israel, South Africa and the United States with the goal of giving over 5 billion people (80% of the world’s population) access to an audio Bible in a language they can understand through its Audibible® program.

To unpack the 80 percent figure further, 45 percent of the world’s population cannot access the written Bible at all as they are unable to read. The remaining 35 percent either have limited written comprehension of the language the Bible is written in, or they are impaired from reading the Bible through a physical disability and therefore cannot read.

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Do you remember when the iPhone first came out? Remember the lines people stood in and waited in to get their hands on one of these groundbreaking pieces of technology? Well, I was one of those crazy people who waited for hours. It seemed like something was special about this device.

Fast forward 10 years and the cell phone market is dominated by “smart phones”; what was at first a novelty has become the norm and way of life.

What I saw in the cell phone market with the iPhone, I now see in the world of giving. Although it’s not a new concept, the idea of giving assets instead of cash or by check is for many families a revolutionary way to give.

WaterStone helps givers make smart choices about how they give so their favorite churches, ministries and nonprofits can receive more resources to further their causes. In turn, Uncle Sam receives fewer dollars (and it’s legal)!

We teach these concepts to church, nonprofit and ministry leaders, Kingdom-minded givers, and advisors (financial advisors, estate planning attorneys, CPAs) at a multi-day learning...

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The story of brothers Cain and Abel centers on an offering. In another sense, we could think of the story as centering on giving. Cain and Abel knew that to approach God, to enter into relationship with their Creator, they had to make sacrifices—give—to the Lord. Moreover, their approach reveals that there was a blueprint for how one was to approach God.

First, Cain and Abel brought their offerings “to the Lord,” indicating that there was a particular place where gifts were to be presented. Second, they went to the place of offering together, indicating that giving was not just an individual practice but something done in community. The nature of the offerings also indicated that God expected giving from the brothers to come in a certain form—they should not come with empty hands. And the quality of what they brought was also set by God they should not offer simply what they fancied to give. But the looming question remains: Why was Abel’s offering accepted while Cain’s was rejected?

Abel Accepted, Cain Rejected

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When we look at a map, we often see borders of countries, and mountainous regions, but we never see the people that are within those countries. The early mapmakers would come to the end of their work and would state “beyond here be dragons.” Literally it was a statement of an unfinished work that needed to be completed yet covered with a warning.

The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded us to take the gospel that He has given to every nation. Stepping beyond the map takes us into interpersonal relationships that have eternal benefits of seeing people know the Christ that we serve. This is the heartbeat behind Indigenous Ministries.

Indigenous Ministries is focused on three core programs: missions, uplifting people, and relief efforts.

Missions

By stepping “beyond the map” into difficult access countries and areas, Indigenous Ministries engages with what God the Holy Spirit is doing in redeeming people to Himself who otherwise might not have the opportunity to respond to God’s love.

Indigenous Ministries trains fishers of men in India,...

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The Widow’s Crisis

There once lived a woman in a village of Israel. This woman’s husband—the son of a prophet—had recently passed away, leaving her with mountains of debt and two young sons who were too young to care for her. Adding to the dilemma, her family’s creditors had come to collect—and had threatened to take the widow’s two sons be his slaves in lieu of payment. She had no money to pay back her husband’s debts, and the weight of social stigma was a heavy burden. The woman knew she had only one hope in this situation—God himself. So she turned for help to Elisha, a prophet and a man of God.

  • And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her...
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