By continuing to support the causes you are passionate about, you can make a difference for generations and continue the work of reaching those who have yet to hear the good news of Jesus.
No matter who you are or what you do in life, making a will is a good idea. It is an opportunity to reflect on life and how you’d like to remember your family, friends and the causes you are passionate about. It is only by making a will that you can be sure that your wishes will be known and respected after your death.
Your will may well be the most important document you ever sign – a living testimony to your values and beliefs, your hopes and dreams. It is all about life and by making a legacy in your will it is you who chooses who benefits from what you have.
A legacy is a gift of cash or property included in your will. 57% of people in the UK give to charitable causes – one of which is AIM. About half of these people say they’d happily leave a legacy to such a charity in their will once family and friends have been provided for, however only 7% actually put those arrangements in place.
Legacies left to UK charities are currently free from inheritance tax.
“…we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.” Psalm 78:4
Leaving a legacy to AIM means that your money will go on reaching those who have yet to hear the gospel, and support our aim of seeing Christ-centred Churches among all African peoples.
Such legacies are essential income for missions today. Much of our work would not be possible without them. You don’t have to be rich to make a difference. We receive legacies ranging from £50 to an entire estate. Each one is important to us.
There are three ways to make a legacy:
Residuary bequest: a gift of everything or a percentage of everything once debts and specific bequests to family and friends have been paid.
Pecuniary bequest: a fixed amount of money. Rises in inflation could reduce the gift’s final impact. For example £1,000 left in a will in 1980 would be worth only £380 today. A clause may be added for a gift to be index-linked to inflation.
Specific bequest: a gift of a specific item (e.g. your property, jewellery, shares or investments).
It’s easy to include a legacy in your existing will. All you need to do is add a codicil which is an amendment to your will. Take this to your solicitor for preparation and advice on making the codicil. You can download a legacy form here.
A will is an important legal document. You will want to be sure you get it right. We suggest you consult a solicitor to discuss your wishes so that you can make proper provision for your family and nominated charities.
Someone in your church may know of a solicitor who can help you. Alternatively the Law Society provides details of qualified solicitors in your area www.lawsociety.org.uk
Legacy money has meant that we have been able to support the Africa Inland Church as they encourage those who God is calling into mission. By leaving your legacy to AIM you could be part of developing African mission partners and encouraging the African Church to reach their neighbours with the gospel.
Legacy donations helped build this Retreat House and Conference Centre, and develop the Institute which seeks to enable, mobilise and inspire its pastors and evangelists to an ever deepening relationship with God and effectiveness in ministry. Many of these pastors and evangelists work amongst Muslim people groups along the coast of Tanzania, actively seeking to reach those unreached with the gospel.
When mission partners were struggling to raise all their necessary support to go to Lesotho, money donated through legacies meant that the team could be sent and begin to share the gospel of Christ with the Shepherds.
60,000 shepherds live high in the mountains of Lesotho – caring for flocks and herds. They live in marginalised, isolated communities outside the reach of the local churches.
Through legacy giving we were able to begin a livestock project which loans goats to evangelists from the Africa Inland Church Tanzania (AICT) working in the Lake Eyasi area, and in particular to those working among the Datooga. The project aims to help them in a sustainable way, encourage them to breed a herd and then return the original goats to the project within a four year period. The idea is that through the goat herds the evangelists will be able to supplement their incomes and continue their work in sharing the gospel.