Life Stories

Open Hands, Open Hearts

How the Stewards Fund Equips the Karstens to Follow God’s Heart In a time of financial hardship, God’s truth never seemed so clear. It was early in 2008, and Andrea Karsten was participating in a…

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Generosity’s Ripple Effect

For Rich and Ann Meyer, giving generously wasn’t about fulfilling obligations. Instead, their whole lifestyle was one of generosity.

Tithing was of particular importance for their family. “We all understood that this was a first priority,” recalls their daughter Anna Mae. “I have the image of dad sitting at his desk every weekend, putting cash into envelopes for different causes. On Sunday mornings, he would personally deliver each envelope to our church.”

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A Foundation of Joy

“I wasn’t feeling the reward anymore.” That’s how Joan Donnell recalls the work running her family’s foundation. “Actually, some bitterness had grown,” she recalls.

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How Much To Keep

“It’s not about how much
should we give, but how much should we keep.”
This is how Jack and Mary Ann Byeman explain why generosity has never been determined by how much or how little they have. From the very beginning
– regardless of their circumstances – they’ve been guided by their Scripture-based belief that it all belongs to God.

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Friendships And Kingdom Service

If you want to catch the Ottens, you’d better call early in the morning. Each at the age of 90, Roger and Audrey are on the move every day.

Connecting and investing in the community is how the Ottens have spent their 67 years of married life together.

“We think it’s important,” states Rog.

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