Life Stories

PLANNING FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER

A Game Winning Strategy for Deb Kamp

For the last 40 years, Deb Kamp has brought joy, balance and perspective to every classroom, gym or locker room she enters. In her role as an educator and athletic director for Illiana Christian High School, it’s obvious Ms. Kamp loves her students, and they love her.

“As a Christian educator, we are all in this together: students, teachers, parents,” she says, “each of us trying to figure out what our gifts are, how to use them for our corner of the Kingdom. To be in education and to help kids in that discovery process – that’s a joy.”

These days, Deb is recalibrating how to use her own gifts for God’s Kingdom. At the close of this last school year, Deb retired from her career in education.

“When I look at my career, I like to think that it was very organized,” explains Deb, “and yet here I found myself in the fourth quarter of the game with a little bit of anxiety, unprepared for what the future would look like.”

Not even knowing what questions to ask, Deb contacted Barnabas Foundation to help her develop an estate plan that will honor God, care for her needs and further the causes closest to her heart.

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Unanimously Different

How the Stewards Fund Enables Randy and Martika Gartman to Support What’s Most Important

Ask anyone who knows Randy and Martika Gartman, and you’ll hear how different they are — in almost every way.

He’s quiet. She’s outspoken.

He keeps to himself. She knows no strangers.

He’s from Wisconsin. She’s from Virginia.

Martika’s been on a wild professional journey driven by her passions. She’s interned at the White House, served as a member of a governor’s personal staff, lobbied for the Medical Society of Virginia as well as a Fortune 500 insurance company, and she’s served as an assistant attorney general. Today, she captures images of people and real estate from behind the lens of camera.

Randy, president of Evenhouse & Co., has been an accountant his entire career because (he jokes), “the Iowa basic skills test said that’s what I should be.”

Dig a little deeper, however, and the Gartmans’ similarities and loving dependence on one another quickly becomes apparent.

Martika credits Randy’s business acumen for the success and growth of Martika Photography, LLC, which they co-own. “He does the books and helps me make day-to-day business decisions,” she says. “Sometimes he helps me on shoots. I couldn’t have built this business without him.” ... 

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Mission-Focused Giving

Generosity for the Sake of the Gospel

July 17, 1975 is permanently stamped into Steve Chittenden’s memory as the most important day in his personal history. ... 

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Gifts to Remember

Extending Generosity Through Gifts in a Will

More than most, Bill and Barb Venema have endured painful tragedies over their 64 years of marriage. On March 3, 1965, their five-year old son, Timothy, was struck and killed by a car while on his way to school. Eleven years later, on November 21, 1976, their daughter, Julie, died of leukemia at age 10. ... 

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