And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
For over 45 years the Lord has faithfully provided for ICR’s needs. His remarkable supply was particularly evident during the Great Recession of 2007–2009. Even though many were struggling financially, countless supporters continued to pray and sustain ICR’s ministry through their gifts. But after several years of recovery, recent signs of volatility are causing many economic experts to wonder if we may be headed for another slowdown.
As ICR focuses on building a world-class science museum and planetarium, some supporters may be hesitant to give to this influential project out of fear of an economic downturn. But in light of the Bible’s promises, it’s wrong to worry! God “knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8) and promises to “supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). The Christian’s calling is to use whatever resources we have at our disposal to “do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).
Nevertheless, ICR is not blind to practical solutions that benefit both our ministry and those who wish to support our work. As financial markets decline, investors often turn to sources of guaranteed income like Certificates of Deposit (CDs). But with rates averaging below 1%, CDs are simply not an attractive option. A much better alternative for senior supporters age 65 or older can be found in ICR’s Charitable Gift Annuity program.
Charitable Gift Annuities provide the highest guaranteed returns in the market today (between 4.5% and 9%, depending on your age). For as little as $10,000, you can invest in an ICR gift annuity that provides guaranteed income for life, a present tax deduction, and a tax-free portion on future payments—benefits no other secure investments can match. If you would like to support ICR’s work but still need ongoing income, this option may be right for you. Not all states qualify, so contact us for a customized proposal, or use the Planned Giving link at ICR.org/donate to create your own.
Apart from direct financial giving, perhaps the single most important thing a Christian can do to support God’s work is to have a valid written will. Surprisingly, over half of all people who pass away each year do not have one. Without a valid will, state laws of “descent and distribution” take over and decide who will administer your estate and who will serve as the guardian of your minor children. This process often depletes an estate with unnecessary expenses. And such state-written wills do not allow bequests of any kind—to your friends, your church, or to ministries like ICR that honor the Lord Jesus Christ. In obedience to the Lord and His biblical model—caring for our families (1 Timothy 5:8), providing for the church (1 Corinthians 16:2), supporting Christian ministries (1 Timothy 6:17-18), and sharing in general charity (2 Corinthians 9:8-9)—please make a will if you don’t already have one.
ICR’s Planned Giving website mentioned above contains interactive modules to help you craft a will. ICR also provides samples of well-written wills and helpful brochures on will preparation. Most wills can be prepared inexpensively by a knowledgeable attorney, and we can recommend one in your area. And if you wish to support ICR, it’s easy to include a simple bequest that guarantees a portion of your remaining assets are shared with our ministry. It will be put to good use in our work to honor our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ.
* Mr. Morris is Director of Donor Relations at the Institute for Creation Research.