Dick and Dee Prins’ Legacy Gift Will Help Support ANM’s Future 

Dick PrinsDick Prins was used to traveling the world as an investment banker when he learned about Advancing Native Missions. “One day I came home and there was a missionary in my kitchen,” Dick says. “ANM brought missionaries to the U.S. and were always looking to put them in different homes, to feed them and give them hospitality while they're here. My wife had volunteered and hadn't told me. I came home from a long trip, and there was (ANM partner) Santosh Thomas. It was an incredible blessing.”

The two men got to know each other sitting at the kitchen table. “Santosh explained all the great things that God was doing in Kashmir; I didn’t even know where Kashmir was,” Dick says. “It was kind of an epiphany for me. Wow, look at how big God is. That was the start.”

Since his first trip with ANM in 2008, Dick and his wife of 38 years, Dee, have been avid supporters of our work. To ensure that their support continues even after their lifetimes, they have arranged a legacy gift for ANM in their estate plan. “You can't take it with you, and I know that the funds are used in a way that is glorifying to God,” Dick says. “Great things are being done around the world. It was an easy decision to make.”

Of his first trip, Dick says, “I spent six days in a hotel in Turkey with nearly 60 church leaders from Iran and got to hear their stories and see how God was working in Iran,” he says. “It was an eye-opener to meet people whose faith was a matter of life and death. The dependency they had on God was humbling. The native Christians were so committed to serving the Lord.” 

That trip provided yet another epiphany moment, according to Dick, “You just are amazed at what God can do in a closed society like Iran. And that led to different trips to India, to Africa, to Vietnam, and throughout Asia. I saw how donor money was being used for the furtherance of the gospel. I was always learning. As a longtime investment banker, I know the funds are dedicated to places where you get the greatest return on investment. The gospel is being amplified in cultures that have never heard the gospel. I've seen it and experienced it. It's the best possible investment you can make.”

Dick says the most important thing he has gained from his affiliation and travels with ANM is a glimpse of what God is doing around the world. “Growing up in church and doing day-to-day things, you tend to lose focus on the big picture of what God is doing globally,” he says. “You think God is just working within the walls of the church or just within your life. To see how big God is is just an amazing thing—to see Him working in different cultures, in different languages, and in different ways all around the world. It's been an extraordinary blessing.”

When asked what he would say to encourage others to consider leaving a legacy gift for ANM, Dick says as a businessman and investor he feels assured that the funds will be used wisely. “ANM is truly a team. From the back-office people who work tirelessly to those who are on the front lines out in the field, it's an amazing group of people. I’ve seen the work they do. ANM partners know the culture, the language, the people, the politics, and they were part of the society that they were missionaries to. I always feel like when I give a dollar to ANM, that dollar is going to go a long way and impact many, many lives. When I began to make trips and see the fruit with my own eyes, it just reinforced that. Whenever I have the opportunity to give to ANM, I do.”

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