"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." 
-Warren Buffet
Many of us can look back on our lives and think of someone who did something special for us that blessed us in one way or another. That person may have been a stranger, or a loved one that is no longer alive today. Yet, their generous act a long time ago still speaks to us.

Here's a story of someone who did just that...

     “We believe that when God tells us to move, we need to move” says Dr. Encil Brown. “Even though we can’t understand, even though we can’t see where He is taking us, if He wants us to move, and if we move, we will see the miracles.”
     Indeed, in 2010, Dr. Brown, along with about 30 members of the Edinburg Seventh-day Adventist Church in South Texas, believed that God was calling them to move by faith and plant an English-speaking church in Mission, Texas. With the blessing of the Edinburg Church board, the Mission Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church began as a small group that met in a local theater for their first evangelistic meetings. After the Lord blessed their efforts with two baptisms, the group rented a facility where they could worship and continue their evangelistic plans. With their desire to have a permanent building of their own, they prayed for God’s guidance. Soon after, they found a church for sale owned by the Baptists. The church building was not perfect and would require renovations, but they knew God was leading them to this place. With the help of the Texas Conference, they were able to obtain a loan to purchase the building.
     By now Dr. Brown was leading the congregation as the lay pastor of the church. One day he began Bible studies with a former Episcopalian minister who was interested in the unique message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The minister loved the Adventist message, and especially the emphasis of the soon coming of Christ, and he decided to join the church through baptism. With his love for Jesus, for His Church, and for the advancement of the gospel in Mission Texas, this gentleman felt impressed to do more for God’s glory. What he did was an act of love and faith that to this day and forever will be remembered. “He wasn’t quite sure what he was going to do with his resources,” says Dr. Brown, “but after coming to the church and seeing the social services for the community, he decided to name the Mission Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in his Will as beneficiary of all that he owned at the time of his death. He passed away a little over a year ago. He left his house with three acres, a piece of land with ten acres, and he left a Trust that holds over two million dollars for the church.” Pastor Brown believes that God had a plan for the Mission Hope Church and continues to do so. “I believe that God placed this gentleman in our path so that the resources this man had, he could give it to God’s glory. We have now paid our mortgage, and we also even intend to help other Seventh-day Adventist Churches in need.”
     Preparing an estate plan that will benefit the Lord’s work is “a duty just as sacred as the duty to preach the word to save souls” (Counsels on Stewardship p. 323). The Texas Conference Trust Services Department can help you create an estate plan with a faith that will speak even after death.

The video interview below was shared with the Pastors from the Texas Conference. Click the image to enjoy hearing this testimony from Dr. Encil Brown.
Financial Peace... what does that really mean? The Scriptures share a great deal regarding the relationship between God's people and God's resources. Yet we often find ourselves struggling, living paycheck to paycheck, over stressed, or seemingly stuck under the burden of debt. If that sounds familiar, it just might be time to revisit those Biblical principles of financial management. God's ways really do work, Financial Peace can be real, your success story, your journey towards that Peace is just waiting to begin! The question is, are you ready to start? Come see what God might have in store for your financial peace by joining a 9-week small group class. You are welcome to join a class led by Pastor Songy or Pastor Rodriguez in their local churches, or you can visit to find a class near you.
  • Lesson 1: Build a Starter Emergency Fund and Learn How to Budget
  • Lesson 2: Pay Off All Debt
  • Lesson 3: Save a Fully Funded Emergency Fund
  • Lesson 4: Invest for the Future and Build Wealth
  • Lesson 5: Buyer Beware
  • Lesson 6: The Role of Insurance
  • Lesson 7: Retirement Planning
  • Lesson 8: Real Estate and Mortgages
  • Lesson 9: Living and Giving Like No One Else
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San Antonio Fil-Am Int'l SDA Church:
6 Reasons Why You Need An Estate Plan
Although we typically associate the term “estate” with the ultra-wealthy, estate planning is not just for the rich. Everyone, regardless of family dynamics or financial status, can benefit from having an estate plan—a collection of documents that specify how you want your assets distributed. Nevertheless, most people have neglected to put such plans in place. According to a recent survey from, only 42% of American adults currently have estate planning documents, such as a will or living trust. Read more...

Is It time To Update Your Will?

  • Have you moved to Texas and need to create new documents?
  • Do you need to name a legal guardian for your minor children on your Will?
  • Are your children grown and financially independent and you would like to change the distribution of your estate?
  • Do you need to add or remove beneficiaries on your Will?
  • Would you like to include a gift to the Lord's Work in your Will?
If you answered 'yes' to any of the above questions, then it may be time to review and update your Will.

Contact the Texas Conference Trust Department to update your documents at 817-790-2255 ext. 2105 or reply to this email.
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