by Royston Koh
Director of Development Ministry
Our first generation of Singapore Navigators. We are here today because they invested their lives in disciple-making. Photo taken by Jim Chew in 1965. (L-R) Philip Tan, Selene Chew, Phyllis Robertson, Roy Robertson, Han Su Kim, Tom Lee and Richard Soo
Ever die-logued with someone before? Three years ago, the Lien Foundation commissioned a survey to examine death attitudes and preferences in Singapore, in particular current perceptions of hospice palliative care. Results revealed that Singaporeans have a growing desire for conversations about death and dying, otherwise known as “die-logues”. Though only half of the respondents have talked about death or dying with their loved ones, 71% of them saw the need for national conversations on death and dying. Shall we have a die-logue on how we, as disciples of Christ, can better plan for death and our estate?
Estate planning is about life planning. The certainty of death is one of the contingencies we should plan for. A good estate plan identifies the people who are important to you and their needs; as well as your advisors to help you realise your plans. Five major areas to consider in your planning include property ownership, advisors, health care, incapacity and giving to charities.
As Christ’s disciples, wise estate planning presents us with an opportunity to bring an offering to God, indicating our gratefulness for His blessings in our lifetime. David models for us what we can do with our assets at the end of life. While preparing the resources for building the temple of God, David said to all Israel, “So I have provided for the house of my God, so far as I was able … in addition to all that I have provided for the holy house, I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, and because of my devotion to the house of my God I give it to the house of my God … Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself today to the LORD?” (1 Chronicles 29: 2-4 ESV)
When we plan our estate wisely, we ensure that our hard-earned assets count for eternity as they are used to advance the Gospel and God’s Kingdom. This planning helps us to end well. It is obligated on us who are well-endowed to ensure that wise and responsible planning will result in meeting the needs of those we care most for, as well as assuring relational harmony subsequently. “Those we care most for” would certainly include ministries that are close to our hearts.
Since 1962, The Navigators Singapore has been advancing the Gospel as labourers living and discipling among the lost. As a result of this dedication, countless lives have been changed. Would you prayerfully consider leaving a legacy that will benefit future generations so that more lives can be touched?
You can include The Navigators Singapore in your will by leaving a bequest in your estate planning. This can be done in a number of ways:
• Designate all or a portion of the residue, after other gifts to your loved ones has been fulfilled
• Allocate a specific amount to be given to The Navigators Singapore
• Specify a percentage of your estate for The Navigators Singapore
Should you need help in making a will or estate planning, kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org.