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GIFFOrd myers '55: iT'S PLANTING TIME BUT harvest time is coming
It’s planting time, but harvest time is coming! Gifford Myers ’53, alumnus, friend and founder of the Northwestern Foundation, planted a lot of seeds in his day. He started out as a preacher and spent over 20 years serving churches in several states.
Eventually, he taught at Winnipeg Bible College in Canada. In the early 70s he joined Liberty University and helped organize their systems, served as an associate dean and even traveled with Dr. Jerry Falwell.
Myers’ work over the years helped prepare him to come back to his alma mater and join Northwestern College as director of planned giving in 1989. Many ministries still reap the results of Myers’ faithful work.
Myers recently passed away, and family and friends grieve this loss but take comfort in God’s promise, “Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever.” (I Corinthians 15:42 NLT) Many things about Myers’ legacy remind us of the biblical teaching regarding sowing and reaping, even his life verse: So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. (Galatians 6:9 NLT)
This farm boy from South Dakota understood the cycle of planting and reaping: the role long-term thinking—estate planning—plays in Northwestern’s financial viability. Myers was a driving force in establishing the Northwestern Foundation to help ensure the future sustainability of Northwestern’s 110-year-old mission
to take Christ to the world. Northwestern Foundation facilitates intentional planning for the distribution of estate wealth after those resources are no longer needed.
Myers worked tirelessly “plowing the fields” for
Northwestern. His wife, Carol, remembers the years he traveled 25,000 miles on behalf of the college.
“Whatever he did, it was ‘all or nothing,’” says Carol,
“He loved people, and he loved to serve people.”
The Apostle Paul explains in I Corinthians 3:6–9 that
it takes many laborers to reap the full benefit of the work. “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” (NIV) Gifford Myers plowed the way. Northwestern’s friends provided the water of prayer and financial support, and even now God is still making it all grow.
Today, Northwestern and many other ministries continue to reap blessings from Myers’ legacy of planting. Former Foundation president Garth Warren observed that “the soil I was able to cultivate on behalf of the Northwestern Foundation is tremendously fertile because of the great amounts of love and labor that Gifford put into his work during the ten-plus years that he worked so diligently on behalf of our ministry. We are reaping significant financial rewards on a monthly basis. This is in large part due to Gifford’s tremendous efforts over the years.”
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