Reflections by Paul Cooke, France Mission’s Director

Do you remember the Wombles? I loved them as a child and particularly remember a hand-made Orinoco received as a birthday present! I was intrigued to see that they star in a recent video by an organisation called Remember a Charity to encourage people to support charities by leaving a gift in their will.

No matter what age you are, it’s always a good idea to make a will. After my father died last year, the fact that he’d made a will made things a lot easier for the executors.

Many charities rely on legacies to fund their work. According to the September 2021 issue of Fundraising Magazine, for example, “legacy income accounted for 65% of overall fundraised income” for the National Trust in 2019-20. This isn’t the case for France Mission; legacies only made up 1% of our income last year. So, we never rely on legacy income in our planning, but any income we do receive from this source means that we can offer support over and above what we plan for. This reflects the truth of what Paul writes in Philippians 4.19: “my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” What we receive from the Lord has a habit of far exceeding our expectations!

If you need to make a will, now is a good time to do this since, every November, an organisation called Will Aid works with participating solicitors so that, rather than paying a fee, clients make a voluntary donation to support the work of several big charities. France Mission isn’t among them (!), but you can choose to leave a gift in your will to FM if you’d like to do that.

A huge thank you to all of you who’ve already chosen to do that, or who choose France Mission as the beneficiaries of in memoriam gifts. By supporting our ministry in this way, you’re helping to create a legacy of eternal significance in France.


Paul Cooke

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