This note recently came from a dear sister in Milan, KS, with a $25 gift for KYB. “Dear Friends, I have much comfort watching Sunday School and Church on the computer. I love Steve’s Sunday School class and also Toby. Only thing I am missing is communion. I have no ride to church since March, but you are on. I get to tape Know Your Bible. Use this small donation to help others. Thank you for giving me help in missing church.”

This was added to a mail-in question: “P.S.  Many thanks. This is a great program!”

We receive all kinds of “thank-yous” – some short and simple, some very moving. That feedback helps us remember the varied reach of KYB. For many, it’s an interesting and easy way to get answers to common Bible questions. For others, it’s a lifeline; a way to hold on to what used to be normal in their life. That kind of feedback reinforces why KYB is worth all the time and money it takes to keep it going.

Speaking of money… It’s almost time for another annual report. October 25 will be KYB Sunday. I’ll report on how the ministry is doing and you will decide whether to support it for another year. We will collect gifts and commitments that will determine the future of the ministry. So, start praying and planning for your commitment on KYB Sunday.

Since the end of the year is approaching and some of you are starting your tax planning, let me share this Q&A from a recent Wall Street Journal financial column:

Q: I am a 78-year-old retiree taking required distributions from a 401(k) plan I accumulated while I was working. I am considering naming a charitable organization as the plan’s beneficiary. When I die, will the funds be paid to the charity without being taxed, or is there a provision in the tax code that would tax the payment?

A:  Yes, you can name a charity as the beneficiary of a retirement plan, and no, there would be no tax on the transfer to the charity after your death. “For anyone who is charitably inclined, funds like individual retirement accounts or 401(k)s are actually the best assets to leave to a charity,” says Ed Slott, an IRA expert in Rockville Centre, N.Y. “That’s because they are loaded with deferred taxes that will never get collected when the funds are donated.”