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planned giving & trust se r vices The Promise Barbara and Leon Trupp have loved ADRA’s work for over 62 years. This is their story as Barbara remembers it. Back in the 70s, during the Idi Amin years in Uganda, terrible things were happening. The Canadian government called for churches to help with settling the thousands of Ugandan refugee families. At the time Barbara and Leon Trupp were members of the Belleville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Belleville, Ont. The Trupps became involved with 15 displaced families, helping them to settle in their new Canadian homes and providing clothing and household items. Through the relationships that developed, Barbara and Leon learned about the culture of Uganda and the struggles of its people. John Howard, the pastor at the Belleville church at the time, could see that the Trupps had compassionate hearts and helping hands, and he urged the Trupps to work for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). Barbara and Leon took heed: After Leon retired from teaching, off they went to Uganda, the country for which they had developed a soft spot after helping refugee families years earlier. It was supposed to just be for one year. “We didn’t know they would ask us to stay,” Barbara muses. “Leon became the ADRA Uganda Country Director, and we ended up staying four and a half years.” Idi Amin’s abuse of power had destroyed much of the country. The needs in Uganda at that time were great, and ADRA Uganda worked hard to meet them. They rebuilt schools and clinics and distributed containers of clothing, household items, and medical and educational supplies to those in need. The children were happiest with the soccer balls sent by one of the Scandinavian ADRA offices. ADRA Uganda “hired” young people to help rebuild a road, paying them with shoes. Barbara remembers that they gave the leftover shoes to the Pygmies—the chief was given first choice, and he chose a pair of platform shoes. “He was proud as punch!” Barbara laughs. “We got a kick out of that the rest of our lives,” she says, smiling. Although Idi Amin was out of power when the Trupps were in Uganda, the country was not yet stable. “Guards were ordered to protect the area where we lived. These guards had machine guns,” Barbara recalls. “Sometimes we would hear gun shots. Sometimes they would even ping off our roof. We often dove under a table for a little extra protection, because the roofs were just thin aluminum. But the Lord looked after us,” she says. These years of service left an indelible mark on the hearts of Barbara and Leon. They made a promise to each other to bequeath gifts to their favourite ministries after they passed away. When they drafted their wills, ADRA Canada was included. Around 1995, Leon was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and in September 2012 he moved into a nursing home. Near the end he asked Barbara, “Do you remember our promise?” Leon passed away in February 2014. One morning after Leon died, Barbara became impressed with the thought that Jesus is coming soon, probably sooner than any of us expect. She thought, I might live to see Him coming. And then what good will my money do? She felt impressed to give now rather than later—because now is when their gift could still do some good. “It’s just a simple life that I want to live with Lord and to do what I’ve always wanted to do—so I just upped and did it! I want to get the money to everyone on the list because that’s what I promised Leon. And this way I can do it myself rather than having someone else do it after I’m gone. This way I can know the work is getting done.” Barbara is secure in the knowledge that she and Leon have worked for the Lord and that their gifts will continue to bless others even after they both are resting. n Written by the ADRA Canada Team M J u ne 2 016 13