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  • Nehemiah Code: ‘Never too late’ for new beginning

    October 5 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Nehemiah Code: ‘Never too late’ for new beginning

    Whether it’s revitalizing a church, dealing with a broken relationship or wrestling with one’s own self-confidence, most ministry workers and other Christians will spend at least some of the next year trying to restore something. Nehemiah provides a key example for how to approach a rebuilding task, says GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins.

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  • GuideStone eyes 2nd century of finance aid & service

    August 14 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone eyes 2nd century of finance aid & service

    In early August of 1918, William Lunsford, the founding chief executive of what today is GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, received a letter from trustee Cullen F. Thomas. In it, Lunsford was advised that the state of Texas on July 31 had granted the charter for what was named the Board of Ministerial Relief and Annuities.

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  • Small but powerful

    June 22 2018 by Joe Westbury, The Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Small but powerful

    When the South Gate Baptist Church Girls in Action (GA) group decided to focus on Mission:Dignity for their Christmas in August project, most of the members had never heard of the ministry that helps retired SBC ministers, workers, and their wives or widows. South Gate is located in rural southeast Georgia where small churches dot…

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  • Centennial, Mission:Dignity atop GuideStone report

    June 18 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Centennial, Mission:Dignity atop GuideStone report

    O.S. Hawkins brought the 100th report of GuideStone Financial Resources on Tuesday morning to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention during their June 12–13 in Dallas. Hawkins noted the privilege GuideStone has had of living out its founder’s vision. “A century ago, our founder, William Lunsford, stood before the Southern Baptist Convention in Hot …

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  • Mission: Dignity offers life-saving ministry

    June 11 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 2 comments
    Mission: Dignity offers life-saving ministry

    At 85, Hilda Mount celebrates little things – still living on her own and being able to get around a bit. While she can’t move as well or as fast as she once did, Mount expresses gratitude at how God has blessed her through her family and Mission:Dignity (M:D). “I just want to thank everybody who …

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  • Mission:Dignity seeks eligible retiree recipients

    June 1 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Mission:Dignity seeks eligible retiree recipients

    Be intentional. That’s the message John Ambra, director of development for Mission:Dignity, wants Southern Baptists to hear. The ministry is searching for retired Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows who need financial assistance – people who may find it hard to ask for help or may not know it’s there.

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  • Mission:Dignity affirms couple’s trust in God’s care

    May 23 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Mission:Dignity affirms couple’s trust in God’s care

    No matter how little they appeared to have, Roy and Janice Southern understood one undeniable truth: You can’t out-give the Lord. Whether it was helping a fellow seminary student at Criswell College pay for his textbooks or giving from their Mission:Dignity gift to a widow they knew couldn’t afford her medicine, the Southerns have been faithful to share.

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  • Daughter joins mother in Mission:Dignity gratitude

    November 28 2017 by Rebekah Hardage, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Daughter joins mother in Mission:Dignity gratitude

    Growing up as a preacher’s daughter, Estela Rangel had only one request of her husband David when they married: “Never become a pastor.” As a child, she had felt pressure to be perfect in the eyes of the church, and she wanted a different life as an adult. “But God had His plans,” Estela said.

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  • ‘Christmas Code’ kindles Advent-oriented evangelism

    September 11 2017 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    ‘Christmas Code’ kindles Advent-oriented evangelism

    GuideStone Financial Resources President O.S. Hawkins had one goal for his new book, “The Christmas Code” – providing pastors and churches a resource with short Advent devotionals as a church-wide evangelism tool during the holiday season. The new book, which released Sept. 5, already has tallied nearly 200,000 in preordered copies.

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  • God ‘was never early and never late’ for pastor

    July 11 2017 by Judy A. Bates, GuideStone Financial Services | with 0 comments
    God ‘was never early and never late’ for pastor

    A father’s love will shape a man’s life – even if it doesn’t come from his own dad. Just ask Elvis Durrill. Elvis was born in the midst of the Great Depression. One of nine children, his young life on the farm was hard. It was from his mother that Elvis learned of God’s loving care.

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  • Mission:Dignity ‘has eased my pain,’ widow says

    July 10 2017 by Judy A. Bates, GuideStone Financial Services | with 0 comments
    Mission:Dignity ‘has eased my pain,’ widow says

    Doris Jackson’s hands moved quickly over the piano keys as she played the traditional version of “Amazing Grace.” As she wrapped up the song, Doris glanced over her shoulder with a mischievous grin to ask if we wanted to hear her “version.” ...

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  • Hawkins recaps GuideStone’s legal & financial gains

    June 16 2017 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Hawkins recaps GuideStone’s legal & financial gains

    GuideStone Financial Resources’ theme for 2017 is the “Year of Innovation,“ President O.S. Hawkins said in the opening report to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention, June 13-14 in Phoenix. The annual theme guides the entity’s work, Hawkins said, noting a difference between imitation and innovation.

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  • Knowing somebody cares buoys retiree

    June 12 2017 by Erich Bridges, GuideStone Financial Services | with 0 comments
    Knowing somebody cares buoys retiree

    Mission:Dignity Sunday is June 25. It’s a day to remember and honor retired ministers, workers and their widows living on low retirement incomes. It’s also a time to give generously to help the nearly 1,800 individuals and couples assisted by the ministry. About $7 million is distributed annually.

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  • Retired pastors, widows thankful for Mission:Dignity

    December 29 2016 by John Ambra, Guidestone | with 0 comments
    Retired pastors, widows thankful for Mission:Dignity

    Hard work was nothing new for bivocational pastor L.C. Jones. After decades of laboring in sewing factories, he was accustomed to sweating it out for the sake of his family. “I’ve worked all summer – mowing yards, trying to save enough money to fix my wife’s teeth,” he said. ...

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  • Widow’s trust in the Lord shown in Mission:Dignity

    August 10 2016 by John Ambra, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Widow’s trust in the Lord shown in Mission:Dignity

    Sandra McGill never dreamed she’d be a pastor’s wife. When she and Joe married in 1954, he hadn’t told her about his call to preach while operating a plow on his family’s farm. His revelation several years later would be the beginning of more than three decades cultivating fields of a different kind.

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