June 14 2010 by Curtis D. Sharp, GuideStone Financial Resources

    DALLAS — What if it were your mother? Or your wife?

    Through its Mission:Dignity ministry, GuideStone Financial Resources assists retired Southern Baptist ministers and their wives who have significant financial needs. Sixty percent of Mission:Dignity recipients are widows.

    “These precious women served for decades alongside their husbands in small churches with modest incomes and little or no retirement contributions,” explained John Ambra, Mission:Dignity’s director. “Now, they struggle to pay for basic necessities like food, utilities, prescriptions or other medical care.”

    Lenora Day is one of the women for whom Mission:Dignity provides assistance. Married for 54 years, Day’s husband died in 2001. Her son and daughter also died soon after. After 44 years serving alongside her husband in ministry, Day was trying to make it on $721 a month from Social Security.

    “I guess I’m what they call a widow indeed because I don’t have a soul that can look after me,” she said. After learning of the Mission:Dignity ministry, Day applied and was quickly approved.

    “Widows like Lenora Day are helped by the generous support of individuals, Sunday School classes and churches across the Southern Baptist Convention who make it possible to provide these faithful servants of God an extra $200 to $530 each month,” Ambra said. “Our goal is summed up in our name: We want to provide these men and women the dignity they deserve.”

    “The DNA of GuideStone rests with dear soldiers of the cross — the very people this ministry was founded to assist more than 90 years ago,” said GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins.

    Funding for Mission:Dignity comes primarily from the direct gifts of individuals, Sunday school classes and churches across the Southern Baptist Convention.

    Individuals, Churches and Sunday School classes can join Southern Baptists across the country to help make life better for God’s retired servants in need. To order free bulletin inserts and Open Hearts Open Hands video visit www.MissionDignitySBC.org or call (888) 984-8433).

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Sharp is executive officer for denominational and public relations services for GuideStone Financial Resources.)      
    6/14/2010 7:33:00 AM by Curtis D. Sharp, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments




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