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Mission:Dignity Sunday remembers hurting servants
Curtis D. Sharp, GuideStone Financial Resources
June 14, 2010
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Mission:Dignity Sunday remembers hurting servants

Mission:Dignity Sunday remembers hurting servants
Curtis D. Sharp, GuideStone Financial Resources
June 14, 2010

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.)