#GivingTuesday gifts to Mission:Dignity®, the GuideStone® ministry for retired Southern Baptist ministers and their widows near the poverty line, will be effectively doubled thanks to generous donors who have offered $250,000 in matching gifts.
#GivingTuesday is a global effort to encourage gifts to charities on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It was conceived as a way to give back following Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping days.
100 percent of gifts to Mission:Dignity benefit recipients — an established endowment covers all administrative and overhead costs for the ministry.
“We are so thankful for the donors who understand the importance of this God-birthed and God-honoring ministry and are willing to help double the impact for our recipients,” said GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins. “We would encourage anyone who is interested in giving this year to consider multiplying the effectiveness of their gift by giving it on Tuesday, November 27.”
As GuideStone concludes its centennial celebration — marking 100 years of service to Southern Baptist pastors and churches — Mission:Dignity remains a tangible expression of the vision of GuideStone’s founder, Dr. William Lunsford, who conceived of a ministry to help retired pastors and their widows. Through Mission:Dignity, nearly 1,800 retirees each month receive a measure of comfort, security and dignity in their retirement years. For some, it means being able to stay in the familiar surroundings of their own home. For others, it covers the cost of groceries, utilities, prescriptions and other necessities. But for every one of them, it’s an expression of the love and care of their Southern Baptist family.
To share a gift, or for more information, visit MissionDignity.org.
John Ambra, director of Mission:Dignity, says in his travels throughout the year, meeting with recipients of the grants Mission:Dignity donors make possible, he constantly hears what the gifts mean to them.
“I hear regularly that their Mission:Dignity checks serve as a reminder from the Lord that His people haven’t forgotten their service and that their service to Him mattered,” Ambra said. “They tell us that they are blessed to not have to choose among food, shelter or medicine.”
Mission:Dignity receives no Cooperative Program gifts. All proceeds come from the gifts of individuals, local churches and Sunday school classes. Additionally, all author royalties and proceeds from a series of devotionals by Hawkins, including the just-released Nehemiah Code, benefit Mission:Dignity.
All gifts made November 27 via MissionDignity.org are eligible for matching contributions.
Roy Hayhurst is director of denominational and public relations services for GuideStone.
Director of Denominational and Public Relations Services
GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention
Roy.Hayhurst@GuideStone.org | (214) 720-2141