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Approximately 75 Oklahoma Baptists who currently receive monthly checks from the Mission:Dignity program of GuideStone Financial Resources will receive an additional blessing this year.
At the most recent board meeting, leaders with Oklahoma Baptists approved $21,625 from 2021 Cooperative Program overage to go to the 13th Check effort of Mission:Dignity.
Oklahoma is one of six states to offer such a partnership between Mission:Dignity/GuideStone and state conventions.
“Our board leaders and I are so thankful for Oklahoma Baptists to participate in this 13th Check partnership GuideStone’s Mission:Dignity,” said Todd Fisher, executive director-treasurer for Oklahoma Baptists. “We pray this will be a real blessing to these wonderful servants of the church.”
Mission:Dignity is a program that provides assistance to retirement-age Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows with extra money needed for housing, food and vital medications. It also ensures a well-deserved dignity, independence and, often, the ability to continue serving the Lord.
GuideStone President Hance Dilbeck said, “We have been blessed to see so many state conventions come alongside our Mission:Dignity recipients to provide additional support. It reminds them their Southern Baptist family has not forgotten their service to the Lord and His people. These 13th checks have been an encouragement to me personally, and will be a tremendous blessing to Mission:Dignity recipients.”
More about Mission:Dignity
Mission:Dignity helps more than 2,500 retirement-aged Southern Baptist ministers and their widows every year with extra money needed for housing, food and vital medications. It also ensures a well-deserved dignity, independence and, often, the ability to continue serving the Lord. To be eligible, the recipient must be age 65 or older; have at least 10 years of paid service with a Southern Baptist church, agency or institution; or he or she must have been married to someone who would have met those service requirements; have monthly income from all sources below $2,266 (single) or $3,052 (married); and have $45,000 or less in assets, excluding their home.