Mission:Dignity recipients in Alabama will receive an extra check — a 13th check — in 2022 and annually after, thanks to the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.
Alabama marks the fourth state to offer such a partnership between Mission:Dignity/GuideStone and state conventions. Similar programs are underway in neighboring Mississippi and in South Carolina and Arkansas, and Florida recently announced it will become the fifth state to offer a similar program.
“Trustees of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions were excited about participating in the 13th check for Mission:Dignity recipients,” said Rick Lance, executive director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. “We are gratified by this opportunity to bring an extra blessing for our people. We plan to make this an annual gift so that the 13th check can be available for the participants in Alabama. We will consider other ways to be of help in the future.”
In 2022, Mission:Dignity helped more than 2,500 individuals 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. In Alabama, 115 recipients will receive a 13th check, which will be the same amount as their regular monthly benefit.
“We have been blessed to see so many state conventions come alongside our Mission:Dignity recipients to provide additional support,” said GuideStone President Hance Dilbeck. “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.”
Mission:Dignity recipients in Alabama should receive the extra payment in March.
“We are so thankful for the leadership of Dr. Lance, the State Board of Missions trustees and the people of the churches in Alabama who have made this additional gift possible,” said Aaron Meraz, director of Mission:Dignity. “These pastors and others we serve are truly deserving of a double honor, and thanks to the efforts of so many, those we are privileged to serve will be receiving this blessing.”
For more information on Mission:Dignity, to give, to apply for assistance or to refer someone in need, visit MissionDignity.org.
Roy Hayhurst is the director of denominational and public relations at GuideStone.
Director of Denominational and Public Relations
GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention
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