Mission:Dignity® recipients in New Mexico will receive an extra check — a 13th check — this month, thanks to efforts from churches and the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.
New Mexico marks the eighth state convention to offer such an arrangement between Mission:Dignity/GuideStone® and state conventions.
“New Mexico Baptists make a difference by giving to the Cooperative Program,” BCNM executive director and lead missionary Steve Ballew said. “Their giving allows them to bless these saints in this substantive manner.”
In 2022, Mission:Dignity will help 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 July, thirteen New Mexico recipients will receive a 13th check — equal to a normal monthly honorarium.
“We are truly thankful for the generosity of the people and churches in New Mexico and for Steve Ballew’s leadership in ensuring our Mission:Dignity recipients there are well cared for,” GuideStone President Hance Dilbeck said. “For 104 years, GuideStone has worked diligently to ensure that every servant of Christ finishes well, and we are thankful that Southern Baptists each day are capturing that vision and joining us in our mission.”
Mission:Dignity expressed its thankfulness for the efforts of New Mexico churches.
“Retired pastors and their widows who served well are truly deserving of a double honor,” Mission:Dignity Director Aaron Meraz said. “We are so thankful for our Baptist brothers and sisters in New Mexico for their commitment to ensure no retired Southern Baptist minister or his widow must endure their declining years without the dignity they are due.”
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.