Gifts to Mission:Dignity® made on November 29, 2022, #GivingTuesday, will be doubled up to $600,000, thanks to generous donors.
As #GivingTuesday kicks off the year-end giving season on November 29, 2022, Mission:Dignity calls on fellow SBC brothers and sisters to help the ministry assist retirement-aged pastors, workers and widows so they may finish well and with dignity.
#GivingTuesday is a refreshing change of pace at the start of the Christmas shopping season, which is often filled with buying gifts, and typically kicks off the year-end giving season. For ten years, like-minded individuals have joined together on this unique day to give to causes important to them. With this year’s focus on rising costs due to inflation, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to give toward something that matters and to those whose struggle may be more significant than our own.
Beginning in January 2022, each Mission:Dignity recipient received a 22-25% raise in monthly honorariums. This raise could not have come at a better time. Recipient Betty Nail recently wrote, “Nowadays, the price of everything is going up it seems — the cost of utilities, food, rent, gas… but #MissonDignity has made a ‘happy’ increase when we need it most.”
As always, 100% of all gifts go directly to retired Southern Baptist workers, ministers and widows near or below the poverty line — as an established endowment covers administrative and overhead costs for the ministry.
Annually more than 2,700 individuals receive a monthly measure of comfort, security and dignity in their retirement years through steady financial giving.
Mission:Dignity’s support can mean 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 all of them, it’s an expression of the love and care of their Southern Baptist family.
“Mission:Dignity is part of the very DNA of GuideStone,” said Hance Dilbeck, president of GuideStone. “For more than a century, we’ve been on a mission to ensure no retirement-age pastor and his wife or widow must live in poverty. We cannot do it without the faithful support of Southern Baptists.”
Mission:Dignity receives no Cooperative Program gifts. Additionally, all author royalties and proceeds from the Code series of books by GuideStone President Emeritus O.S. Hawkins benefit Mission:Dignity.
“We would encourage anyone interested in giving this year to consider multiplying the impact of their gift by giving on Tuesday, November 29,” said Director of Mission:Dignity, Aaron Meraz.
To share a gift or for more information, visit GuideStone.org/GivingTuesday.