Rick and Betty Hall, who live in a modest mobile home in Central Alabama, have a multitude of stories about the small churches they served throughout Eastern Alabama over the course of three decades.
In their last church, five people attended on the first Sunday. No one had lived in the parsonage for 36 years, and there were only 34 people within a mile of the church. As attendance grew to almost 40 during the eight years the Halls were there, the members learned how to give to missions, and it became the top per-capita giving church in their local association to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
Rick and Betty both worked a variety of jobs to pay their bills. Rick shares, “Most country churches expect a pastor to do everything — visitation, hospital calls, turning the lights on. But most of them can’t pay much, if anything.”
When they retired, Rick and Betty had no savings to fall back on but heard about Mission:Dignity®. It has made a huge difference in their lives.
“This month, there was $3.27 in the bank when the Mission:Dignity check came in,” Rick says quietly. “Our Social Security pays the bills, but the Mission:Dignity gift pays for our groceries. We can’t tell you how many times we have thanked the Lord for your help. Many months, we would not have bought food without your assistance.
“We just want to thank you so very much. We know that God cares for us, and the assistance from those who give to Mission:Dignity is one way He has helped us. It’s amazing and we can’t thank you enough.”