Letter from Our Director

March 2018

Some local high school students were going door-to-door in our neighborhood last weekend, handing out plastic grocery bags and asking people to share non-perishable items for the food pantry in our town. I knew Teresa and I could easily spare some things so I took a bag and headed for the pantry.

We are always well-stocked so I filled up the bag. And then another one. And not just with canned corn or spaghetti but also some premium items that someone else on a low income may not ever buy for themselves.

As the kids came back around to pick up my bags, it didn’t really look like all that much to give. However, when I looked in the back of the pickup truck full of groceries, I was reminded that a whole lot of people, each doing a little something, makes for a bountiful provision. Our contribution, out of the goodness God has shown to Teresa and me, would surely help someone else with a few meals in the weeks ahead.

That’s also the power of Mission:Dignity. All of us in Southern Baptist life can and should do something. Not one of us has to do it all and our individual gifts may appear rather modest at times. However, a whole lot of people, each doing a little something, makes for a bountiful provision.

Your something this month, out of the goodness God has shown to you, will be a big help to an old pastor or his widow. Ruby Craft is just one of those who is assisted through the ministry. Her husband Chester was a pastor for more than 60 years in Alabama and Georgia. This dear pastor’s widow is now 85 years old — as are one-fourth of the nearly 1,800 people who receive grant assistance through Mission:Dignity. Ruby recently shared this sweet word of gratitude:

"Thank you so much for all the help you have given me. You have made my life so much better. With the help I get from you, I can go to the store and buy what I need to eat, and clothes to wear, and pay my bills. I thank God he has worked through Southern Baptist friends who care about your ministers and their widows. I pray for you and thank the Lord for you every day."

In the closing verses of 2 Corinthians 9, Paul reminds the Corinthian Christians about the physical and spiritual impact of their gifts for those in need.

"This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"

That’s not just a great testimony from 2,000 years ago but it’s our testimony today as we join our hearts and hands in blessing those who sacrificed much for the gospel in years gone by.

Know of our prayers for you, as well, and our appreciation for sharing your generous gift this month for Mission:Dignity. You’ve joined a whole lot of people, each doing a little something, and that has made for a bountiful provision of resources and praise as we bring good to others and glory to God.

God's best to you and thanks again!

Grace and peace,

John Ambra 

John Ambra

Director of Development

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