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SBC DIGEST: Road to New Orleans with Jamie Dew; Retired ministers get extra boost

Road to New Orleans: Dew says need for the Gospel is great in Crescent City


NASHVILLE (BP) – The third episode of the Road to New Orleans features a challenging word on ways messengers can use their time at the SBC Annual Meeting for more than business as usual. The episode dropped on Tuesday (Feb. 14).

Jamie Dew, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary president, joined Jonathan Howe for the video.

Dew said Southern Baptists will have time to be tourists while they’re in the Big Easy, but he encouraged them to do more.

“Through our partnership with the NAMB (North American Mission Board) Center, we’re going to have a number of tours. This’ll be the opportunity for you to see not only the charms of the city but the challenges of the city,” he said.

“It will be an opportunity to see the need for the Gospel here.”

The Road to New Orleans is a weekly video series with Howe, SBC EC vice president for communications, that highlights different aspects of the upcoming annual meeting and the host city.

Dew says the need for Southern Baptists to be missionaries to New Orleans is great.

“It’s kind of like if you went to Europe or China or something like that. You’re not going to encounter a ton of Christians,” he said.

The video is available at SBCAnnualMeeting.net.

The 2023 SBC Annual Meeting is set for June 11-14 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Mission:Dignity recipients in Mississippi, Alabama, Texas to receive extra checks in 2023

By GuideStone Staff

Mission: Dignity recipients in Alabama will receive two extra checks — a 13th and 14th — in 2023, thanks to efforts from churches and the Alabama State Board of Missions. 

Thanks to efforts from churches affiliated with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, recipients in that state will receive a 13th check.

And a fund established by the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board at the Mississippi Baptist Foundation will allow Mission:Dignity recipients in that state also to receive an extra check this year.

This marks the second consecutive year for each state convention to provide a bit of extra income for those who need it most.

“The SBTC is honored to walk alongside those who have been faithful ministers of the gospel,” said Nathan Lorick, Executive Director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. “It is our joy to be able to give a 13th check to all those in Texas who have given so much of their lives for the sake of the Gospel. “We want each retired pastor and widow in Texas to know they are valued and this is our way of saying thank you for their service to the Lord.”

Rick Lance, executive director of the Alabama State Board of Missions, called the state’s Mission:Dignity recipients “family.”

“We give thanks to the Lord for the opportunity to serve those who have served in ministry so faithfully,” Lance said.

“Mississippi Baptists are glad to honor these lifelong servants with an added blessing in the 13th check,” said Shawn Parker, executive director of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board. “This gift represents the love and respect we have for every Mission:Dignity recipient. We’re thankful to GuideStone for the emphasis given to this ministry and pray for God’s continued favor on it.”

In 2022, Mission:Dignity assisted more than 2,800 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.

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