Letter from Our Director

August 2018

We're moving this month!

Since 1989, we’ve been in the same building on Cedar Springs Road in Dallas. A lot has changed around us in the past 29 years, too. As I look out my window, I see apartments, condos, high-rise office towers and many other buildings that weren’t here in the Uptown neighborhood when we built this place.

GuideStone® has changed, too. We not only took on a new name in 2004-2005 after being known as the Annuity Board for a long time, but we also added a wide assortment of retirement and mutual fund options, insurance plans, property and casualty coverage, plus investment opportunities for “people in the pew.”

One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is our commitment to the pastor and his family at the crossroads. Men and women who have dedicated their lives to sharing and living out the gospel — often in small or remote places without much pay or benefits. Through our Mission:Dignity ministry, we continue to provide much-needed financial assistance to these folks as well as personal encouragement.

Miriam Lauterbach is just one of the nearly 1,800 people we help each month. She and her husband Maynard spent 29 years in one place, too — the state of Maryland. Maynard was a commissioned chaplain through the North American Mission Board during those three decades of ministry and he served two churches as well.

Maynard retired about the time we moved into our Cedar Springs office and we soon began providing a monthly grant from Mission:Dignity. That assistance has continued for Miriam ever since Maynard died and we helped her with a special need not long ago. She expressed her gratitude in this note:

I want you to know of my great appreciation and thankfulness for the grant for my hearing aids and monthly amount of $225. I have been receiving a gift each month for many years now. This gift has kept me out of debt, due to medicine and surgeries. My husband of 49 ½ years was a pastor of two small churches in Maryland and also a chaplain in the police and fire company for 29 years. He died August 5, 1999. Trust you can read this note. At age 91 and in fair health I have really bad arthritis in both hands.

On August 20, we’ll move into our new offices about ten miles north of here. The space will be much more efficient with substantial budget savings for GuideStone in the years ahead. We’ve certainly enjoyed our time at Cedar Springs but all of us are looking forward to being at a better place.

Thank you for sharing so generously this month through your gift for Mission:Dignity. As you know, every dollar will provide grant assistance to an old preacher, worker or widow living in critical financial need. And because of your care and compassion, these old soldiers of the cross are in a much better place financially.

God’s best blessings and favor to you!

Grace and peace,

John Ambra

John Ambra

Director of Development

Please note our new physical address:

5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 2200
Dallas, TX 75244-6152

Our new mailing address:

P.O. Box 819109
Dallas, TX 75381-9109

All of our phone numbers and email addresses remain the same. If you have us set up on your bank-by-mail program, you’ll want to update the mailing address. Remittance envelopes will reflect the new information going forward. If you have any questions, just let us know and we will be glad to help!

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