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Dr. Ron Mackey, Director of Advancement

As Dr. Milford Riggs traveled the state of Missouri more than a century ago, his heart was broken by the plight of older Baptist pastors who, at the end of years of proclaiming the Gospel and faithfully serving the church, found themselves impoverished, sometimes virtually homeless and in need of genuine, Christian ministry.
The dream of The Baptist Home in the hearts of Dr Milford and Mary Riggs was not the result of a well thought out business plan to create a financially comfortable life for themselves – in fact, they stepped away from a secure ministry opportunity in a local church to follow this improbable dream of caring for aging humanity. It was a dream that appears to have become all-consuming as they moved from their parsonage to a rented home with borrowed furniture to open their hearts and home to strangers. They literally stood in the gap, reaching out with love and grace to those who were sinking in desperation. That legacy of standing in the gap has continued for over a century as the high calling of The Baptist Home.
We Are Called, indeed, at The Baptist Home to stand in the gap for those facing the oft, overwhelming journey of aging. It is a journey marked by significant, chaotic, life-altering loss. Aging brings serious physical, emotional and spiritual loss. As one ages, we face the loss of significance as we journey from a career to retirement, from being a hands-on parent to watching our children take flight on their own journeys. We lose control over our body that used to obey our every whim and now behaves like a foreign object. We face the emotional trauma of losing a spouse and loved ones who made this journey in life rich and enjoyable. And, as a result of these losses, we feel lost, alone, abandoned. We need someone to come alongside us, to sit a spell with us, to hold our hands, to pray for God’s presence to be real in our lives.
This is the calling of The Baptist Home – to stand in the gap for aging humanity. Yes, we are a health care ministry. Yes, we provide physical care for the aging. Yes, we provide quality, affordable aging-friendly housing for seniors. But, we are called to do so much more than that. We are called to stand in the gap – the gap of loneliness, physical decay, emotional trauma, and the spiritual fear of being overlooked. You will read a great deal about this idea of standing in the gap in these pages over this year. Please know it is our sacred calling to do just that for you our supporters, our residents, and our friends.
As a result, we are reminded of the dramatic words of Jesus in Matthew 25, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Will you join us as we, together, stand in the gap for aging humanity?