[or formerly known as FOUNDERS MONTH OFFERING]

Please give as generously as you can for the continuing support of our Veteran Missionaries Pensioners


“Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.” Psalm 71.18

June is the month for appealing for our Veteran Missionaries Pensioners Offering. And, we are fervently appealing to you on their behalf. Please read this appeal with an open heart, asking God how he wants you to give – and to give you something to give.

What is the Veteran Missionaries Pensioners Offering? That name may be a little new and unfamiliar to you, but it is the same offering that has before been called Founders Month Offering. They are two names for the same offering and are used for the same purpose. We will continue to link this offering to the Founders Month Offering name, but we do want to make our Veteran Missionaries Pensioners Offering more prominent.

Here’s why: this offering is allocated to providing service pensions for our Veteran Missionaries Pensioners. We have a number of Veteran Missionaries who have given a substantial portion of their lives in missionary service for Christ in partnership with BFM. BFM gives them a modest service pension as a token of our love and gratitude for their service.

However, their pensions are NOT supplied from the monthly Missionary Support Fund that supplies the needs of our current active missionaries. The pensions for the Veteran Missionaries Pensioners are funded from a separate investment account that has been established for that sole purpose. And, all the funds that are allocated and deposited into that Veteran Missionaries Pension Fund are disbursed for that purpose.

Currently, we have six (6) pensioners, and every month, there is a disbursement of $11,590.00 to fund their service pensions. That amount, even on a good month, is double the amount of growth we receive on the investment base in that account.

And, as a side note here – you know what a hit investment accounts have taken over the course of last year, and that decline/loss activity only makes our attention and generosity toward our Veteran Missionaries Pensioners all the more urgent.

Here is another way we are going to expand our participation in this Veteran Missionaries Pensioners Offering. We will continue to ask you to give your most generous gifts in the memory of our founders: H. H. Overbey and Z. E. Clark.

But, we want to expand it further by encouraging you to give gifts both:

  • “In Memory Of…” someone who is now with the Lord … and
  • “In Honor Of…” someone who may still be living, but whose love and service for BFM you would like to honor. It can be any faithful servant of the Lord.

For example: you could give your most generous gift “In Memory Of…”

  • Hafford Overbey and Z. E. Clark
  • a former BFM missionary who is now with the Lord
  • a former Director of BFM who is now with the Lord
  • a family member, loved one, or friend who is now with the Lord

Or, you could give your most generous gift “In Honor Of…”

  • a current BFM Veteran Missionary Pensioner
  • a current missionary
  • a current Director, pastor, or other servant of the Lord whom you wish to honor

All of these gifts will be allocated to and deposited in the Veteran Missionaries Pensioners Fund and will be used to continue to support them in their senior years.

So, who are you thinking of right now – either with the Lord or still serving the Lord – whom you would like to memorialize or honor with an offering that will be used to fund the service pensions of our Veteran Missionaries Pensioners?

Pray about and prepare your most generous offering.

You can contribute your Veteran Missionaries Pensioners Offering via:

And, would you prayerfully consider making your gift toward our Pensioners recurring? Our disbursements of $11,590 toward supplying their modest service pensions recur every month!

And, as always, thank you for giving to the Lord!

– your BFM Directors

Baptist Faith Missions Veteran Missionaries Receiving Pensions

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We are frequently asked: “What are you doing to continue giving our Veteran Missionaries assistance, especially financial assistance, in their senior years? How do you assist them? Through what means do you assist them? How can I help assist them?”

The short answer to that question for those who served long enough to vest into our traditional retirement/pension plan is: “We continue to honor and assist them by giving them a monthly ‘service pension’ for the remainder of their lives – and for which spouse may outlive the other.”

This is just a small way we can honor them and show our love and appreciation to them for the years of service they gave to Christ in partnership with BFM.

Many of you have known our Veteran Missionary Pensioners for decades. You have not only known them, but you have loved them, fellowshipped with them, served with them, hosted them in your churches and in your homes, and have contributed to their missionary support.

We still have six current Veteran Missionary Pensioners to whom we are giving this honor:

[Click on their names to learn more about their missionary service and where they are now.]

The “Veteran Missionary Pensioner” account is not funded through the regular monthly offerings given to BFM, but rather through a separate investment account that is established for that purpose.

Currently, every month, there is a disbursement of $11,590.00 to fund their service pensions. That amount, even on a good month, is double the amount of growth we receive on the investment base in that account.

Would you help us with this expression of our love for them? When you designate your offerings for ‘’Veteran Missionaries Pension’ or for ‘Founder’s Month Offering’ [they are the same], they will be applied toward the continuing and on-going financial honor and support of these faithful life-long servants of Christ.

Your missionaries and their families have served and sacrificed greatly on your behalf during their productive years.  Please make a small financial sacrifice for your missionaries in their senior years by giving to the Founders Month Fund.

And, there’s MORE you can do to encourage them! Pray for them!  Reach out to them through every means you can (call, write, email), and let them know you still appreciate them and their service.  They would love to hear from you personally, or from your Sunday School class, or your church’s Pastor/leadership.

Thank you for sharing with them!

You can make a secure donation online with a check or credit card. Just click the “Give” tab on our homepage at www.bfmnow.org.

Click here to give now or you can mail your offering to:
BFM, c/o George Sledd
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280

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News & Reports – June 2023

The Online Edition of the June 2023 BFM News & Reports is available at the link below. This month, we are featuring our Veteran Missionary Pensioners.
*Remember you can click on any headline to view the post/story on our website. To view a VMP’s profile online, click on their picture.

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Founders Day Offering 2018


Our current BFM Veteran Missionary Pensioners represent the first generation of our faithful missionaries.

[There is a second generation who are still serving and will also be transitioning to pension support status in coming years. We want to make advance preparations to care for them also.]

These who receive continuing benefits from our original traditional defined pension arrangements depend upon this commitment we have made to them.

None of their pensions are large, but we have committed to them that we will give back to them and provide for them as generously as we can for the remainder of their years here.

What we have committed to them reflects at least an expression of our appreciation and gratitude to them for giving many years of their lives – in many cases, all of the years of their adult lives – in service to Jesus Christ in partnership with BFM.

Paul teaches us in Romans 15.27, “For if the Gentiles [nations] have been partakers of their spiritual things, their [our] duty is also to minister to them in material things.” And again, in Galatians 6.6, “Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.”

The financial commitments we have made to them are not supplied from our current contributions.

Rather, they are supplied from an investment account we established years ago to provide for these continuing expressions of our gratitude and appreciation for their many years of service to Christ and the peoples of the nations where they served.

We call this investment account our Veteran Missionary Pension Account.

It is extremely important that we maintain and replenish the capital base in this account so their monthly pension benefits can be supplied by the interest and dividends on those deposits.

All of your Founder’s Day Offering contributions will be deposited into the Veteran Missionary Pension Account that supplies their pensions month by month.

Please PRIORITIZE and COMMIT to give as generously as you can for the support of our veteran/retired missionaries.

Contribute to the 2018 Founder’s Day Offering!

“Now also when I am old and grey headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed Thy strength unto this generation, and Thy power to everyone that is to come.” Psalm 71:18

Contributions may be mailed to:
Baptist Faith Missions
George Sledd, Treasurer
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280

Contributions may also be made online by going to www.baptistfaithmissions.org and selecting the tab labeled ‘Donate / Support’ or by clicking here.

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