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John Morgan, who followed in the footsteps of his father as a Baptist pastor, understandably has a heart for pastors and their families. And what touches his heart most is the plight of retired ministers and widows across the Southern Baptist Convention who live near the poverty line.

Several years ago, Morgan decided to act on his concerns. He led Sagemont Baptist Church in Houston to reach out and minister to the needs of aged ministers and their widows living in the Houston area. The church began gathering the names of individuals with specific needs and responded by sending them $100 to $400 each month. The number grew to thirteen.

"As our church began to invest in the lives of these dear people, we were blessed," Morgan said. "I would receive monthly thank you notes from these retired pastors with a 10 percent tithe to my church. The notes of these faithful servants touched my heart.

"Then I heard about the Annuity Board's Adopt An ...