Dalia Gonzales, wife of Michael Gonzales, director of Hispanic ministries for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, was honored with the 2018 Willie Turner Dawson Award during the Ministers’ Wives Luncheon at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Dallas.
Gonzales, of Hurst, Texas, is the first Hispanic minister’s wife to receive the award, which recognizes a minister’s wife for making a distinct denominational contribution beyond the local church and for her Christian character and service to others.
Kathy Litton, director of planter spouse care for the North American Mission Board, in presenting the annual award, called Gonzales “a true multiplier in the Kingdom of God” who has contributed greatly to Hispanic Southern Baptist women across Texas and beyond.
This is noteworthy, said Litton, because 17 percent of the current U.S. population is Hispanic, and the Hispanic population is expected to triple in the next 30 years.
Gonzales has supported her husband in his various roles in the pastorate, on the foreign mission field, as a GuideStone Financial Services representative, as a director of missions and as a state denominational leader.
Gonzales said she accepted the award on behalf of all the ministers’ wives who work daily alongside their husbands to do the “good works, which God prepared beforehand” (Ephesians 2:10).
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Source: Baptist Press