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IMB postpones volunteer trips through June 30; personnel ‘shelter in place’

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- International Mission Board senior leaders have directed IMB missionary personnel around the world to postpone hosting any ministry volunteer groups through June 30, leaders announced Wednesday (March 25). Consideration of missionaries hosting volunteer teams beyond June 30 will be reviewed on May 1. "We're instructing our personnel to postpone all volunteer efforts at this time due to the uncertainty of health and travel for those traveling internationally, and also to comply with the State Department's guidance," said IMB President Paul Chitwood. "We strongly recommend that Southern Baptist volunteer teams postpone any travel during this time, particularly overseas travel."

IMB, Billy Graham Center focus on rural churches

WHEATON, Ill. (BP) -- The International Mission Board and the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College's Rural Matters Institute have launched a five-year research project that aims to arm the rural church with resources needed to advance the Gospel within and beyond the United States. "The idea is to provide information that will benefit rural practitioners in the United States and around the world," said Jeffrey Clark, director of rural missiology and research for the IMB. "This will involve research, writing, and training for rural practitioners ... that will help [them] be more effective in reaching their field for Christ."

UPDATED: IMB to continue focus on communication, marketing

UPDATE: The International Mission Board released a statement to Baptist Press on Monday (Aug. 26) regarding the Aug 12 announcement, “MacDonald named IMB VP of marketing, communication.” IMB said, “After further discussion with Mark MacDonald, IMB decided that he would not be a good fit and to go in a different direction for the vice president of marketing and communication role.” The day before, MacDonald had posted on Facebook about the decision noting that "an anonymous source" had informed IMB of a past failure, following which he had undergone restoration with his church. "God is good, but this is difficult," he wrote.

‘Every nation’ underscored as IMB’s mission vision

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Songs of worship in Swahili, a new missionary testimony in American Sign Language and Gospel presentations by missionaries in Mandarin, Hausa, Russian and Fon representing a biblical view of the church worshipping God for eternity. These were among the highlights of an International Mission Board dinner prior to the SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala.

‘The nations are waiting,’ Chitwood tells SBC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Massive cyclones in sub-Saharan Africa. Political and humanitarian crises in the Americas. Gangs among the Deaf. Police arrests in Southeast Asia. Slander in Central Asia. Even amid such difficulties, International Mission Board personnel are seeing God create opportunities for people to hear a clear Gospel witness, IMB President Paul Chitwood reported June 11 during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala.

26 new missionaries obey God’s call to the nations

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- David and Zoey Lee know they can go as Southern Baptist missionaries today because Christian believers in the past sacrificed to get the Gospel to their homeland -- a truth they shared June 11 during a Sending Celebration to honor the appointment of 26 new Southern Baptist international missionaries. "Many missionaries came to Korea and laid down their lives for our people," said David Lee. "We would not be able to stand here without their obedience to God's call."

IMB trustees approve 26 missionaries

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- International Mission Board trustees approved the appointment of 26 new missionaries to take the Gospel to the nations during their May 22-23 meeting near Richmond, Va. Trustees also considered pivotal changes in ministry advancement and prayer strategies; welcomed a report from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Adam Greenway; heard recommendations related to IMB's handling of past allegations of child abuse and sexual harassment; and elected 2019-2020 officers.

IMB pledges to ‘be a leader’ in abuse prevention

RICHMOND, Va.(BP) -- International Mission Board trustees heard recommendations Wednesday (May 22) from the firm conducting an external examination of IMB's handling of past allegations of abuse and sexual harassment and IMB's present policies and practices. IMB President Paul Chitwood responded immediately with an apology to victims and a pledge for the future. Kathryn Nash, leader of the examination task force from Gray Plant Mooty (GPM), presented ...

Refugee crisis: IMB’s Chitwood goes to Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, D.C.(BP) -- Only days after witnessing Venezuelan refugees' plight on the Colombia border, and mere weeks after praying with refugees in Uganda, International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood traveled to Capitol Hill Thursday (May 16) to discuss the global refugee crises with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Chitwood and John Brady, IMB's vice president of Global Engagement, along with their spouses, met with Sen. McConnell, (R-Ky.) a longtime Southern Baptist elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984 from Louisville, Ky., in the Majority Leader's office in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

IMB website to better serve Southern Baptists

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- The International Mission Board's website -- IMB.org -- has launched a new home page and renovation of other online pages to make it easier for Southern Baptists to partner with the IMB in global mission praying, giving, going and sending. "Our very task as Southern Baptists' International Mission Board depends on a cooperative effort to strategically pray, give, go and send on mission," IMB President Paul Chitwood said of the mission board's improved online presence.