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IMB trustees appoint 92 missionaries, stay focused on Gospel advance

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – International Mission Board trustees approved 92 fully funded missionaries for appointment during their May 17-18 meeting in Richmond. Missionaries approved for appointment will be recognized during a Sending Celebration on Tuesday, June 13, at 9:50 a.m. CDT in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in New Orleans, La. The event will be livestreamed atsbcannualmeeting.net.

Retiring IMB missionaries encourage more to answer call to reach lost

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- The International Mission Board’s newest missionary emeriti have heard the statistics of lostness. According to recent global research data, 4.6 billion people, or 59 percent, in the world remain unreached with the Gospel.

Asian Southern Baptist leaders gather at IMB

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – Twenty Asian American leaders representing seven ethnicities gathered at the International Mission Board in Richmond May 2-4 to explore opportunities to reach the nations. This is the first time Asian leaders from across the Southern Baptist Convention have met collectively with IMB leaders to learn, encourage each other and commit to new levels of cooperation to advance the Gospel. Participants included local pastors, state fellowship directors and Southern Baptist entity representatives.  

Aftab’s journey reveals plight for many persecuted Christians

Nights are the hardest. Really, anytime he’s alone in the apartment is hard. He’d much rather be with people or be busy at work. Time alone reminds him of his family – his wife, daughter and two sons. He hasn’t seen them in person in nine years. He blinks back tears when he talks about them.

IMB trustees share good news reports, remain focused on Revelation 7:9 vision

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – International Mission Board trustees approved the appointment of 22 full-time, fully funded missionaries to solve the world’s greatest problem – lostness – during their Sept. 28-29 meeting near Richmond, Virginia. The missionaries — plus two appointed earlier in the year — participated in a Sending Celebration, hosted by Beaverdam Baptist Church in Beaverdam, Va.

Good news emphasized, while lostness remains central to IMB report

ANAHEIM, Calif. (BP) – International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood began IMB’s report to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting with recent good news from the mission field. He recounted a message he received the previous night from a pastor whose daughter serves overseas. Chitwood shared that three Muslim women had accepted Christ as Savior. These salvations were the first the IMB missionary team had seen among this people group.

Lifetimes of kingdom impact recognized at IMB emeriti event

Collectively, they speak more than 40 languages and numerous local and tribal dialects. Many endured persecution, war, tribal conflict and loss of property. Several had their homes burned. More than one was imprisoned. Grave markers overseas name friends and family, even children, lost while serving for the sake of the gospel. They understand sacrifice. They […]

IMB trustees appoint 56 missionaries, celebrate with missionary emeriti

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- International Mission Board trustees approved 56 new fully funded missionaries for appointment during their May 18-19 meeting in Orlando. The meeting was conducted in conjunction with the Celebration of Emeriti event held every five years to recognize retiring missionaries who have completed their service with the IMB.

Eternity secure for new Ukrainian believer

The October 2021 day in Ukraine was cold, though the sun was shining brightly. Ludmila, bundled in her coat with a scarf wrapped around her head, walked to a small church in her village. She had heard from a friend that the church was hosting a medical clinic. The long conflict with Russia had left her village with no access to medical care. This would be her only hope to see a doctor. Plus, she heard that there was no cost – inconceivable to her.

Healthcare team reaches war-torn region with more than medicine

Down Ukrainian roads, cloaked in the golden hues of the vibrant but short-lived autumn, comes help and hope. A caravan of cars following a yellow panel van borrowed from a church carries suitcases and plastic tubs filled with medical supplies. A mission team, including healthcare professionals from both Ukraine and the U.S., prepares each day […]