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NAMB marks additional $2 million for church planting & evangelism


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP)–The North American Mission Board will put $2 million dollars more into church planting and evangelism this year than originally planned due to the “faithfulness of Southern Baptists and the blessings of God.”
NAMB President Robert E. “Bob” Reccord announced the increase to executive directors of state Baptist conventions with whom NAMB’s mission work in the United States and Canada is conducted. He said the funds are the result of larger than anticipated income as well as increased efficiencies at the agency.
“Last year, praise God, Southern Baptists gave record amounts to the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering,” Reccord said. “And in the year and a half we’ve been in existence, our staff has reduced overhead expenses from 18 percent of our three predecessor agencies to less than 11 percent at NAMB.
“We could have put this money into reserves. But we are in urgent times and don’t need to squirrel away money in reserves,” Reccord said. “We need to get the job done and believe you need the money on the field.”
State convention executives meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 11, met the announcement with applause and expressions of appreciation.
“This is certainly a gift from the Lord,” said Carlisle Driggers, executive director of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
Anthony Jordan, executive-director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, expressed appreciation for the partnership between NAMB and the state conventions. “This is another opportunity to work together to impact North America with the gospel. We are particularly excited about how this money can impact the newer work states,” Jordon said.
Charles Sullivan, executive director of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana, agreed. “For newer work states this will mean a real moving forward in church planting and evangelism. We’ve got places all over Indiana where we can use these funds.”
Fermin Whittaker, executive-director treasurer of the California Southern Baptist Convention, exclaimed simply, “Hallelujah.”

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