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SBC DIGEST: George Liele Sunday materials available; Union coach racks 700 wins

George Liele Church Planting, Evangelism, and Missions Sunday materials available

By IMB Staff

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – The International Mission Board is inviting all Southern Baptists to recognize Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, as George Liele Church Planting, Evangelism, and Missions Sunday.

George Liele Sunday is an annual Southern Baptist Convention event celebrating African American and Black pioneers such as:

  • George Liele, who many acknowledge as the first overseas missionary from the United States in 1782.
  • Lott Carey, who organized African American missions in the 1800s.
  • M. Lockridge, who was a faithful preacher of the gospel in the 20th century.
  • Sid Smith, who was one of the first African American Southern Baptist denominational leaders in the modern era.
  • Fred Luter, who was elected as the first African American president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Resources include videos featuring IMB missionaries serving in Brazil, a church bulletin insert, a prayer guide, and an activity sheet for children and families. Materials and more info can be found at imb.org/george-liele/. If you have questions, contact Jason Thomas, IMB’s African American church mobilization strategist at [email protected]

Union’s Campbell becomes fastest college basketball coach to 700 wins

By Steven Aldridge/Union University

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) – Union University women’s basketball coach Mark Campbell won his 700th career game Jan. 18, reaching that mark faster than any collegiate coach in history.

The achievement came in a victory at the University of West Georgia in Campbell’s 811th career game.

“I am overwhelmed with all the people that God has surrounded me with over the years at Union,” Campbell said following the game. “From assistant coaches, to graduate assistants, to student assistants, to players, and to high school coaches that did a lot of work to prepare players to play in college. I am very thankful for administrators that have been extremely supportive to the point that I never wanted to leave.”

Campbell passed the record set by Geno Auriemma of UConn with 700 wins in 822 total games. Adolph Rupp was the fastest men’s coach to 700 wins, in 836 games.

During his career, Campbell has won 19 conference regular season titles and 14 conference tournament titles over 23 seasons. He has led his teams to a third-place or better finish in national tournaments 12 times. Campbell has led Union to five national titles, including four in the NAIA and one in the NCCAA. He was the head coach of the USA U16 women’s basketball team, and won a gold medal in the summer of 2019 with that team in the Americas Tournament. 

Campbell reached the milestones of 500 wins (2015), 600 wins (2019) and now 700 wins all since Union rejoined the NCAA in 2012-13. In December, Campbell was announced as the next director of athletics at Union University, a position he will hold in addition to his coaching duties. 

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