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World Changers moving ahead amid SBC transition to NAMB

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)–As World Changers gears up for another year of missions projects, it also is gearing up for a transition into the North American Mission Board and anticipating a bright future in missions education and involvement.

A ministry of the Brotherhood Commission, World Changers offers youth and adults an opportunity to participate in coeducational missions projects including hands-on involvement in home construction and renovation through its World Changers projects. It also provides involvement in inner-city ministries and paint projects through the World Tour option. Participants in both learn about missions firsthand by becoming personally involved in ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of others.

With registration for 1997 World Changers and World Tour projects under way, many have been asking, “What will happen to World Changers in the future?” Now that the organizational structure of the NAMB has been determined, this question has been addressed.

In an article in the February/March 1997 issue of SBC LIFE, David Hankins, vice president for convention policy of the SBC Executive Committee, said, “Coordination of volunteers for such work as disaster relief, World Changers and short-term missions is part of the Strategic Planning and Mobilization Group (of NAMB).”

Mike Day, Brotherhood Commission executive vice president, said, “We are confident of World Changers’ place as a vital part of missions education and involvement in the immediate future. The World Changers staff, the administration of the Brotherhood Commission and the leadership involved in the transition process are making every effort to facilitate a smooth passage to an even brighter future in the North American Mission Board.”

Since its beginning in 1990, World Changers has touched countless lives and involved more than 30,000 young people and adults in more than 100 projects both stateside and abroad. What began as a senior high work project in Briceville, Tenn., with 137 youth and adult participants has expanded to include projects for junior high youth, college students, single adults and senior adults. This year World Changers is offering 43 projects covering 14 states, 32 cities and four foreign countries.

For registration information about World Changers or World Tour projects, write World Changers, 1548 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38104, or call (901) 272-2461.

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