RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – The International Mission Board (IMB) started off 2020 with a historic announcement : the joining of Southern Baptists’ national and international compassions ministries under one umbrella: Send Relief.
Weeks later, the need for such ministries would skyrocket with the arrival of the novel coronavirus. The COVID-19 pandemic was a worldwide event, and missions personnel scrambled to continue their work amid tight restrictions in many places. Some baptized in bathtubs . Some engaged neighbors  in a new way.
The IMB organized a task force  to address the impact of the coronavirus on missionaries as well as churches planning trips. The task force would later recommend postponing travel . The IMB pulled many missionaries home to the U.S.; at year’s end, many still remained stateside, though plans to return to the field were underway.
An initial shortfall of $4 million led to spending cuts and a hiring freeze at the International Mission Board . In September IMB trustees ultimately approved  a 2020-21 budget at 4.5% less than 2019-20.
To see the IMB’s year in review, click here .