When International Mission Board missionary Moses knew that God was calling him to go make disciples on islands near Senegal, his knee-jerk response was no. His hesitance had nothing to do with disobedience or uncertainty about the islanders. It wasn’t about the persecution believers faced in these areas.
The incorporation papers for Abuse Response Commission (ARC) — a new 501(C)(3) organization — are prepped and ready to be submitted in South Carolina. With ARC comes a permanent home for abuse reform in the SBC, according to members of the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force participating in a Feb. 20 news conference in Nashville. ARC is not a Southern Baptist entity and not part of the Cooperative Program allocation structure.
My humble request for any pastor, for any finance team, and for anyone leading in ministry would be to evaluate your budget carefully, keep what’s necessary to fulfill your local ministry, and then develop an intentional and strategic plan to support the Cooperative Program. Thank you, Missouri Baptists, for serving and giving so faithfully!
In total, 62 missionaries were approved unanimously for appointment earlier that day by IMB’s board of trustees who were also in Phoenix for meetings and to recognize new missionaries. Of the 62, 57 had previously served in some capacity with the IMB: two are missionary kids (also called TCKs or third culture kids) raised overseas; 43 have previous service with the IMB of at least three months; another 12 had been on at least one short-term mission trip connected with the work of IMB missionaries.