IMB commissions 35 new missionaries during special service at Pleasant Valley
Missourians among those sent worldwide
LIBERTY – A Missouri family was among 35 new International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries commissioned during a May 9 appointment service hosted by Pleasant Valley Baptist Church here.
Among those commissioned were Scott and Sherry Bennett of Kansas City. Scott, 36, a native of Beloit, Wis., will serve as a strategy coordinator in the IMB’s Middle America and Caribbean region. Sherry, 35, a native of Oklahoma City, will serve as a Community and Home Outreach missionary.
Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Okla. He is presently working on his master’s degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sherry holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. The Bennetts are members of Antioch Bible Baptist Church, Kansas City.
In upcoming training for mission service, “You will be exposed to a broad spectrum of strategies and methodologies,” IMB President Jerry Rankin told the new workers. “While all that is valuable, it is important to recognize that Jesus is the heart of your mission.”
Jesus is the message of the mission, Rankin said, and He is the only way to salvation.
“A postmodern world resents such a narrow, absolute perspective,” he admitted. “They would have us believe it really doesn’t matter what one believes, that all religions, and even good works, eventually lead to God. It appears to be arrogant and condescending to say that Jesus is the only way. But that is your message.”