The International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist convention approved 56 new fully funded missionaries during their May 18-19 meeting in Orlando.
The new missionary appointments represent a major milestone as IMB seeks to reach a goal of sending 500 new missionaries by 2025. In order to meet this goal and keep track with retirements, approximately 400 new missionaries a year.
During remarks, IMB President Paul Chitwood cited IMB’s Global Research noting that approximately 157,690 people currently die daily without having accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
“More people will die lost today than on any other day upon which the sun has risen in human history,” Chitwood said. “Yet to this problem, the world’s greatest problem — the problem of spiritual lostness — God has given us a solution. We are stewards of the Good News of His Gospel. And through a sustained missionary presence, we are taking that Gospel to the very ends of the earth. And we are doing it together.”
Currently the new missionaries are scheduled to be recognized during a Sending Celebration on Tuesday, June 14, during Annual Meeting of Southern Baptist Convention in Anaheim, California.
Source: Baptist Press