RICHMOND, Va. (BP) — For 175 years, Southern Baptists have not failed to have a witness among the nations, International Mission Board (IMB) president Paul Chitwood told home office staff and field personnel this week. This year marks the 175th anniversary of Southern Baptist mission work around the world.
To commemorate this significant milestone, IMB announced a 175th anniversary campaign. Throughout 2020, IMB will share stories and videos that recognize the movement of God among the nations and honor those have who followed His call to pray, give and go.
Highlights of the campaign include:
— Short stories, videos and photos on IMB’s social media channels, beginning in January;
— An interactive timeline on the IMB website, featuring missionary vignettes and short videos of IMB’s work by decade, launched in May;
— A photo book containing IMB photographs and stories of God’s movement among the nations throughout its history, released in May;
— An interactive experience at IMB’s booth at the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando in June to allow visitors to walk through 175 years of IMB history.
Prayer is also foundational to the campaign. IMB’s “175 days of prayer” begins May 11 and will culminate with IMB’s week of prayer for international missions Nov. 29-Dec. 6. In preparation, IMB is seeking to enlist at least 1,750 prayer advocates who will commit to pray for specific IMB requests. Each day will feature one request sent as a push notification from the IMB Pray app, accessed at imb.org/pray or the Pray Daily newsletter, or seen through IMB’s social media channels. To register as a prayer advocate, visit: http://imb.org/175.
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Source: Baptist Press