International Mission Board Ramps Up Efforts to Reach Target of 500 New Missionaries

International Mission Board Ramps Up Efforts to Reach Target of 500 New Missionaries
A short-term volunteer prays with a migrant and refugee who fled from his home in Venezuela and crossed borders seeking a new and better life in nearby Colombia.

NASHVILLE (BP) – In January 2020, International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood announced 2025 targets built around the IMB’s vision and mission to engage unreached people and places in the next five years. The first target is “send an additional 500 missionaries.”

The IMB will host a Sending Celebration on Monday (June 14) during the Send Conference in Nashville, recognizing 64 missionaries approved by IMB trustees during their meeting in May. Each missionary is crucial to IMB’s first target goal. Accounting for attrition from missionaries who complete their service, approximately 400 new missionaries are needed each year to meet the target goal of growth in the total missions force.

Building on the work God did in 2020, IMB plans to mobilize more people toward work overseas in multiple missionary roles. Scott Ray, director of assessment and deployment at IMB, explained the importance of each missionary role to reach 500 additional missionaries.

“There are opportunities for Southern Baptists to help hit this number, no matter what their current season of life is,” Ray said. “Whether you are just out of college, have a seminary degree, currently a business professional or work in the medical field there is a pathway for you. If you are interested in following the Great Commission to make disciples of the nations, we can help you get there.”

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Source: Baptist Press

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