RICHMOND — International Mission Board trustees unanimously approved the appointment of 80 full-time, fully funded personnel and approved a balanced budget for 2020-2021 of $255.3 million during their Sept. 29-30 meeting.
The budget reflects a 4.5 percent reduction from the 2019-2020 budget of $267.4 million. But IMB President Paul Chitwood credited Southern Baptists’ faithful giving for the IMB’s successful navigation of the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“How has the IMB survived, and why do I think we are beginning to thrive, even in the midst of a global pandemic?” Chitwood asked. “Because Southern Baptists have not stopped believing in nor lost sight of the vision God has given us of a vast multitude from every nation, all tribes, peoples, and languages standing before the throne and before the Lamb. IMB is more focused on that vision than perhaps at any time in our recent history.”
The new missionaries will be sent to eight of IMB’s nine global affinities. A virtual Sending Celebration in November will publicly recognize the new field personnel and their appointments. [Read more…]