By Scott Barkley
NASHVILLE – International Mission Board president Paul Chitwood made a confession to the thousands gathered in the Music City Center on June 14. As 2020 dragged on, he said, challenge after challenge made the IMB’s goals seem further and further beyond reach.
“I questioned at times if we would be able to do everything that is necessary to appoint, train and deploy new missionaries in the midst of a global pandemic,” he said at the IMB Sending Celebration. “But by God’s grace and with His help, your sending of missionaries through the IMB has not. even. slowed.
“We’ve had plenty of hurdles and more than enough disruptions, but more than 500 new missionaries have been appointed since the pandemic began. … Our work has not been thwarted.”
Sixty-four missionaries were presented in preparation for joining 3,631 appointed by the IMB and sent throughout the world. The vast majority of the new missionaries stood behind a screen, as they could not be identified due to security concerns in their location of service. [Read more…]