Thursday, May 28, 2009

"IMB" Suspends Missionary Appointments

If you know our family, you know that we are passionate about supporting missions, especially foreign missions. Last week Chuck read an article out of the Baptist Press about the current suspension of new missionary assignments. Ever since he read this article, he has felt bothered by it and has prayed about what he could do to help spread the word and hopefully get others to join with us in helping to get these missionaries out in the mission field. Below is a letter that Chuck wrote and has sent out to numerous people. I asked if he would mind if I posted it here on my blog. I ask that you read this and pray about how God would use you to help get missionaries out in the mission field to tell the lost about Jesus.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
You may be unaware of the current suspension of new missionary assignments in the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist convention due to lack of funds. This is heartbreaking news and needs our attention NOW! We need to immediately fund our foreign missionaries and get them on the field to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Below are some excerpts from the article at the IMB website and a link to the Baptist Press article. Also there is a direct link to the IMB website so you can give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. This offering is still ongoing and 100% of your donation goes directly to the IMB for our missionaries.Check these things out for yourself…. this is not a hoax or scam. Inform your church! If our churches, associations, Sunday School classes, youth groups, VBS, RA’s, GA’s, Awana’s, W.M.U.’s, etc. get involved in prayer, fund raising, and donating directly to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, these missionaries can be sent out. Every prayer and every penny counts.
Help spread the word!!!

In Christ,Chuck Scott
Associate/Youth Pastor, Fanning Springs Community Church
Fanning Springs, Fl.
IMB suspends short-term assignments, reduces new appointments
By Shawn Hendricks and Erich Bridges
DENVER, Colo. (BP)
The suspension of new assignments to the ISC and Masters programs will take effect immediately and continue until further review in early 2010. Other short-term programs — the Journeyman Program and “2-plus-2” — will continue, but new appointments will be limited to the most strategic assignments.
Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt, who spoke at the meeting, contended Southern Baptists will respond in this crisis. “I believe that the people of God will rise to the occasion.” Increasing numbers of Southern Baptists have offered their lives for mission service in response to a call they sense from God. The number who want to go — and are qualified — keeps growing, but there are not enough funds to support them.“We must be about our Father’s business,” he (IMB treasurer David Steverson) added. “[God] has given us a task, a mission and we must remain faithful to what He has called us to do.” “It is not acceptable in my heart that we can have missionaries in the pipeline and need to tell them we can’t send them,” he (IMB treasurer David Steverson) said. **All emphasis added by me

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Thank you for taking the time to read this and also for the prayers that are being lifted up. Lets not forget Matthew 28:19-20.

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