Fred Luter, the Southern Baptist Convention’s first African-American president, is encouraging ethnic minorities, particularly African Americans, to look to international missions as a means of expanding God’s kingdom. Of IMB’s 4,900 missionaries, 27 are African American, 79 are Hispanic and 317 are Asian. For African Americans, that’s one-half of 1 percent of the total IMB missionary count, according to Keith Jefferson, IMB’s African-American church missional strategist.
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Today, African Americans are stepping up to join God on mission, not just in Africa, but in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Learn more about how your church can play a key role in reaching the world:
- Contact Keith Jefferson, African-American Missional Church Strategist, at (800) 999-3113, ext. 1422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Subscribe to a new bi-monthly e-newsletter created just for African-American Baptists, Black Missions Link.
- For more information about opportunities to serve overseas, go to going.imb.org.
- That greater numbers of African Americans will respond to God’s call to serve Him internationally through IMB.
- That more African-American churches will seek to become involved in international missions.
- For Southern Baptist Convention leadership as they seek greater ethnic representation in all facets of SBC life.
- That the SBC will reflect the diversity of God’s people and in the strength of that diversity will become a people “who turn the world upside down” (Acts 17:6).