As the United States and the globe deal with the death and devastation wrought by the coronavirus, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and International Ministries (IM),—on behalf of American Baptist Churches USA—seek One Great Hour of Sharing, COVID emergency support to help families, churches and communities find relief and recovery across the United States, Puerto Rico and countries around the world served by IM.
Just as every business in Michigan has been impacted by the new order coming from Governor Whitmer requiring people to work from home, your Region Office is no different.
Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth! Psalm 96:1
“I am continually encouraged by the ways that our ABC regional and national entities, pastors and congregations find ways to share the love of Christ in the midst of loss and despair. There is good in the world because God is among us. May we open ourselves daily to discover it,” Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Acting General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA.
We covet your prayers as we continue working cross-culturally towards God’s kingdom of healing, health, and wellness on earth as it is in heaven.
IM leadership has decided to cancel the World Mission Conference and our Hear the Call Conference scheduled for July 2020. This was a prayerfully and carefully considered decision, and a very difficult one. For IM, the World Mission Conference is like our Olympics. Leaders, missionaries, aspiring missionaries, and supporters alike look forward to this annual gathering that brings news, testimonies, and encouragement from all over the globe.
I am profoundly humbled and grateful for the trust that has been graced to me to serve as your next Executive Minister. I will officially begin in this new capacity on Sunday March 1st.