$4.8 million gift to IMB kicks off LMCO season

The 2023 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering received a big boost in November toward meeting a hefty goal of $200 million for international missions. Paul Chitwood, IMB president, received a check for $4.84 million from the Joy Ledbetter Trust. It was the second-largest individual gift in the history of the International Mission Board. “Joy Ledbetter was […]

Week of Prayer: Virtual reality reaches lost through innovation

Michaela Knippers grabs the bulky virtual reality goggles off the desk and tightens them onto her head. Her husband, Justin, is already strapped in and waving his hand in the air to scroll through different maps he sees through the goggles. As new International Mission Board missionaries to Osaka, Japan, they’ve been studying Japanese all […]

Lost people facing hell is the world’s greatest problem, Chitwood tells SCBC

The digital numbers on the video screen counted upward in half-second intervals like an out-of-control speedometer: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, as IMB President Paul Chitwood preached from Revelation 20 before messengers of the 203rd annual South Carolina Baptist Convention Monday night at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. When the 28-minute sermon concluded, the counter abruptly […]

Missionary couple looks back on lessons learned

There were two small bedrooms that the owner of the ferreteria* let them rent. One room had a window; the other one didn’t. The air smelled a little fishy. The bathroom was outside. The rats were inside, and so were they. Yet, they knew that they were in the right place. They couldn’t find anywhere […]

Columbia Metro adopts five-year partnership with IMB in Central Spain

Messengers to the Columbia Metro Baptist Association annual meeting on Oct. 5 formally adopted a five-year missions partnership with International Mission Board personnel serving in Central Spain. Mission team scheduling is set to begin in 2024. The adopted partnership agreement states: “Our mission at CMBA is to help Baptist churches in the Midlands of South […]

South Carolina pastor, SBC leaders promote African missions

The power, energy and conviction of the Swahili prayers of the African women remain in the memory of Southern Baptist executive Charles Grant months after he joined South Carolina pastors on a mission vision tour to three African hubs. The women prayed aloud, needing no prompting. “I couldn’t understand the language, but obviously they prayed […]

Lifeway campers give more than $580,000 to IMB, NAMB for gospel impact

This summer, as thousands of kids, students and chaperones at Lifeway camps developed a greater understanding of missions and a heart for missionaries, they gave generously, entrusting their gifts for Great Commission purposes. As a result of this generosity, Ben Mandrell, president and CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources, presented checks totaling $587,484.97 to International Mission Board […]