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Shades Mountain to host IMB appointment ceremonycomment (0)

January 3, 2002


Ten people with Alabama ties will be among the 63 missionaries appointed by the International Mission Board (IMB) during a Jan. 22 ceremony at Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills.

Five couples, some of whom will be serving in high security countries, will be appointed at the event. The service, which will begin at 7 p.m., is open to the public.

Shades Mountain Pastor Danny Wood said, “This will be a great evening of celebration of what God is doing in the world.

“We at Shades Mountain are excited to be hosting such a significant event in the lives of these missionaries,” Wood said.

“I hope pastors across the state will encourage their congregations to attend the service and hopefully more people’s hearts will be stirred for missions.”

Bob and Beth Lewis White from Tuscaloosa are two of the missionaries to be appointed.

Bob White was volunteering at an independent missionary training center in Lineville, when he met a Quechua man from Bolivia. The man was a pastor and community development worker seeking help to set up a communications network in the remote recesses of the Andes Mountains. The Bolivian pastor convinced White to come develop the needed communications network. Through his experience there, White discovered that God wanted he and his wife to serve as missionaries to the Quechua.

“God has given us a deep love for these impoverished people who are still being held bondage by their pagan beliefs,” he said. “We have learned the hard way that the ministry of occasional presence and meeting some of their physical needs is not going to change their lives in a positive and permanent way. Only Jesus can do that.”

During the appointment service, newly-appointed missionaries will share testimonies about how God called them to overseas missions and IMB President Jerry Rankin will present a missions challenge to the new missionaries. The program also includes a parade of international flags.

Since 1969, the IMB has held appointment services in various cities across the United States to give grass-roots Southern Baptists an opportunity to share the excitement of sending out new missionaries.


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