Christ commissions His followers to go and make disciples throughout the world. To play our part in fulfilling Christ’s commission, IMB partners with local churches to empower limitless missionary teams who are making disciples and multiplying churches among unreached people and places to the glory of God.
“For the Scripture says, ‘Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.’” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on Him. For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” Romans 10:11-12
More than 3 billion people do not have clear access to the gospel and, therefore, will likely live and die without ever hearing that Jesus loves them and has provided a way for them to be forgiven. Jesus tasked His followers to go and make disciples, to proclaim the gospel and call people to repent and believe.
“The local church is the means that God is going to use for the spread of the gospel to the ends of the earth.”
—David Platt, IMB President
IMB missionaries are bringing the gospel and tangible aid to victims of war. In the midst of the worst humanitarian crisis of our time, IMB is strategically serving Syrian refugees who either live in their wartorn country or have fled to escape the violence.
There are 3,800 unreached people groups that live in remote places or under governments and cultures that restrict, oppress or are openly hostile toward the gospel.
IMB also brings the gospel through relief efforts to those who don’t have access to clean water, food or adequate medical care.
Although millions live in unreached locations, 54 percent of the world’s population resides in urban areas as of 2014. This presents an incredible gospelsharing opportunity because many unreached people groups are coming together in global cities.
The gospel has yet to reach many remote corners of the world. The deep jungles and dry deserts contain almost 750 million people and hundreds of unreached, unengaged people groups. In many areas less than 2 percent are evangelical Christian, and many live in poverty. They have no access to the gospel message and few can find portions of Scripture in their own language.
Through urbanization and globalization, God has provided limitless opportunities for church planters, professionals, students and retirees to make disciples and multiply churches throughout the world. IMB is uniquely equipped with more than 170 years of experience to help churches play their part in fulfilling Christ’s commission. IMB is committed to provide biblically rich and culturally appropriate training while leveraging a global infrastructure for the sake of sending and supporting missionaries well.
The Cooperative Program helps fund ministries and missions through state conventions. Slightly more than 50 percent of all Cooperative Program contributions received on a national level are directed to IMB work. The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions funds more than 50 percent of IMB work. Offering funds are used exclusively to support missionaries sent around the globe by their Southern Baptist churches through IMB.
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