Published October 26, 2006
DULUTH (BP) — Roy Fish challenged 89 newly commissioned North American missionaries and chaplains to “pay the price of radical discipleship” during a commissioning service Oct. 1 at First Baptist Church in Duluth.
“Tremendous potential walked across this stage this morning – potential to shake a county, a large city, or even a state or province,” Fish said.
As NAMB’s interim president, Fish delivered the charge to the new workers who are serving in 29 states, provinces, and territories in the United States and Canada.
In the commissioning prayer, Bobby Boswell of the Georgia Baptist Convention expressed appreciation for the candidates’ surrender to God’s calling and for “parents, grandparents, pastors, Sunday School teachers, mission leaders, and other Christian leaders who led these special servants to the Lord and to understand His special calling.”
Boswell, as assistant executive director of the GBC, represented the vital partnership between NAMB and its 42 state Baptist convention partners across North America.
“We hold the ropes and will pray for you and work diligently to support you through the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering,” Boswell said.
NAMB supports more than 5,300 career, limited term, and Mission Service Corps missionaries in the United States and Canada who serve in a variety of ministries including starting new SBC churches, doing evangelism, leading campus and inner-city ministries, and serving churches through state and associational offices. NAMB also serves as Southern Baptists’ national endorsing arm for 2,600 SBC chaplains ministering in military, healthcare, correctional, corporate, and public safety settings.
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