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IMB appoints 68 new missionaries


DEL CITY, Okla. (BP) - A group of 68 new Southern Baptist missionaries were commissioned during a Nov. 16 appointment service at First Southern Baptist Church in Del City, Okla.

Living without a knowledge of Jesus is like being in a windowless room when the electricity goes off, International Mission Board President Jerry Rankin told the new workers during the service, which was held in conjunction with the closing session of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma's annual meeting.

As the new missionaries shared testimonies about how God called them to overseas service, several echoed Rankin's message.

"An all-night festival for a Muslim saint was an opportunity to meet a young man who invited us to visit his family," said one couple. "Walking the dirt roads of a completely Muslim village, knowing that no one there had ever heard the Gospel, our hearts were forever burdened to bring the truth to them."