In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Mell Ren Plunk, 1937-2024
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by IMB Staff
4d ago
View of Bogotá, Colombia. Portrait of Mell Plunk. IMB Photo Mell Ren Plunk, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in South America, died April 1, 2024. He was 86. Mell was born Nov. 12, 1937, in Dallas, Texas, to Melvin Henson Plunk and Bertha Lee (Taylor) Plunk. He graduated from W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, and received the Bachelor of Arts from University of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, and the Bachelor of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. He married Sue Briggs on Aug. 29, 1958. In 196 ..read more
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In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Jim Dillard, 1942-2024
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by IMB Staff
4d ago
Workers take a break to nap in Central Park next to Nairobi, Kenya' s downtown commercial business district. Portrait of Jim Dillard. IMB Photo Jim Dillard, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in Kenya, died April 9, 2024, in Sellersburg, Indiana. He was 81. Jim was born Nov. 27, 1942, Tyronza, Arkansas to the late Elbert “E.V.” Dillard and Nancy Mae Robertson Dillard. He graduated from Wilson High School in Wilson, Arkansas, and studied at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas; Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; Golden Gate Baptist Theolo ..read more
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Vietnamese refugee returns to nations
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by Myriah Snyder
6d ago
Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese live in Taiwan. IMB missionaries Peter and Ruby Ng seek to serve those who need them most. Alongside their Vietnamese-speaking congregation, they spend time reaching out to women who are coming from broken homes and abusive marriages. IMB Photo Editor’s note: May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the U.S. During this season, the IMB is celebrating the rich contributions of Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the Revelation 7:9 vision. The emphasis is designed to motivate Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to consider mi ..read more
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Missionary joins God in pursuit of neglected peoples in Uganda
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by Kristen Sosebee
1w ago
The leper community met in a church building until their numbers grew too large. Now, they usually meet under a tree, but on this day, they set up a tent for their meeting. IMB Photo Sonya Herron stood beneath a large tent among a group of lepers, and others from the village, and shared the gospel with boldness. She called people to walk in the light as Jesus is in the light and challenged them to be fully committed to Christ. Afterward, an older man, missing one leg, came forward on crutches. He declared his allegiance to Christ in front of the entire group and put his faith in Jesus. The man ..read more
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Ministry to Eswatini never ended for missionary alumnus
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by Myriah Snyder
1w ago
Former IMB missionary Wayne Myers prepares for a baptism with believers in Eswatini. Myers, who is now the lead pastor of Frenchburg Baptist Church in Frenchburg, Kentucky, makes a point to stay engaged in ministry among the people they served overseas. He still leads trips back to Eswatini frequently. IMB Photo When Wayne Myers, a retired International Mission Board missionary, returns to visit Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) he never goes alone. He wants churches in the United States to catch the vision he has for the church in Eswatini. So, he always takes a short-term mission team with him ..read more
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In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Lauree Agnew Moore, 1940-2024
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by IMB Staff
2w ago
Riding on the boat from Kigoma, Tanzania to Kalemie, D.R. of Congo, passing the first spotted villages of the Taabwa people. Portrait of Lauree Moore. IMB Photo Lauree Agnew Moore, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in Tanzania and Kenya, died March 5, 2024. She was 83. Lauree was born Sept. 7, 1940, in Bennettsville, South Carolina, to Jesse and Marie Agnew. She graduated from Eau Claire High School. Columbia, South Carolina, and received the Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina. Her obituary reported that: “At age 12, Lauree ..read more
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Progress Report for Project 3000 in Sub-Saharan Africa
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by Affinity Leadership
2w ago
Missionary Explorers serve two-year terms with the IMB finding the world's remaining unengaged, unreached people groups. IMB Photo As of February 2024, the P3k initiative has evolved and shaped itself to best fit its context in the Sub-Saharan world. As of August 2023, P3k was predominately a concept. The supervisor of the Sub-Saharan Affinity for the project held a week-long training for the fieldworker and his national partner in preparation for reaching the UUPGs in West Africa. By September, the fieldworker was already gathering stories, interviews, and information for visiting 2 UUPGs in ..read more
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In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Peggy Gilliland, 1931-2024
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by IMB Staff
2w ago
The Jatiluwih rice terraces of Bali, Indonesia. Portrait of Peggy Gillihand. IMB Photo Peggy Gilliland, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in Indonesia, died March 7, 2024. She was 92. Peggy was born Sept. 19, 1931, in Woodruff, South Carolina, to the late Samuel Jesse “S.J.” Workman and Ruth Stephens Workman. She graduated from Woodruff High and received the Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Arts degree from Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, Mississippi, and attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She received her Pastoral Education Certi ..read more
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In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Rebecca Knott McKinley, 1929-2024
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by IMB Staff
2w ago
Sunset in Zimbabwe. Portrait of Rebecca McKinley. IMB Photo Rebecca Knott McKinley, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in Zimbabwe, died March 18, 2024. She was 94. Rebecca was born May 23, 1929, in Granville County, North Carolina, to Samuel Lee and Lois Daniel Knott. She graduated from Berea High School, and received her bachelor’s degree at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and her Master of Religious Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the WMU Training School in Louisville, Kentucky. She met Hugh Thomas McKinley in sem ..read more
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In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Bob Parker, 1932-2024
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by IMB Staff
2w ago
A small Xhosa-speaking community in Peddie that has benefited from new ostrich farms in the region. A Zimbabwean Baptist man runs a business that allows small-scale farmers to raise ostriches, generating new income in an area with a history of poverty and oppression. IMB missionaries have been able to partner with him to add to the spiritual dimension to the project. Portrait of Robert R. Parker Jr. IMB Photo Bob Parker, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in Zimbabwe, died March 20, 2024, in Anderson, South Carolina. He was 92. Bob was born March 3, 1932 ..read more
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