|Carrying the banner|
Flags from nations around the world, carried by individuals dressed in representative costumes, led the processional for the missionary appointment service of the International Mission Board held March 15 at First Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C. Photo by Roy Burroughs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP)--When ordinary Christians open their hearts to God's love for a lost world, they find themselves in the extraordinary position of raising the dead to life, International Mission Board President Jerry Rankin told 38 new missionaries appointed March 15 at First Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.
The new workers were welcomed by Pastor Charles Page, who only a month earlier had awakened from 10 days of unconsciousness following cancer treatment. He moved slowly to the pulpit after removing a surgical mask that protects him from infection.
|Prayer of dedication|
Audience members stand during a prayer of dedication for 38 newly appointed IMB missionaries. These new workers join more than 5,000 others already serving around the world. The service took place March 15 at First Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C. Photo by Roy Burroughs
"First Baptist Church of Charlotte is a church that loves missions with all its corporate heart," said Page, who has led the congregation since 1991. "We love Southern Baptists, and we love our International Mission Board."
He then read Acts 1:1-8 and voiced a prayer of blessing on the evening's events.
Rankin asked the new missionaries if they were shocked by the idea that they were called to raise people from the dead. Read More