INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--We must challenge the next generation of Southern Baptists to "go tell the story of Jesus," Jerry Rankin told messengers June 11 at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis.
Speaking to several thousand messengers and guests, the president of the International Mission Board urged Southern Baptist leaders to "fulfill the mission" by passing on the missions torch.
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"What about the next generation?" Rankin asked. "Will we nurture in our children and grandchildren God's heart for missions, or will they simply emulate the self-centered indifference of our generation?
"We are seeing God stir in the children, young people and students of today a passion for missions and [a desire] to make a difference in our world," he said.
Messengers watched a video of a vision trip into the Peruvian Amazon that Rankin made with his 12-year-old grandson Zachary. The pair spent time visiting with Xtreme Team missionaries who worked among a remote tribe known as the Yaminahua.
"I wouldn't be surprised if this [trip leaves] a lingering impression that has something to do with God's call on his life," Rankin said shortly before introducing Zachary on the convention's stage.
Rankin also introduced messengers to 25-year-old Bobby Lane, one of the Xtreme Team members who guided them through the Amazon. Lane talked about his own call to the mission field.
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