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By Tobin Perry
ALPHARETTA – With many Southern Baptist churches focusing on
North American missions during the month of March, North American Mission Board
staff made close to 8,000 personal contacts with Southern Baptists to express
appreciation for continued partnership.
All of NAMB’s Alpharetta staff spent Tuesday, March 12
making phone calls, writing letters and notecards, and sending personal emails
to Southern Baptists. Throughout the day staff members expressed appreciation
to churches for their partnership through giving to the Cooperative Program and
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® and their efforts to reach their
communities with the gospel.
Regional NAMB staff also participated in the effort from
their various locations.
“We are so grateful for our pastors and churches,” said NAMB
president Kevin Ezell. “This was a great chance to personally thank a lot of
them and to let them know we are here to serve.”
Darlene McDaniel called the day “one of the best I have had
in my 13 years at NAMB.” A highlight, she said, was her conversation with
Alabama pastor Larry Inman.
“We have pastors in our churches who are just waiting for
someone to call and tell them, ‘We know what you’re doing and we appreciate
what you're doing.’ Pastors don’t get that for the most part,” said McDaniel.
Inman spoke of his church’s growing enthusiasm for reaching
the international community of Huntsville, Ala. The enthusiasm had led two
years ago to the church changing its name to All Nations Church. McDaniel told
the pastor about NAMB staff members whose roles are centered on helping
churches reach international communities. She also mentioned tracks at NAMB’s
upcoming Send North America Conference
in Dallas for those interested in reaching ethnic groups.
“You don’t know how happy it makes me feel that NAMB is on
board with what we’re doing,” Inman told McDaniel.
Of the 8,000 contacts, NAMB staff had conversations with
more 1,300 church leaders. Many had the opportunity to pray for those they
called as well.
NAMB videographer Scott Blair spoke to a church that has
been through recent struggles and dwindling membership. Blair prayed with the person
he called and let her know about NAMB’s church revitalization ministry.
Many NAMB staff members expressed the desire to have another
similar opportunity at a later date.
“As I thanked the people I talked with, many thanked me as
well for what I’m doing,” said Matt Smith, a senior accountant at NAMB. “It was
great to hear that from them and to hear the partnership between us, knowing
they’re out on the front lines and we’re supporting them and they’re supporting
Tobin Perry writes for
the North American Mission Board.
Date Created: 3/18/2013 4:57:30 PM
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