Magazine article The Christian Century

Missionary Recall for American Baptists?

Magazine article The Christian Century

Missionary Recall for American Baptists?

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Missionary recall for American Baptists? To overcome a pressing financial deficit, American Baptists Churches USA may reduce up to a fifth of its missionary force unless its mission agency can raise new money.

The head of International Ministries, the ABC's mission sending agency, said in a July 13 memo to missionaries that the agency may eliminate up to 36 of its 150 missionary positions--28 by recall and eight by attrition--unless it can raise $1.5 million quickly to erase a projected 2004 shortfall.

In another memo to missionaries July 8, Charles Jones, acting executive director of International Ministries, asked for volunteers for the layoffs. "As you evaluate your sense of the Lord's call and guiding in your life, it is important for us to know if any of you feel led to volunteer to be part of an early recall," Jones wrote.

Recalling missionaries from the field is a last resort, Jones said in an interview last month. "It is one of the last options available to us. …

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