The Arizona Mission Network of Southern Baptists is partnering with the International Mission Board to provide opportunities for missions-minded churches and individuals to serve with IMB missionaries in the Sub-Saharan Africa Affinity.
The need for our churches to be involved in missions is monumental, the AZMN noted.
The population in the Sub-Saharan Africa Affinity is more than 1 billion and includes 43 countries and 400 unengaged, unreached people groups. The population is growing three times faster than the rest of the world, and more than 75% of the world’s internally displaced people are in the Sub-saharan Africa Affinity. The IMB has no personnel in 17 of the countries there.
“Southern Baptist missionaries have served in Africa for 150 years,” said David Johnson, AZMN executive director. Several Arizona Southern Baptists are currently serving or have served in this region.
“Because of the concentration of lost people groups, we really felt like this is an area where we could contribute and be supportive of our missionaries who are already serving there,” Johnson said.
“We want to offer more opportunities for churches that either want to get involved specifically in this part of the world or those who are not involved, or in partnership, with any other missions,” he said. “It is not the AZMN’s intention to redirect or change where any church may currently be serving.”
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EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written by Irene A. Harkleroad and originally published by Arizona’s Portraits.