Florida Couple among 19 New Missionaries Sent Out

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The International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) installed new president Paul Chitwood and sent out 19 full-time, fully funded missionaries to take the Gospel to unreached people groups around the world.

Dr. Paul Chitwood, newly elected President of the International Mission Board (IMB)

During the Feb. 6th Sending Celebration held at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Virginia, Greg and Joanna Hughes (names have been changed) of The Fellowship Church in Florida were sent out to take the Gospel to North African and Middle Eastern peoples.

“The Great Commission applies to all of us,” said Greg as he and his wife stood on stage in dimmed lighting to protect their identities. “During my two years in the Amazon God grew in me a passion to live as His ambassador among people with no access to the Gospel.”

“After college I experienced the joy of sharing the Gospel with Southeast Asian people who had never heard,” said Joanna of her first experience as a missionary.

They both are excited to be going to into the mission field once more.

Chitwood, who will be serving as the 13th IMB president, thanked Southern Baptists “on behalf of lost people around the world…thank you for making room for them in your hearts, in your prayers, in your giving, going, and sending.”

By Keila Diaz, Florida Baptist Convention, February 7, 2019

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