Yesterday I wrote that the two presidents who lead the SBC missions agencies are perhaps the most influential men in the world today. That sounds like a bit of a overstatement. What about the President of the United States of America or the Head of the People’s Republic of China? Shouldn’t they be considered more important or having more influence than Kevin Ezell or David Platt?
Well, I guess it depends on what you are looking at as far as influence is concerned. I read this statement from the President of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Paige Patterson:
“(We need to recognize) that there is not a more important man in the world than the president of the International Mission Board because of his potential to touch so many lives for good and for God. Therefore we must pray God’s intervention in and superintendence over every thought that crosses David Platt’s mind.”
He says this because not only is David Platt now oversee nearly 5,000 full-time missionaries and a several million-dollar budget, but because SBC missionaries are presently engaged with over 900 people groups across the world. In 2013 IMB missionaries shared the gospel with nearly 2 million people and planted over 6200 churches. Think of the gospel impact on the world that is making.
In the same way, Kevin Ezell leads an organization that trains thousands of leaders, supports thousands of missionaries, church planters, chaplains as well as navigates a volunteer force of hundreds in disaster relief. Through NAMB the gospel is spreading in every pocket of North America.
The SBC’s commitment to international and domestic missions is one of the biggest reasons I am a Southern Baptist. I will continue to support these men and the agencies they represent with prayer, finances and cooperation.