News Board Postpones Missionary Deployments
Antioch, TN—“The hardest task I’ve had thus far as general director,” Clint Morgan stated, “most certainly was calling missionaries who expected to leave the States in January and tell them their departure is on hold.”
Following the December board meeting, the general director made phone calls to Tim and Kristi Johnson (Spain), Heath and Joni (creative access), Mick and Rachel (creative access), and Jennifer (creative access). All of them expected to depart over the next few weeks. Also told to delay travel plans were Steve and Becky Riggs (France), Darren and Dana (creative access), David and Angie (creative access), Sam and June McVay (Spain), and Dale and Sandra Bishop (Japan).
In an ongoing effort to end financial shortfalls and rebuild cash reserves, the board voted to postpone sending all new missionaries—as well as veteran missionaries currently on stateside assignment—to their fields of service until “cash reserves reach a sustainable level of 10% of the operational budget.” The board voted to implement this strategy as an ongoing standard policy. “At any point that cash reserves fall below 10% of the operating budget,” stated Board Chairman Danny Williams, “deployment of missionaries will be halted so that those already stateside can assist in raising the funds to keep all other missionaries at their stations.”
Exceptions may be made on an individual basis with the approval of both the general director and the board chairman if a failure to return to the field of service will result in a legal, career-altering situation. “All those currently slated for stateside assignment in 2012 will still return to the States,” affirmed General Director Clint Morgan. “We need all hands on deck, sharing the marvelous work God is doing through Free Will Baptists and encouraging our people to pray and give.” Scheduled to return for stateside assignment during the first quarter of 2012 are Kenneth and Rejane Eagleton (Brazil), Jaimie and Tammy Lancaster (Uruguay), and Shane and Joy (creative access).
“We are immensely grateful for those who have been staunch supporters of the Mission throughout the years and especially during the financial crisis that has plagued the global economy,” emphasized Sam McVay, missionary to Spain and interim development director. “However, we must have more churches and individuals to become sacrificially involved in taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.”