African-American Baptists have a long history of missions involvement, dating to 1821 when, former slaves, Lott Cary and Collin Teague went as missionaries to West Africa. They and their families were sponsored by the African Baptist Missionary Society.
When the Southern Baptist Convention formed in 1845, African-American missionary John Day, already on the field in Liberia, chose to come under sponsorship of the new Foreign (now International) Mission Board. Others followed.
Today, African Americans are stepping up to join God on mission, not just in Africa, but in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
To learn more about how your church can play a key role in reaching the world, contact Keith Jefferson, African-American Missional Church Strategist, at (800) 999-3113 ext. 1422. Subscribe to our newest bi-monthly e-newsletter: Black Missions Link
Just Show Off
God can and will show off when He is totally given a willing heart, hands
and voice. Isaac is one who does just that and shares the story of his
time with God in Brazil.
Read more about Isaac's story here thetask.org/HandsOn
Skype in your church?
Actual contact with a missionary makes the concept of giving or praying for missions more relevant. Your church can become personally and actively involved with a missionary or missionary family and their ministry.
For further help in selecting a missionary call Keith Jefferson, African-American Missional Church Strategist, at (800) 999-3113 ext. 1422.
Before you make a video call
- Check that your system meets the minimum system requirements
- Check that your webcam is working properly.
To make a video call
- Sign in to Skype, then click the Contacts tab.
- Find the person you want to call and check that they are online.
- Click the contact.
- Click the Video call button.
- Smile, wave, say hello!
- Get more help with checking your call quality settings.
- To end the call, click the end call icon.
Your church can also:
- Have a missionary speak to your congregation in person or by phone interview
- Become a strategic prayer partner
- Correspond with them on a regular basis
- Become part of their strategy for reaching their unreached people group
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LEGACY OF A PIONEER
Rev. Harold Branch, first African American trustee of the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board), died Jan. 20, 2012, at the age of 92 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He served as a trustee from 1975 to 1984.
“He took our family under his wings, bringing us to Corpus Christi to spend time with his family and St. John’s Baptist Church before we left for Nigeria,” said David Cornelius, former IMB missionary to Nigeria and former African American missional church strategist.
Rev. Branch’s passion to connect his church to a greater mission within the local community and beyond not only opened the door for other African Americans but impacted thousands of lives.
As an African American pioneer, Rev. Branch’s legacy includes leading 19th Street Baptist Church of Austin, Texas, to become one of the first predominantly Black churches to affiliate with the Baptist General Convention of Texas; serving as the first Black leader to affiliate with the Corpus Christi Baptist Association; becoming the first African American since 1889 to serve as city councilman in Corpus Christi; becoming the first Black Southern Baptist pastor in Texas and the South; being elected as the first Black SBC vice president; and serving as the first African American trustee for the Foreign Mission Board.
Rev. Branch once shared that in retirement he was going to “pull up his anchor, hoist his sails and let the wind of the Spirit blow,” Dr. Cornelius remembers.
“Rev. Branch believed that wherever he landed, he would do his best to bloom for the glory of God. He did exactly that, and did it well.”