To help his church members connect their effort with a real missionary need, Steve called the IMB, who connected him with Kyle and Amber Wilkens*, IMB missionaries headed to an unreached people group in East Asia. The Wilkenses would be the “face” of the need for the people of First Baptist, Steve said. That year, the church gave the $90,000 with the Wilkenses in mind.
Ever since then, on a day the church calls “sacrificial Sunday,” the congregation raises the entire $90,000 to support the work of men and women who are proclaiming the gospel among unreached people and places. It has caused a cultural shift in the church, Steve explained—people are more involved in giving and going too. “We’re just a small church, but through our giving to the IMB, we see how God is using us.”