Heroes of Faith

What does it mean to be a Hero of Faith?

Heroes of Faith are ordinary people—pastors and church leaders, business men and women, doctors and nurses, students, missionaries, stay-at-home moms. Heroes of Faith trust and obey God no matter what. They have given their lives to advancing the kingdom.

We celebrate Heroes of Faith not because of what they are, but because of their faithfulness.

George Liele

George Liele: Faithfulness that Inspires

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George Liele’s Impact on Missions

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David Cornelius

David Cornelius: Encouragement Toward International Missions

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David Cornelius: The Blessing of Going

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Eric Reese

Eric Reese: Why does missions matter?

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Eric Reese: Why are you passionate about International Ministry?

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Yvette Aarons

Yvette Aarons: Storytelling on Mission

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Eric Reese: Why are you passionate about International Ministry?

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The faithfulness of those who were inspired to go… Your faithfulness… Together, we can do more. Together, God can do abundantly more.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

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What is George Liele Church Planting, Evangelism, and Missions Sunday?

February 7, 2021 is a day to honor those like George Liele who have gone before and faithfully said “yes” to God’s call to go make disciples of every nation. Acknowledged as the first Baptist missionary from America, George’s legacy includes the first African American church plant in North America and one in Jamaica. In addition, he cultivated a significant ministry among slave populations in Jamaica where he established the first black Baptist efforts. During his time of active mission work hundreds came to know Jesus. Thirty years after he passed away there were more than 20,000 believers in Jamaica, largely due to his faithfulness.

On this Sunday churches are encouraged to find local opportunities to engage in service, evangelism, and prayer together as we continue to consider and engage in God’s call to advance the kingdom today.

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Learn about our new George Liele Scholarship.

The George Liele Scholarship encourages the expansion of international missions knowledge and experiences among Black and African American Southern Baptist churches.

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“God has given His vision to the church. That vision, expressed so clearly in Revelation 7:9 of a multitude of every language, people and tribe and nation, is His vision.” — Dr. Paul Chitwood


A multitude from every language,
people, tribe and nation
knowing and worshiping
our Lord Jesus Christ
(Rev. 7:9)


To serve Southern Baptists in carrying out the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations

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