New missionaries start “great works” among the nations

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two Texas couples answered the call of ministering to the nations. They are among the 29 total missionaries who took part in the International Mission Board’s Sending Celebration on Nov. 12 at Quail Springs Baptist Church, Oklahoma City.

IMB President Paul Chitwood told the new missionaries that they had been called to “the greatest work” because it’s the Great Commission work.

“Like Nehemiah, these new missionaries are called to a great work,” Chitwood said. “They might not be sent to rebuild the city but they are sent to share the gospel, make disciples and churches among the nations.”

This work is done by people like Joshua and Jennifer Armstrong, who both from a young age felt called to minister to internationals.

“We’ve seen the Lord be faithful time and time again in us and in those around us,” Josh said. “Throughout our lives God has continually drawn us to internationals and to those who are desperate to see the Lord work in their lives.”

The Texas couple worked with people who had immigrated to the States, and are now continuing their ministry among the people of Europe. First Baptist Church, Dallas, is the Armstrongs’ sending church. Kevin Batista, minister of missions and single adults, affirmed the Armstrongs’ love for internationals.

“They have been active and key volunteer leaders in several ministries at First Baptist Dallas,” Batista said. “The Armstrongs are family to First Dallas and now the church will have a family member in Europe.”

Gregg and Donna Fort will return to Sub-Saharan Africa where they previously spent 30 years serving God in Zimbabwe. The Texas couple will work among the peoples of Durban, South Africa. Gregg’s passion for challenging churches will help local believers make God known in their new city. Donna is excited about teaching and discipling believers.

“The fields are truly ready to harvest,” Donna said. “Will you join with us in praying…that God’s glory will be made among the peoples of Durban, South Africa?”

The Forts’ sending church of First Baptist Church, Round Rock, plans to walk alongside the veteran missionaries. Jared Allen, lead pastor, said the church is honored to be a part of God’s global plan.

“We believe partnering with IMB missionaries is the right way for us,” Allen said. “The Forts will be living in context on the ground and they will know the best way for us to support them—whether that is through multiple trips, prayer or anything else.

“Sending the Forts and other missionaries fills us with a purpose,” the pastor said.

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