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“Punching Holes in the Darkness” sits down with IMB president

by Staff

PLYMOUTH, MI – Tim Patterson sits down with International Mission Board (IMB) President Paul Chitwood in a December episode of the “Punching Holes in the Darkness” podcast. This year the IMB is celebrating its 175th Anniversary with a goal of $175,000,000 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO).

The annual offering makes up nearly 60% of the IMB’s revenue every year, and supports the Southern Baptist mission sending organization’s 3,535 missionaries around the world. This year’s offering is especially important because of the many unexpected expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

IMB President Paul Chitwood

Chitwood shared with podcast host Tim Patterson the many challenges the IMB has faced as a result of the pandemic, including the need to bring home and house many of the organization’s missionaries and their families.

The IMB president had encouraging news as well. He told Patterson that the first few months of the pandemic they initially saw a reduction in giving, but then Southern Baptists began generous giving to bring their donations to similar levels of last year.

To hear more of Chitwood and Patterson’s conversation just go to the “Punching Holes in the Darkness” podcast at or where ever podcasts are played. The podcast is produced by the Baptist State Convention of Michigan (BSCM) with the purpose of sharing the impact of Michigan Baptists across the state and around the world.


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