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God continued to astonish Southern Baptist workers with phenomenal growth in overseas baptisms and church starts last year.

"God is at work and He is giving us the privilege of joining Him in astounding ways," said International Mission Board President Jerry Rankin in reporting missions gains during 2000.

Last year 6,520 new churches were established, an increase of 37.4 percent over the 1999 figure of 4,748. In addition, 451,301 people were baptized, an increase of 24.1 percent over 1999's 363,703.

But even with the jumps in statistics, Rankin warned against getting lost in the numbers.

"These are not just numbers or massive global reports," he said. "These are actual individuals who have been brought into the kingdom of God."

The exponential growth in baptisms and church starts is a relatively recent development for the International Mission Board, he added. Historically, the board has recorded incremental gro...

A total of 2,754 new believers has been added to the kingdom of God through a partnership evangelism project involving Baptists from the United States and South Korea.

W.H. "Dub" Jackson, who helps organize partnership evangelism projects for the International Mission Board, led a team of 121 Southern Baptists from the United States to South Korea. There, the volunteers paired with Korean believers to host thirty-seven evangelistic campaigns in local churches.

"The experience is better in every way than any of us could have ever hoped for," said Alan Tungett, a LifeWay Christian Resources employee who led one team. "There are very few things in my Christian life that can compare with what our team has experienced over the last few days."

Partway through the outreach, Tungett reported his team already had witnessed nineteen people accept Christ. One of the new believers did not have a Bible,...