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NAMB President Kevin Ezell

North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell addresses members of the NAMB board of trustees during a meeting in Indianapolis. Photo by Susan Whitley.

Southern Baptists are blessed with many resources and we are grateful for every dollar churches send to us for missions and ministry in North America. But at the end of the day we receive a finite amount of funding and we must prioritize spending.

When I became president in 2010, our trustees directed us to focus more on evangelistic church planting. We believe churches that proclaim Christ in a community are the best ongoing form of evangelism.

In the midst of this priority shift we also engaged in several important studies. First, we looked at where the deepest pockets of lostness existed in the US and Canada. As you might expect, our tribe has done pretty well in the South with one church for every 2,697 people. But in other regions it's not so good: 1 to 12,802 in the Midwest; 1 to 16,084 ...

Jason and Karla Johnson have a cool story. Literally. I met this new North American missionary couple last fall at NAMB's missionary commissioning celebration in Texas. Natives of Texas, the Johnsons obediently followed God's call to Duck Lake, a community located in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. A First Nations (the Canadian designation for Native American) community, there was no Southern Baptist church in Duck Lake. Indeed, there are only about a dozen Southern Baptist churches in the entire province of Saskatchewan, and those are small congregations. The Johnsons had first visited the community as part of a short-term mission trip with First Baptist Church, Odessa, Texas, where Jason was missions pastor. On the plane coming home from their last trip there, Karla looked at Jason and said, "God's calling us to be missionaries here, isn't He?" Jason simply said, "Yes, I believe H...