Woman’s Missionary Union President Debbie Akerman led a prayer for the missionaries during North Carolina Baptists’ Nov. 12-13 sessions in Greensboro.
For church planter Charlie Dunn, one of the NAMB missionaries commissioned, God’s call came in a unique way.
“I was up at 3 in the morning, just praying and reading through Scripture,” Dunn said. “And it seemed like out of nowhere I heard God say, ‘I want you to consider church planting.’”
Having never considered this path of ministry before, Dunn was surprised. Rather than jumping into planting immediately, he and his wife Abby opted to spend some time in prayer and study to discern God’s plan for the next step in their lives.
“We prayed, we read everything we could on church planting, and we just asked God to lead us,” Dunn said. “It took almost a year before we could finally express and understand that God was truly leading us into church planting.”
The couple set out to discover where to put down the roots of their future church plant, visiting everywhere from Chicago to Cleveland and even London. It was a trip to Boston in early 2010 and a meeting with an established church planter that helped seal the deal.
“We spent a long weekend in Boston in January of 2010 and then made two more trips back to the city throughout the next year. Slowly we began to feel like Boston was the next step,” Dunn said.
With the support of the North American Mission Board, Dunn looks forward to the future of church planting not just for his own work in Boston but in the nation as a whole.
“Being supported by the NAMB community really ties us into a larger family of planters and missionaries like us who want to see more churches started and more souls saved. This network of support means the world to us.”
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