IM, Inc. News Release – Missionaries Appointed to Take Good Tidings of Great Joy to All People

Antioch, Tennessee—The IM board met together December 5-6, 2023, to discuss budgets, strategy, and the future of IM. As we end the year and look toward the Christmas holidays, “great joy” was expressed over the way God is working around the world through the ministries of IM.

The board adopted a 2024 budget totaling $16,446,087.37. CFO Robert Conley noted, “This budget total includes operational ministries, IMpact Projects, THP trips & projects, and Global Partnerships.”

“The board looked closely at resourcing for the General Fund and is making budgetary adjustments as well, but additional funding is needed to cover an ongoing shortfall in the General Fund,” states Clint Morgan, General Director.

Curt Holland, Director of Field Personnel, works closely with each of our candidates as they prepare to meet with the board. He says, “IM is quickly approaching the mark of 50 new interns in the past 6+ years! WOW! This group of interns and career approvals is a unique group, and we are very happy to see the Lord use them on three different continents. Please praise the Lord with us.”

Sam and Lauren Riggs were approved for career status, after completing their internship in Spain. As they look toward their return to Spain, they are excited about the possibilities of working in their community to reach people for Christ.

Madison Carnes, a native of Wilson, North Carolina, is joining IM as the fiancée of Bradley Mercer, who began serving with IM at the University of Missouri in August. After their marriage in April, they will be working with international students in Columbia, Missouri.

Dennis and Mary Heath, from Ardmore, Oklahoma, have returned to work with IM after serving as affiliate missionaries in Germany from 1988-1994. In their new ministry, they will be serving with the Bulgaria church-planting teams.

Alejandro and Breanna Johnson have been a part of the IM family ever since Alejandro grew up as a missionary kid in Spain. He and Breanna, from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, will be serving in the Nantes area of France as they help develop a theological training program.

Osam Sakamoto, from Tokyo, Japan, was appointed as a missionary intern to continue serving in the Hope Alive church. He will work alongside his soon-to-be wife, Emily Petty, IM intern. Osam comes to us with experience as the associate pastor at Hope Alive.

Join us in praying for the needs of the General Fund as well as our new missionaries who will be going out into the world to share the good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

IM labors with the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission.

December 8, 2023