Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention and International Mission Board Strengthen Partnership With Signed Agreement

Chris Martin (left), executive director of the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, and Paul Chitwood, IMB president, signed a three-year partnership agreement on August 31, 2020, at IMB’s Richmond, Virginia, home office. After welcoming Martin and his wife, Wendy, to Richmond, Chitwood affirmed the existing relationship between the two entities and the shared commitment to the Revelation 7:9 vision. (IMB photo)
Chris Martin (left), executive director of the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, and Paul Chitwood, IMB president, signed a three-year partnership agreement on August 31, 2020, at IMB’s Richmond, Virginia, home office. After welcoming Martin and his wife, Wendy, to Richmond, Chitwood affirmed the existing relationship between the two entities and the shared commitment to the Revelation 7:9 vision. (IMB photo)

Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention Executive Director Chris Martin and International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood signed a three-year agreement at IMB’s home office in Richmond, Virginia, on August 31, 2020. The official announcement is in conjunction with this week’s HPBC annual meeting.

As stated in the strategic agreement: “The Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention and the International Mission Board seek to partner together to mobilize Hawaii Pacific Baptists to pray, give, and go with IMB teams to the nations, and to strengthen Hawaii Pacific Baptists as they embrace their responsibility to fulfill the Great Commission, both locally and globally.”

Both Chitwood and Martin affirmed the existing partnership that has existed since the beginning of the Hawaii mission of the Foreign Mission Board (now IMB) in 1940. Three years later, the Hawaii Baptist Convention was formed.

“The IMB is not the IMB without Hawaii Pacific Baptists and Hawaii Pacific Baptists are not Hawaii Pacific Baptists without the IMB,” Chitwood said.

Chitwood added that the partnership with Hawaii “gives us a pathway to continue to live out the mission and vision of the IMB. The IMB is here to serve Southern Baptists in carrying out the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations and we are here to serve Hawaii Pacific Baptists. We are also here working with churches of the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention to fulfill that Revelation 7:9 vision.”

Martin, who is also an IMB trustee, explained that with Hawaii’s diverse culture and large populations of East and Southeast Asians, the state is uniquely positioned for strong connections with IMB personnel on the field.

“Everywhere we turn in our convention, the relationship with IMB exists,” Martin said.

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Source: International Mission Board