IMB postpones visits by volunteer groups

International Mission Board (IMB) senior leaders have directed IMB missionary personnel around the world to postpone hosting any volunteer groups through June 30.

The March 25 announcement said the decision will be reviewed May 1 to evaluate whether the June 30 timeframe should be extended.

IMB President Paul Chitwood said that while missionaries are continuing their work across the globe, the organization is considering health concerns and complying with guidance from the U.S. State Department.

While the directive affects only IMB workers, Chitwood said the IMB “strongly recommends that Southern Baptist volunteer teams postpone any travel during this time, particularly overseas travel.” (IMB)