Dear Friends: It is a privilege to share with you and to challenge you to GROW IN FAITH! I am reminded in the book of James 2:17-18, “Even so FAITH, if it hath not works is dead, being alone.  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast FAITH, and I have works: show me thy FAITH without thy works, and I will show thee my FAITH by my works.” My friend, God has brought IGM to a crucial point in its journey in serving God’s people here and abroad. It was inevitable that the time would come to make the hard decision to step out and walk in FAITH in a big way. IGM has been around for over fifty years, and I was the one to take up the mantle and follow its founder. But time has a way of catching up with us, even when the mind says I can do this! Yet, one must step back and not be concerned about him/herself but say, “What is the best for IGM?”  It is time to make some changes and even though it is not easy, it is the best choice for the future of this great Mission Agency which has been committed to the headship of Christ. It is necessary for my wife and I, IGM council, all those who serve in the 26 countries with an IGM presence, friends, and those who faithfully pray and give in reaching the world for Christ to enlarge our FAITH.  IGM needs your help at this time in its history and for its future impact upon a world in greater need than ever. The Missions Council and I have unanimously stepped out by FAITH and made the decision to have Dr. Lex Reed become the next Executive Director of the International Gospel Missions: A Baptist Mission Agency. He and his family will be joining us by February 1, 2022, and the Mission is asking you for your help in raising $100,000 to help us through the first phase of this transition. The funds needed will help with the director and a new staff member to replace my dear wife who has given of her time for these past 22 years. It will also help with moving, some renovation of office space, equipment and other needs related to the transition. I trust you will heed the prompting of the Holy Spirit as He bears witness with your spirit and step out by FAITH, “So then FAITH cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” –Romans 10:17 Sincerely, for God’s Glory, Dr. Gary E. Newhart, Executive Director *emphasis mine