The International Missions Ministry began in 2005 under the direction of Bishop Jerome Stokes, recognizing Jesus’ commandment in Mark 16:15 to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”. This last commandment given by Christ when He was on earth forms the basis for what many call the “Great Commission”. It is by one’s response to this commission that believers are brought into the kingdom of God (“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved…”). Although this commission was given to followers of Christ, statistics support the fact that very few persons see this commission as their personal duty. In 1974, half the world was in unreached people groups. Though this gap has narrowed, in the year 2000, about a third remains unreached (Mission Frontiers 6/2000).
The goal of the International Missions Ministry is: (1) to educate the Church about the 2 Billion people in the world who have never once heard the Gospel; (2) to establish short-term missions trips as a means to expand the knowledge of missions, and ignite the flame of those who have a heart to see people come to Christ; and (3) to plant missionaries in these unreached areas.