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George Liele Church Planting, Evangelism, and Missions Sunday

February 5, 2023

George Liele drawing

Southern Baptists set aside the first Sunday in February to celebrate the work and leadership of Black and African American Southern Baptist missionaries and to recognize the legacy of George Liele.

George Liele is one of the most significant figures in the history of Christian missions. While William Carey is recognized as the father of the modern missionary movement, that designation also belongs to George Liele. He was a freed Georgia slave who came to Christ in 1773, at the age of 23. In 1782, he and his family left the United States to share the gospel in Jamaica; a full 10 years before Carey left England.

Below you will find helpful resources for churches and families to learn more about George Liele and to make this special Sunday a meaningful day. On this Sunday churches are encouraged to find local opportunities to engage in service, evangelism, and prayer together as we continue to consider and engage in God’s call to advance the kingdom today.

Download resources, including videos, sermon transcript, prayer guide and activities guide at

Learn about or apply for the new George Liele Scholarship, which encourages the expansion of international missions knowledge and experiences among Black and African American Southern Baptist churches here


February 5, 2023
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