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*The number of black churches in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has surged more than 80 percent in the last decade to 3,400 U.S. congregations, says BCNN1.com.

However, the number of African American missionaries remains tiny: Only 27 of the SBC’s 4,900 international missionaries are black.

That’s about half a percent in a missions-minded denomination where 6.25 percent of churches are African American (totaling about 1 million members), and it isn’t likely to change soon, experts say.

The main reason for the disparity is that black organizations just cannot keep up with the financial capacity of white organizations to send missionaries overseas, said David Goatley, executive secretary-treasurer at the African American mission agency Lott Carey.
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