Facing early retirement, Southern Baptist missionaries vow to continue evangelism stateside

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Tim and Charlotte Cearley are recognized for 35 years of service in sub-Saharan Africa during the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board trustee meeting in New Orleans on Nov. 5, 2015. Photo by Thomas Graham, courtesy of IMB

Tim and Charlotte Cearley are recognized for 35 years of service in sub-Saharan Africa during the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board trustee meeting in New Orleans on Nov. 5, 2015. Photo by Thomas Graham, courtesy of IMB

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(RNS) At 61, Tim and Charlotte Cearley expected to serve at least another five years. But they see early retirement as a way to let younger missionaries take their place.