Baptist International Missions, Inc.

July 2024

Thank you for your faithful support of our missionaries. Sometimes it may not seem like there are many results when we tell others about salvation, but God’s Word will not return void. Quite often there is a delay in seeing a response, but it is wonderful when eternal fruit comes from the persistent proclamation of the Gospel.

One example of this comes from Luke and Tonya Shelby, BIMI missionaries serving in Kenya, Africa. The following story is given by them in an encouraging update.

During our recent travels, we have had the privilege to witness 41 souls saved in our new outreaches, including a powerful testimony from a man named James. We had witnessed to him through the years because one by one his son, nephews, brother, and others have come to Christ over the last 10+ years. However, until recently he was a Bishop in an African cultural religion. When he was diagnosed with a malignant tumor already advanced to Stage 4 and was hospitalized for three weeks, I visited him on Friday before going down into the Maasai villages and on the Wednesday afterwards. On that Wednesday, James prayed to ask Christ into his heart! After he prayed, he pulled me close and told me to tell his children that he said that they should follow the truth found in God’s Word that is preached by us and that we must do everything that we can to get them into church. He passed away late the next night. Praise the Lord for God working in his heart! His salvation touched many lives, leading to eight more receiving Christ during his hospitalization and funeral. Please pray for the rest of his family.

It is amazing to see the many different ways God works in hearts and lives. I am thankful for the way in which God is using our missionaries to be faithful witnesses—even when it takes more than 10 years. Thank you for allowing God to use you to reach souls around the world by supporting missionaries like the Shelbys. May the LORD richly bless you!

In Christ,
David H. Snyder
John 15:16

President/General Director

David & Barb Snyder
Read more about the Snyders. He can be contacted through the BIMI office (423) 344-5050.

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