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Yokota Baptist Church provided so many wonderful opportunities for our family.
As a young and very impressionable couple, we needed sound teaching and good
people with whom to surround ourselves to help us mature and grow. Pastor and
Mrs. Frankie and the church and its members provided that for us. There are
many moments that blessed us while we were there—one that “sticks out” is when
we left Yokota for our next assignment and most of the church came out to tell us
goodbye! We are so thankful for our time at Yokota Baptist Church from 1995–
1999. Since that time, we have never been able to re-create what we had there. It
was special—Pastor and Mrs. Frankie, the church, the friends, the preaching, the
fellowship, etc. We are just thankful that the good Lord led us there and allowed
a foundation to be laid for our family to grow and build on.
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The Lord is greatly using the GI Banner. Many readers have expressed how much the articles in the GI Banner have
blessed and encouraged them. Bryan Baggett, Director of Military Missions, would like to ask you to prayerfully
consider supporting the Military Fund, Account #642, each month. The cost for printing and mailing the GI Banner
is around $1,300 each issue. We need your help. Be a blessing to our military families and friends. Thank you for
your prayers and continued support. If you are able to help meet these expenses, please send your monthly support
or offering to:
BIMI Military Fund • Account #642 • P.O. Box 9 • Harrison, TN 37341
Doors Only God Can Open
By Bryan Baggett
Working with the US Military is an honor of which we are very proud. We have traveled thousands of miles and invested
countless hours in order to make known the Gospel of Jesus Christ among our servicemen and women. It does not matter where
we might encounter them—in the cities of our great nation or while they are stationed overseas in various allied nations—each
time our hearts swell with pride of country and appreciation for their commitment to serve it.
We have also been blessed with the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ among military personnel of other nations.
Some time ago, the Lord opened the door to give us access to a Peruvian Colonel in Lima, Peru. Through the connections of
our host in Peru, we were able to introduce ourselves to the Colonel and share with him our desire to express our gratitude for
his service to his country as well as to share with him a message about Jesus Christ. In the beginning, he was somewhat hesitant
to allow us an audience, as he was already comfortable with his own religion. We assured him that our purpose was not to offer
a different religion but rather a relationship with Jesus Christ. In that moment, he raised his phone to his ear and requested
that an announcement be made for all personnel (save one receptionist at the front desk) to convene in the conference room
immediately. We were taken back but excited to see the hand of the Lord in this. Within just a matter of minutes, our small
group from the United States stood before 75 or so officers and gave our personal stories of the difference Jesus Christ had made
in our lives.
Among our group traveling with us were American Military Veterans. As they recounted their stories of serving their country
and then expressed their appreciation for the service of the men and women serving in the Peruvian armed forces, one could
sense a change in the crowd—of camaraderie, of understanding, of brotherhood. As the testimonies shifted to speak of our
veterans’ decisions to trust Christ as their personal Savior and what that meant to them, one could have heard a pin drop. It was
then that I stood before them and preached clearly to them that they too could experience the salvation of their souls through