March 2017

Dear Pastors,

In my February President's Perspective I introduced BIMI's 2018 theme: Deepening Roots, Increasing Fruits. It has been both a blessing and a challenge to meditate on this theme.

When I was a young person, one of the things I remember my parents and grandparents talking about at this time of year was “March Winds.” Most of the time, the month of March lived up to its reputation of being extra windy. Perhaps you also grew up in a place where you experienced March Winds. Those winds would often cause damage by exposing the weak trees with shallow roots.

Making sure that our spiritual roots are deep in Jesus Christ is critical to surviving the storms of life. Although storms are not pleasant, it is wonderful to experience God's strength in the midst of storms. God’s power enables us to remain faithful to Him.

Many of you have experienced storms in your missions giving. There were seasons when it was difficult to give because of insufficient finances. Nonetheless, you deepened your roots in Christ and remained faithful in giving to missions. To you, I would like to say “Thank you!” Thank you for weathering the “March Winds” that seem to blow constantly against our efforts to evangelize the world. Your faithfulness and dedication are greatly appreciated.

Perhaps you are presently experiencing a “missions storm.” If so, I would like to encourage you to stand strong, rooted deeply in the Lord. As you do, I can assure you that you will eventually reap eternal fruit. What a blessing! God strengthens us with His might by His Spirit through His Son—and then rewards us for standing strong. Thanks again for your faithful partnership in world missions. 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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