Recently, I was asked to write an article for BIMI World from my perspective as Candidate
Director. The request was prefaced with the statement, “Dr. Ray (outgoing President), Dr.
Snyder (incoming President)….” This is truly a time of transition for BIMI as we welcome a
new General Director, Dr. David Snyder, but these words also speak
to another type of transition. They remind us of what happens each
year at BIMI as new (incoming) missionary candidates are approved
and others who have finished deputation leave (outgoing) for their
fields of service.
God has been faithful year after year, to send new missionary
applicants to BIMI. Pastors and local independent Baptist churches
continue to recommend their missionary candidates to us. Though
this year is one of transition and there are exciting changes taking
place at BIMI, we can honestly say that there have been no changes
made in the matter of receiving new candidates. We continue to
follow the guidelines defined in our Constitution and By-laws.
We are convinced the Lord has blessed BIMI as a mission agency
because of our continuing commitment to serve local churches and their missionaries. Our
faithfulness to Biblical objectives (evangelism and church planting) and high standards is
also appreciated by the thousands of churches that are assisted by BIMI.
With the presence of 52 candidates approved in 2009 and the new candidates approved this
month (June 2010), we had a total of 77 new missionaries present for Candidate School. The
Lord of the harvest continues to call forth laborers in answer to the prayers of God's people.
With the approval of the new candidates, BIMI has missionaries targeting additional
countries for which we have prayed. The Lord has given us missionaries that are or will
be serving in 100 nations of the world.
The goal of BIMI has been and continues
to be that of reaching the “unreached”
people of the world. BIMI missionaries
have had ministries that have “embraced
the world.” We are grateful to God for the
BIMI missionaries who for 50 years have
served in very isolated and difficult places,
such as the countries that make up what
is referred to as the 10-40 Window. We
are grateful for the blessings of God in the
past and excited about the possibilities of