The afternoon reception was a smashing hit.
We saw people we had not seen in years. The
place was packed all afternoon.
What a night! All the hours of preparation
and prayers of so many were rewarded with
a spectacular evening. To our delight more
than 770 people arrived for the service. The
choir music by pastors, staff, musicians, mis-
sionaries and candidates was just wonderful.
Dr. Ray's message targeted God's blessing
to BIMI because He blesses His people, not
buildings or even organizations but people.
It reminded us that our history from the
early missionaries to today has been that
way. Then Dr. Edwards spoke about our future. He
used Barnabas to remind us that God works through
people who are willing to change their plans for His,
to encourage and assist others and do it to increase
our passion for souls. If we continue this, our future
not only looks great but will be as bright as the
promises of God.
With Dr. Ray wanting to work with the 100 Nations
and Bible distribution projects, the Board had asked
Dr. David Snyder to be the President and General
Director and lead into the next 50 years. It was
certainly a stirring moment in
the service when he and his
wife, Barbara, were inaugurated.
In these 50 years, he is only our
fourth General Director. The staff
was pleased with this choice by
the Board for our next leader.