“What your grandson needs is to receive God's salvation. That is the only way he will
receive the help he needs!” I explained.
“Maybe I can just believe both Buddhism and Christianity!” she said. It is at this point
many people in Japan turn away from the truth and choose the gods of ancestors or
shrines. God gave boldness to continue. “No!” I said, “The True and Living God says in
His Word that we cannot worship any other god. We must worship Him and Him alone.”
“Would you allow me to pray for your grandson?” I asked. She agreed, but began to try to
figure out what to do with her hands. The Japanese way is to place open hands together. I
could see her trying to figure out how to pray. She asked, “What do I do with my hands?”
“That is not so important.” I replied.
So, I prayed. She listened. God worked. At the end of my prayer for her grandson, I
stopped and asked her if she would like to trust Christ as her Savior. There was a pause.
Then she said, “Yes!” She opened her heart, confessed her sin and trusted Christ as her
Savior. When we opened our eyes, without hesitation, her first comment was, “I am not
going back to those other places to pray anymore!” She then said, “I want to visit your
church when I return to Osaka.”
Those statements reminded me again that there is power in the Gospel. Paul said, For I
am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one
that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16).
October 11, 1945—August 9, 2011
Dennis joined the BIMI family in 1979 as a single missionary. He
married Rose, and she joined BIMI in 1984. Together, they had a
fruitful ministry as church planters in the Philippines. Dennis and
Rose, along with establishing churches, organized a Bible institute to
train young men and women for the ministry.
They also ministered to the deaf and provided an elementary school
for them and had their first graduation in 2007. Because of their love for deaf people,
they began an Advanced Training Institute for the Deaf. The program was designed
to teach life-training courses to help deaf students with their future. Courses included
sewing, banking, and cooking. Before going to the deaf school, many of the students did
not even know their given names.
On August 9, 2011, Dennis drowned while rescuing his daughter and another young
woman from drowning. He was a faithful missionary who not only lived his life for
others but also died for others.
Number 3, 2011