Back to main magazine page now!! Volume 48, Number 2, 2012 the P ower of the G ospel By David H. Snyder Those who have received Christ as their personal Savior can testify to the power of the Gospel message. It is an amazing privi- lege to have heard a clear presentation about the good news of salvation and then to have received God's gift of eternal life. For me, that hap- pened when I was eight years old in a Sunday school class in Pennsylvania. That David H. Snyder was a day that President/General Director changed my life forever. I am reminded daily of the privi- lege of being saved and the responsibility to proclaim the message of salvation. The Apostle Paul experienced salvation on the road to Damascus. As a result, he boldly declared, “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). There are at least three ways in which the power of the Gospel can be seen in this verse. First, the Gospel is not “the gospel of Paul,” it is the Gospel of Christ—the Christ Whose power was demonstrated by His death, burial, and resurrection. This is not a gospel Paul invented about himself or anyone else. This is the good news about the one and only Savior of the world. This is the Christ Who won the victory over death and the grave (1 Corinthians 15:55−57). Second, the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. Prior to Paul's conversion, he only knew of a powerless, works-based plan of salvation that could never pay the price for sin. It was only after Paul met 2 BIMI WORLD Number 2, 2012 Christ and received Him as Savior that he experienced true and eternal victory over sin's penalty and Satan's power (see article on page 8 “Where Satan Accused—The Savior Acquitted”). Third, the Gospel is so powerful that it is available to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. The atonement of Christ is not limited in any way. Jesus is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). God has not selected a certain few to be saved and at the same time condemned the rest to hell. Whosoever (Jew or Gentile) shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13). As we think about the power of the Gospel, there are many reasons we can—and should—rejoice. However, as mentioned earlier, we must also remember our responsibility to boldly proclaim the message of God's love. This is necessary because the Gospel's power will only be experienced by every one that believeth. Jesus told Nicodemus, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). In order for someone to believe on the Lord, he must first hear about Him. This is where our responsibility starts. The Bible gives several strategic steps in missions that lead to a person's salvation. For example, Romans 10:13−15 shows that people must hear 1 about the Lord before they can believe and call on Him for salvation. In order for the world to hear the Gospel, missionaries must be sent so they can preach the message of salvation. Again, this emphasizes our responsibility. We must send and preach if people are going to hear and believe the powerful Gospel message that will transform their lives when they call on the Lord and are saved. God has done His part. He has provided salvation for the world. The power of the Gospel has not and will not diminish. We can rejoice and be confident in the fact that the Gospel of Christ is indeed the power of God unto salvation to every one. But let us never forget the words “that believeth.” W 1 Preaching the message is important but unless the intended audience can hear (understand) the message, the preaching will be in vain. In our last edition of the BIMI World, we stressed how important it was for missionaries to learn the language of the people they are called to reach. In this edition, please consider how important it is for the deaf to “hear” the Gospel in their language (see article on page 4 “The Deaf Are ‘Hearing’ the Gospel”). Six Strategic Steps In Missions saved call believe hear preach sent BAPTIST INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS, INC., was founded in 1960 as an independent Baptist faith mission. BIMI is a fundamental mission agency, true to the Word of God in doctrine and method. The purpose of BIMI is to assist fundamental Baptist churches in fulfilling our Lord’s command to evangelize the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our objectives are to establish indigenous Baptist churches and train national pastors and leaders. There are over 1,000 missionaries with BIMI working in 100 countries of the world. OFFICERS/BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Michael Edwards, Chairman; Robert Wall, Vice Chairman; David Snyder, President; JB Godfrey, Vice President; James Butler, Corporate Secretary; Al Goss, Treasurer; Jeff Amsbaugh, Andy Bloom; David Bragg; Tim Butler; John W. Collier; Bill Egerdahl; Kevin Folger; James God; CO Grinstead; Rodney Kelley; David Pittman; James Ray; Jim Rushing; Don Sisk; Mark Stevens; Ray Thompson; Jim Townsley; Robert Vrandenburgh; Tom Wallace ADMINISTRATION/ FIELD DIRECTORS: David Snyder, General Director; JB Godfrey, Executive Director; James Butler, International Office Director; Doug Cunningham, Comptroller; Jeff Alverson, Assistant Military; John Bailes, USA; Gerry Baughman, CAMP BIMI*SMART; Roger Blevins, South America; Eric Bohman, Africa; Alan Brooks, Assistant Southeast Asia; Bob Green, Candidate, Deputation and Aviation; Malcolm Gregory, Assistant South America; William Griffin, Enrichment; David Harris, Far East; Ed Hembree, Europe; Terry Jones, Central America; James Kennard, Military; Robert Larson, Assistant USA; Jim Lilley, Estate Planning; Sean Lunday, Assistant Brazil; Robert Meyer, Southeast Asia; Jimmy Rose, Brazil; Don Sisk, General Director Emeritus; Gary Sprunger, Caribbean; Steve Stone, Far North; Ray Thompson, Executive Director Emeritus; Carl Vonnoh, CLAIM REPRESENTATIVES: Gailen Abbett, Roy Ackerle, Dennis Bellew, Ron Bragg, Pat Creed, Les Frazier, Ed Gibson, John Halsey, Brant Holladay, Robert Johnson, Mark Logan, Michael McCombie, James Ray, Jerry Reece, Reggie Rempel, Clayton Revels, Clayton Shumpert STAFF: Don Arnold, Audio Visuals; Ken Catoe, Printing Services; John Ramsey, Missionary Finances; Kevin Wnuk, Computer Services BIMI World: David Snyder, Executive Editor; Ken Catoe, Editor; Don Arnold, Production Photographer; Jonathan Bergen, Designer Field Editors: Eric Bohman, Africa; Alan Brooks, Southeast Asia; Gary Craft, Military; David Harris, Far East; Mark Lockhart, Central America; Ed Johnson, Brazil; Coy Shaw, USA; Gary Sprunger, Caribbean; Clint Vernoy, South America; Rob Willoughby, Europe Official Publication of Baptist International Missions, Inc. · All Scripture quotations are from the KJV. Shipping Address: 8614 Harrison Bay Road - Harrison, TN 37341 / Phone: (423) 344-5050 / Fax: (423) 344-4774 / / / BIMI Canada: P.O. Box 242 - St. Jacobs, Ontario N0B 2N0 / (519) 664-3242 Deaf Ministry The Deaf Are “Hearing” the Gospel By Coy Shaw As we age we begin to lose some of the abilities that have helped us get through most of our lives. Hearing is one of those abilities. But among us are people who have never or almost never had the ability to hear. For these people the government has established special schools to educate and give job training. For those who cannot find work the government grants disability benefits, but what about their spiritual needs? Is anyone taking the message of salvation to them? YES! Praise the Lord, YES! BIMI missionaries are reaching the deaf not only in the United States but in many other countries. The Rempels, the Rowans, the MacCallums, the Kellys and the Francises are serving in the United States, and at times their work includes trips to other countries. These BIMI missionaries have dedicated their lives to reaching the deaf with the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. Some of them are deaf and all are laboring to win the deaf to Christ. The deaf are actually a sub-culture, a culture within the greater American culture. They even express themselves differently, “speaking” their own language (American Sign Language or ASL). They like to be with other deaf and if you find one deaf person, they can lead you to others. The missionaries' goal is to reach the deaf with the Gospel and equip them to serve the Lord. There are several different ways in which this is being accomplished: Starting Deaf Ministries in “Hearing Churches” Jack and Dorothea Francis, as well as Willie and Shirley Rowan, are involved in starting deaf ministries in “hearing churches.” Not only do they contact the deaf in the community and invite them to church but also they use sign language to translate the Sunday school lesson and the sermon. This type of Willie & Shirley Rowan ministry usually includes giving classes in ASL to the hearing members of the church who are interested in working with the deaf. It is important to involve hearing members of the church so that when the missionaries move to another area, the deaf ministry will continue. Jack & Dorothea Francis Starting Churches Specifically for the Deaf There are three missionary couples who are planting “deaf churches.” The Deaf Baptist Church was planted in Smyrna, Georgia, by Bruce and Vicki Kelly, both of whom are deaf. In Maryland Bill MacCallum and his wife, Linnea, have started the Crossroad Deaf Baptist Church of Frederick, and he is also involved in The Kelly Family training deaf preacher boys at Capital Deaf Bible College in Silver Spring. Dr. and Mrs. Reggie Rempel lead the Bill & Linnea MacCallum Harvest Baptist Church of the Deaf in Ringgold, Georgia. Although these churches were started specifically to reach the deaf, they must also include the hearing. Deaf people have hearing relatives and that means ministering to them as well. 4 Holding Special Meetings for the Deaf Bill MacCallum teaching Dr. Reggie Rempel, BIMI Deaf Representative, is an evangelist to the deaf. He and his hearing wife, Kim, have traveled widely giving the Gospel to both deaf and hearing. Many have been saved and have answered God's call to full-time service. Bruce and Vicki Kelly have been involved with special meetings in both the United States and Jamaica. The Lord has blessed their labors with the salvation of souls and people surrendering to full-time service. Organizing Camps for the Deaf All of the missionaries are involved with deaf camps. The deaf love being with other deaf, and holding deaf camps is a great way to get a lot of deaf together for preaching and fellowship. Every year many deaf camps are held in different parts of the United States. Founding Bible Schools for the Deaf Several years ago Reggie Rempel saw the need for a Bible School designed specifically for training the deaf for full-time service. The burden God placed on his heart resulted in the founding of the Harvest Reggie & Kim Rempel Deaf Bible College in Ringgold, Georgia. A number of students have already graduated. The goal is to expand the Bible college to include a four-year Bachelor's curriculum. There are also plans to establish a Christian high school adjacent to the college. Yes, the deaf are “hearing” the Gospel, but not all have “heard.” More laborers are needed in the United States and in countries around the globe. Does God want you to labor in “the deaf harvest field”? Baptist International Missions, Inc., invites those interested in missionary work among the deaf to contact the Mission office. The fields are white already to harvest. W The Deaf Baptist Church –Smyrna, Georgia 5 Europe The Gospel on DVD by Julio Velasquez My wife and I have been missionaries for 32 years. We first served in Spain for 14 years and then in Venezuela until three years ago when we returned to Spain to begin a new ministry. Since then we have been working along with our grown children and their spouses in Parla, a city just south of Madrid. We have endeavored to think outside of the box in order to try to reach our city for Christ.  We prayed about starting a distribution ministry as one way to reach out to the people of Parla. Through the concerted efforts of our son-in-law, Jeffrey Andrews, and our son, David Velasquez, we were able to produce a quality DVD that clearly presents the Gospel through a short clip entitled “A Man Fell into a Hole.” In this presentation a man who is hopelessly trapped in a deep hole is visited by men representing different world religions and philosophies. Each one tells the man what he should do in order to get out of the hole. We purchased a DVD duplicator and began the process of duplicating 50,000 DVDs. We then spent three months, two days a week, putting these DVDs into the mailbox of every home in Parla. The population in Parla is around 130,000. Since most people live in apartment buildings, we would ring the doorbell of one of the apartments and when they asked who it was, we would say, “We have informative mail, can you please let us in?” Most would let us in and we were able to put the DVDs into each mailbox.  The next year we obtained 50,000 John and Roman booklets and put them together into packets along with the Gospel tract that we printed, “Are You a Good Person?” We also included a postcard bearing our church address and website. Our goal is to do some kind of literature distribution every year so every person in this city will 6 BIMI WORLD Number 2, 2012 know we are here and will be able to read or hear a clear presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From these two distribution projects, our website and also a large billboard that can be seen as one enters our city, we have had several families come to the church and come to know Christ as their Savior. We have been able to disciple them, baptize them and see them grow in the Lord and try to reach others for Christ. We are convinced that if one person gets saved as a result of these projects, it is well worth the money and time that it takes us to do them. We feel that many more will eventually come to Christ as a result of these projects. This month we plan to distribute 5,000 Gospel DVDs to a neighboring town with a population of 20,000 people. We have had several other churches in Spain request these DVDs and they also are distributing them in their cities. Along with these projects we also do street witnessing, home Bible studies, and we keep our church open every day so that people who pass by can come in and talk with one of our team members. We believe that we need to use every means available to reach people for Christ. W Our website where you can also watch our DVD is Julio & Andrea Velasquez 7 Southeast Asia Where Satan Accused—The Savior Acquitted By Raymond Shull For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night (Revelation 12:10b). Every day in Cambodia we hear the prayers and chants of misguided monks. Those prayers and chants are amplified throughout the city of Phnom Penh. Weddings, funerals, religious celebrations and holidays—these chants shroud the city like smog on a still Los Angeles day. Each special event is celebrated under large fabric tents in front of their homes. Large speakers are hoisted 20 feet up a bamboo pole and these prayers to Satan are broadcast in volumes comparable to rock concerts. The satanic oppression threatens to squeeze the life and joy out of every believer. Later in the evening alcohol begins to flow as the revelers under the control of Satan dance the night away in a drunken stupor. Armed policemen and soldiers wait just outside to put an end to the fights that break out while the revelers are under the control of the master of the underworld. Welcome to a typical Cambodian day! The powers of hell are solicited. Evil spirits are given control over their daily lives. People live in constant fear they may have offended the spirits. They offer food, fruit and drinks on altars that hold a prominent place in their homes, hoping these spirits will be appeased and their homes spared of unexpected tragedies. Satan the Accuser has been cast down. He is a defeated and dethroned foe but is still determined to fight. Cambodian Christians must thrive in this setting to show the distinct contrast between Satan and the Savior. One such Cambodian Christian is a young man named Tho. He, his wife and son have accepted Christ as Savior. Tho preaches every week in our mid- week service and in our village ministry that is in his hometown. He has been a Christian for seven years and takes a firm stand in his faith. A couple of years ago his mother-in-law was stricken with cancer. The doctors gave no hope of survival. Having nowhere else to turn, she called for the village witch doctor to come and evaluate the cause of her cancer. It was her belief Tho & Family 8 that someone in her family had sinned and offended the demonic forces of hell. The witch doctor under the power of Satan would be able to tell her who had sinned and who was the guilty family member that was causing her cancer. Tho's mother-in-law set a date for all of her children, their spouses and their children to come to her house and meet with the witch doctor. Tho and his wife would also be forced to come. The belief here is that ones parents are gods and must be respected as such. On that day all the family members were set in a circle, and the witch doctor sat in the middle. Each Tho and wife with his brothers he led to the Lord family member was questioned individually and under the power of Satan, each of their sins were brought to light—a very embarrassing moment for all of them. The witch doctor turned to face Tho and his wife. Their eyes met for what seemed like an eternity. The other family members waited to hear about the sins of Tho and his wife. After a few moments of silence, the witch doctor turned from them and went to the next family member and made known all their sins. The witch doctor could not speak against a child of God; he was strangely silent. After the ceremony the other family members questioned the witch doctor about the sins of Tho and his wife. The witch doctor replied that he could not see the sins of Tho or his wife and was not permitted to speak against them. The power of Satan met the promises of Scripture, and the truth Tho baptizing a convert of Scripture defeated the terror of sin. Notice what the For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, Scriptures tell us about our sin: and their sins and their iniquities will I As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he remember no more (Hebrews 8:12). removed our transgressions from us (Psalm 103:12). Praise the Lord for the victory we have in But now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to Jesus Christ! Our sins are not just a distant put away sin by the sacrifice of himself (Hebrews 9: 26b). memory but are banished from the very presence of our Lord. God's holiness and righteousness have been imputed. The gavel of eternal justice has fallen, and the voice of the righteous Judge cries out, “Case dismissed. There is no evidence for conviction. Release the prisoner from his chains. Set him at liberty, he is never to appear before this court again.” The accuser of the saints has been cast down. The old lion still roars, but his accusations have been muted by the power of the blood of Jesus Christ. He still walks about but he is crippled with the reality of the imputed righteousness of Christ. We are free, forgiven and faultless. Praise His name! W Raymond Shull & Family Number 2, 2012 BIMI WORLD 9 Southeast Asia Not by Chance! The Opportunity to Transform an Entire Generation By Alan Brooks In what many would consider a “chance meeting,” I had the privilege of spending a few minutes with Commodore Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji. The July 2011 meeting led to correspondence between us. In the course of this dialogue, the prime minister asked that the students in Fiji receive Bibles similar to those that have been distributed in Indonesia and the Solomon Islands. This was followed by an official letter of request from the Permanent Secretary of Education that we give Bibles to all of the students. 102,000 Bibles Needed Immediately Our immediate goal is to order 102,000 Bibles (two containers). This will allow us to give a Bible to every secondary school student in Fiji. Once we have given Bibles to the secondary school students, there is the potential of distributing 130,000 more Bibles to the primary school students. Our plan is to print, ship and distribute Bibles as God provides us with the finances to do so. Just as Ruth happened to glean in Boaz's field (Ruth 2:3), God is directing the affairs of this project. The door is wide open! We cannot say no. We must move forward. Will you help? Two dollars per student is all it will take to put a Bible into the hands of Fiji's next generation. Please pray and give as God leads. 232,000 Potential Opportunities Just as the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus to decree the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem (Ezra 1), God has stirred the heart of Prime Minister Bainimarama to influence future generations of Fijians. Think of the life changing power that will be unleashed as thousands of students read and share God's Word! There were those who left Persia to return to Jerusalem to build. Cyrus instructed those who did not go to help with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering (Ezra 1:4). Will you help those who are going to make a difference in Fiji? Your gift of any amount will help put Bibles into the hands of the future leaders of this island country. W 10 Perhaps —You can tuck a buck a week away for Bibles ($52). —Your business can buy a box of Bibles (25 per box = $50). —Your children can sponsor 1 student each ($2). —Your church or VBS can sponsor a whole district (18 districts—see website for list). —Your school can adopt a school in Fiji (165 schools—see website for list). —You know a foundation that would underwrite some of the project. Request a DVD Email: Text or call: (423) 504-3132 11 World Missions Center Staying Current with Leadership Changes Ed Hembree Europe Director Ed and Carole came to know the Lord in 1973. Soon after, Ed felt God's call to full-time service. For eleven years Ed pastored in Kentucky and Texas. During a missions confer- ence the Lord called them to Romania. The Hembrees have been used to plant indig- enous churches, estab- lish a children's home ministry and oper- ate a four-year Bible institute with more than 70 graduates. Ed also helped start the Independent Baptist College of Romania. In 2007 Ed became Assistant Europe Director. Their minis- try now has the added dimension of helping other missionaries all over Europe. As of December 31, 2011, Ed Hembree was named Europe Director. 12 BIMI WORLD Eric Bohman Africa Director Eric and Lori were accepted by BIMI in 1992 and served in the East African countries of Kenya and Tanzania. Because a strong emphasis was placed on discipleship and training, the new converts became strong committed Christians and are the leaders of their ministries today. With the help of these leaders, the Bohmans have assisted in establishing twenty- one churches from the central highlands of Kenya up to the base of Lake Turkana as well as a church in Tanzania among the Waarusha and Masaai people. In 2005 Eric became the Assistant Africa Director and continued serving on the field. On June 1, 2012, Brother Bohman became the new Africa Director for BIMI. Number 2, 2012 Gary Sprunger Caribbean Director Gary was saved as a result of a city-wide evangelistic campaign and later surrendered his life for full-time service. Gary and Joy Sprunger joined BIMI as missionaries to the US Virgin Islands in 1973. In 1975 the Sprungers arrived in St. Thomas and began their first term. Gary was a mission- ary pilot and served independent Baptist missionaries through- out the Caribbean and he assisted the Blue Water Bible College. At the end of their first term, they moved to Puerto Rico and helped in establishing several Spanish and English- speaking churches. Since 2004 Gary has been the Assistant Director of the Caribbean for BIMI. On June 1, 2012, Gary was appointed as the Caribbean Director. David Harris Far East Director David and Jenny were accepted with BIMI in December of 1985. They arrived in Osaka in 1988 and served in Japan for 24 years. The Harrises started two churches on the main island of Honshu and helped in several others. Their first church was near Osaka where they worked until 1995. The second was in Aomori City in the north where they served for 15 years. In 2008 David became the Assistant Far East Director while still serving on the field. On January 1, 2012, Brother Harris became the Far East Director. Their hearts' desire is still the same as it was in 1988—to see people come to know Jesus Christ and to experience His power to change lives! South America The Forgotten People of the Amazon By Sean Lunday We arrive at the first small fishing village just as the sun sets behind the dense jungle along the banks of the Itaquaí River. We are soon met by villagers who bring us our first patient. A woman holding her crudely bandaged arm asks for medicine to ease the pain from a severe knife wound leveled upon her by her machete wielding husband. A domestic dispute that potentially could have resulted in a fatality has become an opportunity to share the life giving message of Christ. After attending to the pressing physical need, we have an entire village ready and receptive to hear God's Word. Days later we are excited to learn of another village deeper within the bush. After confirming the reports, we begin to mobilize our mission team in their direction. Soon we find ourselves walking through the virgin jungle of Brazil's westernmost Amazon Basin. Woolly monkeys chatter somewhere in the distance, their banter punctuated by the occasional zing of a machete and the shrill  cries of screaming piha birds high in the canopy overhead. Our column of fourteen men proceeds in silence, strung out single file far back into the forest. Our group is soon swallowed from view by a spray of overhanging branches and vines as thick as anacondas dangling a hundred feet from the treetops to the forest floor. Just ahead of me, our guide strides double-time across a stretch of level ground, a welcome break from the steep riverbanks we've been scrambling over for days. As we enter a clearing we see smoke spiraling from fires in the distance. This indicates a village ahead. Soon our efforts pay off as we see the tops of the thatched roofed houses and villagers working in their gardens. “You're probably the only outsiders who have ever walked here,” the guide tells me. After days of river travel and bushwhacking, the guide has led us into the doorway of one of the most remote and uncharted places left on the planet, near the headwaters of two adjacent rivers, the Itaquaí and the Javarí. This is the Vale do Javari Indigenous Area, the land of the mysterious Korubos or Club People. They are a rarely glimpsed Indian tribe known principally as feared warriors disposed to unleashing a blow from their long bamboo clubs in order to defend their territory against intruders. Then they melt away into the forest. In one of the fishing villages, they tell us stories of the rare experiences they have had with the Korubos. On one occasion it resulted in the death of two family members. The Korubos are among 17 so-called uncontacted tribes living in the far recesses of the Brazilian Amazon. In this part Number 2, 2012 BIMI WORLD 13 The Sean Lunday family serves in São Paulo, Brazil. Sean is the Assistant Brazil Director. of the rain forest, there may be as many as 1,350 uncontacted indigenous people— thought to be the largest such concentration anywhere in the world. Most are descendants of the survivors of massacres perpetrated by white intruders over the centuries. The tribes scattered into the rugged folds of the region's headwaters and continue to shun contact with the outside world. But violent clashes account for only a fraction of the deaths suffered by native communities at the hands of outsiders. Many died from epidemic diseases, including the common cold, for which they had no biological defenses. It is for this reason that the Brazilian government has sought to keep the door closed to this region so long left isolated from the modern world. The provision of medical care is the key that unlocks the door into these areas long closed to the Gospel message. Through mobile medical clinics we are allowed access by taking teams of Christian doctors and evangelists to virgin areas untouched by our modern world and the Gospel. We have seen God use these clinics as a catalyst to establish churches among fishing villages (known as ribeirinhos) in otherwise inaccessible areas. These small fishing villages provide a bridge between the civilized world and the uncontacted tribes. As word spreads 14 BIMI WORLD Number 2, 2012 of the clinic, the people come from distances within the bush bringing their sick. We attend to many needs, such as malaria, snake bites, skin rashes, even leprosy, but all with one great need, the Lord Jesus Christ. Every clinic is followed by a service where the Gospel is clearly presented and every patient receives a portion of God's Word to take home. Our national workers later continue follow-up with the new converts, much like the circuit riding preachers of American heritage, making possible a church plant. All along the way while navigating through river tributaries and jungle trails, in village after village we are met with the same receptive hearts waiting and ready to receive the Gospel message. God in His providence has given us this open door into the Vale do Javari. Why then should we not risk life and expense to reach those isolated from Him? Oswald J. Smith once said: “No one has the right to hear the Gospel twice, while there remains those who have not heard it once.” Pray for the Amazon Outreach Team as we continue the mission of the Great Physician to take the Gospel to unreached people groups long isolated from God and the modern world! For more information contact us at W By David H. Snyder WHAT IS THE OPEN DOOR PROJECT? HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED IN THE OPEN DOOR PROJECT? The idea for the Open Door Project comes from 1 Corinthians 16:9a where Paul writes, For a great door and effectual is opened unto me. As in the time of Paul, so also today God has an open door for every person He is calling to the mission field. As you will see on the next two pages, we are emphasizing eleven out of an endless number of open doors around the world. Our prayer is that God will use the information we are presenting to speak to many hearts about full-time missionary service. An open door represents an opportunity. We are praying that many Christians will respond to the opportunities that we are highlighting in this project. First, please pray that God will use this new project to send many more missionaries around the world. Christ has asked us to pray that the Lord of the harvest would send forth labourers into his harvest (Matthew 9:38). As we pray for additional missionary personnel, we can be assured that we are praying according to God's will. Second, please lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest (John 4:35). As you see the need, consider what God would have you do about the many open doors all around the world. Yes, there are many adversaries (1 Corinthians 16:9b); however, when the Lord opens a door, no man can shut it (Revelation 3:8). Perhaps God has opened one of these great…and effectual doors just for you. 15 Remove the centerspread and place in a prominant place to remember to pray for these Open Doors. These Will Go! Who Will Support? A report on Candidate School 2012 By Bob Green And ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8). These words of Jesus spoken to His disciples just before His ascension into heaven serve to define the realm of missionary activity. All Christians are to be witnesses for the Lord and of His saving grace in our local communities. It is also His will that we participate in the efforts to evangelize the entire world. Most of the twenty-five new missionary candidates screened and approved in this Candidate School will be serving in the cities and towns that make up the Judaea and Samaria of the Great Commission. BIMI is grateful to the Lord and the sending churches for these new missionaries who are God's answers to our prayers for laborers to reach the masses. We are also grateful to the Lord of the harvest for those who will be taking the Gospel of Christ to some of the people groups living in isolated villages—that part of the world known as the uttermost. All of the missionary candidates need prayer and financial support as they face the unique chal- lenges of evangelizing the people on their fields. Please join with us in asking God to provide the needed supporting churches to deputize them as their representatives. Be a witness where you are and do all you can to help these new missionaries as they go with the Gospel. 18 19 20 21 22 23 Central America Mexico City By Mark Lockhart We had just finished language school when my wife and I and our two sons, ages one and three years old, arrived in Mexico City. I was a thirty- four-year-old veteran of the United States Air Force, a mature Christian and a college graduate, and I was very naïve and anxious about the new culture and these new people. We had our first experiences in the home of veteran missionaries who were on furlough when we arrived. Even in language school we had American friends who were able to converse with us, but now we were thrust completely into a different culture, new food, new people and trying to adapt to the language. Mexico City is now our home, but the road was challenging. We have changed but so too has Mexico. Is Mexico City a forgotten place? That's impossible, right? After all, Mexico City remains one of the largest cities in the entire world! During the time we have been in Mexico, BIMI has seen eight families leave this great city. Most of them continue to serve God elsewhere. Three other families have come in their places. I do not want to give a misrepresentation. There are many missionaries working in Mexico City, but unfortunately the number has decreased in the last 15 years. I know families 24 BIMI WORLD Number 2, 2012 who have left Mexico City to start Hispanic ministries in the United States. I make no judgment of their calling. My desire is to bring attention to a city that needs missionaries. I was born in Michigan and grew up in Georgia. Remarkably, the population of Mexico City (over 19 million) almost equals the combined population of these two states. I have never had the privilege of visiting New York State, but Mexico City equals its population. 1 Even in the midst of a changing nation, there remains one constant, the enemy. Satan will always either try to distract or destroy the Christian whether he is at home or abroad. Is it possible some are distracted and therefore reject the possibility God would have them be missionaries in this forgotten place? Admittedly, serving as a foreign missionary is not always pleasant and sometimes does become lonely. Yesterday, I visited a cemetery where our fourth son is buried. He would be ten years old now. I did not go alone. My wife and I accompanied BIMI missionaries Jorge and Aimee Rodriguez. Their third child is buried in the same cemetery. Are we special and exemplary Christians? No, most certainly not. Each of us would say that we are simply Christians willing to follow God's leadership and obey His will the best we know how. I will make no attempt to convince anyone that serving God carries neither risks nor dangers. Listen to these words of Christ in Matthew 16:24, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Now, is it safe to carry a cross? It was not for Jesus Christ, but it was the Father's will and it is a requirement for Now, what of our safety? Is your all disciples of Christ. However, family safe? Fourteen years ago Jesus gives us this promise in that was not a familiar question but it is now posed with worrisome Jorge and Aimee Rodriguez at Matthew 11:29–30, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for the grave of their child frequency. This week I will have the I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find privilege of spending time with a man who rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my desires to come to Mexico and he is praying burden is light.” about where God would have him begin. However, even his pastor is concerned about his coming to visit his southern neighbor. Cumulatively, we have not suffered the works of evil doers but if that is God's calling, we will be able to say that I know He loves me and His will is best. Is it possible for a humble missionary to convince any individual that Mexico City is a safe place to live and minister? I would like to try, but I am not an ambassador of any nation nor am I capable to quantify the demographic information in order to appeal to anyone's satisfaction. What I can share is my own experience. Additionally, I can say that during these years God has been good. We have been blessed. I cannot say we have never been in a dangerous situation, but I can say we were never alone. Furthermore, these times have been the exception. Sometimes we were even unaware. Is it really any different where you find yourself today? Brother Terry Jones, who is BIMI's Central America Field Director, shared with me what he has heard many times—“One is safer on a battlefield in God's will than in a fortress outside God's will.” Although I do not know to whom I should attribute the quote, I most certainly know why one could lift his voice and make known with confidence his heartfelt consensus. It is because God's Word is true and never failing. Moreover, God Himself never fails, And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer (2 Samuel 22:2). To know the love of God is enough for me and it is enough for others who continue to uphold the message of the cross even through physical trials. BIMI missionaries Mark and Donna Whiffen, for instance, have been in Mexico City since 2000. Donna has had ten surgeries and yet they remain here to carry the message of God's love. Would they do so if God's love and protection were not enough? What about you? Would you be willing to respond to a need that does not disappear? If just one yearned for the message of God's amazing and saving grace, it would be sufficient cause to respond. Dear reader, today there is a people so near that desire a better life. I can tell you they see that better life in America. In 2009 the New York Times reported that more than 500,000 Mexicans tried to go to America. Thousands upon thousands failed in their objective. May I invite you to respond? God created man to fellowship with the Almighty. The answer is not a new nation, more money, a dream or even a new job. The answer is a new life, the new life of a born again child of God. While they seek to go out in search of something that will not change their lives, would you instead be willing to come to Mexico City? More than 19 million people need to hear the message of the Gospel. Mark Whiffen & Family Perhaps many feel unqualified to participate in such an endeavor. May I tell you that this very thought is the reaction of each faithful servant of God that I know? The work of the missionary is much more than preaching. It involves teaching others to walk with God. It involves mourning with those you have grown to love. It involves answering the most difficult questions and responding to the most difficult situations. Will you respond? Will you be a beacon of light in a great city? And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us (Acts 16:9). Will you help us? W compare for Mexico City and for Georgia, Michigan and New York. 1 Europe 50,000 Missionaries from U.S. to Germany by Walter Hornung In a small German Bavarian village on yearning for the war to end. During the three- March 23, 1938, a baby boy was born to the day fight to capture our village, more than cabinetmaker and his wife. Unfortunately, his two-thirds of the houses and buildings were mother, his sister, and either burned down or he had to live for years destroyed by grenades. without their dad for he Many ugly noises and was forced to go to war. pictures are still in my Life was difficult with- mind. Finally, the Amer- out the provider, hus- icans did capture the band, and father. village and, with relief For this little and rejoicing, some of German boy, war was the women embraced very “natural.” He did the American soldiers, not know what peace knowing that soon the was. The bombing of the war would be over. We nearby city, the hysteri- children quickly learned cal crying of the women, some English words. The Walter and Thrasilla Hornung and the planes in the first ones were “choco- air trying to shoot each other down were just late,” “chewing gum,” “candy” and “oranges.” part of life. When he was told not to go outside We became little beggars. The American sol- when the planes were fighting and shooting, he diers were eager to give us sweets and throw said, “Nothing will hit me for I am so small and gum and oranges from their trucks to us. there are houses, streets, and fields to be hit….” Life slowly started to become more I was that little boy. normal. We were governed by a temporary While the Americans and the fighting American government. My uncle was appointed came closer to our village, the people were to be the driver for the American governor at 26 BIMI WORLD Number 2, 2012 Oceanic Bible Project Phase 1 of the Oceanic Bible Project was a complete success! The students and faculty of 46 high schools in the Malaita province of the Solomon Islands received their own copies of God's Word. There were 16,500 copies of the Scriptures distributed. The next phase of this project is ready to launch. Another 11,200 Bibles will be distributed in the schools on the island of Guadalcanal. Some funds are already in hand; however $25,000 is required to complete the project. Your help is needed to finish the task. W the nearby city. For my sister and me it was absolutely fantastic when my uncle visited us with the governor's great Cadillac and took us for a ride. Wow, we enjoyed that! For us chil- dren school started again, two and three times a week, three hours each time with eight grades in one big room. Some of the men of the vil- lage slowly came back from the prison camps, including my dad. All were very tired and dis- couraged. After six years in the war, there was no life left in him. He did not have enough energy to play or do anything with his son. When I was ten years old, something significant happened in our school. Each student was to receive his very own book. Until this time, all our books for learning belonged to the school. The book each one of us received was a Bible, and I was very excited to have my first, very own book. Many years later I discovered that the American Bible Society of New York gave money and the military government permission to print 50,000 Bibles. I received my “missionary” from the USA. Life in the small village became more unsatisfactory. I was bored and there was a longing for something I could not explain. I read many books of adventure. At the age of eighteen, I decided if I went to the USA, I might find what I was yearning for. One of my uncles who lived in America sponsored me. It was quite a change from our small village to the big city of Chicago. I did not go alone—my “missionary” was also in the suitcase. In the USA, things went very well for me. I immediately had a good job, money, friends, and a car; but what I was looking for I had not found—the emptiness was still there. I did not want to live like this my entire lifetime. God in His mercy turned me to His Word and my “missionary” started to speak to me. I read the Bible at every free minute I had for about six weeks. It showed me that I was a sinner before a holy God. It showed me the love of God, and it showed me that Jesus Christ died for me and my sins. One evening I knelt beside my bed and asked the Lord to forgive my sins and come into my life and save me. I also surren- dered my life to His leading. A wonderful change took place in my life. The emptiness was gone. I knew my sins were forgiven and that I was on my way to heaven. I thought I was the only saved person in the entire city of Chicago! The Lord called me to preach his precious Word. He gave me my precious wife, Thrasilla. She was my first convert. The Lord called us to be missionaries to Germany and we arrived for the first time in Germany on June 19, 1970. I thank the Lord for my personal “missionary” from USA! W originally printed in Europe magazine, volume 2, 2010 Number 2, 2012 BIMI WORLD 27 Retired Missionary Musings of a Retired Missionary By Dick Wright We have to admit that sometimes life can be dis- couraging. Praise the Lord, after we go through the valley, God does marvelous and sometimes miraculous things to encourage us. Since retiring to the States, things have not happened the way we thought they would. It felt like God put us on the shelf. The feeling was like we had not really accomplished much for the Lord. Volunteer work for AMG Publishers fills the time, but that is not as fulfilling as serving in a pastoral or teaching role. This question kept coming up in our minds: how much of what has been done was our own effort and how much was God's? We had seen six churches planted in Australia. Ten or twelve men had been saved and trained to go into the ministry. Souls had been saved. Believ- ers had been baptized and discipled. But Australia is not like other fields where missionaries see great numbers of salvations, baptisms and attendance. During our first term in Australia, while starting our first church, we also wrote a four-year Bible college curriculum. We used this to train individu- als in a local church setting. Narayan, an Indian man from Fiji, heard about the curriculum and came to Australia to visit. He asked me to come to Fiji and set up these courses in his little school. The purpose was mainly to train men for evangelism. This was accomplished and I served as president of the school for over l0 years. Each year I visited Fiji for 6–8 weeks to teach and introduce new courses. been put on a DVD along with the student and teacher's texts—most of which were now out of print. We gladly sent him a copy. While still ques- tioning life's meaning shortly before speak- ing to the seniors, I received another email from Narayan. He wrote the follow- ing: “Today there are literally hundreds of Dick & Carolyn Wright people ministering in various parts of the world. Students have estab- lished churches in Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Aus- tralia, United States, Canada, Ponephi and in the North Pacific. All because you helped me.” Wow! We didn't do that, but the Lord did! A couple of days later an email came from one of my former students, now a pastor, in Australia. He had submitted the courses to the government for certification and much to our surprise, they had been approved. This means that the courses can be used for transfer and credit to any school (secular or Bible) or college in Australia or any other Com- monwealth nation. There again God reminded that we did not do that, but the Lord did! I received another email from Fiji—we never knew God was that interested in emails to send encour- agement. Narayan said his grandson had made a website and put the courses on it. They could now be used online for studies and degrees by email any place in the world! All we could say was double WOW! We could not do that, but God did! During this time the courses were also being used in 17 other churches—mostly in the state of Vic- toria. We had never been there but another Aussie preacher took the curriculum there unknown to us while we were in the US for furlough. We didn't have anything to do with that, but God did! Sometimes we need to be reminded we accom- plish little in our own strength, but God can take the little we can do and multiply it to His glory far beyond our dreams. We needed to be reminded of that. We are not doing a ministry for God, but God is still doing a marvelous and miraculous minis- try through us. No matter how little the work may seem that you can do, if you will just keep out of the way and stay close to God and trust Him for His guidance, you will be pleasantly surprised one day to find out what He is doing with your life. We came to realize that we do not actually do a ministry for God but God desires to do a ministry through us. Recently, God opened the door for me to speak to a seniors' group. A little later the opportunity came for me to speak to a men's fel- lowship. An email arrived from Narayan early in 2011. He had heard somehow that the courses had May God encourage you this day to keep on keep- ing on and doing whatever He desires you do in your corner of the vineyard. When we get home to heaven, only then will we hear “Welcome home, thou good and faithful servant. Enter into your eternal rewards, reserved and kept in heaven, just for you!” What a blessing that will be! W 28 BIMI WORLD Number 2, 2012 Myrl Chanler Ross With the Lord Myrl Ross went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 17, 2012. He and his wife, Ruth, were approved as missionaries with BIMI on November 3, 1977. He had previously served as an assistant pastor and pastor. Myrl and Ruth worked together for Child Evangelism Fellowship. They joined BIMI to perform a ministry of helps by working with small churches and encouraging pastors. He traveled all over the Northeast for over twenty years planting and assisting church planters. He worked closely with Dr. John Bailes, USA Director, assisting him with many of his duties before Myrl's illness hindered his ministry. Myrl was saved as a young man after returning home from serving in the US Navy. He graduated from Tennessee Temple Bible School with a Bachelor of Bible. Myrl is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Tim; daughter Deborah and six grandchildren. Myrl was known by his jovial spirit and his servant's heart. He always went about praising the Lord and expecting great things from God. He was 79 years old and resided in Hixson, Tennessee, with his wife, Ruth. Glenda Helaine Foster Glenda Helaine (Folsom) Foster, age 66 of Davenport, Florida, went to be with the Lord on April 28, 2012, after a battle with heart and lung failure. She was born in Tucson, Arizona, to Pastor/Evangelist Dr. Eric Allen and Helen Folsom of Gulfport, Florida. She is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Glen O. Foster of almost 45 years, three sons, Glen II, David, and Mark Foster; two sisters, Joy Lancaster, Annie Harms; two brothers, Fred and Alan Folsom; six grandchildren, Brittany, Caitlin, Isabela, Rebecca, Jason and Jonathan. She served as a BIMI missionary with her husband for almost 40 years. They ministered for over 30 years in Puerto Rico planting churches and assisting national pastors. She is a graduate of Hampden Dubois Academy in Zellwood, Florida, Bob Jones Bible Institute in Greenville, South Carolina, and Institute of Languages in San Jose, Costa Rica. Richard Conrad The Conrads served as BIMI missionaries for 32 years and arrived in Japan in the summer of 1983, serving faithfully for 28 years in western Tokyo.  Rick and Beth met due to the bus ministry of Highland Park Baptist Church.  At first Rick was interested in going to Bangladesh, but after hearing a message by Dr. Don Sisk, the BIMI Far East Director at the time, he felt God was calling him to Japan. Beth says, “There are many things Rick did that were not known by many.  For over a year, he visited a mentally ill man in a mental hospital at least once, sometimes twice a week.  He helped a sick neighbor with his gardening.  He went monthly as a volunteer to a mental hospital to sing songs with the patients. When his last parent died, he gave 10 percent of his inheritance to an organization that built a school in Africa in his mother's name. When he broke both ankles from a stairway fall, he visited his English class children dressed as Santa in a wheelchair. He had a poster on the wall in his study room and a sweatshirt he was wearing when he died, both said, ‘Never give up.' That is something he truly believed.” Brother Conrad was faithful to serve the Lord and proclaim His Word. At his funeral, attended by several hundred, many of those whom he was trying to reach heard the Gospel again and were challenged to place their faith in Jesus Christ. On February 20, 2012, Brother Conrad went to be with the Lord at the age of 64 after suffering a heart attack while on the field. Number 2, 2012 BIMI WORLD 29 Catherine Gwen Hudson Catherine Gwen Hudson was born in Hayward, California, on January 21, 1972. She went to be with the Lord on May 3, 2012, at the age of 40. Catherine and her husband, Matthew Hudson, served as independent Baptist missionaries in the country of Ukraine for over fifteen years. Since November of 2011, they have lived in Mesquite, Texas. Catherine grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where she graduated from high school and college and met her husband, Matthew, whom she married on August 13, 1994. They began their ministry as missionaries to Ukraine in 1995. The Hudsons were due to return to the Ukraine on March 14, but that return was delayed when it was discovered that Catherine was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer March 7, 2012. A godly wife, mother, and missionary, Catherine graduated to Glory on May 3, 2012. Catherine is survived by her husband of 17 years and her son, Daniel Robert Hudson, age 16, and daughters Rachel Lenell Hudson, age 13, and Deborah Maelee Hudson, age 11. Dan Truax Dan Truax, first Africa Director for BIMI, went Home to be with the Lord on Friday June 8, 2012, at the age of 86. He was born and reared in China where his parents were missionaries. Dan and Mary Truax were accepted as BIMI missionaries on July 1, 1967, after serving in Africa from 1950 until 1966 with the Sudan Interior Missions. Brother Truax was appointed as the BIMI Africa Director in 1967 and he served in that capacity until 1991. He then became a BIMI Representative. Memorial Gifts have been received in memory of: Rev. Eldyn Simons by Rev. 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