Stephen & Kimiyo Canter
The words “greater than tongue or pen can ever tell” penned by
Frederick M. Lehman in his song The Love of God comes to my
mind when thinking of Military Missions. What Christ did for
each one of us and all that He accomplished on the cross simply
cannot be put into words neither can all the heartfelt thankfulness
and praises for Military Missions that comes from all corners
of the world. It simply cannot be put in a single book or article.
Military Missions has literally changed thousands of lives for
Christ, but the story does not stop there.
Military churches not only live out the Great Commission in the
truest sense but also they do it with compassion. They reach out
into the national communities, providing a first-hand view of the
harvest field. In doing so, they become the spawning and training
grounds for missionaries. The missionaries that go out from there
go on to reach thousands of nationals from other countries. We
can personally attest to that fact. My wife and I are missionary
products of a Military Church.
In 1991, we—my wife, three children, and I—were transferred
from Homestead Air Force Base to Misawa, Japan. There we
found Faith Baptist Church with BIMI missionary pastor Michael
Hearrell. The atmosphere was friendly and the sermons were
biblical. It was a missions-minded church at a whole different
level. The Baptist churches we were members of both in Pensacola and
Miami were missions-minded churches with strong Faith Promise
programs. Both churches held annual missions conferences and
at least one other missions emphasis Sunday. Missionaries were
frequently visiting both churches. But Faith Baptist Church was
not only a missions-minded church but also it lived and breathed
missions—missions was the church.
Turnover of members at Faith was a regular occurrence as with
any military ministry. That required the frequent review of basic
biblical principles, including missions and Faith Promise. It was
an enjoyable experience to sit under the preaching of Godly men
such as Dr. Don Sisk, Dr. Les Frazier, Dr. James Kennard, Dr. Jeff
Alverson and others. Their influence impacted our family and at
least seven other families (stationed together from 1991–1994 at
Misawa) to go into full-time ministries. Several of those became
missionaries with BIMI's Military Ministry and are now training
others for the next generation.
In 2004, after attending Bible college and completing deputation,
our family returned to Japan as BIMI missionaries to the Japanese
nationals. We started a church plant in Tsukuba in 2008 and now
are averaging over 30 people for Sunday morning services. We
have seen 25 precious souls saved and seven baptized. All can be
attributed to Military Missions.
Perhaps you have felt led of God to become involved in missions
but are hesitant because of learning a language. Then Military
Missions is the place for you. Military Missions is a place where
you have the chance to impact thousands for our Lord in a
very needy field. It is a place to reach the men and women who
are placing their lives on the line daily for our safety. Will you
consider this needy field?
Patrick & Shelia Wolfe
Immediately after basic training
I was stationed in Germany
during Desert Storm. In 1996 I
was again stationed in Germany,
this time as a married soldier.
We were very fortunate, God
had led a missionary couple to
start a church to the US military
outside the base where we lived.
This couple took us under their
wing, loved us, showed us, and taught us the things Christ could
do for us. My wife and I know firsthand the great need of taking
the Gospel to our military and their families around the world. We
have certainly been blessed of God and we are grateful that He has
called us as missionaries to the military. Luke 12:48 tells us that For
unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.
Everything we have has been paid for in blood—our church,
our salvation and our freedom. That alone requires us to give
something back to those who even now pay for our freedom with
their blood and their lives. But we owe a greater debt than that.
We are a family still today because of a missionary couple who was
willing to go to Germany and tell us about Christ when we were
alone and scared.
Our desire is to go back to the most isolated and alone of those
who daily pay the price for the freedom we enjoy and give back
what was given to us. We desire to plant a church near a base and
show Christ to the servicemen and women as well as their families
and the civilians supporting them. We desire to show His Strength,
His Love, His Understanding and His Forgiveness.
We started deputation August 1 and God has blessed abundantly.
After just a month into deputation, we already have 2% of our
support and God continues to open doors. Please stop by our
website at www.ToTheUSMilitary.com or send us an e-mail at
ToTheUSMilitary@gmail.com and let us know you are praying for
us. Or better yet, invite us in to share our burden. The field truly is
white already to harvest.