December brought us together at the Home Office
for the winter Candidate School and Board of
Trustees Meeting. There were 15 more missionaries
added to the BIMI family. Our hearts were thrilled
to hear the testimonies of each of the candidates.
The Lord continues to call wonderful servants to
carry His Gospel around the world.
Joy and I just returned from Antigua and Puerto
Rico. We enjoyed a few days with Jerry and Linda
Baker and Nathan and Renee Owens. It was a blessing to see and hear how the
Lord is using them at Caribbean Radio Lighthouse. We scheduled our flights
through Puerto Rico so we could see Jerry and Liz Harmon, Steve and Ann
Buchanan and Jim and Kelly Shelton. I preached at Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida
where Roldofo Garcia was pastor. Many of our Puerto Rican friends came
and our hearts were reunited. We finished our stay by preaching the Missions
Conference at Maranatha Baptist Church. Brother Shelton had prepared the
church well and we had a great attendance. When
the Faith Promise cards were counted, the church
stepped out by faith to increase their giving by
250%! We are still rejoicing over what God is
Nathan & Renee Owens
Three days after returning home, I boarded
another plane for Trinidad. Dr. John Williamson
joined me for the special time of dedicating
the property and building that Amazing Grace
Baptist Church was able to secure this past year.
The members rallied to the cause, and many
visitors came to the service. During our stay we
saw 16 persons come to Christ. Our hearts were
thrilled to see that over half of these were adults.
We had a wonderful time with David and Terri
Long, Coco Chan and John and Brenda Gossett. Several national pastors opened
their pulpits to us, and our schedule was packed full.
We praise the Lord for each of you who make up the BIMI family. Joy and I are
praying for you. It is our wish that you will have a blessed year ahead. Let us
remind ourselves that knowing the time, our salvation is nearer than when we
believed. Keep looking up. This may be the year that our Savior will appear in
person! Let us be faithful in serving Him and introducing others to Him.
Islander – No 1, 2013