Back to main magazine page now!! Volume 49, Number 3, 2013 A Providential Meeting... p.2 Lighting the Future of Fiji p. 4 Bonus Pay Days p. 16 Reaching Africa's Children p. 18 Free At Last! p. 21 Rwanda p. 22 Staying Current... p. 25 What about Portugal? p. 26 Editorial A providential Meeting, an unprecedented opportunity and an extraordinary outcome by David H. Snyder I remember well the trip my wife and I took to Fiji in July 2011. We had arrived there in order to be part of BIMI's Southeast Asia Field Conference. Since Fiji is south of the equator, we enjoyed their winter season that is only a little cooler than their summer season. I must say I was thankful for the island breezes that helped to keep us more comfortable as we enjoyed the sights and sounds of Fiji. The highlight of our trip was the time we spent with our missionaries. The Daku family hosted the conference and it was evident they had spent a great deal of time planning and preparing for our meeting. The accommodations they had arranged allowed us to enjoy a good time of fellowship and edification. One day during the conference, some of the men came to our meeting with an unusual story. BIMI's Assistant Southeast Asia Director, Alan Brooks, was talking with some of the Daku family when someone pointed out a man and said, “There's the Prime Minister of Fiji, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama!” Brother Brooks, unsure as to whether or not they were joking, said he did not believe it was really the prime minister. After confirming that the man in question was indeed Fiji's prime minister, it was decided they would introduce themselves to him. It was a very congenial meeting that included Brother Brooks and some of our other missionaries having their picture taken with Commodore Bainimarama. As you can imagine, everyone was excited to hear about this providential meeting with the country's top government official. It was something no one would soon forget. Little did we know at that time the unprecedented opportunity that would come as a result of this Divine appointment. After arriving back in the United States, Alan Brooks felt burdened to contact Commodore Bainimarama. Brother Brooks asked about the possibility of distributing Bibles to the school students in Fiji as BIMI had done in other locations in the South Pacific. After the letter was sent, all we could do was wait for an answer. Weeks later Brother Brooks brought me a letter that had come from Mr. Nemani Drova (Fiji's Deputy Permanent Secretary for Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts). The letter granted us permission to distribute Bibles and informed us that the government of Fiji would help to expedite the process. This was an amazing door God had opened to us, but now we had to enter that door. On June 7, 2012, Brother Brooks presented this open door to the local church pastors who make up the BIMI Board of Trustees. The Board members were 2 BIMI WORLD Number 3, 2013 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 900 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; Mike Norris; Denny Patterson; David Pittman; James Ray; Jim Rushing; Don Sisk; Mark Stevens; Ray Thompson; Jim Townsley; Robert Vradenburgh; 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; Gerry Baughman, CAMP BIMI*SMART; Roger Blevins, South America; Eric Bohman, Africa; Alan Brooks, Assistant Southeast Asia; Dan DeLong, Candidate, Deputation; Bob Green, 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, 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, John Bailes, Dennis Bellew, Ron Bragg, Pat Creed, Ed Gibson, Bob Green, John Halsey, Robert Johnson, Mark Logan, Michael McCombie, James Ray, Jerry Reece, Reggie Rempel, Clayton Revels, Clayton Shumpert, Ray Thompson 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; John Bailes, USA; Gary Sprunger, Caribbean; Steve Stone, Far North; Clint Vernoy, South America; Donald Thatcher, 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 Info@bimi.org / www.bimi.org BIMI Canada: 100 Ridgewood Ave. - Guelph, ON N1H 6C5 519-265-1950 excited about this amazing opportunity and we immediately began to raise funds for the Fiji Bible Project. We needed $500,000 in order to print and distribute 222,000 Bibles. We prayed the Lord would provide, and the response was overwhelming. It was incredible to see how quickly offerings started coming in to BIMI. In November 2012 we were able to place an order for 102,000 Bibles. The following February, the Lord allowed us to order the remaining New Testaments that were necessary to complete the project. Praise the Lord! After only one year, God had met the financial need and we were able to begin the distribution of His Word. In the following pages of this magazine, you will find testimonies about what God did while the Bibles were being distributed. To say the least, it has been wonderful to watch the Lord do a work only He could do. Of course, He used many of you to accomplish this project. I want to express my gratitude to each one who had a part in the Fiji Bible Project. Perhaps you gave financially or maybe you labored in prayer. Some were able to travel to Fiji and assist in handing out the Bibles. Whatever your role, your participation is greatly appreciated. I pray God will richly bless you for your generous and sacrificial assistance. Please know that this project has not been without its difficulties. There were unexpected taxes to be paid as well as some opposition to the Bibles being distributed. Nonetheless, God has met every need and now the next generation of an entire nation has His Word in their hands. Looking ahead, we are asking that you pray with us concerning two specific requests. First, pray that the Seed planted in Fiji will produce much fruit. Second, please ask the Lord to send forth more laborers to Fiji who will help with the anticipated harvest of souls. As we pray, it will be a blessing to see how God uses a providential meeting and an unprecedented opportunity to produce an extraordinary outcome for His glory. W Number 3, 2013 BIMI WORLD 3 Fiji Secondary School Distribution By Ken Catoe What began with a providential meeting with the Prime Minister of Fiji in July 2011 came to fruition during the summer of 2013. Through continued correspondence with BIMI Southeast Asia Assistant Director Alan Brooks, Prime Minister Bainimarama issued an official request for BIMI to distribute Bibles to every secondary and primary school student in Fiji. Promotions for the project began in June 2012. In the ensuing twelve months more than $500,000 poured in to meet this challenge. The first Bibles were distributed in a Methodist secondary school on June 6, 2013. By August 13, after a whirlwind of activity, more than 75,000 Bibles had been distributed in almost every secondary school in Fiji. What follows are testimonies of the goodness of God in overseeing the entire process. Alan Brooks, Robert Meyer (BIMI Southeast Asia Director) and others spent several weeks prior to the first distribution crisscrossing the islands, 4 meeting with government officials, principals, missionaries and pastors, securing the proper paperwork and scheduling the various school assemblies. Bibles were moved from the shipping containers to strategic locations near each school. The process of distributing 75,000 Bibles to more than 150 different schools scattered around three main islands required careful coordination. In most cases the distribution group consisted of Brother Brooks plus a local representative (pastor or missionary) and sometimes volunteers from the States. At some point each Bible had to be prepared. This involved taking them out of the boxes, removing the shrink-wrap and stamping the name of an area church in the front. Arriving at the school at the prearranged time, Brother Brooks would meet with the principal, share a Bible with him and explain the process. The principal would then call for the assembly of students and introduce the group. Brother Brooks would greet the students with the traditional Fijian “Bula.” The students would reply with a loud “Bula” in return. A funny story about how the Prime Minister and Brother Brooks met was used to entertain the students and get them comfortable, laughing and prepared to hear the Gospel. The good news of Christ was presented clearly in several different ways at each assembly. A personal testimony of salvation was given, and the plan of salvation in the front of each 5 Bible was pointed out. If the group included special visitors from the States and Canada, they would sing or give testimonies before the local representative was introduced. The local representative would share why the Bible was precious to him. By the time the group was ready to hand out the Bibles, the young people had heard the Gospel two times. Sometimes the students would come forward to receive the Bibles. At other times the group took the Bibles to them. Emphasis was again placed on the plan of salvation in the first three pages of the Bible and the students were encouraged to read them first. Some of the headmasters were very strong in telling their students, “Young people, they have given you the best gift in the world.” Some of the principals would say, “This is a Holy Book and you need to read it. Open your mind and see what God has for you.” If things went well, a tea with the headmaster would follow the distribution. There were many opportunities to clearly present and defend the Gospel in these situations. A project of this magnitude is not without obstacles. Heat, hidden Fiji Bible Project Donor Facts 1. More than 393 donors participated. 2. Donations have totaled just over $500,000. 3. The smallest donation was 10 cents. 4. The largest single donation was $25,000. 5. Donors included 150 churches and 242 individuals. 6. There were 38 anonymous donations. 6 expenses, lack of electricity, political red tape, poor roads, spiritual resistance and weather were just a few of the challenges that had to be met. Upon arriving in Fiji on May 14, one of the first things to be addressed was the assessment of a VAT (value added tax) on the shipping containers. This added almost $28,000 to the cost of each shipment. Not all headmasters were pleased to see the delegations come with Bibles. Some strongly resisted any effort to get into their schools. The words of Paul to the Thessalonians we would have come unto you… but Satan hindered us (1 Thessalonians 2:18) were appropriate in many cases. On one occasion rain began to fall just as the assembly was beginning. The headmaster who was reluctant in the first place wanted to quickly end the program before the Bibles could be given out. Another principal did not want anyone to speak to the children. Some schools cancelled their scheduled meetings in spite of clear directives from the government. A few said no to an assembly. In spite of these and many other difficulties, the victories were many. W 7 8 The government officials were very cooperative in helping remove much resistance. All group members were given “registered teacher” status to be able to speak in the assemblies. This authorization alone was enough to overcome many of the arguments presented by the principals who did not want the team in their schools. For the schools that refused to allow the teams to hold an assembly, permission was given by a high government official to meet the students as they were dismissed from school. The Bibles were distributed this way in several cases. In another situation a national pastor who had been arrested earlier for passing out tracts outside of a large school was able to return to that same school and preach the Gospel. In one humorous incident Brother Brooks stopped to ask directions to a large school. Rather than give directions, a physically imposing Fijian detective agreed to ride with the team to the school. The school had determined that they were not going to allow the group to speak to the students. The detective walked straight into the principal's office and said, “This is Pastor Brooks. He has authorization to have an assembly in your school. We need to make sure that it is scheduled properly. Now, the Prime Minister has said that Mr. Brooks is supposed to speak here. He is supposed 9 to be here at 10:00 tomorrow. I just want to make sure that is OK.” The headmaster could only look up and say, “Yes, sir, that would be fine.” The VAT mentioned before meant that BIMI was about $25,000 short in funds for the project. On May 31, just after sending an email to apprise Dr. Meyer and Dr. Snyder of the situation, Brother Brooks received an email confirming an anonymous donation of $25,000! On the occasion where the rain began to fall and the principal wanted to halt the meeting—the rest of the story is that a young Fijian sitting next to him said, “No, Pastor Brooks will pray and God will stop the rain.” Brother Brooks did pray, “Lord, bring glory to Yourself. Would you show Yourself strong in stopping the rain to allow us to get the Bibles out to the young people?” God, in His grace, stopped the rain and kept it stopped until the service was finished and the last Bible was given out! After this service something else unusual happened. The young people came and asked members of the group to sign their new Bibles. When asked why, one of the nationals explained: “Well, they want to document Picture by NASA 10 Only God Knows by Mickey Schrimshire It was my privilege to assist in the Fiji Bible Project the entire month of June 2013. This was the most exciting project with which I have ever been involved. Not only did we have the opportunity to personally hand a beautiful Bible to every secondary student but also we were able to give the Gospel twice at every school assembly. Every day we witnessed the hand of God at work. We saw God stop the rain in answer to prayer at one school so we could finish an outdoor assembly. Our team was able to provide 400 Bibles for young Fijian troops two days before they were deployed to the Golan Heights in Syria, and many students joyfully received the Word of God. An exciting part of the trip for me was having the joy of speaking to Fijian students about the Lord Jesus Christ. I carried a special little blue and red optical illusion tract. I would start by showing one or two students the tract, then there would be five or six, then before I could finish there would be fifteen or twenty. These eager young people are the future of the Fijian Islands. Only God knows the spiritual and practical impact these Bibles will have. I am so thankful to God and my supporting churches who made it possible for me to have a small part. what they saw—the fact that the rain stopped. They want the name of the person involved so they can share it with all their friends.” The team was later flagged down by two young people from the school. They wanted their Bibles signed. BIMI photographer Don Arnold got out and was taking pictures and asked what they thought about what had happened at their school. The girl looked up and said, “I know now that the Christian God is much more powerful and real because when he prayed for the 11 12 rain to stop, it stopped. Our gods don't do that.” Pray that many in Fiji will see that the  Lord  is  greater  than all  gods (Exodus 18:11). The most memorable day was Wednesday, July 10. We went to four schools and distributed 1,600 Bibles. The standout school was Yat Sen.  By the time you read this article, phase two of the project will be complete. Another 130,000 New Testaments will have been distributed to all the primary schools in Fiji. The bulk of this phase is being handled by the missionaries and nationals. Now is the time for prayer. The sowers have sown the Word. The hope is that “these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred” (Mark 4:20). Our assembly time was 1:15 p.m. The school was a mix of Fijian, Indian, Chinese and Caucasian students. We assembled in a basketball gymnasium. The Canadian girls sang two stanzas of “Isn't the Love of Jesus Something Wonderful” then sang the chorus  again in the Fijian language. The kids went crazy. A young member of Brother Gray's church spoke. He had graduated from Yat Sen two years before. JR is now studying in a Bible institute. He gave his personal testimony and even pointed out where he used to sit during assembly. This young man did an excellent job relaying the Gospel. The teachers and students were excited to have their own copy of God's Word and to hear one of their former students speak. —Patrick and Maria Culley 13 Some of the Most Memorable Experiences Were… …when we were able to go to the Hindu and Muslim schools—even with opposition God allowed the hearts of the people in charge to soften and allow these precious students to receive His Word! —Kelly Crowe …when we went to the Queen Elisabeth School. This prominent boys' boarding school is proud of their connections with several famous Fijian leaders. These boys gladly received 800 Bibles…travelling over two hours on a single lane dirt road to get to a remote school. At the end of the road, we were poled across the river in a leaky boat. The school chaplain had just sent in a request for Bibles. They were thrilled. —Marvin Donnell …to see the eagerness to receive the Word of God and the students' overwhelming thankfulness when they did. I had never seen that kind of thirst for the Word of God or such openness to the Gospel! This attitude would be present at almost every school but I will never forget the first time I saw it! …to see five students from schools that had receive Bibles that week come to church on Sunday and bring family and friends with them. —Bethany Isaac …the overall appreciation for God's Word. —Josiah Isaac …to be able to pass out Bibles at the school I attended. My principal was still there and welcomed me warmly! I was able to give my salvation testimony of how God saved me out of fire walking and Hinduism. —Brother Kumar …when the detective personally escorted us all the way to the principal's office and any resistance evaporated. In fact, all of the schools he visited with us were very cooperative! —Drew Townsend …when five or six of the students that received Bibles, all from different schools, attended the Sunday morning service at Victory Baptist Church. —Cindy and Matthew Towle …when we were introduced to the school chaplain for the Levuka Public School. He showed us the newspaper clipping from the Fiji Times he had posted on the wall in his office announcing that the Bible project was underway. When he saw the article in the paper, he had immediately written to the Ministry of Education to make sure we were coming to his school and was anxiously awaiting our arrival. —Bob Rutta …children clutching their Bibles to their chests, as they stood barefoot in the mud… talking to a priest in one school that accepted a Bible from me with the promise to read it…preaching the Gospel of Jesus before giving out the Bible in a school run by Indians just a few feet away from a shrine dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi…a lady teacher coming to us with her hands in a prayer-like position, imploring us for a Bible for herself, saying she had been wanting a Bible for years…her walking away holding that Bible to her chest in a prayer of thanks to God…saying to a school director:  “One day, perhaps one day in the distant future, Fiji will have a prime minister who received his Bible today in a class such as this!”…his looking at his young people as he responded, “Yes, perhaps one day in the very distant future…yes, perhaps!” as a deep smile of hope crossed his face. — Gailen Abbett 14 Bibles—Everywhere by J.B. Godfrey I have been involved in Christian service for many years as preacher, pastor and missionary. During these years I have seen the Lord do many wonderful things. This year there were two things I really wanted to do. One was to be at the Field Conference for our missionaries who work with the US Military in Europe. It was to be held in Normandy, France—some of it on Omaha Beach. As an American and a Marine, I wanted to attend. The other thing I wanted to do was to go to Fiji and be in the first wave of giving out Bibles in the schools. I could not do both, so I chose Fiji, and I am glad I did. God is doing great things and will continue to use His Word to touch hearts and lives. While in Fiji, I met Leslie Cross, a young lady who was in some of my missions classes at West Coast Baptist College. I had no idea she was teaching in Fiji. It was a joy to see her serving the Lord. After I returned to the United States, she sent me this email: Thank you, sir, for coming with the Bible Project Team and being a part of what God is doing here in the Fiji Islands. The Bibles are now going everywhere. One reason I am writing is that perhaps you can spread the word in the States about our need for missionaries here in Fiji. The Bible Project has opened a lot of doors. The people on the islands of Rabi and Taviuni told one of the missionaries that the door is open for somebody to come…. Please pray that laborers will be raised up both from Fiji and from overseas who are willing to come before the devil snatches up the Seed of truth. God is good, Dr. Godfrey. One school has started having a class every morning in which the students are required to bring their Bibles. All I can say is that God is definitely in this project. W 15 England by Joshua and Melissa Booth Our sending pastor often tells us to look for encouragements in the ministry. He calls them Bonus Pay Days. At times we may have to look long and hard for these. Rallying the people for God's service is hard work, but when some show initiative in serving—that is a victory. Those believers are giving more of themselves to God. We rejoice in these bonus pay days! We came to Congleton Baptist Church as pastor and pastor's wife two years ago. Since then the church has recovered from difficult times. Our deacon has begun a music accompanist rotation with volunteers ranging from ages 17 to 90. The song leader has gained confidence to lead in every service, and a new believer has volunteered to serve in the kitchen during Holiday Bible Club. Three precious souls have come to Christ for salvation! We have seen three believers follow the Lord in baptism. Two of these were boys in Melissa's Sunday school class who responded after a lesson on baptism. These are bonus pay days! In July our church voted to move to a bigger building that will provide the space to grow and give us more opportunities to reach our community for Christ. We rejoice in this step of faith for our little congregation. Joshua has been 16 Melissa and Joshua asked to teach in two British Bible colleges, and recently two churches have asked us to train their workers in puppetry. Open doors for ministry are definitely bonus pay days! Little did we know when our church began the “by Design” puppet team in 2012 the ministry opportunities the Lord would give us. Joshua, Melissa and Tracey (pictured with Melissa on page 17) prepared puppet shows to take the Gospel into two state schools and one Church of England school. The first time we offered a puppet show on Noah's Ark with music and a review quiz with a game for school assemblies. When one of the primary schools invited us back, we told the story of Daniel in the Lion's Den using puppets, music, PowerPoint visuals and review quiz. The children and teachers alike were delighted to see proper puppets. Most British children have only seen wooden puppets called Punch and Judy. In August 2012 we had the privilege of training teens at Anchor Baptist Church in Waterford, Ireland. Don and Lisa Thatcher have a heart to see their church teens take part in the ministry. We LOVE to work with young people! Puppetry is such a great way for them to get involved in meaningful ministry. The training session began with a challenge from God's Word and then the teaching of puppetry fundamentals. The students learned that using puppets takes practice and effort to make the puppets come to life. We discussed the work required to choose a puppet script, record a script, select puppets and music, prepare props, practice puppet movement and erect the puppet stage. Joshua was able to help this new puppet team select a good quality portable sound system. The young people also learned that God can use their different talents and abilities to make an effective puppet team. What a joy for us to see this new puppet team minister for the first time—another bonus pay day! Both of us learned puppetry skills when we were growing up. We thank the Lord for those who invested in us as young people. They were giving us tools for our future ministry in Europe. In July 2013 our puppet team ministered at a Bible youth camp. One of our goals was to recruit volunteers from other churches to join us backstage. Tennille, Satish and Rachel practiced with us each day and quickly learned the fundamentals. We were so pleased with their enthusiasm and hard work. None of them had used puppets before. They all learned an appreciation for each step to create an effective puppet show. The children were attentive and eager for the puppets to return each day. It would be a bonus pay day to hear that one or more of these volunteers had begun a puppet team with the skills they developed during youth camp. Some bonus pay days are potential victories such as the result of training workers. If one precious soul gets saved, it is worth our effort! Seeing people volunteer to learn puppetry is a victory in itself because those people are giving more of themselves to God's work. We encourage you, Christian, to keep a record of your bonus pay days. Focus on the victories and see what God has accomplished! W Tracey Whiteside, Marvin Martian, Space Academy Instructor and Melissa 17 Tanzania Reaching Africa's Children By Lisa Newland A day in t he life of a missionary Rise and shine! It is Sunday morning and you are in Mwanza, Tanzania. Join me on a trip out to the village to teach Sunday school. We are out the door by 7:45 a.m. to start the hour drive to the village of Kikano. Don't forget your water bottle, Swahili Bible, sunscreen and toilet paper (never leave home without it!). The first half hour we weave through cars, bikes and pedestrians on the paved streets of town. Oops, forgot about that speed bump—sorry! After a straight stretch of highway (with occasional honking to warn the bikers we are coming), we turn off onto a dirt road. Heading further into the country (bush), the cement buildings with metal roofs get fewer until the only buildings we are driving by are mud huts with grass roofs. An occasional heavy–laden truck barrels by us almost forcing us off the road, and then we come up on a herd of cows to inch our way through. Suddenly, we are there. A simple brick building with a metal roof sits a hundred or so yards off the road. There is no driveway, so we drive along a little footpath a few yards off the road and park. Lisa 18 BIMI WORLD Number 3, 2013 After greeting everyone who is already sitting in the church, we find a spot on a simple bench. We sing, give our offering and listen to the choir. Then teachers and children are dismissed to head out to the nearby mango tree for our class. The kids carry some benches out to the mango tree and we help get everyone settled (except the two and three-year-olds who play around in the dirt the whole class time). The young Tanzanian teachers-in-training take turns; one leads some songs, another teaches the Bible story and a third asks review questions. Then we all head to an open space for a game or two. After chatting with the adults for a half hour after the service, we head back to the car, some kids running ahead to plaster their faces against the windows, others fighting over who gets to help carry our bags for us. We wave good-bye and start the hour-long trek back home as all the kids yell, “bah-eeeee!” (Bye). Back to t he Drawing Board What is children's ministry really? Is it crayons and coloring pages, well- developed curriculum with flannelgraph? I arrived on the field as most first-term missionaries do, full of confidence. “God has called me here. And I am ready…Charge!” I thought I was prepared with my full bag of tricks, my training and experience as a children's ministry worker. I learned quickly that children's ministry can't mean flannelgraph because most days it is too windy in the village for the little figures to stay on the board! And crayons and coloring pages are a hassle because all the kids have to crouch down in the dirt to make their bench a desk. Is it possible to have an effective children's ministry when your only resources are you and your Bible? Then there is the little matter of sustainability. Sustainability was a topic of constant discussion among our team my first term on the field. “We want to do only those things that can be carried on by the Tanzanian believers when the missionaries are gone. What ministry methods will our brothers and sisters be able to continue when we foreigners leave?” My teammates, the Brouwers, helped me to develop a mindset of always checking my methods. Any new ideas I want to try always get sifted through the same filter: is it sustainable? Are the materials we will need available and affordable for the Tanzanians? All of a sudden my loaded bag of resources and ideas I brought with me to the field, that loaded bag that made me feel confident and competent 19 as a children's ministry worker, got very empty. How in the world will I be able to train Sunday school teachers who have nothing but their Bibles? New Bag of Tricks Is it possible to have an effective children's ministry when your only resources are you and your Bible? I am learning the answer is a resounding YES! A successful children's ministry does not require a cabinet full of well-organized teaching materials. Ministering to children occurs when the Spirit of God uses the Word of God to speak to the heart of a child. After five years here, I feel like I'm just beginning to discover the wealth of resources available to my Tanzanian Sunday school teachers; resources like story-telling techniques, action songs and skits. Then what about the so-often neglected resource: prayer! Many Africans may be financially poor, but so often they are RICH in faith. I love it that this, one of our greatest of resources, is available to ALL believers no matter their economic status. Finally, what greater resource is there than the living and powerful Word of God? My main task as a children's ministry worker is to simply get out of the way and allow the Holy Spirit to use the Word of God to speak to hearts as He wills. We do have flashcards that we are using in our classes, and there is a new Sunday school curriculum in Swahili that I am introducing to our teachers. I just don't want these teaching aids to ever distract from the heart of our ministry to children. May our dependence always be on the Holy Spirit and not on the materials or methods we possess. W 20 BIMI WORLD Number 3, 2013 Tanzania Free At Last! by Bill Brouwer We witnessed a powerful display of the ability of God's Word to change a life during our week-long revival meeting at the church in Fumagira, Tanzania. There were 47 adult salvation decisions during the meeting; however, the salvation of one particular lady demonstrated the mighty power of the Word of God to convict and convert even one held in bondage by Satan. The villages where we are planting churches are steeped in witchcraft. The people in these villages are under the heavy influence of witchdoctors and live in constant Tammy & Bill Brouwer fear of curses. They believe the spirits of their deceased ancestors control every aspect of their lives. Little wooden huts are built for these ancestral spirits to inhabit. Extra food is cooked to place in these huts to feed their dead ancestors. The witchdoctors claim they can communicate with these spirits. When people experience trouble or what they consider bad luck, they visit the witchdoctor. He tells them he can appease their dead ancestors in order to change their luck. In reality, these people are opening their souls to Satan and his demons. The lady, who was converted at our revival meeting, had been invited by one of our church members at Fumagira. We discovered later this was the first time this lady had attended a church. Kitabo, a preacher from a church in Bariadi, preached on the topic of witchcraft that evening. Kitabo knows all about witchcraft since he was a witchdoctor before becoming a Christian. As his message was coming to a close, this lady fell to the ground and began yelling and screaming for almost ten minutes. A guttural, animalistic voice uttered unintelligible words from her mouth. She was obviously being harassed by the forces of evil. Pastor Pelegrino and other leaders in the church calmly took her aside and opened the Word of God. They spent the next hour giving her the message of the Gospel. She desperately wanted deliverance and received Jesus Christ as her Savior. After her conversion she could not remember anything that had happened when she fell to the ground, screaming and yelling. She instantly became a new creature in Christ! Every night she came to the meetings and helped the ladies who cooked the meals for the services. Even her countenance was transformed! She looked like a different person. During our baptismal service she publicly declared her faith in Christ and submitted to believer's baptism. We are thrilled to report that she continues to faithfully attend church at Fumagira and is growing in grace! God's Word has not lost its power. It is still quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). W   Number 3, 2013 BIMI WORLD 21 Rwanda Nestled in the geographical heart of the continent of Africa lies the lush, fertile country of Rwanda. This small but hilly nation has a diverse landscape: within a few hours, one can reach volcanoes, rainforests, savannah and lakes. However, it is the hills that many people notice, as no two steps seem to be on the same plane—one is either climbing or descending. It is no wonder the country is known as the land of a thousand hills. Yet this land is known for something else—its teeming population. Although only the size of the state of Maryland, census records put Rwanda as the most densely populated country in Africa with current population statistics at nearly 900 people per square mile. For the mission-minded believer this poses a great opportunity, for it is a land of over ten million souls! Despite the genocide that took place nearly twenty years ago, today, Rwanda is one of the safest nations in Africa and can boast one of the lowest crime rates on the continent. The population is extremely friendly as the multi-lingual nationals try to engage visitors in French, English, Swahili or their national language of Kinyarwanda. Because English is becoming the new language of choice, English teachers are constantly in demand. Many schools and universities are changing their courses from French to English. 22 BIMI WORLD Number 3, 2013 For the past quarter century missions work in this country has primarily consisted of humanitarian aid and education, leaving a great void for Gospel-preaching churches. The cults have taken advantage of this and nearly every village shows telltale signs of the success of false cults. Shockingly, few Gospel-preaching church planters are laboring in this needy field that is ripe for a spiritual harvest. Will you prayerfully consider laboring in this open door in Africa? It is the land of a thousand hills…but more importantly— ten million souls! The Way Through Rwanda's Struggle to Peace and Prosperity by Michael Campbell Perhaps every being on the planet in some capacity is searching for peace and prosperity. Michael & Christie Campbell The people of Rwanda are no exception and are diligent seekers of those goals; however, they have tried different means to those goals—some very tragic. In the 1960s hatred drove some Rwandans to fight and kill each other. The country suffered through three months of brutal genocide in 1994. Today, they have cast off the old hatred and the cultural landscape has drastically changed, but the search for peace and prosperity continues. One effort to step beyond the hatred of the people has been to eliminate tribal names. Merely mentioning tribal names today is potentially punishable by prison. This effort is intended to bring everyone together so they can work with each other in a productive way. Though the monarchy was overthrown in 1961, many look to the current president, Paul Kagame, as a strong leader who will usher in the peace and prosperity that they seek. This perspective has allowed Rwanda to quickly Number 3, 2013 BIMI WORLD 23 adopt new policies and laws. On the brink of collapse in the 1990s, Rwanda's economy is thriving today. In 2017 the Rwandans will elect a new president and many hope the new president will keep Rwanda moving in a peaceful and prosperous direction. The excellent infrastructure, good banking system and low cost of starting a business make Rwanda desirable to investors. Rwanda is a landlocked country about the size of the state of Maryland. The geographic position and size of Rwanda, coupled with this friendly economic environment, makes Rwanda a focal point of central Africa. Perhaps in the near future people from all over Africa will use Rwanda as a meeting place. It would be difficult for one to say Rwanda was not well on its way to peace and prosperity. Truly, much money and strategic planning has been put into Rwanda's future. As Christians, we understand that productivity, good laws and a platform for future growth do not bring true peace and real prosperity. The Rwandans, like any other people group, need to know the hope of the Gospel of Christ as their future plan of peace and prosperity. Christ is the way through! W (Michael and Christine Campbell are our first BIMI missionaries in Rwanda, having recently arrived in the country with their children. Please pray for the Campbells as they learn the Kinyarwanda language and begin a church planting ministry.) 24 Staying Current With Leadership Changes Bob Larson - USA Director Bob was saved in 1978, and two years later he was called to full-time Christian service. For the next twenty-three years he would serve as a youth pastor, assistant pastor, pastor and church planter. His service for the Lord would take him to the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Arkansas. When planting a church in northwest Arkansas, he lost his wife Judy to cancer. In 2001 Bob married the former Jennifer Deans. Jennifer was a BIMI missionary with her husband Troy and they served together on the island of Taiwan for thirteen years. After Troy's death in June 1994, Jennifer went back to school and received her B.S. degree in nursing and became the mission nurse at BIMI for five years, where she oversaw the medical records and monitored the health concerns of BIMI missionaries. Bob joined and Jennifer rejoined BIMI in 2003 to launch a ministry to assist New Testament Baptist churches in the planting of new churches. In 2006 as they moved forward in a church planting ministry, Bob was asked to become the Assistant USA Director with BIMI. He enjoyed serving in that capacity for the next six years. During that time he and Jennifer traveled extensively across the United States in assisting church planting projects and church restarts, assisting USA church planters, presenting the Reseeding America Ministry (USA Missions for BIMI) and challenging hundreds of new and established churches in the areas of missions and church planting. They continue today in that ministry but have now added the responsibility of heading up the Reseeding America Ministry for BIMI. Bob was named USA Director June 1, 2013. Dan DeLong - Director of Deputation and Candidate School Dan and Sandy DeLong joined BIMI as church planting missionaries to the Australasia country of Papua New Guinea in December 1995. In 1996 the DeLongs arrived in Port Moresby, the capital city of PNG, where they served the Lord rebuilding a struggling ministry. They were involved in planting three Bible-believing, independent Baptist churches, establishing a local Bible institute to train national pastors and administering two Christian schools. The blessing of the three new works established in and around the Port Moresby area is that the works are thriving today with national pastors pastoring and leading those ministries. In 2001 the Lord led Dan and Sandy to the Caribbean island country of Trinidad and Tobago where they served for one year. The Lord enabled them to plant one new work during that time. The church is flourishing today, pastored by a national pastor. In 2005 the DeLongs felt the Lord calling them to the far north Queensland city of Cairns, Australia. God blessed as they planted Coastline Baptist Church, starting with seven people. Over the next six years the church grew to an average attendance of between 90- 100 each week. Brother Dan placed a strong emphasis on discipleship and leadership and new Christians grew and became strong, committed and faithful. The Lord wonderfully provided an Australian pastor for Coastline Baptist Church, and the church is prospering today under his leadership. With the city of Cairns, Australia, being only a one-hour flight from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Brother Dan was able to travel to Port Moresby several times a year while ministering in Cairns to further his ministry of teaching and training nationals there. In December 2012 Dan was appointed Director of Deputation and Candidate School for BIMI. The DeLongs are passionate for world missions and desire to see the Lord stir hearts calling many willing servants into His harvest fields. Number 3, 2013 BIMI WORLD 25 Portugal By Jerome Pittman It is very common for families living in Ireland or Great Britain to take what is often referred to as a Sun Holiday. Last summer our family took a Sun Holiday to the coun- try of Portugal. Portugal is located on the southwestern corner of Europe between Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. We found the people in Portugal as friendly and warm as the Portuguese sun. Having grown up in eastern Massachusetts, I encountered many people who were Americans of Portuguese descent. My best friend growing up was a boy named Tony whose parents were from the Azores, an island group off the coast of Portugal. The pastor who led me to the Lord and the man who discipled and mentored me were Portuegese–American. Many of these are fluent in the Portuguese language. Could God be calling some of them to return to the land of their ancestry for the cause of Jesus Christ? Portugal has an estimated population of 10,799,270 people (July 2013, CIA World Factbook). The Portuguese have a great spiritual need. There is much work to be done. We were able to visit with national missionary Mark Peria. Brother Mark told us there are only seven independent Baptist missionaries in the land of Portugal. In the land where the “Vision of Fatima” took place in the midst of World War I, a false Christianity maintains a strong hold. Other people groups in Portugal also need to hear the Gospel. There are Brazilian and Angolan populations to reach for Christ. I met many Brazilians whom God brought all the way from the most evangelized country in South America to Portugal to be saved. There is also a large British presence of retirees seeking a warmer place to live in Portugal. Having preached in Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Scotland, England and Ireland, I have personally seen the great need across the European continent. Will you ask God to send laborers to Portugal? Will you ask God to save the lost and dying in Portugal? Will you ask God to send you to Portugal as an Ambassador of Christ with the message of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ? W 26 Joel Mark Michel January 13, 1987 – August 13, 2013 Alan Brooks Joel was raised in a Christian home and was 14 years old when he trusted Christ as his personal Savior. At age 15 Joel surrendered to God's call in his life to be a missionary. The Lord gave Joel a burden for the people of the Netherlands, the land of his heritage. Beginning when he was 17 years old, Joel spent each summer working in the Netherlands with missionaries. While attending FaithWay Baptist College in Ajax, Ontario, Joel met Collette Callaghan. The Lord blessed in that Collette also was surrendered to God's call to missions. Their marriage was fruitful and Annita, Timothy and Annalise were added to the Michel family. Joel and Collette joined BIMI in June 2010 and arrived in Belgium in February 2013. Joel was faithfully following God's plan and was learning the language and beginning the initial stages of ministry when he was involved in an automobile crash and went home to be with the Lord on August 13, 2013. Michael Bryan Hart January 22, 1960 – September 13, 2013 Michael Bryan Hart was born in Tacoma, Washington. Formerly a resident of Foley, Alabama, Michael served as an officer with the Foley Police Department and as a deputy with the Baldwin County Sheriff 's Department. After 12 years he left his law enforcement career to serve Christ as a missionary in Mexico. Michael and Teresa Hart were approved on December 2, 1996, to be BIMI missionaries and first arrived on the field of Mexico during the summer of 1999. La Iglesia Bautista de Fe (The Faith Baptist Church) was established in Veracruz, Mexico, and is now under the leadership of a national pastor. Howard A. Barrigar April 5, 1931 – September 19, 2013 September 19, 2013, the Lord welcomed home Howard Barrigar. He and his wife, Virginia, were faithful missionaries in Brazil. In 1998 Howard and Virginia retired after more than thirty-six years of service to the Lord as missionaries. Howard and Virginia Barrigar had been organizing churches in Brazil for nine years before they joined Baptist International Missions, Inc. They were diligent in the task of winning people to the Lord and planting churches. Memorial Gifts have been received in memory of: Dale Taylor by Nick Ott Bob Joiner by Tri County Baptist Church Elizabeth Raehl by P & B Foundation May Bryan by Patricia Henderson Rosalie Morgan by Patricia Henderson Evelyn Brooks by Grace Baptist Church Twyla Louise Brown Strader by Crossroads Baptist Church Hershell Bragg by M/M Bobby Brown Elva Elgersma by Rosella Rognaldson Marvin Dobson by James & Elizabeth Robertson June Dobson by James & Elizabeth Robertson Robert Cecil by Patricia Henderson David Lennox /for C Michel by Peg Van Patton Armeda Harris by Patricia Henderson Ruth Bowsher by Hartford Christian Church Joel Michel by Princeville Baptist Church by Way of the Cross Baptist Church Jim Lebo Matt LeGrand by Union Bank & Trust Co. by Keystone Insurers Group by Thomas R Reinhold by Joan Rebuck by Linda Cook by Dennis Lenker by Debra Price by Marlene Miller by Bonnie Strohecker by Carol Kaufman by Daniel Sheeler by Laurie Greenawalt by AHM Financial Group LLC by Lacey Bernard by Audrey Crafton by Susan Keuch by Michael Behan by First Baptist Church of Oran Number 3, 2013 BIMI WORLD 27