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Candidate School 2014 Building Servant s for t he Gospel's Sake Noah—A Servant Missionary By Dan DeLong God's mission for Noah was to build the Ark. Baptist International Missions, Inc., just finished Candidate Schools I and II for 2014. We had 78 future BIMI missionaries attend the schools. I hope and pray we were able to “build” their lives as they prepare for missions. We had 42 missionary candidates in Candidate School I and 36 in Candidate School II. One of the first and greatest missionary stories recorded in God's Word is Noah and the building of the Ark. The theme this year for BIMI is Making Ourselves Servants for the Gospel's Sake. Noah was one of God's great servants. What a picture of faithfulness! Hebrews 11:7 states, By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Noah was a servant missionary for God as Genesis 6:8 reads, But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD….Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he (verse 22). As Candidate School got underway, we challenged our missionaries to use Noah as an example to be building in the three following areas of missions ministry: First, Noah built a relationship with his Father. We need to always be building our relationships with our heavenly Father. Genesis 6:9 reads, Noah walked with God. Our new missionaries need to walk with God in daily obedience to His Word. Missionaries must always be building their relationships with the Lord as He guides them. Second, Noah built a relationship with his family. Genesis 7:1 states, And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Hebrews 11:7 reads, [Noah] prepared an ark to the saving of his house. We challenged our missionaries throughout the week to be consistent in rearing their families for God. They were to be conscientious of their relationship with their families. We instructed the candidates to be committed to their families now as they prepare to go to the field and once they are on the field. They are to be consistent, conscientious, and committed as Noah was concerning his family as he obeyed God. Third, Noah built his relationship for the future. All of BIMI's 2014 missionary candidates are building for the future. As Noah built the Ark under God's direction, 25