Back to main magazine page now!! Volume 50, Number 2, 2014 The story of Abraham's servant finding a wife for Isaac is an amazing testimony of God's providential guidance. Although many applications can be made when considering this Genesis 24 account, I would like to mention a few ways in which it applies to missions. We must always be looking to the future in order to know how God wants to use us in fulfilling the Great Commission. If we are going to be effectively used by God in missions, it is imperative that we are presently “in the way” so that in the future we can say, “the Lord led me” (Genesis 24:27). In order to know whether or not we are “in the way,” I would like to suggest three questions that should be asked. The first question is—Are we following God's general PLAN? Abraham's servant headed toward Mesopotamia because he knew that was Abraham's country and that was where he would find Abraham's kindred (Genesis 24:4, 10). The servant had a clear understanding of his task and was following the general will of his master. He went in the right direction in order to accomplish the mission he had been given. Being on the right path involves a clear understanding of our task and faithfulness in the “basics” of the Christian life. Things such as daily devotions, regular church attendance, dedicated service within the local church, tithing, giving to missions, soul winning, etc., enable us to clearly understand and effectively accomplish the mission we have been given. Jesus commanded us to “Go…into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). If we are going to glorify God through obedience to that commission, it is imperative that we be stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the “basic” work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58). We must follow the Lord's general plan for our lives by staying on the path that He has clearly given us to follow. Obviously, if we are not following God's general plan, we are not “in the way.” David H. Snyder President/General Director Another question to be asked is—Are we fulfilling our responsibility in PRAYER? Knowing that the task of finding a bride for Isaac was beyond his human capabilities, Abraham's servant prayed for God's direction and blessing (Genesis 24:10–14). Preaching the Gospel to over seven billion people cannot be accomplished in our own strength. This is something that must be bathed in 2 BIMI WORLD Number 2, 2014 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: Mike Norris, Chairman; CO Grinstad, Vice Chairman; David Snyder, President; JB Godfrey, Vice President; James Butler, Corporate Secretary; Michael Edwards, Treasurer; Jeff Amsbaugh, Andy Bloom; David Bragg; Tim Butler; John W. 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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: 100 Ridgewood Ave. - Guelph, ON N1H 6C5 519-265-1950 prayer. We must have God’s guidance and blessing as we seek to accomplish the goal of worldwide evangelization. Jesus gave us one specific prayer request concerning the Great Commission— more laborers. In Luke 10:2 Jesus said, “The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.” Being “in the way” involves regularly taking this prayer request to the Throne of Grace. Praying for more missionaries will give us a burden for the great need in God’s harvest field. As we pray, God may call on us to be one of the laborers He wants to work in a particular area of the world. If God calls us to full-time missions while we are praying for more missionaries and while we are burdened about the harvest, then surrendering to that call will just be the next reasonable step in following God’s plan. Prayer functions as a spiritual GPS, giving turn-by-turn directions “in the way.” One final question that should be considered is—Are we fellowshipping with the right PEOPLE? After arriving in Mesopotamia, Abraham’s servant went to the place where he could find a potential wife—at the well. Genesis 24:11 states that the servant made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water. It stands to reason that most of the women who would come to that well would be industrious by nature since they were involved in fulfilling one of the more significant household responsibilities. The people we are with serve as a great indicator as to whether or not we are “in the way.” We need to be around God’s people. Proverbs 27:17 reminds us that iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Additionally, we are exhorted to consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works (Hebrews 10:24). The best place for this to happen is within the local church. After the exhortation in Hebrews 10:24, the writer of Hebrews reminds us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. We are to be exhorting one another: and so much the more, as we see the day approaching (Hebrews 10:25). Being around the kind of people who will encourage and help us in fulfilling God’s will is a critical part of making sure we are—and remain—“in the way.” Abraham’s servant set out on a mission that could not be accomplished apart from a miracle. No doubt, the job of finding a wife for Isaac seemed like an overwhelming responsibility. However, he had a plan, he prayed, and he was among the right people. As a result, he was able to praise God for what had been accomplished (Genesis 24:26–27). As Christians we must always be ready to fulfill whatever task God asks us to do within His harvest field. There may be times when the job He has given to us seems to be nothing short of impossible. Nonetheless, as we follow God’s plan and pray and surround ourselves with the right people, God will make the impossible possible. As a result, our testimony of praise will be “I being in the way, the Lord led me” (Genesis 24:27). W Number 2, 2014 BIMI WORLD 3 Far North The Need of Our Cities By Eric Léveillé This past week we were out giving the Gospel when we met yet another orthodox Jewish man. He spoke to us in English and wanted to know more about Jesus Christ being the long- awaited Messiah. He was about as friendly as the Muslim man to whom I had given Gospel literature thirty seconds earlier. Up next was a Hindu lady who eyed me suspiciously as I approached her and her children. In the next half hour, we would meet Buddhists, Catholics, atheists, and people from every continent. A few were angry, others were uninterested, and some were receptive. Everyday we meet people from just about every continent and major world religion. We pass mosques, synagogues, Scientologist reading rooms, Mormon temples, Kingdom Halls— all in a city that has over 300 Roman Catholic churches, including three major cathedrals. Some of these people are rich, others are very poor. Some are trying to build their wealth while others are trying to get off to a good start in a new country. We serve through evangelizing, discipling, preaching, feeding, helping with immigration paperwork, and more. We are preparing to paint an apartment for a lady moving here from France. We hope it will be an open door with her. Welcome to missions work in a major western city! 4 The Lord has called our family to serve Him in Montréal, Canada. For a long time, it was the world's second largest French-speaking city in the world, second to Paris. Now, it appears that it is third behind Kinshasa. No matter the size, one can find the same opportunities and challenges in almost every metropolis in the western world—perhaps in the entire world. Last summer we completed deputation and settled in our favorite city. It is our favorite city because it is the one to which God sent us. We love its people dearly, but not as much as God loves them. We are privileged to serve Him here! There is a dearth of Gospel preaching in cities. Here in Canada, cities like Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Québec City, and others are spiritual dark holes. According to Statistics Canada, 1 less than 0.5% of the residents of Montreal claim to be evangelical Christians of any stripe. Of those, how many attend a good Bible-preaching church? Oh, so few. The needs are staggering. The same dramatic need is true of London, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, or any other major city one can name. Ask pastors in New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago, how many churches need to be started in their cities. The answers will likely be several dozen or more. People are everywhere. They come from everywhere. They are all going somewhere—for eternity. Our biggest challenges in coming to Montréal were the cost of living and ministering, the sheer size of the city, and the desire to raise our family in a safe and family-friendly environment. Yet, we discovered what we already knew—with God all things are possible! In a few short weeks, God had given us faithful people; converts; a very affordable, well-located meeting place; and a home in a calm, peaceful neighborhood. He supplied all our needs, and He is building His church. What a thrill it has been to meet the Foli family from Togo and the Ardore family from Mauritius, to lead a young man from Cameroon to Christ, to be doing Bible studies with a family from France, and to be in touch with a Cuban lady who only speaks Spanish and is looking for a church! Add French and English- speaking Canadians and one gets a snapshot of the people to whom we are ministering. We expect to be receiving a young lady from the Ivory Coast in June, and both Muslims and Jews have responded to our evangelistic efforts. God is allowing us to reach people from many tongues and nations right here in Montréal. Less than a year into our ministry we are seeing the need for an English-speaking service. A Spanish-speaking one would be welcome too. However, we cannot stretch ourselves too thin; there is a screaming need for many more laborers. Would the Lord be speaking to your heart about ministry in one of our big cities? Did not the apostle Paul canvass the Roman Empire—starting churches in its large centers? The challenges seem daunting, but God is greater. He is more than able to look after your needs, your safety, your family and any other argument that may come to mind. Come to the cities! Untold millions are still untold. W eng.cfm 1 Eric & Melissa Léveillé family 5 Far North It makes a difference… By Tom Talley Perhaps you have heard the story of the man who often walked along the beach picking up starfish that had become stranded out of the water. One day as he was doing this, another man approached him to ask what he was doing. The first man replied, “I'm rescuing starfish that might die.” The second man, questioning the value of this exercise, said, “What difference will that make? There are thousands of those things stranded on beaches every day.” The man who rescued starfish simply bent over and picked up another starfish and flung it back into the ocean. Then he turned to the scoffer and said, “It makes a difference to that one.” That is exactly how Cathy and I feel about the ministry to which God has called us in northern Canada. We do not minister to millions or even thousands. As a matter of fact, we live in a semi- remote community of about 1,000 people. But, for each person who has been rescued from eternal death through the sharing of the Gospel, we can say, “It has made a difference for that one!” Some may question the cost of keeping a missionary couple in such a small town for more than 30 years or the hours of toil and effort expended for just a few people or the “waste” of man-power and resources on an out- of-the-way place. I once met with the missions committee of a large church in the South. After a few questions about where we worked and what it was like, their comment was, “Well, our missions program seeks to support key men in key places.” What they were telling me was they had no room for us in their missions outreach since we were in such a small place. Our ministry did not fit into their missions philosophy. We are truly thankful not every church feels that way. God has given us a faithful group of supporters who have “stuck” with us and enabled us to continue the work God has given us to do. These churches and individuals believe enough in what we are doing to keep right on giving, praying, and encouraging us to stay faithful to God's work in northern Canada. For sure, the believers in South Indian Lake do not feel our efforts have been wasted. In a recent testimony time at Waastew Baptist Church, one of our ladies thanked the Lord for sending someone with the Gospel message that delivered her soul from spiritual darkness. Others have often expressed that same gratefulness. These folks are saying with glad hearts, “It made a difference for me!” I would like to share the story of one particular family. Early in 2013, while still grieving from the loss of an adult son to suicide, Lawrence and Thelma Dumas asked us to come into their home and explain to them how to be saved. This is rare and it turned out to be a very unusual experience. When we came into their home, we were directed to the kitchen where five out of six family members were seated in a semicircle with one chair placed facing all of them. I was given that chair and for the 6 next 30–40 minutes I had their undivided attention as I explained God's salvation plan from Adam to the resurrection. When I finished, I asked, “What do you want to do about what you have heard?” All five wanted to be dealt with individually. We were able to do that because three of our church members had shown up unexpectedly. If one were to ask the Dumas family if sending a missionary to a small place matters, I am sure they would say, “It made a difference for us!” W That night Lawrence, Thelma, and Destiny (15 years old) trusted Christ as their only Savior. One other daughter received assurance and another said she would like to think about it further. Dad, Mom, and Destiny have been faithful to the Lord and church attendance for over a year. All three are growing through discipleship. Destiny has helped in Sunday school and VBS, and she plans to work at a Bible camp for two weeks this summer. Tom & Cat hy Talley Lawrence Des t iny T helma 7 Southeast Asia Where are the Philips? By Alan Brooks While on my last trip to Fiji, I was speaking at the Victory Baptist Church of Suva on a Sunday morning when God impressed on my heart a thought I would like to share. First, I must give some background. During the Fiji Bible Project we had the privilege of giving out over 220,000 Bibles to the secondary and primary school students, teachers, and administrators. God also allowed us to give many to the military and police forces. For years as a missionary, I have preached a message from Acts 8 concerning Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch so many times that one of my children said to me, “Dad, I think Philip is tired of running.” That was my child's way of saying, “Is that the only sermon you know?” In Acts 8, we see three men mentioned, v. 27 a man, v. 31 some man, v. 34 some other man. Though not chronologically mentioned first, I would like to begin with the Ethiopian eunuch. First, he was obviously a man of great authority who had been given a leave of absence to travel to Jerusalem to worship God. Somewhere, somehow he had been influenced with a desire to know God and had been led to believe he would find the answer in Jerusalem. Someone had planted a seed in the heart of this eunuch. This obviously lost but religious man was returning home still searching for answers. As he rode, he read from the scroll of Isaiah. This hand copied scroll would have been very expensive. Usually these scrolls would remain in the temple to only be handled by the men of Israel. Here was an Ethiopian—a foreigner, a man of color, a eunuch—with the scroll of God. How can that be? For him to get a piece of Scripture was a miracle in itself! God always helps to get His Word to those in need. 8 BIMI WORLD Number 2, 2014 We are now introduced to another man by the name of Philip. He had been one of the original deacons of Acts 6. God was now using him in the area of evangelism. He had been in Samaria preaching and seeing great results when God called him to go to Gaza. Philip, this faithful servant, was submissive to the call of God on his life. He did not argue or question, he simply obeyed. I am sure it interrupted his plans but he still obeyed because his desire was to please God the Father. How are we at responding to God's interruptions and who do we want to please? Philip had to be sensitive to the Spirit of God or how else would he know what to do or to whom to speak concerning Christ? When God's Spirit speaks, it is always consistent with and according to Holy Scripture. God has commanded us to witness and Philip was sensitive to the leading of the Lord to speak. Philip was a man with initiative and did not wait for an opening; he sought one by running to the eunuch. The Bible says the eunuch desired Philip to join him. I believe there are people who want someone to take the initiative to come and share the truth of God's saving grace with them. The heavens declare the glory of God but not enough to save a man. Dr. B. Myron Cedarholm, one of my professors in college, used to say, “If a heathen in a dark land looks up to the heavens and says that he believes there is a God behind all that he sees and desires to know that God, God will make a way for him to know the truth and you might just be that way.” The eunuch was such a man and Philip was sent! Philip asked a leading question, Understandest thou…and the Eunuch responded, How can I, except some man should guide me? Philip then explained the Scripture and preached unto him Jesus. We know the eunuch responded and showed his faith by his obedience. The Scripture says, He went on his way rejoicing. I personally think Philip went on his way rejoicing also. The thought that came to me on that Sunday morning was, “Where are the Philips?” God has allowed us to give thousands of Bibles to young and old who by their own testimony are reading God's Word. But where are the Philips to help them understand? Years ago a missionary in China wrote to a mission leader in the States the following statement: “What we need in China is more workers. The harvest is very great, the labours, oh! So few…I think your idea is correct that a young man should ask himself not if it is his duty to go to the heathen, but if he may dare stay at home. The command is so plain: ‘GO.' ” Recently while reading a book about a missionary who is working in extremely difficult areas of the world, I read of his interview by the mission committee concerning his call to missions. When asked about his calling, his response was quite convicting. He simply answered, “I read Matthew 28!” The committee again questioned, thinking he had not understood the question, but his response was the same. He added with such sincerity, “It is quite clear that we are to go, that is what the Lord has commanded!” What we need in Fiji and many other areas where the Bible has been distributed are Philips to follow up on these who desire to understand just like the Ethiopian eunuch. The seed has been sown. Where are the Philips to bring in the harvest? Yes, there are a few in Fiji faithfully working, diligently seeking to reach these hungry souls, but help is needed. Jesus told us to Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest (Matthew 9:38). Where are the Philips, submissive to the call of God and sensitive to the Spirit of God? Will you be a Philip? W 9 South America They That Have Not Heard By Mike Leonard Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation: But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand (Romans 15:20–21). The Apostle Paul understood clearly his mission in life was to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This calling was not intended to be conducted in an arena of convenience but rather a ministry encountering life endangering hardships for the sake of the Gospel. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:   For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake (Acts 9:15–16). Paul speaks of his hardships in 2 Corinthians chapter eleven. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;   In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches (24– 28). Amidst Paul's hazardous calling, he was not only obedient but very effective in his commission. According to Romans 10:18…their sound went into all…the ends of the world. In 1792 Missionary William Carey wrote an eighty-seven page manuscript entitled An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians, To Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens. In Carey's investigation of modern missions during the 18th century, he posed the following thoughts to his readers: Our Lord Jesus Christ, a little before his departure, commissioned his apostles to Go, and teach all nations; or, as another evangelist expresses it, Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. This commission was as extensive as possible, and laid them under obligation to disperse themselves into every country of the habitable globe, and preach to all the inhabitants, without exception, or limitation. It must undoubtedly strike every considerate mind, what a vast proportion of the sons of Adam there are, who yet remain in the most deplorable state of heathen darkness, without any means of knowing the true God, except what are afforded them by the works of nature; and utterly destitute of the knowledge of the gospel of Christ, or of any means of obtaining it. In many of these countries they have no written language, consequently no Bible, and are only led by the most childish customs and traditions. They are in general poor, barbarous, naked pagans, as destitute of civilization, as they are of true religion.… Barbarous as these poor heathens are, they appear to be as capable of knowledge as we are. Notice Carey's description of the heathen. In his Survey of the Present State of the World (Section III of the Enquiry), Carey estimates the world's spiritual condition as follows: The inhabitants of the world according to this calculation, amount to about seven hundred and thirty- one millions; four hundred and twenty millions of whom are still in pagan darkness; an hundred and thirty millions the followers of Mahomet; an hundred millions catholics; forty-four millions protestants; thirty millions of the greek and armenian churches, and perhaps seven millions of jews. Somewhere between Romans 10:18 (their sound went into all the ends of the world) and the eighteenth century, those who were without a Gospel witness grew to 57 percent of the world's population. Let us now fast forward from the Age of Discovery through the ages of Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution, and the Space Age to the current Age of Information. We live in an Mike & Michelle Leonard & family 11 era where there appears to be no restraint to our imagination. Travel and communication resources are no longer a limitation. Certainly we have closed the gap on heathen darkness. Surely in this day and age with all the ingenuity and ability at our disposal, no one lives destitute of a Gospel witness. However, missiologists estimate that less than 35 percent of the world's seven billion people claim Christianity. It is also estimated that less than eight percent of the world would be considered evangelical Christians (ones declaring the Gospel and the doctrine of salvation to be only of grace through faith in Christ's atonement). Certain research indicates that 30 percent of today´s population is unreached by William Carey's terminology—those “who yet remain in the most deplorable state of heathen darkness, without any means of knowing the true God.” Bear in mind that an unreached populace is more than being unevangelized. Although more than 60 percent of the current world could be considered unevangelized, another 30 percent would be considered unreached, meaning there is no access to the Gospel among that people group. A people group is defined as a community of people distinct in their language and culture, along with a shared history that sets them apart from other societies. Most of the world today is connected by the internet or some form of international communication. There are, however, regions of the world that would be considered the ends of the earth. Anthropologists refer to them as uncontacted people, isolated people, or lost tribes. By definition, uncontacted people groups consist of communities who live without significant contact with globalized civilization. These people groups exist all over the world, but anthropological research indicates the largest concentration of isolated peoples can be found in the Amazon Basin. As of 2013, the country of Brazil has identified 77 such indigenous tribes. According to Survival International, the philanthropist group, Brazil is home to more uncontacted peoples than anywhere on the planet.…Some number several hundred and live in remote border areas in Acre state and in protected territories such as the Vale do Javari, on the border with Peru. Others are scattered fragments, the survivors of tribes virtually wiped out by the impacts of the rubber boom and expanding agriculture in the last century. As pressure mounts to exploit their lands, all uncontacted Indians are extremely vulnerable both to violent attack (which is common), and to diseases widespread elsewhere like flu and measles, to which they have no immunity. (http://www.survivalinternational. org/tribes/brazilian) Many of the tribes are protected by government law, and outsiders are forbidden to make contact. However, this does not negate our responsibility to preach the Gospel to every creature. There are indigenous people who choose to leave the protected area and intermingle with civilization. They have established fishing and farming villages along the Amazon River and its many tributaries. There are no prohibitions regarding contact with those who live outside the protected area. Therefore, these small villages are the open door to carrying the Gospel to the forgotten people of the Amazon region of Brazil. The missionaries who are walking through these doors of opportunity do so under arduous conditions. Many miles of Amazon water and dense jungle are to be traversed in order to locate each village. Multiple journeys must also be made to each location in order to teach all things as Christ has commanded. Our commission is not complete if we do not teach them the doctrines of Christ and teach them to commit such things to other faithful men. Wisdom, prudence, and discernment must be sought after as they travail over the impediments of language, culture, and physical difficulty; but go they must and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every creature! For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent (Romans 10:13–15a)? W Central America Parat rooper to Preacher From By Mark Lockhart According to the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian, the French began work on the Panama Canal in 1880. After nine years and a loss of approximately twenty thousand lives, the French attempt went bankrupt. In 1903 the United States became involved and the canal was finished in 1914. On August 15, 1914, the SS Ancon exited the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and made its way through the canal and entered into the Pacific Ocean. Without a doubt this has been one of the great maritime and engineering feats in world history. United States Army Sgt. Franklin Booth was there for business on several occasions. God called Brother Booth to Panama, not as a soldier but rather as a missionary, to spread the Gospel among the Panamanian people. Franklin and Brenda Booth, along with their three children, Jonathan, David and Elizabeth, have served as BIMI missionaries in Panama since April 1999. They assisted in the ministry of another missionary prior to starting the Victory Baptist Church in Cerro Batea, San Miguelito. Several people from the Kuna tribe attend the church. There are seven such tribal groups in Panama and only three independent Baptist missionaries working with them. His brother-in-law, Edwin Santiago, and his family were sent out of the Booth's work about six years ago and have established the Iglesia Bautista Panama in El Dorado, Panama. Also, a couple of years ago with the help of another missionary, the Booths were able to start a deaf ministry. In January my family and I were privileged to visit the Booths. I asked Brother and Mrs. Booth many questions and some of their answers surprised me. 14 BIMI WORLD Number 2, 2014 My first surprise was that the police are disposed to assist the public and ticket bad drivers. My family ministers in metropolitan Mexico City, and I can tell you that is not the case in Mexico. Second, many people are involved in much of the evil that narcotics and drug trafficking bring to a society, mostly addiction and gang activity. However, the Booths have a burden to reach these people and minister specifically in a particular area recognized as a “red zone” or a region to be avoided. While out visiting with Brother Booth, he pointed out a house to me. He said, “I held a Bible study there with twelve men. Today, each of them is either in jail or dead!” Much of this is the direct effect of the criminal element of Colombia, Panama's neighbor to the south. Because of corruption and lives in ruin, many people are willing to listen to the Gospel. Within twenty yards of the house I mentioned, Franklin and I approached two middle-aged men who were sitting outside, shirtless and seeking relief from the heat. Ariel was riddled with scars on his torso due to a gun fight. We talked with him about the certainty of death, a concept he understood very well. He listened and questioned us extensively as we also spoke to him about the confidence that is only to be found in Christ. Next door, an elderly lady named Irene was very happy to receive the good news of Christ. Her front porch is elevated, and she said, “Often I stand here and watch what is going on and just a few days ago I heard gun fire again. It happens all the time.” Third, to my amazement, only one family currently represents BIMI in the country of Panama—that being the Booth family. The Sam Bunnell family is in language school so they can begin ministry in Panama. Most assuredly, Panama is a distant mission field. It is only a step away from South America. However, because of the Panama Canal, there are still more surprises. It is hard to believe there are enormous malls in the major cities and shopping at bargain prices. Perhaps one of the most overwhelming opportunities is drinking water straight from the tap. For many missionaries around the world, that is an incredible luxury. Even though drinking water is counted as a luxury, it is not this water they so desperately need. Rather, it is the offering Jesus Christ the Lord makes in John 7:37, In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. We pray God will call others to go to this familiar, yet nearly forgotten place, and offer the LIVING WATER to the people of Panama. W Franklin & Brenda Boot h & family 15 Central America From t he St reet s to t he Pulpit From the Streets of Juárez, Mexico, to the Pulpit of the Tabernacle Baptist Church By John Ridings & Terry Jones Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2). Webster defines faithful as: “True and constant in affection or allegiance to a person to whom one is bound by a vow, by ties of love, gratitude, or honor, as to a husband, a prince, a friend; firm in the observance of duty; loyal; of true fidelity; as, a faithful husband or servant.” Some may think that faithfulness is hard to find in today's world. I know several examples of faithfulness, one being Missionary John Ridings who serves in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Brother Ridings has remained faithful for more than 40 years. Even after the death of his first wife in Peru and then his second wife in Mexico, he continues the work to which God has called him (see BIMI World, Volume 2, 2013). I have had several opportunities to witness what God is doing through this servant. Working in one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Brother Ridings has seen many come to the Lord as their Savior and has seen their lives changed. Below are two of the most recent victories won for the Lord, using Brother Ridings as His servant. John Ridings testifies of God's working: God worked a miracle in Jorge's life. Jorge was involved in gang activity, drugs, Jorge 16 fighting and just about anything else one can imagine. He had done many things in the past and was very wicked. Marked by tattoos on his body and gang identification on his neck, he had fought for his life on the streets of Juárez. However, to the glory to God his life was touched by God. He has been saved and baptized and is now one of our young preachers who fills the pulpit often. He and his family are a blessing to the church. God has brought this family a long way. I had the joy of marrying Jorge and his wife this past year. The grace of God can change anyone! Luis and Mary are a young couple who have been miraculously changed by the grace of God. I have had the joy of knowing them for many years, but it has not always been pleasant. From the time they began dating, their lives were without God and hope. Luis was a young man who would not talk to anyone. Our church started in his mother's house and he would go as far back in the house as he could. He had no desire to hear the Gospel. Mary was the same way, a very hard and difficult young lady. However, God touched their hearts one day. I had the joy of winning them to the Lord, baptizing them, and later marrying them. Luis now helps preach and Mary is a Sunday school teacher. They have a wonderful family, and they are now deeply in love with God. How important it is to share the Gospel with others! Praise the Lord for Brother Ridings, a faithful servant, who has continued the work through many trials. We thank God for the faithful Christians who continue to give so the work of the Lord can go forth, not only in Cuidad Juárez, Mexico, but also to the uttermost part of the earth. God, working through His servants, makes it possible for lives to be eternally changed. W Luis & Mary Leadership Changes Jeff Alverson Military Director @Dave Barnhouse #Zambia Maggie and I were on our way into town for a Bible study when Martha, the wife of Frasier who takes care of our gardens, informed us that their two-week-old son was ill. We looked at the baby and could tell that the little guy was in trouble. We put them in the car and headed out. We were dropping them off at the clinic when she handed me the baby so that she could get out, and in that instant the little guy took his last breath. It was so sad to see people who have so little lose so much. We began to make funeral arrange- ments, only to learn that in the Bush if a baby dies under the age of three months, they don't consider them to have an identity or to be a person, and they rush to bury the baby fast, often times without a coffin or a burial service. We pushed forward with the parents' blessing, wanting to show the family that a life is a life no matter how small. I made the coffin myself and we waited for Frasier to return from Liv- ingstone for the burial (he had traveled there to accompany another American couple as a translator). I preached at the funeral that God has not given us the spirit of fear. That fear does not come from God. On the way to the gravesite, the grandmother was all upset because we left the diaper pin on the baby. When we asked her why, she said that if the pin stays on the baby, her daughter will not be able to have any more children. Needless to say, the pin stayed on the baby. As the coffin was lowered into the ground, she became upset again asking which way the baby's head was facing. If it was facing the wrong way, the baby would not be resurrected. Frasier told me that after the funeral his family thanked him for the teaching and said that they could see why it was wrong to be afraid. God's grace is so great that even the passing of a baby led to an opportunity to set people free. After high school Jeff served in the US military in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. Soon after, he got right with God and surrendered his life to preach the Gospel. After establishing two churches stateside, Jeff took a missions trip to West Germany in 1983 and saw the great need to minister to our US military. He surrendered to be a military missionary. He pastored two churches near US military bases in West Germany. Brother Alverson served as Military Coordinator with BIMI from 1993–1997 when he was appointed Assistant Director. On June 1, 2014, Jeff Alverson and his wife Joyce moved into the position of Military Director. Steven Maldoff Southeast Asia Director Before his recent appointment as the Southeast Asia Director on June 1, 2014, Steven, along with his wife, Christy, and three daughters, served the Lord for eleven years in a rural Australian community,  located on the edge of the famed Outback region. The Maldoffs were used by God to help establish a solid, thriving Baptist church. In his ministry Steven placed a strong emphasis on discipleship, mentoring, and apologetics. While in Australia, he had the privilege to travel to various parts of Southeast Asia and develop a heart and love for the people of this region. He desires to see God send forth more laborers for these needy countries. Sean Lunday Brazil Director Sean Lunday was saved in 1984 as a result of a Gospel tract, “God's Simple Plan of Salvation.” During His college years, Sean surrendered to missions when God called him to serve as a missionary in Brazil. In 1991 Sean and Stephanie were accepted as missionaries to Brazil with BIMI. Since 1993 they have been involved in planting four churches and teaming with other missionaries to work with Bible institutes, Christian camps, a radio broadcast, a children's home ministry, and an outreach ministry to lead med- evangelism teams in the Amazon basin. Brother Lunday officially became the Brazil Director July 1, 2014, and will continue to serve in Brazil for a period of time. 11 Jun 2014 Number 2, 2014 BIMI WORLD 17 Central America In His Time By Christine Cerna We got the phone call on a hot afternoon. Some situations in life make you wonder “Why?” This was one of them. Anybody who knows anything about El Salvador knows it is a country laden with crime. From robberies to kidnappings, it seemed that most of the crime stemmed from gang activity, and those who were somehow entangled with gang members experienced the crimes. But this phone call changed those perceptions. The pastor of the church where we worked for two years called us to share the news. A brother in Christ was shot and killed in front of his house, coming from his car after work. We were shaken, unable to find any sense in this horrid crime. Why? This man was a soul winner. His zeal for the Lord was the main topic at his funeral. Many spoke of his desire to tell others of God´s love. Stories were shared about how he lost clients at work because he witnessed to them. But he said he would rather lose work than have someone die without Jesus. Why would God choose to call him home, someone who witnessed at every opportunity? After the funeral the family decided to move to our city (Santa Ana) to flee from the criminals that not only had killed the husband but also had threatened the family. They came to church a few months after the father's death. The four- year-old son's first time in my Sunday school class broke my heart. While we were studying our Bible lesson, this little guy raised his hand. I called on him and he began to tell what had happened to his dad. It was something he did not understand but completely impacted his life. “My daddy is dead. The man came and shot him with a gun.” I instantly found a way to tell him we could talk after class, but he had already shared this with the whole class. I looked over at his older brother (seven years old). He had his head covered with his hands, doing his best to hold back the tears. On a Wednesday night, I clearly remember looking over at this young widow with her shoulders shaking and tears running down her cheeks. Why? Why did this have to happen? Why does this family have to suffer? We understand that many times in life we will not get the answer to that constantly asked question, “Why?” Many times we will not see the big picture until eternity with our Creator. However, I am happy to share, as painful as it was for many people, we see part of God's purpose unfolding. It has been about three years since this man was shot and killed. Since that time so many things have happened in regards to this dear family. The widow became a Sunday school teacher at our church. She has wit- nessed to a number of the children, and they have asked Jesus into their hearts as their Savior. She has brought more visitors to church than probably any other member. Steve & Chris t ine Cerna & family 18 BIMI WORLD Number 2, 2014 A young, unwed mother named Veranice began attending our church. The widow witnessed to her, and she was saved. The widow became good friends with a backslid- den mother of four and encouraged this mother to start coming to church. She came and rededicated her life to the Lord. This mother, Jenny, now serves in the children's ministry and is very faithful to the Women´s Ministry at our church. At a recent ladies meeting, we were discussing that sometimes we do not know what God is doing, but we need to be patient and in His time we will have the answers we need. Jenny seemed to have a light turn on and said, “If my friend´s husband had not been shot and killed, she would not have moved to Santa Ana. I never would have met her. I may have never gotten right with the Lord. I would probably still be miserable.” Then she thought for a moment and added, “And if Hermano Cesar (Steve) and Hermana Christine would not have obeyed God and come to El Salvador, none of us would have ever met. None of us would be here like this today!” This was a special moment for all of us, to realize how God orchestrates our lives according to His plan, sometimes using painful experiences to bring about His purposes. The widow was crying as Jenny was sharing these thoughts. These are just a few of the ways God has used this precious family for His glory. Pages more could easily be written, telling of others impacted by a family who lives in this city because of an unexpected tragedy. While we have learned much from this tragedy, we also know that many Salvadorans have been affected by similar situations and still cannot make sense of what happened. There are many hurting people, trying to make sense of life, asking “why?” everyday with no hope of finding an answer. When we are out soul winning, our main method of beginning our talk with individuals is to ask them a question. “If you were to die today, are you sure you would go to heaven and be with God?” In a country like El Salvador, this question holds much more weight because many people are wondering if they have a tomorrow. Death is a cold reality here, hitting so many people because of crime. What a motivation to share the Gospel with them! We have the hope for which they are looking. We have access to the great Comforter; we have access to a God who forgives and gives new life. But they will not know if we do not go tell them. Pray for El Salvador, and pray for more missionaries to come to a hurting country, searching for answers to the question “why?” W Number 2, 2014 BIMI WORLD 19 Central America Jus t One More Soul By Keren Burdick While at school on Monday, a mother came up A week later, I received a call from one of the to Becky Jackson and asked if we could come teachers in the school saying Yordin had been lay hands on her 11-year-old son who was taken back to the hospital for a second surgery sick in bed after appendicitis surgery. due to complications. Becky and I Becky told her we would come pray felt very burdened to witness to him for him. However, we were not going again. As we walked into his room, to lay hands on him! As we entered his mom was overjoyed that we had the dark home, the mother came and come. She began introducing us to ushered us into the bedroom where everyone! Once again, Becky began four beds were lined up. We saw Yordin witnessing to Yordin. Several times lying on one of the beds. We sat on the he rejected. She then began talking to bed beside him and began talking to the mom and asked me to talk to him. him. Becky asked him if he had ever He rejected with me also and said he accepted Jesus as his personal Savior. Keren Burdick would get saved when he got home He clearly answered, “No.” “Do you know from the hospital. I reminded him that God where you will go when you die?” “Yes,” he had already given him an extra chance and replied, “I will go to hell.” When we questioned he wasn't promised tomorrow. He continued if he wanted to accept Jesus, “No” was his to reject. As we left the hospital, I wanted to answer. We tried to talk to him but realized cry. I could not understand how a child so he was not ready. We had prayer with him and young could be so adamant that he didn't want left. We returned with some medications for salvation. What was even harder was he knew him that the family did not have the money to where he would go if he died! buy. Yordin is from a single parent family, as That whole week I asked people to pray are many of the children in this barrio. for Yordin even though they did not know As Becky and I left that day, we were very the whole situation. I was burdened and subdued and began praying for the salvation begged God to give him another chance. of Yordin. We have been reaching out to the We, along with Pastor Alan Jackson and Dr. children in this barrio through the school Bud Grinstead, who was in Honduras for the ministry, we have found there are some very Field Conference, were able to visit again on interesting thoughts here. One of the little girls Thursday. Once again, he continued to reject. was told she was not saved because she had not Pastor Alan began witnessing to the roommate given up wearing pants. Another one did not and led the little boy's dad to the Lord. Dr. want to get saved because she did not want to Grinstead was witnessing to the doctor and give up pants. We showed them with Scripture Yordin's sister. Becky once again began talking that salvation has nothing to do with wearing a to Yordin. I looked over to see tears in Becky's skirt or pants. It is personally accepting Jesus as eyes and she told me we now had another your Savior and asking forgiveness for your sins. brother in Christ! I turned to Joselin, Yordin's 20 BIMI WORLD Number 2, 2014 sister, and asked if she wanted to accept Jesus also, but she said, “Not now.” As we walked out of the hospital, we were extremely excited! Did we save Yordin? Of course not! Did we force him into a decision? Of course not! Who did the work in Yordin's life? God did! God performed a miracle and we have seen it continue. I was asked to take him home when he was released from the hospital. As we drove home, we talked about what God had done for him. He told me he woke up every morning and prayed for God to heal him. We have continued to have contact with his family; they have come to church a couple of weeks now. It is a LONG 45 minute drive one way! Yordin was so excited to come and see our church and wanted to meet the other brothers and sisters in church who had been praying for him. Every time we talk to the family or see them, they thank us for what we have done. Did we do anything? No, we just shared the Word of God with them! Please continue to pray for us as we reach the barrio of Argelia so that we can preach Christ and reach one more soul! Is it worth it to drive the 45 minutes every week to teach in the schools? Of course it is if it means we can reach another Yordin! Is it worth it to give up the “niceties” of the States? Of course, when we see the Gospel being spread and one more soul is salvaged from hell! Are you willing to give your all to reach another Yordin? The fields are white unto harvest! Pray the Lord of the harvest will send forth more laborers. W Yordin 21 Missionary Bobby Joe Powell and family 22 T he Man Who Could Not Be Stopped By Jimmy Rose, as told to Eric Bohman To many people, the adjectives sacrifice and commitment are synonymous with a missionary. Whereas that is usually true, there are some who seem to take sacrifice and commitment one step further. Such is the case of a dear friend who is now in heaven, Missionary Bobby Joe Powell. He was the kind of man, like the Apostle Paul, who after difficulty upon difficulty would not quit. He just could not be stopped! Bobby was one of many from my home church who came to pray with us and bid us farewell as we boarded the plane to Brazil for the first time in 1962. A few months passed before he wrote stating that he had likewise felt the call to be a missionary to Brazil and was soon to finish Bible college. We encouraged him as he finished school and completed his deputation. Before long, we were heading to the airport in São Paulo to pick up Bobby and his family to begin ministry in Brazil. We helped them enroll in the Portuguese language school and get settled in a small house, and all was excitement as they began ministry. However, language training would prove to be extremely challenging. Having done well in college, Bobby could not understand why his studies were so difficult. Headaches were frequent and concentration was hard. At the conclusion of his language course, he had to admit his language acquisition was not sufficient to minister by himself. He called me, and we invited them to come and help us in the town of Batatais. All was excitement again as our two families ministered together. Bobby's headaches would return from time to time and be very severe, yet that never dampened his determination to give out the Gospel and get more experience using the language. Often we would meet early in the morning, pray together, fill our satchels with tracts and Bibles, and spend the whole day spreading the message of salvation. By now his headaches were regular and often he would be so sick he could barely continue, but he was determined to give out the Gospel. He just could not be stopped! It was on a visitation day that Bobby suddenly collapsed in front of me. Rushing over to him, I could see that he was still conscious but obviously not quite himself. Upon questioning, he confessed his headaches were becoming incredibly intense and he was having difficulty maintaining his balance. How he had managed to preach and witness that day amazed me! We got him to a good doctor and were shocked when the doctor came out of the examination room and stated that Bobby needed to be rushed immediately to a specialist in the capital. He had a large tumor—the size of a woman's fist—growing in the back of his brain. It was then we realized why the language had been so difficult and the severe headaches had continued to come. Surgery was planned, and the tumor was removed. Although the doctors claimed the operation successful, they said he would probably only have about seven months left to live and he should go back to the States to be with family during his last few months. It was a gloomy gathering at the airport as many missionaries traveled in to pray for Bobby. They all huddled around his wheelchair, asking the Lord to give him strength enough to see his family one more time. The Lord granted that request and answered the prayers far more than anyone expected. Bobby regained strength and, although limited physically, his great desire was to go back to Brazil. He did go back for four miraculous years. Knowing he probably would not have much Number 2, 2014 BIMI WORLD 23 time left, he and his wife agreed to cash in their insurance policy and use the money to build the building for the Independent Baptist Church in Orlandia. During that time they not only oversaw the building project but also held services in villages around the town of Orlandia. Through radio, his voice carried the Gospel throughout the area to all the places his limited strength could not take him. He simply could not be stopped! The highlight at the end of his four-year term was the ordination of the national pastor he had been training. I was pleased to be asked to give the message but became greatly concerned when I noticed Bobby staggering several times during the service. Our greatest fear was realized a short while later as a doctor confirmed the brain tumor had returned and was more severe than ever. Through the pain and sickness Bobby never complained, but he kept pushing on until a light stroke further limited him. It was time to leave Brazil, perhaps for the last time. Many tears were shed as the family boarded the plane—everyone knew the finality of the moment. Bobby could not walk up the plane steps, but he had to be helped by his son. At the top of the steps just before he entered the plane, he turned toward me and raised his hand in the air and waved at me—giving the sign of victory. Through God's grace and Bobby's perseverance, there was indeed victory. The next several months were spent in and out of the hospital as well as preaching at every opportunity he could. Often so weak he had to be led to the pulpit by his son, he would stand holding on to the pulpit to keep himself erect and would plead, “My lamp is about to burn out. Is there anyone here who will pick it up and take it back to Brazil?” His speech became worse—badly affected by his stroke. His vision became greatly impaired, causing him to need to wear a patch over one eye. Yet, his heart was ablaze for Brazil. He still could not be stopped! On my next furlough, we would try to see each other often. If I were to preach anywhere within a 200-mile radius of his little home, he would get someone to drive him in order to 24 BIMI WORLD Number 2, 2014 hear me preach. I remember the last meeting in which I would see Bobby. He looked so sick and weak. With that patch over his eye, his face drooping from the stroke and now confined to a wheelchair, he was just a shell of the man I once knew, but his heart for Brazil was still obvious to all. I gave him the opportunity to speak to the congregation. With tears rolling down from his eyes, he tried to form words, but no one could understand him. However, I could; I knew his heart. I translated for the congregation and cried, “My lamp is about to burn out. Is there anyone here who will pick it up and take it back to Brazil?” He looked up at me with those tear-filled eyes and smiled as best he could. I had said the very words he wanted them to hear. It was just a few weeks later that I received the call that Bobby Joe Powell was in heaven. Preaching at his funeral was difficult for me, but I knew the man well and his heart for the people of Brazil. The church was full. Over 1,500 people were present for the funeral. Scores of his supporting pastors filled the front rows of the church as his honorary pallbearers. All present acknowledged the sacrifice and commitment that were so evident in Bobby's life. At the conclusion of the messages, many surrendered for missionary service and are still on the field today, scattered around the world—all because one man through the grace of God could not be stopped! W 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 the building included the protection, provision, and presence of God. The Ark protected Noah and his family from the storm and the elements on the outside. In the middle of God's will, He provides that protection from the wickedness and ungodliness of the world. The Ark contained provision for the journey. Our new missionaries were told God will provide where He guides. Noah realized God was present in his missionary journey. Genesis 7:16 states, and the LORD shut him in. The Candidate School missionaries were taught that God will be present through their obedient journey into missions. He will never leave them as they go through storms on the mission field, taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth. These choice servants will always have God present to instill wisdom, guidance, and strength. May we all be servants for the Gospel's sake. Please keep these missionaries on your prayer list as they begin building in missions. W 26 27 28 29 @Marguerite Gentry #Malawi There will be a baptism in the village of Mpyupyu. Thirty people are signed up to make a public statement of their personal faith in Christ Jesus. Please be in prayer for them. The spiritual battle becomes very hard as the day of baptism comes closer. 11 Jun 2014 compiled from prayer letters Kenneth Richard “Dick” Miller November 10, 1945 — April 24, 2014 On April 24, 2014, Kenneth Richard “Dick” Miller, a faithful servant of the Lord, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Richard graduated from Indiana Baptist College in 1974. He pastored in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Richard and his wife, Candy, moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, to work with the Pioneer Bible Institute in 1985. They were accepted as missionaries with Baptist International Missions in June 1986. He recently celebrated 25 years as pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Billings, Montana. In addition to his work as a pastor, he was also actively involved in the homeschool community, in nursing home ministry, and in jail and prison ministries. 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