Back to main magazine page now!! Volume 50, Number 3, 2014 Global Issues p.2 No Kangaroos in Austria p.4 Euro-Islam p.8 Dedicated to Reaching the Deaf p.10 Fruit to Your Account p.14 Pulling Them Out of the Fire p.16 A Compassionate God p.17 Labor Pains p.18 The Son of a Witchdoctor p.20 Every Day is Sun-Day p.24 Editorial By David H. Snyder Today's headlines from around the world are filled with news about wars, murders, power struggles, diseases, kidnappings, and much more. For many people, global issues can be something that creates fear and uncertainty. However, a biblical view of the evil taking place around us should help us focus on the greatest of all global issues. When the media speak about global issues, they are usually referring to things like social, economic, political, and environmental concerns that affect the entire world. To be sure, all of these topics are important and there are aspects of these issues that play a part in the lives of everyone living on the earth. Society as a whole is not getting better but is rapidly getting worse. Of course, God already told us that evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13). The economic outlook for many nations is far from hopeful as entire countries find themselves on the brink of financial collapse. This is to be expected when mankind trusts in idols of…silver and gold rather than the true and living God (Psalm 135:15–18). When we consider politics, our thoughts often turn to corruption and deception. The Bible clearly warns us not to put our trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help (Psalm 146:3). Finally, environmental concerns seem to consume the lives of many. It is heartbreaking to see those who worship creation and serve the creature more than the Creator (Romans 1:25). In response to the global issues mentioned above, many people turn to religion in an attempt to calm their fears and feelings of uncertainty. But religion is not the solution to the global issues plaguing the human race. In fact, in many respects religion itself often adds to the world's dilemma. For example, some religions have an agenda that includes world domination. Jesus Christ is the only true answer to the problems threatening our world today. This is one reason missions is so important. We have the answer to every global issue that has ever been or ever will be. The Bible explains the reason for the evil and destruction in the world and it proclaims that Jesus has already won the victory over that evil. Society is turning to self-help books, psychologists, and many other venues in an attempt to solve their problems and make themselves better. Nonetheless, we know all men are inherently sinful and are sinners (Romans 3:23; 5:12) and Jesus is the answer to the sin problem. He is the 2 BIMI WORLD Number 3, 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 Grinstead, Vice Chairman; David Snyder, President; JB Godfrey, Vice President; James Butler, Corporate Secretary; Michael Edwards, Treasurer; Jeff Amsbaugh, Andy Bloom, David Bragg, Tim Butler, Paul Chappell, John W. Collier, Bill Egerdahl, Kevin Folger, James God, Rodney Kelley, Denny Patterson, James Ray, Don Sisk, Rusty Smith, Mark Stevens, Ray Thompson, 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, 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; Robert Larson, USA; Jim Lilley, Estate Planning; Sean Lunday, Brazil; Steven Maldoff, Southeast Asia; 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, Bob Green, John Halsey, Robert Johnson, James Kennard, Mark Logan, Michael McCombie, James Ray, Jerry Reece, Reggie Rempel, Clayton Revels, Jimmy Rose, 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: John Bailes, USA; Eric Bohman, Africa; Alan Brooks, Southeast Asia; Gary Craft, Military; David Harris, Far East; Ed Johnson, Brazil; Mark Lockhart, Central America; Gary Sprunger, Caribbean; Steve Stone, Far North; Donald Thatcher, Europe; Clint Vernoy, South America 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 / BIMI Canada: 100 Ridgewood Ave. - Guelph, ON N1H 6C5 519-265-1950 One Whom God made to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2 Corinthians 5:21). The economy is worshiped by those who are looking to money as the answer to their troubles, but we know having more money will not bring true satisfaction and peace. First Timothy 6:11 reminds us to flee things such as the love of money and to follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Obviously, these virtues can only be found in Jesus—He is the answer. Also, it is sad to think of those who look to political leaders for their salvation when the King of kings is the only One Who can and will establish a kingdom with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever (Isaiah 9:7). Again, Jesus is the answer. Environmental issues are important since we are to be good stewards of all God has given us. However, God uses nature to direct mankind to Himself. He reminds us that the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse (Romans 1:20). God’s creation (general revelation) and God’s Word (special revelation) proclaim that Jesus is the answer. As Christians, we should definitely be interested in global issues since they affect every human being. Social, economic, political, environmental, and religious matters are indeed important. However, the greatest of all global issues is mankind’s need of a Savior. This fact reminds us of our responsibility to preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). The Great Commission is a global imperative to give a global invitation to those affected by global issues. The need is tremendous and the evils of our day have caused many to question the meaning of life and to consider the things of eternity. The Lord reminded us that there is a great need for more labourers to be sent forth into His harvest (Luke 10:2). What about you? Are you willing to be used of the Lord as a missionary? We have been privileged with the responsibility of proclaiming the message that Jesus is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). W Number 3, 2014 BIMI WORLD 3 Europe By Todd Lapato When we visit churches across America, we are often asked what life is like in Australia. I answer that I don't know but I have always wanted to visit. In Austria we have never seen kangaroos or crocodiles. A lot of people see our display and think it says “Australia.” The tourist shops have even cashed in on this, selling t-shirts with a picture of a kangaroo with a line through it saying “no kangaroos in Austria.” It seems many know very little, if anything, about Austria. Some begin to sing, “The hills are alive with the sound of music…,” knowing that The Sound of Music was filmed there (by the way most Austrians have never heard of it). Some imitate Arnold Schwarzenegger's voice (apparently to Americans he is the most famous of all Austrians). Some know of the beautiful 4 Alpine mountains that cover two thirds of Austria. However, to my family and me, Austria is a place of great spiritual darkness. This darkness is masked by the beautiful scenery, the old picturesque villages, and the Austrian people, who are among the friendliest on earth. This darkness is even covered up by religious tradition. Austria has hundreds of churches older than the USA. Most Austrians would call themselves Catholic and consider anything else to be a cult. The few Bible believing churches are normally very small—often less than 25 people. In one Austrian village we conducted surveys for months and invited people to discuss the results with us in five Friday evening meetings. Although thousands of invitations were passed out, only two people came. We praise God for those two, but the rest had no interest in discussing the Bible. Despite the fact that Austrians claim to be religious, apathy reigns. Very few attend church regularly or know much about the Bible. Our survey told us that 60 percent of the people do not believe in the deity of Christ and only six percent believe salvation is by grace through faith—this in one of the most “religious” places in Europe. We have been living in southern Bavaria (Germany) on the Austrian border for about six years. During that time we applied twice for Austrian visas and were rejected both times. Austria does not consider Baptist to be a state recognized religion. The idea of separation of church and state does not exist in the same form in Austria or Germany as it does in America. When our daughter was born, a government official came by and asked in what religion she should be registered. Most say Catholic and are entered into the roll books. When they are old enough to work, the church begins to take a percentage out of their paycheck. I told the official that Virginia was too young to choose a religion, but we hope that she will choose to accept Jesus Christ as her Savior when she is old enough to understand and decide for herself. The official didn't know what to do with that answer. Our neighbor asked when we would have Virginia baptized. I explained we would not have her baptized until she chose to be baptized as a testimony of her faith in Christ. I also explained that nowhere in the Bible is an infant baptized. She had never heard that before. People in Austria are lost. Lost like the witchdoctor in Africa. Lost like those living in the jungles of Southeast Asia. It is sometimes difficult to see this in a culture so successful and attractive. Todd & Kim La pato with Virginia & Thomas 5 Praise God there is an answer! It is the same as in Africa and Southeast Asia. Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the Cross can save every soul in Austria. The task before us often looks hopeless. Jesus Himself said in Luke 18:25, “For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” That verse accurately describes Austria. I am thankful He said a couple verses later, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” We are thankful that through God's power we have seen souls saved and baptized. I often use my native state of Virginia as an example of how God can work in a difficult location. In the 18 th century the Anglican Church was the only officially recognized church in Virginia. Baptists were persecuted and 6 Baptist preachers could be imprisoned for preaching without a license. They often had to meet outside to worship the Lord. In some instances the students from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg would come out and yell and make noise to disturb their meetings. Some Baptist preachers would preach from their jail cells. I have been told that today there are over 1,400 Baptist churches in Virginia. Virginia and Austria both have eight million people, but according to a study Baptist International Missions did several years ago, there are only seven Baptist churches in Austria. The state of Virginia was turned upside down by preachers who wouldn't quit and believers who thought it more important to serve Christ than be considered “normal.” Our prayer is that in the future Austria will be filled with vibrant, Gospel-preaching churches and that believers throughout Austria will look back and thank God that preachers came to a “difficult” mission field. W   7 Open Door Project By Ed Hembree When Dr. David Snyder first explained the Open Door Project to the field directors, I recognized immediately the wisdom of emphasizing ready opportunities instead of constantly beating our heads against a wall and being frustrated in our efforts to go to countries or groups that are “closed.” It is obvious that God can open any door He wants and close any door He wants. That being said, it is also obvious there are many places where God has not seen fit to give free access at the present time. Dr. Snyder asked each director to emphasize just one open door from each of our fields. I initially thought of the many countries in Europe where we have no missionaries. Although missionaries with Baptist International Missions have been in Europe since 1962 and currently number 112 missionaries working in 19 countries, Europe is comprised of more than 50 countries. This means there are more than 30 countries where we do not have a missionary at all! With only a few exceptions, these are all open doors of opportunity. However, as I wrestled with focusing upon just one open door, the Lord directed my thinking to an opportunity that exists in ALL Europe! There is one great Open Door in Europe waiting for dedicated servants to walk through! That Open Door is “Euro-Islam!” There seem to be many missionaries interested in reaching Muslims with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The problem is that many of the Muslim countries are closed to foreign missionaries. Consequently, many of those called are spending a lot of time and effort to make forays into these closed countries for no more than a few weeks at a time. Those who have been involved in church planting, especially church planting among Muslims, recognize that short-term visits are largely unproductive. However, there IS an opportunity for long-term missionary work among HUGE concentrations of Muslims throughout all of Europe. There are places a missionary can go and build relationships, witness, and win Muslims to Christ, and train those who are called into the ministry. Then, those Muslims whom the Lord saves and calls can go back to their own people! The following statistics are taken from a Wikipedia article quoting a Pew Forum report called “The Future of Global Muslim Population,” published in January 2011. Obviously, the statistics are dated and the actual percentages of Muslims are considerably higher today. Since the 1960s immigrants from Muslim countries started to appear in Western European countries such as Germany, France, and Belgium. Although Muslim communities existed on the continent long before this, especially in the Balkans, no major wave of immigration of Islamic population ever took place before. 8 BIMI WORLD Number 3, 2014 Muslims are not a homogeneous group. They are of various national, ethnic, and racial identities. Top countries of origin of Muslims in Western Europe are Pakistan, Turkey, and the Maghreb countries (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia). In Western Europe Muslims generally live in major urban areas, often concentrated in poor neighborhoods of large cities. According to the Pew Forum, the total number of Muslims in Europe in 2010 was about 44 million, excluding Turkey. The total number of Muslims in the European Union in 2010 was about 19 million. The French capital of Paris and its metropolitan area has the largest number (up to 1.7 million according to The Economist) of Muslims than any other city in the European Union. London also has a substantial community of Muslim origin, numbering about one million within the limits of Greater London and exceeding this figure when the entire metropolitan area is taken into account. Consider the millions of Muslims represented by the percentages in these great cities: Amsterdam, Netherlands 24% Birmingham, United Kingdom 26.9% Brussels, Belgium 25.5% Cologne, Germany 12% Frankfurt, Germany 11.8% London, United Kingdom 13.1 % Marseille, France 35% Paris, France 15% Rotterdam, Netherlands 25% Stockholm, Sweden 20% Milan, Italy 10% Vienna, Austria 10% At the current rates of immigration and fertility, the Muslim population in many places in Western Europe will be the majority within a generation or two. However, NOW the door is open to reach these millions of souls. Has the Lord burdened your heart for the Muslim World? You do not have to go to a “closed country.” Would you pray about this great OPEN DOOR of opportunity God has given us TODAY? Please consider contacting BIMI and letting us help you with more information and/or assistance in reaching Muslims in Europe with the Gospel. W Number 3, 2014 BIMI WORLD 9 Southeast Asia dedicated to reaching the deaf By Steven Maldoff and Alan Brooks Throughout Southeast Asia there are a wide variety of people groups, each with their own distinct culture. One specific group spreads across all international borders without skin color, nationality, or even language in common. They are the deaf. The challenges in ministering to the deaf are multiple. Missionaries to the deaf have to learn a different spoken language with all of its nuances. They also have to discover how to communicate with the deaf of that particular country since there is no universal sign language. In fact, some countries do not have an official sign language. Currently, four families in Southeast Asia have a passion for reaching the deaf with the Gospel. Robert and Lisa Gunter as well as Robert and Mary Fuller are reaching the deaf in Australia, while Akin and Snowy Devkota are on deputation to go to the deaf in Nepal. One couple works with the deaf in an undisclosed country. 1. Apart from the Lord, what caused you to have a burden for the deaf? Name withheld: My father is deaf and both my parents have been missionaries to the deaf for many years. I learned through their ministry that if individuals will take the time and immerse themselves wholeheartedly into deaf ministry, the deaf can and will be saved and will become disciples of Jesus Christ and reach others with the Gospel. Also, the Lord used a national pastor (hearing) who worked in the deaf ministry alongside my parents, to point out the obvious need for messengers of the Gospel among the deaf by saying, “If not for me, if not for your parents, then who would have reached these deaf with the Gospel?” Robert and Mary Fuller: I, Mary, was born deaf into a Christian home where my father was a pastor. As a result of my parents telling me about Jesus, I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 19. I realized that there are other deaf people who do not have the same opportunity I had in growing up in a Christian home and knowing Christ. As a young girl, I often wondered if there was a deaf person reaching other deaf for Christ. Little did I know that God would call me to be a missionary to the deaf. Name Withheld 10 Akin & Snowy Devkota Robert and Lisa Gunter: I am hearing, whereas Lisa is deaf. I was struck with the thought that unless someone uses sign language to communicate, how will the deaf “hear” about Christ? Akin and Snowy Devkota: As a Nepalese deaf man, I have experienced firsthand the spiritual neglect many other deaf individuals experience. Most deaf people of Nepal have never heard of Jesus Christ and have no understanding of spiritual matters. For Snowy, God used a missions trip where she met deaf people who had no formal education and used “home signs” to communicate. They had little or no way to communicate abstract concepts and she wondered how they could really know about God's love and grace and mercy. This burdened her heart, specifically for deaf education in association with evangelism and discipleship. 2. How did God lead you to where you are? Withheld: Since I was a teenager, I believed God wanted me to be a missionary to some third world country. I never even considered or wanted to consider ministering among the deaf as I felt there were too many obstacles to overcome in any attempt to reach them. I believed I could reach many more people with the Gospel and have a much greater ministry in the hearing world. Yet, I could not escape the words of the national pastor, “If not for me…then who?” I saw that I was the one that God wanted to use to bring the Gospel to the deaf. Gunter: We started serving the Lord with the deaf by helping to start the BIMI Deaf Bible College in Ringgold, Georgia, in 1994. While at a missions conference, we were challenged to pray for missionaries around the world in this way: There are seven continents in the world, and there are seven days in a week. Specifically pray for the missionaries in every continent (instead of Antarctica, we prayed for the world). We listed all the missionaries working with the deaf in each country. On Fridays when we prayed for Australia/Oceania, we knew of no one working with the deaf. For two years we prayed that God would send someone to that region. Eventually, God answered our prayers by giving us the burden and sending us! Devkota: We will be returning to my home country of Nepal to minister among the deaf. I am most burdened for the salvation of my own people. Because the deaf people of Nepal are often distrustful of outsiders, I believe God has specially equipped me to minister to them. Robert & Lisa Gunter Robert & Mary Fuller 11 3. How do you find the deaf? Withheld: There are many schools for the deaf throughout my country. Some of these are private and have allowed us to give Gospel picture booklets to the students and to present the Gospel. Also, many of the deaf get to know one another while in school and afterwards will form clubs for socialization. Almost all deaf desire to be part of a society that understands them. The deaf rarely find that understanding in the hearing world and so they stick together. 4. What is unique about the deaf where you live? Gunter: One of the inventors of the cochlear implant resides in Melbourne. There are many families who come to Melbourne to have their deaf children receive this device. In addition, Melbourne has the only remaining deaf school in the entire country. Devkota: Deaf people in Nepal have very little education or opportunity for success. They are often very poor and unable to find jobs in order to support themselves and their families. 5. What are some outreach ideas you have used? Withheld: Offering to hand out books made specifically for the deaf has opened up doors for sharing the Gospel in schools. Drama without words and sign language (only using gestures) is another effective way to communicate the Gospel to the deaf. Acting out the creation, the fall, sin, Christ's death, resurrection, and offer of salvation can be done by drama. Fuller: Having a small home Bible study is a good start that can lead to establishing a church later on. Kids' Club and Youth Group are also a great way to reach the children and teens. Deaf camp is an effective tool. Gunter: In 2005 we had an outreach to the Deaf Olympic Games where more than 10,000 Gospel tracts were distributed. We host a “Silent Night Service”—an annual service conducted by the deaf in our church. 6. Do you start a deaf church or work with a national or fellow missionary in a local church? Withheld: Even in America the deaf often desire to be part of a church with a deaf pastor who prepares messages geared towards a deaf audience. Currently in our country, it is not just a want but a necessity to have deaf churches because of the lack of a standard sign language and the illiteracy of the deaf. Devkota: We plan to start a deaf church. Many times when a deaf ministry is under the leadership of a hearing church, the deaf people have very few opportunities to minister. We want to see deaf people saved and also discipled and trained in the service of our Lord. We are praying that God will use our church to raise up other deaf pastors and leaders. The best environment in which to do this is in a deaf church. 7. What obstacles do you face in churches when it comes to presenting deaf ministry? Fuller: Since both of us are deaf, we cannot make phone calls to churches to solicit meetings. We rely on interpreters. We were 12 often frustrated when we tried to call churches through VideoPhone (VP) because some pastors thought it was a telemarketer and they hung up. Sometimes, we asked our parents to call churches for us. Devkota: Though we are just beginning deputation, one particular obstacle to presenting our ministry is that I am deaf. Because most people do not know American Sign Language, my wife will be responsible for interpreting each time I present our ministry. We also have two small children, so she will need special grace to handle her responsibilities. We are also not sure how pastors will respond to having my wife call them to ask for meetings. We pray they will understand that she is simply providing a voice for me. 8. What one main thought do you want to communicate to churches when it comes to the aspect of deaf ministry? Withheld: The deaf are their own people group, consisting of a unique culture and language. They must be targeted if they are ever to be reached with the Gospel. Individuals, both hearing and deaf, must wholly and singularly devote their lives to this ministry if the deaf are to be evangelized. Devkota: We pray that churches will view the deaf as an unreached people group. Many churches focus on tribes and geographically remote groups of people who have not been reached with the Gospel. However, many do not realize there are deaf in every country on earth and most have not received the Gospel message. W Africa Having passed out countless tracts and Bible portions over the years, I am always thrilled when visible results are seen. Those results are obviously from the Lord, but they come through the scores of supporters who provide funds for the printing of these valuable resources. The following story is one of many. Seeing the church sign at the corner of our street, Combaté (pronounced com-ba-tay) decided to visit our church that next Sunday. It was the first time he had ever visited a church. Quietly, he slipped in the back and quickly left before the final prayer. He continued faithfully coming for about a month; however, as before, he would slip in just after the service started and he would leave just before the end of the service, thus preventing me from speaking with him. Finally, after a month I moved to the rear of our church before starting the last hymn of that Sunday morning service and caught him before he left. I asked him to come and visit me during the week. Bob and Combate ´ 14 Combaté came the following day. After accomplishing the cultural formalities of greeting, I began to speak with him concerning salvation. I told him I knew he had heard the Gospel because I had clearly preached it on several occasions in church while he was there. When I asked him if he had ever accepted the Lord Jesus Christ in repentance and faith, he responded emphatically that he had. When I asked when this had occurred, he explained it had been after his first visit to our church! This spiked my curiosity, so I asked him how he was saved. Combaté reminded me that we had given him a copy of John/Romans the first day he visited the church. He said he had taken it home and read it. After reading it, he had accepted Christ. I was somewhat leery. I asked him if he had clearly understood the Gospel after having read the books of John and Romans for the first time. He then reminded me there was a clear explanation of the Gospel in the back of the booklet with a model prayer as to how someone could accept Christ. In a demonstration of his new- found faith, Combaté stated he was certain he had received eternal life. “Praise the Lord,” I thought, “for those who helped me print those John/Romans booklets.” I wanted to probe further to see what had actually happened in his life, so I showed him 2 Corinthians 5:17 and asked if he felt he was a new creature. Again, he stated he was sure this was the case. When I asked him to explain, he gave me his background. Combaté came to the Ivory Coast from the country of Togo with five other men. Their occupation was the development of palm wine from the sap of the palm tree. Combaté explained that they fermented the palm sap and sold it. He admitted that since he was always involved in developing the wine, he found he was always involved in drinking it as well. In fact, he admitted to being drunk most of the time. Yet, Combaté explained that from the moment he accepted Christ, he knew he could no longer drink or develop palm wine. Around that time, the other five men wanted to move to another city where they thought their business would do better. Combaté told them to go, but he was going to stay in our city. I immediately assumed that if Combaté was no longer working with these men, he would most likely return to Togo. When I asked why he was not returning to his homeland, he gave me a funny look and said he was staying in this town because this is where our church was located. Quite thrilled, I asked how he was supporting himself now that he no longer sold homemade wine. Combaté said he was able to pick up little contracts doing agricultural work. He even gave testimony as to how he had found work right at the times he needed money. Although Combaté had attended our church for a month, this was the first opportunity I had to speak with him. However, I found that within that time, he had found Christ, his life was radically changed, and the Lord was already taking care of him. Combaté has been a faithful church member for several years since his conversion. He is married to a fine Christian wife, Justine, and they now have a baby daughter, Eunice. This family, as well as many others, is truly fruit to the account of all those who provide for their missionary. W Number 3, 2014 BIMI WORLD 15 Africa Pulling Them Out Of The Fire (Jude 23) By Jeremy Pittman — Uganda Missionaries often have the privilege to help the lost see Christ in some of the darkest times of their lives. A lady named Aaima was just about to go through one of those times. passages of Scripture in answer to her numerous questions. Her Moslem friends did not visit her very often and this gave us a wonderful opportunity to continue sharing Christ with her. Since many Islamic men have multiple wives, there are obviously many problems that arise due to jealousy and bitterness. This young Islamic woman, Aaima, who served as a nurse at our nearby hospital, was in the midst of a marriage dispute. One evening while walking to the hospital, she was brutally attacked by a man who poured gasoline down her back and set her on fire! As she screamed less than twenty yards from our home, we, along with many others, came to her rescue and she was immediately taken to the hospital. I left her a New Testament and was encouraged as I saw her reading it regularly as my family would stop by to check on her. This was a big step since many followers of Islam will accept some of the Old Testament teachings but always refuse any New Testament doctrine. The doctor's diagnosis was grim. She had suffered severe burns over 60% of her body. If she survived, it was going to be a very long recovery. We found out later the other wife in the relationship had hired a man to set her on fire in an attempt to have her leave the marriage. She had no family now and very few friends. Over the next month, we had the privilege to visit Mrs. Aaima every other day. We began taking her through the Gospel as well as sharing with her various other 16 Many weeks in the hospital bed gave her ample time to think, meditate, and study the Scriptures, and I was overjoyed one day when Mrs. Aaima announced that she was ready to be “born again” and trust Jesus as her Lord and Savior. What a sweet prayer it was as she, for the first time, called upon the real God to save her soul! She began discipleship lessons immediately and actually was an encouragement to us as she began to witness to her Moslem friends. Today, her physical condition has greatly improved, but she still bears the scars. She enjoys sharing her testimony with others as she believes God used that horrible incident of physical fire to turn her heart to accept Jesus Christ and forever avoid hell's eternal fire.   W Africa A Compassionate God By Roger McCrum — South Africa Roger & Darlene McCrum I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion (Romans 9:15). We learned long ago that God's ways are past finding out and that His will is not to be challenged nor examined. If He chooses to be compassionate, we rejoice knowing it is not due to any human merit. Francois and Caroline Steyn, along with daughter Natasha, were gloriously saved in their home about two years ago. They began attending church for a couple of Sundays but suddenly stopped for no apparent reason. All attempts to reach out to them failed, and they did not attend any services for over a year. Sadly, we felt we had lost them for good. One evening while visiting family, Francois and Caroline heard a loud crash outside. They rushed out to discover that a young man had lost control of his motorcycle. His bike had crashed into Francois's car while the cyclist was hurled through the air, striking a lamppost. After finding no pulse, Francois stood to his feet and said, “I wonder if he was right with God?” Immediately, Caroline commented, “Well, we aren't right with God! All we do is fight!” Right then and there, Francois said with resolve, “We are going back to church tomorrow!” That was over six months ago, and the Steyn family has been coming faithfully to church ever since. Recently, they began making renovations to their home with the idea of opening a day care for preschool children. “Pastor,” he explained, “we feel this is of the Lord, as we have a desire as a family to influence Steyn Family and  minister to children in a spiritual way. ” My wife, Darlene, and I have been encouraged by the steady growth of the Steyn family. We have not witnessed such spiritual enthusiasm for the Lord in several years! We were reminded again not to give up on people so quickly, for truly our God is longsuffering— and His compassions fail not (Lamentations 3:22). W 17 Europe By David Gross Life is exciting, but there is something even more exciting about new life. Something that did not exist before now exists for the first time. With great expectations of new life, we returned to Moldova in Eastern Europe at the end of March after our first furlough. David, Stephanie & family For one thing, my wife, Stephanie, was pregnant and due at the beginning of August. Ana Joy was born three weeks early on July 13. Holding her brought the wonder of new life back to my mind. Nine months before, she did not exist, but now we hold a miraculous bundle of joy—a fully-functioning human being, crafted in the image of God. We have experienced the wonder of a child's birth several times before, but we have yet to experience another type of birth—the birth of a new church in Moldova. Moldova, sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, has a population of about four million. Though only about the size of Maryland, Moldova has a diverse population with ethnic Russians, Ukrainians, Gypsies, Gagauzi of Turkish descent, and Moldovans. The lack of spiritual life in Moldova is staggering. Moldova is ranked second in the world for alcohol consumption per person. Many deaths each year are a direct result of alcohol. Though we feel safer in Moldova than many places in America, theft is common and more and more instances of rape and murder seem to be appearing in the news. In the northeastern part of the country, across the border from Ukraine and three hours from the capital, rests our target city of Soroca. With around 38,000 people in the city, it is considered the eighth largest city in the country. Though Eastern Orthodox is the main religion, Adventists, Pentecostals, Jews, and Jehovah's Witnesses are also in the city. In spite of the fact that many claim to offer life, a dearth of truth remains. Stephanie and I and our co-workers, Jacob and Viola Hughes, have been sent by our local churches to see God birth a New Testament church in the city of Soroca. Due to the fact that we have to deal with multiple languages on a regular basis, God is using the Hughes' strength in the Russian language and our strength in the Romanian language to allow us to minister to anyone in Soroca. Jacob & Viola Hughes 18 BIMI WORLD Number 3, 2014 Currently, we meet on Sundays with the Hughes family in our home that is unfinished. We are spending these first months of this second term completing the downstairs. When we moved into our house at the beginning of April, we had no bathroom or running water and we had electricity in only two rooms. Our family slept in one room with an electric heater. We are working to finish the first floor and prepare the house for winter before cold weather arrives.  Even though we spend a good part of the week in construction, we take time to share Christ with others. Due to the heavy influence of Jehovah's Witnesses, people often associate us with them and have a hard time believing we are not with that religion. When witnessing to others, we are often asked if we cross ourselves with our hands, have icons of saints, and keep the traditional holidays and fasts. Sadly, many will “write us off ” as not being Orthodox and they do not care to hear what the Bible actually says. Others, though, listen and consider God's Word.  After we witnessed to a number of our neighbors, one family agreed to a weekly Bible study. We meet with Nadejde and Sofia each Sunday afternoon. Jacob and I have also begun meeting with a Gypsy family on the weekends. This contact came through giving a Gospel tract with our contact information. Tania took the tract home and gave it to her mother-in-law, Galia. When she read through the Gospel tract, she believed we were different from the Jehovah's Witnesses and other groups in the city and felt led to call the number on the back. Galia has invited other family members and even had her neighbor come to listen to God's Word during our Bible studies with her.  Though we face obstacles and opposition, we believe God has given us an open door. Please pray for our family and the Hughes family as we work with Christ to see new life begin in the birth of a church in the city of Soroca. W 19 Africa By Doug Claypool São Tomé & Principe, Central Africa One of the fundamental areas where culture and religion combine on the island of São Tomé is the practice of the curandeiro (koo-rahn-DAY-roo) or what we know as the witchdoctor. Terms have changed with the advancement of the modern era, but the basic practice has not. It has simply been made to appear more acceptable. At its roots, this practice can be divided into two parts: natural medicine and religious philosophy. The first incorporates the use of herbs, roots, etc., for the purpose of curing and healing that in and of itself is not bad. Unfortunately, as is his custom, the devil has taken this legitimate and very practical knowledge and used it to validate and advance the second half, that 20 BIMI WORLD Number 3, 2014 of his demonic religious philosophy, intricately weaving the two together to the point that most people see the two as one and the same. On the religious side, the basic belief is that there are two types of spirits in the world, good and evil, and these spirits can be manipulated to control what happens in a person's life. The belief is the evil spirits bring sickness and misfortune while the good spirits bring health, wealth, and good fortune. On São Tomé, the practitioners of this religion are either known as Curers or Cursers depending on which spirits they are believed to control. While both can prescribe leaves or poultices for one's cut or bellyache, they are better known for their skill in manipulating the spirit world. We knew about these practices through word of mouth but did not fully understand their extensive reach and had never had any direct contact with them before. The Lord changed that, however, a short time ago in a rather eye-opening experience when our friend Mano called and asked if I could come over to his house. He wouldn't explain why, but I could sense emotion in his voice. He just asked me to come over quickly and help them. So I went. A very distraught couple, Mano and his girlfriend, greeted me at the door of the small house. She was weeping uncontrollably and he was beside himself with frustration and worry. Having known them for several months as they had attended our Bible studies, I Esmaela wondered what could have caused such emotion. The following is their story. Mano comes from a long line of curandeiros (witchdoctors) from both his maternal and paternal side. Both of his grandmothers were curandeiras and known to be powerful ones. After his maternal grandmother passed away, his uncles continued on with the practice though never to the same extent. However, his paternal grandmother had passed on her craft to her son, Mano's father, who is currently a well-known and sought after curandeiro. Recently, the workshop of Mano's father burned to the ground, and in this particular belief system, this meant that all of his “work” as curandeiro had been undone. All spells were broken and any power or sway he had over someone's life was now severed. In consequence to this, Mano's girlfriend had come to the conclusion that his father had possibly Mano 21 We prayed intensely for Mano for the next several days, and we were thrilled to see him coming to the Bible studies. Then a couple of months later while the kids and I were driving through town, we stopped near where he worked, and I saw a young man studying one of the Bibles that we hand out. It was Mano! I was pleasantly surprised but didn't say anything at the time. bewitched her into loving Mano and with the burning of his workshop, this love was undone. She was very afraid and cried most of the time because she felt that she did indeed love Mano. What power this practice has over the lives of these dear people! I began to see for the first time some of the real power behind these practices. There was intense fear! This fear that consumes and overwhelms the individual is so real and in many ways is out of the individual's control. One never knows who is messing with his life or to what end. He is constantly wondering who perhaps he has upset or offended or who is just being plain evil. He often finds himself wondering whether someone got a piece of his hair, clothing, or personal affects to use against him. Even so far as a piece of fruit one had chewed on can be a danger to him if it falls into the wrong hands. It was with all these thoughts and more in their minds that I found Mano and his girlfriend when I arrived. For hours we sat and talked. I was pleased to finally learn that the girlfriend had actually accepted Christ but had never grown spiritually. As a thirsty soul, she drank in each Bible verse I gave her. Mano, however, just kept shaking his head, intensely interested but still bewildered by it all. Questions were in his mind. “Was his ancestral belief in spirits truly a worship of Satan? Did the great God of the universe cause his father's shop to burn down to show His power over the devil?” 22 BIMI WORLD Number 3, 2014 Later that week, he called and asked if he could come by our house after his Saturday night shift and ride with us to the Bible study. This wasn't a normal request; in fact, he had never asked before, so I began to wonder if he possibly wanted to talk to me about somehting important. He came over and with a smile announced that he had accepted Christ as his Savior! He had done so after going through the Bible studies we had given him. As he very simply stated, he realized it was what he needed to do, and he did it. Wow! Call me skeptical, but I plied him with questions about what he meant in order to see if he knew what he was talking about or if it was just religious chatter, as this was clearly not the case just a couple of months prior. He replied to all of my questions with accurate and confident answers, and I could only conclude that this young man was now truly my brother in the Lord! What a joy! We had been praying for him specifically for several weeks, and here was the direct answer to those prayers. We spent the rest of our time that morning talking about security and spiritual growth, and before we left, I gave him one of our discipleship books that he eagerly took, asking all kind of questions about how to start and what to do. It was wonderful—a genuine, un- jaded, new-found thirst for the Word of God! Since that day, the transformation we have seen in his life has been a beautiful thing. His girlfriend has been pleasantly surprised at some of the practical changes that have taken place; and his family, though not so pleased, have also noticed the difference. It has not all been pleasant for Mano. Turning from beliefs, traditions, and a lifestyle held since infancy is not an easy thing to do. He still has a lot going on in his life and without a doubt, the devil is not going to let this go untouched. Mano moves forward each day with the knowledge that he is not walking alone. The One who walks with him is greater than anything he has ever imagined or encountered before! W 23 Africa By Dan Dwire — Uganda Almost every week we have visitors at church, often as the result of people listening to the mission radio station we operate completely by solar power here in Uganda. As we have the privilege to see some of these listeners saved and discipled, it is always exciting when they develop a hunger for God's Word and a passion for reaching others. In addition to our regular church services, personal discipleship, and Bible institute, Christian radio provides an ongoing opportunity to evangelize and edify those to whom we minister. Christian radio has become one of the most effective means of reaching the souls living in distant and secluded places. Statistically, every home in Uganda has a radio, but because of the diversity of the three million people in our listening area, we broadcast in ten languages each week. The thousands of villages represented by this population are all in need of hearing the Gospel, but it would be impossible to visit them all in person. Many listeners realize the true Gospel of salvation is something that they have never heard in their villages. After listening and accepting Christ, they desire to learn more. Some visit one of the established churches we have scattered around the region; others call in to the radio station; still others continue to listen to the radio because that is where they hear sound Bible teaching and preaching to help them grow in Christ. As we meet those saved through the radio, we have opportunity to disciple them. God calls some to the pastorate, and we begin training them both through the Bible institute and through individual lessons and mentoring. In time, these men start preaching points that eventually mature into local churches. At a recent week-long Bible institute in another town, two-thirds of the 73 men attending the institute module had come to Christ or were called to ministry as a result of Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI) mission radio stations in Uganda! Those attending this one module represent fifteen churches 24 and preaching points established by BIMI missionaries and their trained national leaders. All across Uganda, souls are coming to Christ and being directed to local independent Baptist churches through the radio ministry. The results and opportunities for ministry that Christian radio brings are truly exciting. However, we were challenged to examine how to expand the ministry of radio to directly impact the efficiency of church planting. How can the radio be used to equip our national pastors as they train their church leaders? How can we help them establish new churches and preaching points? One way God has provided is through a new solar-powered radio/audio player. Generous churches and individuals provided funds during our furlough for the purchase of over 100 solar-powered radio/audio players that we brought back to Uganda. Thankfully, solar radios are currently exempt from customs duty and import taxes. These radios are “fix-tuned” to receive one or two of the seven independent Baptist radio stations operating in Uganda, and they also have a memory card with a capacity of over 300 hours of digital audio stored with proprietary technology. This prevents someone from using the solar radio Dan in the studio Village pastor with radio 25 to play another memory card with unedifying content. Powered by a built-in solar panel, these radios will be an ongoing source of preaching and teaching available every day of the week. During the recent Bible institute module, we recorded the entire week of lessons in two languages. These complete 30-hour lessons, as well as the audio Bible in those languages, have been loaded onto the solar radios. Now, as these pastors return to their villages, many of them will have their Bible and the entire week of lessons available in audio form for their own review and for help as they teach others. We plan to continue to record future Bible institute modules, discipleship material, and other resources to further equip national pastors to plant more churches. Our prayer is that these pastors will be enabled to multiply their ministry by using these solar radios to train faithful men in their churches to reach the many communities around them. Not just each Sunday but each “Sun-Day”—with the help of solar radio—can be a day to learn more of God's Son for villages all over Uganda. 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Young (known to many in Jamaica as “Papa Bear”) went home to be with the Lord on August 2, 2014. After serving the Lord for 40 years in Jamaica, Richey Young's wish to go to heaven from Jamaica was fulfilled. His final request that his heart be buried in Jamaica was honored in a special memorial service at Bethel Baptist Church at Gutters, St. Catherine, Jamaica, on August 10. Hundreds of people came from all over Jamaica and the world to honor Richey Young. Richey, although an American, was revered as a true Jamaican. As a man of vision, he started Bethel Baptist Church; he instituted a Bible camp; he started a Christian day school at Palmer's Crossing Baptist Church, and he was a key man in organizing BIMI of Jamaica. Richey and his wife, Fran, were known by many Jamaicans as the “perfect couple.” The home of the Youngs was open to the needs of the Jamaican people. Their children (Jimmy, Janet, Jill, Joyce, and Jack) share many wonderful memories of the days when they were in Jamaica. Richey and Fran had a special ministry of parenting many of the Jamaican youth. It was said that “there wasn't a meal without a Jamaican at the table.” Richey was known for “his hugs of love.” One Jamaican shared this statement, “I never was told that I was loved until I came into the Young's family.” As a result of their faithful ministry, many men and women came to Christ and are serving the Lord around the world today. Wayne Wilson Harper April 5, 1945 — August 17, 2014 On August 17, 2014, Missionary Wayne Wilson Harper went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after faithfully serving Him for many years. Wayne was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2008, but he continued to stay as active as possible. Wayne trusted the Lord Jesus for salvation at age 21 while serving in the US Army. He met his wife, Angela Harrell, at Bob Jones University, where they both graduated. Wayne served two years as an assistant to Dr. John Halsey at Great Hope Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. Wayne and Angela joined BIMI in 1975.  They served in Queensland and Melbourne, Australia, for over 37 years and started three churches in the Brisbane, Queensland, area. Wayne also started the Queensland Baptist Bible College. Wayne completed a Master of Ministry in 1998 and they moved to Melbourne to be assistant pastor at the Wesburn Baptist Church and to teach in the Victoria Baptist Bible College. Wayne is survived by Angela and three sons: Andrew, Sam, and Caleb. Please pray for them at this time of loss and adjustment. Number 3, 2014 BIMI WORLD 27 Change Service Requested BAPTIST INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS, INC. P.O. 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