Back to main magazine page now!! Volume 51, Number 1, 2015 Constrained by the Love of Christ p.2 From Africa to the Whitehouse p.8 Why Pray for More Laborers? p.12 From Altar Boy to Pastor p.14 OPEN DOOR: French Guiana p.16 Church Planting in the Northeast p.18 New Church in Maryland p.22 New Church in Connecticut p.24 A Divine Appointment p.26 A View of a Lighthouse p.28 This is the first of three BIMI World magazines to be published this year. As we closed out 2014 and began 2015, BIMI adopted a new theme. The title of this editorial is our new theme, which was inspired by Paul's declaration: For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead (2 Corinthians 5:14). Paul could never overcome the wonder of all that Jesus Christ had done for him. Christ's love constrained Paul to faithfully serve the One Who had reconciled him to God. This former Pharisee came to understand that true salvation was only by God's grace and could not be earned by good works or dedicated service. In light of this truth, he equally understood that good works and dedicated service would be the reasonable result of a person who had experienced true salvation (Romans 12:1; cf. Ephesians 2:8–10). Specifically, Christ's love revealed to Paul that the word of reconciliation had been committed unto him (2 Corinthians 5:19). Being constrained by the love of Christ meant that Paul was focused on pleasing God and persuading men. First and foremost, Paul's desire was to please God. He constantly lived with the thought that he would someday stand before God and give an account of what he had done in this life (2 Corinthians 5:9–10). As Paul Paul constantly lived for the Lord, he found that it often meant not lived with the being able to please men. There were many who opposed Paul's ministry and spoke against him (2 thought that he Corinthians 4:8–9; 5:12). Some went so far as to say would someday David H. Snyder Paul was crazy (2 Corinthians 5:13; cf. Acts 26:24). President/General Director None of this mattered to him because pleasing God stand before was his biggest concern. His greatest desire seemed to God and give an be hearing “Well done” when he stood before the Lord. account of what Because Paul was so focused on pleasing God, it was only logical that he was concerned about persuading men. 2 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2015 he had done in this life. 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 fields 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. 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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 Info@bimi.org / www.bimi.org BIMI Canada: 100 Ridgewood Ave. - Guelph, ON N1H 6C5 519-265-1950 Paul wrote, Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade ...knowing and men (2 Corinthians 5:11a). This fearing God will verse indicates that knowing and fearing God will naturally result naturally result in in persuading men. It was burned persuading men. deep into Paul’s heart that God had given him a ministry to reach those whose minds had been blinded by the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:1, 3–5). Again, it was only reasonable to Paul that in order to hear “Well done” at the Judgment Seat, he had to faithfully preach Christ to those in darkness. All of this brings us to the following question, “Are we constrained by the love of Christ to carry out the Great Commission?” There is an old saying that came to my mind as I considered that question: “There are only two options on the shelf, pleasing God or pleasing self.” Is it our desire to please God even though we will often not be able to please men? There will always be opposition and words of accusation. Some may even call us “crazy.” Part of the opposition and accusations we face may even come from our own families. Nonetheless, Jesus said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26–27). Considering what Christ has done for us, it is only reasonable that we live lives that are pleasing to Him. Only then can we expect to hear Him say, “Well done.” If indeed we want to please God, then we will be focused on persuading men. Obviously, this reminds each of us to be soul winners every day. But beyond fulfilling that responsibility, perhaps God is speaking to you about preaching Christ in a specific area of the world to those whose minds have been blinded by Satan. The need is tremendous and the laborers are few! Perhaps you would consider serving in French Guiana, South America—or one of the other places highlighted in our Open Door Project (see the article on page 16). If God is calling you, then it is only reasonable that you respond in obedient faith. In order to hear God’s “Well done,” we must be about the business of persuading men in whatever corner of God’s harvest field we have been called to labor. Let us never cease to be amazed by Christ’s love and what it means in light of eternity. The reasonable result of truly understanding what God has done for us will produce a desire to please God and persuade men. In other words, we will be constrained by the love of Christ to carry out the Great Commission. W Number 1, 2015 BIMI WORLD 3 Six Calls in One Day Addressing Churches in Decline By Bob Larson It was mid-December 2014 at the BIMI World Missions Center. I was looking forward to catching up on things that had piled high on my desk due to our travels with the Reseeding America ministry since late summer. It was a Tuesday morning when my phone rang and a man introduced himself as a member of a church in a neighboring state. He was the last remaining deacon and they had been without a pastor for five months. He heard that the BIMI Reseeding America ministry restarted churches and he was wondering if BIMI could help his church find a man to help them restart the church and eventually pastor it. Bob Larson USA Director The number of calls I receive like this is increasing. A congregation loses their pastor and the church struggles to find a replacement. Since the search for new leadership can take time, some members begin to leave. The church then has to find a pastor who will accept a call to restart the church and possibly work a secular job or have some form of support because they can no longer pay a full-time man. I received six calls that day from churches in decline that needed to be restarted! I thought, “Where are the laborers?” I remember praying and asking the Living God to raise up men who would answer the call to restart churches in decline. Restarting a church may seem a lot less attractive to a church planter than planting a new work. Many church planters do not want to pastor a church in decline or that has closed. After all, God has called the church planter to plant a church, not restart a church. Some churches are less willing to support a man who is restarting a church, making it much 4 harder to raise necessary finances. Restarting a church is also church planting. One of the main differences between restarting a church and starting an infant church is that one is started in rented facilities and the other is started in an existing church building with no mortgage. It is the same ministry! As I was teaching church planting in a Bible college last year, I mentioned several BIMI Reseeding America restart projects. Students came to me after the class and commented that they had never heard To keep up with the of a restart ministry or the need for such a ministry. present population, Independent Baptists plant in any given year no more we need to be than 115 to 130 new churches nationwide. To keep up with the present population, we need to be planting 500 planting 500 new churches per year! new churches per year! Meanwhile, we do not know how many independent Baptist churches close each year since there is no central denominational home office. Independent Baptist church closures are growing faster than many realize. It will continue to be a huge issue that will require a large number of preachers to restart churches. Eleven years ago when I came with BIMI to assist churches in the planting of new churches, I was shocked to learn of the number of church closures. Most pastors know of at least one church in their area that is in decline or sometimes more. If something does not change, some of those declining churches will close because of an aging congregation or pastor. Sometimes wrong leadership decisions have been made or a moral failure occurred and the church is left reeling from the fallout. It could be the church has lost its vision for missions and evangelization. Other times the demographic makeup of a community changes and the church finds itself in the middle of a culture and people to whom they are not able to effectively minister. Whatever the reason, a church at that stage can decline and eventually close. It is a tragedy when a church shuts its doors and the property is sold for pennies on the dollar! When I hear of a church that closed or is near to closing, I think of the saints who sacrificed to purchase that property, built those buildings, and faithfully stood for Bible truth. I think of the years it took to pay off the mortgage and finally witness a mortgage burning service. We ought to be saddened when all that sacrifice is lost as a church closes its doors and ceases ministry. When a church closes, can a new church be started in that same building? To answer that question there are some factors that must first be considered: 1) Is the property debt free or is there still a mortgage? 2) What type of testimony did the closed church have in the community? 3) How much funding would it take to get the facilities repaired and functioning properly prior to the opening of the new church? Questions need to be asked and information gathered in any church closure situation. There are numerous occasions where a church planter can start a new church in an existing mortgage free facility. Not all churches in decline should be or can be restarted. A huge mortgage and no people will hinder a restart. In some cases a church in decline should consider merging with another church. If the testimony of the church has been severely damaged by previous leadership, it may Number 1, 2015 BIMI WORLD 5 be better to market the property and start a new work in that community with a new name and rented facilities. Pray that God will raise up an army of men with pastoral experience and training who will step out by faith and to launch effective church restart ministries. The solution starts with prayer. Pray that God will raise up an army of men with pastoral experience and training who will step out by faith and join with us to launch effective church restart ministries. We just had a couple join BIMI/Reseeding America to launch a church restart ministry. Their goal is to raise full support so they can take a church in decline with no pastor and restart the church. They would stay with the church until the congregation can call a pastor. Then they would move on to the next church restart. Another solution is for pastors and local churches to launch a rescue or restart ministry out of their own congregation. I have a “how to” manual called Adopt a Church Ministry with practical steps a church can take to rescue or restart a work. Contact me at Reseeding America for a copy. A small donation will help defray costs. After reading this manual, a pastor sent the following email. On January 4, 2015, we are having our Vision Sunday where I share what God has laid on my heart for our church in the coming year. This year God has placed on my heart the theme of Moved with Compassion. I will be challenging our church to demonstrate Christ-like compassion in four areas, one being Compassion for Local Churches.  I want our church to come alongside a church that is struggling to help and encourage them. Let us continue planting new churches across America to reach inner cities, reach ethnic groups living within our borders, and reach “main stream” America. At the same time let us not forget existing churches that need a “jump start” or restart. We can increase our missionary force worldwide when we increase our missionary source. Our missionary source is the local church. For guidance in launching such a ministry or for more information, contact Bob Larson, USA Director, BIMI Reseeding America Ministries or John Bailes, BIMI Reseeding America National Representative. W Bob Larson USA Director blarson@bimi.org John Bailes Reseeding America National Representative jfbailes@gmail.com 6 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2015 BAPTIST INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS, INC. P.O. Box 9, Harrison, TN 37341 Electronic Giving In our modern world of electronic “everything,” individuals and churches are looking for ways to send missionary support without having to write checks. BIMI recognizes this fact. We offer three methods of electronic giving. The easiest is to have BIMI set up a monthly ACH Debit program. We will take your giving each month from your checking account. Changes can be made with a phone call or email. There are no additional fees to the missionary for this type of electronic giving. This is the best way if you wish to make regular monthly gifts. Another way of giving is through PayPal . There are links from BIMI's website for you to follow if you wish to give this way. This may work well for you if you wish to make a one-time gift or if you can't give every month. PayPal does charge 2.9% plus 30 cents per transaction that we in turn must pass along to the missionary. If you wish to give by credit card but don't want to use PayPal, you can call in your gift to the office and give your credit card information over the phone. The bank does charge a fee that is approximately 2.5%. This additional fee gets charged back to the missionary. Why Pray for More Laborers? By Clint Vernoy Therefore said he unto them, 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 (Luke 10:2). Sometimes the questions of a granddaughter will stop you in your tracks. The following conversation is an example. “Jesus was perfect. Right, Grandpa?” “Yes, He was, Darling.” Clint Vernoy “He suffered and went through everything just like we do. Right, Grandpa?” “Yes, Dear, that is right” (the theologian in me wants to say a lot more, but I realize I will lose my audience very quickly). “Did Jesus ever get sick? He healed others, did He ever have to heal Himself? If He did get sick, does that mean His body wasn't perfect or if He didn't get sick, does that mean He didn't suffer through everything just like us? Huh, Grandpa?” “Those are good questions, Honey. Go see what your sister is doing!” God is Sovereign—all powerful. He is the Lord of the harvest. Why does He not just send enough workers to where they are needed? What do our prayers have to do with it? Have there ever been enough laborers for the harvest? Why not? We are human; that is the reason. We want to go our own way and rebel.We get tired and quit. We ignore the call. We go and serve but our human frailties get in the way. 1. Pray for the laborers who are already there. We need to pray for laborers already in the middle of the harvest. There is a lot of work to do and the greatness of the task causes us to forget the weakness of the flesh. We need to stay near the Lord of the harvest and work where and when He tells us. Sometimes a missionary will be called to another field and the ones left behind become discouraged because an already too great harvest has just 12 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2015 become greater! At other times, the worker forgets to rest and wears down to the point where one cannot give anymore. The workers have families and a scriptural injunction to care for them or they will be worse than an unbeliever. I have observed the heartache caused by having to decide to leave for family's sake or stay for Jesus' sake. God can direct from one ministry to another through the health of loved ones. Quite often, missionaries leave a place of ministry because of family sickness or their parents' ages. These are legitimate reasons, but the workers feel like they failed or lacked faith to “stay by the stuff.” Pray that they do not leave out of discouragement but rather the clear guidance of God. Pray they will know when to rest and come away for a while to recover so that they may continue for many years to come. Pray those whom God leads elsewhere are able to adjust to the new calling and work God has placed in their lives. 2. Pray for the laborers who have to leave. One of the most important aspects for successful long-term missionary work is the mindset that the place of ministry is their new home. The missionary's country of origin cannot be considered home; it becomes the place that one is from. Missionary children, depending on their ages, will automatically consider the place of ministry as home. Many times it is the only stable place they know other than the grandparents' house they visit once every four or five years. Relationships are developed in the country of ministry. Daughters and sons may marry in the country of service and that means grandchildren will be there too. People in the church become their extended family, encompassing weddings, births, and funerals. The missionaries who have to make a decision to leave a country of service based upon family health issues or political or religious persecutions are making a choice to separate, usually permanently, from people who are their new extended family. This implies that all of the heartache and loneliness of separation from loved ones that took place before they left for the field must now be dealt with again as they leave their extended family on the field. Many missionaries who return to their country of origin spend years dealing with the heartache of not being “home.” They and their families need your prayers. Every year, missionaries have to leave the field. Voluntary or not, the emotional and spiritual cost is great. Being uprooted geographically and culturally can cause serious problems in a family. Add to that the medical bills and stress from any sickness serious enough to cause a missionary to leave the field and a different church without strong spiritual ties and support, and one has a recipe for family collapse. If the missionary family has to leave due to sin, marriage, or family issues, then the danger is even greater. These reasons will often cause them to leave the ministry completely— resulting in the sad fact that they are alone at a time when they need to be ministered to most. Finding a new job in a totally new career adds even more stress. Satan does not want the missionaries to stay. Missionaries are invaders in Satan's territory, taking his slaves and making them children of the King of kings. Satan goes about as a lion seeking whom he may devour. He is not merciful; he is brutal, bloody, and lethal. His weapons range from cancer to infidelity. For Satan there are no rules. Over the past 30 years, I have seen the results of Satan's attack on the workers of the harvest. Pray for them. Don't forget them. Pray God will give missionaries health, wisdom, strength, and a constant watchfulness of the dangers that surround them. Pray to keep them in the harvest. If they have to leave, pray for them to readjust and to be sensitive to God's direction in their lives. 3. Pray for the new laborers. Why did Jesus say to pray for the Lord of the harvest to send more workers? The front lines will always suffer losses, and replacements are needed. Jesus sent out the Apostles to change the world, and they did through the power of the Holy Spirit. They are gone. Those who serve now are distant spiritual descendants of those early Christians. Christian service is voluntary and it is because of love for the Savior. When we pray for the workers in the harvest, our hearts are joined with the desire and direction of Christ. We are being obedient to our Heavenly When we pray for the workers in the harvest, our hearts are joined with the desire and direction of Christ. Father. God will direct us to pray further for those missionaries who are going out to serve Him. They need your prayers. Our prayers, according to Ephesians 6, are an offensive weapon too often unused. Christ wants all the redeemed to engage in the worldwide struggle for souls. Satan does not want us to pray for the workers. He wants them to be alone and defenseless. He wants to destroy them. Christ wants to protect them and He wants all of us to be a part of that protection. So pray. Pray God will protect and encourage those workers in the field. Pray for their families and marriages. Pray for their ministries and those who will hear the Gospel. Pray for their language skills. Pray for protection from political change and safety from physical harm or attack. Pray for the new laborers who are going. Pray they will be able to raise support quickly. Pray for them to adjust to their new country. Pray their children will fall in love with their new home and language. I have said a lot to answer the question “Why pray for laborers?” I can reduce it to one sentence—Jesus told us to pray for them. W Clint and Rita Vernoy minister in Paraguay, South America. Number 1, 2015 BIMI WORLD 13 From Altar Boy to Pastor By Bruce Rice Your investment in world missions is an investment in the lives of people. Anecito “Boy” Calibuhan grew up in a small town on southern Negros Island in a traditional Roman Catholic family. He served as an altar boy for several years and attended an all male high school for young men interested in becoming priests. However, from Anecito's graduating class, only he and one other young man passed the stringent entrance exam to enter seminary in preparation for priesthood. Surprisingly, Anecito changed his mind and decided to enroll at a secular university instead. He later dropped out of college, got married, and eventually joined the Philippine army. In early 1993 at the age of 27, Cpl. Calibuhan was assigned to the military base in Cagayan de Oro City on Mindanao. His wife, Nancy, and their three young children followed him later. In October of that year, Anecito was invited to attend “Friend Sunday” at Lapasan Baptist Church. It was the first time he ever attended a Baptist church. The Gospel was preached that morning and he came forward for salvation. Two months later his wife was saved. Immediately Anecito and Pastor Calibuhan leading a study 14 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2015 Nancy began to grow in the Lord. Three years after Brother Anecito was saved, he was asked to take over a Sunday school class for new believers. The next year he became a deacon. As Anecito continued to mature spiritually, he also grew professionally. He went back to college taking night classes and earned a bachelor's degree in mass communication. Later he earned a master's degree in public administration. He reached the rank of Master Sergeant. Two different times he was sent to the United States for specialized training with the American military. He became an instructor at the infantry training school in Mindanao. Several times Anecito was offered an officer's commission as a Major in the Philippine army but turned them down. He sensed God had a much higher calling for him and wanted no obstacles when the time came. After 21 years of service, Anecito Calibuhan left the military to prepare to preach the Gospel. Two months later in May 2009 he moved his family to Dipolog City so he could attend Westside Baptist College of Ministry (WBCM). Over the next two years Brother Calibuhan and his family began to realize that preparation to serve God is not just sitting in a classroom listening to lectures, but more importantly, it includes the lessons God teaches a man personally, often through very difficult trials, difficulties, and hardships. Along with the struggles came discouragement, confusion, and doubts. Then their oldest daughter almost died from a strain of meningitis. But by the grace of God, Anecito did not give up. He graduated from WBCM in 2011 and became a member of the pastoral staff. Anecito became pastor of Westside Baptist Church in December 2012. I have often thought back to that Sunday over nineteen years ago when a first time visitor walked down the aisle at Lapasan Baptist Church to receive Jesus Christ. Now, because of the marvelous grace of God, he has succeeded the missionary who was preaching the Gospel to him! Pastor Calibuhan has shown tremendous progress his first year, and the church has responded very positively to his leadership. His wife has done very well in succeeding my wife in the difficult role of “the wife of the pastor.” Her humility and spirit of service have endeared her to the hearts of the people. Please pray for Pastor Calibuhan, his family, and the congregation of Westside Baptist Church as they continue to serve God and seek to impact this world for Jesus Christ. ____________________________________ Bruce and Jeanne Rice have served on the island of Mindanao since 1986. The above story tracks the journey of an altar boy who becomes the pastor of the church established by the missionary who preached the Gospel the morning he came to Christ. Bruce & Jeanne Rice Possibly the best analogy to describe the relationship between a missionary and a church he establishes is the one used by the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:2. In this verse we find Paul comparing himself to a father who carefully watches over his daughter until the day of her wedding. Brother Rice has felt that joy two times. The first was when he resigned as missionary pastor of Lapasan Baptist Church almost fourteen years ago and placed it in the hands of the new pastor. The second time was when he resigned Westside Baptist Church and entrusted her to the care of Anecito Calibuhan. The Philippine archipelago comprises 7,100 islands of which only about 2,000 are inhabited. The islands are divided into three major groups: Luzon in the north, Visayas in the middle, and Mindanao in the south. BIMI currently has 14 units (families and single missionaries) in the Philippines. There are others who also served in the past whose ministries continue to impact the islands and the world. There is a great need for more missionaries in the Philippines. Pray with us for new laborers for this needy field. W 15 Where in the World Is French Guiana? By Roger D.Blevins French Guiana is A. a French-speaking country in Africa, B. an island-nation in the South Atlantic Ocean, C. a French-speaking In the early 1990s, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) Caribbean island, or developed and aired a television program called Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? The game show, aimed D. none of the above. primarily at a youthful audience, was created partly in response to a survey conducted by National Geographic that revealed Americans' shocking lack of geographic knowledge. Astoundingly, the survey discovered that only one in four Americans was able to accurately locate the Pacific Ocean. The program aired for about five years. The phrase Where In The World Is __________ ? (fill in the blank with anything you want) became a popular cliché. This question came to my mind as I sat down to write an article about the urgent need for missionaries to take the Gospel to a place called French Guiana! Where in the world is French Guiana? If you chose D above, you are right, but that still does not answer the question Where in the World Is French Guiana? HINT: I am praying for God to raise up missionaries for French Guiana and I serve as the South America Director with BIMI. Wait a minute, are we suggesting that FRENCH Guiana is in South America? That is right, the answer to our geography quiz is South America. Truly an Open Door for the Gospel, French Guiana is located on the north Atlantic coast of the South American continent and is actually not a country at all but rather a department or state of France. BIMI has no missionary presence in French Guiana. Not only do we have no missionaries there, after substantial research as of January 2015, we do not know of any independent Baptist missionaries living and working in French Guiana. It seems that this tropical French state that shares the mainland of South America is much more than a difficult geography question—it is a little known mission field. French Guiana is an Open Door for the Gospel. French Guiana desperately needs someone who will enter through that open door and carry the message of salvation to the more than 235,000 French-speaking people living within its confines. French Guiana is an open door to the Gospel in South America! Our research reveals numerous religious groups working in French Guiana, including 16 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2015 evangelicals, Protestants, Pentecostals, and various cults. Sadly, it also demonstrates the pressing need for fundamental, independent Baptist missionaries to go to French Guiana to preach the Gospel and establish indigenous churches among the French Guianese people. A mixture of Creole and Caribbean cultures, French Guiana has a modern, growing economy heavily influenced and subsidized by a large number of European nationals who live and work in French Guiana. Their presence is largely due to the fact that French Guiana is home to the Guiana Space Center, a French owned spaceport that is the prime launch site for the European Space Agency. There are three principal cities in French Guiana: Cayenne, with a population of approximately 61,500, is the largest, followed by Matoury (26,300) and Kouron (24,500). All three cities are situated along a narrow coastal strip where the majority of the population resides. While not one of these large cities has a fundamental, independent Baptist church, there are also countless smaller towns, interior villages, and ethnic enclaves with no Gospel witness. The need to train nationals to go into the interior villages is especially urgent! The large coastal cities with no one to tell them of Jesus and the smaller towns all wait for someone to respond to the Great Commission's command to GO and preach the GOspel to every creature. We must move quickly and decisively to take advantage of this great open door for evangelism, church planting, and Bible training ministries in French Guiana, South America! It might seem odd that a missionary would go to language school in Paris or Quebec in order to minister in South America, but I am confident God is calling SOMEONE to enter through this Open Door of opportunity to preach Christ to these seemingly forgotten people. Who will step up and take advantage of this tremendous open door? Who will learn French so they can go to South America? Who already speaks French that can use their knowledge of the language to reach lost souls in South America? Please pray for French Guiana. For more information about ministry opportunities in French Guiana, please contact Roger D. Blevins, BIMI South America Director. W Number 1, 2015 BIMI WORLD 17 Church Planting in the Northeast Past & Present Compiled by Ken Catoe from information provided by John Bailes The church planting ministry of Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI) in the United States has its roots in the chapel ministry of Highland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where John Bailes served as Chapel Director from 1972­–75. He worked closely with chapel pastors who would later plant churches with BIMI. John Morgan, who pastored a chapel while attending Tennessee Temple, John & Janet Morgan Frank & Dot Rosser came with BIMI in 1970. After counsel from Frank Rosser (first USA Director), he went to New York City where he and his wife, Janet, started the International Baptist Church. They began in a high rise apartment building in Brooklyn that housed 5,000 people. Under the leadership of the Morgans, the church reached thousands and grew to an average attendance of 400–500 and established a school and college. The church is now pastored by their son-in-law, Ray Cazis. New York City is a formidable mission field. That has not stopped several couples from going there to minister. Martin Pinion started a church on Staten Island. Alan and Bronx Building Sabrina Davis have labored in the Bronx Alan & Sabrina Davis Baptist Church for over 25 years while never having a permanent place to meet. Dana and Julie Dice moved from the Midwest to New York City to start a church in Jamaica, Queens. They continue to minister, along with their daughter and son-in-law, after 15 years. Coy and Nancy Shaw came from Brazil to start a Portuguese church in Astoria and have since gone back to Brazil. Coy & Nancy Shaw Dana & Julie Dice Harvey and Clarissa Sumner went to Pennsylvania where they planted a church and left it with a new facility. The Sumners later started Victory Baptist Church in Thomaston, Connecticut. John and Sandy Bailes planted Faith Baptist Church in Waldorf, Maryland. God blessed both of these churches with numerical growth and the ability to support many missionaries. Les & Darla Griffin Greg Whedbee joined BIMI and went to Norristown, Pennsylvania, and started Victory Baptist Church. Les Griffin is another church planter who was trained by pastoring several chapels during his time at Tennessee Temple. A chapel speaker challenged him about the need in the Northeast. Pastor Whedbee helped the Griffins situate in downtown Philadelphia in a place known as “Fishtown” where they started Bethel Baptist Church. The church grew to over 200 in three years and continues today under the leadership of one of its early members, Dominic Pennachietti. Dennis Higgins was a young preacher who came to help in the ministry at Bethel, and in 1982 Dennis and Dominic went to South Philadelphia and started a Bible study with a group from Bethel. This resulted in the start of Faith Baptist Church. Dennis joined BIMI and was involved in starting six churches in and around Philadelphia. He is now the pastor of Harbor Baptist Church in nearby Hainesport, New Jersey, one of the churches he started. Harbor Baptist Dennis & Beth Higgins Church has recently started a Bible college in cooperation with other pastors in the area and hosts other ethnic ministries such as a Burmese church and an Hispanic church. God used the vision of Les Griffin and his wife, Darla, to inspire others to catch the fire of church planting. Les is now the pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church that was planted by his good friend Dennis Higgins in Northeast Philadelphia. Maranatha Baptist Church John Bailes (as BIMI USA Director) led a group of 19 men to Philadelphia, New York City, and New England in 1983 to see the need for churches in the area. Nine men fulfilled a commitment to return and plant churches. A stream of BIMI missionaries, including Mike Swietzer, Mike Valles, Tyler May, and Vic Rivera, started churches in the Philadelphia area. Dale Painter started churches in Maryland and Titusville and Lewis Run, Pennsylvania, and assisted another church plant in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania. John & Sandy Bailes A church was started near Washington, DC, by Grant Carter when he became burdened for the unreached African American communities. After ministering in that area for several years, he continued his outreach to the African American communities by starting the Baptist International Bible Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, which is still training students today under the leadership of BIMI missionary Dan Guider. Jim & Janet Townsley Jim Townsley independently planted Central Baptist Church in Southington, Connecticut, in 1975. Dr. Townsley worked closely with John Bailes to promote and assist church planters starting churches in the Northeast. God has used Dr. Jim Townsley to inspire and assist many young men to plant churches through the years. One of these, Bim Rowley, planted the Truth Baptist Church in East Hartford, Connecticut, in 1980. Number 1, 2015 BIMI WORLD 19 Another man who received his training through the chapel ministry, Robert McKeever, joined BIMI to start a church in Long Island, New York. He later started Bible Baptist Church in Warren, Robert & Linda McKeever Pennsylvania, where he bought a building and eventually burned the mortgage. He later started Faith Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. Bob was taken home October 31, 2005, after a struggle with cancer. Bobby, his son, is now assisting Dr. Townsley in Central Baptist Church and New England Baptist College. Bible Baptist Church After graduating from Crown College, David Townsley worked on staff at Central Baptist Church with his father until Central Baptist Church God laid on his heart to plant a church in Terryville, Connecticut, several years ago. He was able to buy a building that had been a local drinking spot and convert it to an attractive place for Riverside Baptist David & Annette Townsley Church to worship. There were many others like John Ridings who started a Spanish church in Danbury, Connecticut, and George Street who went to Boston and started a church. Later he went to Secane, a suburb of Philadelphia, to assist Mike Sweitzer. Bob Carson and his wife, Debbie, started a church in Northwest Philadelphia and again in Douglassville, Bob & Debbie Carson Pennsylvania. Don and Helen Hughes who served in England for a number of years returned to restore Lighthouse Baptist Church in Johnson City, New York. There were just a few people left in the church and now Don & Helen Hughes that church is doing well after four years of ministry. Ken and June Love have led church recoveries in New Jersey, one in Jersey City and another in North Bergen. The Loves brought each of these churches back to life and restored their buildings before leaving to minister in other places. This past September in Fairfield, Connecticut, John and Abbey Lafreniere started a new work. You may read more about them on page 24. In recent years we have had three missionaries with BIMI Ken & June Love start churches in Maryland. These couples have planted churches out of their mother church, Patuxent Baptist Church in Great Mills, Maryland, where Rick Conner is the pastor. Scott Cornoyer and his wife started Highpoint Baptist Church in Elkridge. Chris Corrigan and his wife took Sligo Baptist Church in Silver Spring, a church that had five people and was ready to close their doors. Both of these churches are doing well. The most recent start is Freestate Baptist Church, pastored by Ed and Mary Beard in Annapolis, Maryland (see page 22). 20 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2015 God has given us good men to serve Him in the Northeast and good churches who have supported them to plant churches. Pray the Lord of the harvest will give us more laborers for the purpose of planting Sligo Baptist Church churches here in our nation. If you are the answer to this prayer, consider serving with BIMI Reseeding America. We know church planting! W Number 1, 2015 BIMI WORLD 21 Church Planting in Maryland's Capital City By Bob Larson Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is a city rich in United States history. It hosted the Continental Congress in 1783 and 1784. It was also the site of the 1786 Annapolis Convention where a Constitutional Convention was planned and held the following year. Annapolis is also the home of the United States Naval Academy. The  Maryland State House in Annapolis is the oldest structure in the nation that has been in continuous legislative use in the United States. Construction was started in 1772, and the Maryland legislature first met there in 1779. It has the largest wooden dome built without nails in the country. The Maryland State House was the home of the United States government from November 26, 1783, to August 13, 1784. The Treaty of Paris was ratified there on January 14, 1784. Annapolis was the first peacetime capital of the United States. BIMI Reseeding America church planter Ed Beard and his family opened the doors of Freestate Baptist Church in Edgewater, Maryland, a suburb of Annapolis, on Sunday, November 2, 2014. The Beards' sending church is Patuxent Baptist Church in Great Mills, Maryland, where Rick Conner is the pastor. The new church in Annapolis is the fifth USA church plant for Patuxent Baptist Church. There was a wonderful spirit of cooperation among sister churches in the Northeast as many came to help the Beards with door-to-door literature distribution prior to the opening of the church. On several Saturdays in October, there were over 100 people who drove in and met at a local Panera Bread parking lot to pick up church and Gospel literature and distribution assignments. There were 72 people in attendance on the first Sunday with a good representation of people from Annapolis. Brother Beard related the following account of the opening of Freestate Baptist Church. 22 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2015 n people al count of fiftee nday with a fin the Naval start on Su shipmen from We had a great hom were mid ing church, two of w from our send from the area, a large group g churches. also had other supportin Academy. 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As we tr ork here. e Baptist C to pray for the w starting Freestat please continue by way of urch plant, n we have seen to the actual ch for the provisio ort, and ank God y monthly supp I just want to th travel, necessar a fifteen- ople. Safe d definitely use Him and His pe a few. We coul as we serve e are just ould save souls a meeting plac pray that God w t please passenger van. Bu olis, Maryland. Him in Annap Ed Beard (Editor's note: Just a few short weeks after the start of Freestate Baptist Church in Annapolis, Ed Beard was diagnosed with colon cancer. At this writing, he is undergoing treatment. The Beard family would appreciate your prayers.) W Number 1, 2015 BIMI WORLD 23 New Church Plant at Fairfield, Connecticut By Bob Larson Fairfield, Connecticut, sits fifty miles northwest of New York City and is located along the Long Island Sound. It is a city rich in history dating back to the Revolutionary War. Two years ago, parts of Fairfield and neighboring Bridgeport were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Many of the homes close to the water's edge were extensively damaged by the storm surge. The rebuilding of numerous homes continues today. Fairfield and Bridgeport have a combined population of over 200,000 people. Many who live in these communities commute each day by ferryboat, train, or automobile into the New York City area to work. They live fast-paced, stress-filled lives. Thousands of the residents of Fairfield and Bridgeport have never had anyone share the love of Christ and give them a clear Gospel presentation. It was a joy and a privilege to meet John and Abby Lafreniere a few years ago as they came to BIMI to be accepted as Reseeding America church planters and go through our Candidate School and Church Planting School. John and Abby were excited about starting a new church in Fairfield and reaching out into Bridgeport to capture these cities for Christ. Their deputation ministry took them across this nation as they faithfully shared their burden in many churches for these cities in the Northeast United States. God blessed them with a little baby boy (Elijah) who took to traveling and being in one church nursery after another and charming everyone who would stop to visit with this church planting couple. I remember the morning I received a call from John as he shared with me that Abby was undergoing extensive tests. The doctors were concerned that she may have ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. The tests confirmed that Abby had ALS. I am always amazed at the incredible grace of our loving God and how His Spirit enables people during great times of difficulty and hardship. It has been a tremendous blessing and challenge to see this young family continue in spite of Abby's illness. They finished their deputation and then set out to start the new church in Fairfield. My wife and I arrived in Fairfield early in September (25 days before the Grand Opening of the new church) to find John, Abby, and little Elijah 24 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2015 busily distributing Grand Opening door hanger bags. Abby was now confined to a wheelchair, but she would ride with John and she and Elijah would wait in their van while John distributed the packets. We settled in to assist the Lafreniers to prepare and promote for the new church plant. Church groups came to distribute literature; a dear retired couple came in from North Carolina to assist; Dr. and Mrs. Bailes from BIMI assisted in the Grand Opening weekend and numerous church groups showed up to help in various ways. John and Abby conducted Bible studies at the Fairfield Public Library each week leading up to the Grand Opening Sunday. These preliminary Bible studies were well attended and they brought together a core group that would become the foundation group for the new church. On Sunday, September 28, 2014, while people around the country were praying, the doors of Fairfield Baptist Church (located at the McKinley Elementary School) were opened for the first service. There were 58 in the morning service and 32 in the evening service with 40 local people from the community attending throughout the day. To God be the glory, great things he had done! We ask that you put John, Abby, and little Elijah, and Fairfield Baptist Church on your prayer list. W Number 1, 2015 BIMI WORLD 25 A Divine Appointment Behold, I stand at the door, and knock (Revelation 3:20a).  By David Jeffries In August 2010, I heard someone knocking on my door. I opened the door and accepted a life-changing invitation that brought joy and strength to my family of five. I was born in 1979 in the city of Seoul, South Korea. My unsaved father was a soldier in the US Army and my saved mother was Korean. We experienced our first move with the Army in 1985 when my father received orders for Panama. My mother, brother, and I started attending the First Baptist Church of Balboa. At the age of six, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and followed Jesus in baptism. After I accepted Jesus, I shared my faith with my father—he could care less. My submissive mother had a heavy heart and burden to see my father saved. At the time, I thought I could win my father over, but my mom knew God had to do a work only He could do. She knew we needed to pray and live by God's Word. Evenings in Panama consisted of sleeping in the pew as my mother prayed at the altar. After praying, we would search for my father in the local bars and nightclubs. One year later, Jesus knocked on my father's door and he let Him come into his life. Our family changed dramatically! By the age of seven, I saw what the power of prayer could do and how God could transform a 45-year-old man. Shortly thereafter, I witnessed how God humbled my father's heart. My father was cutting the church grass on a hot, humid day. The property took several hours to cut and trim. I remember his grumbling about how fast this would go if we had more volunteers. As he cut, a lady in tattered clothes walked down the street and stopped in front of the church. She said to my father, “I am thirsty, can you bring me a cup of water?” My father, visibly annoyed, told her to walk into the fellowship hall and use the water fountain. The lady persisted that he bring her some water. I had never seen anyone demand anything from my father. I was caught off guard when he said, “Wait here and I will bring it to you.” His strong, commanding voice turned submissive and the arrogant pride fell from his chest as he made his way to the fellowship hall. When we walked back outside with the cup, the lady was gone. God had begun to strengthen our family by teaching us lessons about humility and service. I followed my father's footsteps in 1998 and joined the Army. I left the uniform in 2005 and began serving our country as a federal employee. My faith was tested and even though I had seen God work in a submissive heart, I chose not to follow. Amidst my trials and frustrations, Jesus was still there providing and caring for my family. During a deployment to Iraq in 2004, my unit experienced multiple mortar attacks. A mortar round landed in our work area and failed to detonate. On my way back from the gym, a mortar round exploded ten feet from me, but I was shielded by barriers. The protective hand of Christ was around me even though I held Him at arm's length. In 2010, I was the youngest individual to be promoted into a leadership position within my command and I was filled with pride. Even though God's provisions were bountiful, I claimed the glory for the work He had done in my life. God had a plan to deflate my ego and put things in perspective. In August 2010, I was moved to Kaiserslautern, Germany. We found a beautiful home overlooking the town of Otterberg. The new house had enough space to accommodate a small army. The first floor had a full mother-in-law suite I claimed as my “man cave.” The next floor had an office, bathroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, and pantry. The third floor contained all the bedrooms and the fourth floor had a loft. I thought we were living like royalty—little did I know God was setting His plan into motion. My wife had a desire to attend church on Sunday mornings. After a week of searching, we crossed the threshold of Heritage Baptist Church. We were greeted by Pastor and Mrs. Gary Craft and the congregation welcomed us. That same week, the pastor came by our house to thank us for coming and told us he missed us on Sunday night and invited us to church on Wednesday night. We gave a polite, noncommittal answer. On Thursday the pastor came by to check on us. I began to think we had made a mistake by giving him our address. The following Sunday we decided to give Heritage another try. The pastor preached a convicting message that set my heart and mind into motion. That week the persistent pastor knocked on our door two additional times! On the fourth visit, we heard the knock and invited him into our home. Pastor Craft seized the opportunity and challenged me. He said, “When are you going to lead your family like God intended?” I was ashamed for holding God at arm's length and limiting His work in our lives. At that moment I gave Jesus the preeminence in my life. God's plan began to unfold and the lessons I learned as a child became relevant again. Our house was less than five miles from Heritage Baptist Church. The “man cave” became a missionary apartment, and we learned we were blessed with the gift of hospitality. As the years progressed, we continued to grow and serve faithfully at Heritage Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Craft. The Crafts' love for people and God's Word cultivated a home-like environment that created a perfect setting for developing and winning hearts for Christ. We transitioned to Okinawa, Japan, and on April 6, 2014, through the intense conviction of the Holy Spirit, my wife and I surrendered to full-time ministry at Maranatha Baptist Church. A simple, persistent knock on the door from Pastor Craft and a tough challenge from God set in motion a beautiful life-changing plan that has been executed flawlessly by none other than our Lord and Savior. W Gary and Karen Craft have ministered to the military with BIMI since 1999. He currently serves as the pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church in Okinawa, Japan. Number 1, 2015 BIMI WORLD 27 A View of a Lighthouse from Three Perspectives The Right Lighthouse By Eero Sorila (Canadian visitor) You are searching for lighthouses around the world as additions to your lighthouse photo collection. This time, you learn of a lighthouse from your helpful bus driver. Your traveling style is more by intuition than by meticulous planning. After a 30-minute bus ride from the Caribbean city of St John's, the capital of Antigua and Barbuda, the bus stops. The Antiguan bus driver, a heavyweight boxer type, points in the direction you need to walk to find the lighthouse. Away he drives and you are on your own. Looking across the road, you become very disappointed. A twelve-foot tall structure, a copy of a lighthouse made of sandstone, stands in the front lawn of a long metal building with metal siding. There is not even a drop of water nearby nor the sea coast where a real lighthouse belongs. Mentally you are protesting because you were taken to a fictitious lighthouse. Regardless of your disappointment, you take a photograph of it, but it will not be included in your lighthouse collection. This island nation has 95 miles of shoreline, but later you find out that the only real lighthouse is far away on a tiny island. You bury your dreams of photographing it. Filled with curiosity, you knock on the door of the building next to the so-called lighthouse. You are surprised as a friendly man opens the door and invites you to come into the building. The friendly man is Jerry Baker from Florida, and he manages the Caribbean Radio Lighthouse, a Christian radio station in Antigua. In addition to the 87,000 inhabitants of Antigua and Barbuda, thousands of listeners inside and outside the Caribbean receive the Gospel message over the radio waves. 28 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2015 Pastor Baker has been in Antigua for 32 years, and at age 70 he continues with the good work. He tells you that the lighthouse out on the lawn is symbolic of the light of Christ in a dark world. Since your middle name is curiosity, you ask many questions and receive much information regarding Antigua during your unexpected visit with Pastor Baker. At the end of his work day at 5:00 pm, the radio missionary kindly takes you to his home with an all terrain vehicle. Linda Baker, with some other guests, is on the balcony of a two-story home waiting for your arrival. The large balcony, furnished with garden chairs and framed by palm trees, is a perfect place to make new acquaintances. The Bakers are active members in a local Baptist church. You are moved to tears as you feel the Christian unity among people you have never met before. It is a blessed unity which bonds equally in Antigua as anywhere in the world. A fictitious lighthouse, in this case, proved to be THE RIGHT LIGHTHOUSE. Prayer for the Lighthouse By Nancy Kirkland The much advertised gentle breezes of the Caribbean were not quite so gentle today. In fact, I found myself in a battle of sorts at the clothesline, struggling to the point of getting wrapped up in the sheets a few times before I finally managed to get the clothespins in place. I do miss my dryer! Yet, I usually rather enjoy my time at the clothesline. Looking forward as I hang the clothes, just beyond the rooftop of our neighbor Banana Joe, I see our 212 foot AM radio tower. Glancing off to my right from the same position, I can see our radio station. I am Nancy Kirkland, and my husband Ken and I are part of a six-member missionary team in Antigua, West Indies. The staff at the Ken & Nancy Kirkland Caribbean Radio Lighthouse, or the Lighthouse as it is commonly called around the island, also includes our BIMI missionaries: Manager Jerry Baker and his wife, Linda, our Engineer Nathan Owens and his wife, Renee, (our accountant). Nathan & Renee Owens Number 1, 2015 BIMI WORLD 29 Using these visual reminders of the tower, the station, and the homes of my neighbors, it is my practice to pray for our radio ministry as I hang the clothes. As these usually gentle (but sometimes gusty!) air waves send forth the message of light and truth, I am reminded of the signature verse that those who began this ministry 40 years ago chose Psalm 43:3, O send out thy light and thy truth. My clothesline prayers are for the thousands of people who are hearing the message across the islands and for those who are listening right in my neighborhood. The afore-mentioned neighbor, Banana Joe, remembers watching our founders put the tower in place as we began the station. He also tells of the wonderful times attending Bible Clubs held by our founder's wife Auntie Arlene Cornelius at the radio station and faithfully listening to our most loved radio program that we are still producing, “Little Lighthouse Club.” These days, we are holding the Bible Clubs in our home and all of our staff have taken part in this ministry through the years. I am happy to tell you that just this past year, Banana Joe's 11-year-old son accepted the Lord at our Bible Club. I am so thankful to be part of a ministry that continues to touch lives from generation to generation. Spiritual Lighthouse By Jerry Baker (Station Manager) Yes, we are a lighthouse in more ways than a physical light in front of our studio building or an antenna in the middle of a cow pasture. As mentioned earlier, the physical light is just a reminder of the real reason for our being here. We now broadcast the light of the Gospel of Christ over the AM waves, FM waves, and the World Wide Web. Whether through the airwaves or under the water and overland by cables, we are blessed to send the message of salvation out 24 hours daily, seven days each week to our English- speaking audience. Our present outreach in the Spanish language is 12 hours each day. In addition to broadcasting, we provide and process Source of Light Bible correspondence Jerry & Linda Baker courses for all ages and our staff members stay busy with Bible Clubs, camps, and church leadership responsibilities. We believe in the team ministry, whether they be ministry or work teams. We have facilities for housing groups of 15 to 20 individuals and we help with the coordination of these teams with our local churches. Connect up with us by tuning to 1160 AM, 92.3 FM, or on-line by visiting our website: radiolighthouse.org and clicking the “Start Listening” button on our home page. Hope to see you there! W 30 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2015 Violet Dorothy (Welch) Sheren April 9, 1936 – October 20, 2014 In 1978 God called Chester and Violet Sheren to serve with BIMI as missionaries in Honduras. They started The Peace of God Baptist Church in the city of La Paz. Later, they moved to Comayagua, Honduras, and Chester served as pastor in that city for 10 years. The Lord directed their paths back to La Paz to serve once again at their first church and they remained there until October 2014. Violet was a faithful member of the church and a true testimony for Christ. Violet went Home to be with the Lord in October 2014. After Violet passed away, hundreds of people expressed gratitude for the love she and Chester had shown for each other and the Honduran people. A doctor said it best: “What you and Violet did for us in 36 years, no Honduran has ever done.” Memorial Gifts have been received in memory of: Punwaite Periatomby by Richard Williams by Stephen Langley by Mary Watts by Carla Rowse by by Bell Graham by Evelyn Porter by Betty Pendleton by Franklin Carter by Margaret Holloway by Dallas Martin by Faye Daverson by by Louise Fugate by Bobby Joe Pritchett by Franci Tallent Price by Patsy Fitzwater by Paul Gelatt by Napan Periatomby Wanda Reid Parkwood Baptist Church Larry Watts Neal & Shirley Garwood Melvin & Donna Schadler Patricia Henderson Annonymous Patricia Henderson Patricia Henderson Patricia Henderson Ray & Jean Thompson Ray & Jean Thompson Betty Schmitt Patricia Henderson Patricia Henderson Patricia Henderson Patricia Henderson Emmaus SS Class/First Baptist Church Myrtle Stewart Bill Tiffany Elva Elgersma Jean Thames Gay McNair Bernice Pryor Donald Johnson by by by by by by by by by by by by by by by by by Stanley Heights Baptist Church Rev & Mrs Gary Sprunger Andrea & Jeff Baughman Ronald Baughman Jeremy & Mattie Benbrooks Mike & Arlinda Swift Lisa Stewart Dan & Micki Botkin Betty Cognion Gerald & Diane Baughman West Branch Bible Baptist Church Rosella Rognaldson Buddy & Peggy Lester Tourie Briggs Bobby & Gretchen Brown Bobby & Gretchen Brown Ervina Johnson/Wife