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Volume 15, Issue 1 Fall 2015 Fruit That Remains Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, THAT YE SHOULD GO AND BRING FORTH FRUIT, AND THAT YOUR FRUIT SHOULD REMAIN: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you (John 15:16, emphasis added). God has used some great men and women in the past. We have all seen fruit that remains from great people of the past.  Bob and Marlyn Elzey, missionaries to the military, have given us a great example and challenge to invest our lives in the Lord’s work.  From their examples we see what God can do with lives that are surrendered to the Lord and to missions.  Bob and Marlyn arrived in Okinawa, Japan, and started Maranatha Baptist Church, a church to the US Militar​y​​. This was a new mission outreach for Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI). Only the Lord knew of the worldwide impact this humble beginning would produce. Maranatha Baptist Church grew and many military personnel and their family members came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. As these military personnel were being saved, growing in the Lord, and surrendering to full-time service, churches like Maranatha Baptist Church were being planted outside military bases around the world.  Through these churches to the US Military, thousands have been saved and hundreds are in full-time Christian service today.  Dr. Jeff Alverson, Director/Editor Rev. Steve Nutt, Assistant Editor Dr. James Kennard, Military International Representative These home style fundamental Baptist churches outside military bases around the world are having a tremendous impact in the lives, the homes, and the families of our military personnel.  With the stress of today’s military life, these churches are essential.  We desperately need men and women who will surrender to the Lord and to military missions and who will follow this great example put before us by Bob and Marlyn Elzey.  While there are many needs around our world, I can think of no greater privilege than to serve our servicemen and women by providing a local church for them in foreign  countries.  Some of the best people we know and some of the best friends we have are members of our US Military.  We love our military people and desire the very best for them. Bob and Marlyn Elzey joined BIMI July 18, 1967, and served as missionaries in Japan, Philippines, and the Hawaiian Islands.   Bob served in the Home Office as Europe Director, Candidate Secretary, and International Representative.  He also taught in Bible schools in the States and at the time of his death, he served as a nursing home chaplain.  We praise the Lord for this great example of what God can do with a life! Okinawa Philippines Hawaii ​Steve Nutt Proverbs 4:23​ Florida