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When the Holy Spirit
Would Not Let Go
The conversion of a young
man in South Africa
By Roger & Darlene McCrum
Darlene and I have been serving with Baptist
International Missions in Africa for more than
42 years. God has blessed bountifully during
this major portion of our lives. One outstanding highlight of our entire missionary
service is the salvation of Sthembiso Mahlangu. We had the privilege of leading him
to Christ several years ago and have watched God develop him into a man of God.
This was the testimony he gave during his ordination:
I came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ when I was fifteen years of age when
a pastor by the name of Roger McCrum came to my school and preached the
Gospel. The Holy Spirit got hold of my heart so that I was shaking. Right after
he finished preaching, I went to the office to seek out this pastor. I wanted to
know more about being saved. I wanted to be saved! The principal told me
she didn’t know who invited the pastor, and so I asked every single person in
the office and finally I found Denies Hemple. She gladly took my
number and house address and said to me, “Pastor Roger will be
at your house at 15:00 today.” She then gave me a Gospel tract,
and I read that tract on my way to class, during class, and at
break time. I could not wait to go home. I had tears in my eyes the
whole day. The Holy Spirit had my heart, and He would not let go.
Finally, I got home, cleaned the house, and at 15:00 sharp a
Toyota Corolla pulled in my driveway and out came a white-
headed man with a Bible in his right hand. He opened the Bible
and showed me how to be saved and at that very day in my house
in my living room, I welcomed Christ into my heart.
I never did look back after then, and after a few months, I felt a
great need to preach and tell all those around me about this wonderful Christ.
I had a deep burden for souls, and I could not shake the feeling, the yearning
off my chest. I knew at the back of my head that it was the Lord calling. I talked
to my pastor about it, and we prayed, and here I am today still with the same
yearning and fire burning within my heart 15 years later.
Recently, Pastor Sthembiso performed his first baptism and it was evident he was
a bundle of nerves. He struggled with his wording in acknowledging the Trinity
correctly before baptizing his candidate. After it was over and we were getting
changed in the dressing room, Sthembiso suddenly shouted, “Pastor, I forgot the
Holy Spirit!” Of course, the Holy Spirit, although not verbalized, was obviously not
forgotten as His sweet presence filled the church. Somehow I think the Lord will
overlook the oversight this time.
Please pray for Sthembiso as he continues to minister for the Lord and reach souls
for Christ. W
14 BIMI WORLD
Number 3, 2015
January 31, 1932 – June 11, 2015
Missionary Bob Elzey went home to be with the Lord on June 11, 2015. Bob
was a graduate of Tennessee Temple University, Luther Rice Seminary, and
Andersonville Baptist Seminary and served as pastor of Gainesville Baptist
Church in Gainesville, Georgia. He and his wife, Marlyn, joined BIMI in
1967 and went to Okinawa, Japan. They were instrumental in organizing
Maranatha Baptist Church, which was the first military church to be
established by a BIMI missionary.
In 1974 Bob became the first Europe Director for BIMI and served in that capacity until
1979. When he resigned as Europe Director, he went to the Philippines as a church
planter. In that ministry he organized churches in Manila and San Fernando. The Elzeys
also served as missionaries in Hawaii.
In 1983 Bob was appointed as Candidate Secretary and Development Director for BIMI
and was a great asset in the Home Office. In 1990 he became part of the BIMI USA
Ministry and for fifteen years was the chaplain for Countryside Lakes Assisted Living
where he led many of the residents to the Lord. He was a faithful servant of the Lord and
a dedicated missionary.
May 1, 1974 — August 7, 2015
Missionary Joshua Wesson went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August
7, 2015. He and his wife, Joy, have been serving the Lord as BIMI missionaries
since June 1996. Upon arriving in the Dominican Republic, they served at
New Life Baptist Church. On March 3, 2007, they started Lighthouse Baptist
Church in the area of Máximo Gómez. God has blessed this ministry with a
vibrant Deaf ministry and a Bible school for training pastors.
Joshua was a servant of the Lord. Even in his untimely death, it was noted that he was a
“good shepherd who gave his life for his sheep.” Joshua drowned while attempting to save
three teenage boys pulled under the water by a rip tide.
Please be in prayer for Joy and the children (Kimberly, Stephen, Ashlyn, and Katlyn) as
they seek God’s will for the future.
March 17, 1938 — August 24, 2015
Missionary Joyce Simpson went home to be with the Lord on Monday,
August 24, 2015. Joyce and Clyde Roy Simpson faithfully served on the
island of St. Croix, USVI, as missionaries for eight years before joining
BIMI in 1971. As BIMI missionaries, they served in Southeast Asia until
2005. Next, the Simpsons served under the BIMI USA Ministry/Reseeding
America in Nevada for ten years. Clyde and Joyce retired in March of this year.
The Memorial Service for Joyce was a God-honoring occasion. The funeral chapel was
filled with friends and family. The testimonies were sweet and proved to all in attendance
that Joyce’s life had touched many lives through her faithful missionary service and her
love for her family, her friends, the lost, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please pray for Brother
Simpson and his family as they make this difficult transition in their lives.
Number 3, 2015