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One of my many roles as the General Director
of BIMI is to assist our missionaries with their
deputation ministries. It is a privilege to preach
in missions conferences, challenging God’s
people to give so our missionaries can raise the
funds they need to go to the field where God
has called them. Although it is not unusual
to hear someone say deputation is antiquated
or a necessary evil, I believe deputation is
beneficial to both the missionary and the
church. The more I watch the deputation
process, the more I become convinced it is a
tool greatly used by God.

The Apostle Paul serves
as a biblical example of a
missionary who traveled
to numerous churches
and received support from
several of those churches.

It would have been easier
for Paul to only write to
these churches rather
than sacrificing time and
money to personally visit
with them. Paul knew
David H. Snyder
President/General Director that
meeting face-to-
face was the best way to begin and develop a
relationship. The internet and social media are
ways for churches to get to know missionaries
(and for missionaries to get to know churches).

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However, the best way to build strong
relationships is time spent together one-on-one.

As a missionary travels, the Lord will use the
missionary’s time in meetings to build personal
relationships with individual Christians and,
even more importantly, with local churches.

This allows God to create a bond between the
missionary and the church. Hopefully, the final
result will be a church that desires to support
the missionary with finances and prayer and a
missionary who wants to effectively represent
that church on the mission field.

Another important aspect of the deputation
ministry is the personal development of the
missionary himself. It has often been said
that if a missionary cannot pass the test of
deputation, he will not be able to succeed on the
mission field. He learns to be flexible in many
different—and sometimes uncomfortable—
situations. Meeting and interacting with
many different people and personalities help
to develop the interpersonal skills essential to
church planting. Also, as a missionary presents
his ministry, teaches, and/or preaches week
after week, he is being trained to be instant
in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2).

Furthermore, deputation allows the missionary
to observe many different types of independent
Baptist churches. He can learn what to do
as well as what not to do. In other words, he



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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
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OFFICERS/BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Michael Norris, Chairman; David Pittman, Vice
Chairman; David Snyder, President; J.B. Godfrey,
Vice President; James Butler, Corporate Secretary;
Michael Edwards, Treasurer; Jeff Amsbaugh,
Andy Bloom, Tim Butler, Paul Chappell, John
Collier, Chris Edwards, Michael Edwards, Bill
Egerdahl, Kevin Folger, Denny Patterson, James
Ray, Don Sisk, Rusty Smith, Ray Thompson,
Robert Wall, 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; 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
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Bragg, Pat Creed, Bob Green, John Halsey, Robert
Johnson, James Kennard, Mark Logan, Michael
McCombie, Robert Meyer, James Ray, Jimmy
Rose, Ray Thompson
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Services; John Ramsey, Missionary Finances;
Kevin Wnuk, Computer Services
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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
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All Scripture quotations are from the KJV.

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can see what works and what does not work. Consequently,
he can use this knowledge as he plants churches on the field.

Ultimately, deputation will strengthen the missionary’s faith
through the exercising of his faith. Many times, situations arise
during deputation that only God can resolve. As the missionary
learns to trust in the Lord while on deputation, it will be much
more natural for him to trust in the Lord while on the field.

There are many other ways that God uses deputation in the lives
of missionaries and churches but I will mention just one more.

God uses the deputation ministry as a tool to call laborers and
to expose local churches to missions. First, many Christians are
called into full-time missionary service through the ministry
of a missionary on deputation. As a missionary presents his
calling to a local church, God often uses that presentation to
call laborers into His harvest field. This is personal for me.

When I was ten years old, God used a missionary presenting
his ministry in my church to call me into missions. I do not
remember who that missionary was nor do I know to which
field he was going, but I know that God used him in a very
definite way to call me into full-time missions. Second, God
also uses missionaries to raise awareness concerning the
needs around the world. There are 7.5 billion people in the
world today. All too often we become focused on the needs
right around us and forget about those who live outside our
sphere of influence. Generally, missionaries on deputation—as
well as those on furlough—are passionate about missions and
they communicate that passion from the pulpit. As a result,
committed Christians will pray, give, and go more intelligently
and eagerly because of the burden they receive through those
passionate presentations.

Although the deputation ministry can and should always be
evaluated and fine-tuned so that it is as efficient as possible,
it is far from antiquated. To view it as a necessary evil is to
have an improper perspective and attitude about a tool God
is using in a great way. The deputation ministry is just that—a
ministry. As the deputation missionary ministers for the Lord,
the Lord ministers to the deputation missionary, who ministers
to the local church, who in turn ministers to the missionary.

In the end, relationships are built, missionaries are developed,
churches are exposed to missions, the Gospel is preached
worldwide, and most importantly, God is glorified. W
Please pray for the missionaries
listed on pages 10–11. These are
our newest missionaries, most
of whom are just starting their
deputation ministries.

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