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the local public schools in our area and into
the main hospitals in Tegucigalpa. In addition,
she is helping in our church choir and music
ministry, all of which are helping to bring in
more contacts for the Gospel. Then too, in May
of this year, God brought into our ministry
missionaries Steven and Debra Anner who will
eventually take the responsibility for our Bible
institute. They will also take charge of two of
our church plants and help in evangelism and
the preaching schedule I have prepared for our
Bible students. Debra will help with our church
music, expansion of our Bible clubs into more
areas of our ministry, and help us form a new
ministry that God has been laying on my heart
for the last five years.

comply with our conditions. This would bring
many under a regular presentation of the
Gospel while at the same time meeting a real
need in our community.

That ministry consists of starting a bilingual
school. This ministry will be exclusively for
the children of families who regularly attend
at least two of our church ministries per week,
one of which must be our Sunday school and
morning worship service. Simply stated, the
reason for this ministry is to use the growing
need in our community to learn English as
a tool to give out the Gospel. All parents
want the best for their children but without
a proficiency in English, they are doomed to
fail. That is where a real opportunity for the
Gospel presents itself. Only the more affluent
families can afford an English education for
their children. God has laid on my heart the
desire to start a missionary church school
where missionary teachers can offer a quality
education at a minimum cost, affordable for
almost all of our community. The uptake on
this would be overwhelming unless there is a
“catch.” As stated, any family wanting to put
their children into our school would have to
Even here God has been working, providing us
with the use of a property that is ideal for this
purpose. Last year we began the construction
of our new church building that will house
sufficient Sunday school rooms that can double
as classrooms from Monday through Friday.

Please pray for this aspect of our ministry also.

We are looking for building groups to come
down and help us and churches that would be
able to donate funds for building materials.

In order for this ministry to start, we need to
form a missionary team of primary school
teachers, starting with pre-kindergarten and
adding one grade per year until we can offer
a full program of primary education. This
is where Debra comes in. She already has
experience teaching and is offering to help
start the school program but we need more
missionaries to help. We would like to extend
an invitation to all graduating or retired
teachers to consider this ministry and to pray
about joining our team for God’s glory.

Finally, we can also use more traditional
missionaries as we have the need for a youth
pastor as well as Bible teachers to help cover the
growing opportunities we have to expand the
influence of our church into even more areas
of Santa Lucia and Tegucigalpa. Let me extend
to all would-be missionaries the Macedonian
Call, “Come over and help us.” May God raise
up a missionary team for His glory to reach the
souls of men and women and the boys and girls
of this area of Honduras. W

Things We Did Not See Coming
By Dan DeLong
Focusing on Things Not Seen is our yearlong theme at Baptist International Missions,
Inc. (BIMI). The Candidate School theme was the same.

Many of the 2017 candidates had several obstacles in their lives as Candidate School
was approaching. We had missionaries who had passports stolen, a baby came seven
weeks early, a transmission was destroyed, a horse ran into a candidate’s car at 4:00
a.m., and a candidate fell through a ceiling at a church work party. All these things
happened from the Wednesday before Candidate School through Sunday morning
of Candidate School. However, most made it, and we saw God do great things in and
through their hearts.

These 70 candidates have a goal to reach the world for Christ through BIMI. God
has a wonderful plan for each of them. By the end of the week, we focused on things
we did not see coming. The passports were returned, the early baby made it safe and
sound, the transmission was fixed, the horse’s owner had insurance, and the mission-
ary who fell through the ceiling made it to every class. The unseen hand of God was
at work.

This year’s candidates learned to be faithful servants to the Lord even when they
could not see or understand what was going on. They all learned to trust the Lord as
He sends them into His harvest field. W
Number 2, 2017