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open ocean waters. Matt Allen, missionary
pilot, flew national pastor Holmes Tako and
me to a school that was difficult to access. It
is unbelievable to land on a grass runway on
top of a mountain. The students had cut the
grass with bush knives and lit a small fire to
help the pilot determine the wind direction.

The whole village came out to meet us. What
a joy to preach and give out over 300 Bibles
to the students in this remote area!
Though our efforts have been focused on
getting the Bibles to the schools, the LORD
has opened up other opportunities to spread
the Gospel. I was asked by Ase Boas, the
captain of the PNG National Rugby Team
(the Hunters), to give a devotion before one
of their games. Rugby is an extremely popular sport in the country. Many young people dream of
representing their country as a player. Last year during a visit to the country, I had the privilege
to meet and witness to Ase Boas. This led to a friendship that eventually opened up times when I
could preach to the team and give each of the team members a Bible. It was a bit surreal to watch
these muscle bound giants of men open their Bibles to read with hands that make the Bibles look
small in size and then sincerely hug and thank us for sharing God’s Word!
God has also allowed me to speak at a special prayer breakfast welcoming the new members of
Parliament. What a joy it was to give Bibles to the political leaders of this country! Our prayer is
that the Bibles will greatly influence the future generations of PNG.

At present, we have enough Bibles to give to every student in all the secondary schools in the
country. In October schools began exams and then they will have a term break until the last week
of January. We will begin further distribution in February 2018. Our goal is to move into Phase 2
as future contributions for Bibles are provided. Prayerfully consider contributing to this amazing
outreach. There is no doubt that lives are being impacted and changed for eternity. W
330,000 — Bibles in country at this time
121,500 — Bibles that have been distributed
351 — Secondary schools in PNG
162 (+ — 2 Secondary schools completed as of 10/5/2017
Universities) 22 — Provinces in PNG
14 — Provinces where Bibles are presently being distributed
10 — Provinces completed
* Still to be done = 230 schools in 17 provinces
* All the Bibles have been shipped and stored in areas
throughout the country for future distribution.

16 For continued updates on the
distribution effort, please go to
www.bimi.org/png or contact me at
alanb@bimi.org .




By Ed Hembree
I t seems that as long as I can remember
talking to people about missions in
Europe, I have heard over and over
again, “It cannot be done in Spain; Spain
is a graveyard for missionaries!” While it is
true that the ground in Europe is stony and
the work is generally slow, it is not true that it
cannot be done!
Recently, I led a group of nine to Spain on
one of our BIMI CONNECT trips. The
purpose of these trips is primarily to expose
potential missionaries to the actual/practical
work of missions by working with veteran
missionaries on various fields of the world.

We spent nine days working with three
different missionary families in Spain. Two of
these families are relatively new to the work,
just 2–4 years on the field. However, the final
missionary family we visited are veteran
missionaries who have labored in Spain for
many years. In fact, since beginning with
BIMI in 1980, Julio and Andrea Velasquez
have labored in Venezuela as well as Spain.

After successfully starting one church already
in Spain, the Velasquez family began a new
church on the edge of Madrid. They have
been in their current work for just seven
years. On the Sunday we were with them,
EVERY SINGLE SEAT WAS FILLED! It was
such a blessing to see the little rented building
filled to overflowing. Souls being saved and
believers being baptized and discipled are
regular occurrences in their ministry.

It was such a joy to witness the obvious blessing of
the Holy Spirit upon the Velasquez family as they
love their people and give themselves to the work
of the Lord. As I sat in the service and looked
around at the vibrant church body, I thought
to myself, “I surely hope nobody tells Julio and
Andrea that it cannot be done in Spain!”
Is Spain a difficult mission field? Absolutely, it
is! However, if God calls a missionary to a field
of service and if that servant obeys and faithfully
serves with patience, there WILL be fruit! Brother
Julio showed me a building they are praying about
purchasing that would give them over three times
the amount of room they currently have. If you
would be interested in helping them, just contact
Baptist International Mission, Inc., and we will be
glad to let you know how you can help.

God is still saving souls in Europe. It CAN be done
anywhere on earth. Julio and Andrea Velasquez
never heard that it could not be done in Spain. All
they heard was the voice of God calling, Whom
shall I send, and who will go for us? Julio and
Andrea answered, “Here we are, send us!” W
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