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recounted to those of a younger generation,
There is a great deal of discussion about the
those stories sometimes seem to be nothing
different generations living simultaneously
more than historical tales from the distant
in the world. The GI Generation, Silent
past. Generation, Baby Boomer Generation,
Generation X, Millennial Generation,
Second, information obtained by the hearer
and Generation Z all have their unique
is often perceived as not relevant. When
characteristics. Generally speaking, it is the
an older person gives a life lesson, it is
responsibility of older generations to equip
sometimes regarded as being
and prepare both present
beneficial to others but not
But ye are a chosen
and future generations
generation , a royal necessarily helpful the to lesson. the
for living productive
one hearing
lives. There is much to priesthood, an holy nation, Other times, the truth being
be learned from older
a peculiar people; that ye taught is considered as
generations as they reflect should shew forth the praises relevant only to those who
on stories from the past. of him who hath called you lived in the past but not to
This should be helpful to
anyone living in the present.

out of darkness into his
younger generations as
marvellous light.

Third, although change
they live present-day life
often becomes necessary
and as they plan for the
(1 Peter 2:9—emphasis added)
as truth is presented, many
future. However, effective
listeners refuse to make changes because
communication between generations can
they feel a response is not required.

be extremely challenging
Some believe everything will eventually
when discussing the past,
work out no matter the path chosen. They
present, and future. Why is
feel that although something is true for
it often difficult for current
everyone else, it is not necessarily true for
generations to understand,
them. Sadly, many assume their actions
learn from, and/or accept
and responses have very little—if any—
those of earlier generations?
effect on the future.

First, younger generations
So how does all of this relate to missions?
sometimes view the stories
All human beings are part of a particular
told by older generations as
generation based on the time of their
not real or exaggerated
physical birth. However, because of
at best. Those who have
David H. Snyder
seen the horrors of war or
their spiritual birth, believers are part
President/General Director
lived through the difficulties of the Great
of a spiritual generation—a Chosen
Depression have trouble putting into
Generation. Peter reminds us that as part
words what they saw and endured. When
of that chosen generation, we have been
experiences of extreme circumstances are
given the responsibility of showing forth
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Number 3, 2017



BAPTIST INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS, INC.,
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
the world.

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, Bill Egerdahl, Kevin
Folger, 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
Vonnoh, CLAIM
REPRESENTATIVES Gailen Abbett, John Bailes, Dennis Bellew, Ron
Bragg, Pat Creed, Bob Green, John Halsey, Robert
Johnson, James Kennard, Mark Logan, Michael
McCombie, Robert Meyer, James Ray, Jimmy
Rose, Ray Thompson
STAFF Ken Catoe, Printing Services; John Ramsey,
Missionary Finances; Kevin Wnuk, Computer
Services BIMI World
David Snyder, Executive Editor; Ken Catoe,
Editor; Jonathan Bergen, Designer; Field Editors:
Robert Larson, USA; Eric Bohman, Africa; Alan
Brooks, Southeast Asia; Stuart Jellison, 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
Official Publication of
Baptist International Missions, Inc.

All Scripture quotations are from the KJV.

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519-265-1950 the praises of him who hath called us out of darkness into his
marvellous light (1 Peter 2:9). We are to be unashamed as we
communicate God’s truth about the past, present, and future to
an Adulterous and Sinful Generation (Mark 8:38). Obviously,
effective communication can be extremely challenging as we
seek to fulfill our responsibility.

First, those who hear the miraculous accounts from Scripture
may judge them to be not real. Nonetheless, we must
proclaim that they are indeed true. After all, God’s Word
is truth and it is a necessary part of salvation (John 17:17;
Romans 10:17). The account of Christ’s death, burial, and
resurrection—the Gospel message—is not just a historical tale
from the distant past.

Second, many feel that the message of salvation is not
relevant to them. Their attitude is that it may be beneficial
to others, particularly those who lived in past generations,
but it is not pertinent today. We must proclaim the truth that
Christ desires to give abundant life, not just to those who lived
in the past but also to those who live in the present.

Third, after hearing about their need for salvation, multitudes
of people still feel that a response is not required. They
believe all roads lead to heaven, so making a decision for
Christ is not necessary. This highlights our responsibility
to preach the message of John 3:18—believing on Christ is
required to escape eternal condemnation in the future.

As part of God’s Chosen Generation, we are responsible to
do everything we can to make the message of salvation real
and relevant so unbelievers will repent and believe—the
response required by God. We must tell the story of what
Jesus Christ did in the past so people can experience abundant
life, not only in the present but also in the future. It is imperative
that we preach the Gospel to every generation in every nation
so that God will be glorified from generation to generation. W
I will open my mouth in a parable:
I will utter dark sayings of old.…shewing to the
generation to come the praises of the LORD, and
his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath
done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and
appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our
fathers, that they should make them known to their
children: That the generation to come might know
them, even the children which should be born; who
should arise and declare them to their children: That
they might set their hope in God, and not forget the
works of God, but keep his commandments.

(Psalm 78:2–7 — emphasis added)
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