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Rooted Strong
By Dan DeLong — Candidate Director
As I introduce the June 2018 Candidate School class of Baptist International Missions,
my thoughts turn to our theme for the year—Deepening Roots, Increasing Fruits.

Our candidates were challenged to consider four ingredients as we looked at what
was necessary to fulfill this theme.

The first and number one ingredient is a love for Christ that must prompt these
future missionaries. It must drive them; it must guide them as they commit their
lives to fulfill the Great Commission.

Second, they must have a faith in Christ as He guides and directs them in the
ministry to which He has called them. Simply put, they must TRUST Him!
The third ingredient needed to carry out God’s command is a persistence, a
steadfastness, and a faithfulness to do what God tells them to do. These are the
characteristics that will keep them rooted strong!
Last, our new pre-fielders were taught a fourth ingredient of the Great Commission,
which is actually the first command—GO! They must GO. The Lord has left them
and you and me with clear instructions in Matthew 28:19 to “Go ye therefore.” These
three words involve the most important aspect of the Great Commission—GO.

My prayer for these candidates is that they remain rooted strong their entire lives
around the Great Commission as they GO to their fields of service. I pray they
never forget Christ loves them and has entrusted them with the Gospel as they
prepare to GO to carry out the Great Commission. May they be rooted strong in
this great endeavor. I introduce to you the June 2018 Candidate School pre-field
missionaries of BIMI. W