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Second, Al and Elizabeth Hamilton have been missionaries with BIMI for 25 years in Puerto
Rico and Italy; they received their 25-year pins from BIMI. My husband and I had the privilege
of pinning them. The Hamiltons have been faithful missionaries who have “stayed by the stuff.”
Third, Dr. Tom Lancaster and the European Military Missionaries presented my husband a
glass trophy recognizing his 34 years in the military ministry
as military missionary, Assistant Director, and Director. The
inscription read as follows: Dr. Jeff Alverson: Leader, Mentor,
Encourager, Patriot, and Friend in Recognition of your Faithful Service to the Lord and to Your “Troops” (fellow
missionaries) Presented by BIMI Military Missionaries in Europe, May 1, 2019. It was such a precious moment
for my husband whose eyes were filled with tears, as were most of the missionaries who were present.
It has been a wonderful journey working with our military missionaries in Europe as well as in Asia. We have
dedicated men and women who have given their lives to minister to our military—who love their country and
who are willing to make sacrifices for it. Thank you, fellow military missionaries, who have willingly given your
lives to serve the Lord and military missions.
Walk of Faith
By Bryan Baggett
Over 30 years ago, the Lord ordered our steps to come together, one from Tennessee and one
from Michigan. My wife, Kris, and I grew together in the bus ministry at a Bible college in
Florida. We later graduated from college and married in 1992. We are blessed to have two adult
children who are also serving the Lord in ministry.
While working to further my aviation training in preparation for the mission field, we labored
in military ministry at Bible Baptist Church (BBC), in Clarksville, Tennessee, just outside the
Army base at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The Lord directed our steps to become missionaries with
Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI). We were sent out of BBC to serve in the country of
Venezuela as church planters and pilot. It was our privilege to be a part of the BIMI missionary
family from 1995–2003. After God closed the door for our family to remain in the ministry in
Venezuela, we moved to Midland, Michigan (Kris’ hometown), where we served on staff at Mid-
land Baptist Church for five wonderfully fruitful years.
In 2008, our former sending church and my home church, Bible Baptist Church, asked me to re-
turn to be the Senior Pastor, where we served for ten years. Again, we worked with the fine men
and women of our United States military stationed at Fort Campbell. We were blessed to see the
church grow exponentially with many, many souls being saved and baptized during our tenure.
In fact, it was our thought to remain in this fertile harvest field for the rest of our lives. However, during our annual September Missions
Conference, the Lord spoke clearly to me concerning our surrender once again to serve Him in missions.
On December 30, 2018, I transitioned the church pastorate to new leadership in order to return to BIMI and take on the responsibilities
of the Assistant Director of US Military Ministries worldwide for BIMI. Since January, we have traveled extensively raising our support
in the United States and visiting with over 87 military missionaries globally. Our vision is to oversee and facilitate the planting of local
Bible-believing Baptist churches near military installations around the world in order to reach, minister to, and disciple military personnel
and their families.
In recent days, it has been our privilege to visit many of the churches situated outside of US military installations around the world.
Specifically, we spent the month of February traveling to six of the seven churches presently located in mainland Japan and Okinawa.
From the snow covered north of Misawa, Japan, to the sandy seaside of tropical Okinawa, it was an honor to worship with our men and
women serving our country and our Savior. From the quaint seaside town of Sasebo to the overwhelmingly enormous metropolis of Tokyo,
we experienced the different opportunities and challenges faced by our missionaries living there. We met Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers, and
Marines. Some of these encounters were on the streets of local cities while we handed out tracts and others were while we visited their bases
of operations to become acquainted with where they live and work. However, the greatest joy came when we gathered together around the
Word of God in church. Thank the Lord for the churches that He has allowed BIMI missionaries to establish and maintain over the years!
Just a few weeks later, we traveled to Germany to visit several churches and missionaries. We also participated in the European Military
Field Conference at Heritage Baptist Church, Mehlingen, Germany. For those who are not acquainted with a field conference, it is a time
for military missionaries serving all over Europe to gather for a time of refreshing, reporting, and renewal. It was exciting to meet with
these faithful servants of the Lord and to hear about the souls in their care. We were truly humbled to stand with those who represent over
278 years of combined military ministry service.
As we seek to follow the Lord and surrender to whatever task He puts before us, we are looking with anticipation to all that He has in store
for this ministry so rich in heritage. We expect Him to continue to order our steps in this walk of faith. We expect Him to continue to do
great things in the ministries of our BIMI military missionaries. We expect Him to continue to do great things in the hearts and lives of
our US service men and women.
Yokosuka Baptist Church
A Soul-Saving Station
By Mike Pinson
A person’s last words are usually very important. These words tend to stay with us. We naturally want
to carry out the final request of a friend or loved one. Some of the last spoken words of our Savior
before He ascended to heaven are found in Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel
to every creature.” This passage is commonly known as the Great Commission. At Yokosuka Baptist
Church, we try to carry out this final command of our Savior. Weekly, we have several opportunities
for soul winning and visitation. One of our ministries is standing on the street in front of the main gate
to Yokosuka Naval Base and passing out tracts. Our tracts are bilingual, English and Japanese. We have seen results from this ministry.
Some have visited our church, and a few have trusted Christ as Savior. Praise the Lord! Often, we stand and offer tract after tract and we
are rejected. Sometimes we are ignored; sometimes people are rude, and sometimes people will curse and make a scene; however, the
command remains the same. We are to share the Good News. It is up to God to give the increase.
Recently, the naval base hosted a Japanese-American Festival. We tried to obtain permission to set up a booth on the base and we were
denied. We filed for a street permit with the Japanese Police Department and that was approved. We were able to stand outside the base
at the gate entrance to the festival and pass out tracts—thousands and thousands of tracts. Most people gladly accepted them on this day;
perhaps they assumed the tract had something to do with the Festival. We were just glad they accepted them! Our church members worked
in shifts and passed out tracts all day long! At one point, Tonda, my wife, counted that she gave out 700 tracts in 45 minutes; we could barely
keep up with the demand. What a blessing to be able to get the Gospel to so many people!
We have been busy sharing the Gospel and God has been busy sending people our way who are searching for the truth. One soul whom
God sent our way was a self-proclaimed “Mormon/Catholic/Buddhist.” Melva is from Columbia visiting her sister for three months. One
Sunday morning while I was giving the invitation, she looked up and motioned for me to come to her seat. I turned off the lapel mic and
went to her. She said, “I want Jesus!” She was gloriously saved that Sunday morning with the help of a Spanish interpreter. God brought
her all the way from Columbia to Japan to hear this hillbilly preacher tell her how to get saved. I love the way God works! Two weeks later,
she followed Christ in baptism. She gave testimony that she had been watching the change God had made in her sister and she wanted the
same. Praise the Lord!
Sabrina, a ten-year-old girl from the Philippines, was in Japan visiting her aunt. The original plan was for her to stay here three months.
She loved coming to church; her only regret was that she could not attend every day of the week. She had many questions about Jesus and
how to get to heaven. After about one month of attending our Sunday school and Patch the Pirate Club, she finally understood that she was
a sinner and needed to trust Christ, which she did during Sunday school. Unexpectedly, she had to leave the very next day, two months
early. We are rejoicing that God brought her to Himself.
A few weeks ago on a Friday evening, one of our Peruvian ladies was cleaning the church. She heard someone beating on the door. She
answered the door to find a 70-year-old Japanese woman wanting to speak to someone about God. The cleaning lady, Karin, does not speak
Japanese well enough to hold a conversation. She gave the woman a Japanese tract and told her to return on Sunday. The woman would not
leave. She insisted she needed to speak to someone. Karin told her again that she could not speak Japanese. Finally, the woman looked at
Karin and asked in Spanish, “Do you speak Spanish?” Spanish is Karin’s first language. Who would have ever guessed this Japanese woman
could speak Spanish? To make a long story short, Tonda and I arrived at the church while Karin was in the middle of the Roman’s Road.
She asked Tonda to help her a little, and a few minutes later Harumi was gloriously saved! Karin led her first soul to the Lord that night.
Harumi’s friend in Florida had been witnessing to Harumi for a long time. Harumi had decided she was done with Buddhism but did not
know what to do next. Her friend went online, found five churches in the area and told Harumi to go to one of them and try to get help.
What are the chances of Harumi choosing our church and of her choosing to come at the exact time a Spanish-speaking lady would be
there? I love how God works out every little detail! The story does not end there. The next Sunday Harumi brought her 98-year-old mother
to church. Two weeks later, her mother trusted Christ! Praise the Lord! Harumi is planning to follow Christ in baptism.
God has always gone to great lengths “to seek
and to save that which was lost.” We are so
humbled and thankful that God would allow us
the opportunity to have a small part in His great
work. It is our prayer that Yokosuka Baptist
Church would always be available to be a “soul-
saving station.” We want to follow His command
to go into the world and preach the Gospel, and
we also pray that God would continue to send
people our way so that we might share the Good
News of salvation.