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This is a special year for Baptist International
Missions, Inc. (BIMI). June 2020 marks 60
years of ministry for our
mission agency. There
have been many changes
in our world since the
official organization of
BIMI on June 28, 1960.

Nonetheless, one of the
things that remains the
same is our dependence on
Jesus Christ.

When BIMI began 60 years
ago, we were Counting
on Christ. Today, we are
still Counting on Christ
and as we look to the
future, we will continue
Counting on Christ.

We are celebrating 60
years and counting—
Counting on Christ.

David H. Snyder
President/General Director
As you may have
concluded from the opening paragraph
of this editorial, BIMI’s theme for 2020 is
Counting on Christ. We are depending on
Him, not just for some things but for all
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things—a complete, confident, continual,
constant, and comprehensive counting
on Christ. There are
many things that could be
mentioned, but I would
like to write about three
particular things for which
we have been and are still
counting on Christ.

First, we are counting
on Christ for additional
missionary personnel.

The one main prayer request
Jesus gave us was for more
labourers for His harvest field (Matthew
9:37–38; Luke 10:2). Baptist International
Missions began 60 years ago with just a
handful of missionaries. God has continued
to call Christians to full-time missionary
service since that time and He is still calling
laborers. Some have asked if the number of
those being called to full-time missions has
decreased in recent days. My answer is that
God is still calling as many now as He did
in the past—perhaps even more. However,
I do not believe Christians are responding
to God’s call as they did 60 years ago.

Nonetheless, we are not discouraged, but
we are confidently counting on Christ to



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 800
missionaries with BIMI working in 100 fields of
the world.

OFFICERS/BOARD OF TRUSTEES
David Pittman, Chairman; Chris Edwards,
Vice Chairman; David Snyder, President; J.B.

Godfrey, Vice President; James Butler, Corporate
Secretary; Michael Edwards, Treasurer; Jeff
Amsbaugh, Andy Bloom, Paul Chappell, John
Collier, Michael Creed, Nathan Deatrick, Bill
Egerdahl, John Godfrey, C.O. Grinstead, Rodney
Kelley, Mike Norris, 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; Bryan Baggett, Military; Jeff
Bassett, Enrichment; Roger Blevins, South
America; Eric Bohman, Africa; Alan Brooks,
Assistant Southeast Asia; Tony Bulawa, Far
North; Dan DeLong, Candidate, Deputation;
Bob Green, Aviation; 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; Gary Sprunger, Caribbean; Carl Vonnoh,
CLAIM REPRESENTATIVES
Gailen Abbett, Jeff Alverson, Dennis Bellew, Bob
Green, Mark Logan, Michael McCombie, James
Ray, Jimmy Rose
STAFF Ken Catoe, Printing Services; Kevin Wnuk,
Computer Services
BIMI World
David Snyder, Executive Editor; Ken Catoe,
Editor; Jonathan Bergen, Designer; Field
Editors: Eric Bohman, Africa; Alan Brooks,
Southeast Asia; Tony Bulawa, Far North; David
Harris, Far East; Stuart Jellison, Military; Ed
Johnson, Brazil; Robert Larson, USA; Mark
Lockhart, Central America; Gary Sprunger,
Caribbean; 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 continuously call laborers who will respond to the tremendous
need for additional missionary personnel.

Second, we are counting on
We are depending
Christ to provide His power
to accomplish the task of
on Him, not just for
worldwide evangelization. In
some things but
Matthew 28:18, the recently
for all things—a
resurrected Christ makes the
complete, confident,
declaration that all power had
been given unto Him. The
continual, constant,
Lord’s declaration is followed
and comprehensive
by the command “Go ye
counting on Christ.

therefore, and teach all nations”
(Matthew 28:19 — emphasis
added). In essence, Jesus is telling us to go into all the world and
preach the Gospel in His omnipotent power. It is wonderful to
know that the Lord has not lost any of His power since making
His resurrection declaration. Thus, Christ is just as powerful
today as He was when BIMI began in 1960. Consequently, we
continue to obey His Great Commission, completely counting
on Christ’s unlimited, eternal power.

Finally, we are counting on Christ to fulfill His promises.

There are several major promises Christ has made in relation to
missions. We have been promised His power, which I mentioned
in the previous paragraph. Christ has also promised His presence.

In Matthew 28:20, Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto
the end of the world.” As we fulfill the Great Commission, we do
so with Jesus by our side. No one goes to the mission field without
His presence! The Lord has also promised His provision. Jesus
said we are to go and bring forth fruit and as we do, whatsoever we
ask of the Father in His name, He will provide (John 15:16). No
one goes to the mission field without His supply! Additionally,
Jesus made a promise when He made His victorious proclamation
in Matthew 16:18, “I will build my church; and the gates of hell
shall not prevail against it.” Church planting is a major part of
this victory proclamation. This is not to say that missionaries
are exempt from difficulties and defeats. On the contrary, Satan
fights any efforts to win souls and plant churches. However, no
one goes to the mission field without His victory! Thus, as we
move forward, we do so confidently counting on Christ to keep
His promises—because He always does.

As I considered possible themes for 2020, my desire was to
remember the 60 year history of BIMI and at the same time look
forward to our future ministry. We were counting on Christ in
1960 and we are still counting on Christ in 2020. Lord willing,
the next issue of the BIMI World Magazine will be a special 60th
anniversary issue. We are counting on Christ for missionary
personnel, for miraculous power, and for the fulfillment of His
manifold promises. In short, we are relentlessly relying on Christ
for everything. We are celebrating 60 years and counting—
Counting on Christ. W
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