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By Bryan Baggett
What is the Military Ministry about? It is about people. Specifically, it is centered
on the people who have chosen to serve the United States of America in the Armed
Forces. Since 1968, Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI), has endeavored to aid
in the establishment of local Baptist churches near military installations worldwide.
Missionaries have moved to foreign countries in order to share the Gospel of Jesus
Christ with the servicemen and women living there. As the United States changes
its foreign policies and actions over the course of time, so, too, our ministry is always adapting
to the differing situations and movements of our troops. However, our mission objective remains
the same—to be ambassadors of the Lord Jesus Christ to our military personnel as well as to the
nationals of their host countries. Below are two examples of the way the Lord is using BIMI’s
division of Military Missions to reach people for Christ. Missionary/Pastor Jeffery Wright gives
the following testimony:
“Having been raised in a severely dysfunctional and abusive home and spending time
in the foster care system, I felt the Marine Corps appeared to be everything I had ever
needed. It gave me structure and stability. I graduated with honors from boot camp and
felt like my life finally had fulfillment and meaning. After I graduated from Combat
Engineer School, the United States Marine Corps (God) sent me to the island of Okinawa,
Japan. I had the perfect job and was in the perfect place to succeed, but I felt empty and
lonely. I had structure in my life but no comfort, so I went back to what I always knew—
self-destruction and substance abuse.
God began to work on my heart through a series of events and a godly friend in my
Marine Corps Unit. In December 2009, I heard the Gospel for the very first time and was
convicted of my sin. That night, I took a terrifying drive back to my house, knowing that
if I were to die, I would spend an eternity in a place called Hell! When I arrived at home,
I got out of the car and sat on the curb, bowed my head, and asked Christ to save me. At
that moment I finally felt accepted and at peace. Everything I ever longed for was given
to me at that moment.
The next Sunday, Pastor Bob Monteith (a missionary serving with BIMI to the military)
baptized me at Maranatha Baptist Church in Okinawa, Japan. Through his preaching and
teaching I began to understand the Christian life, how to walk with the Lord daily, and the
importance of Christian service.
22 Number 2, 2020