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60 Years and Counting
Counting on Christ
As we celebrate and consider 60 years
of ministry, we are thankful for all God
has accomplished. We have seen many
changes in our world during the past six
decades. Events like the Vietnam War,
Neil Armstrong’s moon landing, the fall
of the Berlin Wall, and the 9/11 terrorist
attacks serve as examples that affected the
entire world. This year, we are experiencing
the Coronavirus pandemic, which will
undoubtedly cause major global changes.

These unprecedented events have brought
about unprecedented opportunities and
have underscored the need to continue
Counting on Christ as
we carry out His Great
Commission. I would like to believe
that BIMI missionaries
and their supporting
churches have also
had a worldwide effect
during the past 60
years. Whatever good
has been accomplished
in God’s harvest field
David H. Snyder
through BIMI has been
President/General Director
because of Jesus Christ.

As we look to the future, it will only be
by Christ’s enablement that a worldwide
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impact can become a reality. Preaching
the Gospel to every creature is a job that
requires a complete and constant counting
on Christ. But how can we truly count on
Christ? To answer that question, I would
like to mention three critical components
of Counting on Christ.

First, we must be continually relinquish-
ing to Him everything we have. This is an
ongoing, a voluntary, and a complete sur-
rendering (Romans 12:1–2; Philippians
3:7–8). In order to do this, we must recog-
nize that we are only stewards and that we
are to be faithful stewards of all we possess
(1 Corinthians 4:2). It is also important to
realize that we, in our own strength, can do
nothing (John 15:4–6). Thus, we need to
allow God to do His work in us, through us,
and for us—recognizing our weakness to
experience His power.

Second, we must be constantly relying
on Him. It is essential that we rely on Him
in every way—relying on Him as a child
relies on his father (Matthew 7:7–11), as a
sheep relies on its shepherd (Psalm 23), as
a branch relies on the vine (John 15:4–5),
and as a friend relies on a friend (John
15:13–15). It is also imperative that we
rely on Him for every thing. We can totally

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.

David Pittman, Chairman; Chris Edwards,
Vice Chairman; David Snyder, President; J.B.

Godfrey, Vice President; James Butler, Corporate
Secretary; Michael Edwards, Treasurer; Jeff
Amsbaugh, Joel Bixler, Andy Bloom, John
Collier, Michael Creed, Nathan Deatrick, Bill
Egerdahl, John Godfrey, C.O. Grinstead, Rodney
Kelley, Dean Miller, Mike Norris, James Ray, Don
Sisk, Rusty Smith, Robert Wall, Tom Wallace
David Snyder, General Director; JB Godfrey,
Executive Director; James Butler, International
Office Director;
Doug Cunningham,
Comptroller; Bryan Baggett, Military; Jeff
Bassett, Enrichment; 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, South America; 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.

count on Him to provide what we need spiritually, physically,
mentally, emotionally, and financially. In addition, it is
essential that we rely on Him in every place. Whether we find
ourselves in the middle of a storm, on the top of a mountain,
at the bottom of a valley, or in the midst of a fiery trial, we
must unconditionally rely on Him. God promises that when
we truly rely on Him, we will experience His provision.

Third, we must be confidently resting in Him. We must
rest in Who He is. Jesus Christ is Lord of lords, King of kings,
Almighty God, Prince of Peace—and on we could go. We
must also rest in what He has done. He made peace with
God through the blood of His cross, providing a way for all
mankind to be reconciled to God the Father (Colossians
1:20–22). Additionally, we must rest in where He is. Not
only is Jesus at the right hand of the Father interceding for
us (Romans 8:34) but is also abiding with us alway, even
unto the end of the world (Matthew 28:20). Furthermore, we
must rest in what He will do. Christ will build His church
(Matthew 16:18), He will be our co-laborer (Matthew
11:28–30; 1 Corinthians 3:9), He will save all who call on
Him for salvation (Romans 10:13; 2 Peter 3:9), and He will
come again (John 14:1–3; 1 Thessalonians 4:15–18). When
we truly rest in Him, we can experience a peace that passes
all understanding.

Despite the many changes in our world since the official
organization of BIMI on June 28, 1960, 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. Our
desire is to relinquish everything to Him and experience
His power, to rely on Him and experience His provision,
and to rest in Him and experience His peace. Fulfilling
the Great Commission requires God’s inexhaustible power,
provision, and peace to proclaim His everlasting Gospel to
an ever-changing world. W
I hope you will enjoy the articles in this 60th Anniversary Edition of the BIMI World.

Most of the articles focus on what the Lord has been doing through BIMI during the
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