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Southeast Asia continued from page 29
Bangkok. The next two years, 2010 and 2011, two
new families were called to missions for Thailand.
Additions to the workforce continued with three
more couples dedicated to Thailand in 2013 and
2015. With the continued steadfastness of the
Popes, Thailand now has the most missionary
families of any country in BIMI’s Southeast Asia
and South Pacific fields. Churches are being
established, and Thai people are coming to
Christ. Discipleship is taking root, and God is
calling Thai men to preach. The cycle of missions
is happening for BIMI missionaries in Thailand
unlike any period in all of BIMI’s previous years.
God has scattered families all over different
parts of the nation, allowing the influence of
the Gospel to be throughout the country. A
subsequent extension of these ministries is the
influencing and training of Christians who travel
in from border nations like Laos and Myanmar.
These past ten years missionary families have risen
to the challenge of preaching Christ in a place like
Thailand. It has been tremendously exciting; yet,
we have not even begun to scratch the surface
about the amount of work needed to penetrate
Southeast Asia with the Good News of Christ.
Laborers are needed to serve and work in other
countries such as Cambodia, Singapore, and India.
Whereas God has opened the door for the spread
of the Gospel and of His Word across the islands
of the South Pacific, it does not negate the fact that
continued preaching, teaching, and discipleship
is necessary. We are thankful for all God is doing
through our missionaries in Southeast Asia and
the South Pacific, but we pray passionately for
what lies ahead. What will the next ten years bring?
Where will God call forth the next generation of
Christians to serve? We know that God will work
and do great and mighty things. The question is—
Will He use you to do it? W
Military continued from page 23
While being stationed in Sicily, I met my husband, David. We attended Calvary Baptist
Church, pastored by BIMI military missionaries Allen and Elizabeth Hamilton. While
under their ministry, we decided to put Christ in the center of our marriage and have
promised each other to spend the rest of our lives honoring God. We endeavor to be good
testimonies to each other and others and to serve those in need. Currently, I am stationed
in Okinawa, Japan, where BIMI military missionary Stu Jellison is my pastor at North
Shore Baptist Church.”
Just last year the Lord provided BIMI’s Military Ministry the opportunity to play a part in the “rescue”
from closing of Grace Baptist Church, Baumholder, Germany. Due to slated downsizing by the US
Army, preparations were unwillingly being made to close the doors of this longstanding church in the
community. By God’s grace and providence, that governmental decision was reversed! However, due
to various circumstances, the “For Lease” sign was already posted in the yard of Grace Baptist. Divine
intervention brought the dire situation of the church to the attention of BIMI military missionary
Tom Lancaster. Tom, in partnership with fellow missionaries Jeff Alverson and Bryan Baggett, along
with the sacrificial efforts of other men of God and the generous financial support of many pastors
and individuals, kept the doors of Grace Baptist Church open. Currently, BIMI military missionary
Joe Passaro is serving as the pastor of this grateful body of believers. To God be the Glory!
I am sure that these testimonies have touched your heart. Perhaps God has used them as a prompting
in your spirit about how He would like to use you to reach our US military. There are many
opportunities of service in Military Missions and we stand ready to help you in accomplishing those
mission objectives. W
32 Number 2, 2020