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and who are going out to start a new church.
For years, this list has averaged more than 100
names per year and sometimes many more.
The spirit of the Martins is the same spirit of
many BIMI missionaries whether they serve in
fruitful places or harder areas.
Bruce Rice has spent over 30 years in ministry
on the island of Mindanao. God continues to
bless the churches they have been able to start
and the students they have been able to train in
their Bible college. In recent years the Lord put
a new area on his heart. What a blessing it was
to be able to see one of their first services a few
years ago and to listen to Brother Rice’s burden
for the people in that area! On a later visit it
was amazing to see that they had outgrown
their building and expanded by building next
door. The service was full of people whose
lives have been changed by the power of God’s
God’s Grace in Other Asian Fields
Over the past eight years, I have been
privileged to visit all of our Asia and North
Pacific missionaries. I have seen them laboring
to win souls and to establish churches that will
continue long after the missionary is gone. I
have visited them after terrible disasters such
as earthquakes, tsunamis, and typhoons. I have
listened to their burdens of reaching more
people and starting more churches. I have
also seen the result of their vision when on a
return visit I saw a new and thriving group of
believers gathering to worship our Lord.
34 My heart is stirred each time I visit our Far
East family and visit their growing churches.
God is at work in the ministries of the Doug
Sisson family in southern Philippines, the
Henry Ward family in Japan, the Andrew
Au family in Hong Kong, the Jason Ritchie
family in Mongolia, the Jon Flowers family in
Taiwan, the Roger Workman family in Tinian,
the Kevin Akana family in Hawaii, and many
other families throughout Asia. Everywhere
these dear servants of God go, the Gospel is
preached and God’s grace is evident in changed
lives and souls saved!
For the past ten years, our missionaries serving
in Asia and the North Pacific reported more
than 13,500 salvation decisions and 100 new
churches started annually. God also blessed
us with a dozen new families who arrived
on the field. It is wonderful to consider that
BIMI worldwide has averaged over 500 people
coming to Christ each week over that same ten
We rejoice in what God is doing, but there are
so many more who need to be reached! The
truth remains—The harvest truly is plenteous,
but the labourers are few! Each time I travel
through cities such as Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul,
Hong Kong, Taipei, and Manila, I am reminded
that there is a great need of Gospel preachers!
Will you help us pray for laborers in Asia, the
North Pacific, and the world? Others still need
to experience the saving grace of God! What
would keep you from coming to help us? W