Explanation of My Resignation

Adoniram Judson said, “The motto for every missionary, whether preacher, printer, or schoolmaster ought to be “Devoted for Life.” A preacher friend of mine was being interviewed as a possible candidate for pastor of a church, and they asked the question, “How long were you at your last church?” He told them and then added, “but I’ve been with the company for a long time.” Faye and I entered the full-time service of the Lord for life in 1962, and 54 years later we still expect to fulfill that obligation. We signed on with BIO in 1999, and after nearly 18 years I cannot imagine ever severing that relationship. However, at this point in life I believe I have so many more things to offer that will be more helpful to the cause of missions than serving as president of BIO. There are others who can preside over things as well or better than I, and I can give my full attention to helping missionaries and churches. Therefore, at our annual meeting, November 17, I submitted my resignation as President of BIO to become effective December 31. I am in no way resigning from BIO or missions; I am simply transitioning. I want to concentrate on some things that I have not had total liberty to do before, because of the restraints of time and other obligations. One of the people quite able to oversee the work of BIO is Dr. John Yingling, who will assume this responsibility January 1, 2017. He has been with BIO for 16 years and knows every facet of the work. I ask that you pray for him.

I will maintain my seat on the Executive Council and, at their request, assume the title of International Ambassador. My intent is to work directly with missionaries, pastors and churches to promote missions around the world. We will preach, teach and evangelize on the mission field, and help with various special projects. I will hold some regional pastors meetings, represent BIO wherever possible, help to recruit missionaries, and, perhaps, do some writing.

We need your prayer and financial support more than we ever have before. Several times I have prayed Dr. Vance Havner’s prayer; “Lord, leave me not a worthless workman in a world full of work.” Up to this time, He has graciously answered my prayer. We have several meetings in the works for next year, and are available to help any of you to enhance your mission outreach. Billy Graham said, “The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.” This is our great confidence at this point of our life and service.

You can get our current contact information by calling the BIO office or contacting me through email.

 

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November Meeting 2016 Messages

We praise the Lord for a good November Meeting. Faith Baptist Church did a wonderful job hosting the conference. We missed the Pigeon Forge setting, but the atmosphere of the meeting itself made up for that.

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November Meeting 2016: Schedule of Events

We are looking forward to the annual November meeting coming up soon (November 15-17, 2016). Here is a schedule of events to help you plan your time with us.

BIO Conference

Schedule of Events

Tuesday

  • Banquet 6:30 PM — Dr. Jack Reiss

Wednesday

  • 9:00 AM — Missionary Fellowship
  • 10:00 AM — Conference Service
    • Pastor Chad Gamble
    • Special missionary presentation and offering
    • Missionary Ron Smith
  • 7:00 PM — Conference Service
    • Joyce’s Kids
    • Dr. Jack Reiss

Thursday

  • 9:00 AM — Missionary Fellowship
  • 10:00 AM — Conference Service
    • Dr. Emmett Manley
    • Missionary Testimony
    • Pastor Bo Mackey
  • 7:00 PM — Conference Service
    • Special Recognition
    • Dr. Jack Reiss

The conference will be hosted by Faith Baptist Church of Jefferson City, Tennessee. The church is located at 118 Colossians Court in Jefferson City.

Please see our previous announcement for lodging information and other details.

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Men’s Work Trip to Louisiana

Join BIO for a trip to help rebuild churches in Louisina!

Bro. Terry Childers, Director of SMART Ministries, is organizing a work trip to help churches in the flooded area of Louisiana. Previous construction experience is appreciated but not required. In fact, part of the purpose of the trip is to help missionaries learn some basic construction tecniques that can be helpful on the field. You need not be a missionary to join the team.

WHATChurch Flood

To help repair some flood damaged church buildings

  • Frame interior partitions
  • Install insulation
  • Electrical work
  • Hang drywall
  • Install floor coverings

WHO

  • Those who have construction skills
  • Laborers who are willing to follow instructions

WHEN

  • November 28th a few Faith Baptist Church men will leave from Jefferson City, Tennessee and stay on the project until December 10th
  • Others are welcome to come and go as their schedule permits

WHERE

  • St. Amant, LA; 675 miles from Jefferson City, TN

Church FloodLODGING:

  • Two spare classrooms will serve as our sleeping quarters
  • Bring some type of bed and bedding, e.g. air mattress sleeping bag/sheets & blanket
  • Showers are available in the church gym
  • The church has laundry facilities

TRANSPORTATION

  • Let Terry Childers know what days you plan to go and return; we’ll try to carpool you with others who may be planning to go around the same time

MEALS

  • Church members will be providing our meals
  • Please let us know if you have some special dietary needs

OTHER

  • Let Terry Childers know ASAP if you’re planning to go
  • Nov. 20th we’ll let you know the specific projects we’ll be working on so you can choose which tools/equipment to bring
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Babylon’s Three Missionaries

Daniel 3:28 “Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.”

We clearly see the influence that these three young Hebrew missionaries in our text had on the entire world. We learn from the Word of God that Nebuchadnezzar published a decree throughout the known world regarding the one true God as a direct result of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’s influence. We are very familiar with this Bible story, but let’s see exactly what these three men did to be used in such a manner.

First, they trusted God. They believed that God was sovereign and that He had their best interest at heart even if it meant death. Look at what they said in Daniel 3:16-18, “…O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

They believed that God was able to deliver them and they trusted God even if He chose not to deliver them. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” This is the first step toward great influence as a missionary – trust.

Next, we are told that they changed the King’s word. This simply means that they obeyed God rather than King Nebuchadnezzar. Jesus sets the standard for us. Hebrews 5:8 says, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” God ordains the circumstances of our life to make us like Christ and to use us for His glory. We must always obey Him and choose what we know is right. This is the second step toward great influence as a missionary—obedience.

Last, we see that these three young men yielded their bodies. In other words, they were willing to die if need be for the glory of God. John gives us the key to great spiritual influence and victory in Revelation 12:11. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” In this humanistic day and age in which we live, happiness is often a priority; nevertheless, the final key to great missionary influence is found in yielding – yielding everything to God.

Are we trusting God? Are we obeying God? Are we yielding to Him today? These three Babylonian missionaries did, and they were used to touch the entire world.

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