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Editorial Since this is the first of three BIMI World magazines for 2016, I want to intro- duce you to the theme we have chosen for this year. The title of this editorial is our annual theme and focus. The first half of the theme—Laying David H. Snyder Down Our Lives— President/General Director must take place before the second half—Lifting Up Our Lord—can effectively be accomplished. Furthermore, both parts must be accomplished con- tinuously and simultaneously. In short, we must be willing to say with John concern- ing Christ, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). Some of the problems we face in reaching the world for Christ are pictured in the account of Israel’s encounter with fiery serpents (Numbers 21:4–9). First, the serpents remind us that every human being has a sin problem. There is not a person who has not been “bitten” by sin (Romans 3:23; 5:12). Second, the god of this world (a deceptive serpent with fiery darts) is still busy blinding the minds of unbelievers so they will not look to the Lord for healing (2 Corinthians 4:3–4). It is 2 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2016 Satan’s desire to hide the cross from those who are unsaved so they will be lost for all eternity. The devil uses many different things like religion, baptism, good works, moral living, sinful pleasures, bitterness, wealth, and difficult circumstances to hide the light of the Gospel. In response to the problems, God has a plan. First, we are to pray. It is inter- esting to note that after the Israelites had been bitten, Moses prayed for the people (Numbers 21:7). Prayer is an essential tool in missions that is often overlooked. We must pray for those who do not know Christ. Pray that their hearts would be receptive to the Gospel message and that they would be saved. Also, we need to pray for more laborers who are willing to carry the cross of Christ to every part of God’s harvest field. Jesus reminds us that because the harvest truly is plenteous and the labour- ers are few, we should pray to the Lord of the harvest that He would send forth labourers into his harvest (Matthew 9:37– 38). Second, we must lift up the cross of Christ for everyone to see. Jesus said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilder- ness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up” (John 3:14). God’s plan includes taking this message to every nation—even unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8).