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One of my many roles as the General Director of BIMI is to assist our missionaries with their deputation ministries. It is a privilege to preach in missions conferences, challenging God’s people to give so our missionaries can raise the funds they need to go to the field where God has called them. Although it is not unusual to hear someone say deputation is antiquated or a necessary evil, I believe deputation is beneficial to both the missionary and the church. The more I watch the deputation process, the more I become convinced it is a tool greatly used by God. The Apostle Paul serves as a biblical example of a missionary who traveled to numerous churches and received support from several of those churches. It would have been easier for Paul to only write to these churches rather than sacrificing time and money to personally visit with them. Paul knew David H. Snyder President/General Director that meeting face-to- face was the best way to begin and develop a relationship. The internet and social media are ways for churches to get to know missionaries (and for missionaries to get to know churches). 2 BIMI WORLD Number 2, 2017 However, the best way to build strong relationships is time spent together one-on-one. As a missionary travels, the Lord will use the missionary’s time in meetings to build personal relationships with individual Christians and, even more importantly, with local churches. This allows God to create a bond between the missionary and the church. Hopefully, the final result will be a church that desires to support the missionary with finances and prayer and a missionary who wants to effectively represent that church on the mission field. Another important aspect of the deputation ministry is the personal development of the missionary himself. It has often been said that if a missionary cannot pass the test of deputation, he will not be able to succeed on the mission field. He learns to be flexible in many different—and sometimes uncomfortable— situations. Meeting and interacting with many different people and personalities help to develop the interpersonal skills essential to church planting. Also, as a missionary presents his ministry, teaches, and/or preaches week after week, he is being trained to be instant in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2). Furthermore, deputation allows the missionary to observe many different types of independent Baptist churches. He can learn what to do as well as what not to do. In other words, he