The mission field is a difficult place. Many missionaries leave the field prematurely due to the inability to learn the new language and to adapt to the new culture. This is a tragedy for many reasons but especially because of the lost souls that will never hear the Gospel and be saved.
We believe that the work of missions is the most important work in the world. It is the one task that Jesus assigned His church to accomplish while it waits for His return. Are not Christ and His work worthy of the best possible workers?
The command of Christ in Mark 16:15 to “preach the Gospel to every creature” means learning strange, new sounds. After the Phonetics course, these sounds will not be so strange. Does it make sense to send a missionary to the field without this skill? Christ’s command means the missionary might need to learn an unwritten language. His language learning training will help him learn it, and the Phonemics course enables him to know exactly which letters this new alphabet needs. What will the untrained missionary do when faced with an unwritten language (where there are no language schools or teachers)? He will probably look for an easier place and language, leaving these poor souls without the message of Christ. Do you think this pleases our Lord? “Every creature” includes millions of people with no Scriptures in their languages. What does the Baptist missionary without preparation in Bible translation principles usually do? He says, “Let the Neo-Evangelical groups take care of that task.” And then he complains because they use the corrupt text and inferior translation methods. Does God not want Bible-believing Baptists to translate His Word?
We could continue giving examples of the many ways that thorough missionary training helps a missionary to plant strong, indigenous churches. Please contact us with any questions you may have. You are also always welcome to visit the BBTI campus.
If you want to prepare for missionary service at a place where you will receive thorough, personalized instruction, then BBTI might be for you. If you do not want to be offended by the worldly sound of Contemporary Christian Music and corrupt new Bibles, BBTI might be for you. If you are willing to take an extra nine months to study and are willing to work hard, then BBTI might be for you. Remember, Proverbs 19:2 says, “Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.”