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in a heart. Gourds reasonable that we forsake all and Jonah's focus can even take the focus completely on Him. form of close family was on his own members or friends. God will often send gourds into comfort and Jonah's focus was on our lives to help relieve some of the selfish desires. his own comfort and heat we are experiencing. However, selfish desires. This there are other times when God is quite the opposite of the example seen in prepares a worm to purify us in a refining the life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. fire. Either way, we must keep our eyes on In obedience to the will of the Heavenly God and not the gourd. We must be able Father, Jesus set aside His own comfort to rejoice in both the gourd and the worm, and came to this earth. While here, He did being assured that God's plan is always best not live a comfortable life but was a man (Romans 8:28). Just as God was concerned of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Isaiah about every person in Nineveh, He is 53:3). After experiencing the excruciating concerned about every person in the entire pain and agony of a Roman crucifixion, world. It is obvious His command to “Go” Jesus died and was buried in a borrowed has not changed. Therefore, the question tomb. Three days later, He defeated death that must be answered is “Will we follow and rose triumphant from the grave. the example of Jonah or the example of Considering all Christ did for us, it is only Jesus?” W Will we follow the example of Jonah or the example of Jesus? I am so thankful for those who have followed the example of our Lord rather than the example of Jonah. Throughout this magazine there are several illustrations of those who have set aside their own comfort in order to obey the command of God. As a result of their obedience, many lost souls have repented of their sins and turned to Christ. BAPTIST INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS, INC., was founded in 1960 as an independent Baptist faith mission. BIMI is a fundamental mission agency, true to the Word of God in doctrine and method. The purpose of BIMI is to assist fundamental Baptist churches in fulfilling our Lord's command to evangelize the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our objectives are to establish indigenous Baptist churches and train national pastors and leaders. There are over 1,000 missionaries with BIMI working in 100 countries of the world. OFFICERS/BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Michael Edwards, Chairman; Robert Wall, Vice Chairman; David Snyder, President; JB Godfrey, Vice President; James Butler, Corporate Secretary; Al Goss, Treasurer; Jeff Amsbaugh, Andy Bloom; David Bragg; Tim Butler; John W. Collier; Bill Egerdahl; Kevin Folger; James God; CO Grinstead; Rodney Kelley; Mike Norris; Denny Patterson; David Pittman; James Ray; Jim Rushing; Don Sisk; Mark Stevens; Ray Thompson; Jim Townsley; Robert Vrandenburgh; Tom Wallace ADMINISTRATION/ FIELD DIRECTORS: David Snyder, General Director; JB Godfrey, Executive Director; James Butler, International Office Director; Doug Cunningham, Comptroller; Jeff Alverson, Assistant Military; John Bailes, USA; Gerry Baughman, CAMP BIMI*SMART; Roger Blevins, South America; Eric Bohman, Africa; Alan Brooks, Assistant Southeast Asia; Dan DeLong, Candidate, Deputation; Bob Green, Aviation; Malcolm Gregory, Assistant South America; William Griffin, Enrichment; David Harris, Far East; Ed Hembree, Europe; Terry Jones, Central America; James Kennard, Military; Robert Larson, Assistant USA; Jim Lilley, Estate Planning; Sean Lunday, Assistant Brazil; Robert Meyer, Southeast Asia; Jimmy Rose, Brazil; Don Sisk, General Director Emeritus; Gary Sprunger, Caribbean; Steve Stone, Far North; Ray Thompson, Executive Director Emeritus; Carl Vonnoh, CLAIM REPRESENTATIVES: Gailen Abbett, Roy Ackerle, Ron Bragg, Pat Creed, Ed Gibson, Bob Green, John Halsey, Robert Johnson, Mark Logan, Michael McCombie, James Ray, Jerry Reece, Reggie Rempel, Clayton Revels, Clayton Shumpert, Ray Thompson STAFF: Don Arnold, Audio Visuals; Ken Catoe, Printing Services; John Ramsey, Missionary Finances; Kevin Wnuk, Computer Services BIMI World: David Snyder, Executive Editor; Ken Catoe, Editor; Don Arnold, Production Photographer; Jonathan Bergen, Designer Field Editors: Eric Bohman, Africa; Alan Brooks, Southeast Asia; Gary Craft, Military; David Harris, Far East; Mark Lockhart, Central America; Ed Johnson, Brazil; John Bailes, USA; Gary Sprunger, Caribbean; Steve Stone, Far North; Clint Vernoy, South America; Donald Thatcher, Europe Official Publication of Baptist International Missions, Inc. · All Scripture quotations are from the KJV. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 9215 - Chattanooga, TN 37412 / Shipping Address: 8614 Harrison Bay Road - Harrison, TN 37341 / Phone: (423) 344-5050 / Fax: (423) 344-4774 / Info@bimi.org / www.bimi.org / BIMI Canada: P.O. Box 242 - St. Jacobs, Ontario N0B 2N0 / (519) 664-3242 Number 1, 2013 BIMI WORLD 3