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Purpose Statement Understanding the importance of the Great Commission, our purpose is to assist independent Baptist churches in the establishment of like churches around the world. BIMI exists to serve the local church as it sends missionaries into God's harvest field. As the church's delegated servant, we provide accountability, training and assistance to our missionaries as they carry out their pre-field, on-field and furlough ministries. It is our desire to glorify God through the pursuit of excellence in every area of this worldwide ministry of faith. 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 Vradenburgh; 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; 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, USA; Jim Lilley, Estate Planning; Sean Lunday, Assistant Brazil; Robert Meyer, Southeast Asia; Jimmy Rose, Brazil; Gary Sprunger, Caribbean; Steve Stone, Far North; Carl Vonnoh, CLAIM REPRESENTATIVES: Gailen Abbett, Roy Ackerle, John Bailes, Ron Bragg, Pat Creed, Ed Gibson, Bob Green, John Halsey, Robert Johnson, Mark Logan, Michael McCombie, James Ray, Jerry Reece, Reggie Rempel, Clayton Revels, Don Sisk, 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 / BIMI Canada: 100 Ridgewood Ave. - Guelph, ON N1H 6C5 (519) 265-1950 them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some (1 Corinthians 9:20–22). Being a Jew himself, Paul could easily relate to the Jewish people. To the Gentiles, Paul would emphasize the fact that he was a Roman citizen. Becoming all things to all men meant that he gave up his own “rights” in order to win the lost—that he might by all means save some (1 Corinthians 9:22). We live in a day when it seems that When Paul made a so many Christians are concerned about their “rights.” However, conscious choice to be Paul was concerned about the a servant of Christ, he salvation of lost souls. When he gave up his own rights. made a conscious choice to be a servant of Christ, he gave up his own rights. Obviously, choosing to be a servant does not come naturally to anyone. As human beings, we would rather be served by others than be a servant to others. God does not force us to serve Him, but He gives us a choice. However, if we choose to serve Him, we can be confident that there will be a reward. This brings us to our final thought—a Crown to be obtained. This third consideration should catch our attention. Paul admonishes us to run so that we may obtain (1 Corinthians 9:24). He reminds us that temperance and self-discipline are absolutely necessary in order to win the prize. The crown we seek to win is not corruptible but it is incorruptible (1 Corinthians 9:25). Eternal rewards are the goal. Additionally, we do not run uncertainly, since every runner who does not disqualify himself may obtain a crown (1 Corinthians 9:26–27). In conclusion, I would like to emphasize 1 Corinthians 9:23 where Paul states, “And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.” Paul desired to be a “partaker” of the Gospel with the Corinthian believers. By this, Paul was saying he wanted to not only share with them in the blessings of the Gospel itself but also share in the blessings of reaping a harvest of souls. As they together became servants for the Gospel's sake, many people would be saved and they could rejoice together in gaining the more (1 Corinthians 9:19). Let me invite you to join with us as we focus on Making Ourselves Servants for the Gospel's Sake. We would count it a privilege to be a partaker together with you in the blessings of the Gospel. W Number 1, 2014 BIMI WORLD 3