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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 900 missionaries with BIMI working in 100 fields of the world. OFFICERS/BOARD OF TRUSTEES Michael Norris, Chairman; David Pittman, Vice Chairman; David Snyder, President; J.B. Godfrey, Vice President; James Butler, Corporate Secretary; Michael Edwards, Treasurer; Jeff Amsbaugh, Andy Bloom, Tim Butler, Paul Chappell, John Collier, Chris Edwards, Michael Edwards, Bill Egerdahl, Kevin Folger, Denny Patterson, James Ray, Don Sisk, Rusty Smith, Ray Thompson, Robert Wall, Tom Wallace ADMINISTRATION/FIELD DIRECTORS David Snyder, General Director; JB Godfrey, Executive Director; James Butler, International Office Director; Doug Cunningham, Comptroller; Jeff Alverson, 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; William Griffin, Enrichment; David Harris, Far East; Ed Hembree, Europe; Terry Jones, Central America; Robert Larson, USA; Jim Lilley, Estate Planning; Sean Lunday, Brazil; Steven Maldoff, Southeast Asia; Don Sisk, General Director Emeritus; Gary Sprunger, Caribbean; Steve Stone, Far North; Ray Thompson, Executive Director Emeritus; Carl Vonnoh, CLAIM REPRESENTATIVES Gailen Abbett, John Bailes, Dennis Bellew, Ron Bragg, Pat Creed, Bob Green, John Halsey, Robert Johnson, James Kennard, Mark Logan, Michael McCombie, Robert Meyer, James Ray, Jimmy Rose, 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: John Bailes, USA; Eric Bohman, Africa; Alan Brooks, Southeast Asia; Gary Craft, Military; David Harris, Far East; Ed Johnson, Brazil; Mark Lockhart, Central America; Gary Sprunger, Caribbean; Steve Stone, Far North; Donald Thatcher, Europe; Clint Vernoy, South America Official Publication of Baptist International Missions, Inc. All Scripture quotations are from the KJV. Mailing Address: PO Box 9 - Harrison, TN 37341 Shipping Address: 8614 Harrison Bay Road - Harrison, TN 37341 Phone: (423) 344-5050 / Fax: (423) 344-4774 Info@bimi.org / www.bimi.org can see what works and what does not work. Consequently, he can use this knowledge as he plants churches on the field. Ultimately, deputation will strengthen the missionary’s faith through the exercising of his faith. Many times, situations arise during deputation that only God can resolve. As the missionary learns to trust in the Lord while on deputation, it will be much more natural for him to trust in the Lord while on the field. There are many other ways that God uses deputation in the lives of missionaries and churches but I will mention just one more. God uses the deputation ministry as a tool to call laborers and to expose local churches to missions. First, many Christians are called into full-time missionary service through the ministry of a missionary on deputation. As a missionary presents his calling to a local church, God often uses that presentation to call laborers into His harvest field. This is personal for me. When I was ten years old, God used a missionary presenting his ministry in my church to call me into missions. I do not remember who that missionary was nor do I know to which field he was going, but I know that God used him in a very definite way to call me into full-time missions. Second, God also uses missionaries to raise awareness concerning the needs around the world. There are 7.5 billion people in the world today. All too often we become focused on the needs right around us and forget about those who live outside our sphere of influence. Generally, missionaries on deputation—as well as those on furlough—are passionate about missions and they communicate that passion from the pulpit. As a result, committed Christians will pray, give, and go more intelligently and eagerly because of the burden they receive through those passionate presentations. Although the deputation ministry can and should always be evaluated and fine-tuned so that it is as efficient as possible, it is far from antiquated. To view it as a necessary evil is to have an improper perspective and attitude about a tool God is using in a great way. The deputation ministry is just that—a ministry. As the deputation missionary ministers for the Lord, the Lord ministers to the deputation missionary, who ministers to the local church, who in turn ministers to the missionary. In the end, relationships are built, missionaries are developed, churches are exposed to missions, the Gospel is preached worldwide, and most importantly, God is glorified. W Please pray for the missionaries listed on pages 10–11. These are our newest missionaries, most of whom are just starting their deputation ministries. 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