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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 1,000 missionaries with BIMI working in 89 countries of the world. OFFICERS: Dr. James Ray, President; Dr. Ray Thompson, Vice President; Mr. James Butler, Corporate Secretary; Dr. Al Goss, Treasurer BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Dr. Michael Edwards, Chairman Dr. David Atkinson, Dr. Andy Bloom, Dr. Paul Chappell, Dr. John W. Collier, Rev. T. Michael Creed, Dr. Bill Egerdahl, Dr. Don Forrester, Dr. John Godfrey, Dr. C.O. Grinstead, Dr. Rodney Kelley, Dr. Tom Messer, Dr. Mike Norris, Dr. David Pittman, Mr. John Ramsey, Dr. James P. Rushing Jr., Dr. Clarence Sexton, Dr. Don Sisk, Rev. Rusty Smith, Dr. Mark Stevens, Dr. Jim Townsley, Dr. Robert Wall, Dr. Tom Wallace, Dr. Scott Wendal ADMINISTRATION / FIELD DIRECTORS: Dr. James Ray, General Director; Dr. Ray Thompson, Executive Director; Mr. James Butler, International Office Director; Mr. John Ramsey, Comptroller; Mr. Doug Cunningham, Business Manager; Dr. Jeff Alverson, Assistant Military; Dr. John Bailes, USA; Dr. Gerry Baughman, CAMP BIMI*SMART; Rev. Roger Blevins, South America; Rev. Eric Bohman, Assistant Africa; Dr. Ron Bragg, Africa; Rev. Alan Brooks, Assistant Southeast Asia; Dr. Pat Creed, Caribbean; Dr. Bob Dayton, Assistant Central America; Dr. J.B. Godfrey, Far East; Dr. Bob Green, Candidate and Deputation; Rev. William Griffin, Enrichment; Rev. Ed Hembree, Assistant Europe; Rev. Brant Holladay, Europe; Rev. Terry Jones, Central America; Dr. James Kennard, Military; Rev. Robert Larson, Assistant USA; Dr. Jim Lilley, Estate Planning; Dr. Robert Meyer, Southeast Asia; Dr. Jimmy Rose, Brazil; Dr. Don Sisk, General Director Emeritus; Dr. David Snyder, Far North; Rev. Gary Sprunger, Assistant Caribbean; Rev. Robert Van Sant, Assistant CAMP BIMI; Rev. Carl Vonnoh, CLAIM REPRESENTATIVES: Dr. Roy Ackerle, Rev. Gailen Abbett, Dr. Les Frazier, Dr. Ed Gibson, Dr. John Halsey, Dr. Robert Johnson, Rev. Mark Logan, Rev. Michael McCombie, Dr. Jerry Reece, Dr. Reggie Rempel, Rev. Clayton Revels, Dr. Clayton Shumpert STAFF: Mr. Don Arnold, Audio Visuals; Rev. Ken Catoe, Printing Services; Rev. Alan Robinson, Missionary Services Coordinator; Mr. Kevin Wnuk, Computer Services BIMI World: Dr. James Ray, Executive Editor; Dr. Ray Thompson, Editor; Rev. Ken Catoe, Production Editor; Mr. Don Arnold, Production Photographer; Mr. Jonathan Bergen, Designer Official Publication of Baptist International Missions, Inc. 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 E-Mail: Info@bimi.org Website: www.bimi.org BIMI Canada: P.O. Box 242 - St. Jacobs, Ontario N0B 2N0 (519) 664-3242 deep well, when letters were written on a typewriter and when corn had to be taken to a grist mill. They might marvel that there were no televisions and a radio was a luxury. But ask them about computers, text messages, cell phones, GPS's, mp3 players and they will respond immediately. The technology phenomenon over the past 75 years is staggering. BIMI is in its 49th year with over 1,000 missionaries serving in 89 countries of the world. WE ARE ALIVE IN THE GREATEST POPULATION ARENA OF ALL AGES. There are more people alive today than have ever lived before. Think about the world population. • During the time of Jesus Christ, 170 million people lived in the world. • One thousand years later there were 254 million. • When Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, there were 400 million people. • In 1800 the count climbed to 813 million. • In 1950 it had climbed to 2.4 billion. • Today there are 6.7 billion men, women and children that need to be reached with the Gospel. If the 12 apostles had known that there were 170 million people living when they were called, they would have been staggered when Jesus told them to go into all the world and preach the Gospel—so FEW apostles and so LARGE a task. How could so few people reach so many with so little? If you lined up the population of the world, there would be a line 37 to 40 people deep going all the way around the world. But if you took every Bible-believing missionary that even borders fundamentalism, there would not be a single line going all the way around the earth. It would only be a single line 20 miles long. Now think about 7 BILLION people—and a 20 mile line of missionaries! We must remember the five loaves and two fishes and Andrew's question, “But what are these among so many?” When God touched those meager rations, five to twenty thousand people were able to eat. Every second, four human beings come into the world. Every second two human beings leave the world and go into eternity. There are at least a billion people that have never heard the name of Jesus. They have no churches, no missionaries, no Scriptures, no witnesses at all. These lost souls exist 2,000 years after Christ gave the Great Commission to His Church: “Make disciples of all nations.” The mission has not changed; however, the methods of communication and technology are constantly changing. BIMI WORLD – Number 3, 2009 3