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,
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
Official Publication of
Baptist International Missions, Inc.
P.O. Box 9215 - Chattanooga, TN 37412
8614 Harrison Bay Road - Harrison, TN 37341
Phone: (423) 344-5050
Fax: (423) 344-4774
P.O. Box 242 - St. Jacobs, Ontario N0B 2N0
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
BIMI WORLD – Number 3, 2009