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This makes it much simpler for them to get their money overseas. If a missionary chooses not to have a bank account locally, we can send money by direct deposit to the U.S. bank of their choice. The accounts payable staff consists of two full time individuals. Other financial services offered include preparing the missionary income tax returns, assisting in acquiring mortgages and helping answer questions about FAFSA forms that are required to get college funding assistance for MKs. A host of other financial services are available as needed. While on deputation in Nova Scotia, our van was broken into and our computer, digital camera, and my wife's purse were stolen. The thieves managed to get into our bank account and withdraw $1000, before we reported the theft. We called the home office. The staff responded quickly and with understanding and care. Within hours the bank was made aware of our robbery and reimbursed us the amount stolen. For us, the home office is an integral support team for our ministry that helps the “technical” side of things so that we can focus more attention to the work God has called us to on the field. The home office even offers missionary support services. Joshua and Julie Mead—Senegal This can include anything from helping to purchase or locate goods for the missionary to keeping information that the missionary needs to get the best deal on airfare, container shipping or just about anything else. The missionary may not always know where to look for things so we are here to assist in every way possible. One area that has greatly enabled us to do a lot with little is the Computer Department. While many organizations our size would have three or four computer professionals, we only have one individual in this department. Our custom programs are efficient and meet our needs on a daily basis. We often take computers for granted but if something goes wrong, we immediately realize how much they allow us to do. National studies show it is reasonable for nonprofit organizations like BIMI to use 15% of the money contributed for administration. BIMI uses less than 4% to pay office salaries, utilities and other operating expenses. Some home office staff raise part of their support to help out with expenses. As you can see, the volume of work changes over time and the technology used changes over time, but the commitment of the staff to serve the missionaries and the Lord does not change. It is still our desire to see the Gospel carried out to the uttermost parts of the world. When my husband died, several of the home office staff spent many hours helping me deal with medical bills, insurance, and taxes. Their expert counsel saved me literally thousands of dollars. Thank you! Debbie Guimon—Uganda/SOAP Left to Right: Doug Cunningham (Business Manager); Laverne Nolen (Accounts Payable); John Ramsey (Comptroller); Jackie Fuller (Accounts Receivable); Jan Prairie (Accounts Payable); Alan Robinson (Missionary Services); Ann Trail (Accounts Receivable) BIMI WORLD – Number 2, 2010 27