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
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!
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