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dous host of missionaries. Also, we should pray for the protection of those who labor in the “uttermost” areas of God's harvest field. Church planting can some- times be very difficult and very dangerous. I am reminded of what Paul wrote con- cerning an open door that can be applied to an open window: For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries (1 Corinthians 16:9). Second, we must do what we can to promote the cause of missions. Those who teach Sunday school or Junior church should emphasize the subject of missions on a regular basis. Pastors who repeatedly preach about the great need for more laborers will be blessed by seeing church members surrender to missions. Parents play the biggest role in the development of their children. Therefore, the idea of dads and moms encouraging their young people to become missionaries should not be overlooked. Furthermore, giving financially to support missionaries is also an essential part of promoting missions. In short, we must do whatever we can to advance missions and thus help to open as many windows of opportunity as possible. Finally, we must ponder God's question, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” (Isaiah 6:8). Too many Christians are content to “window shop” when it comes to missions. We should not be content with just looking at windows of op- portunity. It is important that we consider whether or not God is calling us to go through that open window. The Lord does not want everyone to serve as a foreign missionary. However, with the tremendous need that exists, it is only logical that God is calling a multitude of workers. Perhaps as you read this editorial, you would be willing to breathe the prayer, “Here am I; send me” (Isaiah 6:8). Most likely, the majority of those who read this article have had the privilege of growing up in a country where the Gospel is proclaimed on a regular basis. With every privilege comes responsibility. While there is momentum, we must do what we can to open the many windows of opportunity that exist around the world. To be sure, there are countless hard-to-open windows due to difficult circumstances and adverse spiritual conditions. Nevertheless, when God sets before us an open door—or window—no man can shut it (Revelation 3:8). Understanding the importance of the Great Commission, our purpose is to assist independent Baptist churches in the establishment of like churches around the world. BAPTIST INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS, INC., exists to serve the local church as it sends missionaries into God's harvest field. As the church's delegated servant, we provide accountability, training and assistance to our missionaries as they carry out their pre-field, on-field and furlough ministries. It is our desire to glorify God through the pursuit of excellence in every area of this worldwide ministry of faith. OFFICERS/BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Michael Edwards, Chairman; Scott Wendal, Vice Chairman; David Snyder, President; Ray Thompson, Vice President; James Butler, Corporate Secretary; Al Goss, Treasurer; Jeff Amsbaugh, Andy Bloom; David Bragg; Tim Butler; Paul Chappell; John W. Collier; Bill Egerdahl; James God; C.O. Grinstead; Rodney Kelley; David Pittman; James Ray; Jim Rushing; Don Sisk; Mark Stevens; Jim Townsley; Robert Vradenburgh; Robert Wall; Tom Wallace ADMINISTRATION/FIELD DIRECTORS: David Snyder, General Director; Ray Thompson, Executive Director; James Butler, International Office Director; Doug Cunningham, Comptroller; Jeff Alverson, Assistant Military; John Bailes, USA; Gerry Baughman, CAMP BIMI*SMART; Roger Blevins, South America; Eric Bohman, Assistant Africa; Ron Bragg, Africa; Alan Brooks, Assistant Southeast Asia; Pat Creed, Caribbean; J.B. Godfrey, Far East; Bob Green, Candidate and Deputation; William Griffin, Enrichment; David Harris, Far East Assistant; Ed Hembree, Assistant Europe; Brant Holladay, Europe; Terry Jones, Central America; James Kennard, Military; Robert Larson, Assistant USA; Jim Lilley, Estate Planning; Robert Meyer, Southeast Asia; Jimmy Rose, Brazil; Don Sisk, General Director Emeritus; Steve Stone, Far North; Gary Sprunger, Assistant Caribbean; Carl Vonnoh, CLAIM REPRESENTATIVES: Gailen Abbett, Roy Ackerle, Les Frazier, Ed Gibson, John Halsey, Robert Johnson, Mark Logan, Michael McCombie, James Ray, Jerry Reece, Reggie Rempel, Clayton Revels, Clayton Shumpert STAFF: Don Arnold, Audio Visuals; Ken Catoe, Printing Services; John Ramsey, Missionary Finance; Alan Robinson, Missionary Services Coordinator; Kevin Wnuk, Computer Services BIMI World: David Snyder, Executive Editor; Ken Catoe, Editor; Don Arnold, Production Photographer; Jonathan Bergen, Designer Field Editors: Eric Bohman, Africa; Alan Brooks, Southeast Asia; Gary Craft, Military; David Harris, Far East; Mark Lockhart, Central America; Coy Shaw, USA; Gary Sprunger, Caribbean; Clint Vernoy, South America; Rob Willoughby, Europe Official Publication of Baptist International Missions, Inc. · All Scripture quotations are from the KJV. 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 / Info@bimi.org / www.bimi.org / BIMI Canada: P.O. Box 242 - St. Jacobs, Ontario N0B 2N0 / (519) 664-3242 Number 3, 2011 BIMI WORLD 3