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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 900 missionaries with BIMI working in 100 fields of the world. OFFICERS/BOARD OF TRUSTEES Mike Norris, Chairman; CO Grinstead, Vice Chairman; David Snyder, President; JB Godfrey, Vice President; James Butler, Corporate Secretary; Michael Edwards, Treasurer; Jeff Amsbaugh, David Bragg, Tim Butler, Paul Chappell, Kevin Folger, James God, Rodney Kelley, Denny Patterson, David Pittman, James Ray, Don Sisk, Rusty Smith, Ray Thompson, Robert Vradenburgh, Robert Wall, Tom Wallace ADMINISTRATION/FIELD DIRECTORS David Snyder, General Director; JB Godfrey, Executive Director; James Butler, International Office Director; Doug Cunningham, Comptroller; Jeff Alverson, Military; Gerry Baughman, CAMP BIMI*SMART; Roger Blevins, South America; Eric Bohman, Africa; Alan Brooks, Assistant Southeast Asia; Dan DeLong, Candidate, Deputation; Bob Green, Aviation; Malcolm Gregory, Assistant South America; William Griffin, Enrichment; David Harris, Far East; Ed Hembree, Europe; Terry Jones, Central America; Robert Larson, USA; Jim Lilley, Estate Planning; Sean Lunday, Brazil; Steven Maldoff, Southeast Asia; Don Sisk, General Director Emeritus; Gary Sprunger, Caribbean; Steve Stone, Far North; Ray Thompson, Executive Director Emeritus; Carl Vonnoh, CLAIM REPRESENTATIVES Gailen Abbett, Roy Ackerle, John Bailes, Dennis Bellew, Ron Bragg, Pat Creed, Bob Green, John Halsey, Robert Johnson, James Kennard, Mark Logan, Michael McCombie, James Ray, Jerry Reece, Clayton Revels, Jimmy Rose, Clayton Shumpert, Ray Thompson STAFF Don Arnold, Audio Visuals; Ken Catoe, Printing Services; John Ramsey, Missionary Finances; Kevin Wnuk, Computer Services BIMI World David Snyder, Executive Editor; Ken Catoe, Editor; Don Arnold, Production Photographer; Jonathan Bergen, Designer; Field Editors: John Bailes, USA; Eric Bohman, Africa; Alan Brooks, Southeast Asia; Gary Craft, Military; David Harris, Far East; Ed Johnson, Brazil; Mark Lockhart, Central America; Gary Sprunger, Caribbean; Steve Stone, Far North; Donald Thatcher, Europe; Clint Vernoy, South America Official Publication of Baptist International Missions, Inc. All Scripture quotations are from the KJV. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 9 - Harrison, TN 37341 Shipping Address: 8614 Harrison Bay Road - Harrison, TN 37341 Phone: (423) 344-5050 / Fax: (423) 344-4774 / BIMI Canada: 100 Ridgewood Ave. - Guelph, ON N1H 6C5 519-265-1950 It is reassuring to know that God has promises for us to claim as we lift His cross. First, He gives us access to His power. Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:18–19— emphasis added ). Although we can do nothing without Him (John 15:5), we can do all things through Him (Philippians 4:13). Second, He gives us the assurance of His presence. When Jesus gave the Great Commission, He promised to be with us alway, even unto the end of the world (Matthew 28:20). His presence guarantees His provision for the accomplishment of His plan (see John 15:16b and 2 Corinthians 9:8). Third, He gives us the promise that the Gospel message is applicable to everyone. God told Moses to make a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole and every one who was bitten would find healing as they looked on the serpent in faith (Numbers 21:8). In response to God’s command and promise, Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived (Numbers 21:9—emphasis added). Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32—emphasis added). I am glad for God’s promise that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13—emphasis added). We can do nothing without Him, we can do all things through Him. As we lift our eyes to the harvest fields of the world and see the cross of Christ, let us be reminded of our responsibility to lay down our lives and lift up our Lord. The problems of sin and Satan are still very real. There are multitudes of people who have blinded minds and know nothing about God’s remedy. We must quickly take the message of the cross to those who have been “bitten” before they die from the poisonous effects of sin. Just as lifting a brazen serpent on a pole probably seemed foolish to many Israelites, it was the only way for them to be healed. For many today, God’s plan of preaching the Gospel to the world seems foolish. Nonetheless, God is pleased by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe (1 Corinthians 1:21). Thus, it is imperative for us to look to Him in faith and claim the promises of God as we go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). W Number 1, 2016 BIMI WORLD 3