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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; David Pittman, Vice Chairman; David Snyder, President; JB Godfrey, Vice President; James Butler, Corporate Secretary; Michael Edwards, Treasurer; Tim Butler, Paul Chappell, Kevin Folger, C.O. Grinstead, Rodney Kelley, Denny Patterson, 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, John Bailes, Dennis Bellew, Ron Bragg, Pat Creed, Bob Green, John Halsey, Robert Johnson, James Kennard, Mark Logan, Michael McCombie, Robert Meyer, James Ray, Jimmy Rose, 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: PO Box 9 · Harrison, TN 37341 Shipping Address: 8614 Harrison Bay Road · Harrison, TN 37341 Phone: (423) 344-5050 / Fax: (423) 344-4774 Info@bimi.org / www.bimi.org them. God has given us the responsibility of being a light to those who have been blinded by Satan (Matthew 5:14–16). As we seek to fulfill this responsibility— which sometimes seems overwhelming—it is good to know we can rely on the eternal promises of God. Jesus Christ promised us His power, presence, and provision as we carry out the Great Commission (cf., Matthew 28:18–20; John 15:16; 2 Corinthians 9:8). If we indeed focus on the eternal, the result will be an objective assessment of what really matters. We will see ourselves as strangers and pilgrims who are only on earth for a short time. The things of this life will be held loosely since they will soon fade, rot, burn, and/ or deteriorate. Our focus will be the eternal treasures we lay up in heaven—particularly those souls saved through our obedience to the Great Commission. A third indispensable part of focusing on things not seen is our focus on the examples God has provided in His Word. As mentioned above, Hebrews 11 contains a long list of men and women of faith who could see the unseen. Just to name a few: Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice (Hebrews 11:4); Noah moved with fear, and prepared an ark (Hebrews 11:7); Abraham looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God (Hebrews 11:10); Moses chose to suffer affliction with the people of God (Hebrews 11:25); Rahab received the spies with peace (Hebrews 11:31); Daniel stopped the mouths of lions (Hebrews 11:33); and the three Hebrew children quenched the violence of fire (Hebrews 11:34). Each one of these heroes of the faith serves as a good example to us; however, our ultimate example is Jesus Christ. In Hebrews 12:2–3 we are reminded to be continually looking unto Jesus and to be constantly considering Him Who endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest we be wearied and faint in our minds. As we look to the examples in Scripture—particularly the example of Christ—the result will be an overwhelming assurance in God and His promises. God has always been and will always be faithful! Please join me as we emphasize Focusing On Things Not Seen in 2017. I pray our lives will be characterized by obedient action to God, an objective assessment of what really matters, and an overwhelming assurance in God’s faithfulness. Truly, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (1 Corinthians 2:9—emphasis added). W BIMI Canada: 100 Ridgewood Ave. · Guelph, ON N1H 6C5 519-265-1950 Number 1, 2017 BIMI WORLD 3