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World Missions Center Staying Current with Leadership Changes Ed Hembree Europe Director Ed and Carole came to know the Lord in 1973. Soon after, Ed felt God's call to full-time service. For eleven years Ed pastored in Kentucky and Texas. During a missions confer- ence the Lord called them to Romania. The Hembrees have been used to plant indig- enous churches, estab- lish a children's home ministry and oper- ate a four-year Bible institute with more than 70 graduates. Ed also helped start the Independent Baptist College of Romania. In 2007 Ed became Assistant Europe Director. Their minis- try now has the added dimension of helping other missionaries all over Europe. As of December 31, 2011, Ed Hembree was named Europe Director. 12 BIMI WORLD Eric Bohman Africa Director Eric and Lori were accepted by BIMI in 1992 and served in the East African countries of Kenya and Tanzania. Because a strong emphasis was placed on discipleship and training, the new converts became strong committed Christians and are the leaders of their ministries today. With the help of these leaders, the Bohmans have assisted in establishing twenty- one churches from the central highlands of Kenya up to the base of Lake Turkana as well as a church in Tanzania among the Waarusha and Masaai people. In 2005 Eric became the Assistant Africa Director and continued serving on the field. On June 1, 2012, Brother Bohman became the new Africa Director for BIMI. Number 2, 2012 Gary Sprunger Caribbean Director Gary was saved as a result of a city-wide evangelistic campaign and later surrendered his life for full-time service. Gary and Joy Sprunger joined BIMI as missionaries to the US Virgin Islands in 1973. In 1975 the Sprungers arrived in St. Thomas and began their first term. Gary was a mission- ary pilot and served independent Baptist missionaries through- out the Caribbean and he assisted the Blue Water Bible College. At the end of their first term, they moved to Puerto Rico and helped in establishing several Spanish and English- speaking churches. Since 2004 Gary has been the Assistant Director of the Caribbean for BIMI. On June 1, 2012, Gary was appointed as the Caribbean Director. David Harris Far East Director David and Jenny were accepted with BIMI in December of 1985. They arrived in Osaka in 1988 and served in Japan for 24 years. The Harrises started two churches on the main island of Honshu and helped in several others. Their first church was near Osaka where they worked until 1995. The second was in Aomori City in the north where they served for 15 years. In 2008 David became the Assistant Far East Director while still serving on the field. On January 1, 2012, Brother Harris became the Far East Director. Their hearts' desire is still the same as it was in 1988—to see people come to know Jesus Christ and to experience His power to change lives!