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IM Board Holds Year-End Meeting Antioch, TN—The FWBIM Board met December 6-7, 2017, in the Antioch, Tennessee, office. Jeff Manning, board chairman, said, “This year’s meeting brought tears to our eyes…because of stories about the undeniable, providential hand of the Lord working.” Staff reorganization necessitated changes in the Mission’s Official Handbook of Operational Policies and Procedures. The board reviewed and accepted the proposed changes. Missionaries who retire or resign under designated giving often have a balance left in their accounts. The board voted to funnel any remaining funds into a “restricted reserves” account. Missionaries resigning or retiring with a deficit account will have their deficit “erased” through the account. At the end of each calendar year, any balance over $50,000 will be dispersed among missionary accounts. General Director Clint Morgan stated, “While the Mission continues to encourage candidates to make every effort to graduate without student debt, we also desire to provide a student debt relief system for those pursuing service with IM.” The board voted to allow (within parameters) mis-
sionaries to include a budgetary line item to offset student debt. The board approved two couples as two-year interns to work with Heath and Joni Hubbard in Tokyo, Japan. They plan to begin a bilingual (English/Japanese) church plant in the Tokorozawa City area of greater Tokyo. Daniel and Shelby (Blake) Culwell and their two sons live in both Tennessee and Arkansas. The couple, both employed by a family business Daniel helped start, works with youth in Ashland City, Tennessee, and Rose Bud, Arkansas. Jack and Ashley (Carter) Ketteman, and their three children, live in Bristol, Virginia. Jack serves as family pastor of the First FWB Church in Bristol. The board approved Daniel and Katie Speer for a second twoyear internship in Tokyo, Japan. Their first internship period ended in August 2017. However, their daughter Audrey’s battle with bacterial meningitis and other critical health issues, as well as Katie’s health struggles, complicated the last eight months of their internship. The couple will work with Don and Ruth McDonald. The board regretfully accepted Dale and Sandra Bishop’s request to retire. Dale and Sandra, in a let-
ter dated October 1, 2017, reflected on 44 years of service with IM saying, “It has been our privilege to minister with you these many years.” The couple will live in Georgia and care for Sandra’s mother. They requested their retirement be effective December 31, 2017. The board approved an operational budget of $6.35 million for 2018. Projected self-funded programs carry the total budget to $9.9 million. IMpact projects, The Hanna Project trips and projects, student missions, etc. require fundraising separate from the operational budget. All board members (Jeff Manning, chairman, NC; Jeff Nichols, vice-chairman, TN; Mark Price, secretary, OH; Janice Banks, OK; Nelson Henderson, AR; Robert Posner, TX; Will Harmon, AR: Cameron Lane, AR; Rodney Yerby, AL) participated.
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