BIMI

bimi

Baptist International Missions, Inc.

PO Box 9
Harrison, TN 37341
(423)344-5050
www.bimi.org

Our History

In 1917 Anton and Viola Andersen boarded the ship The City of Calcutta to plant their lives in Africa for the sake of the Gospel. Through more than forty years of ministry, thousands came to Christ. In 1955 the Andersen’s son Fred, a student at Tennessee Temple, impressed upon Dr. Lee Roberson the need for helpers in the Belgian Congo. In response Dr. Roberson, along with nine other pastors, organized the Southern wing of the Congo Gospel Mission.

When the Congo closed in 1960 because of revolution, Dr. Roberson made the motion that the Mission be enlarged to embrace the world. That led to the formation of Baptist International Missions on June 28, 1960. Since 1960 BIMI has extended its ministries into 100 fields around the world. With one thousand missionaries the Mission continues to assist local churches with their efforts to fulfill the Great Commission.

Our Purpose Statement

Understanding the importance of the Great Commission, our purpose is to assist independent Baptist churches in the establishment of like churches around the world. BIMI 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.

Our Structure

BIMI is a mission agency that is operated solely by faith. We are directed by a Board of Trustees comprised of more than 20 independent Baptist pastors who volunteer their time and resources. Field Directors who have many years of experience on the field are responsible for particular areas of the world. Neither the President nor any of our Field Directors receive a salary. Like the missionaries serving overseas, they raise their own financial and prayer support and trust God to provide for them through local churches. Additionally, a number of support staff serve at the World Missions Center. These servants of the Lord have a heart for all His faithful workers serving around the world.

Baptist International Missions is committed to helping local churches with the logistics associated with the Great Commission. The administration, finances and responsibilities involved with the task of worldwide evangelization are remarkable. Few churches possess the personnel or capability to provide all the services and know-how needed to adequately assist a missionary who has been called to serve in a faraway place. Countless details come into play when preparing missionaries for the field and when helping to make certain that their needs are met after arriving at their ministry location. Many crucial elements such as training, preparation for deputation, emergency assistance, international insurance, and a large number of other details must be addressed as each church planter begins his ministry.

God the Holy Spirit is the One Who calls the missionary (Acts 13:2). In response to that call, the church sends the missionary (Acts 13:3). It is at this point that BIMI stands ready to assist in each step of the church planting process. BIMI has gained a great wealth of experience since its inception in 1960. This experience is available to help local churches and missionaries streamline their efforts in obeying the Great Commission. In short, BIMI serves as a delegated servant of the local church.

Our Philosophy

We are a faith mission agency. Every missionary must trust God by faith to provide the financial and prayer support needed to enter the mission field. Missionaries are not guaranteed support by BIMI. They receive faith commitments from churches who agree to undertake their financial and prayer support.

Our Focus

Church planting is the main focus of Baptist International Missions. Planting churches is what Jesus had in mind when He said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19–20). Obviously, this does not mean we avoid such things as aviation, medical missions, construction, humanitarian aid, etc., since these things often play a very vital role in starting a church. It only means these types of ministries should be a means unto an end—church planting. The often quoted statement “the job of a missionary is to work himself out of a job” is our focal point. The main goal of every BIMI missionary is the establishment of fundamental, independent Baptist churches. As a mission board we want to do everything possible to train and assist our missionaries in this task.

Our Distinctives

Church Relationship

BIMI is an independent Baptist mission serving independent Baptist churches. As a Baptist mission, it is expected that all missionaries and missionary candidates must be scripturally baptized in a Baptist church. All missionaries and missionary candidates are to be members of and sent out by independent Baptist churches.

Bible Translations

In the English speaking countries of the world, our missionaries teach and preach exclusively from the King James Version of the Bible.

Music Policy

We believe that music is not amoral and that is must be given careful consideration. The music (lyrics, melody and rhythm) used by BIMI missionaries must be conservative and God honoring. Songs or styles with the recognized characteristics of rock music or rock performances are unacceptable. Consequently, the genres of music often referred to as “Christian Rock” or “Contemporary Christian Music” are to be avoided completely. In order to be filled with the Spirit, it is necessary to abstain from music which appeals to the flesh. (Galatians 5:16-17; Ephesians 5:17-19; Colossians 3:16; I Thessalonians 5:22)

Our Financial Accountability

Financial integrity demands accountability. As good stewards of the funds God has entrusted to our care, we are accountable both to the government and to supporting churches. Financial accountability is maintained through a yearly audit conducted by an independent accounting firm. We operate as a tax exempt organization through which monetary contributions, materials or properties can be channeled. BIMI provides both the contributor and the missionary with the receipts required by the government. The funds received by BIMI are raised primarily through independent Baptist churches that practice Faith Promise giving for missions. Occasionally grants and gifts from individuals, corporations, or trusts are received. These gifts are invested in projects and ministries of Kingdom value both in the United States and abroad.

Our Service to Churches and Missionaries

Baptist International Missions is committed to helping local churches with the logistics associated with the Great Commission. The administration, finances and responsibilities involved with the task of worldwide evangelization are remarkable. Few churches possess the personnel or capability to provide all the services and know-how needed to adequately assist a missionary who has been called to serve in a faraway place. Countless details come into play when preparing missionaries for the field and when helping to make certain that their needs are met after arriving at their ministry location. BIMI furnishes their missionaries with a legal basis on which to operate in most countries, a liaison with potential supporting churches, an accounting of monthly support levels, information services and counsel concerning the country in which they intend to serve. BIMI’s longevity and experience enable us to provide missionary candidates with information, statistics and services including:

• Group life, health, and cancer insurance

• Group retirement program

• Income tax preparation and aid in IRS matters

• Literature and printing, audiovisual and web presence services

• Guidance in securing vehicles, furniture, appliances, etc.

• Assistance in securing loans when needed and approved

• Stateside bill-paying services

• Helps for families who choose to home-school their children

• Support through the avenue of a Field Director to advise and encourage

• Training through the avenue of Candidate School

• Refreshment through the avenue of Enrichment Week Seminars

Devoted to the Commission, Dedicated to the Called

Our Passion

Our passion is to assist local churches in reaching the world with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have been commanded to go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). With a world population that exceeds 7 billion people, the need is greater now than it has ever been before. The words of Jesus remind us that the harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few (Luke 10:2). Will you consider being one of those who will “Go”? Would you join us in praying to the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth labourers into his harvest (Matthew 9:38)?