Connect with the Commission
Jesus tells us in His Word to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. However, for many of us, this endeavor can seem overwhelming.
Where would I go?
How would I get there?
What would I do once I am there?
BIMI's Connect short-term program may be the answer. By joining a Connect team, individuals will have an opportunity to use their talents and abilities for the cause of Christ.
Each Connect trip is led by experienced BIMI field directors who organize and oversee all necessary details.
Prayerfully consider becoming a part of BIMI Connect. You will be glad you did!
Connect with the Mission
Connect trips are open to anyone 16 years old and older. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The total cost of each trip will vary, depending on the destination; however, the following will be included:
• Air Transportation (from a specific US airport)
• Ground Transportation
• Travel Insurance
• Ministry Expenses (tracts, Bible lessons, and materials)
• Travel Visa (will not include passport expense)
For information on upcoming Connect mission trips, contact Dan DeLong.
We would love to have you join with a Connect missions trip.
Join us for an unforgettable ministry experience in Aberdeen, Scotland! We will be traveling to the northeast coast of Scotland and the charming city of Aberdeen. There the team members will work with BIMI missionaries Rick and Sarah Demastus. They are in the process of planting their first church in Scotland, Open Door Baptist Church. We will be helping them in their Spring Youth Outreach effort as well as doing a door-to-door literature distribution. We will have the privilege of spending two Sundays with them during our stay. Because Scotland is English-speaking (well, sort of!), you will be able to communicate with everyone without the need of an interpreter. This should make for some great open doors for the presentation of the Gospel. In addition, you will get to escape the hot temps in the States and experience summer in Scotland—better bring a sweater or jacket!
Scotland is a magnificent country and we will take a full day to travel by train to see the old city of Edinburgh, considered one of the four most beautiful cities in the world. Come and walk the “Royal Mile” with us in Edinburgh. Actually, the two-hour train ride from Aberdeen to Edinburgh and back is breathtaking and offers world-class vistas as we follow the east coast of Scotland.
All your expenses except for snacks and/or souvenirs are covered in the listed cost for the trip. We take care of all travel expenses as well as admissions to any castles or museums we may tour in Edinburgh or Aberdeen. Please be aware that you will probably be sharing a room, depending on the breakdown of the participants.
The purpose of this trip is to expose young people to the culture and the need for additonal missionaries, and provide opportunities for them to reach their generation for Christ. Our missionaries are coordinating some special activities and opportunities for those who are going. Our plan is to meet in Miami and be on the same flight to Santo Domingo.
Dates: May 18–28, 2020 (10 days)
July 20–30, 2020 (10 days) Cost: $1,590 Team size: 35
Continue the mission of the Great Physician and be a part of the 2020 Amazon Connect Team as we travel to the remote regions of the Amazon basin with a team of volunteer medical personnel and evangelists. The provision of medical care is a key which opens the door in areas otherwise left closed to the Gospel message, making possible a church plant.
The Place of the greatest need is often the most difficult to access. Amazon’s Vale do Javari holds the largest concentration of uncontacted people anywhere on earth. We will travel by boat up the Amazon River and other tributaries, evangelizing villages in Brazil, Peru, and Colombia.
The People in the Vale do Javari are made up of three groups: the local fishing villages, the indigenous tribes, and uncontacted tribes. We will focus our work among the fishing villages or ribeirinhos, where Portuguese and Spanish are the predominate languages.
The Purpose of our Med-evangelism Team is to work with our national pastors to evangelize villages where they are presently working as well as to open new areas in which they seek to plant new churches. The Amazon is one of the least evangelized regions of Latin America. Our team will be involved in organized mass evangelism and treating people clinically through the mobile med clinics.
You will experience firsthand several aspects unique to the Amazon such as Jungle Boat Ministry, Três Fronteiras, day visit to Dolphin Bay, and jungle wildlife.
Participant Profile: 18–60 years old; 16- & 17-year-olds who are accompanied by a parent (Medical professionals welcome, but medical knowledge not necessary)
Accommodations: Hotels, local housing, and sleeping on boat
Travel/Transportation: Leaving from Miami/Traveling by plane to Leticia, Colombia/Traveling by boat up the Amazon River and other tributaries into Brazil, Colombia, and Peru/Renting taxis in Leticia
• Airfare, lodging, transport, meals are included
• Jungle and River Boat ministry
• Medical clinics with evangelistic focus
• Gospel outreach in villages
• Minister in local churches and schools
• Experience missions firsthand
• Minister in Brazil, Peru and Colombia
• Handbook provided upon making $100 deposit A valid US passport is needed.
Dates: June 25–July 6, 2020 Cost: Approximately $3,200
(flight from LAX to POM $1,800 round trip/$1,000 for 10-day stay/$400 for van rental, gas, etc.)
We will take part in the ministries at Shalom Baptist Church, Morata Baptist Church, and Runway Baptist Church.
Our group will participate in the youth conference held in the Port Moresby area the week that we are there. There should be over 300 youth there in attendance from over 20 churches.
Team members will...
• work with the national pastors.
• work with several other churches in the Central Province area.
• do evangelism outreach.
• do market ministry.
• participate in Sunday school ministry.
• participate in Youth camp ministry.
• go on village outreach ministry as we work alongside the national pastors and their ministries.
Team members will be responsible to get to LAX on their own and be there by 4 pm to get checked in and have pre-trip meeting at 6 pm in the international terminal, departing on the 11:20 Qantas flight on June 25, 2019.
This trip open to men only at this point. Any 16- to 18-year-old needs to be accompanied by his dad.
United States Church Planting Survey Trip Dates: JULY 9–20, 2020 Cost: $1,000
We are planning an exciting 12-day trip to the Pacific Northwest region of the United States to see first-hand the church planting needs in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. This is a wonderful opportunity for future church planters, especially men praying about planting a church in the Northwest United States. This trip is also open to pastors and laymen interested in church planting.
You will meet with experienced church planters and pastors who have planted or are planting churches. You will be traveling with men who can answer your questions about planting churches. Participants will have soul winning opportunities and some sightseeing days during the 12 days of traveling. A van will be used to transport those who make the trip.
This trip is limited to 7 individuals (men and young men only) and normally fills up quickly, so act now. Trip starts and ends in Spokane, Washington. Airfare to and from Spokane is not included.
Your arrival in Spokane must be before 4:00 PM on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Departure after the trip should be scheduled for Monday, July 20 after 8:00 AM.
Dates: July 20–27, 2020 Starts and Ends: Atlanta, Georgia Cost Per Person: $2,700 (based on 6 team members)
Number of team members: 4 minimum/6 maximum
Our trip will focus on ministry in the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. Team members will have the opportunity to work alongside veteran church planters and pastors. There will be time to see the sights and experience one of the most multicultural metropolitan areas in the world. Much of the trip will have an emphasis on interacting with church planters, pastors, and their churches, allowing each team member opportunity to glean much from these experienced servants of the Lord.
Dates: July 24–August 3, 2020 Cost per person: $2,475 (based on 10 team members) Starts & Ends: Atlanta, Georgia
Our visit to Costa Rica will provide each member of our team a full-circle view of the many aspects of missions and missionaries in this Latin American country. We will be visiting several different church planting works with different climates in different areas and reaching different groups of people.
Our trip is a fact finding trip. The purpose is two-fold. First, we want those who travel with us to get to know the missionaries first hand and to see and participate in their day-to-day ministries. Second, we hope that each member of our group will have a renewed burden for the lost world and pray for the missionaries who are seeking to win the lost.
Team Leader: Terry Jones (BIMI Central American Director)
Dates: August 3–11, 2020 Cost: $3,000 Team Size: 15
The 2020 BIMI Connect Trip to Asia will be an evangelistic trip to Japan during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
August 3 — Departure
August 4 — Arrival
August 5–10 — Ministry & Sightseeing in Tokyo
August 11 — Return home
You will be accompanied by 24-year veteran missionary to Japan David Harris as well as teaming up with quite a few missionaries in Japan who will guide you from start to finish through the sometimes confusing streets of one of the world's largest cities. You will get to do ministry in Japan as well as see some amazing sights that will grip your heart. We will be passing out tracts and Gospel fans to the Japanese and to many participants and attenders of the games in an area that is one of the busiest in Asia. At one intersection in Shibuya, there are 1 million people who cross daily!
Our goal is to spend 5 days distributing tracts and Gospel fans. Fans are used by many companies during the hot and humid summers, providing something that everyone loves to receive. On the fans will be printed a Gospel message with further information that will lead to Gospel information on a designated website.
Additional Funds Needed
For anyone interested in this trip, we would welcome your help in trying to raise funds over and above your travel amount that will go towards needs for the event. We are trying to raise $1,500 toward tracts and an estimate of $12,000 for 50,000 fans. There will also be costs of $1,500–3,000 to produce and maintain a website for this event. If we can raise more than our projected amounts, we would be able to produce and distribute more tracts and fans. For anyone desiring to donate towards these needs, funds may be sent to BIMI, PO Box 9, Harrison, TN 37341—Far East Fund. Your donations will receive a tax deductible receipt.
BIMI missionaries and many other friends, both national and missionary, will be participating in this event. Please feel free to write to David Harris if you have any questions.
A valid US Passport is needed, but no visa or shots are required.Team Leader: David Harris (BIMI Far East Director)
* All trip deposits are non-refundable. If, after you have paid money into your account, you are unable to participate in the Connect trip that money will not be reimbursed to you. Instead, it will go towards expenses of that specific Connect trip.
* Each trip has a required minimum number of people needed. If the trip does not reach the set minimum, it may be cancelled and your money will be returned to you.
Candidate & Deputation Director
Rev. Dan & Sandra DeLong
Read more about the DeLongs. He can be contacted through the BIMI office at (423) 344-5050.