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January 31, 1932 – June 11, 2015
Missionary Bob Elzey went home to be with the Lord on June 11, 2015. Bob
was a graduate of Tennessee Temple University, Luther Rice Seminary, and
Andersonville Baptist Seminary and served as pastor of Gainesville Baptist
Church in Gainesville, Georgia. He and his wife, Marlyn, joined BIMI in
1967 and went to Okinawa, Japan. They were instrumental in organizing
Maranatha Baptist Church, which was the first military church to be
established by a BIMI missionary.
In 1974 Bob became the first Europe Director for BIMI and served in that capacity until
1979. When he resigned as Europe Director, he went to the Philippines as a church
planter. In that ministry he organized churches in Manila and San Fernando. The Elzeys
also served as missionaries in Hawaii.
In 1983 Bob was appointed as Candidate Secretary and Development Director for BIMI
and was a great asset in the Home Office. In 1990 he became part of the BIMI USA
Ministry and for fifteen years was the chaplain for Countryside Lakes Assisted Living
where he led many of the residents to the Lord. He was a faithful servant of the Lord and
a dedicated missionary.
May 1, 1974 — August 7, 2015
Missionary Joshua Wesson went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August
7, 2015. He and his wife, Joy, have been serving the Lord as BIMI missionaries
since June 1996. Upon arriving in the Dominican Republic, they served at
New Life Baptist Church. On March 3, 2007, they started Lighthouse Baptist
Church in the area of Máximo Gómez. God has blessed this ministry with a
vibrant Deaf ministry and a Bible school for training pastors.
Joshua was a servant of the Lord. Even in his untimely death, it was noted that he was a
“good shepherd who gave his life for his sheep.” Joshua drowned while attempting to save
three teenage boys pulled under the water by a rip tide.
Please be in prayer for Joy and the children (Kimberly, Stephen, Ashlyn, and Katlyn) as
they seek God’s will for the future.
March 17, 1938 — August 24, 2015
Missionary Joyce Simpson went home to be with the Lord on Monday,
August 24, 2015. Joyce and Clyde Roy Simpson faithfully served on the
island of St. Croix, USVI, as missionaries for eight years before joining
BIMI in 1971. As BIMI missionaries, they served in Southeast Asia until
2005. Next, the Simpsons served under the BIMI USA Ministry/Reseeding
America in Nevada for ten years. Clyde and Joyce retired in March of this year.
The Memorial Service for Joyce was a God-honoring occasion. The funeral chapel was
filled with friends and family. The testimonies were sweet and proved to all in attendance
that Joyce’s life had touched many lives through her faithful missionary service and her
love for her family, her friends, the lost, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please pray for Brother
Simpson and his family as they make this difficult transition in their lives.
Number 3, 2015