South America
by Roy Seals, South America Director

O ne of the early areas targeted for missionary work by BIMI missionary personnel was the South American continent in our own Western Hemisphere. Today, BIMI’s mission work is still being carried out by missionaries and nationals alike. Missionaries are still pioneering new works, and nationals are pastoring churches that are now indigenous.

Peru was one of the first South American countries where BIMI began its work. Missionaries Tom Pace and Vernon Miller have both had ministries in Peru that have bridged the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. Many areas of Peru have felt the influence of Tom Pace. He has started churches in the Andes Mountains as well as in Lima, the capital city. Vernon and Velma Miller have developed one of the most extensive deaf ministries on any foreign mission field. Their ministry for the deaf includes church planting, evangelistic efforts, Christian day schools, and a Bible school for the deaf who want to go out and reach their own in South America. Today, missionaries Nancy Burns, Phil and Bonnie Winfield, and Lee and Eva Johnson comprise the rest of BIMI’s task force in Peru.

Bolivia has been the object of L.T. Everett’s missionary work since 1969. Several churches have been started in the cities and remote areas of Bolivia. Today, recent missionary recruits Jake and Sharon Wiebe are helping expand BIMI’s influence in Bolivia. Tim and Donna Sisk have also transferred to Bolivia to help in the development of a much needed Bible school in that country.

The country of Argentina, located at the southern tip of South America, is a country that continues to present great challenges to missionaries. Buenos Aires, the capital, is a cosmopolitan city with a strong European influence. Missionaries Keith and Judy Harrison and Dana and Debbie Brosius make up BIMI’s present missionary force working in this city of 13 million people. Larry and Ruth Owens work in the city of Tucuman. New missionaries on deputation have also targeted the country of Argentina for future ministry.

Venezuela, well-known because of its status as an oil-producing nation, has been the location of missionary work by Carlos and Susan Arce and Clint and Rita Vernoy. Carlos Arce has a dynamic local church ministry in the city of Barquisimeto, while Clint Vernoy, who also started a church in the city of Barquisimeto, has now focused on the jungles of Venezuela for his missionary work. He is preaching the Gospel to unreached tribes and doing translation work.

Just recently, BIMI has sent missionaries into the country of Ecuador. Raymond and Anita Bradley along with Mary Shepherd are pioneering new deaf ministries in Guayaquil. Richard and Anna Hurst, new missionaries to Ecuador, are also involved in church-planting ministries with the hearing people of the same city.

Guyana, an often overlooked country on the eastern coast of South America, is the home of missionary activity by Noel and Charlene Shrivnauth. They have recently gone to this country to begin evangelistic work and church-planting efforts.

Currently, additional personnel on deputation are preparing to increase our numbers in the South American work force. For example, missionary Kevin Benbow is going to the country of Chile, one of the most friendly countries in all of Latin America.

God has given new vision for the old continent as we close out the twentieth century. Great opportunities await those who are willing to give their lives to further the cause of Christ in this exciting field.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

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