CLAIM (Christian Laymen Assisting International Missionaries) is a ministry of BIMI that allows laymen (and women) to participate in the Great Commission as short-term missionaries. It includes evangelism, construction, medical missions, Bible distribution, mechanics, engineering, computer training and more. We assist BIMI missionaries in the US and abroad. CLAIM ministry has been blessed with souls saved, churches built, and laymen choosing to serve as career missionaries. Everyone comes away from the experience with a burden for missions like never before! We are most grateful for the godly and gracious Christians, from cardiologists to computer programmers, who voluntarily give of themselves to help us.

The purpose of CLAIM is to help laymen identify a need in missions and find ways to meet that need. CLAIM coordinates mission trips and projects for laymen throughout the nation. Men and women are challenged to use their talents on the mission field. Our goal is to help and bless missionaries, and to provide opportunities for laymen to increase their mission awareness. Our primary concern is to send laymen who demonstrate a genuine love for the Lord, have a cooperative, teachable spirit and a servant's heart.

PROJECTS are determined according to need, urgency, available personnel, supplies and finances. Locations vary from the United States to second and third world countries. The Project Director and BIMI oversee project finance. Laymen are notified in advance about the financial details of their chosen project. Laymen are financially responsible for their part in our ministry endeavor. CLAIM policy is to never be a financial burden to the missionaries we help. Participants in CLAIM ministry will be issued an itinerary well in advance of the team departure date. This itinerary will include information such as suggested clothing, accommodations, cost, immunizations, and other pertinent information relating to the project. Each CLAIM team member is responsible for meeting the requirements for a given project.


Our primary long-range goal is to develop leaders who are able to coordinate individual CLAIM projects, lead the teams, raise funds, and develop lay leaders under them.

We desire to see a team of retired, yet capable people, who can go at a moment's notice to the field to respond to emergencies, etc. They will be called "Minutemen."

Missionaries Serving with CLAIM

   Carl & Glenda Vonnoh

   Bill & Elva Ferguson
   Chris & Molly Heyne
   Joseph & Linda Leleaux
   Philip & Susan Smith
   Clinton L & Miranda J Tackett

   Joseph B & Kelleigh Edmondson
   Rebecca Pope

2019 Opportunities

February, 2019

Missionaries Jim & Emi Civale
Project: Reconstructing a kitchen after damage by Cyclone Gita earlier this year as well as building a new baptistry
Dates: February 9-21, 2019
Cost: Approximately $2,500
Deadline: January 1

Contact: Philip Smith


Missionaries Pat & Lisa McCoy
Project: Labor of Love Projects in the Community
Dates: To follow
Cost: Approximately $1,300

Contact: Philip Smith

April, 2019

Harvest Deaf
Missionaries Reggie & Kim Rempel
Project: Renovations on two current properties
Dates: April 15-25, 2019
Cost: Travel expenses - Food and Lodging are provided
Deadline: March 15

Contact: Philip Smith

MAY, 2019

British Columbia
Pastor Paul Conner - Camp YES
Project: Building a lodge for the camp ministry, painting, roofing, electrical
Dates: May 7 - 17
Cost: Travelling expenses - food & lodging are provided
Deadline: April 1

Contact: Philip Smith

JUNE, 2019

Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada
Missionaries Riley & Danica Featherstone
Project: Building a Camp Lodge for their church camp- Delta Bible Camp
Dates: June 1-15, 2019
Cost: Approximately $1,900

Contact: Philip Smith

TBA Opportunities

Roncevert, WV
Seneca Trial Christian School
Workers: carpenters and painters
Dates: TBD
Cost: TBD
Contact: Bill Ferguson

Vancouver, Canada
Derrick Goette
Workers: one or two skilled men to replace windows, door jams and hang some T1-11 siding
Date: TBA for 2018
Cost: Approximately $1,400
Contact: Carl Vonnoh

Project Requests

Ivory Coast — Build a church for a ministry of BIMI missionary Pat Russell

Rochelle, VA — Construct a cabin for the Rapidan Baptist Camp

BIMI Reseeding America missionary, James Mansfield needs to build a 20'x60' building.

Suffolk, VA — Church planter, Pastor Logue, at Suffolk Baptist Church needs to renovate a building for their church. They have been meeting in a hotel in Suffolk.

Church planter, Pastor Lawrence Morris, needs a professional HVAC man to install their church system. They will fly them out the man and house him.

Laborers are needed for these projects. Please contact Carl Vonnoh for details on each project.

Your help is needed. Please pray about going and helping.

Opportunities for Medical Professionals, Students, or Volunteers

To apply for any of the trips or for more dates, trips, and information, please visit:
You may also contact Bradley Edmondson at (567) 203-8032 or E-Mail Bradley Edmondson (View Email Address)


To see albums of photos from finished projects, please request friendship on our Facebook page.


Am I really needed on a CLAIM trip?

I was recently blessed as I read the passage in Luke chapter 5 where Jesus told Peter to let down his net for a great catch of fish. Peter, upon obeying, had so many fish that he could not handle them all. The Scripture then says in Luke 5:7, And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. This made me think of the great harvest field today with too few laborers. Our missionaries have so much to do in the harvest, and they need our help. The great thing about this story is that both ships, the catcher’s and the helper’s, were filled to overflowing. If we could only get this concept in our churches! How much of God’s rich blessing are we missing by not being involved more? —CLAIM Member

Do I need to be a builder or have special skills?

CLAIM is a unique ministry. We use Christian laymen to serve missionaries around the world. All of the construction trips have skilled and unskilled laborers. Most trips are labor intensive and require only basic construction skills. Other trips need skilled tradesmen such as plumbers, electricians or masons. Women are encouraged to come. Often the women help with meal preparation which is a great blessing to the missionary wives and the team members. I have not been on a trip yet where someone left thinking they were of no use. Sometimes the greatest blessing we can be is not in construction but in ministering to the needs of the missionaries and nationals. Sometimes our greatest testimony is not what we say but how we are willing to serve. Both men and women, with or without construction skills, are necessary for each trip. Pray about taking a CLAIM trip. You will never regret the time you dedicate to the Lord. —Jeff Randall

How can we get our youth group involved?

Our high school and college students represent a large portion of future missionaries. Unfortunately, much of their attention is easily drawn away by the things of this world. We must get students involved in ministries like mission trips. Our goal is to see God impact the lives of teens in a tremendous way while on the mission trip. Teens and college students can be used to help missionaries with tract and Bible distribution, Vacation Bible Schools, and even minor building projects.

The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage (Psalm 16:6).
I can think of nothing greater than teaching your children the importance of serving, loving and obeying the Lord. One of the greatest ways to accomplish this is to involve your family in a missions trip.

Are there CLAIM trips in the US?

Yes! Bill Ferguson probably has the most trips in the United States. He is not limited by its boundaries, but as the Lord works it out, many of his trips are close to home.

Contact CLAIM

Carl Vonnoh
Office: 423) 344-5050 ext. 2419
Cell: (423) 313-5391
E-Mail (View Email Address)

Bill Ferguson
Home: (336) 599-9420
E-Mail (View Email Address)

Joe Leleaux
(423) 718-9258
E-Mail (View Email Address)

Philip Smith
Cell: (289) 928-9327
E-Mail (View Email Address)

Brad Edmondson
Cell: (567) 203-8032
E-Mail (View Email Address)

Chris Heyne
Cell: (407) 383-5007
E-Mail (View Email Address)