CLAIM


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.


CLAIM Goals


Our primary long-range goal is to develop leaders who are able to coordinate individual CLAIM projects, leading the teams, raising funds, and developing 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."


Opportunities


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

Ottawa, Canada
Carleton Baptist Church, Pastor Steven Michel
Missionaries Jeff & Kim Smith
Workers: framers, dry wallers, electricians, plumbers and painters
Date: June 12-September 2, 2017
Cost: Transportation plus $100 for food
Update: project is going well but many more workers are still needed.
Contact: Philip Smith

Kenya
Missionaries Luke & Tonya Shelby
Date: October 16-30, 2017
Contact: Philip Smith

Antigua, West Indies
Maranatha Baptist Church
Workers: Carpenters and sheet metal roof workers
Date: August or September, 2017
Cost: $750. airfare + $12. per person per day for housing
Contact: Bill Ferguson

Yonkers, New York
Christian Baptist Mission
Workers: Tile worker needed
Date: August 15-22, 2017
FULL (please pray for the teams and projects)
Contact: Bill Ferguson

Stebbins and St. Michael, Alaska
Missionary Pat McCoy
Workers: framers, electricians and plumbers
Date: August 21-28, 2017
Cost: Approximately $1,300
Contact: Carl Vonnoh

Rhode Island
Pastor Todd Stricklin
Workers: roofers
Date: November 13-18, 2017
Cost: transportation only (food and lodging are provided)
Contact: Philip Smith

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 for:


Puerto Rico (Two BIMI missionaries need urgent roof repair)



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: www.medical-outreach.com.
You can also contact Bradley Edmondson at (567) 203-8032 or E-Mail Bradley Edmondson (View Email Address)


Pictures


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


FAQ


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 mission 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)
www.claim4God.com

Brad Edmondson
Cell: (567) 203-8032
E-Mail (View Email Address)
www.medical-outreach.com

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