the caribbean and west indies islands
Since BIMI was organized, one of the first areas of missionary involvement was the Caribbean and
West Indies. There are still approximately 85 missionaries ministering in these islands. Their primary
ministry is church-planting. BIMI missionaries and trained national pastors have planted over 200
fundamental Baptist churches in the Caribbean. Associated ministries include Bible institutes and
colleges, Christian schools, radio stations, Bible camps and short term service ministries.
The Caribbean is a world of its own—an island world of over 48 million souls. Each of the more
than 50 inhabited islands is uniquely different, not only in size and terrain but also in people who
make up their population. Eight languages and dialects are spoken: Spanish, English, French Patois,
Creole French, Dutch Papiamento, Chinese, Danish and Hindi.
Throughout the Caribbean, the standard of living is much higher than when our first missionaries
reached this needy field. One will find a mixture of religion and cultic practices.
Spiritism is widespread and is culturally accepted in many of their holiday celebrations. The need of
the Gospel is still great. The doors are open in most of the Caribbean for church-planting missionaries.
In some islands, missionaries team together to plant new churches. However, God has been honored
in that Bible school graduates are now serving on twenty-four islands of the West Indies, as well as in
Canada, the U. S. A., Africa and England. Nationalism is an issue that must be addressed. The only
way to effectively evangelize these islands is through training national leadership. Not only do the
churches have Bible schools but also Christian academies. Nassau Christian Academy, a ministry of
Baptist Bible Church in Nassau, Bahamas, has almost 1,400 students.
Located on the island of Antigua, the BIMI Caribbean Radio Lighthouse saturates the area with
the Gospel. National pastors, BIMI missionaries and American pastors have broadcast “The
Truth of the Gospel” over this powerful
station since 1972. As many as 8,000
people have received Source of Light
Bible correspondence courses at any
given time. Over 30,000 children have
written in to join the Little Lighthouse
Club, providing Bible memory and
life lessons from the Bible. This is a
tremendous soul-winning and Bible-
teaching ministry. Through sermons
and songs, a truly Biblical message
is being broadcast over CRL in both
English and Spanish.