embracing the world
a history of BIMI
by Dr. Mary Ray
In November of 1959, the Board Members
of the Congo Gospel Mission met to discuss
the possibility of broadening the scope of the
Mission to embrace the needs of the world.
That vote led to the organizing of Baptist
International Missions, Incorporated.
When I first contemplated writing a history
of BIMI, I assumed that my research would
begin with June 28, 1960, which was the
organization date of the Mission.
As I began to sift through letters and newspaper articles and
read documents and Board Meeting minutes, my research led
me back through the pages of time to 1917 when a young couple,
Anton and Viola Andersen, left their homeland in America
to plant themselves for the sake of the Gospel in the Belgian
Congo, where their lives became the seeds of a mighty harvest.
The history of BIMI could not be written without including the
great missionary heart of Dr. Lee Roberson and the missionary
program that he began at Highland Park Baptist Church in 1945
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