by James Ray
A few years ago, God laid on my heart the vision of seeing BIMI ministering in 100 nations of the
world. At that time, the Mission had workers in about 80 nations. After I shared my vision with
other colleagues, we worked together to make this our goal. As of our 50th Anniversary, BIMI
personnel are in or on deputation to 100 nations. We can only praise God for this victory. After
all, Jesus did tell us, “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into
his harvest” (Matthew 9:38).
Where do we go from here? Do we dare ask such a question as this? While there are still
BILLIONS who have never heard His Blessed Name, and time and life for each of us are racing
for the finish line—do we ask, “Where do we go from here?” Multitudes languish in the prison
house of despair, and we have the key! Where do we go from here?
BIMI missionaries are resident or soon will be in over half the countries of the earth. That leaves
at least 95 countries to which we must send BIMI missionaries. Of course, it is understood that
with BIMI personnel and mission personnel from other missions, most of these countries are
only “touched” with the Gospel. The population masses are so great we must pray for the Lord
of the Harvest to send others, not just one or two couples per nation but scores and hundreds.
It can happen! Who would have ever dreamed we could have missionaries in the Soviet Union?
Mary Ray writes about those first days when BIMI entered Russia and Eastern Europe:
The ministry of BIMI in Eastern Europe began in 1990 when Don Sisk, James Ray, and
BIMI staff photographer Don Arnold took a tour of Eastern Europe. The men joined
a tour group in Budapest, Hungary, that took them to Yugoslavia, Romania, Hungary,
and the USSR.
When they entered the USSR, Sisk, Ray, and Arnold had two suitcases filled with Russian
New Testaments, although the men's personal bags were searched, miraculously, the
suitcases with the Bibles were never checked by custom officials. In 1990 Mikhail
Gorbachev was still in power, and the communists were officially still in control, so the
men did not know what would happen if their contraband were discovered.
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