surgery. He and his wife are not able to do the work they have done in the past, but they are still
active in doing what they can to help in the harvest until the Lord calls them home. The Love's
prayer letter always ends with this statement: my first concern is his last command (Acts 1:8).
There are other old missionaries who continue to faithfully serve the Lord too. Some have
lost a spouse but continue alone. They have proven to be faithful in good times and bad. They
continue to be worthy of the prayer and financial support of churches.
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth…Now also when
I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this
generation, and thy power to everyone that is to come (Psalm 71:9 & 18).
50th West Indies Baptist Fellowship Conference
Defining Our Course
…truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his son Jesus Christ (1 John 1:3b).
By Ray Thompson
The West Indies Baptist Fellowship Conference (WIBFC) was born out of a common bond of
fellowship among the independent Baptist churches in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Missionaries
and church delegates met on the island of St. John, Virgin Islands, and made prayerful decisions that
have resulted in the Gospel being proclaimed throughout the islands of the West Indies.
To help evangelize other islands, we agreed to cooperate in establishing a Bible college to prepare
workers whom God had called into His service. Bluewater Bible College graduates are now minister-
ing throughout the islands—and into other parts of the world. Bible camps and Christian schools have
become a reality as other churches have been planted.
West Indies Baptist Fellowship churches have truly joined hearts and hands in obeying the Great
Commission given by Christ to His church. BIMI missionaries and West Indian pastors have planted
over 200 churches throughout the Caribbean.
WIBFC meets annually on a different island during the third week of January. This year's con-
ference was hosted by Calvary, Emmanuel, and Community Baptist churches on St. Thomas, Virgin
Islands. The delegates were favorably greeted by the governor of the Virgin Islands. Over 400 representa-
tives were present for an honorable 50 th Anniversary Banquet.
It was unanimously agreed that we must preserve the biblical doctrines that have brought glory
and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ.
The course of West Indies Baptist distinctiveness must continue!
WIBFC 50 th Anniversary Banquet