broadcasting and training national workers.
I helped establish Bluewater Bible College &
Institute on the island of St. Thomas, where I
served as president for 16 years. Many churches
have been planted in the Caribbean by men
who were trained at BBC.
I was elected Executive Director and Vice
President of Baptist International Missions
in 1983. As an officer of BIMI, I have been
engaged in administrative responsibilities. My
duties included preaching in church missions
conferences in America and foreign countries,
ministering in Bible colleges and seminaries,
and participating in BIMI Field Conferences.
For 28 years I have been blessed to serve
in this capacity under Presidents Don Sisk,
James Ray and David Snyder. In June 2011 my
resignation was submitted and accepted by the
Trustees of BIMI to be effective at the end of
the year. After much prayer and consideration,
the Trustees chose Dr. J. B. Godfrey as my
successor. I am confident that the timing of these
changes has been according to God's will.
Retirement from BIMI has never been
my desire. I want to continue serving our
missionaries and their churches in any way that
is available to me. The Trustees have graciously
Jean and I need your prayers as we continue
to serve our Lord in the ministry of missions—
not retiring but re-tooling. God bless you!
World Missions Center
45 Years of Preaching the Gospel
New BIMI Vice President has Preached Gospel Around the Globe
By J. B. Godfrey
I celebrated forty-five years of preaching
the Gospel on February 16, 2012. I cannot
imagine any other way I would have wanted to
spend my years. Serving the Lord is one of the
most exciting things in the world!
My wife, Linda, and I were at Tennessee
Temple University in 1970 when God burdened
our hearts for the Muslim people of Africa. It
has been our privilege to serve with Baptist
International Missions since 1973.
We attended language school in France.
From there we went to Senegal and worked
until 1990. At the request of the Mission, we
moved to Zaire and spent some interesting but
blessed days there. Through part of that time,
we were cut off from the outside world. My wife
J. B. & Linda Godfrey