World Missions Center
Faithful is he that calleth you...
By John Ramsey
My wife, Mary, was born into a Christian
so we moved there after our wedding when I
home. Her father was a pastor and her mother a
went to work for a CPA firm. Mary taught at
public school teacher. She was saved at a young
Silverstate Baptist School, a ministry of South
age and introduced to missions by her mom
Sheridan Baptist Church. It was at South
and dad. In fact, her father would
Sheridan Baptist Church that our
never take a raise in salary unless
lives would be changed forever.
they increased their missionaries
A couple of years after moving
at the same time.
to Colorado, joining South
I was born into a Christian
Sheridan Baptist Church and
family as well. My father was
getting involved in church work,
a general contractor and my
God began to direct us towards
mother a stay-at-home mom. I
missions. Dr. Ed Nelson, our
also was saved at a young age and
pastor, and John Honeycutt, an
introduced to missions by my
associate pastor, asked us to begin
church and family.
a second session Sunday school
Both families wanted their
ministry in the Denver projects.
children to have a Christian
With the help of some others, we
education and from high school
began this ministry and saw some
years on, we both had Christian
amazing things happen. The
education backgrounds. I went to
children responded, and we saw
Bob Jones University to study accounting after
how God could work through our lives if we
a year at another school studying engineering.
Though I enjoyed engineering, my real
After a year Dr. Nelson hosted a Missions/
enjoyment was my minor that year—business.
Bible Conference at the church. Dr. Harold
Mary went to Bob Jones two years later to study
Sightler, Dr. Jack Hudson and Dr. Tom Freeney
elementary education, obviously influenced by
were the speakers. We invited all the men
her mother's teaching career.
over for dinner, along with Dr. Nelson. When
While in college, I met Mary through
they arrived, Dr. Nelson gave me a letter and
my sister Martha, who was also studying
said, “This is for you.” Our pastor was one of
education. Martha had come to the university
the many Board members of BIMI that Jim
the same year as Mary. After graduation in
Cooper had written asking if any of them knew
1967, I went to work in Atlanta, Georgia, for
of a couple where the wife could teach and the
a large CPA firm. Mary and I kept up through
husband could do finances.
phone calls and my frequent trips to South
It was an interesting dinner since Dr.
Carolina on weekends.
Freeney was the General Director of BIMI and
In 1968 I was drafted into the Army and
the two pastors had missionaries out of their
stationed in Colorado for a year and then sent
churches working with Brother Jim Cooper
to Vietnam for a year as a military advisor
in the Bahamas. Dr. Freeney told us of other
to the Vietnamese. Mary was still in school,
opportunities around the world where we
but by this time we were sure God wanted us
could be used, but God had already prepared
together, so we were engaged November 1,
us for the Bahamas ministry without our even
1968, just before my departure to Vietnam.
My time in Colorado was enjoyable and
16 BIMI WORLD
Number 1, 2012