By the fall we had made our decision,
appeared before the Mission Board in the
spring of 1972, and started deputation. Since
they needed us on the field in August, we
immediately quit our jobs, put our house up
for sale and started holding meetings. Family
and friends started helping and praying, and by
August we had raised $330 a month support.
We sold our house and shipped our belongings
to Nassau, Bahamas.
The headmaster Brother Cooper thought
was coming for Nassau
Christian Schools did not
show up, so he asked if I
could do that job as well
as organize the finances.
Mary had all the education
there was some help available.
I agreed to do the job
until he could find a new
headmaster. Having an
accounting and auditing background really
helped in organizing the finances. Getting
the school's finances in order helped with
bank relations and eventually it enabled us to
expand the work.
In 1973 Jim Cooper became very ill and
died that September. It was a devastating
blow to the work. Most of the missionaries
were young and had little experience, but
God allowed us to work together and keep the
work afloat. Today, the schools have over 1,300
students. Both churches are doing great and
supporting missionaries around the world. To
God be the Glory!
John & Mary Ramsey (circa 1973)
Dr. Tom Freeney made many visits to the
Bahamas that year. He sent a number of men to
preach for the most recently established church
and helped us in so many other ways. However,
during each visit Dr. Freeney confronted
me about training someone to take my place
and coming to work at the Home Office in
Chattanooga, Tennessee. Each visit I told him
God would have to move us since He sent us to
be missionaries in the Bahamas. Well, that did
not discourage Dr. Freeney. He kept asking!
A few months went by. I was sleeping
soundly when I clearly heard a voice speak to
my heart, “If Dr. Freeney asks again, I want
you to go to Chattanooga.” Since I had told Dr.
Freeney God would have to tell me He wanted
me in Chattanooga, God did just that.
A day or two later Dr. Freeney called
from the Nassau airport and asked me
to pick up him and his wife and take
them to their hotel. After dropping
his wife off, he asked me to have lunch
with him. Dreading what was coming,
I reluctantly agreed. Sure enough he
asked again. Mary had no knowledge
of any of this but was asked to have
dinner that night with the Freeneys.
They talked about Chattanooga all
during the meal. Finally, she asked me,
New Testament Baptist Church, Bahamas (circa 1974)
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