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Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

(Psalm 116:15)
Retired Missionary Carol (Phillips) Ackerle (89) went Home to be with
the Lord Friday, October 4, 2019. Carol was the widow of BIMI Missionary Dr. Roy
Ackerle, who went Home to Heaven February 1, 2019. She fought a good fight, she
finished her course, and she kept the faith. In short, she finished strong and leaves
behind a wonderful testimony of a life fully dedicated to God.

Lester Griffin , known to his friends as Les, went Home to be with the Lord early
Sunday morning July 21, 2019. He has been the pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since 1999. Les and his wife, Darla, joined Baptist
International Missions, Inc. (BIMI), as USA church planters. Prior to joining BIMI, Les
started the Bethel Baptist Church in Philadelphia immediately following graduation
from Tennessee Temple University. Les and Darla relocated to North Carolina for a
time and returned to Philadelphia in 1985 to pastor Ontario Baptist Church.

Missionary Polly Irvin went Home to be with the Lord on November 25, 2019.

Polly joined BIMI in 1992 and worked with her brother and sister-in-law Daniel and
Judith Irvin in Minsk, Belarus. Polly worked with women and children’s ministries
in churches. In 2001, Polly resigned from missionary service to care for her mother.

She was reinstated in 2007 as a missionary to the Ukraine. Many have made mention
that she had a beautiful singing voice, which she used for God’s glory.

Retired Missionary Jerry Johnson (82) went Home to be with the Lord on
Friday, August 9, 2019. Jerry and his wife, Scharmel, joined BIMI in 1964. They were
the first BIMI missionaries to serve on the island of Antigua in the Caribbean. The
Johnsons planted churches and established a Christian school. Jerry and Scharmel
retired from missionary service in December 2017 and were granted Emeritus status
after 55 years of serving the Lord with BIMI.

Retired Missionary Richard Wright (87) went Home to be with the Lord on
Friday, August 16, 2019. Richard and Carolyn Wright joined BIMI in July 1974 and
arrived in Australia in 1976. They were involved in the ministry of planting churches
and establishing Bible colleges and institutes. Richard wrote the curriculums for the
four-year degree college courses and several courses for graduate study. Richard and
Carolyn retired from full-time missionary service in 2004.

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