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By Gary Sprunger
Where there is no vision, the
people perish: but he that
keepeth the law, happy is he
(Proverbs 29:18). In the early
years of BIMI, God gave a
number of men a vision to reach
the islands of the Caribbean
with the Gospel. Ray Thompson went to St.

Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and established
Calvary Baptist Church and Bluewater Bible
College. Jim Cooper went to the Caicos
Islands and planted a church. He then became
burdened for Nassau, Bahamas, where he
established New Testament Baptist Church and
Bible Baptist Church. Freeman Goodge went to
Anguilla. Jerry Johnson went to Antigua and
planted Grace Baptist Church. Sam Chastain
started Emanuel Baptist in St. Thomas. Bob
Faile went to St. Martin and started Good News
Baptist. Clifford Husky focused on Trinidad
and Tobago and assisted Fundamental Baptist
Mission of Trinidad. God used these men along
with many other BIMI missionaries to plant
churches throughout the islands.

Throughout the past six decades, soul winning
and church planting have been the priority of
missionaries in the Caribbean. As churches
were established, missionaries desired to have
God-called national leadership to replace them
so they could start more churches. Throughout
the Caribbean, God raised up strong national
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leaders and over the years, most of those
churches became autonomous. Many of the
national leaders trained at Bluewater Bible
College in St. Thomas. Others trained through
systematic Bible institute programs. We praise
the Lord for the legacy left by the first wave of
pioneer missionaries. There is now a new wave
of missionaries planting churches throughout
the Caribbean.

Don and Bridgitt Dryden have been working
in the area of Port-au-Paix, Haiti. Don has
been instrumental in starting eight churches.

A number of years ago a 5-year Bible institute
was started and now Benji, Don’s son, is
directing this ministry. This year they have
145 men preparing to be pastors and lay
workers. This ministry incorporates a number
of national graduates who teach courses in
satellite locations. National graduates are going
into the interior to start new churches.

On the other side of the island of Hispaniola
is the Dominican Republic (DR). In 1994, Pat
Creed became the Caribbean Director. He
had a vision to reach the DR and encouraged
a number of young men from Independent
Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland, to
consider the need. As a result, Steve Sidler
went to the DR to join Ronnie Autrey and
Alexis Givans in Santo Domingo. There
Resurrection Baptist Church and Emmanuel