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Come Down & Help Us!
By Roger Blevins
For more than 55 years, Baptist international Missions, Inc. (BIMI), has had a
presence in South America. Upwards of 350 BIMI missionaries have served in South
America over the course of five decades. Tens of thousands of souls have been saved
and hundreds of churches planted. Hundreds of national pastors have been called
of God and received training through scores of special instructional classes, Bible
institutes, and seminaries. Yet today, as in days of old when the Apostle Paul heard the
Macedonian Call, we hear the plea from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia,
Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay,
Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela all
saying, Will someone please come down and
help us?
That call comes from more than 430 million
souls, most of whom are in urgent need
of someone who will hear their cries and
respond Here am I; send me. The need
is growing with every passing day, and
time is slipping away. As long as there
are mountain villages and sprawling
cities that have not yet been reached,
the call will continue to ring out. There
is so much work to be done, so many
opportunities to serve, and so many
hearts to reach with the life-changing
Gospel. Whether it be teaching literacy
classes using the Bible as a text book
as BIMI missionary Carolyn Pace is
doing in Peru or sending boxes of food
and clothing to Venezuela to help BIMI
missionary Carlos Arce feed
the hungry, the possibilities
are endless. Please pray that
the Lord of the harvest will
send forth laborers to answer
that call emanating from the
fourth largest continent in
the world. Come down and
help us! W
26 Number 2, 2020

By Roger Blevins
As we survey the past decade of
ministry in South America, two of
the accomplishments—and pleasant
memories—that stand out would have
to be the End of the World Project
and the Medellín Project. These were
Bible distribution projects in Ushuaia,
Argentina, and Medellín, Colombia,
respectively. to return. BIMI missionaries Mark and Katie Gerosin
were the first to arrive, soon to be followed in 2013
by Peter and Elisabeth Putney. In collaboration with
the Gerosins, the Putneys, and each of their church
congregations, our team was able to distribute 40,000
Spanish New Testaments in the city. W
The End of the World Project was so named
because Ushuaia, Argentina, located some
5,540 miles south of Key West, Florida,
is known as “the southern-most city in
the world.” After canvassing the city, to
the best of our knowledge, we found no
independent Baptist church in Ushuaia.

This led us to go in October 2012 with a
team of 15 volunteers to distribute 25,000
special edition Spanish New Testaments in
order to sow the seed of the Gospel as we
prayed for God to send a missionary to the
city. After we prayed faithfully for six years,
the Lord answered by sending missionary
Raymond Zacal. He is a Filipino national
who was saved many years ago under the
ministry of BIMI missionary Carl Vonnoh
in the Philippines.

The Medellín Project was carried out in
2015 as again a group of 15 volunteers
(many of whom had also been involved in
the Bible distribution effort in Argentina)
went to the streets of Medellín to distribute
the Word of God. This very same city had
at one time been considered “the most
dangerous city in the world.” Throughout
the 1980s and the early 1990s, Medellín
was terrorized by killings and every
imaginable sort of violence perpetrated
by warring drug cartels. During that
dark time in Medellín’s history, most
missionaries were forced to leave because
of the violent atmosphere created by rival
drug lords. Thankfully, by 2011 things
had settled down enough for missionaries