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Sixty Years of Leadership
By John Ramsey
I was thinking about this 60th Anniversary and
what has happened in my 48 years with BIMI,
first in the Bahamas and then with finances in
the Home Office. How has God brought the
Mission to this point? My father used to say,
“It will not be that God does it that will amaze
you—it will always be HOW He does it.”
The Mission started with pastors asking Tom
Freeney to head up a Board that would encircle
the world. He drove his VW Bug to many
churches, encouraging men and women to
give, go, and pray. He organized countries into
regions and appointed veteran missionaries
as field directors to coordinate the work.

Frank Rosser and Clifford Huskey were asked
to help, and eventually Ray Thompson and
others came on staff. Soon we were encircling
the world with the Gospel! He then added a
Printing Department, a Business Office, and
secretaries to help with the workload. A new
headquarters was built at 800 Dodds Avenue
in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

When Tom Freeney retired, the official Board
looked to Don Sisk to become the General
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Director. He recruited more men and women,
and soon Baptist International Missions, Inc.

(BIMI), was channeling well over a million
dollars a month to missionaries. Under his
leadership, BIMI grew to nearly a thousand
missionaries in about 100 countries with over
7,500 regular donors. The headquarters moved
to Harrison, Tennessee. New fields of service
were opened. An Audiovisual Department
was established, Bible distribution projects
were encouraged, and the radio ministry was
furthered. College recruiting, Camp BIMI,
CLAIM ministry, Deaf ministry, and so many
more were all born during this time.

If Tom Freeney was the organizer and Don Sisk
was the motivator, then James Ray, our third
president, was the administrator. His skills in
organization and administration were what
we needed to grow and go. The requirements
of the government were rapidly changing, and
BIMI had to keep up. It was his leadership that
helped develop the policy changes needed
without burdening the individual missionary.

With governments overseas changing, we
enhanced ministries that would get the Gospel



out effectively in these
countries. Over one
million Bibles were
handed out in Eastern
Europe. James Ray’s
concern for our future
led to
developing reserves for Home
Office needs, for future
staffing needs, and for
emergency field needs.

He had a strong vision
of keeping us on track
so we could be here for
many years to come.

Don Sisk
served During all of these years,
1984–2002 one thing was very
apparent: technology
was changing rapidly! God knew our next
president needed to be someone who would
help us through the next years of ministry and
the changes technology would bring. As a result,
on June 8, 2010, the Lord chose David Snyder to
serve as BIMI’s fourth president. David Snyder
is young enough to understand the importance
of keeping up-to-date with technology, and he
has surrounded himself with qualified help.

Now we communicate online, bank online,
pay bills online, and can even talk face-to-
face online. In addition to these changes, he
James Ray
David Snyder
2002–2010 2010–Present
served serving
has overseen Bible distribution projects in the
Solomon Islands, Fiji, Argentina, Scotland, and
Papua New Guinea.

Dad was right. It is always HOW God does
it! The legacies from Tom Freeney to David
Snyder were always “Let’s see what God will
do!” Our motto for 2020 is “Counting on
Christ.” However, as one can see, we have been
doing that since 1960! W
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