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THINK OF IT! The One who holds the
universe in His Hands, the One who
created and shines a billion stars and a
million solar systems, the One who flows
the waters into the sea and makes the tide
to rise and fall, the One who hangs the
earth on NOTHING and spins it every
24 hours—THAT ONE—A SERVANT
to SINNERS! Who is the greatest in the
kingdom of heaven? Jesus summed it up for
his disciples and for US. And whosoever
will be chief among you, let him be your
servant (Matthew 20:27).
Margaret Clarkson wrote the lyrics to the
great missionary hymn “So Send I You.”
So send I you to leave your life’s ambition,
To die to dear desire, self-will resign.
To labor long, and love where men revile
you— So send I you to
…Lose your life in Mine.
Nazareth Was a Little Place
Father, where shall I work today?
And my love flowed warm and free.
Then He pointed me out a tiny spot
“Tend that for me."
I answered quickly, "Oh, no,
Not that little place,
Why, no one would ever see
No matter how well my work was done.
Not that little place for me."
for James Ray
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BIMI 423-344-5050, Ext. 2103
4 And the word He spoke, it was not stern.
He answered me tenderly,
"Ah, little one, search that heart of thine.
Art thou working for them or me?
Nazareth was a little place,
So was Galilee.
Photo by Roman Fryscian
W Angel of Mercy in the historical Jewish and
Christian traditions means “A Messenger from God.”
hen Jim Cooper knew that death was imminent,
he wrote a love letter to Betty ending with the
words: “If I had another life to live, I would begin sooner
living it for Christ, and hopefully, would live it better for
Jim and Betty Cooper were saved at the Calvary Baptist
Church in Lakeland, Florida, in 1953. They surrendered
their lives to the Lord for Christian service and went to
Tennessee Temple Schools in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
After graduation, Jim and Betty returned to Lakeland,
Florida, and established Memorial Baptist Church,
which was sponsored by Calvary Baptist Church, their
Barton Browning, who was a BIMI missionary, spoke
at the church and it was at that time that Jim and Betty
surrendered to be missionaries. Their former pastor
told them about some islands south of the Bahamas that
had never had a resident missionary.
1. Clifford E. Clark, “Jim Cooper Pioneer Missionary Pilot Church
Planter,” Drama In The Real Lives Of Missionaries, vol. 1. (Milford, OH:
John the Baptist Printing Ministry, n.d.,), 40–46.
Jim surveyed the islands and decided that he and his
family should serve on the Island of Caicos. They were
sponsored by their home church, Calvary Baptist Church
in Lakeland, Florida. They arrived as missionaries to the
island in September 1961.
J im and Betty’s residence was a house that had no
running water or electricity. A plane came twice a
month with supplies. The only contact the Coopers had
with the outside world was a radio.
Jim and Betty began their ministry with backyard Bible
clubs on Friday afternoons and started a church in the
living room of their home. Jim gave the message of
salvation and people were saved. He taught them the
Bible, but he also taught them hygiene, work ethics,
relationships, and character. 2
In 1965, the Coopers’ pastor, J.B. Buffington, advised all
the missionaries who were serving under his church to
2. Clifford E. Clark, 36.