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Adams, who was led to the Lord by Howard Mills,
later became the pastor of New Testament Baptist
Church. Jim and Betty also founded Nassau Christian
Academy. There were hundreds of students who
attended the Academy and hundreds were saved
through the ministry. In 1995, there were over 1,000
students in the Nassau Christian Academy. 6 Nassau
Christian Academy provided a place of ministry for
many young couples and single men and women
who served as short-term missionaries with BIMI.
There were no BIMI missionaries in Nassau in
2004. All the work of the churches and schools that
were organized by the missionaries were under
the leadership of the national Christians. The
missionaries had worked themselves out of a job!
The Angels of Mercy had spread their wings to the
far corners of the sea. The lives of hundreds of
people who had been forever in darkness now lived
in glorious light. The borders of the sea that once
had locked in the people of the Islands had been
breached by the Angels of Mercy.
J im became ill and tests revealed that he was
suffering from acute aplastic anemia. After several
months of treatment, Jim and Betty returned home
As Jim’s body grew weaker, he asked Betty to invite
the family for dinner. At that special dinner, he asked
the family to sing “Amazing Grace.” He also asked
that each one of them give a testimony about their
faith in Christ.
When 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 Him.” 7
Jim Cooper died on September 16, 1973, but his work
lives on. Tom Freeney wrote in the BIMI WORLD,
“His labors in the Turks and Bahama Islands have
borne much fruit. Several churches and schools are
a result of his ministry there.”
J im and Betty Cooper became known as THE
ANGELS OF MERCY, but there were many
other BIMI missionaries who became ANGELS OF
MERCY when they took the Gospel to the lost and
dying people of the Caribbean Islands. n
6. Ray Thompson, "All Aboard For A Caribbean Cruise,"
BIMI World, vol.1, 1990, 12.
7. Clifford E. Clark, 40-41.
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