What is CAMP BIMI?

There are countless people who wonder about God’s calling and missions. They have sincere and relevant questions. However, they don't know where to get straightforward answers. Look no further! You have found the place!

Basic International Missionary Institute

Benefits of CAMP BIMI

• Staffed by experienced BIMI missionaries who answer all your questions

• Provides a strong foundation in missions

• 40 hours of classes pertaining to preparation and reality of missionary life and service

• No one is "talked into missions"

• Each one is educated beyond the concept of adventure and excitement that usually surround the idea of being a missionary. Oh, by the way, some do change their mind by week's end and that's good because they can then discover what special things the Lord has for them to accomplish in another area of ministry or vocation.

CHURCHES and PASTORS BENEFIT: CAMP BIMI helps to prevent missionary dropouts in the future. From the time they know this is God's calling, until they leave for the field, we are available to our alumni!


I have been an avid supporter of CAMP BIMI since its inception. Dozens of our young people have benefited from this great ministry.

CAMP BIMI has given INFORMATION to our young people. The missionary education that they receive during the intensive weeks of CAMP BIMI I, II and III are invaluable. The practical training has strengthened them in the area of a biblical world view and the responsibility of the local church to extend to the uttermost.

INFLUENCE is something else that is at the heart of CAMP BIMI. Veteran missionaries share their heart and life with the young people. Just as "iron sharpeneth iron," these dedicated men and women of God have influenced our young people by their testimonies.

The week at CAMP BIMI is also about INSPIRATION. It is a week for the serious minded young person to have God deal with the real heart issues involved in full surrender.

Everything about CAMP BIMI compliments what we are trying to do concerning the next generation and world evangelism.

As a pastor, I recommend CAMP BIMI for several reasons:

CAMP BIMI has helped the young people of our church move from the place of "sensing" God’s call on their lives to "confirming" God’s call to serve the Lord on the mission field.

We have had several young families, as well as college students and even students yet in high school participate in a week of CAMP BIMI. The results have consistently been a greater burden for missions in general and a greater desire to serve on the mission field. For several, this has led to the taken the next step of a church-sponsored mission’s trip or a SMART trip to clarify the call of God on their lives.

We presently have 2 families on the mission field, and one on deputation as a direct result of participation in CAMP BIMI and SMART trips. We also have several others that have attended CAMP BIMI that are still moving forward in their training to serve the Lord.

CAMP BIMI has been, in my estimation, one of the greatest tools the Lord has given us in recent years to help our people move from the place of considering serving to the Lord on the mission field, to commitment to do just that.

I whole-heartedly recommend and support CAMP BIMI. As a pastor, I am thankful for the impact CAMP BIMI has had on the lives of our young people and young adults that have participated.

Pastor Bob Wall

Why is CAMP BIMI necessary?

Our goal is to combat missionary casualties. Thus, CAMP BIMI teaches participants the realities of missionary life and service before they make that final commitment. Speaking from experience and exposure in missions since 1965, I have listened intently as missionaries, from many mission boards, sadly share why they left the mission field. Each story has a common thread. In response, we have strategically targeted those ‘thread’ areas and designed a focused, yet relaxing, environment to educate and encourage potential missionaries.

It is important to understand that CAMP BIMI will not replace your college education, even if you are a mission’s major. It is comparable to a college modular (seven days in length) and will further enhance your preparation for the mission field. Several Christian colleges give two college credits for CAMP BIMI I, two college credits for CAMP BIMI II two college credits for CAMP BIMI III and three college credits for a SMART trip. CAMP BIMI II is comprised of advanced classes and practical workshops for those continuing to actively pursue missionary life and service. CAMP BIMI III covers critical topics that challenge, advise and encourage alumni in their pursuit of missions. SMART is Student Missionary Apprentice Reality Training, and is exclusively for CAMP BIMI alumni only who are 18 years of age or older.

Why is it unique? Because it is designed to simulate actually being a missionary and going through each process from beginning to end - from deputation to furlough - and everything in between. Upon completion of a “mini-deputation,” SMART team members travel to two culturally distinct fields for a period of 4 weeks. Complete immersion, living as the people do, eating national foods, language, long hours, grueling work, great demands and varied schedules help participants KNOW if missions is really for them. SMART provides excellent practical exposure to a wide variety of cultural differences and missionary work from two missionary families. All SMART students are evaluated and must be involved in Bible and tract distribution, evangelism through a national church and a physical work project. Upon their return, team members are required to create a display, compose a prayer letter report and present their ministry to their home church.

Who Can Attend CAMP BIMI?

Must be at least age 16 or entering Junior year of high school

College students and single professionals (any age)

Married couples (any age)

What is required?

Do you fit in one of these three categories?

• Definitely called to full time missionary service or

• Definitely called to full time service but searching for the specific area of service—open to missions or

• Not called yet, but are totally surrendered to what the Lord wants you to do

Are you…

• Active in your local church

Alumni Testimonies Speak!

Over 1,000 have attended CAMP BIMI I and that’s not counting those who return for CB II, III or IV classes and workshops or take a unique month long SMART trip to two countries for on-field training! (available exclusively for CB alumni)

Our CAMP BIMI alumni serve in 76 countries around the world and are on every continent except Antarctica!

C Jones - AF Chaplain - VA - CAMP BIMI has impacted my life in a significant manner in that it helped steer my life to the mission field that God has called me to. The material presented and the knowledge gained in just a few short weeks is priceless!

M and J DeLuca - PA - The most important thing I believe about CAMP BIMI is that no one can really estimate the full value of the course and the experience until we get to the field.

S Glover - PNG - Some students from our language school went to a PK conference in TX. I was talking to a girl and it finally clicked that we had been at CAMP BIMI together. We had a good time talking, and since another CB couple was there too, we HAD a mini CAMP BIMI reunion!

D McClain VA - I have trouble remembering things sometimes, particularly things from long ago, but my memories of you and my experience at the first CAMP BIMI are still so strong and vivid! I always tell people, beside my salvation and marriage, CAMP BIMI has had the single greatest impact on my life. I have followed with interest as things have changed for the ministry over the years. I love getting the ENCOURAGER!! It is a great connection and I also love getting the prayer loop e-mails. Thank you both for being so faithful. Your lives and testimonies are a great encouragement to me - and I’m sure all of us.

T Sharp - Canary Islands - At first I wondered what else I could get beyond my great missions minded local church and the wisdom and experience of my pastor. Answer: A combined 450 years of practical missions experience through one-on-one talks with BIMI directors and missionaries. It is invaluable to anyone considering missions. Their support continues to this day. I also want to thank you for the CB prayer loop. I have attached parts of a book relating to what both of you have continually taught at CAMP BIMI about making the effort to ‘lose our culture’ in communicating with the lost. Much of what I took from CAMP BIMI and this book and put into practice was a ‘pleasant surprise’ to the people in Mexico.

E Wood - Canada - It was great to get the ENCOURAGER. It made my entire day so bright! It was amazing to bring myself back to that week at CAMP BIMI and all that God did then.

R Harding - CO - The importance of fully embracing every aspect of the culture and the people as long as it does not go against the Bible was taught on the SMART trip, but I have really been able to see the consequence of not doing this. From the first day when news was sent to me about the SMART trip, the Lord opened His lesson book to me and fulfilled His promise to me in a mighty way. He molded and shaped my heart and showed me the difference between a burden and a call for missions. The Holy Spirit began to work on my heart for the Kiwi people and God called me to be a servant to the people of New Zealand!

F Ferkel - OH - CAMP BIMI pointed out the importance of actively deciding to choose God's best, a life of no regrets, instead of settling for status quo.

D Thatcher - Ireland - CAMP BIMI helps you to see beyond the romance of missions to the reality of missions with the help of a dedicated and concerned missionary staff who want you to find God's best for you.

Where is CAMP BIMI?

CAMP BIMI is located at BIMI's beautiful World Missions Center, 8614 Harrison Bay Road, Harrison, TN, just outside Chattanooga and across from Harrison Bay State Park.

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Phone: (423) 322-3790
or (423) 344-5050

June 23 – 30, 2018
(NOTE: CB I classes are available to spouses or fiancées of CB alumni only attending Reunion Week)

CAMP BIMI I all new students
(singles and couples)

June 30 – July 7, 2018

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Vol. 1, 2018

Vol. 1, 2017

CAMP BIMI Founder & Director

Gerry & Diane Baughman
Read more about the Baughmans. Phone: (423) 322-3790 or (423) 344-5050

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