BIMI began ministering in Bolivia the very same month that man first walked on the moon in 1969. Since that time, an aggressive church planting ministry has resulted in the establishment of many churches in various regions of Bolivia, but there is still much work to be done.
One of only two landlocked countries on the continent, Bolivia is geographically divided into two main regions—the eastern lowlands and the highlands to the west. One of the poorest countries economically in all of South America, Bolivia has a population of more than 10 million inhabitants whose greatest need is for someone to help them rise out of deep spiritual poverty. Although there are great social differences that exist among the Bolivian people, because of their diverse cultural backgrounds, they are all united in their common need of salvation.
In 1997 our missionaries established a Bible school in the city of Santa Cruz. This has allowed our personnel to intensify the training of national leadership for ministry positions. Another integral part of the spiritual outreach in the city of Santa Cruz is the Megumi Home for orphaned girls. It provides a Christian home environment for many disadvantaged girls. The home, now under the oversight of BIMI missionaries, was started by Hideko Sugitiani, a woman who was won to Christ many years ago through the ministry of BIMI missionaries Don and Virginia Sisk in Japan. Hideko went on to become a missionary herself and was sent to Bolivia from her church in Japan. She named the girls' home Megumi which is the Japanese word for blessing.
Currently, there are three BIMI missionary families ministering in the city of Santa Cruz, and we also have another family serving in a mountain village located about three hours outside of Santa Cruz. More missionaries are immediately needed to work in both the urban areas and in the mostly forgotten rural areas of the Andean highlands. Who will go to the dozens of cities, towns, and villages all across Bolivia that are without any Gospel witness?
Also urgently needed are men and women with pioneering spirits who are willing to learn, in addition to Spanish, the Quechua or Aymara languages which would allow them to work with these neglected people groups. Would you help us pray for missionaries for Bolivia? Perhaps the Lord will use you to reach souls in this spiritually needy country.