Shortly before Jesus ascended, He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
In order to fulfill that commission, Bridgetown partners with the following eight local, national, and international mission groups. Ten percent of general fund giving goes to support these missions. We also support them with our prayers and designate a day of the week to pray for each specific mission.
Southwest India Christian Mission
(BCC Supported since 1977) John & Moni Mathew left the USA in 1977 and returned to their home in Kerala, India. Main areas of ministry: Leadership training & church planting; Bethany Children’s Home; aid to the poor & widows; evangelistic meetings; Vacation Bible Schools; literature evangelism & a tailoring school for unemployed young ladies. Their children are Becky, Benjamin, & Bobby.
Burma Christian Evangelism
(BCC Supported since 1989) After 26 years of faithfully spreading the Gospel through B.C.E. ministries and teaching at Myanmar Bible Institute, James Khamlum was called home to be with the Lord on November 23, 2016 at age 64. The Khamlum family ministries live on through James' wife, Khono (graduate of Chiangmai Bible Institute), their son Pung Dim (Matthew), and daughters Dinah and Anna, whose husband Jung Kim is a youth minister. Main areas of ministry: Support and oversight of Nephali Church of Christ; speaking at church; women's ministries; youth services/programs at Myanmar Bible institute. Matthew continues his dad's daily Christian radio program, recording sermons that reach S.E. Asia and parts of China. The family leads music at worship services.
International Disaster Emergency Service
(BCC Supported since the 1980s) The I.D.E.S. vision is “To lead the independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ in responding to disasters and emergencies in the U.S. and throughout the world by mobilizing financial and physical resources to and through their missionaries and congregations for the purpose of benevolent evangelism.” Their projects fall into one of five focus areas: Disaster, Hunger, Medical, Development, and Evangelism.
(BCC Supported since 2007) Rana & Simie Samuel’s main areas of ministry are: evangelism & church planting; medical camps (diagnosis & free medicine); cancer outreach (education and support system); support of two orphanages; mentoring/fellowship program for mothers of young children; ministry to the elderly; benevolence (helping victims of natural disasters); technical camps (free repair/service of motor bikes and mopeds); speaking; music; writing (Simie writes for Christian Hindi magazines); and a prison ministry (presenting the gospel to inmates).
Christian Benevolent Association
(BCC supported since the 1970’s) CBA is a not-for-profit organization whose services are dedicated to the enhancement of the well being of the aged. CBA’s mission of “Serving With Excellence, Reflecting Jesus’ Compassion” causes them to focus on quality of life for all residents. CBA is the parent group over two outstanding retirement communities: Mt. Healthy Christian Village and Mason Christian Village.
Myanmar Bible Institute
(BCC Supported since 1989) MBI was the first Church of Christ affiliated Bible Institute in Burma. Began in 1984, Yohan Mana has been President of MBI since 1995. His wife, Nangbeh, assists in various ministries. Main areas of ministry are: teaching; preaching; church planting; leading youth camps; and training nationals.
Lifeline Christian Mission to the Navajo at Red Sands
(BCC Supported since 2016) Brian & Barb Snyder . Main areas of ministry: Red Sands Church services; Bible studies & youth activities; Red Sands Christian School (grades K-8); Least of These ministry to the street people in Winslow, AZ; food packing events for Lifeline. Their children are Bailey and Brinlee.