In September of 1978 a non-profit corporation was organized and approved by the state of Arizona for the purpose of aiding churches and individuals in their missionary out-reach to Apache Indians. The name of that organization was the Apache Independent Baptist Indian Mission Inc. In 1982 the name was changed to the Independent Baptist Indian Mission Inc. so that the organization would not be identified solely with one tribe.
The Independent Baptist Indian Mission seeks to provide a channel through which local churches can extend their missionary efforts to the Indians of North America by direct support of separated, soul-winning missionaries and Indian pastors. We believe that in conformity with the Scriptural example of Acts 13, it is the function of the local church to authorize and send forth its own missionaries. It is the policy of the Independent Baptist Indian Mission to encourage and promote that principle. Therefore, every missionary candidate, to become eligible for appointment under the Independent Baptist Indian Mission, must be a member of and commissioned or licensed by a local New Testament church. Thus, there is established and maintained a vital relationship between the missionary on the field and his home church. Every authorizing and every supporting church, as well as every missionary, becomes a vital part of the Independent Baptist Indian Mission family, and establishes a modern operation of the Scriptural method of missionary enterprise.
We seek missionaries who know that God has called them and have a real love and burden for Indian souls.
The missionary desiring to go to the field under this Mission must agree with and practice the Mission’s Statement of Faith.
Our missionaries live by the media of faith. This faith is to be in our God Who supplies all our needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19 and comes by a daily, personal meditation in the Word of God, and by much fervent prayer. Psalm 1:2,3; John 15:7; James 5:16. Just how each member puts his faith into practice is to be a personal thing under the direction of the Holy Spirit, which is always in conjunction with the Holy Scriptures and never contrary. We do not approve of the financial schemes, antics, wholesale solicitations, and gimmicks used by many today which are nothing but fleshly methods not based upon Bible principles. Our weapons are not to be carnal (worldly-fleshly) but mighty through God…which in turn…will bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (II Cor. 10:4,5). We seek to utilize the spiritual weapons of: Prayer – Matthew 9:37,38; Waiting – Isaiah 40:31; Fasting – Acts 13:2,3; and the Spirit’s Power – I Cor. 2:4,5
The Mission allows freedom to the missionary as long as he does not do anything that is contrary to Holy Scripture. The Mission assumes no financial responsibility for projects on the field that the missionary may feel led to propagate.
Each member missionary is to be responsible unto God and is to seek the leadership of the Holy Spirit in everything and keep in consideration that He (the Holy Spirit) will not lead us to be inconsiderate of methods that may differ from ours. – Luke 9:49,50
This is a work of faith. Although not inclusive there are two points that partially explain what a “faith” mission is. First, a “faith” mission is NOT the arm of a denomination and is NOT guaranteed support by an association or a convention of churches. It depends rather on the voluntary support of each autonomous local church. And since a “faith” mission is not supported by the unified budget of a denomination, the missionary appointee must raise his support by deputation and trust the Lord to provide through His people.
Each member missionary of the Independent Baptist Indian Mission trusts God to supply his need, not only for support on the field, but for equipment, transportation and all other items of expense. As God supplies the equipment, transportation and maintenance through churches or individuals, the missionary is then ready to go to the field.
Please make all checks and money orders payable to the Independent Baptist Indian Mission indication the missionary family you wish to receive the funds. These gifts are tax deductible. Every gift is conscientiously receipted, recorded and used as designated after a small handling fee is retained for office expenses.
The ministries of the Independent Baptist Indian Mission include, but are not limited to evangelical mission work, establishing indigenous churches, educational training, training of Indian pastors and workers and printing and distributing Gospel literature.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Pray fervently for the Mission and the missionaries. This should be your greatest contribution. John 16:24
- Read the missionary prayer letters. Correspond with them.
- Surrender to God’s call and go to the field He indicates.
- Have a Missions Conference in your church.
- Give financially that others may hear the Gospel through a missionary, a native pastor or worker or through other ministries of this Mission.
PRAYING FOR MISSIONARIES
Workers on mission fields do not want or need pity – but desperately need your prayers. Talk to missionaries and you will find they have this in common: an unshakeable confidence in the power of prayer – the prayer of people back home. Praying for them is the simplest thing you can do for them. Sometimes it is the easiest to forget.
Here are some principles to guide you in becoming a real missionary prayer warrior.
1. Find out all you can about the missionary for whom you are praying. Missionaries are individuals with individual personalities. They serve on varied fields each having its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Remember this when you pray.
2. Pray regularly. Do not wait for some heart tugging story to stimulate you to prayer.
3. Be specific in your prayer. “Lord bless all the missionaries” is not enough. Write and ask the missionary what his needs are. Often you may be able to meet them! Do not expect the more intimate problems that characterize the mission field to make the pages of the prayer letter.
4. Try to anticipate needs. Think of the spiritual problems that plague you. Perhaps they are bothering the missionary. If you wait until you hear of a need, often it is past.
5. Be persistent and persevering in prayer. When you pray for something that requires a specific answer – do not stop until you know the answer has come.
Pray for the following: For victory over mental stagnation caused by lack of time for reading and study: for freshness in prayer and Bible teaching in the absence of an inspired preacher of the Word nearby to offer a spiritual “refresher”; for guidance in how to present the Gospel to some person with whom the missionary may have fleeting contact; for deliverance from the temptation of pride as the native sometimes looks up to the missionary as the last word in knowledge and Christian example; for wisdom in relations with other missionaries; for strength to overcome the temptations of loneliness; and for understanding in dealing wisely with the native pastors and workers, many of whom are assuming the leadership of the churches. Most missionaries do not feel sorry for themselves. Nevertheless, they are doing a work especially commanded by Christ. The “enemy” will do all he can to frustrate this work. Pray for the missionaries unceasingly as well as victoriously.
OUR A.S.S.I.S.T. PROGRAM
ASSIST is an excellent opportunity for active mature folk to serve the Lord on a mission field, for a limited term, using the God-given talents and abilities that have been developed throughout their working years.
Many missionaries do not have the building, technical, mechanical or professional skills that are needed from time to time in their ministries thus hindering, slowing, or stopping their work.
If you are retired, have vacation time, or your work schedule allows you to set your own hours and you would like to assist a missionary or missionaries in their field, we would like to help you find a place of service in the harvest fields of the Lord.
OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
ABOUT THE BIBLE
We believe the Bible to be the inerrant, perfect, and preserved Word of God, fully and verbally inspired of God. We believe God not only inspired every word, but has preserved them through the ages. We believe the King James Version is the preserved Word of God for the English-speaking people and that it should be used exclusively in our preaching and teaching for English speaking services. (Psalm 12:6-7; II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:19-21).
ABOUT THE TRIUNE GOD
God the Father- We believe God is supreme in His person, eternal in His being, absolute in His attributes, glorious in His perfection, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love. (Eph. 20:2,3; I Cor. 8:6)
God the Son (Jesus Christ) – We believe in the virgin birth of Christ, His deity and sinless life, His vicarious death, His bodily resurrection and ascension, and in His personal, visible, pre-millennial, pre-tribulational, and imminent return to the earth according to His promises, which is our blessed hope.
God the Holy Spirit – We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in creation; that His relation to the unbelieving world consists of restraining the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony, that He is the agent in the new birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.
We accept the Genesis account of creation, and believe that man came into being by direct creation.
ABOUT THE DEVIL OR SATAN
We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, and the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to eternal justice in the lake of fire.
ABOUT THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but by choice, and are therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
ABOUT THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN
We believe that salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatoral offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution in the place of the sinner, the Just for the unjust; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven, and uniting in His person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, that He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate, and all sufficient Savior.
ABOUT THE NEW BIRTH
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again, that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is an instantaneous work and not a process; that in the new birth one dead in sin is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new birth is brought about in a manner beyond our comprehension, solely in the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the Holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
ABOUT THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ for all time.
ABOUT THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH
We believe in the universal church (the body of Christ), which is made up of all blood bought, born again believers from the public ministry of Christ until His coming again for His own. We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed; born again believers, practicing New Testament principles, believing its doctrines, observing its ordinances and exercising its autonomy. And we believe in the God-ordained ministry of the local church as the center of all Christian activity, including fellowship, worship, service and evangelism.
We believe that every born again Christian should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures and practices and associations is commanded of God.
ABOUT THE ETERNAL STATE
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life with Christ in heaven, the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment in the lake of fire.
We believe that all believers are to be witnesses unto the lost for Christ. We believe that all believers have certain God-given gifts and are stewards for God and that some are called to preach or to other special tasks. We also believe that all who have rejected the gospel or have never heard the gospel are lost and that it is every believer’s responsibility to carry personally or send by another, the gospel to every creature.
The Independent Baptist Indian Mission Inc. is a fundamental organization, so we must take our stand regarding current trends that lead to discrediting the Bible and undermining the fundamentals of the faith. We oppose liberal theology, neo-orthodoxy, neo-evangelicalism, the charismatic (modern tongues) movement, ecumenicalism, National Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches.
OUR ADVISORY BOARD
- TIM ZACHARIAS, Author, Assistant Pastor of Campus Church, Pensacola, FL
- PASTOR PAUL HISCOCK, president-Sermon in Song Ministries, Indianapolis, IN
- PASTOR RANDY MILLER, Pastor of Northland Baptist Church, Flagstaff, AZ
- EVANGELIST TROY CARLSON, Director of West Branch of the Bill Rice Ranch, Williams, AZ
- DR. JERRY TETREAU, Chancelor , International Baptist College, Tempe, Arizona
- REV. BUD WELLS, Pastor, Wapiti Valley Church, Wapiti, Wyoming
- MR. GLEN JASPERS, Evangelist, Iowa
- REV. CHUCK CRABTREE, Evangelist, Denver, Colorado
- DR. BILL RICE III, Evangelist, Director, Bill Rice Ranch, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
- REV. KEITH SMITH, Pastor, Pine Bluff Baptist Church, Albany, GA