About

Our Family

"Where each lives for the other and all live for God."
Matthew
Keila
Marcus
Kendra
Kirsten
Kimberly
Matthew

Birthday:  23 January 1974

Anniversary:  27 July 1996

Favorite Things:  Riding horses, Swimming, Reading, Teaching

Favorite Foods:  Beef jerky, Lasagna, Dr. Pepper, Homemade ice cream, Orange Chicken

Keila

Birthday:  4 August 1975

Anniversary:  27 July 1996

Favorite Things:  Swimming, Reading, Discipling

Favorite Foods:  Trail Mix, Jell-O Cherry Cheesecake, A&W Root Beer

Marcus

Birthday: 20 October 2001

Favorite Things: Pandas, Riding his bike, Reading, Collecting bugs

Favorite Food: Pancakes, Ribs, Peaches, Fruit snacks

Kendra

Birthday: 23 November 2003

Favorite Things: Dolphins, Horses, Cooking, Reading, Singing, Organizing

Favorite Food: Chicken and Dumplings, Orange Chicken

Kirsten

Birthday: 2 June 2006

Favorite Things: Giraffes, Butterflies, Swinging, School, Reading, Singing

Favorite Food: PB & J, Strawberries, Grapes

 

Kimberly

Birthday: 4 April 2008

Favorite Things: Ladybugs, Singing, Swimming, Jumping on trampoline, Swinging

Favorite Food: PB & J, Pop-tarts, Grapes

Our Testimonies

Matt's testimony

I was saved when I was seven years old.  My parents were missionaries in the country of Spain and so I knew many things from the Bible.  But I realized that I could not go to Heaven just because my parents were saved.  I could not get to Heaven on my parent’s faith.  I realized that I was a sinner who deserved to go to Hell.  Oh, I had never killed anyone, but I was still a sinner.  I also realized that I could not save myself.  My parents could not save me.  I was going to Hell. But I knew that Jesus loved me and died for my sins.  He paid the wages of my sin, which was His death and shed blood.  And all that I must do was to turn from my sins and turn to God, accepting what Jesus did for me on the cross. On July 23, 1981, I accepted Jesus as my personal Saviour. If you will accept Jesus and what He did for you on the cross, then you also can be saved. I was soon baptized and surrendered my life to do whatever the Lord wanted me to do, but as yet I did not know what He wanted me to do.  I graduated from high school and went to Oklahoma Baptist College. It was during my senior year there that I knew the Lord was leading me to be a missionary to Uganda, E. Africa. It was in college that I met Keila.  After we were married in 1996, we started deputation and finally arrived in Uganda in January 1999. We have been happily serving the Lord there since.  God has blessed us with five wonderful children of whom four are still with us - Marcus, Kendra, Kirsten and Kimberly.

Keila's testimony

I followed my father down the church aisle and made a profession of faith soon after my family joined Windsor Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the spring of 1981.  I trusted that profession as my salvation until March of 1989. It was then that I realized my trust of salvation was solely in what other people told me and nothing that I remembered doing.  I then asked our associate pastor's wife to help me get things settled in my heart.  I am now certain that Jesus Christ is my Saviour without question or doubt! I attended Oklahoma Baptist College.  It was during this time in college that the Lord started dealing in my heart about serving Him full-time as a missionary.  During my junior year of college, the Lord brought Matt into my life.  We were married in July of 1996.  Matt and I started part-time deputation while I finished my last year of college and arrived in Uganda January 18, 1999.  Although life in Africa is different and many times difficult, I am honored to serve my Lord here with my husband and four children!  What wonderful peace God gives when we are in the center of His will!!

Our Beliefs

The Godhead

We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:10,26)

 

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1,2,14; 2Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4,5; Philippians 2:5-8)  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Romans 3:24,25; 1Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1Peter 1:3-5)  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministries of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9,10; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1John 2:1,2)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person Who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; 1Corinthians 12:12-14; 2Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13,14)  We believe that He is the divine Teacher Who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 1:17,18; 5:18; 1John 2:20,27)  We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer.  God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. (Romans 12:3-8; 1Corinthians 12:4-11,28; Ephesians 4:7-12)  We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary.  We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (1Corinthians 1:22; 13:8; 14:21,22)

The Holy Scriptures

We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and that they compose the entire Word of God.  The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed; and therefore, are the final authority for faith and life.  The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man.  The Scriptures should be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning.  We believe that the King James Version of the Bible is the preserved Word of God for English-speaking people.

The Fallen Nature of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin, the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God All men are sinners by birth and by choice, and, of themselves, utterly unable to remedy their lost condition. (Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 3:22,23; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19)

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1Peter 1:18,19) We also believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again, that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus, and that it is instantaneous and not a process.

The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1,38,39; 1Corinthians 1:4-8; 1Peter 1:4,5)  We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Romans 13:13,14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

The Return of Christ

We believe in the personal, imminent return of Christ Who will rapture His Church prior to the seven-year tribulation period.  At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel. (Psalm 89:3,4; Daniel 2:31-45; Zechariah 14:4-11; 1Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)

 

The Eternal State

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men - the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28,29; 11:25,26; Revelation 20:5,6,12,13)  We believe that the souls of the redeemed are at death absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; 1Thessalonians 4:16,17; Revelation 20:4-6)  We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection when, with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment. (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6,7; Revelation 20:11-15)

The Church

We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons. (1Corinthians 12:12-14; 2Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22,23; 5:25-27)  We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 20:17,28-32; 1Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)   We believe in the autonomy of the local church, free from any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1Corinthians 3:9,16; 5:4-7,13; 1Peter 5:1-4)  We recognize water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age. (Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 2:41,42; 18:18; 1Corinthians 11:23-26)

The Personality of Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin, and the cause of the fall of man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6,7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelation 20:10)

Separation

We believe that all the saved should live in a manner that does not bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God. (Romans 12:1,2; 14:13; 2Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2Timothy 3:1-5; 1John 2:15-17; 2John 9-11)

Our Church

We have the privilege of having the greatest sending church, Calvary Baptist Church in Marshall, Missouri. It is a blessing to represent our church here in Uganda. Our pastor is Rodney Haggett, who together with his wife, Janeen, have done an excellent job leading our church in its various ministries.  We are excited about what the LORD is doing in our home church, the salvation of the lost and growth of believers, and look forward to what God has in store for our church in the future.

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Sending Church Address

1823 S Miami Ave 

Marshall, MO  65340

660.886.9772

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Our Mission

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P.O. Box 9215
Chattanooga, TN  37412
423.344.5050

 

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 Eric Bohman, BIMI Africa Director

Africa.director@bimi.org