In many countries the gospel is not heard because there is no one to preach.
In other countries there are preachers who are in need of assistance in order for their ministries to reach their own people. IBOM helps these national pastors to establish local churches and provides assistance and ongoing training, attempting to bring their churches to an indigenous position as soon as possible. IBOM also helps to meet their needs through church school ministries and Bible college training.
IBOM has started or strengthened over 134 churches since February 1996. IBOM is commissioned by Northwest Bible Baptist Church in Elgin, Illinois, where Dr. Keith Gomez is the pastor.
Dr. Runion began his foreign missions work while pastoring the same church for 21 years. His burden grew from one country to several countries after seeing the great need and the people's response to the gospel.
His burden is to start many churches as possible in his lifetime. His philosophy is that if goes and preaches one time and many get saved, that's wonderful, but if one plants a church which can preach to them again and again; that's even more wonderful.
Dr. Smith traveled to the Middle East the first time as a tourist and to preach in a Bible conference. After the next trip he became burdened for the Arabic speaking people. He saw a hunger for the things of God among a neglected people.
After 17 years as a pastor and Bible College teacher he resigned those duties and entered full time mission work with IBOM. His field of service is white unto harvest and the desire to go and help start churches in his burden.
IBOM is commissioned by Northwest Bible Baptist Church in Elgin, Illinois, where Dr. Keith Gomez is the pastor.