Questions & AnswersFor questions related to serving on a Short-Term Mission Team, please visit Teams Q&A
Is BMDMI affiliated with any particular Baptist denomination?No. Our doctrine is Baptist but we operate as an independent, para-church organization. You may find our statement of doctrinal beliefs in the About Us section.
Are gifts to BMDMI tax deductible?As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, gifts to BMDMI are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
What percentage of my donation goes directly to the ministry I designated? Is any part of my donation used for administrative purposes?As with most non-profit organizations, a small percentage of your donation is used to support our ministry infrastructure. At BMDMI we use 10% of your donation to help cover the costs of receiving your donation, accounting for it properly, producing statements for your tax returns, etc. This percentage is well below the national average. Gifts to support BMDMI missionaries are exempt from the 10% administrative cost.
Will my gift be used as I designate it?Per IRS regulations, and in order for your donation to qualify as charitable tax deduction, the disbursement of all funds donated to BMDMI is under the sole discretion of the leadership of BMDMI. If you stipulate that your donation be used only for a specific ministry program or missionary endeavor, we will use your donation as you request provided that the specific purpose clearly falls within BMDMI's scope of ministry and mission statement. If you express a preference for how you would like your donation to be used and it falls within BMDMI's scope of ministry and mission statement, we will use your donation in the area of your preference unless there is a greater need in another area of our ministry.
Do all BMDMI missionaries have to raise support for their ministries?Yes. As with the Mission itself, all BMDMI missionaries must raise their support.
Does BMDMI need more missionaries? What does it take to become a missionary with BMDMI?We are praying that the Lord will call out more missionaries to serve with us! As you can imagine, the appointment process takes a while - up to 1 or 2 years (including fundraising). Those that express interest in serving as missionaries meet with the BMDMI staff to discuss foreign mission service as well as requirements that the applicant must meet. Once final approval is made by the Board of Trustees, missionary candidates attend missionary orientation and are allowed begin fundraising. Once fundraising is complete, candidates receive language training in Costa Rica for up to 1 full year and then head to their field of service. For more information on the Steps to Becoming a BMDMI Missionary, visit the Information & Resources page.
How long has BMDMI been working in Central America?We have been working in Honduras since 1974 and in Nicaragua since 1989.
Does BMDMI have any plans to expand its ministries to other countries?We welcome the opportunity to expand into other countries as the Lord provides the financial resources and new missionaries.