BMDMI History

Our Story

Things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.  Psalm 78:3-4 (ESV)

Our Story

Prior to BMDMI’s establishment, the Herringtons, Founders of BMDMI, served in Honduras for six years working in evangelism and church development. The Lord richly blessed their early ministry efforts evidenced by the three churches planted during that time. However, the Herringtons were constantly heart-broken as they saw people suffering from the lack of basic medical and dental care. On one occasion, they discovered a woman passing through the last stages of cancer without even an aspirin to ease the pain. Countless other times, they met people with teeth rotted to the gum line. Instances such as these led them to ask the Lord what more they could do to help ease the pain and suffering that surrounded them. The Lord gave them a vision of what today we know as “short-term mission teams” – Christian volunteers traveling to the mission field and paying their own expenses to serve the poor and sick. These teams draw thousands of people to hear the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and offer medical and dental services free of charge.


BMDMI Established

Baptist Medical & Dental Mission International was founded in 1974 by Missionaries Charlie and Carolyn Herrington in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The first team in 1974 consisted of seven volunteers; and every year since then, the number of teams and volunteers has grown.


BMDMI Mourned a Loss

Charlie Herrington went home to be with the Lord. The Hondurans mourned the loss of a spiritual father and BMDMI mourned the loss of a dedicated, dynamic leader. However, BMDMI belongs to no person, but rather to the Lord, so the work continues.


BMDMI Expanded to Nicaragua

BMDMI expanded its ministry beyond the borders of Honduras to the neighboring country of Nicaragua offering medical-dental care, planting local churches, and preparing Christian leaders.


BMDMI Accepted Their First Full-Time Missionaries

Responding to growing needs in these two countries, BMDMI founded and operates Christian schools, permanent medical-dental clinics, vocational training centers, and children's homes. To oversee the work of these ministries, BMDMI took on the role of a missionary sending agency, accepting its first full-time missionaries.


BMDMI Expands into Nepal

BMDMI extended its mission outside of Central America and into Nepal – the world’s only Hindu nation.


BMDMI Begins Serving Guatemala

BMDMI began serving in Guatemala. As the Lord provides and makes clear, and as servants are sent into the fields, BMDMI will continue to expand with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ!


Loss of a Loved One

With heavy hearts, we are mourning the loss of Carolyn Herrington who founded BMDMI in 1974 along with her husband, Charlie. She passed away in January of 2023. Today, many people associated with Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International - whether involved in teams, as board members or as staff - know only the name of Carolyn Herrington. They may not know of the personal sacrifices she made, but they know of her legacy. Thousands of people have come to know God’s salvation because she answered His call. She served, suffered, rejoiced, studied, and poured her life into serving God. We pray that we can always hold our work at BMDMI to the standard she set for us – to glorify God in every aspect of work and service.