How we began
A burden for the souls of inland Africa
God burdened a Michigan pastor and his wife, William and Genevieve Haas, for the people of Africa and led them to serve there in 1912. This missionary experience compelled them to seek Him for more workers. The Haases returned to the US to gather pastors, and William convincingly presented the opportunity and urgency. They organized the General Council of Cooperating Baptist Missions of North America, Inc. (now Baptist Mid-Missions) on October 15, 1920, at the First Baptist Church in Elyria, Ohio. Our first group of six missionaries courageously sailed a few weeks later to bring the gospel to French Equatorial Africa.
A vision for passionate ministry and biblical integrity
William Haas recruited missionaries who embraced a burden that Africans not only find the Savior but also become theologically well-trained. At its foundation, this ministry was integrally tied to local churches who send out their own missionaries. By 1922, Haas and 10 other missionaries were serving on what is presently the Central African Republic. Overtaken by fever, William Haas died at the village of Bangassou in 1924 and is buried there.
Advancement of the vision worldwide
God has richly multiplied and blessed the vision for Great Commission ministry that William Haas cast back in 1920. Today, nearly 700 Baptist Mid-Missions missionaries serve on six continents in more than 55 countries. The work continues because the Lord is faithful to His Word in calling and sending workers into His fields of harvest. Baptist Mid-Missions remains committed to partnering with local churches as we advance biblical missionary enterprise worldwide.
What does the "Mid" stand for in Baptist Mid-Missions?
Our original name was The General Council of Cooperating Baptist Missions of North America, Inc. Because of this long title, we informally became known as "Mid-Missions" because of our early emphasis on reaching the unevangelized interior (middle) regions of countries. In 1953, our name was formally changed to Baptist Mid-Missions.