Indian Baptist Missions Fellowship is the answer to prayer for many Indian missionaries and pastors across the United States and Canada. Bro. Josh Harjo, founder of IBMF, and his late wife, Ramona, surrendered to full-time missionary service in 1969 starting six mission works and establishing these works into churches with native pastors in Southeastern Oklahoma, Florida, and Canada. Bro. Harjo's burden and dream was to help other Indian missionaries and pastors–knowing first hand of the financial hardships and lonely times missionaries endure on the field.
The summer family camp meetings were started to give Indian missionaries and pastors a place to renew themselves and their families by coming together for fellowship and good hard preaching. These camp meetings were held at different sites such as: the Alabama Coushatta Reservation in Livingston, Texas; Seminole Reservation in Hollywood, Florida; Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Canada; Choctaw Nation in Idabel, Oklahoma; and in 1989, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Mission, South Dakota. It was here that, Bro. Josh shared his burden to create a fellowship of churches, missionaries, pastors, and individuals to help Indian missionaries. The Lord moved in a mighty way and Indian Baptist Missions Fellowship (IBMF) became a reality.
Since that time IBMF has grown steadily with the support of many individuals, churches, missionaries, and pastors across the country. God continues to bless IBMF and burden the hearts of new supporters even today.
As IBMF remains faithful to its commitment to support Indian pastors and missionaries, the Lord has burdened the hearts of its directors with a new vision for expansion. New goals and objectives have been outlined and excitement permeates every meeting.
Please consider being a part of the IBMF ministry even if all you can do is pray – and let us know you are praying!!
1991 – Raised finances to purchase campgrounds in Canadian, Oklahoma to be used for camp meetings.
1995 – Paid off note for campgrounds.
1996 – Addition to tabernacle.
1999 – New women's dormitory built.
2000 – Basketball courts built.
2000 – New Snack Shack built.
2001 – Youth Tabernacle built.
2002 – New men's dormitory built.
2004 – Kitchen facility upgraded.
2005 – Playground for the toddlers.
2005 – New restroom/shower facilities.
2005 – Purchased adjoining lot with mobile home.