About Us

Organization Description and History

Bridge Builders International, Inc. is an inter-denominational non-profit (501c3) organization that networks with other organizations and individuals to bring hope and opportunity to children in developing nations who are trapped in spiritual darkness, poverty, and illiteracy.

In 1995, Jerry Morris - who at that time was an associate pastor and administrator of the Christian school at Evangelistic Temple in Tulsa, Oklahoma - responded to a missionary's request to assist an indigenous church and Christian school in Barranquilla, Colombia. Jerry's first trip there birthed a great passion to help the desperately needy children of the Third World. In Barranquilla he saw hundreds of children who, without a Christian school, would have no education, no understanding of God's love for them, and very little sense of self-worth.

In Colombia Jerry met local Christian ministers and educators who were ministering to the children with incredible dedication but with very meager material resources. They had no desks, no classrooms, and very few books. He saw that they excelled in terms of vision, compassion, determination, faithfulness, and personal sacrifice. However, the effectiveness of their labor was limited by the lack of resources.

Jerry felt an overwhelming sense of calling from God to "hold up the hands" (Ex. 17:12) of those servants of the Lord. Initial efforts involving teams from the USA produced excellent results. The teams brought teaching materials, provided medical care, conducted evangelistic campaigns, taught seminars for educators, and provided money and labor for construction. Soon the school was thriving and developed a reputation for quality. The church grew and new churches were planted. The ministry expanded to encompass other churches and Christian schools in Colombia and beyond.

At present BBI is serving in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Honduras, and Mexico. To date, hundreds of volunteers from all walks of life have served side-by-side with local people in each of these countries to demonstrate the love of God and bring Hope and Opportunity to kids whose lives have been limited due to poverty, illiteracy, and spiritual darkness.

The primary focus of BBI is HOPE and Opportunity for children in developing nations. BBI networks with churches, Christian schools, corporations, and individuals in the USA to connect them with ministries in Latin America. Along with these institutions and individuals, BBI works hand-in-hand with Latin American ministries to share the Gospel, and to provide education, food, clothing, and medical care to those in need. This involves the following outreaches:

  1. Directing evangelistic, medical,and construction missions teams to Latin America.
  2. Organizing teams of Christian school educators to mentor national teachers.
  3. Providing teaching materials and educational opportunities for teachers of Christian schools in Latin America, especially in remote areas.
  4. Channeling and distributing funds to national ministries for capital improvements.
  5. Coordinating a student sponsorship program.
  6. Sponsoring the "Vitamins for Kids" program.
  7. Donating shoes, clothing, school supplies, food, and nutrition supplements to Latin American school children.
  8. Seeking opportunities for Latin American students to attend Christian universities and Bible institutes.
  9. Furnishing ministry opportunities for Latin American youth to serve on missions teams.

Mission & Vision

Our vision is for children in developing nations to break free from the limitations of their environment and have full, free, and productive lives. (John 5:24; 10:10)

To achieve this, BBI endeavors to strengthen and encourage the indigenous ministries that are compassionately and effectively ministering to those children. While linking resources in the USA with ministry in Latin America, BBI forms a bridge between those ministries and caring people who have the means to help.

Ministry Objectives

Recognizing the great need in Latin America and the importance of nationally-based ministries, Bridge Builders International aims to support and encourage ministries that are focused on serving the needs of children who live in circumstances of spiritual darkness, poverty, and illiteracy. As Aaron and Hur lifted up Moses' arms during battle (Exodus 17:12), so BBI endeavors to lift up the arms of selected ministries in Latin America. The purpose of BBI is to bridge the gap between the needs of the people and ministries in Latin America, and the resources, finances, and manpower available in the US.

BBI carries out its purpose by assisting Latin American Christian schools; sponsoring students ranging from primary school to university age; donating nutritional supplements through the 'Vitamins for Kids' program; conducting missions teams that serve in areas of evangelism, construction, education, and medicine; and channeling and distributing equipment and funds to national ministries and missionaries.

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