Wimm, Barbara - MEXICO (Retired)
In 1969, Ralph and Barbara Wimm were approved as World Baptist Fellowship missionaries to the Tarahumara Indians in the mountains and canyons of Chihuahua, Mexico. Due to an incurable lung disease, Ralph could not live at high altitude. The Lord led them to the Mayo Indians living at sea level on the west coast of Mexico. There churches were begun and an Institute to train workers. In 1992, Ralph went to be with the Lord. In 1994, Barbara returned to the Mayo work until 2001. She continues to support the Mayo work due to the continuing support of many churches.
Barbara and Ralph were married three months out of high school in 1956. One of the bridesmaids invited them to a revival meeting at Dayton Baptist Temple in Dayton, Ohio, where Gerald Fleming was the pastor. They were saved and baptized there when the church was beginning in a basement. Several years later in another special meeting, they both went forward to answer God's call to the mission field. Dr. Fleming recommended that they move to Arlington, Texas, to attend Bible Baptist Seminary. Due to an age requirement for missionaries at that time, they graduated in three years in 1969. They were sent by Worth Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, where Ralph had been employed while in Seminary.
Barbara and Ralph had three children who shared the journey with them, Randy and Lisa from the beginning, and Melinda arriving during the years in the Tarahumara mountains.