In 1981, after 30 years of ministry in Europe, Bill founded In Touch Mission International in Tempe, AZ with the help of his wife Harriett. Under their leadership, ITMI has established a reputation for integrity and effective ministry overseas.
Beginning in England as an evangelist, Bill was later called during the Communist years to minister to Christians behind the Iron Curtain. Bill and Harriett did so from a mission base in Salzburg, Austria which provided convenient entry into the mission field of Eastern Europe. In 1981, the Bathmans further expanded their ministry to include restricted access areas in Africa by founding In Touch Mission International (ITMI) in Tempe, Arizona.
The Bathmans realized the value of national workers through their previous contacts with pastors and Christians in Eastern Europe. They began to work to assist these ministries in any way possible. Some of the assistance provided to pastors in Eastern Europe included the purchase of vehicles, delivery of Bibles, medical equipment, supplies and services, raising awareness through radio programs, and by field visits of prayer, support and encouragement.
In 2006, In Touch Mission International celebrated 25 years of serving the persecuted and suffering Church in restricted access countries. Founder and President of ITMI Bill Bathman briefly highlights achievements of each year to the present time:
ITMI born in prayer, entrusted to God. Bibles to China, crusades in India, Europe and South Africa.
Mission Conference in Canada. Bill’s heart-attack, ITMI organized by Harriett into a viable mission.
Medical & mission ministry in Poland. Lenora Bathman commissioned and sent by ITMI to Austria.
Harriett organized ITMI medical teams for Poland & Romania. ITMI sent 350-seater tent to Polish ministry.
Delivery of hi-tech medical equipment for Romania (presented to local hospital by Christians).
Pastor Support Program (PSP) for South Africa. Car purchased for Yugoslav pastor. ITMI ministry in Asia.
PSP expanded in areas of Africa, Mexico & India. Added support for ministerial students & national missionaries.
ITMI helped provide a new Baptist Church building in Yugoslavia. Provided cars for Mexico.
Raised $20,000 USD for Romanian church building project. Took medical equipment for Bethesda Medical Clinic in Romania.
Harriett organized ITMI’s first medical/surgical team to operate in Romanian hospitals.
More Bibles and medical aid to Bulgaria. PSP fund increased for Romania. Purchased field vehicle for Frontline Fellowship.
Harriett organized 26-member medical team for Romania. Began orphanage project in Prilipet called “Casa Dorca.”
ITMI sent an 18-wheeler truck of medical equipment for Bethesda Medical Clinic & $26,000 USD for Casa Dorca in Romania.
1st book published by ITMI – Angola By The Back Door. Worked with JAF in “Wheels for Poland.”
$1,000 USD for Bibles & Bikes in Malawi. 2nd Baptist Church in Poznan reclaimed (stolen by communists).
ITMI purchased an ambulance for village in Yecora, Mexico. Refurbishing of Poznan 2nd Baptist Church continued.
Polish Bible Translation project began under the direction of ITMI’s Dr. Piotr Zaremba.
Blue Nile Project in Sudan. Hospital and churches bombed by Muslims in Western Equatoria.
Bill made two missions trips into Sudan. Bill & Harriett moved to Cape Town, South Africa in October.
New 3-story wing on Casa Dorca Orphanage in Prilipet, Romania. Bibles sent for ex-terrorists in South Africa.
New classrooms for ECA in Zambia. International College of Missions launched in Uganda.
New ITMI projects:
Moreson Children’s Haven in Cape Town, South Africa;
Lusaka Bible College in Zambia.
ITMI’s Polish Bible Translation project led by Dr. Piotr Zaremba published the first ever translation from Greek and Hebrew into the Polish language from within evangelical circles.
Tim & Ashley Keller launch a new ministry to develop a complete Biblically based educational curriculum in Kabwe, Zambia.
Steve Evers taught the first lesson of the SALT discipleship material to about 20 residents of Mundri, Sudan under the shade of a mango tree.
The ITMI Board unanimously accepts Paul & Molly’s ministry as the first ITMI project in India.
ITMI partner in Kampala, Uganda, Muhindo Kawede, and the International School of Missions celebrates its first graduates.
Richard & Brooke Nungesser’s Bread of Life ministry in Poland celebrate 10 years of God’s special touch on damaged lives.
ITMI’s Gerhard Le Roux relocates from Moreson farm just outside Capetown to Onseepkans to evangelize the lost and desperate souls in the Northern Cape of South Africa.
Steve Evers, Mark Burritt and Tim Keller joined John Jere in Lukulu West where they saw the digging of the first ever fresh water wells in that area.
Tim & Ashley Keller organize the shipment of two containers full of Bibles, books, education materials, and discipleship tools to Zambia.
Adi and Ema Ban launched out into some deep water with the creation of a new pre-school facility in Oradea that is geared to reach the un-churched.
Paul and Molly launch a new church plant with the help and encouragement of Harvest Bible Fellowship.
Piotr Zaremba completes translating the last remaining chapter of the Old Testament of the new Polish Bible.
ITMI partner in South Sudan, Jahim Buli Vincent, delivered over 8200 lbs of maize flour, 3300 lbs of lentils and about 50 gallons of cooking oil for two destitute camps thanks to ITMI supporters.
ITMI partners Mark Parris and Charl van Wyk spearhead a ministry into a local squatter’s camp called Klipwuehel or Stonehill. They begin using their gifts to build small tin shacks.
ITMI partner, Andrew Gorski, reports 13 people gave their lives to Christ at a Gospel Joy Workshop in Kozieglowy, Poland.