BIO was organized in 1985 for the purpose of opening countries closed to the Gospel by means of deaf education and other symbiotic methods that do not violate Biblical principles.

BIO is a full service missions agency with well-established expectations and guidelines for our missionaries. However, we also honor the authority of the pastor and the sending church and respect the leadership of the Holy Spirit in the life of the missionary on the field.

   The mission of Helping Hands for the Deaf is to establish and maintain a shelter and services for the people with many types of hearing loss and possibly other disabilities such as vision loss. Helping Hands for the Deaf is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, guided by its charter and fundamental principles, to provide an affordable shelter to people with hearing loss who are suffering from unemployment, underemployment, lack of retirement funds, or have inadequate skills for independent living. In addition, HHD will provide tutoring and counseling services for the career and educational advancements.

The Joyce’s Kids program provides a way for your B.I.O. missionaries to minister to the needs of disabled children and bring them the Hope of Christ within their families, through their local national churches. In addition to publishing both training and teaching materials for the Deaf, Joyce’s Kids has impacted a number of countries.

   VICKtory School for the Deaf was established in 2001 for the purpose of teaching the Deaf of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

   VICKtory School’s Founder and Administrator, Gomeju Tafesse was the first deaf student led to the Lord under the leadership of Missionary, Dr. Joyce Vick. Miss Tafesse has worked with Baptist International Outreach (BIO) as a National Missionary since the organization’s inception in 1985. She has raised two children, Yohannes Getaneh and Mimi Tafesse Dykes who are both serving as Missionaries with BIO. Miss Tafesse has one adopted daughter, Grace. She has also helped many other deaf and hearing boys and girls receive an education and given them a home.