Tim and Barbara Downs were approved as Baptist Bible Fellowship missionaries to Zaire in September 1986. Due to political unrest in Zaire, they were forced to leave the country. The Downses became missionaries to the Ivory Coast in September of 1993. Tim is a 1986 graduate of the missions course of Baptist Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, and Barbara completed the concentrated missions course at BBC in 1986. They served their internship at the Hillcrest Baptist Mission in Hollister, Missouri. Tim was ordained in 1984 at the Shawnee Mission Baptist Temple in Shawnee, Kansas. They have three children.