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By Dwight Talbot
After serving with BIMI in the north of Europe for eight years, we were forced to leave that field
suddenly under circumstances beyond our control near the end of 2015. Our hearts were saddened
but still determined to continue in the ministry of church planting as we were sure the Lord was not
changing that calling. We returned to Fairmont, West Virginia, to our sending church, Fellowship
Baptist, to regroup and seek the Lord’s leading for the next steps in His will. Our prayer was, “Lord,
if not there, then where? Please guide our steps and show us your will for the place you would
have us serve.” The Lord used our pastor and church family to encourage, help, and support us in
the transition period. As we talked with supporting churches and pastors and reported to some of
them personally, the Lord used them to encourage us and share seeds of thought that the Lord used
in directing us to the north of North America, to the country of Canada.
During the same time, my mother’s health was declining rapidly, and our months in the States
allowed us to spend quite a bit of time with her. This was a blessing for
all of us, especially for our children. The Lord is so gracious in the
way that He works His sovereign will in our lives! He allowed
us to spend this time with a mother/grandmother before her
graduation to glory on December 24, 2016, not long after we
had arrived on the new field.
The Lord led us to Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada,
to begin the work of planting a church in the largest
city in southeastern British Columbia. Cranbrook has
around 25,000 people in the city proper and surrounding
area. There was no fundamental independent Baptist