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This ENCOURAGER is dedicated to the memory of our 7 CAMP BIMI alumni who are in Heaven. They are gone, but not
forgotten ever. It seemed the best way to honor their memory was to share their personal testimonies – written in their own
words on their CB applications. For family, friends and pastors, may their words bring comfort and warm your heart. For those
not yet saved, may you be encouraged to trust Christ as your personal Savior. Life is short and was much shorter than anyone
could have ever imagined for Jill, Josh, Joel, Danielle, Todd, Danielle and Kenny.

We’re thankful for the privilege to have had them as students at CAMP BIMI as they searched for where they fit in missions.

We’re grateful for the relationship we had with them over a number of years before their Home-going. For all born-again
believers, we know that based on God’s Word and their testimonies shared at CAMP BIMI years ago, we will see them again in
Heaven. It is a ‘see you later’ and not a ‘goodbye’. Pray for their families.

Dr. Baughman
Jill Hess (April 23, 1983 - November 1, 2000) – CB I ‘99
“I was saved at almost five years of age and understood God’s Plan of Salvation completely. As a young teenager,
I drifted away from the Lord and God used one of my unsaved friends to open my eyes so I could see that I
needed Him in my life. At a missions conference March 25, 1998, I totally surrendered my life to Christ and
missions. God has turned my life around. I am growing closer to Him every day.” “At CAMP BIMI, I had lots
of questions answered and got rid of doubts. God gave me assurance that He was calling me to the Philippines.

I have a special burden for the children and deaf ministry there.” NOTE: Jill got to spend the summer of 2000
working with missionaries in the Philippines.

A man in Jill’s church said “I will never forget her demonstration of love and heartfelt desire to see a gentleman
in our church be saved. As a youngster, she cried begging him to accept the Lord after on particular Sunday
evening service. Today, this man is a Christian. Her prayer requests for various people have been faithfully
mentioned throughout the years. Witnessing to her peers and being a missionary in that respect in her
hometown indicates her commitment to serve the Lord as a missionary wherever the Lord leads her. She was willing to stand firm in her
faith desiring to serve others.”
Joshua Gregor (March 18, 1983 - October 27, 2008) – CB I ‘01b
“In July 1998 I went to MD to visit my grandparents. During VBS, one service was in a barn. The speaker spoke
on hell and it scared me! After the service, I went to one of the workers and told him I wanted to be saved. Later,
I was in our youth group and our youth pastor, Jack Walker, spoke on full time Christian service. I knew God
wanted me to be a missionary because He had been speaking to me about that for several months. I didn’t listen to
His Calling until that time. At CAMP BIMI, my decision was just to do whatever God had for my life. I’m willing
to go wherever God wants me to go.”
Josh’s pastor and his teacher said “He is tender-hearted, a hard worker and very dependable.”
Joel Michel
(January 13, 1987 - August 13, 2013) – CB I ‘06a
“I was brought up in a Christian home, but I never got saved until I was 14. I knew I wasn’t
saved, but whenever my preacher talked about Hell, I knew I was going there. It wasn’t until
a Wednesday night that the Lord convicted me of my sin. I can’t remember what the sermon
was about, but the Lord was convicting me of my need of salvation. That night I got saved and
on that Sunday, I got baptized. I’ve always been interested in my family’s heritage. Both of my
grandparents came from Holland. I began taking Dutch lessons from my grandma. I never
though anything of it, but a few months after starting, a missionary asked me why I was doing
it. I didn’t really know why, but I began to pray about it. The Lord began to really work and open
doors. A missionary in Holland invited me to come to visit. The Lord has given me a burden
for Holland. I’ve been there the past 2 summers and have preached on the streets of Amsterdam
on several occasions. I feel the Lord definitely calling me to full time service in the Netherlands.”
Joel’s pastor and teacher said “Drive, determination and out-going” were his strong attributes.

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Danielle Ledford Neff
(June 29, 1991 - June 26, 2014) – CB I ’08b, CB II ‘09
“As a young girl, I prayed the sinner’s prayer many times and was baptized twice with no heart
change. I was plagued with doubts, especially at night. I would beg God to save me, but being too
prideful to accept the fact I was a sinner, I would gain only enough peace to sleep. Then in September,
I felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit, on the way home I admitted to my dad I was not saved. When
we arrived home, I leaned over the console of the truck and asked Jesus Christ to save me. I thank
God that He did. For the last four years, I finally understand what it is to have true peace. At
this point in my life, I do not know what God has for me to do. I am hoping to find direction and
confirmation for whatever it is this summer. I have told God I am willing whatever it may be and
am now trying to slow down and get my priorities straight enough to hear Him when He answers.”
A year later, at CAMP BIMI II, Danielle surrendered to anything the Lord might call her to do
and was very involved in various ministries in her dad’s church.

Todd Stephens (March 2, 1978 - October 5, 2015) – CB I ‘99
“I have grown up in a Christian family and I received Christ as my
Savior when I was four years old. On July 28, 1982, I knew what
sin was and I needed a Savior. I had a zeal to serve God for about
ten years. When I entered high school, I ran from God. It was not
until my freshman year of college that the Lord dealt with me to
serve Him again. I grew up on the mission field in San Carlos AZ
with the Apache Indians. I had no desire to be a missionary until
my sophomore year of college at a missions conference. I talked to a
missionary who asked me if I had ever considered being a missionary. That was the starting point
of God dealing with my heart about missions. I gave my life to God for full time Christian Service in
March of 1998. Even though I grew up on the mission field, CAMP BIMI has given me very valuable
classes such as soul winning and leadership, in particular. I really appreciated the opportunity to fellowship
with the different directors and ask questions about specific countries and ministries. I feel that the Lord is
calling me to teach in Christian schools.”
Todd became a Christian School teacher and Youth Pastor, taking young people on mission trips. Husband of Christa Jones (CB I ’95,
CB II ’96, SM ’97, CB R/A ’97) and father of Chandler and Chanan.

Danielle Souza Willoughby
(August 11, 1988 - August 11, 2017) - CB I ‘05a, CB II ‘06
“I was saved at the age of 8. My pastor just finished giving us a message on Heaven and Hell. I
remember thinking ‘I don’t want to go to Hell. I went home and asked my mom and dad about
salvation, but I really didn’t understand salvation. I asked my pastor to explain it a little more. I let
it all sink in that night. I went home and asked Jesus to save me. A few months later, I was baptized.

The summer following my salvation, I had some doubts. Then at Northland camp, I got reassurance
of my salvation. After my youth group took a trip to Mexico, I felt that God was calling me to be a
teacher and work with the little kids. I also feel that God is calling me to work with the teen girls
and young ladies. CAMP BIMI has showed me that it is very difficult to be a missionary, but it’s
well worth it – that no matter what, God will still be with you. I am going to leave having a better
understanding of missions. I want to stick with my personal convictions and to start praying for people who need prayer.”
Surrendered to serve wherever the Lord wanted her, she married Joel, a Christian School teacher and coach. Mother of Roger and Isaiah,
they had a great summer serving at Northland camp in WI just before Danielle’s Home-going. Known for that huge smile, her favorite
verse was I Peter 5:7.

Kenneth Crofford
(December 2, 1964 – January 18, 2018) – CB I ‘16b
“On 8-13-85 Jose Alvarez of the Greenville Braves led me to Christ in the dugout
of Golden Park in Columbus GA. I learned about CAMP BIMI from my son,
Paul, and a missionary. I am burdened to come alongside missionaries on the
field and to possibly lead trips from our church to assist missionaries supported
by our church.”
Kenny, an Athletic Trainer, worked with the Houston Astros and others in
sports medicine and the medical community. Always optimistic, he praised
the Lord and shared Scripture amidst trials, and serving others. One said his
strongest attributes were his character and faith, a heart for people, desire to
serve God and love for his family. Joelle (CB I ‘16b), Paul (CB I ‘13b, SM ’14, CB II ’14, CB III ‘15), John (CB I ‘16b, CB II ’17) and Trinity
appreciate your prayers.

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