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From My Heart
ALWAYS REMEMBERING THE ‘WHY’
OBEDIENCE IS THE VERY BEST THING!
A Tribute to My Husband, aka Brother B, a Man of Vision
It was early 1992 at our home in St. Catharines, Ontario. As clearly and strongly as the Lord could make it, He placed on Bro. B’s heart
the vision, purpose, and mandate to create the ministries of CAMP BIMI, SMART and CLAIM. Oh, he knew it was definitely thinking
outside the box! Would anyone even grasp the concept or understand the tremendous need for such ministries? Most certainly the Lord
would provide, and we chose to obediently follow Him on a journey that would prove to be beyond anything we could have ever imagined
at that time.
We sat at our kitchen table, and I rapidly wrote down everything Bro. B dictated: the classes that would be taught and why each was
important, who would teach each class and why, each step that would be added to CAMP BIMI and why. Every element was created from
having listened to missionaries who were quitting and why and to people who desperately wanted to help missionaries and why. It was
just yesterday, wasn’t it? Not 25+ years ago! I Corinthians 2:9 and Jeremiah 33:3 sum it up.
Since 1993 to the current day, as the Lord brings you to mind (and He often does), we think about each of you who has walked through
those CAMP BIMI doors—many returning more than once. It stirs our hearts to glance over your applications, to read testimonies of
when you were saved and where you were in your search to Find Where You Might Fit in Missions at the time you came. Would you be a
missionary or in full-time ministry in a local church or Christian school? Perhaps your fit would be a faithful layman or woman serving
and inspiring others to consider missions, but you were open and surrendered to His Will. The fact that you were even at CAMP BIMI
What did you see yourself doing? What was God’s ultimate plan for you and your life? Would you trust and obey? We knew no one could
make those decisions for you, but we committed to: 1) pray for you, 2) encourage and mentor you, and 3) be there to pick up the pieces
that would sometimes be broken along the way. Much like a family, there would be births, deaths, marriages, happy and sad times. There
would be visits to your home to hear about all the Lord has done—listening to your vision, purpose and mandate—seeing you off for
your first term on the field, reading your prayer letters, and watching with great joy as you hosted a SMART team and became the mentor.
Where has life’s journey taken you—to places and paths you never dreamed of experiencing—sometime good, sometimes not? Are you
where you thought you would be? All of us have times of reflection and reminiscing—sometimes with moments of regret and other times
being humbled by God’s grace and “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until
the day of Jesus Christ:” (Philippians 1:6)
The vision of CAMP BIMI was to prevent missionary dropouts and casualties, and it went way beyond what Bro. B could imagine. The
purpose was to teach the reality of missions and watch God multiply the missionary force. He never forgot the why for CAMP BIMI. The
mandate was God’s blueprint, and it was spot on—that blueprint formed the basis for the classes still taught today. The result? People
around the world have been saved, churches and Bible institutes established, and CAMP BIMI alumni serve on all continents (except
Antarctica) and in CLAIM full-time. Students saved and mentored in your local church ministries have attended CAMP BIMI as have
children of CB alumni—now second generation. To God be the glory—great things He hath done and continues to do! (Psalm 40:5)
I often think back and wonder what would have happened if Bro. B had not listened to those hurting missionaries or been willing to allow
God to lead despite a lack of resources and complicated circumstances. So many things would be different today. The Lord could have given
that vision to anyone in the world, but He didn't. To look in that review mirror, to look at God's roadmap for us and all the mile-markers—
it brings me to my knees with gratitude. What if Bro. B had not been a man of vision and was not willing to surrender to what seemed at
the time to be a great sacrifice—dying to himself to help others find their way so that his efforts could multiply many times over?
Just like us, I believe that few are where they ever imagined they would be today, or that God would have used them to affect the lives of
others in ways that would count for Eternity. Yes, puzzle pieces do become a bit worn on the edges from life’s challenges, but wherever you
are, whatever you are doing, never doubt that we love you. Do you have regrets? Be encouraged that today is the first day of the rest of your
life. It’s never too late to be involved in missions in some way—never! That one you lead to Christ or mentor could become a missionary.
“I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and
toward all saints: That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in
Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in thy love…” (Philemon 4-7a). That is so true!