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We have a wonderful church family and Pastor. Annita (8), Timothy (6), and Annalise (5) go to our Christian school and
are growing into these amazing little individuals. Timothy enjoys all sports with his favourite being hockey, just like his
daddy. Annita and Annalise are both in gymnastics, enjoy music lessons and all things girly. At this point, I’m enjoying
being a mom to my munchkins and excited to see what the Lord has for us this upcoming year.
Perhaps you’re thinking, “I’m not in this situation. I have no idea how to relate. If only I knew how to help and be a
blessing.” Bro. B and I made a short list of ‘Little Things’ that can mean so much, not just to young widow(er)s w/ or
w/o children, but to others who are missing a parent-spouse too.
Kids Invite sons w/o dads to Father-Son events, ball games or ‘guy’ things, even if you have a son.
Invite daughters w/o moms to Mother-Daughter events, even if you have a daughter.
Offer to show/teach them new things that the remaining parent can’t.
Home Frozen meals (great help especially for widowers w/young children)
Offer Mr. Fix-it skills if needed i.e. winterizing the home for Northerners - widow(er)s or help with yard work -
Get a few ladies to help w/cleaning occasionally - for widow(er)s w/children
Widow(er) ‘Borrow’ the kids for a few hours – maybe the park/bike ride/baking cookies
A note of encouragement or phone call ‘Praying for you’ or a fun card to the kids with a note inside – or even a treat.
A phone call, especially evenings (the loneliest time for widow(er)s w/children), just to ask how they are doing and talk
Get together w/o children to go bowling, walking/talking, something fun – widow(er)s
Reach out to that young widower. Bro. B –“I was invited to play racquetball with Dan each week. We had fun, spent
time in God’s Word, and prayer before going to work. He was a quiet Godly business man, crippled from polio, but Dan
was my greatest ENCOURAGER.”
Joel and Collette Callaghan Michel attended CB I ’06. Collette and the children reside in the Toronto, Ontario Canada area.
CAMP BIMI and SMART were EXACTLY what I needed.
At the time God put on my heart to be a missionary, literally the only thing I knew about missions was
that people go from church to church raising support and go to a foreign field to share the Gospel. I did
not even know the difference between deputation and furlough! When I went to CAMP BIMI I, it was
like getting a back stage look at what all is involved in missions. I learned a lot (to put it mildly). I didn’t
know much about missions when I went to CAMP BIMI but you guys never made me feel dumb for it.
You have no idea how much that meant!
I remember during one of our classes, the SMART trip was briefly explained and I was thinking that I
could NEVER EVER do something like that because it would be WAY TOO HARD! I basically shut the
idea of going on one completely off because there was just no way I could ever do it. This is the part where
I love that God’s Ways and Thoughts are higher than mine. When I found out I would be on the trip, I had
absolutely NO field training before the trip but I ALWAYS KNEW that you and Mrs. Baughman believed
that I could do it. Even when I had two days to raise $700, I knew you guys hadn’t given up. I learned SO
much (especially having FAITH in God that HE WILL PROVIDE all my needs). It was like putting into
practice everything we learned at CAMP BIMI, and then some. It was hard, challenging, and exhausting
… the hike to the village – Whooee! I think some of us were almost delirious, but I learned so much and I
One thing I have not forgotten is during my first CAMP BIMI you preached a message on Rahab and the
red rope she let out of her window. You gave us all a little red string and said that every time we want to
give up, to look at that string and remember not to give up. I stuck that string in my Bible that night and
it’s still there. I have looked at it many times and thought of what you said. I think God let me hear that
message because He knew I would need it for the next couple years. Thanks!
If you would have asked me three years ago where my puzzle piece fits, I would have had no idea. But now
I KNOW it is in full-time missions! CB Alumnus