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These last few years have been such a great adventure! We first heard about BIMI in a
college chapel service. Brother Don Sisk was preaching, and he spoke about a camp where
you could go to learn more about missions. It wasn’t until after we graduated college and
were married that we decided to attend CAMP BIMI. God had called me into missions,
and I wanted to see what BIMI was all about.
In the summer of 2014, my seven-month pregnant wife and I came to CAMP BIMI not knowing
what to expect. We were greeted with friendly faces and welcoming smiles. They treated my expectant wife
like royalty and with so much kindness. Throughout the week, we got to go to classes and glean from those
who had formerly served on the mission field. We had fun playing games and making new, like-minded
friends with a heart to serve in the ministry. We learned how good it is to stretch ourselves and to come out
of our comfort zones to meet new people and try new things. We loved getting to know the different field
directors at BIMI. They were so genuine, personal, and real with us. It was so encouraging to hear all their
unique stories of how God called them, how God directed their paths, and how God blessed them. After we
attended CAMP BIMI, we knew that BIMI was the organization we wanted to serve with while preparing
for and serving on the field.
We were approved as missionaries in December of 2014. They helped us in so many ways and gave us
resources in preparing to go through deputation and in getting and staying on the field. Deputation has
been an exciting journey in which we’ve learned so much! It opened our eyes to things we never would
have contemplated before. It was a time in which the Lord used to grow our faith and show us the power of
prayer, to see the God of the impossible work. In every step of the way, the Lord always took care of us. Many
times God’s provision came in miraculous ways.
We are excited to finally be going to the place the Lord has called us, but we know that it is not that excitement
that will keep us there. What will keep us there is strength from the Lord and His Word, the faithful prayers
of those who remember us, and the encouragement and support of the churches and individuals who have
committed to help us while we serve there. We are so thankful that God called us into missions and we are
thankful that the Lord led us to be a part of BIMI’s mission family.
Rick and Sarah Demastus (CB I ’14b)
are serving as church-planting
missionaries in Scotland.
Why is it that some Christians cross land and sea,
continents and cultures, as missionaries? What on
earth impels them? It is not in order to commend a
civilization, an institution or an ideology, but rather a
person, Jesus Christ, whom they believe to be unique.
— John R.W. Stott