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Giving It to God
Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Jones ~ CB I ‘15b, CB II ‘16, SM ‘17,
CB III ‘17, CB IV ‘18 ~ Children’s Ministries - IN
As I sat in the wooden pew listening to the preacher, my mind kept drifting back to the words he had said just
moments before: “You can’t tell me if you listen to worldly music that you love God.” I played those words over and
over in my head. I do not know if that is true for others, but I knew in my heart that was true for me. When I went
to the altar that night, I had no idea that this was just the beginning.
It was soon after that night that I attended CAMP BIMI II in 2016. God encouraged me to take my decision a step
further. The theme of the week was “Cutting the ties that were holding us back from serving God.” I thought I
had done that with the music, but as I sat listening to Bro. Baughman preach, something began weighing down my
heart. I began searching my heart and mind for the things Bro. B. had suggested. My family and friends all loved
and supported me. I had no fears or reservations about going to the field or serving God. Why was I so convicted?
Later that evening, I spoke to Mrs. B. As I told her about the decision I had made weeks before, I spoke a name that I had not even thought
of until that moment— the name of a longtime acquaintance. Suddenly I knew that was the final thing holding me back. Not the same
Christian I had grown up with, over several years that acquaintance had changed and had become a negative influence in my life. Mrs.
B. said something I’ll never forget: “Recovering alcoholics do not hang out at bars with people who drink.” She was right. I was a
recovering addict, only my addiction was not alcohol. It was worldly music! I knew what I had to do, but it broke my heart. Mrs. B.
and I knelt at the altar, and I poured out my heart to God. I knew if I was going to do what He was laying on my heart, then I was going
to need His strength to do it.
Soon after, I walked away from that longtime friend and worldly music. It was not easy, but I knew God had to come first. I learned that
sometimes the thing holding us back is not necessarily sin. Sometimes it is an influence that you cannot imagine your life without.
God loves me infinitely more than anyone on this earth could love me, and I owe Him my whole life. I’m excited to see where He is going
to send me to serve Him!
When God’s Will Wasn’t Mine
Michelle (Little) Burton ~ CB I ‘11a, CB II ‘13, CB III ‘14
~ Children’s Church Pastor’s wife in UT
When I first came to CAMP BIMI in 2011, I had my life completely planned out. But that was the problem: I
had planned it. I grew up in a Christian home, and at a young age, I prayed the sinner’s prayer (or at least that’s
what I’m told; I don’t actually remember that). Even though I wasn’t saved, I believed in God, and I believed that
the best use of my life would be serving Him. I had my heart set on being a missionary because I thought that
was the best way I could possibly serve God.
However, by the time I went to CAMP BIMI II in 2013, I had realized that something was missing in my life. Just
a few months later, as a sophomore missions major in Bible College, I realized my need for Christ and accepted
Him as my personal Savior. I didn’t quite know what that would mean for my future plans to be a missionary, but
I know now that God had used those desires in my heart all along to bring me to the exact place He wanted me.
I originally had my heart set on a specific country, but at CAMP BIMI III in 2014, God opened my eyes to the
need for the Gospel around the whole world, not just one place. In the following months, God continued to soften my heart and make
me willing to serve Him anywhere in the world, even if that meant staying in America.
Another thing God started to soften my heart about was that if He brought a man into my life, my calling would be to follow my man
wherever God led him. That was something I had been taught (remember the session at CB, ‘Follow Your Man’?), but as an unsaved
person, I resisted it. I wanted to go where I wanted! But the Holy Spirit taught me that ministry for God is not about me; it’s about
God. If I could be more effective in my service to the Lord as a married woman, I was completely willing!
Little did I know that a year later God would bring a man named Steven into my life. God made it clear very quickly that my call was to
follow Steven and be his help meet in ministry. After we had both finished college, we were married in January 2017. Less than two weeks
after our wedding, Steven started serving as the full-time children’s pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Layton, Utah.
As for me, I’m just his full-time wife. If you had told me in 2011 that I would just be a wife, I would have been heartbroken. What a change
God has made in my life since then! I’m so thankful for the life God has called me to. If you had told me in 2011 that I would be serving
in America, not on a foreign field, I would have been devastated. But God worked in my heart to prepare me for the life He had planned
for me in Utah. And I know that my role in missions here is important as well.
I get to teach a missionary story in our children’s church every Sunday. I have no doubt that God will call some of those kids to be
missionaries! One of my favorite parts of our ministry responsibilities is getting to take the visiting missionaries out for lunch. We try to
be a blessing to them, but more often we’re the ones receiving the blessing!
My life hasn’t turned out exactly as I planned, but it has turned out exactly as God planned. And that has been far better!
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My Three Mrs. Bs
Nikki (Resseguie) De Jong ~ CB I ‘00b, CB II ‘01, CB III
‘03, CB III ‘08, SM ‘10, CB IV ‘18 ~ Full time service FL
God has used three godly mentors from CAMP BIMI, who I
call “My Three Mrs. Bs”, by their words and life examples for
me to follow as they follow Christ. Although as a young girl I
surrendered my life to do whatever the Lord wanted, I have
often struggled with surrendering to the Lord. Here is how
“My Three Mrs. Bs” helped me in this journey.
During CAMP BIMI I, God used my first Mrs. B, Mrs. Donna
Bragg, as I struggled to surrender many areas of godly living
to the obedience of Christ. Mrs. Bragg admonished, “Nikki, you
must know the mind of the Lord for yourself, not because any
human authority has said that you must or must not. Instead,
you must listen to the Holy Spirit. He will be your teacher, and
He will lead you into all truth (John 16:13). The Spirit’s leading
will never contradict His Word.” God used Mrs.
Bragg’s words and her life example to help me
surrender to a life dedicated to listening and
obeying the Holy Spirit’s teaching and leading in
At CAMP BIMI III in 2003, God began asking
for surrender in a way that I never imagined He
would ask. I was surrendered to go to the foreign
mission field, but I wasn’t surrendered to stay
home. God used my second Mrs. B, Mrs. Diane
Baughman, to teach me to control my fear of man
and instead to fear a life unsurrendered to God’s
very best. Mrs. B said, “Nikki, you need to go back
to the first surrender you made as a young girl,
‘Lord, I’ll do whatever you want!’ And be willing
to still do whatever He wants.” God used Mrs.
Baughman’s words and her life example to help me surrender to
God’s best for my life and not settle for anything less.
At the CAMP BIMI Reunion in 2008, I was now a young wife
struggling with an area of surrender, and God used my third
Mrs. B, Mrs. Sandy Bailes, to help teach me to surrender that
area to the Lord. She told me, “Nikki, surrendering this is not
some heavy burden for you to bear. When you surrender to the
Lord, you will find that He will give you rest because His yoke
is easy and His burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). God used
Mrs. Bailes’ words and her life example to help me surrender to
the Lord by casting my cares on Him.
Through all these stages of life, God has used “My Three Mrs.
Bs” to lead me back to my first surrender. Each time I say,
“Yes, Lord, I will still do whatever you want.” it is one more
step in my continuing journey of surrender. Yes, Lord, I’ll pray,
give, go, serve, do, and be whoever and whatever you want me
to do and be! In 2010, Grant and I went on the SMART trip to
Uganda. We were willing, but God did not open the door for
foreign missions. We now serve at a Christian college in Florida
and are blessed with two daughters, Abigail and Katherine.
I am so thankful the Lord put “My Three Mrs. Bs” in my life
to give words of encouragement, comfort, admonition, and
guidance. I am so thankful for their godly example. I thank the
Lord for “My Three Mrs. Bs!”
Lives for Christ
Around the Globe
Grant De Jong – CB I ‘01, SM ’10, CB II ‘18
Christian College Teacher
Despite a burden for missions, I am not a career missionary. I
have never even felt the call to be a career missionary. I’m an
entomologist: I study insects. So, how does this career reconcile
with my burden for missions? This was a question that I’ve had
often. CAMP BIMI I provided a framework in which I could
answer this question, SMART ‘10 provided an example, and
lastly, God put me in a position where it can be fulfilled.
In CAMP BIMI ‘01, I learned the wealth of opportunities for people to
be involved in missions even without being career missionaries. I met
CAMP BIMI faculty who were or are career missionaries, and other
students who were heading down the same path, but
I also met pastors, school administrators, and laymen
who were interested in missions. I got a glimpse of the
broad array of activities that missionaries are involved
in, from preaching and discipleship to medicine,
education, and just daily life.
My wife and I went on the SMART 2010 trip to
Uganda, and God gave me unexpected opportunities
to use my expertise in entomology. I took orphan
children on a nature walk to see the wonders of God’s
creation in their own backyard and showed them
how various parts of the ubiquitous dung beetles are
tailored by God especially for their environment. In
the school, I presented the ‘scientific method’ using
cockroach races, and we disproved our hypothesis
that the largest roach would be fastest. I found that
letting children collect bugs will endear you to their hearts, and
them to you. Further, while these were educational and relational
opportunities to work with the orphans, I also got to highlight the
Bible’s entomological illustrations in Proverbs 30 in Chapel.
Now, God has placed me in a position where I can have an even
broader global outreach. As a biology instructor at a Christian
college, I have had students from all over the world studying
general biology, entomology, zoology, and parasitology. In just the
past two years, over thirty countries have been represented in
my classroom and laboratory by missionary kids and nationals,
and I know that the instruction I give them from a Christian,
creationist worldview will be taken back to their countries and
related to friends and family and beyond.
Praise be to God for allowing me to talk about Him. I’ve actually
had students who asked how they could possibly use their future
career in biology on the mission field, and I have answers from the
SMART trip experiences God gave me. Some students have already
used my instruction in parasitology on short term medical mission
trips where the Gospel was
preached. Although I am
not a career missionary,
God has used my unlikely
career, entomology, to
further His Gospel. Go
figure! CAMP BIMI