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By Tony Bulawa
By Tony Bulawa
Deuteronomy 7:9 declares The Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which
keepeth covenant and mercy. Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 1:9 and 10:13 that
God is faithful. Certainly, every child of God can give testimony to the Lord’s
faithfulness in his life. We each experience His faithfulness in new mercies
every morning as well as in those special times when the Lord answers a prayer
request in a way that is exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.
Pastor Steve Stone presently serves as the pastor of Camp Creek Baptist Church
in South Carolina. Prior to becoming the pastor of Camp Creek, Pastor Stone and his wife,
Kathy, were sent by this church as missionaries to the Far North. They became missionaries
with BIMI in 1981. In June 2010, Brother Stone was appointed as Far North Director for
BIMI and served in the position through June 2018. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak
with Pastor Stone about the years he served as the Far North Director. The recurring theme of
that conversation was God’s faithfulness. My interview with Pastor Stone is as follows:
Tony Bulawa: What were some of the
highlights of Far North Missions during
your time as Director?
Pastor Steve Stone: In the first missionary
Candidate School that I was a part of as Far
North Director, Wes and Rebecca
Burns were missionary candidates.
Though I had never met them,
they were an answer to my prayers.
For years, I had asked the Lord to
raise up young Canadian men to
preach the Gospel in the Far North.
The Burns still faithfully serve in Québec,
Canada. As Far North Director, I began to ask
the Lord to raise up families to take the Gospel
to the Metropolitan areas of Canada. The Lord
answered those prayers and called families to
places such as Montréal and Toronto.
TB: What were some of the challenges of
Far North Missions during your time as
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SS: The pace of church planting in the Far
North is often slower than in some other
areas of the world. Many missionaries spend
30 years or more in the planting of a single
church. Some of our veteran missionaries
had faithfully served for decades in the same
town or remote village and were in need of
co-laborers to come and help continue in
the work. Helping supporting pastors and
churches to understand that the work of
church planting in the Far North most often
is the work of a lifetime could sometimes be
a challenge. Also, helping people see the need
for missionaries in the Far North, especially
in a place like Canada that on the surface
seems to be so like the United States to many,
presented a unique challenge.
TB: How did the Lord give victory in some
of those challenges?
SS: We always knew there was a need for
more laborers, and the Lord was faithful to
raise up and call some to the Far North. To
see young families answering the call and
Canadians surrendering to service was a
victory. Churches that continued to support
missionaries through decades of ministry
in the North was a victory the Lord gave.
Even for those missionaries who have served
so faithfully for decades and still needed
replacements, it was a victory to see the Lord
enable them to continue in the work.
TB: What did you consider to be one of the
single greatest needs of Far North Missions
during your time as Director?
SS: Besides the obvious need for more
laborers throughout the Far North, it had to
be Greenland. The Lord burdened my heart
for this country and I began to pray and ask
Him to provide the funds for a survey trip. It
was not long before the Lord provided special
gifts through different churches for me to go
to Greenland. Through those gifts, the Lord
also provided enough funds for Don Arnold
(former BIMI videographer) to travel with me,
so we could produce a video and present the
need for missionaries in this country. My trip
to Greenland served to increase my burden for
laborers there, and I prayed regularly for the
Lord to call missionaries to this needy place.
TB: How did the Lord meet this need?
SS: After returning from Greenland, I met
Gage Gilbert who was a student at Camp
BIMI. During that week at Camp BIMI,
I presented the need of Greenland to the
students, and the Lord impressed me to speak
personally with Gage as well. I gave Gage a
National Geographic issue with a cover story
about Greenland. I had picked that magazine
up in the airport on my way home from
Greenland. I also asked Gage to prayerfully
consider what the Lord would have him do
to meet that need. He took me up on my
request, and today Gage and his wife, Aleah,
are missionaries with BIMI. They are in the
final stages of raising their support to serve in
Greenland. The Lord is blessing the ministry of
this young couple. To have a missionary family
on their way to Greenland, a place some told
me no one would ever go, was a tremendous
blessing and great victory from the Lord.
Pastor Stone’s account of the Lord’s faithfulness in Far North Missions is one that could be
repeated by each of the missionaries serving in this part of the world. No doubt, they could
speak at length about God’s faithfulness to them and the ministries to which He has called
them. The Lord is forever faithful!
The need for laborers in the Far North is still great. Would you prayerfully consider how the
Lord could use you in Far North Missions? If you would like to learn more about missions
in Alaska, Canada, or Greenland, please visit www.bimi.org/farnorth or contact Tony
Bulawa at FarNorthDirector@bimi.org. W
2010 Steve Stone Appointed Far North Director
2013 First BIMI Survey Trip to Greenland
2017 Gilberts Approved as Missionaries to Greenland
2018 Tony Bulawa Becomes Far North Director
2020 10/40 North Project Launched