Serving in Rwanda
The Bustins joined CBM in 2002 to teach at the Kalimantan Theological Seminary in Pontianak, Indonesia, where they helped to train and mentor future leaders for the local church. They moved to Rwanda in August 2012 to work with CBM’s church partner, the Association of Baptist Churches of Rwanda.
Darrell’s primary focus is in pastoral training and church leadership development. He works both with pastors, as well as those studying to be pastors and church leaders. Laura Lee is responsible for overseeing the administrative details for the short-term mission (SENT) teams that come to Rwanda.
Darrell is from Moncton, New Brunswick. Laura Lee is from Pugwash, Nova Scotia. After attending CBM’s Conference on Overseas Ministries in January 2002, Darrell and Laura Lee felt that God was saying “now is the time” to move toward fulfilling the call to overseas ministry that both have felt since childhood. The Bustins have two children, Bronwyn and Caleb, who are both studying in Canada.
Latest Ministry Updates
In February, a team of eight people arrived in Kigali from Grande Prairie, Alberta. They were to be in Rwanda for 19 days, but this was not a holiday. They were a Short Term Ministry team (STM) whose members had travelled a long way from home in order to Serve and Learn. They are from two churches—McLaurin Baptist Church and Webster Community Church—which have been in a STEP* partnership with Rwanda since 2006. The team was a mixture of returnees (for two of them, this was their fifth visit) and first timers. For the two of us, this
We are back in Rwanda and ready to jump into the ministry here once more. The journey back began with an overnight in Toronto. This allowed us the opportunity to see some former colleagues. First we had supper with Johnny & Paige Byrne-Mamahit, with whom we worked for several years in Indonesia. Then we were able to spend several hours with Jonathan & Jan Mills who served with us for three years in Rwanda. They have just left CBM, so we’re grateful that we had a chance to connect once more. From Toronto, we passed through Brussels and Entebbe (Uganda).
May 2017 marks fifteen years since we began working for Canadian Baptist Ministries. It was “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” – May 2002 in Mississauga, ON – that the Board of CBM appointed us as a young family to head to Indonesia. Together with Jeff and Deann Carter in Europe, we are the longest serving active Global Field Staff families with CBM. Wow! That makes us feel a bit old! Many things have changed over the course of those fifteen years. Here are some of them: We have worked in two different
Breaking news: On May 13th, I finally became Dr.Darell Bustin! It has been a 7-year journey that spanned 3 continents. It started in Asia in 2010, continued in North America and finally finished in Africa. Trying to get the thesis written has not been easy. At the same exact time when I was supposed to be starting the thesis, we moved to Rwanda – new country, new culture, new language, and trying to help the whole family get settled in to a whole new ministry experience. And then, within a year of moving to Rwanda, I began
As Caleb prepares to graduate from high school and move back to Canada, we thought it might be interesting to chat with him to gain some insights on what it has been like for him to be a Third Culture Kid (TCK) for the last 15 years of his life. Here is the interview! Bustin’ With News: Caleb, you’re less than two weeks from finishing high school. Can you tell us your plans for the immediate future? Caleb: I will graduate on May 20th. Leading up to that, I’ve been finishing up all the activities I’m involved
January was a very busy month for Laura Lee as she and Jan Mills hosted 3 STMs (Short Term Mission teams) in a single moth. They each were quite different from one another. One STM was a group of farmers and journalists connected with the Food Security projects that they support through CBM and two other partners. Another STM was a group of 11 women from across Canada who came to Rwanda as part of CBM’s “She Matters” 3-years initiative. Among other things, they spent time with some women from DRC and Rwanda who have experienced serious