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 locations. Indonesia (2002-2011) and Rwanda (2012-present).
- CBM has had three different Executive Directors: Gary Nelson, Sam Chaise and Terry Smith.
- Of CBM’s current thirty-one staff in Canada, only four or five of them were around when we joined.
- Our children have grown up! Bronwyn was 7 and Caleb was 3 when we first left for Indonesia. And now are set to enter the “empty nest” chapter of life.
However, in the midst of all the changes which have taken place over the years, there have been some things which have always remained steady.
- In each of the 15 years we have been with CBM, we have had incredible, consistent financial support from people and churches. In fact there are 15 people/families and two churches that have been supporting us from our very first year, 2002. Thank you to those people and the many others who have been so faithful. However, we are always needing others to join us, so if you are interested in contributing, feel free to contact Barb Keys in the CBM office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Something else that has remained constant is the joy we have in telling others about what God is doing. We’re excited about our upcoming home assignment – our fourth since joining CBM. We will be back in Canada from June through November and are looking forward to spending time with so many of you. (Again, any inquiries about our visit can be directed towards Barb Keys).
- We were originally attracted to CBM because of their unusual approach which values partnership with national denominations at the same time as clear vision for the organization. CBM values showing God’s love to people by addressing both their spiritual needs and their social needs. CBM values strong leadership which is driven by humility and service. These are some of the reasons why we remain committed to CBM’s goal of “embracing a broken world through word & deed.”
The Power Centre: Connecting Thru Prayer
Prayers already answered:
- After seven years, the DMin is finished!
- Caleb is going to be graduating from high school in fine style, even after having significant health problems for three months from February to April
- The first half of 2017 has been busy but we have had rewarding times of ministry and are able to leave our responsibilities in good shape
Ongoing prayer items:
- Pray for our upcoming home assignment – scheduling of presentations and visits, accommodations, time with family and friends, getting Caleb settled in university
- Pray for the ministry in Rwanda while we are away, for our Rwandan and Canadian colleagues
- Caleb’s prayer requests in the interview
About Darrell & Laura Lee Bustin
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 teams that come to Rwanda.