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 having serious back problems. This went on for three years, culminating in being put on medical leave for six months. But through it all, I had the incredible support of family and friends in Canada as well as Canadian and Rwandan colleagues here in Kigali. Interestingly, Jonathan Mills officially graduated from his DMin studies on May 14th, a day after me. And of course, Laura Lee, Bronwyn and Caleb have faithfully, lovingly, walked beside me every step of this journey. I cannot thank them enough!

I am so grateful to the Lord for the opportunity, resources and people that made it all possible. And I pray that God will use what I have learned to make a difference in the lives of others. In case you’re curious about what the thesis is about, it is called: “What You See Is What You Get: The Use of Physical Objects in Preaching.”

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.