Our family (Phil, Helaine, Calllun and Hudson) is excited for the opportunity to serve in the country of France. Our desire and prayer is to build redemptive relationships with those who have no hope.
Phil and Helaine are both blessed to have parents who, from the time they were little, taught them the importance of knowing Jesus personally. We both came to the understanding that our sin prevented us from entering God's holy presence. We believe that God's perfect Son, Jesus, came to earth and lived a sinless life making it possible for Him to die for the sins of the world. Our sins. Through faith in Jesus we now have the hope and assurance that we have a relationship with God the Father through His Son. Phil and Helaine were baptized not for salvation but out of obedience. Out of appreciation and thankfulness for God we want to love and serve Him with our lives. Verses that impacted our decisions were John 3:16, Romans 3:23, 6:23 and Isaiah 53.
Helaine's parents, Dave and Joy Rozelle, have been involved in missions for over thirty years. Helaine was born in Luxembourg and grew up in Scotland. It was during those years that she saw the needs as well as the many difficulties that her parents faced while serving the Lord overseas.
Phil's parents, Brian and Diane DeMarte, were always faithful in serving in their local church. Phil had the opportunity to see his parents ministry in a variety of ways. He saw their faithful dedication to the Lord. When Phil was fourteen his family spent 4 months serving in the Fiji Islands. He saw first hand what it meant to live in a different culture and to be in situations that were uncomfortable for him. When Phil graduated from high school his parents gave up a job, a home, and the comforts of life to serve full time in missions in Fiji.
For both us, this had a tremendous impact on our lives. But having parents serve as missionaries is not enough of a reason for us to serve.
While in college, God continued to do a work in our lives. Our desire was to be submissive to him in whatever he had for our lives.
Shortly after we got married we took our first trip together to Europe. European countries are very post-christian and secular. The majority of people live for themselves and do not see any need for religion much less Christian salvation in their lives. Because of our salvation in Jesus we have an eternal HOPE and we want those in Europe, specifically in France to experience this Hope.
The road to France has been long with many ups and downs. When we started we did not know all the steps God would have us take along the way. Even when we could not see what the next step was, God was faithful. His faithfulness calls us to be confident that this is what He has for us and our family and we will continue to trust He will guide us through life.
"So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4