Hello! We are Phil, Helaine, Callun, Hudson and Lenore DeMarte. Our family serves in the country of France and our desire and prayer is to build redemptive relationships with those around us for God’s glory.
Helaine and I are both blessed to have Christian parents who taught us the importance of knowing Jesus personally. We both understood at a young age that our sins 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. We were baptized not for salvation but out of obedience. Our thankfulness for what God has done for and in us, 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 spiritual needs of people, as well as the many difficulties that her parents faced while serving the Lord in Europe.
My parents, Brian and Diane DeMarte, were always faithful in serving in their local church. I had the opportunity to see my parents minister in a variety of ways where I saw their faithful dedication to the Lord. When I was fourteen my family spent 4 months serving in the Fiji Islands. I saw first-hand what it meant to live in a different culture and to be in situations that were uncomfortable for me. The year that I graduated from high school, my parents gave up a job, a home, and the comforts of a mid-western life to serve full time in Fiji.
For both of us, our upbringing 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 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. Most 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 understand and accept this truth.
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 him to 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