Stephen and Ruth Ann Bell
Born January 05, 1950 and September 27, 1952 both on the mission field, in the former Belgian Congo, and united in marriage June 18, 1971.
Graduated from Western Baptist Bible College in 1975 and served as Associate to the Pastor at First Baptist of Quincy, WA from 1975 – 1978.
September 1978 First Baptist of Quincy sent the Bell's to the mission field of the former Zaire. Accompanying them were their first two born, Bryan (1973 – served with his wife Emily, along side the Bell's, in Botswana from 2002-2005 and presently serving with Grace Dental & Medical Mission) and Darla (1975 – presently serving with her husband Seth Curtis, in the Dem. Rep. of Congo). In 1980, Teena, their third born, joined them and is presently serving alongside her husband, Colin Ovenell, in Benin. Their fourth and adopted son Egiza (1975 – is presently residing in Kent, WA).
Having founded the Bible Institute in Zaire and twelve years of ministry, they answered a ‘call’ to open a new field in neighboring Zambia under Baptist Mid-Missions. After ten years of ministry, the establishing of a Bible Institute, and five churches within the capital of Lusaka, they pursued the Lord's leading in the opening of another new field for Baptist Mid-Missions, in neighboring Botswana, where they served 16 years.
Each field was different. Much like to the parable Jesus gave recorded in the synoptic gospels of the “sower and the seed.” “… other [seed] fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirty fold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” This describes both Congo and Zambia whereas the following depicts Botswana, “And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.”
Stephen mentioned that they "praise the Lord that He is the one who 'gives the increase.' Paul wrote, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers.
2016 brought new dimensions to the Bell's ministry as they joined with Grace Dental & Medical Missions.
They covet your prayers that God would give to them “good ground” and an “increase” amongst those they minister to. That God would give them men who will “grow” and come to love as Paul exhorted young Timothy “… the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2