THE PRESIDENT’S PAGE
Rev Gerald T. Bustin, youngest son of the EBM founder, was born in Nassau, Bahamas
while his parents were missionaries to that island nation. He spent his boy hood days in Haiti where he learned to speak the Creole language.
At fourteen years of age, in 1958, Gerald went with his father to New Guinea and spent the next five years as a teen age missionary in a stone-age country. He quickly mastered the Pidgin trade language then went on to learn three of the tribal languages.
Gerald’s first book, Teenage Missionary, gives a little insight into those days:
On February 27, 1958 a fourteen year-old boy disembarked along with his father from a Chinese freighter ship at the port of Madang, New Guinea, at a time when this stone-age island was just beginning to discover the 20th century. Less than one hour’s flight in from the coast were many villages that had yet to glimpse their first evidence of an outside world. Naked savages stilled lived exactly as heir fore-fathers had for untold centuries. Witchcraft was prevalent. Tribal wars and the dark magic of the jungle threatened every life. The stone axe was still the mostmodern tool.
For almost five years the teenager would live among the wilds of this frontier land. Beginning to preach in the trade language, known as Pisin, just one month after his arrival, he would eventually preach to thousands in their own unwritten tribal languages. His desire to share the story of Jesus with those who had never heard would lead him down jungle trails, across vine bridges spanning wide raging rivers, and into direct confrontation with witch doctors and the powers of darkness.
He would have occasion to serve as doctor, nurse, farmer, builder, marriage counselor, pastor, evangelist, teacher, and mission station manager. He would even stop a tribal war . . . single handedly . . . all before he was twenty years of age!
In fact this book was written under a different title by the Teenager himself while he was still in his teens.
Later, as an adult, he returned to New Guinea where he served on a number of remote village mission stations in a number of different capacities including EBM Field Director.
After serving for twenty years in Papua New Guinea, Gerald Bustin was elected in 1985 by the EBM General Board to serve as the General Director of this mission. Later the position was re-titled, President, a position he still holds today.
Over the last twenty-five years Gerald Bustin has traveled around two million miles in the interest of missions, visiting over sixty different countries and most of the states of North America.
Gerald Bustin has been married to his wife, Roana for 41 years, nine of which they spent together in Papua New Guinea. Mrs. Bustin is a Certified Nurse Midwife with a Master’s degree in nursing. They have two grown children, a son and daughter, and four grandchildren. Both of their children have become third generation missionaries. Wendy, their daughter, is working at the mission headquarters. Their son, Gary, (G.T. Bustin III) is pioneering an aviation ministry in Papua New Guinea using that country’s only float plane to bring the gospel and medical support to remote regions.
In 1990 Gerald and Roana felt led to go behind the Iron Curtain to investigate starting a work there. Contacts were made on that trip that took them back in the Summer of 1991. They were on the inside of the Soviet Union, in the city of Kiev, Ukraine and witnessed first hand the fall of Communism.
In 1992 they conducted a tent crusade in the city of Kiev that resulted in the planting of a church in a large residential area. A Bible College was also started that has trained many young people for ministry.
Today Rev Gerald Bustin has his eyes turned towards the future. He is fully expecting God to send a mighty revival to this world and feels called of God to lead EBM to become a revival movement to the world. He believes we are on the verge of the greatest revival and harvest time the world has ever known.
He also believes that this revival will be brought about by a cleansing of the Body of Jesus Christ so that the true life of Jesus will become visible in His body and that this will result in making Jesus visible to the whole world.
He welcomes all true believers to join him in this effort to make Jesus visible.