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Steve and Lindsay Bilimek are serving as a teacher family with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Kalimantan, Indonesia. As a teacher of multiple grade levels, Steve has a passion to meet students where they’re at, both academically and spiritually. He is thankful and humbled to meet the needs of the students and parents, allowing the families to more fully engage in their ministries or simply have margin in life. Lindsay finds fulfillment in the daily challenges of cultivating a welcoming home in a remote corner of a developing country and being a mom to their three children, Janae, Tobin, and Jessa. She enjoys investing in team members, the school, and is currently taking online Indonesian classes so she can form better relationships with their native neighbors and friends.
Steve served as a youth pastor for 10 years at their home church in Van Wert, Ohio. In 2015, Steve and Lindsay pursued an opportunity to serve as a teacher family in Ecuador for one year. This experience whetted their appetite for missions and made them realize the importance of and huge need for teachers on the mission field. After that year in Ecuador, they returned to America to continue as a pastor family but began to sense that God was leading them in a different direction. Early in 2017, doors opened for them to pursue teaching with MAF. In August of 2017, they set foot on Indonesian soil for the first time, ready and excited to serve where God had led them.
Steve was born in Van Wert, Ohio. Growing up in the church, he always knew the right answers, but it wasn’t until his senior year in high school that he fully gave his life to Christ. He earned an elementary education degree in 2007 and a master’s in ministry in 2013. As a youth pastor, Steve enjoyed discipling the teens while helping them develop a Christian worldview. He continues to enjoy discipling the students in his classroom, while also being challenged to see the world through their eyes.
1 Peter 4:10-11 has been Steve’s favorite verse since high school. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” Steve shares, “It is a constant reminder that in whatever I do, it’s never about me, but always about Jesus and what He is doing. What I say and do should always point people to Him. I pray my life is a reflection of this verse as we serve the missionaries and people of Kalimantan.”
Lindsay was born in Decatur, Indiana, and gave her life to the Lord at a young age. She became serious about her faith after rededicating her life to the Lord as a junior in high school and has wanted to follow the Lord’s leading ever since. She graduated with an associate degree in dental hygiene in 2005. Being a dental hygienist (and helping in youth ministry) opened doors for her to reach out to others, helped her get out of her comfort zone, and made her realize how much she loves people and authentic relationships. She feels through those life experiences, God was preparing her to serve Him overseas in the capacity she is.
“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17) has been a life verse that Lindsay has clung to in the good and hard times. “It is always a wonderful reminder to me that every single thing I do throughout my days, from the big things to the small (that I sometimes don’t necessarily enjoy), can be used to glorify the Lord if my heart is in the right place.”
Steve and Lindsay met at their church when both were in high school and were married in 2004.
God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in Steve and Lindsay’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.