Carl & Becky Bishop
- Our Local
- Our Reach
- Our Self
Carl and Becky Bishop serve in Felch, a rural community on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Residents are independent and self-sufficient, with most families living off the land. Due to the lack of jobs, most young people leave the area to find employment in bigger cities, resulting in a rapidly diminishing population. However, there is still a large population of elderly in the community.
While many residents of this area would call themselves religious, it is often by name only. Others are very anti-God, and feel that the church and Christian community have hurt them. There is a great need for compassion rather than condemnation, sharing the love and hope of the gospel by example.
After seeing the need in their community, the Bishops felt a specific call to serve the elderly and the poor, two groups that are extremely neglected in society today. Carl has many opportunities to meet people’s needs through hands-on ministry, including fixing automobiles, cutting wood, making minor repairs in homes, or just being a listening ear for those that need one. Becky leads a women’s Bible study group, and they both visit two nursing homes to encourage residents and share Christ with them.
“Our love for these folks inspires us to be used of God to serve them,” Carl explains. “Sometimes it is just coming alongside them and letting them know they are loved, appreciated, and valuable to our society.”
The Bishops have served as InFaith field staff since 2013.
Carl grew up on a dairy farm learning the value of hard work. Seeing the value of using the work of his hands to produce a fruit of labor, Carl saw a spiritual dimension in farming that he wanted to see in the hearts of men. Becky grew up as a missionary kid whose parents, Mel and Mildred Dreessen, served with InFaith.
Soon after marrying Becky, the two went to Bible college in Detroit for three years and four more years at Moody Bible Institute. After graduating, God led the Bishops into Christian camp ministry for eighteen years while raising their family.
When their children graduated and left home, Carl and Becky felt God calling them to a new type of helping hands ministry, especially focused on the elderly and the poor. It was with this calling that God led them to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and service with InFaith.