Frank and Marian Vroegop

International Director and Associate Director
(Marian is the Interim Director for the Children & Youth Ministries)

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How Studying God's Word Transformed a Whole Family

Marian came to a personal relationship with the Lord while reading the Gospel of John in an in-depth Bible study program. The Savior's words in John 8:32, "You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free," penetrated her heart, and she chose to receive Him as Savior and Lord. In the same time period her husband Frank, a weak believer then, enrolled in the study program and began to grow spiritually. "Our lives and family have been transformed by simply studying God's Word day by day, week by week, year by year," Frank says.

Eventually the Vroegops began to think of helping others study the Word of God. Marian felt a special calling for this. "After Jesus called me to Himself as Savior and Lord, He called me to teach and lead in the Bible study program in which I was involved," she says. "For more than thirty years I had the privilege of helping women like myself discover God's truth and love as they are revealed in Scripture. It was a joy to me to see women's lives being changed, as mine was, by personally encountering the Lord spiritually in careful study of His Word." Frank became a class administrator in the program, serving faithfully in that position for 20 years. "Our marriage and family values changed dramatically as we learned biblical principles to guide us in life, particularly in raising our family," says Frank.

As they continued in loving obedience to the Lord, teaching a Sunday school class for young married couples in their church became another calling. Frank and Marian did this for nearly 20 years, sharing experiences from 42 years in their own marriage, helping people find answers to their relationship problems in the Bible and imparting its wisdom. Their son Mark pastors College Park Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, serving God with his whole heart. Their daughter Pamela, a wife and mother in Holland, Michigan, raises her family for the glory of God. Frank and Marian have seven grandchildren.

In 2001 the Vroegops retired from the Pfizer Corporation in Kalamazoo, where Frank worked more than 30 years as an Information Technology manager. Marian was a human resource specialist for the firm for 20 years. Retirement was not God's plan for them, however. When He opened the door to a ministry opportunity with CBSI, they became "Calebs" to the Netherlands, where Frank was born and Marian has family roots. They were privileged to establish CBSI studies in the Netherlands for nearly eight years, seeing the Lord change lives through His Word in the Dutch culture. Today 1,200 Nederlanders are studying the Word in CBSI classes. Praise God!

In January of 2008, the Vroegops accepted God's call to direct overseas ministries of Community Bible Study International. "In this role," says Frank, "it is our vision and hope to see the Lord create self-determined, self-directed and self-funded CBSI ministries everywhere--operated and led by nationals, guided by the Holy Spirit. With the Lord's leading and enabling and our efforts, we hope followers of Christ everywhere will leave legacies for Him among their people, in their language and culture. Part of pursuing this goal is providing culturally relevant, dynamically equivalent translations of our studies, so that people in CBSI classes can study, share with others and apply God's Word in the language of their souls."

Serving Jesus in CBSI is a joyous privilege for Frank and Marian. "Our family has been wondrously changed through studying the Word," Marian declares, "and yours can too! Just remember our Savior's precious words, 'You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free.' Come, study God's Word and know the truth."

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