HistoryBig Sky Bible Camp Back in 1944 Jean Clark and Hazel Simonton responded to God's call to Montana. After moving to Montana from New Jersey they were extended invitations for ministry in seven different towns. After choosing Missoula they started their first Bible Clubs in January of 1945.
God continues to bless Big Sky Bible Camp. Each year we see people come to know Christ as Savior and watch others grow in their walk with God. It has been exciting to watch Him build this ministry for His glory. We look forward to the future with anticipation, faith, and the same vision that began this ministry, " Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." Ephesians 3:20
In 1947 they felt the call of God to start a Bible Club Camp. The first camp was held on a small ranch 100 miles from Missoula. They opened the doors to 50 campers that first year. From 1948-1961 they continued to rent camp property around Flathead Lake and watched their attendance continue to grow as well. Then in 1961 God led them to purchase purchase 140 acres for $20,000. In 1968 another 64 acres were purchased for $44,500. Presently Big Sky Bible Camp owns 220+ acres around Peterson Lake with 6 main buildings and the CL Trading Post, Big Sky's all new office building.
Our Mission - BCM International
In the summer of 1936, Miss Bessie Traber was seeking the Lord's direction. She had been a missionary in the Philippines. At a Labor Day Conference in Philadelphia, Miss Traber told how God blessed her Bible Clubs in the Philippines. After her presentation, many young people asked her, "Why can't we have Bible Clubs like that in Philadelphia?" Bible Club Movement was born!
As other Christians were stirred to see the spiritual needs of children and young people, the work expanded, spreading to other cities and states. In order to facilitate Bible teaching, a complete visualized Bible study course for children and young teens was written. The course was called Footsteps of Faith. This and other BCM publications have been written and produced in many languages and are used today around the world by churches and other mission organizations.
Over the years God has greatly expanded BCM's worldwide ministries and we now have approximately more than 700 full-time missionaries serving in 50 different countries. Since we have diversified - community, compassion and church ministries - we are now known as Bible Centered Ministries.