I’m moving to the Philippines to live among and disciple women and children in impoverished communities!
It is with great JOY that I share with you that God has called me to serve overseas with One Mission Society! Several years ago, the Lord burdened me for discipling women in deep crisis and need and in the last year, He has grown in me a desire to serve in impoverished or underdeveloped areas. God in His Sovereignty and Faithfulness has been a step ahead of me (well even more than that :) the whole time -- preparing and speaking to me in perfect timing before the doors opened and before circumstances created a more urgent need for this assignment on one of our fields. It’s awesome to see God orchestrate this transition, and it has been a thrilling ride to follow one step at a time as He has continued to lead and clarify my next steps. Please join me in praying as God leads through this season of transition.
“And I heard the voice of the
Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I
send, and who will go for us?’
Then I said, ‘Here I am!
Send me.’” --Is. 6:8
Philippines and Metro Manila... Did you know there are more than 1,000 slumsand squatter communities in Manila that make 1/3 of Manila’s National Capital Region? Many of these slums are vulnerable to human trafficking and the sex trade. Up to 100,000 children and 400,000 women are involved in the sex trade in the Philippines and many of them are trafficked. Of 170,000 street children in Manila, some are already hearing about Jesus and having physical needs met through the OMS ministries Lauren and I will go to partner with.
These children’s ministries are asking for help and for someone to come and disciple the women and mothers in their community. Praise God for this open door! Please pray with us!
What will I do?
While at IU, God burdened me for women in crisis and deep brokenness. Throughout my time with OMS and serving at a local hotel, God has sharpened that burden for discipling women in crisis and deep need. He has opened many doors to counsel, comfort and come alongside women in these situations over the past year. During my time in Haiti in March, he really opened my eyes to the fact that He had created in me a desire to serve Him through living among people in a third-world country and serving through discipleship.
God has clearly led over the past few months and prepared my heart in exact timing with an urgent need that has come up in the Philippines. In January, I will move to the Philippines for two years to live among and disciple women and children in slum and squatter communities surrounding Manila. Many of these communities have been impacted by human trafficking. Another OMS missionary and I will be serving among these communities, sharing the Gospel, serving in discipleship, meeting physical needs that we can, and sharing our lives with them.
My new teammate Lauren Biebel is awesome, and God has already used her friendship so much in my life! look forward to ministering with her as we reach out to women and children in impoverished communities near Manila.
What can you do?
January will be here before we know it! Here are a few ways you could help:
✴ PRAY- Most of all, I would appreciate your PRAYERS in this season of transition! Please join me in praying that God would glorify Himself through the rest of my time in Mobilization and through opportunities to share about how He has called me to overseas ministry.
✴ SUPPORT- I currently have a need of $1000/month in support left to be raised. Would you pray about partnering with me or inviting someone you know to join this team?
✴ HOST A MEAL! - I am praising God for how He has lead in these last few months and shown Himself as He’s directed me overseas! In that, I want to share and give Him glory for all He’s done! Would you consider hosting a dinner with a small group of friends that I could share with?
1. That more would know Him! Pray that Jesus would bring many to Himself in these areas, that the people we meet would receive salvation and healing through Him.
2. Opportunities to share I will be continuing in sharing this ministry burden and raising support. Pray for doors to open to share in homes, Bible studies or churches.
3. God to continually prepare my heart and use me however He wants in these months of
4. Pray for my teammate Lauren and me, for unity, strength and joy as He uses us to spread His Gospel.
5. Financial Support- Pray for additional funding to come in in time for the move and that God would bring new prayer and support partners to this ministry team.
Thank you for your support in sending out the Gospel through being a part of this team! I praise God for how He has used you in my life and the lives of many others! Please feel free to email me at email@example.com and let me know how I can pray for you, too! With Love, Beka
"Do all things without grumbling or disputing,that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst ofa crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain." Philippians 2:14-16
GLOW! This was the theme of OneGirl 2012, and it was a gift to serve during this retreat for 4th through 12th grade girls! This was my second year leading the breakout on missions, but the first time I was invited to speak in one of the four main sessions. It was a blast to share with the girls, hear their hearts in the break out, speak to them about their identity and spiritual gifts in the main session and watch them enjoy the time to be poured into!
One of my favorite parts of this retreat is getting to return to the church I attended while I was a student at IU. Getting to serve alongside friends and supporters during the weekend is a gift! The OneGirl retreat is based off a book written by the women's minister at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church in Bloomington IN. Claudia Mitchell and Kim Goad wrote "One Girl Can Change the World" and last weekend was the 3rd annual OneGirl Retreat!
Girls lined up before the doors opened to kickoff the retreat Friday
Beth getting Friday night off to a great start
Our awesome breakout coordinator, Laura, made these great signs for us!
4th-6th grade World Changers: Missions Break Out
From the 4th-6th grade missions breakout :)
My adopted sisters! These sweet girls and their family adopted me 7 years ago through the church's "Adopt-a-college student" ministry, now the girls are 6th-10th grade... SO fun to have them at the OneGirl retreat and stay with them during the weekend!!!
Main session worship!
7th-12grade World Changers: Missions Breakout
Break out... :)
Me speaking in the main session about spiritual gifts.
We talked about Christ's example of serving with humility in Philippians 2.
Then the girls had a chance to take a spiritual gift assessment and brainstorm with those gifted the same way about how they could be using their gifts right now in this stage!
Each group was lead by an adult gifted in that way!
Got to sit with this 14-year-old named Karen during most of the worship sessions! Pray for Karen as she lives out her gift of service with those around her!
A girl named Lydia shared with me after the main session that she knows she wants to be a missionary. She has known since she was 8 years old and is now 16. Please join me in praying for her as God continues to develop His character in her life for His glory!
Another sweet girl named Ashley shared with me during our breakout that she would really like to learn how to start a not-for-profit... she's not yet 12 years old! Join me in praying for her sweet heart. That God would continue to fuel her passion and use her for whatever vision He has in mind.
There were hundreds of girls participating this weekend, and each was uniquely made by our Creator with HIS purpose in mind (Ephesians 2:10). It is exciting to see them SHINE and take JOY in their Savior. Please pray with me that He will continue to make Himself known to each of them.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support and your part in these young women's lives!!!
He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on
the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our
Lord, is faithful. 1 Corin. 1:8-9
Faithful. God our Father is Faithful. And He has continually proven his
faithfulness over these past few months.
Through our time in Haiti.
Through opportunities to dig into His Word in community. Through calling more missionaries to
serve around the world. Through
bringing eight new interns to our OMS campus. And even through saying goodbye
to dear friends who serve overseas or on the other side of the country. But most importantly, in all these
ways, He revealed HIMSELF and stood true to His promise to be faithful to HIS
CHARACTER. That brings such
security, don’t you think?
June is a big month here at OMS World Headquarters. Last week, we welcomed the
International Regional Directors (the missionaries that lead Europe, Asia,
Latin America, and Africa) to meet with our International Ministries
Department. This week the meetings
got larger, as each field director from around the world has arrived for the
Missionary Council meeting this week.
In Mobilization, we are always so happy when these meetings
come around. It is a time when we
get to meet face-to-face with those we work with all-year-around. As a regional advocate in Mobilization,
I work most closely with the field directors for Latin America and Africa, so
to have them on our campus for a few days is a sweet gift. To get to pray together in person, ask
any clarifying questions about roles we are recruiting for, or present them
with an applicant I am working with is so much fun to get to do in person.
Friday, our director Paul and I had a great meeting with our
Brazil field director, Micah.
Today, we were able to meet with two key missionary contacts from Haiti,
and last week, Aimee (who I stayed with while in Mozambique last year) and I
were able to visit over a quick lunch.
It is a time when God brings our OMS body together a little more than
June is exciting for more reasons than this… It is also the
month our summer internship program begins! Last year, was our first year putting together an
organization-wide internship program and this is my second-year serving as director
of summer internships. We’ve
welcomed eight collegiate interns onto our campus this summer and they’ve
finished their first week. It’s
exciting to see them settle into their assignments, but what is more exciting
to me is getting to watch and walk alongside them as God stretches, challenges
and teaches them more about Himself while they’re here. It is an awesome thing to see!
Yesterday, as I was driving to visit my parents for Father’s
day, one of them called me a couple of times in a row. Worried something was wrong, I answered
right away. She told me they were
fine but they had run into a homeless woman on our campus and weren’t sure what
to do. The four young women relied
on each other and together spent their afternoon, loving on this lost, scared
woman and helping her find her home.
It turned out she did in fact have a home nearby. As soon as I was back last night, they
had me over to their apartment to hear about the day, debrief, check-in with
them and most importantly PRAY. It
encouraged my heart so much to see their desire to intercede for the woman that
they met. I thank God that-- even
in their first week here-- they are already desiring to be available and
obedient to the Lord.
OMS defines a disciple as an obedient follower of Christ. Each missionary with OMS is a part of making disciples. Within my assignment in Mobilization, I disciple others through coaching and shepherding those God is calling to the mission field. My prayer is that through my coming alongside these applicants they might continue forward, following obediently where Jesus leads them. While working with the field directors in my region, I aim to encourage them and know their needs for new missionaries on their field that more may hear the Gospel and become disciples too.
Would you join me in praying over these things as God brings them to
The Missionary Council, Leadership and Board
meetings happening at OMS Headquarters this month. Please join us in asking God for wisdom, unity and
fruitfulness to come out of these meetings. Ask God to pour out His Spirit and bind our leaders
The woman the interns comforted yesterday.
Wisdom, love and strength for me as I continue
to lead a Bible study at the hotel on Wednesday nights.
The summer interns and me, as they continue to
faithfully serve in their ministry assignments, and I continue to direct their
program through August 4.
Wednesday, I will speak about Burundi in the
Hope61 anti-human trafficking training.
Please be praying over our time together.
I thank God for you!
And for your prayers, support and encouragement! Thank you for joining in sending
missionaries out with the Gospel through our Mobilization team!
We just got home from our first off-site OneWeekend!Our facilitation team spent
Friday-Monday putting on a OneWeekend retreat at a church in Niceville,
Florida. The Lord blessed it and it was great time together as a team, but we
certainly missed having our OMS family with us for various parts of the
The group was great and the majority of the participants
were older, which was fun for a change.Jesus was challenging me this weekend about sacrifice.The whole weekend is based on calling
and barriers to service and how God calls us, so it is always a beautiful
opportunity for our team to be listening, too, as we facilitate.What stuck out to me this weekend was a
desire to believe that really nothing is a sacrifice compared to knowing Jesus…
Being away from home gave us some precious time as a team to
debrief Sunday night and today!It
was a huge blessing to have some time together to talk through the weekend and
what God was saying to us.God
really answered our prayers by speaking to the participants and us, providing
the participants He had in mind, giving us great time as a team and having His
hand on our travel and connections.
We just got home late last night and now I’ll be here today and
Wednesday before leaving for Haiti Thursday!I’m very excited to be heading back after visiting Haiti in
the fall of 2010.It is such a
gift to get to go spend four days with our missionary body in Cap Haitien
before heading to Port au Prince to help lead a team of Asbury college
students.Within mobilization, I
serve as Haiti’s regional advocate, so it will be great to have time to meet
with the field director to go over personnel needs, applicants and acceptances
from this past year.Then, I’ll
fly to Port to meet up with a team of Asbury college students and help build a
home for an earthquake survivor.I
am so excited about the opportunity to get to get to know these college
students and see how God works through the trip.It will be so neat to be a part of a build after
interviewing the first Homes for Haiti homeowner for communications over a year
ago (read here).
Would you please be
praying for us?
If you would be willing to pray for us each day during this
trip, would you send me a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org ?
Thanks for your support and prayers, and please keep me
posted on your life, too :)
OneWeekend Niceville, FL
OneWeekend participants sharing their hearts.
Cat and I with our sweet hosts for the weekend, Buddy and Lynda.