Bonne Beasley is a recent UGA graduate and heads up our Host Team at Christ Church. This is what God has been teaching her this summer:
The day after UGA graduation I left for a 10 day adventure to Ecuador. I went through a ministry called Compassion Connection. I had been in touch with the people down their countless times leading up to the trip and was pumped to see what the Lord had for that time in a new place and with new people- and by myself. My reason for going was to continue to pursue the calling I feel God has laid on my heart for long term mission work in a Spanish speaking country at some point in my life. I got to shadow a doctor every morning, spend my afternoons with a local Ecuadorian family that loves Jesus with every ounce of their being and brush up and grow in my Spanish speaking skills. But my favorite part of the trip was the time I got to spend with the full- time missionaries. I picked their brains about foreign missions, got to hear about their approach to ministry and great love for the church, spent time with a family that's raising kids on the mission field (they just had their second baby last week!), saw a wife that finds great joy in serving her husband and most importantly I got to pass 10 days, sun-up to sun-down, with people who have a love for God's Word, His heart and making much of Him for His glory. This short period served as a time of great rest at the feet of the cross for me personally and confirmed the desire to do medical missions in the future. If you think of it, pray for these now dear friends as they boldly proclaim the Gospel throughout Ecuador.
It should not be lost on us how God has blessed us with the ability to spend time around the world and get a glimpse of what he's doing globally. Thanks to Bonne for sharing her story - and if you have a story about what God has done in your life this summer while living on another continent or never even leaving Oconee County, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.