Celebrating Becky Gonzalez

by Richard Leatherberry,  pastor for Mission

It is with gratitude and sadness that we say goodbye to Becky Gonzalez this month as our Global Outreach Director.  Over the last couple of months, Becky has sensed God’s strong call to something different and that she’d need to leave her position here before God would show her what was next.  Often, when God calls us to something, He asks us to “Go” before He shows us the what, where and how of His call.Becky meal packing

So, we celebrate Becky’s work here at BelPres.  Over the last 3 ½ years,  Becky has established strong relationships with our ministry partners, engaged more people from BelPres in Global Missions than ever before, and improved our Impact Team model .

Becky’s innovative and creative approach to missions developed a multi-church partnership to respond to the Oso mudslide, raising over $100,000 for churches there to help victims of the mudslide.  Additionally, Becky worked with Family Life Ministries and created opportunities for children, youth and families to engage in mission like Child Sponsorship Sunday.  Now over 150 children from around the world are being sponsored. 150 families from BelPres have a child somewhere else in the world for whom they pray and give financial support.  As a result, these kids have a new hope and a future because they are getting enough food to eat, going to school and experiencing Jesus.

Becky also helped create a food packing event for children and families here at BelPres to learn about poverty in Sierra Leone and participate in God’s greater work in the world. Last year thousands of meals were packed in our community center, then shipped to the Sierra Leone.

Becky has been a great blessing to me personally and to the global outreach of our church.  Becky leaves for a short vacation on Oct 22 and then will be back in the office Nov 1-5 before flying to Rwanda to help Jean McAllister move back home from Rwanda.  Please join me in thanking Becky for her service here.  Pray for her in this journey she is on and consider sending her a note or email expressing your thanks and appreciation for her ministry here.

Well done good and faithful servant!  Well done!
-Pastor Rich

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