Friday, February 24, 2012

The Life of a Missionary

     I have officially decided - I'm returning to Costa Rica in April for the BCC (Bible Core Course)!! This 3-month intensive study of the Bible is a secondary course through YWAM. So I will be staying at the base where I did my Discipleship Training School in San Jose. I am excited for this opportunity to learn more about God's Word and the truth that it holds for my life. This is my next step in preparing for my life as a missionary (where I feel God is calling me). For any person in ministry, including pastors, missionaries, and youth workers, having a Biblical foundation is very important. Knowing the wisdom in the Bible prepares and equips us for teaching it to others through our work. So I am hoping that this school will provide me with a deeper understanding of God's purpose is for me and how to fulfill it.

     The life of a missionary is hard for some to comprehend because it goes against the norms of most cultures. Many missionaries do not stay in one place their whole lives, do not have a normal job with a steady income, and often must learn to adapt to a new culture or language in order to effectively minister to people. As I am beginning this life, it is scary to think about these changes. I do not know where I will live or where my income will come from at any given point, but I am trusting in God to provide for me. Raising support is a huge part of what missionaries do. This not only provides for the living expenses of the missionary, but also supports the ministry for which they are working. Equally important is having a group of people supporting you in prayer.

     I would like to share with you my vision as a missionary. I believe that it is important to have people supporting me who share in this vision. I am passionate about sharing God's love with the world, through proclaiming the message of Jesus and serving in practical ways. Both evangelism and social justice are vital to our Christian mission. In my opinion, the physical needs of people in poverty need to be addressed along with their spiritual and emotional needs. I have a particular heart for people suffering from issues of injustice, such as human trafficking, child abuse, and violence. Among the most vulnerable are women and children.  THERE ARE SO MANY HURTING PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, WHO NEED HEALING AND LOVE. THIS CAN COME ONLY THROUGH CHRIST.

     In order to complete the Bible school in Costa Rica, I need $2000. I am working part-time now, but I do not know if what I make will be enough to cover the cost of the school. If you are interested in donating to part of the cost of this school, please click on the link on this blog or send checks to:

    Rebecca Dean
    9840 Dittmer Rd.
    Moores Hill, IN 47032

     Please be praying as I begin this next step of my journey! Thank you.


  1. in another lifetime, with a whole lot less debt I would be out "there" too. soak it up girl!

  2. Becky,
    what a journey! thanks for sharing, and I'll be praying for you. We miss you!
    love, emily

  3. I am so excited for you Becky! The Lord is taking you on such a beautiful journey. It is so great to hear about how He is molding you and preparing you for the work He made you to do. The Potter knows His creation well and has a very specific life for you! Continue to walk in his ways my beautiful sister!! : )

  4. Thanks for the update Becky, you can trust that Hope for the Nations will always be praying for & with you!