Marble Memorial United Methodist Church members Jim and Nancy Nagle with Beatrice. Beatrice with Nancy Nagle and Rev. Dr. Patricia Green of the Marble Memorial Methodist Church. Beatrice presented Rev. Green with the beautiful woven sash she is wearing.
On Sunday, May 17, I was invited by Rev. Dr. Patricia Green of
I have to say, that over the years as a news reporter and now as a mayor, I have never met anyone like Beatrice—she is truly someone I will always remember.
Her story is amazing.
Before becoming a missionary she escaped her own war torn country of
Once she was settled in an apartment in
Beatrice informed them that she was a refugee from
The mission board said, “We know, we will send you the application.”
She insisted that she was not a minister, and expressed apprehension about returning to the very country she was lucky enough to escape.
The mission board explained they wanted her to be a medical missionary to
Within a week Beatrice received the mission board application.
Beatrice filled it out then duly placed the application in a bedroom drawer.
A month passed.
Then a mission board representative found someone in
Her answer was the same with every question from the mission board:
“I cannot do this! I must take care of my children,” she’d say. “Surely God does not want me to go back there at this time.”
Beatrice sent the application back and within a week they called her and asked her to come to
Throughout the application, interview and training process, Beatrice told anyone who would listen to her the same mantra:
“I cannot do this,” she’d insist. “I have other obligations—I have to take care of my children.”
The mission board people would smile and nod their heads at this, and just say, “We know—but just do this step anyway, and we’ll see what happens.”
So that’s what she did.
After going to the
Terribly worried about her children, she had a family meeting with them.
“They wanted me to do it,” she said. “They told me that I must do it---that they would be okay, and I made the decision to trust them. And I did. I trusted them to take care of themselves and to finish school. I sent them money every time I got paid.”
Her daughter is now a nurse practicing in
Even more amazing than her journey to becoming a medical missionary, is the tireless work and hours Beatrice devotes to her ministry.
“I run into problems, but God always finds a way,” she smiled.
The work Beatrice does in the war torn countries of
Beatrice has also been working hard to obtain mosquito nets to help protect families from malaria.
For more information on Beatrice Gbanga, or to help support her missionary work please visit
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