My Story

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.  For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.  Colossians 1:28-29

I’m a midwest girl living in California, trying to find a way to change the world. My blog title “Raindrops in the Ocean” comes from the Sara Groves song “The Long Defeat”. In my travels I have seen some of the darkest evil imaginable and some of the most stunning beauty as God ransoms the captive soul. I am left with hope, and the simple prayer, “God, use my life.”

I grew up in Kansas City, MO, attended St. Luke Presbyterian church where I grew in my faith from a very young age.  One of my earliest memories is confessing my faith in Jesus, that He had paid the debt for my sins on the cross.

After college is when I first felt God calling me into missions.  A good friend of mine is a missionary in Europe, and after spending a month in Amsterdam she came back and shared stories about human trafficking.  I could not stop thinking about the things she had shared, and as I prayed about it, God showed me that He would like to use me in after care for these women and girls to restore their minds and souls.

I was willing to say “yes” to God’s call, but I knew that He needed to prepare me and lead me to do His work.  I trusted Him to release me in His timing, when I was ready.  During this time of preparation I became a flight attendant,  traveled all over the United States, grew through the challenges of work and relationships, and grew through wrestling with doubts of myself, God, and my faith.

In the summer 2008, due to the work God had done in my heart and other life circumstances, I knew God was releasing me into missionary work.  In January 2009 I took a leave of absence from my career as a flight attendant to attend a Discipleship Training School with Youth With a Mission in Pismo Beach, CA.  This training school included a 2 month outreach to India and SE Asia.  In November I returned to Pismo Beach to be on full time staff with YWAM.

This last year I have focused on making connections and learning to be in full time ministry.  I have made connections with other ministries to prostitutes and trafficked people both in the US and overseas, and I have several friends who are recovering from this trauma who I am honored to walk with through their emotional healing.  I am currently looking into further training in counseling in the pastoral/missions setting.

The potential for evil in this world is far greater than one could imagine.  The strength, persistence, and love of God is far more magnificent than anyone could comprehend.  My dream is to help women who have been sexually trafficked find freedom of heart, soul, mind and body through the life changing love of Christ.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lynn
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 08:25:31

    Beth, Wow, wow, wow!!!!! I LOVE your God Art!!! I would love to see them in person. Is there anyway you can slow down the slide show..it seems to run too fast to admire the picture and read the caption and see how they relate. I can’t wait to do the Prophetic Art workshop!!!

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  2. raindropsintheocean
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 13:14:10

    I don’t know how to slow it down…I just typed in (slideshow) and it appeared. But if you hover the mouse over the slideshow, three buttons appear…two arrows and a square. The square will let you stop the slideshow so you can enjoy each picture at your leisure.

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  3. scotirish
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 04:45:47

    I apologize for not following the right protocol. I am commenting to your article where you quote the lyrics to one of Sara Groves songs. I first met Sara in prison when she was 3 months old. Her parents brought her into a Christmas Eve service in 1972. At the sound of a babies cry I was startled because no one brings a baby into prison. It was also unusual that I was in church but I had met Mom Carter, Sara’s great-grandmother who was a volunteer in the prison. She had told me back in June of that same year that God had a plan for my life. The following day God enacted that plan when a prison school teacher told me God could change my life. I wrestled with both statements for 3 days before succumbing to God’s Spirit. The woman in the picture is my wife of 32 years. She is also the former prison school teacher. In the last 3 years I have shared at Sara Groves Christmas Tour concerts
    about God’s amazing story and His fingerprints on my life. God Bless John C Thomson

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