International Missionary Fellowship - Dan and Sharon Beardsley

We are happy to be a part of the Lord's work here in Bombardopolis. Sharon's background is in nursing, obviously helpful in serving at a mission hospital in Haiti. Dan also has a background in nursing though he does not use these skills much here as the hospital is fully staffed with quite capable Haitian nurses. Fortunately he has done a little of lots of stuff so he can help out and get his hands dirty a lot. Both of us are here in a supportive role. There is so much to be done and we just feel so fortunate to be able to lend our abilities to doing it, whether it be building cisterns, tracking statistics, driving the ambulance or any of the many of needs that come up in the course of a day.

We came to be here full-time in rather nondramatic fashion. Many have a clear calling to become missionaries. We didn't, though He affirms our choice to come often. We simply see this as a way to live out our faith in a way consistent with the description God gives us in His word. As we seek Him, we seek to be His humble followers and servants. We pray that all that is done is to His glory. Dan has said, "If there is anything that makes us a challenge to other Christians it is simply that we are so ordinary. We are just making ourselves available & God uses us." We believe the old saying – Just one life, will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last.

Dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Philippians 3:13 & 14

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Dear Friends,

We have decided to join International Missionary Fellowship (IMF) in the work in Bombarde, Haiti, full time and we would like to share with you why. The bottom line is we feel that God wants us to do this and we want to be in His will. Following are some specifics.

First we want to be clear, we will be supported by donations from individuals, families and churches. We would humbly ask you to ask God if He would have you be involved with us in prayer and / or financial support.

Our first trip to Bombarde was in 2000. It was a life changing trip for both of us. We have visited and served many times since and have remained active in helping from here in the States. We knew right away that the IMF was a ministry we wanted to be involved with and this has been reinforced over the years. The nation of Haiti is the poorest in the Western Hemisphere and the area around Bombarde remains one of the most challenged areas in the country. These precious people desperately need the love of God shown to them in both spiritual and physical ways, and we are blessed to be part of a mission that is doing just that.

It is clear from Scripture that as believers we are to show the love of God to people everywhere. It is easy for Americans to be distracted from this with the business and complexity of our daily lives, still it is a timeless mandate that God has given to us regardless of our circumstance. God places special attention on the poor, those who cannot improve their lot in life by themselves. From humble beginnings in the early 1970s IMF's primary goal has been to show the compassion of God to the folks of this impoverished area by meeting their healthcare needs in Jesus name. This remains their focus. God has blessed the mission by expanding the scope of healthcare delivery and giving additional areas of outreach with which to tangibly show His love.

We will be able to work alongside Steve & Faith Leach who have been in full-time service there for 15 years. God has already supplied the mechanism for His ministry in Bombarde, the one that He has called us to.

We've been reading about the challenges that larger missions face when entering an area to minister. Addressing the health needs of the vulnerable people they seek to serve is crucial. All that follows depends on this, for if the sick and dying cannot be helped first there is little that can be done to bear witness to the love of our Savior. It is no small thing that God already enables IMF to meet this basic need on an ongoing and consistent basis as well as addressing others: nutrition, water, spiritual growth, education, infant rescue. We are encouraged with the efficiency with which IMF is able to function. IMF is large enough to minister to the people of Bombarde, but small enough to minimize overhead which allows designated funds to be used 100% as directed.

Our role will be to help with the current, ample work of the mission as well as to take on new challenges and ways to show His love to these folks as He directs. We feel privileged and are excited that God has called us to join Him in what He continues to do in Bombarde and look forward to what He will accomplish. We need your prayers. In the words of Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision: May our hearts be broken by the things that break the heart of God. Thank you for taking the time to hear from us. Please ask any questions or offer suggestions or encouragement you may have,

Shalom in Christ,
Dan & Sharon Beardsley

Contributions can be sent to:
Dan & Sharon Beardsley
International Missionary Fellowship
PO Box 5226
Largo, FL 33779-5226

There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him.
--William Law

We moved to Bombardopolis weeks before our 55th birthdays. We have kids and grandkids who love us in America. Do we miss them? Of course, we miss them. We just saw a chance to make a possibly eternal impact in the lives of folks here, as well as in our own lives, and just maybe in that of our kids and grandkids, by example. Don't get us wrong, we are not some shining example of how to live the Christian life. We are just a couple of folks who felt God's leading to serve Him among some of the folks who need Him badly. No different than what He calls us all to. Sometimes He calls us away, sometimes He calls us to stay, but we believe if He has saved us, He has called us to something. If God can use a couple of plain old folks like us, just imagine what He can do with you!

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