Episode 513

The Beatys’ Ministry & A Grateful Church

Jan 2, 2024

A stranger slid into Carina Beaty’s Instagram DMs. The message opened not just chat windows but doors to discipleship Carina couldn’t have imagined when she and her husband opened their apartment windows years ago. And, an grateful church is a church we should all desire. A Lifeway Research article provides some ways a church can help its members be grateful.

Host

Brandon Porter

Resources

International Mission Board  

Transcript

A stranger slid into Carina Beaty’s Instagram DMs. The message opened not just chat windows but doors to discipleship Carina couldn’t have imagined when she and her husband opened their apartment windows years ago. 

On Easter Sunday in 2020, Caleb and Carina Beaty stood by their windows and played worship music that echoed through the central courtyard of their Madrid apartment complex. While their concert led to conversations with neighbors, new friends, invitations to neighbors’ houses and times of fellowship, the Beatys say the most substantial result happened because of an IMB story about it. Not long after the story was posted, a woman messaged Carina on Instagram to say she watched the video and explained she had a Spanish exchange student named Maria living with her in Arkansas. She asked if she could connect them. The exchange student had become a Christian and wanted to be discipled.

After Maria returned to Spain, she kickstarted the Beatys’ ministry. Caleb and Carina had arrived in Madrid just ahead of the COVID-19 lockdowns, so the early days of their missions career looked quite different from what they had envisioned. 

Maria invited her family and friends to their small group. She didn’t stop at invitations to Bible studies. She’s brought a friend to church and frequently shares with neighbors, classmates, teachers, aunts, grandparents and cousins. 

Carina said this connection was “not because of anything that we’ve done. It’s the Lord working, and it just happened that her host mom saw our video and got in touch with me.”
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Every day, hundreds of thousands of people die without the hope of Jesus. Your faithful prayers
will make a difference. That’s why the IMB created a free 18-month calendar, called “Impacting
Lostness Through Prayer”. It provides guidance, reminders and encouragement as you pray for
individuals and communities who have yet to hear the gospel. Learn more about this free
resource at IMB.org/prayercalendar.
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A grateful church is a church we should all desire. A Lifeway Research article provides some ways a church can help its members be grateful. “The primary way to become a grateful church is to have leadership that dwells on the gospel in all things. One of the clearest pictures of gratitude in Scripture is in Luke 17 when Jesus heals 10 men with leprosy. In response to truly life-altering healing, only one of the men acknowledged what Jesus did for him and took the time to give Him thanks. Jesus referred to the man’s gratitude as a demonstration of his faith and an example of giving glory to God.”

“From the pulpit to the nursery, the gospel should permeate every aspect of your church’s life together. Becoming a grateful church begins with acknowledging how the One who owes us nothing has given us everything. As you reflect on this truth together, thanksgiving to God becomes the natural overflow of your heart.”
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