Bryan and Nancy Taliaferro have been the point persons in our ministry to Ghana. Through their leadership Beale has provided a tractor, school supplies, and literally thousands of mosquito nets. Churches have been started, people have been baptized and lives have been saved due to the protection the nets provide from mosquitos carrying malaria. Through Beale’s efforts (in part), Virginia Baptists have maintained a presence in Ghana for over a decade, and the rate of malaria related deaths has reduced dramatically.
Susan Eastwood grew up at Beale. She and her husband Len, sold their business and quit a lucrative job to serve the Lord in Kenya. We do our best to support them by financially assisting in their various projects and sending laborers when possible. Part of the year, Susan and Len return to the states for their fundraising season, and Beale hosts an oyster roast each fall to help them raise support for their ministry. A number of people have assisted them with projects over the years, including a recent team of Beale members and St. Margaret’s students.
Carolyn Spencer has led our efforts in Guatemala. Each summer she leads a team of willing servants who travel to Antigua. From that base they reach out into the surrounding areas to work with children at feeding centers, orphanages, provide water purification systems and build homes. Through this project, participants work with Guatemalan nationals in ministering to a variety of local communities. The relationships built make the experience a memorable one, as everyone involved makes an impact for the Kingdom during the trip.
Beale has an opportunity to participate in an emerging Virginia Baptist project in Haiti, working on sustainable agriculture and drinking water models throughout the country.
Watch for forthcoming info in 2018!
These three locations are our primary mission points. They are not, the only places we serve. In our local community we dug a well and installed a septic system for a family, built a small house for another, installed windows, and built too many handicap accessible ramps to count. At Christmas, we partner with the Salvation Army to provide presents to hundreds of children in our community. On the Saturday before Easter, we host an Easter egg hunt that over 1,000 people from our community attend.