By Heather Radu -
Our missions coordinator, Naomi Beazely, is close to me. She is my sister-in-law. Stepping into this role after Pablo Villagran became our missions director, she brings a wealth of experience to this position.
Previously, Naomi worked with All God’s Children for five years and twice visited Guatemala in that capacity. She called her first trip to Central America “eye-opening.”
“I didn’t know what it all was about,” she recalls. “It immediately became a passion. I want to make this a better program with better communication, scheduling, and planning.”
A native of Oregon, Naomi completed community college courses after high school to prepare to enroll in a dental hygiene program. Instead, she got involved in ministry to orphans (and I am glad she chose this route.)
Naomi is married to my brother, Brian, and has two sons. Josh, 12, is in seventh grade, and younger son, Jake, 7, is a first-grader. They live near our headquarters in Camas, Washington.
Since so many of the teams going to Dorie’s Promise are from the U.S., it is more effective to have a coordinator living here instead of in Guatemala.
Naomi says she loves being able to offer help to so many people in so many different ways. When she assists teams with trip plans, she has the rewarding experience of knowing these efforts bless both volunteers and orphans.
Ironically, she is a mirror image of Pablo, the energetic, outgoing young man who directs our missions program. Naomi says Pablo is such an effective speaker — that he compels people to listen to him and is a favorite with mission teams — while she is content to stay in the background.
“I’m happy to do it,” Naomi says. “I feel like I’m able to use my attributes. I’m a very organized person. I may not be the best public speaker or the best at getting people excited, but when teams come and ask what they can do, I can help them organize their week. I enjoy doing something I’m good at.”
Naomi is especially pleased to direct mission teams to our new gift registry, which includes a list of significant priority purchases that teams (and other supporters) can help us acquire.
The registry page lists other, less expensive items that are needed at Dorie’s Promise.
Naomi appreciates how spending less time informing volunteer missionaries about essential supplies frees up time to better coordinate our overall program.
“I never thought I would get into this field,” Naomi says. “When I saw what we were doing, and how we were helping so many kids by bringing them to a home staffed by people they can trust, it made sense. There’s nothing else I would rather do. I’m lucky I get to do it.”