May 21, 2019 • Written by Judy Episcopo
Meet Becca: Our Women's Ministry Resident
Did you know AAC has a Residency Program? We have four graduate students in a two year Ministry Master’s Program and Rebecca Bronson is our Women’s Ministry Resident.
Becca (as she is known) arrived August 2018.
Originally from Appleton, she attended UW Oshkosh to study Secondary Education intending to teach middle and high school students English.
What happened to change her mind?
In Becca’s words:
“I had always wanted to be a teacher, but near the end of my college career I was challenged by others to invite God into my decisions and teaching plans. As I prayed, it seemed that the Lord was calling me into a season of missions. It was soon after this I applied to a missions/discipleship program.
“I traveled to 11 countries in 11 months. Each country had very different ministries so there were times I worked at a children’s camp, or taught English, or went on community prayer walks. Every month looked different.
“Some of my favorite countries like Nepal, Zimbabwe, and Vietnam made a big impression on me because the ministries we worked with in these places were so passionate about reaching their communities. It was a privilege to work alongside these people as they inspired us and utilized us in strategic ways.
“One of my ‘God at work’ stories took place in Albania. I was hanging laundry and a girl about my age came up to me with three huge bags of clothes she wanted to donate as she thought I was giving away the hanging clothes. The ministry we worked with did not have a program to distribute them. We had no idea how to bring these clothes to whoever needed them. The entire week I daily asked God to show me what to do with the clothes.
“Finally, on our last day, my friend and I took the clothes outside and began to sort through them. Before we realized it, people from the community began coming up to us rifling through the clothes. We managed to say the Albanian word “free” and soon all the clothes were gone.
“Also, the Muslim girl who gave me the clothes became friends with me and we are still in touch. God utilized laundry, used clothing, and a Muslim girl to help bless this Albanian community.
How did you end up in Women’s Ministry?
“My journey to working at Appleton Alliance was completely the work of God. While I was in Cambodia, I again started praying about where God wanted me after this season of missions. I believed He laid on my heart “Women’s Ministries.” I remembered Tera from Appleton Alliance Church, so I FaceTimed her from Cambodia to talk about it. I remember journaling and praying to God about Him opening up a position in Women’s Ministries at Appleton Alliance Church. At the time it seemed very impossible. But through a series of amazing “coincidences”, here I am!
What has Becca learned about Ministry since being here?
“I have seen the importance of relationships. We are not asked to save the world, and not all of us will go on mission trips. But often the best thing you can do for your church and community is love the people around you well.
“We can work hard in ministry but at the end of the day, God directs the results. We are to be faithful in what God has called us to do, and leave the rest to Him.
What is one thing we would be surprised to know about you?
I went skydiving on my 18th birthday. I wanted to do something interesting and different to mark my entrance into adulthood. True confession: I was sick the rest of the day because it involved a lot of twirling…. Sooo I don’t know how adult that decision really was.
What else would you like women to know?
I see a lot of people who think only one type of woman can be godly. Many women think they have to act a certain way to be “Christian.” But we are all unique and we don’t have to pretend to be people we are not. God our Creator uses our differences and works through our God given personalities to glorify Himself.
Appleton Alliance is currently in need of host families for future residents. For more information about becoming a host family or the residency program, check out https://www.appletonalliance.o....