09 Mar A Round of Applause-Rebekah Beyer
Rebekah Beyer is the Safe Family Ministry Lead at Eastside Baptist Church in Springfield. She and her husband Ryan have been married for 10 years, and they have two children: James (6), and Brinley (4). Ryan is a Springfield native, and they have lived in the area since James was born. Ryan is a forester with a sawmill in Noti, and between school schedules, family outings, and general home-keeping, Rebekah oversees operations and administration at her church, East Side Baptist. Rebekah shared,” I’m a sucker for a good book, LOVE coffee, and board/card games are one of my love languages.”
Why did you choose Safe Families?
I’m not sure I chose Safe Families as much as Safe Families chose me. Our pastor, Kyle Raney, was on board with Safe Families’ vision from the get-go, and asked me to facilitate Every Child & Safe Families presentations at our church. Initially, my intention was to be involved only as a resource friend, but as the ministry developed within our congregation, I took over the Ministry Lead responsibilities, and I’m hooked.
What do you wish other people knew about Safe Families?
The bottom line: Safe Families is about providing safe, tangible resources so a family in crisis can fully experience the overwhelming love of Christ. It’s more than a safe place to land; it’s inviting a hurting family to experience a stable family environment, a loving church community, and, most importantly, opportunities to hear and respond to the Gospel.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering with Safe Families?
YOU WILL NOT DO IT ALONE. You have an entire team to help support, equip, and encourage you. There will never be a “perfect” time to make this kind of commitment, but for a family in crisis, now is the right time.
What is it like to be a Safe Family Ministry Lead? How many hours per week does it take to be a Ministry Lead?
This varies greatly depending on how many active cases our church is supporting, but in general, I’d say 1-3hrs a week. Expect more than that if you’re just starting out, or if you need to develop your own network/communication system. I piggy-back on some of the network systems my church already has in place (like home groups), which helps TREMENDOUSLY.
What is one of the best things you have seen happen at your church because of Safe Families?
We have an active hosting that’s going on much longer than anticipated. Even so, both the bio parent and child have been supported, cared for, loved and encouraged by so many in our church, even beyond our “official” Safe Families volunteers. When we embrace a hosted family as one of our own at East Side, it becomes a whole-church effort, not just a Safe Families volunteer effort.