Bea Mesquias has been the Executive Director and Treasurer of Union Femenil Misionera de Texas since 2016. From the bottom of a Texan’s heart, she shares her experience and thoughts on missions and ministry. To suggest a leader affiliated with the Texas Baptist General Convention for inclusion in this column, or to request to be introduced yourself, click here.
Where else have you served in the ministry, and what were your positions there?
I was the first Hispanic woman to be director of the Corpus Christi Baptist Association Women’s Missionary Union (1988-1992), where I worked with Anglo, Hispanic, black, and Korean women.
During my tenure with the Corpus Christi Association, I was invited to the national celebration of the Missionary Union of the 100th Woman representing all ethnic groups. I was the only Hispanic woman. There were over 30,000 people in attendance and 350 missionaries were commissioned. Five women from the Corpus Christ Association and a woman from Harlingen were among them.
I was also the first Hispanic woman to be director of the Union of Women Missionaries of the Baptist Association of the Rio Grande Valley (2000-2009). I have worked with Anglo and Hispanic women in the settlers– poor and unincorporated communities – doing missions and a vacation Bible school every year. At Christmas we took hundreds of toys for the children and organized health care clinics for adults.
I was president of the Femenil Misionera Union of Texas (2008-2012). We train women in leadership and discipleship. We do missions in different parts of Texas and serve the homeless with food, haircuts, and share the gospel.
I was president of the ConvenciÃ³n Bautista Hispana de Texas, the first woman to hold this position for two terms (2012 to 2015). During my tenure, we built a house for a family that previously lived in a cardboard house.
Where did you grow up
How did you come to faith in Christ?
I attended holiday Bible school when I was 9 years old. As a youth, I served in the youth groups in my church.
Where did you study and what diplomas did you receive?
I have a nursing degree from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi and a business administration degree.
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About the life of ministry
Why do you feel called to the ministry?
As a nurse, I wanted to help people get better. Working with Union Femenil Misionera, I have encouraged women to educate themselves to empower women, to teach women to do Bible studies, and to bring people and women to serve Jesus Christ. I also want to help homeless people see men and women come off the streets and live better lives.
What is your favorite aspect of ministry? Why?
See women turn their lives to Jesus Christ and serve in their church. I also love to see women get an education and blessing from women who start their own businesses.
What aspect of the ministry gives you the greatest joy?
When the Union Femenil Misionera helps young female students obtain scholarships to attend university and when the UFM is able to help them obtain their diplomas. I also love seeing young people doing missions in Texas where there have been hurricanes and floods.
What aspect of the ministry would you like to change?
I would like to be able to get grants to have someone paid to work full time. Right now we are all volunteers and encourage women to send money to the âBea Mesquias Offeringâ. The offering was appointed by two pastors. The money received is used to do missionary work and to help students go to college or university.
How do you think the ministry will change in the next 10 to 20 years?
We need a full time paid person with a passion for missions and a degree to lead all UFM organizations and work with volunteers.
If you could start a new ministry, individually, through your congregation or some other organization, what would it be? Why?
National UFM to teach Hispanic women from other states to love and serve in missions, and to teach women from other states to form children’s organizations.
What is the biggest challenge facing your ministry?
Money is badly needed, so we can do more training and missionary work, and be able to purchase supplies.
What would you like more lay people to know about ministry or, more specifically, your ministry?
I would like the laity to know about the week of prayer and how the money from the âBea Mesquias Offeringâ is used to give scholarships to young people for education and to help pastors serve missions in local communities. areas where people need to know Jesus Christ. .
In order for the Texas UFM to take training for free, we need money to buy supplies and help women travel around the state. The women who take the training return to their churches and found the UFM and children’s organizations.
If you could get one in the ministry, what would it be and why?
Being able to give women the book I teach from, so they can refer to it when they get home.
What are you going to do now that you have retired from your home health care business?
Keep making the call of God. I know that God has something special for me to do.
About Hermana Mesquias
Who were / are your mentors, and how have they influenced you?
Pastor Hector Hernandez trained my husband and I in discipleship.
Pastor Samuel Orta and his wife Gloria Orta took my husband and I on our first missionary trip to Mexico. This is where my love for missions started.
Josefina Uranga taught me how to study Bible, pray, give and do missions.
Outside of the Bible, name some of your favorite books or authors and explain why.
Priscilla shirer’s Elie: Faith and Fire the studies are very encouraging and easy to read.
Sarah MaÃ©’s Psalm 40: Cry out to the God who takes pleasure in saving us teaches that God really cares.
What is your favorite Bible verse or passage? Why?
Philippians 4:13: âI can do anything through Christ who strengthens me. “
I am living proof. Without money, I founded a very successful home care business with 10 branches in Texas over 25 years. I started the business to be able to do missions. Yes, with Christ I can do anything.
Who is your favorite person in the Bible other than Jesus? Why?
The apostle Paul. He was humble, ran the race and won the race. He encouraged so many great leaders and taught them to serve.
Name something about yourself that would surprise people who know you.
How old I am and still serve God.