Today, we want to set aside all other updates and dedicate this post to our dear friend and fellow servant on the mission field: Joy Beth Bausum. She has been a colleague and a close friend since we began our missionary career. Joy and I (Amethyst) worked together in Zambia and we also shared an office when we worked for Overland Missions. We have shared many laughs and even some tears. More than anything else, we shared the burden of carrying the Gospel to the unreached and neglected peoples of the world . . .
After parting from our former organization, Joy began serving children in southeast Asia. She was 26 years old, single and serving Jesus with all that she had. Joy was an awesome example of love and acceptance. Her actions always challenged me never to clam up around people, but to smile and open myself up to them, no matter who they were. Inferiority was never an option.
I’m dedicating this blog to her, because her family needs your prayers. Joy died of an unexpected 4cm blood clot that occurred in her brain when she was in Malaysia. She died on her parents 31st anniversary, her body isn’t in USA and there are loads of decisions and costs they have to make in planning her funeral. Her family is born again, but it doesn’t matter who you are… Seeing a 26 year old daughter go early is heart wrenching.
Let this post serve as a reminder, that life is short and when it’s time to go home… It’s time.
I’ll leave you with a quote by Joy herself, "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive. What the world needs is more people that are alive!"