Texas Pastor Discovers a Better Way to Do International Missions

    SILVERDALE, WA – January 19, 2016 – In the latest podcast episode of Beyond the Village, we interview Brandon Beard, a pastor in Texas who’s been involved with international nonprofit Children of the Nations (COTN) for 20 years. He's been on 20 trips with COTN and shares his perspective on the real reason people should go on international mission trips.

    Brandon says it all became clear on the last day of one of his trips in Uganda. He and his team were trying to finish up a construction project when some of the locals asked the team to join them in walking to the store and getting a cold drink. Brandon, looking at the incomplete project said they didn’t have time. They had to finish the task. One of the Ugandans looked back at Brandon and said, “Are you more concerned about finishing this building or getting to know us?”

    This was a defining moment for Brandon. In this podcast he shares stories and practical ways relationships can alter the future of the impoverished children COTN serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.

    To hear more of Brandon’s insight, listen to this episode of Beyond the Village at cotni.org/podcast. You can also find the podcast through SoundCloud at soundcloud.com/beyondthevillage and iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/beyond-the-village/id1031333689?mt=2.


    About Children of the Nations

    Children of the Nations® (COTN®) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children out of poverty and hopelessness so they can become leaders who transform their nations. The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, providing care to orphaned and destitute children. For more information, visit cotni.org.


    Contact Information

    Brian Olson, Senior Editor

    360-698-7227 ext. 1040 / brianolson@cotni.org