Bev Richardson - Paraguay

I am part of a new chaplaincy team at Colegio San Andres (CSA), a Christian school in Asuncion, founded by missionaries and part of the Anglican Diocese of Paraguay. I offer prayer and pastoral support, discipleship, spiritual guidance and educational support to students, teachers, staff and parents. I speak at school assemblies and lead staff devotions. I am a coordinator and lay worker at St Andrews’ (English-speaking) Chapel and the Anglican cathedral. I am helping the school and chapel as they go through a period of transition and change in leadership, supporting the new di-rector and strengthening the spiritual life of the school.

Call

To share the gospel contextually, discipling, enabling and training the next generation of Christian leaders in mission and ministry in Paraguay.

Role

I am working as a school chaplain within the school Colegio San Andres (CSA), developing the next generation of leaders in Paraguay.

More about Bev Richardson

Since 2017, I have been a volunteer in the Anglican Church alongside my work at CSA. This includes teaching, preaching and leading at Sunday services in the chapel and leading Bible study, prayer and discipleship groups. My other role is as a pioneer lay worker, drawing on what I learned through CMS’s Pioneer Mission Leadership Training to explore new ways of doing mission and church. This means teaching and discipling students and staff at CSA and the congregation at the chapel, as well as networking with church leaders and missionaries to develop the next generation of leaders.

I knew from day one that I was called to be here, but needed to wait on God’s perfect timing. My role was evolving – I needed to be here trusting God and waiting to step into the place he has for me. In the spring of 2019, God spoke to me about being “called” rather than just being a volunteer and my role was put on the hearts of various leaders here – and now the timing is right.

Previously, I worked in the UK in primary healthcare as well as volunteering with local faith organisations. I married in 1981 and became a Christian through missionaries I met at language school in Spain. My late husband (who was from the Caribbean) and I were first called to serve in Latin America at a camp run by local missionaries. In 2016, after studying for an MA with CMS, I was able to fulfil my long-term dream of serving overseas in mission. When I arrived in Paraguay, I felt as if I was coming home because I recognised so many things from Caribbean culture and from Spain: obvious things like the food or climate but also less obvious things like the extended family support system or the love of music. It all made me feel this is where I was meant to come.

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