Celebrating 40 Years of God’s Faithfulness October 5, 2016
Good Samaritan Ministries’ annual fundraising banquet will honor and celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global ministry
Saturday, November 5, beginning at 6 pm, with a delicious catered dinner, special music and inspirational speakers at Sunset Presbyterian Church, 14986 NW Cornell Rd., Portland.
Bettie Mitchell and Teresa Stroup will speak and other Samaritan testimonies shared. Through the years, international leaders, counselors, teachers and clients have received healing, counseling, and training at the ministry headquarters in Beaverton and 10 other Pacific Northwest centers, and in more than 20 countries.
Bettie Mitchell is the founder and former executive director of Good Samaritan Ministries, former public school teacher, counselor, author, and a mother of three daughters, and one adopted son, while married to Jerry for more than 60 years. In November of 1976, at the age of 42, Bettie traveled to the Middle East. She was standing on the walls of ancient Nineveh at Mosul, Iraq, when she heard God’s voice. This call on the wall would change thousands of lives during the next 40 years as Samaritans sacrificed greatly to respond to the suffering of their neighbors in more than 20 countries.
Teresa Stroup, LCSW, GSM Executive Director, has served as a Samaritan for more than 20 years. She has directed programs for families, women, and teens in schools and social agencies; and has served as a mental health counselor, addictions counselor, and hospice social worker. She first met Bettie when she was 22 years old. She opened and led GSM counseling and training centers in La Grande, and Keno, Oregon. She has served as the GSM satellite support leader for Tanzania and Liberia. She answered the call of leading this global ministry in December 2015. She has been married for 35 years to Patrick, and has two sons and one daughter.
Special music will include the song, “The Road to Jericho,” by David Thompson, a fellow Samaritan. He has served as a worship pastor and has produced two CDs of original contemporary Christian music. He has a background of working with the homeless, addiction recovery, and prison ministry. He serves as senior pastor of the Redmond First Church of God now. Previously he served at the Valley Hope Church of God in Hillsboro. He and his wife, Karla, have two grown children.
Contact the GSM international headquarters office and counseling center in Beaverton to find out more about the opportunity to host and/or to sponsor a table at the Nov. 5 event. Tables of 8 can be sponsored for $400. Individual tickets ($50.) are also available. RSVP is necessary by Oct. 27. Please email us at Rick@gsmusa.org or call 503-644-2339.
This Samaritan ministry offers counseling and teaches a variety of classes such as parenting, recovery, communication, and the shocking, radical words of Jesus as recorded in the Bible. See the full calendar at www.GoodSamaritanMinistries.org. All of the ministries’ counseling services and training is supported by voluntary donations.