KIGOMA, Tanzania – The Glen and Myrna Beck Guest House was dedicated May 4 in Kigoma, Tanzania. The guest house was built in memory of Glen Beck’s ministry (aided by his wife Myrna’s faithful support) in the area of missions spanning five decades prior to his death in December 2010.
During his years of full-time ministry at Fairview, Sugar Creek, Noblesville Emmanuel and Indianapolis Good Shepherd UMCs in Indiana, combined with 15 years of service following retirement as the Director of Mission Interpretation within the former South Indiana Conference, Beck helped dozens of churches begin “Faith-Promise” mission conferences. More than $5-million was raised for missions during his ministry.
Beck also was responsible for taking more than 80 pastors and lay people to visit mission work in Africa and other countries, allowing them to “have their hearts broken with the things that break the heart of God,” in his words.
The Guest House was built at the Joy in the Harvest ministry in Tanzania directed by the Rev. Lowell Wertz. The guest house, which overlooks Lake Tanganyika in the City of Kigoma, contains a living and dining area, a full kitchen and two bedrooms which sleep four people each.
Three of the Beck children – the Rev. Mike Beck, Linda Quick and Mark Beck – were able to make the two-week trip to Tanzania. Joining them were nine other people from New Palestine and Good Shepherd UMCs.
The Rev. Mike Beck thanks Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin, along with hundreds of other churches and individuals, who helped raise the $65,000 needed to build the guest house. The facility will provide housing for volunteers coming to work or to see first-hand what God is doing in Africa for decades to come.
Photo courtesy of Linda Quick.
On the left side of the “Beck House” sign:
Back Row: Steve Corcoran, Judy Jones, Rev. Lloyd Baugues, Larry Sweany
Front Row: Linda Quick, Rebecca Corcoran, Marjorie Sweany
On the right side of the sign: Back Row: Rev. Mike Beck, James Jones, Carolyn Jonas. Front Row: Mark Beck, Kay Gumberts.