08 Jun Employee Spotlight: George Bean
Began working at Blessings International:
Facilities and Maintenance
If you had to compare yourself to a TV-show character, who would you be, and why?
Like McGyver, I’m a tinkerer and repairman. While serving in some forty-seven countries around the world, on the mission field I have had to repair or jury-rig things without the proper supplies. Plundered parts, duct tape, and baling wire were often my best friends.
Like Bobby Flay, I have a fairly large repertoire of cooking disciplines. I love to travel and cook for folks what I already know and also try to learn new local dishes from them. (Spoiler alert: Grannies are always my best source!)
I’ve eaten some pretty strange local dishes and not everything I’ve eaten on the mission field has been particularly pleasant. I’ve also not been tempted to try them on the folks back home! Fruit bat, dog, horse, crocodile, snake, grass cutter (cane rat), rice paddy birds (banded rails), crickets, and silk worms, to name a few.
Describe the part you play at Blessings:
I keep all aspects of our physical plant up and running, including the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC maintenance and service, as well as the grounds. No jury-rigging here though…. 🙂
I am also the designated Safety Officer with multiple OSHA certifications, and I maintain currency with the relevant fire and safety codes. In a more practical area, I keep needed supplies and expendables on hand so everyone can perform their tasks with the greatest efficiency.
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
I enjoy making sure each employee has what they need to do their job and maintaining a safe and comfortable work environment for everyone while they live and work out their gifts and callings.
Where have you served in a missional capacity?
It has been my privilege to serve God in over forty-seven nations over approximately twenty years.
These nations include multiple countries in Africa, many in Asia, several in Eastern Europe, multiple locations in the Caribbean, China (including inner Mongolia), Mongolia, Mexico, and several countries in Central America, as well as here at home.
Where/How would you like to serve in the future?
I normally take at least one mission trip each year and typically return to some of the places I have served before, including several orphanages and bible schools in Mexico, Central America, and Asia.
What was your last staff devotional about?
Comfort from the Psalms: Until the Calamity has Passed. I encouraged Blessings staff to draw comfort from the Psalms during the “Corona Calamity.” Ps. 57:1 says, “Be gracious to me, God, be gracious to me, for I take refuge in You. I will seek refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the calamity passes.”
What is your best memory here at Blessings?
Several times come to mind when we have all pitched in and worked late into the night during a major international disaster.
Everyone joined in the effort to prepare, pack, and ship multiple pallets of medicines and emergency medical supplies. Everyone worked as a team so that we could ready these shipments to help alleviate massive suffering and destruction in a remote part of the world.