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Anna Van Beveren

Anna Van Beveren

Missionary to Portugal

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Ministry Description

I have the privilege of joining the team of missionaries at Palvara da Vida Portugal for the next two years as a Cross-Cultural Intern. I will be serving in Portugal with the goal of reaching the next generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by 1) building authentic relationships, 2) developing leaders, and 3) mobilization. Specifically, I will be involved in youth camps, Bible clubs, partnering with local churches, and evangelism. Please pray for me as I enter into this season of new experiences and dying to self!

About Anna

I was born into a loving and Christ-centered family. I grew up going to church on a very regular basis and learning the truths of Scripture. When I was really little, I remember praying the prayer but not really knowing what it meant or thinking too much about it. Afterwards, I just acted like nothing was different. I looked good on the outside, but I was so sinful on the inside. It wasn’t until I went to a summer camp when I was 12 that I realized what it meant to accept the gift of salvation, and it was at that moment that I cried out to God for His saving grace.

After I was saved, I found myself going through phases in my Christian walk. I would be so on fire for Jesus for a time, and then I would fall into the sins that continued to seek me out. I struggled a lot with depression and anxiety, which caused a lot of tension between my parents and me. I would lash out at them on the daily, and never truly realized how much they loved me and cared for me. It took a long time, and the Lord definitely had to break me down in big ways to see how cherished I was by my mom and dad. He brought me out of a dark place, and He ordered my steps in a way that truly displays His glory alone.

Lamentations 3:22 – 26 has always been a passage of Scripture close to my heart, and when I think about the greatness of His faithfulness, I see that so evidently in my story. He lavished His love on me in ways I never could have imagined, and I wake up every morning with the knowledge that His mercies are new for me. What choice do I have but to share His unending love with everyone, and seek His face every day? He truly is my portion, and I hope in Him.

Life Verse

Psalm 86:11-12 - "Teach me your way, Lord, and I will live by your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear your name. I will praise you with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor your name forever."