From the Bean Field to the Missions Field

Opening my Missions Mosaic magazine for September 2018, I was anxious to read and learn the wonderful things God is accomplishing through our missionaries both in America and faraway lands. Praying for these missionaries and their work has been a part of my life for many years.

As I thumbed through, I found a recipe for soup beans and cornbread. This is the third time I have found a recipe made with pinto beans in as many years. Each recipe has been suggested as an economic and healthy way to feed one’s family. How true this is.

I was raised on a pinto bean farm in southwestern Colorado, working in the fields and eating plenty of the product. I came to know my Lord Jesus Christ at age 10 and surrendered to special service at age 12. Not having a Christian family, I did not follow through right away. Yet God was patient and in 1969, the man I married surrendered to preach the Word.

The years that followed, we found ourselves on the home missions field, starting churches among the Native Americans and Anglo people. Each of these endeavors required the same techniques that my daddy used to plant a field of beans. He first worked the soil and prepared it for seed, planted the seed, and then watched and prayed it would come up. When the tiny beans appeared, he was diligent to keep the weeds away from the bean plants. In dry land farming, every weed robs plants of moisture. At full maturity, the harvest came; the increase was a way to live another year.

Missions work requires the same nurturing and care, along with much prayer. God will give the increase.


Donna Connally White and her late husband, Tom, were involved in Southern Baptist missions work for 33 years in Utah, Colorado, and Nevada.

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