Bettie Mitchell - Legacy Celebration
Name: Bettie Mitchell - Legacy Celebration
Date: October 16, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT
Bettie P. Mitchell, the founder of Good Samaritan Ministries, which teaches, loves, trains and counsels locally and internationally, has gleefully graduated to her new job in Heaven as “Prayer Warrior for the World.” She was a teacher, counselor and joy magnet who was refreshingly raw, real, challenging and courageous.
Bettie established Good Samaritan Ministries in 1978 to teach nothing but the Kingdom of God. She believed simply in loving every neighbor as yourself. Good Samaritan Ministries developed counselor training programs in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and has worked in 38 countries to educate tens of thousands of children from nursery through university.
Guided by faith, Bettie’s presence in the world of religious education was extraordinary. Bettie taught every book of the bible and biblical history for over 50 years, with 150 people attending her classes at PCC in the '70s and '80s. She was presented the NCC and Shalom Oregon's Richard Hughes Memorial Award in 1984, by Rabbi Stampfer at Neveh Shalom Synagogue. The plaque reads, "Inspired Teacher of the Word of God."
In addition to being a speaker and presenter, she led 24 tours in Israel. She also led tours in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Poland, Italy, Japan and mainland China. Bettie founded two non-profits in the Holy Land: Al Sadiq Al Taieb (ASTA) and the Rose of Jerusalem. ASTA provides addicts with a comprehensive treatment program (psychosocial, physical, mental, personal and emotional) and provides their family members with psychosocial and spiritual support in order to be able to support the addicts during and after the treatment period. Rose of Jerusalem is a non-governmental, non-political, non-profit association depending mostly on volunteer work. It looks after handicapped children and children with special needs, aiming to integrate them into the local community after treatment and rehabilitation.
Bettie studied education all her life earning a B.S. in Education from Lewis & Clark College in 1954, completing postgraduate work at Portland State University in 1972 and a Masters of Religion, summa cum laude, at Warner Pacific College in 1979. She served as a Biblical Instructor at Portland Community College, Adult Education, from 1974 to 1992, and a teacher at Christian Renewal Center Workshops from 1977 to 2019. Bettie also authored many books, an autobiography called Something Worth Saving and a five-book children’s series.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made Good Samaritan Ministries. Please share your memories of Bettie and find the livestream on Facebook and a livestream of her service will also be available at Rolling Hills Community Church.