Brabon, Jeannine – Ministry


Jeannine Brabon/8/ 23/19
Jeannine Brabon, the daughter of OMS missionaries Harold and
Margaret Brabon,  was born in Medellin, Colombia, South America where
she grew up. Following 16 years of ministry in Spain, she returned to Colombia
in 1986 to teach biblical Hebrew and has pioneered an exciting prison ministry
in Medellín.
In the early1990s few dared to visit Bellavista, Medellín’s
maximum-security prison noted for daily murders from 30 to 60 murders a
month. When Jesus was lifted up the killings stopped. Jeannine
joined a team of Colombian evangelists who carried the Gospel inside. As a
result, countless lives have been transformed, and the murders stopped. In
1992, Jeannine began the Bellavista Prison Bible Institute. Through this
discipleship program, hundreds of prisoners have graduated and now
minister to other inmates in penitentiaries all across the nation. More than 50
men, once prisoners and now free, serve as pastors or evangelists all over
Colombia; more than 20 have started churches. One is a missionary in Chile.
In addition to her prison ministry, Jeannine has taught biblical
Hebrew at  the Biblical Seminary of Colombia in Medellín for
more than 26 years. She translated William LaSor’s two-volume Hebrew grammar
and lessons into Spanish. She is also involved in evangelism, discipleship, and
training national church leadership. She currently serves in leadership with
Prison Fellowship Colombia in the regional office of Antioquia.
Prior to her work in Colombia, Jeannine was a member of the
first OMS team to Spain, helping start two churches in Madrid. She taught
several Bible courses for laymen and pastors.
During her college years, Jeannine spent a summer in Spain
visiting three to six villages per day, endeavoring to leave a portion of the
Bible in each home. Joy flooded her when her Prayers for revival at Asbury
brought its reality in 1970.  She has lived in revival ever since. Following
graduation from Asbury University in 1971, she worked with university students
in Colombia for 18 months. In 1981, she received a master of arts in religion
degree in biblical studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. While serving in
Madrid, Jeannine completed further courses in biblical Hebrew at The
Complutense University of Madrid.  Asbury Theological Seminary granted her
the Distinguished Alumni reward in 1997. In 2001, Jeannine received an
honorary doctor of Christian ministries degree from Asbury University. In 2009,
she received the World Methodist Council Peace Award. This award, the highest
given by the Methodist/Wesleyan family from around the world, is given annually
to individuals or groups who have, through their courage, creativity, and consistency,
made significant contributions to peace, justice, and reconciliation. What is
most important for Jeannine is that Jesus Christ is lifted up and glorified in
her life.