With heavy hearts, we share the news of Jan Beazely’s passing. As the mother of Forever Changed International’s founder, Heather Radu, and mother-in-law of our Missions Director, Naomi Beazely, she was one of FCI’s most ardent supporters.
Jan’s influence on our organization cannot be understated.
Her lifelong friendship with our namesake, Dorie Van Stone, is the reason we exist today. Jan was one of Dorie’s dearest friends, and Dorie’s stories of growing up as an orphan and later serving as a missionary ignited Heather’s passion for the world’s forgotten children. Three decades ago, Jan and Ron Beazely watched as their daughter Heather stepped onto a plane to study abroad. Shortly thereafter, Heather returned home with a passion for the children she met in Europe’s orphanages, a passion soon consuming Jan and Ron as well.
Unwilling to ignore the needs of orphans in Europe, the Beazelys adopted a daughter from Romania. Together, Ron, Jan, and Heather founded All God’s Children International in 1991 to help even more children find loving adoptive families.
Their commitment to serving children has never wavered. Since its founding, All God’s Children International has united more than 3,000 children with forever families.
Jan’s support was instrumental in the creation of the home we now call Dorie’s Promise. Her years of experience facilitating international adoptions and working with families complemented Heather’s expertise working with orphanages around the world. Together, they understood how to create a home where children were loved and protected during the adoption process.
Dorie’s Promise is a lasting gift and testament to the Beazely family’s commitment.
Jan’s passion to fight injustice and celebrate defenders of the vulnerable carries on through her books. She is the author of King’s Ransom and The Strength of Mercy: Making a Difference in the World One Child at a Time.
Everyone who spent time with Jan understands the endless depths of her love and her infinite passion for the people in her life. To this day, Jan’s loving kindness and commitment to the well-being of all children is evident in the stories shared by adoptees and their families, those who had the privilege of working with her, and her beloved family. These memories cement her legacy in the hearts of all who loved her and those called to carry her work forward.
Please pray with us for the Beazely family as they honor the life of Jan—beloved wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and advocate.