Backous Julie Bio Page Web ResWhat was an important Jesus moment in your life?

When my mother was dying, we took turns at her bedside. At 4:00a, trying to sleep, I put two chairs together by her hospital bed and laid my head on the bed rail, holding her hand. I dozed, but suddenly woke 20 minutes later after being jolted awake by a very bright light and sensing something was different. But the room was dark and monitors showed heart and lung activity. I laid back down, puzzled. Immediately the alarm sounded, announcing my mother’s passing. The ICU nurse ran in, surprised. I knew I experienced the great gift of angels arriving.

What is the best vacation place you’ve ever been to?

My favorite vacation was a trip to Europe in 2012 with my daughter, Jennifer. We traveled to Germany and to England where our ancestors originated and where most of my genealogy research has been about. We visited Bamburgh Castle, once owned by ancestors.

What’s one of the dumbest things you’ve ever done?

Once, when securing student records for a school from the district office, I dropped my keys in the box after locking the doors to the archives. I forgot them, sealed the box, and placed it on the courier. I had to figure out a way home later!

What’s one of the most embarrassing things you’ve ever done?

When I was young, I participated in a talent show, playing piano. I got nervous, took my sheet music onstage, sat down and glanced up. Hieroglyphics appeared instead of Tarantella! I realized it was upside down, flipped the music and everyone laughed! Somehow, I played and ran off the stage.

Why do you believe in God?

About me I see marvelous creations: mountains, dessert, sun and ocean. Around me I see humankind, how our bodies are beautifully knit, how it all works together to form our world, and wonder how anyone could not believe in God! God fueling our lives feeds my ever-growing faith.

What do you like best about working for Jesus and his people?

I get to experience God at work amongst the people of Messiah and its communities. It’s faith-deepening and a joy to see the many ways God is present as we worship, learn and serve together.