M & M’s of Life Make Your Life Matter This Christmas
Make Your Life Matter No Matter What
Considering I’m recovering from knee surgery and unable to exercise for a few weeks, the last thing I need to be doing is eating pie. But there it sat – the last remaining remnant of Thanksgiving dinner – one lonely piece of pumpkin pie. Considering I only eat the delicious treat once a year, I drowned it with whipped cream and downed it with a cup of decaf coffee. Americans consumed 2.4 billion dollars worth of food this Thanksgiving holiday, and Christmas dinner is just around the corner. I’m so grateful to live in this amazing country and enjoy it’s array of blessings. I’ve often said that I have one foot in one continent and one in another – one in the United States, and one firmly planted in Africa. As we head into the Christmas season, the beautiful people of Africa and their depth of need moves to the forefront of my mind. Africa stole my heart many years ago and I leave another piece behind with every trip.
In February, 2015, I have the privilege of returning to Tanzania with my father, Rev. Hubert Morris, for a once-in-a-lifetime father-daughter trip. He will be speaking at The Ocean International Church in Dar Es Salaam and serving as the Spiritual Emphasis Speaker for one week of ministry in Mwanza Bible College. Besides glowing with pride as his daughter, I’ll be speaking alongside him and teaching and training worship teams in both Dar and Mwanza.
I walked the campus of the Mwanza Bible College earlier this year, meeting it’s President, Martin Kayinga, and arranging for the upcoming visit with my dad. I never know when Africa is going to reach in and grab ahold of my heart and not let go. It’s happened to me many times, sometimes in the most unexpected places. It literally feels like everything around me is moving in slow motion as God shines His divine flashlight on a person, a situation or a need. I know in that split second that I was “born for such a time as this.” Faces of children, pastor’s wives, and African chiefs are permanently embedded in my brain and eternally rooted in my heart.
This time, I was standing in the Mwanza Bible College kitchen. Well, here in the West we would hardly call it a kitchen. I can’t imagine trying to cook Christmas dinner in this primitive place, but it’s what the students call home. The conditions took my breath but as the missionaries described the need, I felt my throat closing and knots forming in the pit of my stomach. Missionaries Tim and Joyce Jarvis shared,
“The students often “fast” because there isn’t any food. The Districts that send these students are so poor, they often can’t send even a bag of rice to help support the students as they leave their families and communities behind to fulfill God’s call on their life. They will go sometimes a week without food. They’re supposed to have meat 2-3 times a week but they’re lucky to get meat once a week. “
It’s hard enough to study diligently when you’re lonely and homesick, much less when you’re hungry. We’ve applied for several universities for our daughter for Fall of 2015. Not one time have I wondered, “Will she be able to eat? Will she go a week without a meal?” These students are obeying God’s voice and choosing to Make Their Life Matter No Matter What.
Perhaps the precious students of Mwanza Bible College are stealing a bit of your heart as well. As you check off your Christmas shopping list and plan your holiday meals, would you consider including “Voice of the Voiceless?” You can make a difference in the lives of these students by purchasing a CD, hand balm, or a one-of-a-kind purse made by deprived Pastor’s wives. Not only will they make unique and meaningful gifts, you’ll be changing a life. If you would like to partner with my dad and me on our upcoming trip, every donation you give will go directly toward feeding the Bible college students for one term in Mwanza Bible College. You’re depositing hope and encouragement into the future church leaders of Tanzania. You can Make Your Life Matter No Matter What!
My goal is for my dad and me to bring $3,000 to cover the costs of meals for approx. 100 enrolled students for one ten-week term. I want to make sure that Dinner Bell rings each night! You can help us reach this goal by clicking on the donate button here.
Thank you for your partnership in seeing the gospel reach every tribe and every nation. Have a Merry Christmas!
Please view my newest “Voice of the Voiceless” Video to see the many places I’ve left pieces of my heart!
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