Short-term trips lead to long-term passion

Stacy Blackwell | Costa Rica

35 year-old Olger Morales has grown up serving in the church with a passion for youth. He worked for eight years at a Christian camp in the mountains where different high schools, universities, youth groups, and churches would sent teams for weekend and weekly retreats. He shares how God moved his heart from camping ministry to missions:

My decision to become involved in missions rose out of a week-long service trip in 2008. I went with OM Costa Rica to the indigenous reserve of Talamanca, six hours south. After that trip, I made a few more each year with annual outreach trips in other countries, learning more about missions and serving in local churches.

Each December I would go to the mountains to join in Festival of Smiles, an annual program to bring Christmas joy, love, and the hope of Jesus Christ to the children. It was in 2012 in Honduras when God used various circumstances to speak to my heart and lead me to missions full-time. 

The following three years involved preparation for my change to missions, and each time there was an internal struggle as it was difficult for me to surrender and make sacrifices.

I finally realised that the love that I had serving in missions short-term would only grow as I pursued it long-term, and that I needed to obey the voice of God. As I moved to walk in His will, OM was the avenue that God decided to use and brought me to this team to mobilise His church to serve and to encourage others to get involved with this wonderful calling.  

Luke 10:2 says, "And he said to them, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'"

Please join us in earnest prayer that the Lord will raise up more brave and willing workers to serve in full-time ministry. 

Published: Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Credit: Stacy Blackwell
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