This summer Morri celebrated her 10th anniversary as part of our staff team at Highlands! We are so grateful for who she is and the incredible impact she has had on kids and families at Highlands! Morri took a few minutes to share reflections looking back on 10 years of serving at HCC.

What do you enjoy about serving on staff at Highlands as our Kids Team Leader? What makes serving families at Highlands meaningful?
During the week, I serve with an amazing staff team, a bunch of gifted, though imperfect people, who constantly strive to reach more people with the hope and healing of the gospel. The pace is challenging as we push hard to serve the Lord with excellence, but we also care deeply for one another and have a LOT of fun together.

On Sunday mornings, my heart feels so glad when I look out through the glass doors and see kids running toward the children’s building with smiles on their faces! It is such a delight to greet them and their families and see their eagerness to come to church, a place where they are known by name and accepted and loved for who they are. What an amazing opportunity we have to introduce them to Jesus who also knows them by name and loves them with an unconditional love.

What has encouraged and motivated you to continue serving faithfully over 10 years?
There have been plenty of challenges in ministry over the past 10 years, but the joy and the sense of fulfillment I have received have far outweighed the difficulties. I am encouraged and motivated to keep pressing on as I constantly see God’s hand at work in the big and small details and watch Him faithfully provide ALL that is needed.

Your ministry has impacted so many kids and families at Highlands- can you share just a couple things you have learned along the way, that make a difference in the lives of kids spiritually?
I’ve learned that God can do His best work through me when I have first spent time abiding with Him and in the Word. Serving in ministry requires a great deal of dependence upon God.

I have learned there is great power in prayer. I’ve learned to pray with expectation that God will move in hearts as seeds of truth are planted in the minds of the kids. I pray that God’s Spirit would bring about transformation in my life as well as in the lives of the leaders and kids as I pray for them by name. My hope and desire is that each one would develop a high view of God, to think magnificent thoughts about Him and continually grow in understanding the fullness of His character and attributes.

The incredible, gifted leaders in each of the classrooms are the ones who spend the most time interacting with the kids each week. The biggest spiritual impact that I can make is through praying for the kids' leaders, resourcing them and encouraging them to serve faithfully and sacrificially as they teach God’s truths book by book through the Bible.

Outside of ministry, what are some things you enjoy?
My husband Pete and I have two sons, a daughter and a son-in-law. We treasure the times when we are all together, whether we are birding, crabbing or celebrating our birthdays with fun and crazy theme parties. Four months ago, we entered a new phase of life and became grandparents!! Cedar Jude…what a precious gift from God!

Share a verse or passage of scripture that is especially meaningful to you:
It is hard to pick one passage, but I often ponder these words in Psalm 78 as I thank the Lord for allowing me to serve in Children’s Ministries:

“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, His power, and the wonders He has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob, and established the law in Israel, which He commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. THEN they would put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds but would keep His commands.” Psalm 78:4-7