When you are in a classroom with 7 other photographers, ideas sparks. For me, my passion and Inspiration was re-ignited. I had an idea floating around for doing a projector styled photo shoot. As I bounced this idea around with my friend/fellow classmate Hayley Webb she was up for being my model. As I shut the lights out in the classroom I put on some Hillsong Young & Free, and we danced around while I captured the moments. Sometimes you just need to let your hair down and have fun. Enjoy the images.
Exactly one year ago my journey with exploring God's heart began. Saying my goodbyes and stepping onto the United flight to Kona, Hawaii has been the best decision, I've ever made. Honestly a huge thank you to my girl Morgan Wright for saying yes to God, the countability of our friendship, and for making the journey with me.
Reflecting on the person I was a year ago... is a night and day difference.
God fully restored my old 'dead' life into a new creation, a new me. I had to up-wrap the insecurities I put on myself. I put up walls between Jesus and I. From hurt's and wrong I didn't even know affected me, and affected my walk. Breaking walls down and letting God heal my hurts gave me f r e e d o m. "I'm no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God". This song became my anthem during DTS.
YWAM Kona was my next stop to complete a discipleship training school (DTS). "To know God, and to make Him known". From my experience saying yes to God has been so rewarding. Laying down 6 months of my life to ministry has changed the course and direction of my life.
Knowing about God is one thing...but drawing close to His heart is another. I can write for years about my experience and how God was in work for the past 6 months and now! I filled out a brand new journal front + back of all the promises of God. I'm now on a new journal symbolizing all the new things God has done and is doing here in my hometown. #comeon
To you dreamers don't give up. Pursue the calling on your life. For me stepping out of my comfort of home has been the best decision. When God opens doors its a direct access of the Father, and his will for your life. "His will, His bill". I encourage you to say yes to him. It may change the way you look at life, people, and so much more and maybe just maybe you could be a planet shaker, nation wrecker for Jesus. It all starts by saying yes.
Lord your timing is SO perfect! wow. Today worked out so perfectly!! I got to see the birth of my niece without having WiFi all day and with the time difference it all worked out. With God there is no time difference His timing is… PERFECT! Today was the 35th anniversary for the Jocum (YWAM) base in Belem. We spent most of the day celebrating and attending classes. After that we drove to a church in Belem where Joy will speak tonight. Throughout the day I had to put my trust in God and let Him take control. I tried WiFi at the base.. but no luck. After arriving at the church, Igor happened to ask if they had WiFi and yes they did.. Not only WiFi but FAST internet. Calling at 7:10pm (3:10pm medford time) the baby was about to be DELIVERED, wow I’m so blessed by God, only 2 4 minutes later baby Mackenzie Marie Vargas was born.
He made everything come together for me, for my desires to make me happy. It goes to show you every moment in life has been planned. Down to the second you take a gasps of air, God is behind every step I take. God has planned my w h o l e entire life (insert mind blown). From knowing this I can put my trust, hope, and faith in HIM and only Him.
Mackenzie Marie Vargas- A c o r u a g e o u s lover. This is the Lord’s baby, and I saw Jesus wrapping His whole body around her protecting her from the world. Wow what a precious sight.
Now that auntie is back in Southern Oregon, I get to have fun with Kenzie. Which means photographing and kisses these sweet cheeks all day long.
10 or more days we have been on base. We have no idea what or which village we will attend next. Our time here we’ve been working on a overload of media we have to edit and sort through. Last weekend was ‘Kings Kids’ a program dedicated for kids. To learn more about God and to share what they’ve learned to there parents. My team and I got to capture the event, and more importantly hang out with the kids #bondingtime.
At first it was a struggle trying to be creative with our photos in the dying heat. But in the end of the day. I pushed myself and got some awesome photos. Our times we’ve had as a team has been a treasure. Each day one of us teaches a devotion to one another out on the dock. It’s times like this I’ll remember forever, learning together and endless conversations about the bible, personal struggles, and life in general. Being away from home has hit me.. I miss my family and friends and with being away from my soon to be niece is difficult. I knew in doing this I would miss out on major events back at home. Would I change anything? NO way being in God’s will and supervision is calming and peaceful.
God has been teaching me things. Teaching me to trust Him to be brave with the Word. I know what I’m doing now is going to make an impact for the rest of my l i f e. In how I love people, how to react in difficult situations in life, and what it looks like to fully trust God. I wish I could take you all to Brasil.. the jungle once again is amazing. The sounds, view, and the ultra vibrant colors. wow.. It’s worth the dying heat to experience God’s country.
“Put on the full armor of God” -Ephesians 6:11
The white VW passenger bus pulls up and the adventure continues. Loaded both cars and off we went on a two hour drive to the village of Moju Mirin. This short trip was a challenge for all. We stayed in the communities local school which was all closed in (bathroom, kitchen, and shower). After talking to a few locals to figure out the dynamics of the village. We discovered that we (my team and I) were the first white foreigners in that village.
Before arriving my school leaders (Philip and Lily Lin) flew into to see us. To have a one on one with each of us. The morning before arriving in the village we gather and prayed before heading out. The Lord highlighted some words, and visions. Each one with a different purpose and meaning, H O L Y|S P I R I T The color orange, a word ‘rider’, turkeys, vision of a young man, and for me a vision of me telling the gospel to a house full of people!
Day 1: A team of dental hygienist came and cleaned teeth at no charge. This gave wonderful opportunities for us. To build relationships and share the gospel. While the adults went first for the teeth cleaning the kids needed to be entertained. BB tash, Joy, and myself taught games and bible stories to the kiddos. While playing sheep, sheep, Shepard (duck, duck, goose) half the group of kids ran down to the swimming hole stripped down and jumped in! Following after joy and myself lived in the moment and joined. Fully clothed. Splashing around a girl by the name of Carol l o v e d me. How I miss the joys of being a kid..with no worries. Carol and I shared something special this little girl captured my heart from sharing laughs and giggles, to embracing each with many hugs, to exchanged a few words in Portuguese. Thank you Carol for reminding me to have a child like mind set when loving others.
Day 2: Home visits. From house to house we would share the gospel and would offer prayer to people. Each household we visited loved to talk and visit with us, coffee was offered along with greetings of hugs and kisses. We ended the night with a giant christian dance party ‘giant meaning Tash, Eline, and I’. If only we knew 3 hours later half the team got the flu virus. From the stories I heard violently sick. (Praise God I slept through it)
Day 3: Just like that h a l f of team brazil was sick and ended up leaving the next morning to return back to base. Plans changed all the time in brazil. At first Eline wanted everyone to return home, but God had other plans. Now the Holy Spirit came into this village. Breaking into smaller groups for house visiting I was the only green-go (white person) along with 3 other Brazilians. Now the fun stuff. My vision came true. Each house we attend I shared the gospel. The last home I attend hit the ‘home run’. Walking up to this house I felt something different a good different. As we entered the home we started to chat. The father of the household knew Jesus, but was thirsty for more. In this moment I shared my testimony and a man whom was handicapped started to cry. I asked if anyone wanted pray and this man looked me in the eyes and nodded. He wanted prayer to press on, to be strengthen so he could impact and strengthen others. After ending the prayer I felt the presence of God and the room felt lighter and brighter.
Thinking to myself..wow this is what life is about. No mater what age, color, status, or language. At the end of the day we have the same wants/needs. To be loved, and that love come from Jesus. We as Christians carry his love, and carry that love to others. That my friends is called revival. Walking home before 6 o clock (that’s when the snakes would come out) I had a HUGE smile on my face.The next morning we packed our things and heading back into the VW bus and returned back to base. I did it, I conquered the challenge and God showed up in a radical way. When you commit and say “Jesus here I am, send me” He does. It’s a dangerous prayer but that’s when heaven kisses earth. Amen?!
My first week in Brasilia has been incrível (amazing). I didn’t know what to expect from this culture. I’m in l o v e with the people. Arriving from the airport Igor’s family greeted us with a big hug and a kiss on the cheek. His mother Celica is wonderful, she may not speak much english. But she feels like another mother to me. His dad Jay is a wise, genuine, and funny. Carol his sister is beautiful inside and out. The very moment we met she offered her room to us, and even offered her bed. Carol has show us around her city, and has taken the time to teach us about the culture. His family has embraced us with such hospitality and FOOD.
Now in being in brazil for one week. I’ve learned many things. But the love language for the Brazilian’s is food. All sorts of new and different food and traditions. Almost everything is f r e s h. Every meal that is served has some sort of cheese and bread. Queijo minas (Minas cheese), cream cheese, and Requeijão (cheese spread). Now a mix of both worlds. Cheese bread is HUGE. The cheese is baked in the inside of the bread. Even McDonald’s serves and sell this delicious and tasty treat! Meat is another staple. From all sorts beef, chicken, and pork. All seasoned so well with many different favors from rosemary to garlic. Last but not least rice and beans is another tradition sprinkled onto with farofa. The Coffee or café is strong you only need half of a cup to drink. Compared to the coffee at the YWAM base we are completely spoiled.. haha.. When they make the coffee here, they don’t use a ‘coffee maker’. It is all hand made from boiling the water to straining the coffee grounds.
This week has been JAM packed with some many activities, gatherings, ministry, and evangelizing. I have SO much more to blog but have such limited time. So cherish every post.. ! I love and miss you all! Keep the prayers coming our way. Next Saturday we will be in Belém aka the A M A Z O N. A long 56 days it will be… but I’m SO excited!
My time in kona has been one big Adventure with Jesus.
|Lecture phase is over… | It has been 10 weeks of intense training of to ‘know God’. I have experienced the love he has for me, and from that… I’m ready to extend the love into the nations. Into the slums and children in Brazil. “We live by Faith, not by sight” 2 Cor. 5:7
All the weeks of preparing is now here. Coming to YWAM I grew a deeper love for kona. The relationship’s I’ve made have changed me. I have a new spiritual family and home.
As I sit here in the LAX airport It hasn’t dawned on me. GAH I’m so pumped all this training and excitement is starting! I have two more flights and I’ll be in Brasilia Saturday morning. B R A Z I L get ready. We are coming for you. We may not have the whole team with us yet, but we aren’t giving up. The Lord is paving the way for us. Unity: Family and of course o h a n a
I am ready to kick start this bumpy and wild Journey with my heavenly Father.
H E R E W E G O
My adventure with Jesus has been one giant G L O R Y bomb! Exploding with tons of love, and break through.
|| Week 8_Co-Create_Joseph Avakian ||
Life is like a blank canvas. We have so many options and decisions on how to fill in the frame. Myself as a photographer I get to choose the subject in front of my lens. Yes I will make mistakes. Yes I will fail..and from every failure there’s a lesson that is taught. Joseph taught on his success with the Lord, and how simply he pulls Jesus into his art work. He taught us to co-create with God. How? Invite Him. Ask for ideas, ask to see what He wants you to see. Give me your eyes Jesus. This week has opened my eyes. Opened my eyes to dream big, and to capture the beauty this world has to offer.
T U N E into His Voice
Week 9 & 10| Outreach training
In only 6 days, I’ll be leaving to Brazil.. wow. My lecture phase has flown by. Week 9 was cooperate week, were all the DTS came together. We learned how to make disciples, and to keep the gospel simple. To Go, Gather, Pray, and Guide. || Cross Culture with Andrew + Terry York || This past week made me so pumped for Brazil. I learned much about culture and how my culture defines ‘who I am’. More importantly that “There is beauty in being different”-Terry York. They taught on how to respect others and how our comments is how we judge the culture. In the amidst of it all my heart is to honor and serve.
B.R.A.Z.I.L get ready, we are coming for you!
|Week 6| Mathew Toller| Messianic Rabbi| Bible Overview
Why is our view of God so important? Can I even answer this question.. For all I know is, I need a role model in life. A purpose for life. Mathew had fun testing us on God. Asking questions like Do we believe God is the same now, or how come we feel guilty when calling upon the Lord (when we’ve sinned). I believe the bible is for us to question. It is healthy to break the bible down. Chew each book verse by verse. From this I get a greater meaning of God's word, His word is the truth in my life. I know this book is the instruction for L I F E.
M A N has caused a separation from God. Our sin causes us to flee from God. What really happens is as we sin God draws closer to us.
Mathew taught on how the Lord is our shepherd and we are the sheep. I found out how dumb and stupid sheep we can be. Sheep are: directionless, defenseless and need T O N S of attention. If a sheep ever falls over on its back, the sheep will accept it’s fate. All it takes is for the shepherd to rub the tummy and the sheep will flip over. I’m so thankful for Jesus being the shepherd of my life. Even when I’m lost in the waves of life.
|Week 7| John Leach| Father heart of God
This one quote encourages me. Pushes me to be a better person, to put others before my needs and wants. How can I/we bridge the spiritual to the secular reality. By showing people grace, hope, and love found in the father. How? by simply a smile, hug, words of affirmation, buying someone coffee, and so much more.
|| Am I living ||
F O R Gods approval
F R O M Gods approval
To be transformed, I must renew my mind daily.
- First speak the will of God (first thing in the morning)
- Read the word (full of promises)
- Meditate on God (listen and be still before Him)
This is something that won’t happen over night. It’s a life style. I have to live, breathe and yes renew for the rest of my L I F E. Is it worth it, is HE worth it.
| Balance in Life |
You cannot get ‘fruit’ without being in balance. Mind, spirt, and body. All three need to be in balanced. If you don’t take the time to rest in any of the three. You will have a blow out.
Work hard><Work smart
I see the colors.
Blue, green, brown, hazel.. mixed into one.
Grace, love, and tenderness in His eyes.
U N E X P l A I N A B L E
His pupil’s like a mirror reflecting the world.. the universe bursting.
Focused on the busyness of life. Yet.. there I was.
In the amidst of it all. I Heather Nicole Morse mattered.
Time stood still.. To let me know.
I am L O V E D by Him.
This week in lecture we learned to co-create with God. Wow I’m blown away from the story behind this photograph. Our ‘assignment’ was to take a photo to represent and capture the love God has for the people in Kona, Hawaii.
Jumped on my scooter and headed to the Keiki pond (a special place between the Lord and I) I simply asked Him to let me see something new. To open my eyes to creation. After setting up my camera and tripod. I started clicking away.. With each click I simply said words of praise. Thanking God for the air in my lungs, and all the little things in between. This curvy tree sparked my interest. In no time I captured this photo.
What do you see, do you feel any emotion out of this image? I would love some feedback!
//Hearing God’s Voice// 4.13.14
As soon as I walked into the classroom, I knew I was home. The white board quoted “Paint with LIGHT’ which elaborated into being the LIGHT of the WORLD. (My favorite verse!!!) For the first week of DTS we had Susi Childers the founder of PhotogenX ministry back in 2005. What an amazing Women she is, We couldn’t have had a better speaker for the first week. SO Inspiring, courageous, adventurous, thrilling, and beyond imaginable. It’s every photographers DREAM! Here’s a short overview of the week. (I will upload podcasts from her testimony, You’ll want to hear it!) She talked about how our cameras are an easy ministry tool. Evangelism is all about relationships, how does my DSLR help? Its an easy conversation starter, which leads into sharing the good news! Each day has been testing me, and shaping me into a Women after God’s heart. The more I put in and press on, the more God will bless me. HE is forever faithful and oh so good.
Isaiah 45: 3 “I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places”.
Being a ‘voice for the voiceless’ a vision and dream Susi had from God. To be a voice for the men and women around the world who are trapped.
“When people are suffering and dying the world does not care, we need to stand up and be the light!” -Susi Childers
(↓ Interview of Susi’s life being filmed for bible tv in Germany↓) #behindthescenes
Who or what would I like to photograph? I had to pray and seek the Lord for help. I had a vision of a group of children, and me at knee level hugging child after child. The fullness I felt in that moment was Jesus’s love. Powerful.. Another vision I had was me standing on top of a hill. My surroundings were very green and tropical…(*hint* my outreach location pin points my vision!) How faithful My Lord is, I don’t deserve His love and grace… I encourage YOU to DREAM BIG, Nothing is to big for our Lord. Ask and you will receive.
“I believe that when you find something you love, you should do it your whole life”. -Steve McCurry
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“Blur out the world, to focus on HIM”
More from the |195th anniversary of the first church Mokuaikaua Church in Kailua-Kona| The last photo tells a story, of the Hawaiian culture. You can see King Kamehameha hoping and praying for the culture and for a blessing upon the Island of Hawai”i.
| “This little light of mine,
I’m going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it SHINE!” | Who knew this song I sang as a child, would now imply to my life. Ask yourself.. What kind of light are you. A flash light, a light bulb, a strobe light, or a better yet a light house. How powerful is your light?
-The Lord wants to use your light, no matter how strong or how dim. My timing here in Kona, couldn’t be better. The Lord has placed me here for a purpose, and a much greater plan. He is good.. ALWAYS.
|Paint with light and light up the darkness -Susie Childers|
Official student ID card// and a photo with the amazing Alaina Mathias <3 I would say today made for an amazing first day. Lord you are good forever.
“You have accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord. Now keep on following him. Plant your roots in Christ and let him be the foundation for your life. Be strong in your faith, just as you were taught. And be grateful.”