Answer the Call Ministries
Helping others answer the call of God
Called At A Young Age
Marcy grew up in the local church and had a strong desire to serve God since she was a little girl. She was involved in outreach through nursing home ministry, puppets, 5-day clubs, Vacation Bible School (VBS), and served at Camp Good News (NH) as a camp counselor. She loved the slide shows missionaries would bring and show at church and she longed to go anywhere God wanted her. She always said in her heart, "Here I am Lord, send me."
Marcy graduated from Nyack College with a degree in Music Education, violin. After realizing that she did not want to teach in the public school setting, she was an office manager at a payroll company where she developed many of the front office and procedural manuals for the company. Upon the birth of their first child, Marcy was able to do some human resource from home, but after the second child showed up, she remained at home to raise their children (all four of them!).
Marcy’s first missions trip was during college. Ironically, she created a skit in college, to encourage classmates to go on the trip, using a song called, “Answer the Call” by White Heart.
Answer the Call Was Birthed
Answer the Call Ministries began in 2004 with the heart of helping others answer the call of God on their lives. For four years, Marcy and her husband were itinerant ministers, doing seminars on answering the call, running the race, and hope and occasionally worship nights. They also released two worship Cds, I Overcome and Stand.
In 2000, they went on their first mission trip to Honduras (Comayagua), but it wasn't until 2006 that they felt a call to go full-time on the mission field. In January of 2008 they moved to Yamaranguilla, Honduras (Central America) to administrate at a complex (orphanage, church, brigades, radio). Then, 3 months later they moved to Zambrano. For a year, Marcy taught weekly bible classes and English classes to children and adults. For 2 ½ years, she taught bible for two hours a week at a neighboring Rehabilitation Center. It was then that the seminar, hands-on, type approach to teaching was stirred back up.
Shift in Ministry
In 2011, a couple of years after Kjell started working at an international school, they moved to Santa Lucia (just outside of the capital city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras). This is when Marcy’s ministry shifted from working with Hondurans to North American missionaries. She volunteered at the Honduran Fellowship of Missionaries and Ministries (HFMM) and currently is the director of member care. She set up the Facebook fanpage and closed groups for sharing information as well as encouragement. In addition, the group contains files of frequently asked information (from food to insurance to repairs). She conducted surveys with missionary members to find out how to better serve them.
In 2012, she offered the Run the Race Seminar to missionaries at the HFMM annual retreat in March and to missionaries in Roatan and La Moskitia in the fall. In 2013, this expanded to include short term teams from Adventures in Missions (AIM) in a one day seminar as well as a 4 week discipleship format.
At the end of 2013, she attended and began to offer two missionary talks: Change / Transition and Cultural Adjustment. She then taught these classes at the 2014 HFMM Retreat and throughout the year at the US Embassy. As a missionary and working with missionaries, made her very aware of the training needed and skills that are necessary, but not always readily available to succeed at the job. For years she was formulating what types of seminars and workshops would benefit missionaries and ministries (leaders and staff) – creating, finding, and passing along links and charts and resources to help. This led to the creation of her YouTube Channel which she could offer the missionary talks and post other videos to help missionaries and ministries.
Training and Care Center Was Birthed
It was in the spring of 2014, that the vision for the Answer the Call Training and Care Center was conceived. At that time, Marcy went to Heartstream Resources for a missionary member care course. Then, she began putting together curriculum for a missionary training center while caring for missionaries at the care center (which opened in September of 2014). She is equipping missionaries for the work of the ministry through training and care. The Answer the Call Training and Care Center motto is: Equip. Coach. Restore.
In 2016, God began adding members to the missionary care team for the Honduran Fellowship. Marcy began putting her materials together to equip the staff as well as began working through the Heartstreams Intensive Care DVD seires, 'Thriving, Not Just Surviving' and creating handouts. Together, the new formed missionary care team partnered with the Language Institute to bring missionary training throughout the year: Missionary Orientation, Change and Transition, and Cultural Adjustment. In addition to trainings, the team continues caring for missionaries throughout Honduras through calls, emails, retreat workshops, training, etc..
Body of Christ Fellowship
In March of 2016, Kjell and Marcy saw the need for a fellowship for missionaries outside of the city of Tegucigalpa. So, Body of Christ Fellowship began with a handful of missionaries in Santa Lucia. The vision is: the whole united body contributing and bringing about growth. We accomplish this through three missions: authentic community, bringing a supply, and equipped to serve. It is their desire to see a body who is real with one another by engaging in relationships and being honest in prayer as well as coming reading to pray, sing a song, give a word; and that missionaries feel equipped to go back out and be who God has called them to be and do what God has called them to do.
Member (Missionary) Care Training
In 2017, Marcy took all of her workshops and one on one materials she uses for missionary care and began training other member (missionary) care workers. She is available to conduct member care training in Honduras and around the world. For a list of available trainings, click here.
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