MOSES – Making Ourselves Equipped Servants got its start by Greg Hoekman and Judy Vander Ark in 1988. They began taking students on short-term mission trips with a focus on growing participant’s aptitude to love God and others. MOSES was incorporated under the laws of the State of Michigan and awarded its non-profit, tax-exempt status in 1994. Through the years MOSES leadership has sought to respond to the needs and interest of each generation of young people with retreats, trainings, trips and Bible studies.
What do MOSES students do when they grow up? Many are married with families of their own, often serving as leaders in their churches and communities. MOSES alumni are being trained, others doing the training at Christian colleges and seminaries. Alumni are youth pastors, counselors, missionaries, doctors, nurses, teachers, etc. One common theme is that students’ values and life choices have been shaped by their involvement with MOSES.
“I should take this opportunity to tell you what God’s been up to in my life lately! It is indirectly related to you and the training God blessed me with through you! God’s given me the privilege of leading a Bible study in our neighborhood. It started with a one-on-one conversation with one of my neighbors and has now grown into a group of 10 women studying the Bible together! It has been fantastic to watch the Lord soften hearts and change lives. Most of the women had never cracked a Bible! We’ve studied John and are now digging into James together. The girls amaze me as does our God.
“I often think about our MOSES training and how grateful I am for it. God has brought many people to Himself through that training! In fact, I am part of an evangelism task force at our church and have brought several thoughts and ideas that I gained as a teenager in MOSES to our meetings. SO, thank you. Thank you for your heart for kids. Thank you for your heart for service and missions. Your heart has multiplied His Kingdom!” Carrie