Morgan Fisher
Morgan Fisher
South Africa 2015
My name is Morgan Kathleen Fisher, and I will be traveling to Johannesburg, South Africa to work with Joint Aid Management for six months. Read More About Morgan →


When I was younger I asked my parents if I could paint a sky on the ceiling of my bedroom being the dreamer that I am. The incredible, supportive and creative parents that they are agreed and made this vision a reality. I remember being so excited to paint that ceiling and asking my mom if I could contribute. As she trustfully handed over the paint and brushes over to me, I began to paint my own cloud. Unknowingly, I had mixed the white and grey paint and managed to permanently place a rain cloud over my bed.  It is there today.

“In the Bible clouds are always associated with God. Clouds are the sorrows, sufferings, or providential circumstances, within or without our personal lives, which actually seem to contradict the sovereignty of God. Yet it is through these very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were never any clouds in our lives, we would have no faith. “The clouds are the dust of His feet” (Nahum 1:3). They are a sign that God is there. What a revelation it is to know that sorrow, bereavement, and suffering are actually the clouds that come along with God! God cannot come near us without clouds— He does not come in clear-shining brightness.”

— Oswald Chambers

If I had to describe the last few weeks in South Africa, I could simplify it to saying it has been very cloudy season. I truly can not say that I believe that we are supposed to learn something from these trials. However, I do believe that we are supposed to unlearn things of the world and reignite our childlike faith. I think God uses these seasons to strip everything away until it’s just Him and us. Nobody else has the answers to our questions. Nobody else can heal the wounds. Nobody else can deliver miracles. So, in the midst of trials, who better to spend our time with than The One who deserves all praise?

““…they were fearful as they entered the cloud” (Luke 9:34). Is there anyone except Jesus in your cloud? If so, it will only get darker until you get to the place where there is “no one anymore, but only Jesus …” (Mark 9:8; also see Mark 2:7).”

I cannot declare that my childlike faith has been completely reignited as these are some of the toughest trials I have ever been in the midst of, but I can attest to the power of prayer and healing that He has been doing in the people around me and in my own heart.

I can also say that from these clouds, I have been given subtle glimpses of sunshine. I have gained a greater understanding of the significance of friendship and family. Though there are days that I just want to get on the next flight home and be with my family, I can attest to God’s faithfulness in sending me phenomenal people that have loved and supported me as if I were their own sister or daughter.

Chane & Chris

Chane & Chris

I have had a Swiss intern bring chocolate to my doorstep and prepare dinner for me on the days that aren’t so sweet. I have had some of the most challenging spiritual conversations and sister like experiences with my friend Rufaro. I have had my friends Chane and Chris take me to one of the only Mexican restaurants in South Africa and to a vinyl fair to make me feel a bit closer to Nashville. I have had plenty of phenomenal meals and times of prayer with Auntie Sandra and Uncle Cyril. The friendships and families supporting me through these trials have been such a real reflection of God’s heart.

“Your unfailing love is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.”

— Psalms 36:5

As I meditate on the clouds painted on my ceiling as a child, I realize that there is but one rain cloud amidst many clouds from sunny days. Though I may be walking through a season of thunderstorm clouds, I am also amongst some of the sunniest days of my life.

Thank You

I wanted to say thank you to my family for being patient and walking through these trials with me. They have been a significant source of peace and support in the midst of chaos. I want to thank every person who has prayed for me, sent an encouraging word, stopped by base to visit me, or has been a part of my South African family. You keep me strong.

Prayer Requests

I request that you pray for Peter Pretorius, JAM’s CEO as he is still in critical condition recovering from a triple bypass surgery.

I request that you continue to pray for the team here at JAM as we continue to do the Lord’s work and are faced with challenges everyday.

I request that you pray for my family as we mourn the loss of my grandpa Fisher.

Thank you for your faithful friendship,

Morgan Kathleen

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