|Morris at MAP International|
Larry Morris ’75 lives in Brunswick, Georgia and works as Manager of the Short-Term Medical Mission Program for MAP International.
Larry writes, “I recall a distinct academic difference between Savannah Christian and public school. Savannah Christian was much more challenging, and, without a doubt, better prepared me for my future.”
He says chapels and Bible classes had a positive effect on his spiritual growth, but admits, “I am much more thankful for that now than I was then.”
He earned a pre-business associate degree from Brunswick Junior College and a BBA in Marketing from Georgia Southern University, then worked 10 years with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina in the Program Department responsible for conference reservations, registrations, and staff.
He married for the first time at age 40.
“I worked with Meg Tullis at The Cove. We’ve been married more than 11 years and have three children: Molly (8), Lawson (5), and Logan (2). I couldn’t feel more blessed; good things do come to those that wait!”
While helping lead a large singles ministry in Asheville, North Carolina, God used a 10-day mission trip to Honduras to construct a medical clinic for an impoverished village to change Larry’s worldview and call him to mission work.
“For several years afterwards, a friend and I led other groups back to the same remote mountain region several times a year. By October 1998, when Hurricane Mitch slammed into Honduras, we had already formed a 501(c)3 non-profit called Latin America Mission Project (LAMP). We were thrust into the thick of the relief response so much that, by 2000, Meg and I felt led to quit our jobs at The Cove to serve full-time with LAMP. We raised our own financial support and served as missionaries in Costa Rica and Honduras before returning to the states in 2002 to work at The Cove again. In conjunction with my parents’ declining health, we moved to Brunswick, Georgia in 2005. I soon began working with MAP (Medical Assistance Programs) International, a 55-year old Christian ministry with headquarters in Brunswick, and offices in Atlanta, Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras, Indonesia, and five countries in Africa.
MAP’s motto is “Health and Hope for a Hurting World.” While local offices focus on community health development, HIV/AIDS prevention, and combating neglected tropical diseases, our U. S. ministry works to procure donated medicines and supplies to distribute to our medical mission partners in over 115 developing countries. In addition to supplying clinics and hospitals, we also supply healthcare professionals participating in short-term missions.
Recent annual product donations have surpassed $400 million dollars, packaged and delivered in about 125 twenty-foot shipping containers totaling more than 750 tons. Our partner recipients include Food for the Poor, Operation Blessing, and World Vision.
Last year, our Short-term Medical Mission program provided more than 2,000 teams with more than 4,400 medicine packs used in more than 2 million medical treatments and thousands of surgeries worldwide.
Just as exciting as lives physically healed are also stories about lives spiritually changed by the message of hope found through the good news of Jesus Christ. Many of our partners include evangelical Christians who share the gospel, and I find great joy and purpose in helping MAP bring health AND HOPE to a hurting world.”