My Micah House story started about eleven years ago. The Lord had put it on my heart to serve, but I didn’t know where, so I kept my eyes open. I didn’t have to wait very long. I read in the worship folder the Micah House was looking for someone who could work with the kids and fix bikes. Being a big kid myself and being able to fix almost anything, I decided that if the ad was still there the next week, I would check it out. The rest, as they say, is history.
I am blessed to be part of Micah House and I know that God chose me to serve there. It’s the little things that make it such a good fit for me, like being self-employed so that I can volunteer at Micah House every week, my ability to fix things and the fact that Micah House is right here in Redlands as opposed to a far-away mission trip.
I have seen God at work during my years at there. He has provided many opportunities to show love and care every day, as I have become a dad/big brother to lots of the kids over the years. It’s amazing to see these special relationships grow. John, who is now 21, was a student there since fifth grade. He still comes every week and works with me on occasion. Investments like this make my time at Micah House worthwhile.
Mrs. Dianna, the Chapel location Program Coordinator, is an incredible example of God’s good will, as she regularly shows love and makes sure God’s glory is in focus every day. Anytime we are out in public, she reminds the kids that they are to be God’s light to others. She is truly an inspiring person that I get to call my friend.
The Burrage Mansion has been a blessing for the past few years, allowing the students to have tons of fun at our Easter and Christmas functions, overnight campouts, enrichment workshops, and of course, our Bike-riding trail – just another way that God touches the lives of our kids.
The Redlands Bike Classic is another event I am blessed to take part in. The kids race as “Team Micah House” and it is just pure fun to watch. Months prior to the race, we train at the Burrage Mansion on the dirt trails, and on the day of the Classic they all have their “race face” on. I would love to be able to spend more time volunteering, but one must eat, so I work. As for the future, God only knows, but I do know that on any given Wednesday after school, you’ll find me hanging out with my kids at Micah House.
~Mike Morse, A Micah House volunteer