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  • Morgans share story of overcoming personal trauma

  • Pam Morgan brought message of hope at Thursday morning’s “Faith in Action” prayer breakfast for the Truman Heritage chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

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  • Pam Morgan brought message of hope at Thursday morning’s “Faith in Action” prayer breakfast for the Truman Heritage chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
    “Don’t ever take for granted, or underestimate, what God can do through you,” Morgan told those gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence. It was the first of what planners hope to be an annual event, coinciding the National Day of Prayer and serving as a fundraiser for the group.
    Morgan and her husband, Phil, live in Lee’s Summit. They travel the country, singing and delivering an upbeat Christian message. A major part of that story involves a June 2000 auto accident that nearly took her life and, doctors believed at the time, would leave her as a quadriplegic.
    They were traveling between shows. Their van hit a guardrail at 70 mph. She was thrown to the pavement, splitting one ear, nearly severing an arm and causing massive damage to her back. Phil broke a collar bone, but their two young daughters were unhurt. Those who stopped to help happened to include a nurse and other medical professionals – a development Pam takes to be the hand of God at work.
    “Friends, God placed a very specific medical team around me to meet my very specific needs,” she said.
    It looked at first as if she would not make it, but she did. Then doctors said she would permanently have no feeling or movement below her neck, but within weeks a toe moved. Then more movement, and more healing. Within 15 months, the couple resumed their ministry.
    Still, she said it was not easy, and there were dark moments.
    “Fifteen months seemed like 15 years, and my faith was on shaky ground,” she said.
    What she learned, she said, is that God’s strength alone is what a person needs.
    “But that’s a hard lesson to learn,” she said.
    She stressed the importance of serving others – those “searching for the strength to make it through one more day,” she said. Alluding to Matthew 25 in the New Testament, she said, “Remember, what we do for the least of these, we do for Him.”
    The Morgans sang several uplifting songs, with refrains that included “Nothing is impossible with God” and “By the power of God, I stand.”
    Belinda Schumaker of Raytown also spoke. Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Church in Raytown has donated land and is raising money to build a Habitat for Humanity home later this year. It will be Schumaker’s home.
    “It is a mother’s dream – a home of her own,” she said.
     
     
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