Moving Forward

Jesse and Kathy Morales moved from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Cochrane, Alberta, in 1989 to attend Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary. In 1994, they started a home Bible study that grew into a church in Calgary, Alberta. They were planting their second church when Jesse became terminally ill with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and died in 2009.

Kathy found a new direction in ministry with the University of Calgary women’s basketball team. Last year, her missions group began serving a monthly home-cooked meal for the women, always making sure there was food left over to take for the next day.

At first, Kathy did not share Christ or pray because they were on university turf. One day, the basketball coach asked her to have prayer and a short devotion with the women. At the end of the season, he asked her to continue doing it the next year. When he learned about a summer missions trip to host a sports camp in northern Canada, he decided to take his women “on mission.”

As more people became involved, the basketball dinners grew to include packing goody bags for the women and serving Christmas dinner. As a result of serving the basketball team, there are many opportunities for conversations about Jesus.

Kathy’s daughters join her in the vision their father had for the work in Calgary. Every year, they hold an outdoor worship service at a local park and participate in a walk/run for ALS. They also work in the community hosting camps for children in the summer.

Determined to carry on the work she and Jesse began, Kathy continued to move ahead with their dream of planting another church. Connect Church launched September 11, 2016.

Pray that Connect Church would be a shining light in Calgary as it moves forward. Ask God to guide the leaders as they reach out in the community to build relationships, organize and administer, and teach and preach.

Ann Knowles’s passion is missions. She enjoys writing about missionaries and teaching mission studies.

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