Little did Sampson County native Mary Murphy know as she was growing up in the Piney Green community that God had missions planned for her. Murphy, who now lives in Durham, answered the call of God to begin a ministry that has led her to South Africa.
Moore feels that what the Bible states in Romans 8:30 (KJV) truly applies to her life… “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”
“Wow! where do I start?” said Moore “As a little girl born and raised in Sampson County, I never dreamed of going anywhere outside of the United States, but God had a greater plan, a predestination.”
Murphy is the daughter of the late Lawyer and Callie Moore. She began to follow God’s plan for her life and started a ministry called Daughters of Destiny (DOD). She began the ministry in August 2009.
“It came from a prophetic word spoken over my life. Daughters of Destiny is a ministry of healing and deliverance. It is also a ministry of how you can release yourself from a prison of failure, fear and a painful past, and move forward into your Destiny,” shared the missionary.
Murphy stated that in March 2012, God still was calling her to walk into what He had predestined before the foundation of time. Seeing the calling God had placed in her for a women’s ministry, her pastor, apostle A.B. McNair Sr., founder of Life Changing Ministries International Fellowship, invited her to the annual mission trip to Orange Farm, South Africa.
“It was difficult to accept the invitation at first when considering the spiritual and financial magnitude of such an endeavor, spiritually and financially. After much prayer and support I accepted the invitation, knowing at this point I would be able to take my ministry international,” said Murphy.
Murphy believes as Christians, we are called to be a blessing to others.
“The trip was never about me but ministering to others. The opportunity to assist in collecting 1,000 pairs of shoes to be distributed in Orange Farm, South Africa was one component of the overall mission trip. Immediately the DOD and I began to work on collecting the shoes. The response was overwhelming. We collected over our goal of 1,000 pairs of shoes,” expressed Murphy.
One Aug. 17 reality set in on the day of her departure.
“As overseer of DOD, pastor McNair, would say, ‘Mary, there’s no turning back.’ As I boarded the plane, with three other missionaries, I asked myself, are you really doing this? By this time the plane was preparing for takeoff, I was really on my way, traveling 9,000 miles away from home. After 19 hours, we finally landed in Johannesburg, South Africa. There were many questions pondering in my head, such as communication, what will I eat, how are accommodations, etc.?” stressed Murphy.
Once they landed the missionaries received such a warm and hearty welcome from pastor Mike Moshokoa, pastor of Word of Faith Church, Orange Farm, South Africa, and approximately 30 of his church members who were waiting to pick them up.
“There were no more doubts, I knew with certainty that I and the DOD ministry was in the right place for this predestined time,” said Murphy.
The missionary explained to keep the energy going throughout the week, they experienced daily workshops. Services were shared nightly by apostle McNair Sr.
“Pastor McNair again continuing to push out the ministry in me, and asked that I teach a workshop to the women on ‘The Value of Relationships’ from the book of Ruth. God’s presence was felt in a powerful way in all the workshops and nightly services. Praise be to God” added Murphy.
Seven days into the visit it was time to distribute the shoes.
“It brought tears to my eyes putting shoes on the feet of young children as they looked into your eyes with such appreciation. Truly, it was gratefulness that goes beyond words to be able to bless others with what many of us take for granted. I experienced two little girls named Rachel and Hope who asked if my child ever had a doll. I will be sending them a package on Dec. 1, with the help of the community, family and friends,” cited the missionary.
“I can honestly say that those 10 days were life changing for me and that God has shown me He is a real God for all nations, color, and creed of people. He has brought me great friendships and a whole new perspective on life. The trip has enabled me to have an enlarged heart of gratitude and thanksgiving for all that God has given me,” remarked Murphy.
Murphy shared that she would like to thank the community, family and friends, for their support and prayers for making this dream possible for a little girl now a grown woman from Sampson County.
It is my plan, and I believe God’s predestined will for me and the DOD ministry to return in August 2013. I look forward with prayer and anticipation at what God has in store for the ministry.
“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14 (NKJV).
To learn more about Daughters of Destiny and Mary Moore Murphy (Bootsy) visit, firstname.lastname@example.org and Facebook.com/daughtersofdestiny.dod.