Throughout her career, Chase Oaker Marie Morgan had the dream of becoming a nurse practitioner. After applying to Texas Tech’s nurse practitioner program, Marie faced rejection when she was not accepted into the program. This moment was just the beginning of Marie finding purpose in an unexpected way.

Over the last eight years, Marie has seen God working a lot in her life—even when she faced rejection and her dream was put on hold. One evening, Marie heard a story about a trafficking victim. She identified with the mother and cried as she thought about what the mother must be going through as she was searching for her child.

After hearing that story, Marie thought about the mother and the victim. Their story stayed on her heart. She knew this was God’s calling for her. This was the reason for her desire to become a nurse practitioner.

After having this realization, Marie reapplied to the nurse practitioner program with a specific purpose in mind: to provide medical care for the victims of human trafficking. This time, her dream would not be deferred. She was accepted into the program. Upon graduation, she was ready to answer God’s calling.

As a nurse practitioner, she knows it is her purpose to serve trafficking victims. She wants to eventually open a practice where she is able to visit and provide care for human trafficking victims.

When talking about opening her practice, Marie explained, “I could drive the care instead of, you know, I guess kind of taking orders. The only orders that I would be taking would be from the Lord. Throughout school, I just knew that God was calling me to advocate for those who could not advocate for themselves.

Marie found purpose in the middle of facing rejection. And when she made the commitment to answer God’s calling, Marie’s dream became a reality. Finding purpose in an unexpected way paved the way for her to love others in an unexpected way.

Like Marie, God calls all of us to love others in unexpected ways. At Chase Oaks, that means we look for surprising ways to engage the community, local organizations to which we can give generously, and unique ways we can inspire our circle of friends to take action in their own community. This season, join Love Does The Unexpected to help us transform our community and world.

Video Transcription

So, God has done a lot lately. And when I say lately I mean like in the last 8 years. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse practitioner in my career. I had applied to be a nurse practitioner at Texas Tech and got rejected. And the interesting thing is that it wasn’t until I truly knew what I was supposed to do with that that I got accepted very easily and went through the program and was able to graduate. One night I laid down to go to sleep and I had just heard a story about a trafficking victim. And I remember thinking, gosh if I were that mother I don’t think I would ever stop looking for my child. And then I realized there was a mother that felt that way. So, like I am now, I kind of cried for the next hour. Ever since then I have not been able to get that off my heart. And I know that that was God’s calling for me. So, then I went back and applied to school and got in, graduated as a nurse practitioner and I know that God’s called me to serve trafficking victims and I will eventually end up opening a practice where I am able to visit those victims. I knew that as a nurse practitioner, I could drive the care instead of you know, I guess kind of taking orders. The only orders that I was taking would be from the Lord. Throughout school I just knew that God was calling me to advocate for those who could not advocate for themselves.