“Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”
Harold & Katherine Morgan began Border Missions in 1956 after the Lord captured their hearts at an evangelistic meeting they held in Hidalgo, Texas. Their evangelistic ministry and tent revivals had kept them mainly in the Midwestern states, but God led them down south to the Rio Grande Valley where they got permission to conduct open-air meetings on a cement slab about a mile from the Mexican border among the labor workers.
That afternoon Sis. Morgan began to play the accordion and the “Singing Morgans” voices drew the people from all around. Bro. Morgan preached about God’s love for them personally; about man’s sinful nature and God’s plan of salvation; and His free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. An invitation was given for all those who wanted to receive forgiveness for their sins and accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. More than half of the crowd came forward!
They were astounded, for Harold’s preaching had been totally in English. He thought surely they had misunderstood. So he sent them all back to their seats and repeated himself again as clearly as possible. This time as he gave the invitation, everyone came forward!
From that moment on, Bro. & Sis. Morgan had received the vision of this missionary endeavour, seeing the vast need among the people of Mexico. God called them to establish a mission station, confirming the call by His Word from Isaiah 58: 6-7: Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him, and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
The Morgans put their faith in God in obedience to His call. God honored their faith and Border Missions was opened in December, 1956. They began feeding and clothing all who would come in order to reach them for God. Each service the people heard the gospel given in Spanish and were given opportunity to respond to Christ.
Rev. Morgan worked with the ministry for seven years until his death in 1963. Mrs. Morgan, an ordained minister also, carried on the work of Border Missions as director until the age of 94, (1997) and continued to hold the mission and ministry in prayer until her death in 2005 at the age of 102.
Through many stages of growth and development, Border Missions has continued to feed and clothe, both physically and spiritually, under that same scriptural base God gave at the Morgan’s initial calling.