Sisters Kemily and Kalicia "Kali" Morrison are familiar faces at Andrews University, Pioneer Memorial Church (PMC) and in the local Christian music scene. From their dedication to mentoring teens through the PMC Evergreen Club, to their regular leadership in worship services at Andrews, to sharing their music far and wide, this pair is committed to actively sharing God's love at every opportunity.
The Morrisons joined Pathfinders at an early age, and as they grew they transitioned to mentoring teens who come through the program. When their family moved to Berrien Springs, the sisters became PMC Evergreen Club members; and later, after earning their Master Guides, they became staff. Kemily began as a counselor for the tenth graders, later becoming co-director of the club and leader of the teens. Kali took on the role of counselor to the Friends, Companions and Explorers classes. "Everyone always wants to work with the fifth graders," says Kemily, "probably because teens are considered the ‘difficult' ones. They can be difficult sometimes, but they are also searching for answers."
With teens, the sisters find any conversation can turn into an opportunity to explore their faith. While teaching the stewardship honor, Kemily answered questions about many fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. "I could see they were struggling to know the truth," says Kemily. "They grew up in the church and have heard all the Bible stories, but a lot of them are looking for a personal relationship with God."
Both Andrews University students, Kemily, a speech-language pathology and audiology major, and Kali, an elementary education and music major, have a burden to mentor teen girls. They encourage them to become involved in Pathfinders and in the church, knowing these will help them remain faithful and pure.
The sisters' music has turned into a ministry called Kindle. Their mission is to "kindle the love of Christ in other people." Kindle now performs across the country. After a concert in Arkansas, a man approached them. Their song, "Courage to Stand," spoke to him. Kali and her guitarist talked and prayed with him, and he gave his life to Christ that very night. "It was so cool that our music could touch someone and help them open up to us," says Kali.
The sisters find the devil always throws roadblocks in their way—but God brings them through every time. Kemily once lost her voice before a concert, but by the time it began she was able to sing. A special campout planned for teens was canceled due to weather; but in an alternate setting, the teens opened up and discussed difficult topics.
As Pathfinder leaders, the girls relate to the teens "as people who are going through or have just gone through the same things as we have," says Kemily. "They don't feel like they can open up with a lot of people and ask ... spiritual questions. We just give them a safe space to do that." Both their music ministry and their involvement with Pathfinders offer that safe space to those searching for God's love.
Samantha Snively is a student news writer in the Office of Integrated Marketing & Communication at Andrews University.