Literal Literary Evangelist
Moses Harris, a 69 year-old doctor of languages at Northwest University, has led a life of language, learning, and preaching God’s love.
“At an early age, I got a thirst for language,” Harris explained. “I got it from my dad.” Harris recalled how his father integrated other languages into his upbringing and taught him to see people as people.
“Dad didn’t look at color. In every group, there are some good ones and some bad ones,” explained Harris when asked about his inspiration. In the ‘50s, during a very racially segregated time, the Reverend Harris watched his dad preach to a white church.
“I knew if my Dad could do it, I could do it.”
“One thing I said I would never do is preach,” joked Harris when asked what led him into ministry. “Never tell the Lord what you’re not going to do.”
It was 1962 in Yakima, WA when his would-be father-in-law would ask him to return a book, How to Prepare a Sermon, to his pastor in Yakima. As the book exchanged hands, God called him to preach.
He carried the book around for 14 years before returning it and pursuing his calling. 37 years later, Harris runs a blog where he posts sermons in over eight languages and has not missed one week since he started the linguistic-evangelistic blog in 2007.
“God has given me the ability to articulate his gospel message in various arenas,” said Harris. “I have a minimum of 80 countries that use my sermons around the world. I have touched every continent, even Antarctica.
From his start at a high school in Yakima to working as a prison chaplain to his current position at Northwest University, Harris was sought out and asked to teach without distributing references or resumés.
For Harris, it is all about listening to what the Lord would have him do. “My theme in life was preaching and teaching,” he said simply. “I have turned down other involvements because of my calling.”
Here at Northwest, Harris offers a plethora of independent study courses for students wishing to further their acquisition of languages beyond his basic French and Spanish courses.
When asked why he does it, he said that the answer is simple: “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life. I enjoy it. I love it because I love people.”
Among his international accomplishments, Harris is celebrated in multiple forms of media. He has written books, produced CDs, and preached to multiple nationalities over the years, but his favorite book, fittingly, is titled, My Father My Hero.
“When future generations look back on my life, I want them to say I am a man of God,” Harris remarked. Truly, in all he does, Harris has accomplished that reputation.
Written by Marlene Pierce