Getting to Know You: A Chat with Hadiza Murray

Tell us a little about yourself and your family and where you live/serve.
My name is Hadiza and along with my husband, Osaze, and our two kids we live in Bowie Maryland and serve at Bowie State University.  We have lived in the DMV (DC/MD/VA) area for seven years now and love serving at Bowie and seeing all that the Lord is doing daily. I am currently finishing my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at BSU, discipling a girl on campus and serving my family as a wife and mother.

How did you decide to come on staff and how long have you served?
I first came on staff with The Navigators as an associate in 2002 right out of college. I met the Navigators my senior year at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Upon graduation I accepted an internship in DC and served with The Navigators at Howard University while working. It’s there that I met my prince charming, Osaze Murray. We got married two years later.  After completing our training with The Navs we moved to Philadelphia where Osaze attended seminary. Six years later we moved back to the DMV area to help launch Bowie State University campus ministry. We have been here ever since.

What does ministry look like for you right now? What is your involvement with campus if any?
Right now my ministry involvement is supporting Osaze, meeting with one woman on campus, and ministering to my children.  I find that my involvement with this one girl is having a great impact in my life and in her life.  She is currently the student president and recently traveled with us on a short-term summer mission trip overseas.

What do you wish you had more of?
I wish I had more time. 

What keeps you going?
My Jesus, and family and friends

What are your giftings? What do you enjoy most about ministry?
My spiritual gifts are exhortation, mercy, teaching and administration. I also find joy in life-on-life with women and leading studies.
  
How do you keep growing in Christ?
Personal time in the Word, serving at Church and meeting for prayer with a group of my friends to encourage one another.

How do you keep your marriage thriving?
Making time to talk and date nights.
  
How do you involve your kids in your ministry and students with your kids?
Occasionally I would have a student watch our kids but our kids are involved in most of our ministry activities.
  
Favorite book – fiction and non fiction (besides the Bible) and why.
“Listening Prayer” by Rusty Rustenbach and “the Shack” by William P. Young

Favorite post on the blog so far and why.
The one on Margins, because that is what the Lord is currently working on in my life.

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