Out of a Broken Heart Grows a Ministry
We’ve learned the challenges are a blessing in that they demand that we draw closer to the Lord. – Patrick McCusker
Patrick and Deana McCusker felt their hearts break. They heard about a missionary pastor in Cayo, Belize who suffered a heart attack. His fledgling congregation was left without a pastor. So, they went. As simple as that.
But life as a missionary family has been anything but simple since then.
“What we often see in Belize is an attack on relationships. It’s a small country, we live in a small community, and we have seen the effects of rumors, gossip, criticism, and to be honest it’s ugly. It destroys relationships and unity amongst the believers,” says Patrick.
But those challenges have also offered opportunities for growth in the McCusker’s ministry. “One thing I will says is that we’ve learned the challenges are a blessing in that they demand that we draw closer to the Lord. We’re learning the importance of intercessory prayer and spiritual warfare because Satan is threatened and when his kingdom comes under fire, he fights back,” says Patrick.
The McCuskers have deep roots in CCO, attending since 1992. Patrick became a Christian when he was a marine in Southern California, by listening to Calvary Chapel radio. When he returned to his home in the Northwest, he soon began attending a Calvary Chapel church, saying, “I liked the way they taught and I liked the music…. We have always believed in Calvary’s philosophy of ministry.”
After finishing his Marine Corps service, Patrick worked as a carpenter, then transitioned into using his Bible college background as a missionary. Patrick and Deana have three children with them in the mission field. He confides that their family is often a target for spiritual attacks.
“Whether in our marriage relationship, relationship with our kids, or interpersonal relationships with other missionaries, those in the church, or in the community, Satan wants to destroy relationships. When Jesus was asked “what’s the greatest commandment,” He said, number one love God, and number two is love people,” says Patrick.
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Patrick and Deana