The Mission and Vision of Vapor Ministries with Micah McElveen

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Adam Torres and Micah McElveen discuss Vapor Ministries.

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Show Notes:

Vapor Ministries has worked hard to continue it’s outreach and provide much needed support during the pandemic. In this episode,  Adam Torres and Micah McElveen, Founder & CEO at Vapor Ministries, explore the Vapor Ministries mission and outreach efforts.

About Micah McElveen

Personal Awakening

A near-fatal surfing accident in 1995 shattered the early dreams of Micah McElveen. Life-flighted to a Florida hospital with a broken neck, the aspiring athlete awoke as a quadriplegic in intensive care. The years of rehabilitation that followed restored to him much of the use of his arms and legs—but the near-death experience forever taught him the brevity of life. “We’re not guaranteed a long life,” he says. “The truth is our time on earth is like a vapor. When you realize that, you are afforded an opportunity to live it differently.”

Consumed with the idea of investing, not wasting his life, Micah sought to develop a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and a better understanding of what Christ calls His followers to live for. In Micah, God’s heart for the spiritually lost and the physically poor began to beat. Micah came to believe he was kept on this earth to serve the poor and advance the Gospel in ways that would glorify Christ. He began to seek practical and effective ways to live that out in everyday life.

In 2005, he spent time in an African slum among people whose intrinsic poverty rocked him to the core. The human suffering was heartrending and eye opening. Poverty statistics became names and faces and the “poverty problem” became personal. As Micah processed what he had experienced, he said, “I felt like I came to a crossroads. I would either waste the rest of my life trying to forget what I saw, or invest it trying to do something about it.”

An Organized Response

An idea began to form, ultimately becoming a vision. Micah, in graduate school, dropped out of his master’s degree program and moved into his car to pursue the establishment of the ministry. Many friends, supporters and vendors sacrificially came together to help get Vapor Ministries off the ground in 2005. Today Vapor Ministries is Meeting the needs and feeding the souls of tens of thousands in extreme poverty. Check them out at VaporMinistries.org 


About Vapor Ministries

They establish sustainable centers for alleviating poverty and multiplying disciples in third-world environments. At Vapor Ministries, they understand that life is incredibly short, a mist that appears for only a moment on the great scale of eternity. They believe the way it can have an enduring effect is if they purposefully spend it bringing glory to the Creator of Life. At Vapor Ministries, their very name reminds us to be urgent in their pursuit of the good of man and the glory of Christ. They truly have a short time to advance the Gospel and serve the poor.

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