Prior to my birth in Africa, my
father's first convert announced to him that he was praying God
would give my father a crooked arm. Dad was astonished at first but
pleased when he learned that a crooked arm meant an arm to hold his
own child. Dad was equally astonished nine months from that date
when I came on the scene. My childhood in Africa, though simple,
never held a dull moment. The first four years of my life were spent
in a village of ten thousand blacks. I grew up believing that God
had created thousands of blacks and the three Lovicks were the only
whites in the world. My greatest desire was to be black and wear
beads. I was always trying to convince my mother how not wearing
clothes would cut down on the laundry.
Missionaries Dr. Bill & Margaret Lovick
with baby Marsha.
(Bassari, West Africa, 1961)
Even as a child I loved people and
I would entertain the natives with songs from "Mary Poppins" and
"The Chipmunks," then I'd tell a Bible story and have an altar call.
It didn't take me long to learn that music was a great way to
communicate with people.
As a teenager my family moved to
Brussels, Belgium and my fluency in French came in handy. Europe was
a lot like the U.S., so in 1977 when my father accepted a pastorate
in Florida, I was prepared for the change. From this point on I knew
that God hadn't just given me a talent, He had given me a ministry.
In 1981, I settled in Birmingham, Alabama. It wasn't long after that
I began to feel the Lord nudge me to step out and fulfill the
ministry He had called me to. With the encouragement of my friends
and family, I have been traveling and sharing in the interest of
missions since January 1985. I am thankful for the people
around the world He is enabling me to touch. God asks each for our
lives, in one way or another, and I'm glad that God is faithful just
like the song says, "For every little thing we do, He gives so much
in return, if our hearts desire is to do all He asks."
Born in Tamale, Ghana, to missionary parents, Marsha has spent most
of her life in Africa.
Her fluency in seven languages is second only to her extraordinary
ability to communicate with people. Her vivacious personality
coupled with the anointing of the Holy Spirit transcends all barriers.
As a wife and mother, she will win your heart with her humor and
honesty. You will be thrilled at the accounts of God's incredible
provision for Marsha and her family while in Africa, and deeply
moved by her testimony of the miracle birth and healing of her son
Itinerating in the U.S. on the way back to the Congo in 1970
Marsha's father preached
many sermons many years ago as a pastor and as a missionary
Marsha resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Doug
and her son Isaac (and her poodle Peanut).
Marsha and Doug have
recently adopted a young boy from the country of Kazakhstan,
She still has a heart for missions, traveling overseas on occasions.
She speaks almost every week as the Lord opens the doors.
Music also plays a large part in her ministry. Her music
is contemporary yet traditional with a very clear message pointing
to Jesus. Marsha may make you laugh or cry, but in everything
she does she will lead you to the feet of Jesus, and when touched
by Him, you will never be the same!
From October 2007 to the end of 2012, Marsha served as the Women's Ministry Director for
Peninsular Florida's district of the Assemblies of God.