Mighty Men Tartan

Testimony Time 

 An excerpt from a Gateway News article!

Mighty Ma!! 
Mighty Woman of God

As we are about to celebrate International Woman`s Day, the Mighty Men of South Africa paid tribute to OUR very own Mighty Ma, Ina Murison.
(Ina Murison-McGowan)

Ina was born and raised in Cape Town. ‘I am a true blue Capey’ she always says.
Her childhood was marred with tragedy and pain. She was born with a leg disorder and spent most of her first 7 years in hospital.
Her interaction and being spoiled by the men in the men`s ward would have a huge impact on her later life.
‘It was a very lonely time and place for a little girl and I grew up having to fight for my place in society and having to defend for myself in a grown up world”
Many years and 9 operations (bone marrow transplant and transplanting a piece of her hip bone to her leg to lengthen it) later made her into a very independent human being.
The years in hospital molded her personality and character.
‘It was so hard for me to hand over my life to Jesus, not the believing part, as that is what my parents taught me and how I was brought up but purely because I was so used to having to make decisions and defending for myself at a very very early age, surrender and letting Him take over was foreign to me, and difficult. `

When she was 16 years old she had her encounter with Jesus where she submitted her life to Him and was saved.
`I was asked by a friend why I was limping. I haven`t noticed this myself before.
I was experiencing lower back pain but not enough to go back to a doctor.
It was during a church service that I asked the minister to pray for me.
He had me sitting on a chair, holding my two legs up and in his hands when he and the rest of the congregation saw and realized that my one leg was shorter than the other.
They laid hands on me and prayed over me leg. I saw with my own eyes how my left leg moved to be the same length as the right one. This was quite painful. I then realized that it was time to let Jesus take over!!
This was 46 years ago. `

From an early age Ina always wanted to travel and was planning a career doing just that.
But her plan was not God`s plan.
She soon embarked on the tricky and hard road of becoming a police officer in the South African Police ending with 25 years of achievements and accolades second to none.
She was the first Police Woman in Cape Town.
She was the founder member of the most publicized and ground breaking Child Protection Unit and was awarded Police Officer of the year in 1994, just to name a few.
She was/is well loved by her colleagues but she is also known as a no nonsense woman!
Often ignoring and defying protocol by making a stand when and where it matters!
Some of her colleagues said that when Ina spoke even the Generals stood to attention and they would rather took the 5
th amendment as they would say in the USA. 
NOTHING ever stopped her if she believed in a cause.

At the tender age of 33 Ina`s husband passed away and she was left raising her two children alone.
She soon became The Universal Mother, looking after the children of the World whilst serving at the Child Protection Unit.

After retiring from the SAPD, she was, as a trustee of the SAPD`s Rondeberg Resort in Clanwilliam, appointed resort manager.
Ina stayed in a 'shack' with NO electricity, NO running water and NO ablution facilities in order to get the resort off the ground and give the policemen a safe haven where they could come to `relieve stress`.
Here she once again had the opportunity to interact and mentor the (sometimes very broken and hurt) men who visited the resort for peace and solace.

As a woman she has always had a big heart and affinity for her ‘boys’ as she calls the men in her life (her dad, her late husband, her male colleagues in the SAPD, son and now the Mighty Men of South Africa).
Acknowledging their hardships, etc. hence her drive to try and teach men to take back their rightful place in their families through the Mighty Men Conferences.
She soon earned the title Mighty Ma or MMI (Mighty Ma Ina)
She lives, eats, sleeps (well tries to sleep) Jesus.
‘The freedom it brings to ‘hand over’ your live to Jesus is so liberating’, she says.

Now she is sharing her Faith with the World through the World`s only registered Christian Tartan, the iconic Mighty Men Tartan.
The only cloth besides the Shroud of Turin (if you believe in it or not) that proclaims Jesus and tells the story of His death and resurrection.
When she decided to design this tartan, she was guided by God. The design comes directly from scripture, to bring to the world the most amazing tool to share His Word and proclaiming Jesus Christ.
Wear your Faith Boldly became the slogan for the tartan.
Ina supports everything and anything to do with Jesus and the tartan is now being worn in 23 countries.

`My path was pre-determined to get to THIS point. 
And staying close to God`s direction, the road, through all the major humps and bumps, is/has been easy` 
Even when life threw her curve balls in losing both her parents and then her husband, Barry who died, she buckled down, bit the bullet and got even more determined to do her bit. 
`Right let’s move on` and `bring it on` are just a few of her famous sayings.

And today, it is with that same drive and shear commitment that she has become the Mighty Ma of an Angus Buchan`s Mighty Men Conference!
She is the BIG drive behind the first Mighty Men Conference that was held in the Western Cape in 2015, 2016 and the up and coming 2017 conference.
A directive she got from Uncle Angus whilst visiting him on his farm.
She simply stated “Let’s make this happen”!!!

She is unstoppable when it comes to her love and commitment to her father, Jesus Christ. 
Her story and conviction for peace and Unity is one of how ONE woman can make a difference!

She is not an astronaut, a scientist or a politician. 
Just one ORDINARY woman called by God to do His EXTRA ORDINARY work!
She is a woman with deep rooted principles, a stalwart, dedicated, reliable, trustworthy, vigorous, steadfast and unwavering.

She does not like to be photographed nor does she seek any accolades.
On receiving an Award of Appreciation from Unashamedly Ethical she simply said............it takes teamwork and I am here to serve!!

Join her at the Mighty Men Conference, Western Cape
www.mightymen.capetown