Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Preparing to leave...



Aloha, friends and family!

Believe it or not, we are wrapping up week 12 of our lecture phase here in Kona. It’s been tough, but it’s been good. In exactly 3 days from now we will be on a jet plane headed to Curitiba, Brazil (well, first we stop in Los Angeles, jump on a plane to DC, head for Sao Paulo, and then to Curitiba). 34 hours of traveling…yaayyy!

Over the last few weeks we have had speakers teach on freedom through Christ, Holy Spirit, relationships/submission, our identity in Christ and evangelism. It was all good stuff, but I would like to share with you just a few things that really blew me (Lisa) away. First of all, do any of you realize how much we feel entitled to on a daily basis (i.e. eating what, living where, sleeping when we want) when really the only thing we are entitled to based on our own merit is death (Romans 6:23)? Anything else we get is “cake” as Pete Mahoney put it. We are sinful creatures and yet God still lavishes us with gifts thanks to Jesus Christ. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights…” James 1:17. I am quite convicted of complaining. Another thing that really hit me was the fact that Jesus, also known as God, the Creator of all things, chose to humble Himself and came down to live on this earth as a human being just for you and me. The part that really got me though was the realization that He did this knowing that He would be in human form forever (Philippians 3:20-21). Now that is a selfless and loving God. And then there is Peter. The fact that Peter watched his wife, his love, being crucified on a cross and the whole time yelled, “Remember Christ,” in order to comfort her just renders me speechless. Remember Who it is that you are dying for. I mean, the faith this man had in order to respond in this way just amazes me. His passion and love for Jesus astounds me. Then when it was his turn to be crucified he had them nail him upside down on the cross because he felt he was not worthy to die like his King (Jesus). Wow.

I also want to share our most recent community outreach story involving a wild man, an ex-nun, a seemingly normal guy from Michigan and us (along with Matthias, the German) in a hotel room, but that will have to wait until our next blog.

As I mentioned already, we leave for Brazil in just 3 short days, on Christmas. We are super excited to get there and get started. We will be focusing on the following 7 themes of the Call2All movement: Church Planting, Houses of Prayer, 4k Mapping, Compassion, Evangelism, Unreached People Groups and Oral Learners. We will further explain each theme as we move along in them. Please continue to pray for us and our team. We are desperate for spiritual covering in the following areas: traveling mercies, physical health, team unity and continued grace in our marriage.

We love and miss you all, but take comfort in knowing that we are exactly where He wants us right now. It seems that He is calling us to Kona for a longer term once we return from Brazil. We believe we know the plan, but are not 100% positive at this point and will let you all know as soon as it is confirmed!

Merry Christmas to you all. We pray the peace and joy of the Lord over you and your household. Happy birthday, Jesus!

Love,

Morgan and Lisa

Monday, December 6, 2010

The 50th



Dear Friends and Family,

We just wrapped up an exciting week. This week we celebrated Youth With A Mission’s 50th anniversary. The base hosted a conference to celebrate God’s goodness, what He’s done (and is doing) through YWAM, as well as some recent innovations that will accelerate our call to every tribe, tongue and nation.
Some of the highlights were the different worship leaders, Polynesian dancers (especially the fire dancers), a message from Joy Dawson, and listening to some outrageous stories of God’s miraculous provision and workings. Oh, and Lisa and I got to take part in the opening ceremony. I carried the Lithuanian flag, and Lisa carried Syria’s flag.

At the beginning of the week I felt the Lord lead me to Psalm 92: “… It is good to declare Your loving kindness in the morning and Your faithfulness every night.” I began to meditate on the word faithfulness, and how faithful Jesus is to us. Throughout the week I felt the gentle nudge of the Spirit to return to Psalm 92 and the word “faithfulness” kept coming to my mind. I began to think about how the Lord calls us all to a particular work and how we have to be faithful to that. I thought of how when Loren Cunningham, the founder of YWAM, was in his early twenties he saw a vision of waves crashing into the nations and the waves were young people. Loren followed God’s leading and because of his faithfulness to God it opened the door for others to be faithful to God’s voice and now there are YWAM bases in 150 countries spread out all over the earth. I thought of my own story. If Steven Sanchez had never decided to follow Jesus I don’t think I would be. If Chris Cannon had never decided to leave Hope Chapel and start King’s Harbor Church my father probably wouldn’t be walking with Jesus (shoot, he probably wouldn’t be alive) and I probably wouldn’t be married to my beautiful wife. It is amazing that we get to partner with God’s faithfulness. When we are obedient to the call of Jesus, even in tiny things, it has the potential to change countless lives and situations. My mind is being blown by this thought even as I write.

Anyways, in three weeks we are off to Brazil. Pray for the nation for there is lots of turmoil. The military is currently in Rio clearing the drug lords out of the slums in preparation for the 2012 Olympics. I wonder where they expect the drug lords to go?

Please also pray for Lisa and I. We have been offered to work as staff (still unpaid, everything is volunteer based) in a couple of Discipleship Training Schools in April. We feel God moving us in a direction, but we want to make sure it is right. Pray for guidance for us. Also, if you feel like God has spoken to you about us feel free to e-mail or call us. We appreciate people’s input.

We pray that all of you would know Jesus as the Prince of Peace during this crazy season.

In Christ (man He is good),

Morgan and Lisa Keach

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving,Foundations, Shenanegins



Hey All,
Happy Thanksgiving!

We have had a plethora of speakers the last several weeks. I would like to highlight a teaching we received on foundations from Don Gillman. A foundation is what we use to determine morality, decision making, etc. Basically, Don went through different foundations we have, and what our foundation should be. Here are the different foundations. Rationalism: we rely on logic (this would affect areas relating to faith). Empiricism: we base our perception of reality around how we feel. Authoritarian: we are affected by what people in power think (think of getting pulled over by a cop when we have done nothing wrong yet we still freak out). Cultural: we base our understanding of what is right or wrong on how our culture does things.

The Bible should be our foundation. We should determine what is right or wrong based on it, not on how we feel, what we understand, or what anyone else tells us. Anything we decide should line up with it and if doesn’t we should not be doing or supporting that thing (whatever it is). If you feel like God is telling you to do something but it is totally irrational, such as quit your job and join a mission organization, make sure it is really God, make sure it is biblical, and then do it.
There are a lot of ideas floating around there as to what it means to be saved. Some people “feel” (empiricism) that they might be a good person so heaven is owed to them. Or they might rationally deduce that they will inherit eternal life because they go to church a lot (or because they give big tips). The Word of God says that if you “confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and if you believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Even still, you may have believe and confessed but there are nagging thoughts that state you are not saved, then that is probably not God’s voice. That would be the not so sweet voice of condemnation and “there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh but to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). My point is not to preach at you all but to give a simple and practical example of having a biblical foundation. We allow ourselves to be ruled by ideas that flow from our emotions or own rationality and we miss out on the truths that are available to us in the Bible, and it can have some severe consequences.

Lisa and I are doing really well. It is really strange that we are here in Hawaii training to be missionaries. One year ago we had no idea that we would be doing this. Living here has had its share of challenges (let’s face it, we are surrounded by 18/19 year-olds), but all in all we feel that God called us here and that we might be here for a while. Preparations for Brazil are coming along rather nicely. Believe it or not, we will be there one month from now (you better believe it). Community outreaches have been going well. We have seen a broken leg healed, a blind eye opened, encounters with some crazies that are able (somehow) to quote scripture perfectly (yet manage to completely twist it), and most importantly a few people committing their lives to Jesus.

We hope your Thanksgiving goes well for you. We really, really, really wish we could be there with you all (last year we were in Haiti).

Please pray for:
1) Grace and mercy in our marriage
2) More of Jesus in our lives (He makes everything way better)
3) More salvations, healings, deliverance!
4) Curitiba, Brazil: For unity of our team.
5) Pray for finances to come in.
God’s richest blessings on all of you. We pray that His peace would be in your hearts, no matter what you are facing, and that you would find rest in Jesus.

Morgan and Lisa Keach


PS Thank you Steven Sanchez for the AAAAmazing lion’s head ring (I will post a picture next time).
PPS Matias, enjoy the snap button denim shirt that you “borrowed”( I am sure Jess will learn to love it) I am sorry that I tattled on you to mom.
PPPS Congratulations Ian on winning a trip to Oahu for the Pipeline Masters. The Turtle Bay Hilton looks ridiculous (you are blessed).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Greetings, family and friends!

We have just completed week 5 and are amazed at how quickly our time is going by. The week began splendidly with a celebration of our 2nd anniversary. How time flies when you are having fun! It may be that most wives think this, but I married THE most amazing man (other than Jesus, of course).

One night a week our whole class goes out on a community outreach. Basically we go on a “treasure hunt.” For those of you that don’t know what that is, here it is: We break into small groups and pray. We ask God to lead us to a particular person He wants us to talk to, pray for, etc. As we pray the Lord will give us words or visions, such as “green Polo shirt,” “Mike,” and “Bongo Ben’s,” though it’s not always that clear. The group will then head over to Bongo Ben’s looking for a guy wearing a green Polo shirt whose name is Mike. It’s totally awesome and super exciting when you find the person and minister to him or her! We also just walk around waiting for the Spirit to lead us to someone random. We have talked to and prayed for some pretty lonely and lost souls (alcoholism, drug abuse, homosexuality, domestic abuse and teen pregnancy are rampant on the island) and also for people with sicknesses and injuries. This past Tuesday I approached a woman on crutches. The moment I mentioned the word prayer a look of disgust flashed across her husband’s face and he said, “No, we’re okay,” and they walked away. I found myself feeling a bit hurt and realized that it was not because I got rejected, but because the look on the man’s face showed how hardened and disgusted he was by the things of God. If only he REALLY knew our God! I prayed for them anyways. On a different outreach night we felt led to talk with a young local man, Keoni, who was hanging out on the seawall with a group. All of the guys in the group left when we came up because they knew us as YWAMers and one of them even advised Keoni to “run!” It was the same guy that exclaimed, “God’s claimed all the hot chicks!” a few moments earlier. Anyways, we asked Keoni his name and asked him a few questions about himself. He was very obviously high on drugs and even proceeded to complete a drug deal right in front of us. We asked if we could pray for him and if there was anything in particular he wanted prayer for. He said, “To turn my life around.” We began to pray for him and in doing so felt that we were suppose to give him a demonstration of God’s love, so we told him to pray for the Holy Spirit. We led Keoni in prayer and afterwards he said that he felt “lighter.” It was obvious that he was having a hard time articulating his feelings, most likely because he was high out of his mind. Still, a seed was planted!

In regards to our outreach in Brazil, we are still waiting on the details. We are all getting super excited though because it is less than two months away and will be there before we know it. We have a really amazing team that gets along really well and all are just on fire for the Lord! It is so cool to see each person growing and being stretched as each day goes by. Some of the kids here (I say “kids” because we have people as young as 17 years-old on our team. We range from 17 – 40 and represent 11 different nations!) have just amazed Morgan and me with their desire to lay down their lives and go and do WHATEVER God asks of them. We have a real team of warriors!

As always, your prayers and support are so deeply appreciated. Our weeks are long and exhausting. The Enemy has been attacking from every angle possible. We will continue to fight the good fight and know that your prayers are fueling our fire. PLEASE continue to pray! Here are some prayers points:
1) That God would pave the way for our time in Brazil.
2) For grace and mercy in our marriage.
3) For physical and spiritual health.
4) That the Lord would reveal Himself in a mighty way to Keoni.

To Him be the glory,

Morgan and Lisa

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Father Heart of God


Hey everyone,

We are halfway through week four. We have been learning about the Father heart of God, which is a very heavy subject. It’s not very complex, but incredibly deep. As people have been sharing they begin to weep, and then we as a class have been ministering to people as the Holy Spirit leads. We have witnessed incredible breakthrough in our classmate’s lives (praise God). The whole week has been heavy and we have been feeling physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained.
Today we witnessed a breakthrough of the Lord’s love into our lives. After lecture we had a two hour prayer/worship meeting and the Lord led me to Psalms 126, a scripture I have been sitting with for a few days (I will post the short Psalm at the bottom). I felt like we had sowed tears all week and finally we were going to reap joy. The worship kept building and building, and I had an impression that we were singing with angels. The presence of the Lord was incredibly strong. After 40 or so minutes of worship I got flooded with the joy of the Lord and it spread all over the room. It was truly incredible. People who had been broken and were sobbing all week began laughing, dancing, and worshipping the Lord with reckless abandon. Hallelujah!

We will be heading off to Curitiba, Brazil December 25th -ish, and will be heading back here mid-March. Currently there is not a lot of clarity as to the specifics of what we will be doing. We know for sure that we will be doing the following things:
1) Evangelism. 2) Working with the street kids in the favelas (slums). 3) Mobilizing prayer. We will either come beside or establish a house of prayer. In fact, the first thing we will do in Curitiba is hold a 72 hour prayer meeting. 4) We will probably wear funny make-up and do skits in the center of the city (it is YWAM!). 5) We will be doing other stuff as well. I will let you know when we know.

Thank you all for your prayers and support. This has been an exhausting week. We have got to minister to some of our classmates who have battled some very disturbing and traumatic things. On top of that the Lord has also been bringing up issues in our lives. We are exhausted, but joyful.

I also want to state that we still need to raise some more money for the outreach phase. We are amazed at how God has financed this thing and some of the random people that have supported us, as well as friends and family that have blessed us with monthly contributions, but we are still short $1,000. Please pray about whether you should support us. If you feel led to then you can send the money to my (Morgan’s) parents at :
4702 Newton St. Torrance, Ca. 90505 You can make checks out to Morgan or Lisa Keach.

Also I just wanted to share that we have seen a lot of miracles since coming here. We have seen a lot of minor healings (head aches, sprains, muscle pulls, lymphnode) which I think are a mere shadow of what He will do with us on outreach (and beyond). We have also seen miraculous financial provision. A boy in our class from Palau (a small island in the pacific) needed to raise 4,800 dollars by Friday. After lots of prayer the money (somehow) came in today… all of it! If you need healing, or are struggling with finances feel free to e-mail us: lilkeach@gmail.com and we would gladly pray to Jesus for your breakthrough.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers, support, thoughts, e-mails, and Facebook messages.

Lisa and Morgan Keach
P.S. please pray for our relationship with Jesus, our marriage, our sanity, our trip to Curitiba and that the Lord would go before us and establish His good work there. AMEN

P.P.S We really miss you guys… and Burnout Beach.
Psalm 126
A Song of Ascents.
1 When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
3 The LORD has done great things for us,
And we are glad.

4 Bring back our captivity, O LORD,
As the streams in the South.

5 Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
6 He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dear friends and family,
Bless the Lord all my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Psalm 104:1

It is with great excitement that we announce that Lisa is pregnant! Just Kidding, but now that I have got your attention I would like to inform you of where we will be going on outreach. On Friday the 14th we were told the outreach locations and given 15 minutes to pray about it and hear from God. I didn’t want to wait until Friday afternoon, so on Thursday I prayed and asked God to show Lisa or me in a dream where we would be going (I didn’t tell Lisa that I prayed that). On Friday I woke up and Lisa said, “That’s funny, I had a dream that we were ministering in Brazil.”
“Weird,” I didn’t tell her about the prayer, I was feeling playful. So we went to the classroom and Athol, our school leader, announced the locations: the Philippines, Brazil, and South Africa. We were told to go pray.
So Lisa and I prayed. I immediately had peace about Brazil. Lisa was a little confused and said she thought Brazil, but wasn’t certain. She didn’t want to confuse her desires with the voice of the Lord. We prayed again, and she felt the same way. I grabbed a rock and put it behind my back and told her to pick a hand. If she picks the hand with the rock then we are going to Brazil (I was very confident that we were going there). Lisa felt the Holy Spirit lead her into picking my left hand… which had the rock in it. I then told Lisa how I prayed that one of us would have a dream about the outreach location. We went back and told the leaders. Somehow the leaders already knew that’s where we would be going, and asked us to help lead the group as “student leaders.” We are going to Curitiba (Cood a cheeba), Brazil!
As some of you know, Lisa has already spent time in Brazil and she has a big heart for the place. Lisa’s step-grandparents actually live in Curitiba.
I will write another blog within the next week about what we will be doing in Curitiba and how you can help pray for us, our team, and the location.

Prayer requests:
1) That God would go before us in Curitiba.
2) For grace and mercy in our marriage.
3) For physical and spiritual health (we have been feeling exhausted lately).
4) Pray for Tom, a friend who is going to Brazil with us. Tom taught at a school in one of the Dakota’s before coming here. Two of his former students were killed this week.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support. We love and miss all of you, especially Burnout Beach.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not His benefits. Psalm 104:2
With love,
Morgan and Lisa Keach

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

1st week


1st Week done:

Our first week of lectures is over. Mark Anderson, the President of Call2All, was our speaker. Check out: call2all.org for more information on the organization that’s primary goal is to complete the Great Commission. You can also listen to this week’s teachings by Mark Anderson at:
http://call2all.org/Media/AllMedia.aspx (be warned: the teachings are super intense).
Mark spoke on a number of topics: Who we are in Christ (II Peter 1), End Times, how to live by the Spirit (Romans 8), what it really means to be a follower of Christ (this really shook us all up), and the dangers of humanism.
A great article on humanism is by Derek Prince: http://www.pastornotes.com/notes/278.pdf . If you are interested in humanism and how it relates to our particular age check out Derek’s message from 1994, it is still very much relevant.
It was a very heavy week, but one that challenged us greatly.

Tuesday was a good night. Mark held a special ministry night for us. He prayed for us to receive the Holy Spirit. What happened as he laid hands on us and prayed was amazing. I jumped to the front of the room because I was hungry for it. The Holy Spirit came crashing into the room pretty heavily. Some of us cried, some of us laughed, some laid down, some rocked, some spoke in unknown tongues, and some jerked as they were filled with the Holy Spirit. One of the students, an 18 year old from Switzerland, kneeled on the floor and cried for an hour. He later told us of how he was partying at home, came here as a last ditch effort to connect with God, and that night was the first time that he really felt God and knew that He is real (praise God).

All in all we are really enjoying our time here. I feel that the Lord has graced our class with a special bond. We seem to be getting along rather well in such a short amount of time. It’s as if the Lord is meshing us together. We are grateful to all of you for supporting us through prayer, finances and encouraging words. We can feel God’s peace in the school and in our marriage. God is good, His plans are good, and there is no better place to live than the center of His will.

Prayer requests:
1) God's grace in pur marraige
2) For guidance, that we would hear Him clearly (this Friday we pray about our outreach locations. Basically they tell us the three locations and we are given 15 minutes to hear from God).
3) Continuing hunger for Him
Thanks and God Bless

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Why Kona?


Lisa and are going to Kona, Hawaii in less than a week. We have decided to join Youth With a Mission. YWAM is a mission organization that began 50 years ago out of Los Angeles and now has bases worldwide. One of their biggest bases is in Kona, Hawaii. The base also doubles as a university called University of the Nations.

Lisa went to visit her friend Stephanie in Kona last summer. When she got back she claimed that we were "suppose" to move to Kona. I was like, "Sure we are." Besides, why would I want to leave the South Bay and go to Hawaii. Torrance is 1,000 times better than Hawaii! Is there a Bull Pen in Kona? No! Is Burnout beach in Kona? I doubt it. Is there a Redondo Pier in Kona? Lisa wasn't able to find one. Is Kona known for its beautiful weather and a copious amount of parks? Once again, that is Torrance!

I believe my response to Lisa was, "If we are suppose to move to Kona then the Lord will show me a double rainbow." I don't know why I said it. Either way, a few days later I stumbled upon a double rainbow. I couldn't help but think that maybe we were going to move to Kona.

After a trip to Haiti and to Kansas City, a few visions, a couple of "random" events, etc. we decided that we felt God was calling us to join YWAM in Kona. (It is kind of a long story... maybe I will write the full thing out one day).