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

1 comment:

  1. Love the blog. Miss and love you both. Can't wait to see what happens to Keoni. -Curlers, Joshua