Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting...


Hallelujah! As Morgan and I have reflected on our first 3 years of marriage we have realized and are SO thankful for how easy God has made it on us. What I mean is, He made promises about different things and made good on them straight away; we asked Him for guidance on things (big and small) and He answered right then and there; we asked for confirmation and He gave it…we never really had to do much waiting. Boy has that changed! Since our return from outreach back in September we have had to do MUCH waiting. It has been a tough couple of months with tears, frustration, and even confusion (we’ve had a couple of baby scares…we are about to pack everything up and move to a new room for the 3rd time since we’ve been back…we don’t have a car, which makes doc appointments, etc. quite difficult…really missing home…). To be honest, it has been a bit harder than usual to “forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead…to press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Thankfully, our God is ALWAYS good and ALWAYS faithful and we are holding on to those truths. He has spoken to us and made promises about our baby, housing, finances, a car and we KNOW that they will be fulfilled. Regardless, He is taking this time to refine and strengthen us…to help us better understand what Paul meant when he said, “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him…” Philippians 3:8-9 Tough, but good. As we wait for the arrival of our baby boy we feel that he is symbolic of all else that is “gestating.” Like him, we don’t want any of the other gifts to come early, but rather in God’s perfect timing. So, we WILL keep our eyes on the prize and trust in our faithful Dad.
Thank you for your prayers and encouraging words as we go through this time. You are truly, truly appreciated. Please let us know how we can pray for you as well. I absolutely love receiving messages from home most especially lately since my heart has been longing to be there.
Here are some prayer points:
1) for the health of our little man as he continues to be knit together
2) for grace in our housing situation
3) that the perfect car will come in at the perfect time
4) for wisdom and grace as we (mostly Morgan) continue to teach and disciple the little ones here on campus
5) for a willingness, joy, and peace in our hearts as we continue here

Love and blessings,

Morgan, Lisa, and Baby Boy Keach

"...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kids do the darndest things!


One of the boys in our class had an amazing experience the other day. His mom had come home from class, she is in the Crossroads Discipleship Training School (which is geared towards older singles and families). The speaker that week is an out there Holy Spirit guy. When this guy comes to town people end up with gold teeth in there mouths, gold dust appears on hands and faces, people encounter God in ways that seriously change there perspective on things. Our students mother came home and had gold dust on her hand. It was there all day; she showered, did laundry, homework, still there! Our student (who is a 6 year old rambunctious boy named James) said that he too wanted "gold dust". So they prayed and sure enough gold dust appeared on both of his hands. He prayed for several of our students who than also received the unusual manifestation. Later that day, after all of these cool experiences, James attempted to stab Ben (another student) in the eye with an orange colored pencil because he got a little upset with him. There may be a moral to this story but I will leave it to you to decide what it is.

Morgan

Saturday, November 5, 2011

What Now?

Hebrews 11 verses: 14People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

So Lisa is due in January, we are done with the DTS, we have been going strong for over a year. It would make sense for us to go home, spend time with family, have the baby, and try to raise some prayer and financial support, but God said to stay put in Hawaii and made it very clear. I was praying one day about whether or not we should go home and I felt God direct me to the book of Hebrews chapter 11 verses 13-16. I don’t believe it could be any clearer than that!
So then what will we do until April when the next DTS starts? We will be working for the next few months with the Foundations School. What is the Foundations School? When married couple come and do a DTS and they have kids, their kids will go through Foundations School. It is basically a Discipleship Training School for children. Each week the students will come work on their regular schooling, and then we will cover a topic that their parents will be learning in their DTS. Topics such as: hearing God’s voice, the Father heart of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, etc. will all be covered. On top of that Lisa and I can cover any topic we feel needs to be addressed. For example, if we feel the students need to learn about their identity in Christ (what God created each of us uniquely for), we can do it.
After our last DTS Lisa and I were convicted about not being more specific with prayer requests. This time around we want to have our students and co-workers covered in prayer. Please pray for us and for our students. We will provide a list of each student’s name and needs as we go.
Lisa and I are responsible for teaching 6 to 8 year-olds. Two of which have special needs. One student is 8 but has the mental ability of a 4 year-old. Another student, age 7, refuses to eat breakfast, lunch, and even snacks. We have no idea why. Pray that Jesus would gently uncover the root of this problem.
Our students are Torin, Keira, Katie, Benjamin, Marcus, and Kaleb.

Thank you all so much for praying for us. We appreciate your continued support.

Personally, we long to come home, especially as we prepare to have our boy. But God is clear, and we trust that He knows best.

Also, please continue to pray that all of our support comes in as everyone in YWAM has to raise their own support.

God bless you all,

LOVE,

MORGAN, LISA, AND BABY BOY

PS We would love to hear from you. If you have a prayer request or anything, please drop us a line and we would love to pray for you or just hear about how you are doing.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Our Time In Aotearoa (New Zealand)


Greetings from Hawaii! We just got back from the land of the long white cloud, Aotearoa (New Zealand).
We spent our time here relaxing, eating lots of fried fish, bundling up in warm clothes (there is no central heating in New Zealand, and we are in the beginning of spring), worshipping Jesus, praying, and of course planning for the next three to five years. We got some exciting ideas out onto the table, which I will list at the bottom of the page. One of the main things that happened as we all came together to worship, pray, and strategize is that the Lord dealt with our hearts. One of the biggest things we all heard is that we need to be all in or go home. “Go big or go home” is what Lisa heard. The Lord wants our hearts primarily. We could do all kinds of “great things,” but if we are not madly in love with Him and our hearts and minds are in other places then we might as well all go home.

Some of the things that we discussed and that are in the works is : A ministry tour of the west coast and mid-west of the US in which we will visit the churches, families, and supporters of the A-PAC staff team; doing a mobile DTS through Micronesia; begin partnering with other mission organizations such as Wycliffe and the Seed Project; we would like to work with YWAM Marine Reach (a boat ministry) to go out and do evangelism, and mercy ministries amongst the isolated islands in the Pacific; we want to start sending out our staff to teach in the Pacific (primarily in YWAM schools, but also where other opportunities present themselves). In addition, our sister school in New Zealand will begin sending Pacific Islanders into Canada to work with the First Nation peoples there.

The Lord has put a lot on the hearts of our staff and much of it is still unclear as to how they will happen. We will continue to pray and seek God in regards to how these things will come about and for His perfect timing. A big thing we learned while meeting in New Zealand is that A-PAC is much more than a DTS that runs 6 months out of the year. It is a “machine” that will begin pumping out many more ministries and the DTS is a catalyst for something even bigger that God is doing, so we will begin stepping out into those things!

Thank you for all of your prayers. We met with God and He really worked on our hearts, and shared with us His unique calling for our ministry.
Special shout out to Steven and Michelle Sanchez who are in Dubai. Check out their blog: www.mexicansinthemiddleeast.blogspot.com

Please continue to pray for us as we transition back into life in Kona, and as Lisa gets ready to birth our little guy (more on that later).

Thank you all,

Morgan and Lisa

Oh, and for those of of you that haven't had a chance to take a look at this video of the mini-DTS we ran in Tahiti, check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-mbDgZpnGs&feature=share

Monday, October 3, 2011

Kia Ora


Kia Ora (Maori for welcome/hello/thank you),

I pray that this post finds you all well. Lisa and I are in beautiful, but cold, New Zealand. Our Asia Pacific (A-Pac) staff is in south Auckland at a YWAM base planning for the next… three to five years! Three to five years is a scary thought. As we plan and strategize Lisa and I are praying to see what part we are to play in this. I am asking that you all pray for us as we meet, worship, pray, listen, and discuss what we believe God is speaking to us as a staff.
Please pray for:
1) unity
2) for our hearts to be open and soft towards God
3) For us to hear clearly what the Lord is speaking
4) For Lisa and I to know what part we are to play and for how long


Without vision the people cast off restraint (or perish). Please pray for us that we get the vision of the Lord for God’s plan for us for Aisa, the Pacific, and wherever else in the world He might have us working. Thank you all so much for your prayers.

Kia Ora,

Lisa, Morgan, and Baby Boy Keach

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tahiti Final Thoughts, DTS graduation, New Zealand


“Before you guys came I thought that only special people could hear God’s voice, only pastors could pray for the sick and evangelize. But now I know that I can hear God’s voice, heal the sick and evangelize. This is the message my people need to hear”. This is what JJ, a young Tahitian guy, told me before we left his beautiful island nation. JJ represents, to me, a nation that is hungry for the deeper things of God. There has been a lot of religion in French Polynesia, but the people are wanting something more.
We were surprised by the darkness that surrounds Tahiti. There is a lot of incest, family feuds, mormon temples, rape, and a lot of witchcraft. I was so surprised by the darkness that permeates the honeymoon island of Moorea. There is a sadness that rests on the place. But God is doing something special in this nation. Four guys are planning on doing DTS's and two girls. Two boys started a prayer meeting at there high school that is growing.People got healed, saved, delivered. It was pretty awesome. God is on the move!

When we got back to Kona the gears changed rapidly. We were the last team to return. We had teams in Japan, India, Papua New Guinea/Palau/Guam, and of course us in French Polynesia. We began de-briefing our students by processing the experiences they had. It was so encouraging hearing the stories of miracles, salvations, struggles, and changed lives in the different nations. It was also great seeing the change in some of the students. Some of the students literally looked different. Some looked happier, some a little underweight (they went to India), some looked overweight (they went to Japan), some seemed more mature, and some much more tan (we went to Tahiti!). DTS is a powerful tool to help people meet God and go deeper. I am surprised at how Jesus uses these six months to totally change people. Pray about doing one!
It was bittersweet as we graduated our students. These were people we spent 3 and six months with, and shared life changing experiences with. We had a lot of tearful goodbyes. One thing that I learned from Phd Timothy D. Beck (aka Dave) is that you need to fully invest yourself into every relationship. It sure makes some painful goodbyes, but it is a sure sign that you invested all that you could into that relationship, and it was what Jesus did.

All in all I feel that Lisa and I were able to live up to the vision God gave us. Our desire is to teach young people (or anyone) to know God in a deeper way than they already do. Whether it is to hear God’s voice, to pray and worship, principles of spiritual warfare, gifts of the Holy Spirit, etc. We were able to impart what we have learned to our students, and to several of the young Tahitian boys and girls. It is so exciting to teach someone to pray for the sick and to see them do it and get results. Or to hear God’s voice and than they share with you all that Jesus is speaking to them. What a privilege we have.

We head to New Zealand on Monday to meet with our Asia/Pacific staff for meetings, planning, and vision for the future. I will explain more later. Please pray with us:

1) Thank God for all that he has done in Tahiti, and in the lives of our students
2) For God’s grace as we travel to New Zealand
3) For finances to come in for our NZ trip
4) For our baby boy as he develops in the womb
5) And for God’s grace to keep going. We are kind of tired.

Thank you all so much for your prayers for us. We are fully aware that all of the breakthrough that we experienced is a result of all your partnering with us in prayer. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

With love,

Morgan Keach

Raitea




We just got back from the island of Raitea. Four Tahitian boys came with us. We stayed at an AOG church which has no pastor for five years. Satan shows up as a divider of houses on this island, there is no unity here.
I felt the Lord say to do a corporate fast for three days in order to see Him work miracles. So we did that, and did 2 prayer night watches. We went around the island praying for the Marae's (altars), including Taputapuatea (where the polynesian religion spread around the world). It was a really dark and creepy place. We got Joshua 6, the Walls of Jericho. We marched around the main altar and shouted after the 7th time. The boys marched around a seperate altar, which we found out was the place where they sent the warriors out from!
We did some evangelism at the airport, worshipped at the harbor, the beach, the mountain overlooking Tahaa and Bora Bora, and did alot of prayer.
The church had us do two services for worship and prayer, the people in Raitea are hungry for God. One day people showed up to the house to ask for prayer. It was really nice being able to pray for people all day.
One night Brent (a student of ours), JJ (Tahitian boy), and I prayed for a woman with stomach cancer. As we prayed she began weeping violently, she told us that as we prayed she felt fire burn in her stomach.

We sent Bo Ram (a student) with two Tahitian boys to the island of Tahaa (15 minutes by boat) after we prayed and felt only they were to go. They somehow met the ex-mayor of the island who drove them around the island to Marae's and high places where they worshipped and prayed. They were dropped off at the AOG church where a member drove them around to peoples houses for prayer. People were blessed, many of them cried, as they ministered to them. The people in Tahaa are hungry for God.

On Saturday night we got picked up and were asked to pray for a 27 year old guy with bone cancer. When we got there we found out the family is Mormon. They were a little shocked when they saw twenty evangelical/pentecostal christians come over. We had Roic ( Tahitian guy) play worship as we began praying. We all began praying, shouting, speaking in tongues, pulling things off of him in the spirit, commanding things to leave, all of the usual things you do. The family looked very uncomfortable. The young guy said that as we prayed for him immediately his headache left him (which he says only leaves with the help of drugs), and that he felt fire burn through his bones. We prayed again and spent some time giving him words. Hallelujah!
It was a fun and fruitful trip. Alhtough we rarely had water at the house which made things stinky, and a little dirty. It was worth it.

Lisa, Morgan, and Baby boy Keach

Sunday, September 11, 2011

One Fish



Twenty-five. That’s how many airplanes we have been on since this adventure started last September. Twenty-seven. That’s how many times we have packed and unpacked all our belongings this last year. This past year has been amazing and God has shown us His faithfulness time and time again and for that we are thankful. He has given us grace that we could not have done with out. Hallelujah! We have been to some beautiful places; met beautiful people; and have been part of bringing His kingdom to earth, which has been such a privilege. BUT, we are exhausted! This is not a complaint, but simply a fact. We have gone non-stop this past year and I have been pregnant for almost five months of it. It would be a lie if I said that I didn’t want to head back home to my family, friends and all that is familiar in Torrance after this. Morgan and I have prayed and asked the Lord if we can go home for my last trimester and have the baby there, but He has very clearly said no. It was a bit heartbreaking for me. Something else He has been clear about is that not only are we not to head home to LA, but we also are NOT suppose to head back to Kona and settle in after this last week of outreach is complete. He is now sending us to New Zealand for three weeks. I fought it and fought it, but He has spoken and Morgan and I want nothing more than to live in His will. SO, we go back to Kona on Monday to complete this DTS and graduate our students and then we get on another plane and head to New Zealand exactly one week later. Our entire Asia-Pacific staff (we have schools in Kona and NZ) is meeting there to strategize and pray to hear God’s vision for this upcoming year. After spending these last ten weeks traveling around the French Polynesian islands we KNOW that the people here are hungry and ripe and the Pacific is about to be set on fire! From this outreach alone there are two Tahitians heading to Kona next month for DTS; two in the process of completing their applications for January; and a handful more that are in serious prayer over God’s plan for their lives. The whole focus of Asia-Pacific is to raise up Pacific islanders and send them out as missionaries….it’s happening. Thank you, Jesus!
As we are wrapping things up here in Tahiti Morgan and I are living in the present and at the same time praying into the future. The life we are living is definitely one of dependence on God and His provision. He has been faithful to provide for each and every feat He has called us to and we know He will provide for this one. The Lord reminded Morgan of a story from Matthew 17. Jesus told Peter to go fishing and that the first fish he caught would contain the money that he would need to pay taxes. We feel that God has told us to “go fish” and that one “fish” would provide the finances we need for the New Zealand trip. This is us throwing out the fishing line, so we are asking that you would please pray and ask God if YOU ARE THAT FISH!
We love you and are truly thankful for your support this past year. Please keep us in your prayers and be sure to let us know if there is anything we can be interceding for on your behalf. Be filled with the peace and joy of Jesus!

Love,

Morgan, Lisa and Baby Boy Keach

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The End in Sight!






Hey everyone,

It looks like we are in the home stretch.
After an awesome week on the beautiful but dark Island of Moorea we said goodbye to four team members Friday night. Two girls headed back to New Zealand, and our older newlywed couple headed back to Hawaii for a conference. Our team is lighter and ready for action.

We headed to Moorea early Sunday the 21st. We spent the week working with an Assembly of God Church. Moorea feels very different from Tahiti. The people seem a little bit sad. We spoke with the pastor and he told us that on the island there is a lot of incest, alcoholism, and witchcraft. We spent a lot of time praying for people at homes, in the streets, and at the church. One night a church member asked for prayer because she has a lot of fear. As we spoke with her we found that she is controlled by this fear and that it wasn’t just your average everyday anxieties. We found that she was first plagued with this fear after she consulted a local “medicine” woman who said she had demons and needed to take a particular medicine. I asked if the lady was a witch. “Oh no, no, she isn’t a witch.” I don’t know any other word than “witch” to describe a lady that diagnoses people with having demons and prescribes herbal remedies. The lady said she was a Christian, so we thought it would be good to walk her through some declarations. When we had her repeat a particular phrase, she violently jerked her head down, and refused to participate anymore. She became unusually tired, and she was timid towards me and would every so often look at me with a look that could only be described as hatred. The pastor’s wife came over after a while and took her away, saying that she is too tired. How unfortunate that we couldn’t minister deliverance to the woman.

We finished the week with a night of worship and prayer on top of a mountain in our friend Papi Stevens’ “Tabernacle of David”. Papi owns the second biggest pineapple plantation on Moorea. In his love for Jesus he built a beautiful prayer house. It was a special time of worship, intercession, and seeking guidance for the remainder of our trip (we’ve been here 8 weeks and have 3 to go).

We look forward to heading over to the island of Raiatea next week. This is a very dark island, and we will desperately need your prayers as we go. We have been warned by numerous people to not go unless we get clear direction. We got it, so we are going. This week is a lighter ministry schedule and we see it as God giving us ample opportunity to pray and fast in preparation for Raiatea.

Please pray:
1) For wisdom as leaders
2) For our students to continue to chase after God
3) For our team as we travel and minister in Raiatea
4) For Lisa as she is pregnant with our BABY BOY! (that’s right, we are having a boy)

Thank you all so much! We are so blessed to have such supportive friends, and family. This lifestyle is so challenging, tiring, and stretching. But we wouldn’t trade it for anything. We are blessed to be following Jesus.

Love you all,

Lisa, Morgan, and BABY BOY Keach!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

We've Got "Followers!"



A lot of hang abouts:

Last week’s mini DTS went well. We saw major breakthrough as the week progressed. By the end of the week the students were dancing around the church going crazy for Jesus. We ended the week with worship on a plateau overlooking the island. The Holy Spirit was very present as the students cried out to Jesus. We felt to give an opportunity for students to dedicate there lives to Jesus. All of the students gave there lives to Jesus. We then prayed for the Holy Spirit to fill the students’ hearts. Students began laughing, crying, and some began prophesying over other students. Our host, Niuhiti, said she had never seen this happen at a church camp in Tahiti before, only at her YWAM base in Sydney Australia. Praise Jesus.

Since then we have moved to three different locations. As we have moved to these different locations some of the youth and some youth leaders from the church have followed us, and participated in the ministries we are working with. They are all young men, aged 16 to 30 (and one girl). Everywhere we have gone the boys follow us, set up their tents, pull out their guitars, and hang with us. It has been one of the highlights of our trip, not to mention it is visible proof that we are making a difference here.

Also, we just got back from an outreach at the opening ceremony of the Billabong Pro in Teahupoo. Some of the top surfers from around the world are here to compete in a big wave competition. In the morning we were praying for the surfers and one of our students began praying for their safety. I confess that I began criticizing her prayer in my head because I knew the contest didn’t start for another day. When we got to the ceremony we found out that one of the pro surfers was in the water that morning enjoying a surf when a shark almost bit off his hand. The shark barely missed him.

Things are good with us. Lisa’s stomach is growing everyday it seems. She is now four months pregnant, but everyone says her stomach is big for four months. I like to tease her and say that we are probably having twins (you never know). She has a tough time every now and then. Mostly because she is on a small, faraway island during her first pregnancy and misses family and friends (and Mexican food), but she knows this is where God has called us to be at this time and she finds hope, peace, and strength in that.


Thank you for your prayers. The grace of Jesus has been with us and we can feel His presence. He is speaking to us and moving in the lives of our students.
Please continue to pray for us.
1) For our baby to continue to grow without problems.
2) For our team to grow in passion for Jesus.
3) For wisdom as leaders.
4) For open doors for ministry.

Thank you all so much for all of your support. We love you all very much. Lisa particularly misses you all…and Mexican food.

In Christ,
Morgan and Lisa

PS It is kind of sad that when I talk to people and tell them that I work for a missionary organization they think I am a Mormon.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Giver of Gifts


God sure is good! I mean, He just never ceases to amaze me with His love and faithfulness. I don’t just mean with the big things either. He takes the time to care even about the tiny things that don’t matter to anyone else but me. For example, during our first two weeks here in Tahiti I was craving pizza like never before! You might be wondering why I didn’t just go get some, but it’s REALLY not that easy to do here in our situation. Anyways, I mentioned this quite a few times in those two weeks. I probably drove my husband crazy because on the Friday at the end of the 2nd week he prayed, “Lord, will you give my wife pizza today!” That night we had a community outreach event at the church and believe it or not, someone brought a pizza!! The following week I was craving chocolate chip cookies. I bought some at the store, but they tasted terrible. That Friday what did someone bring to the community outreach event? Yup, homemade chocolate chip cookies!! This last week I was craving apple pie (I even dreamed about it!). We are at a new location where we are running a weeklong mini-DTS for the youth from the church. They give us a snack everyday (they always offer me seconds “for the baby”) and what did they give us on the first day? That’s right, hot apple turnovers!! His love for me doesn’t end there. Yesterday I was telling Morgan that I wanted some Brazilian churrasco (some salty bbq’d meat) and what did we have for lunch today? Salty barbecued steak, of course! There are tons of other things that have happened like this since we’ve been here and they don’t all have to do with food (that’s just what seems to be on my mind a lot these days….I blame it on Baby!!).
Then there are the big things. A couple of weeks ago we had a baby scare. I had lots of cramping and some bleeding. The moment I saw the blood my heart just stopped. I know this is often normal, but keep in mind this is my first pregnancy and it’s all new to me! So, the American missionary couple that is here (Poi and Lita) came to take me to the nearest hospital. Once there we found out that they weren’t really going to be able to check on the baby because they didn’t even have an ultrasound machine or anything like it. It was a very interesting experience though and worth the visit! The doctor there referred me to the nearest private OBGYN. It took two days to be able to actually see the doctor, but once there he took a look and we saw that Baby was fine. In fact, Baby was moving all over the place in there and it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! The thing is, the night before the ultrasound we were having a real struggle with fear over Baby (the rest of the team told me later that they were as well). Morgan and I asked ourselves, “Why are we doing this? Let’s just ask our Father. He knows everything.” We both prayed and I heard, “It’s okay. He’s fine” and Morgan heard, “He’s aliiiiiiiiiive!” This brought us comfort. He was right, of course.
One last thing. Though this outreach has been a bit more challenging than the others (due to the human growing inside of me), I wouldn’t change a thing. I realized the other day that Baby is developing in an environment where prayer and worship are going on all around him/her EVERY SINGLE DAY! It has been prophesied that Baby is going to come out a worshipping warrior. Amen! In addition, Baby is SO loved and well taken care of by the Tahitians. They are always trying to feed me extra food (especially desserts, which I am now having to say no to since we get them twice a day!) and don’t want me to lift a finger. The other night they wouldn’t let me wash dishes because “Baby will be cold.” Oh, and I knew that once someone has a baby people often forget about the parents and it’s all about the baby. What I didn’t realize is that it happens even before the baby is out of the womb! I don’t know how many times I’ve heard, “Not for you, for baby” or “No care about you, for baby.” Funny.
Well, please keep praying that God would continue to pour grace down upon us. We need it! We love and miss you all.

Lisa

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

We're Really Cookin'!


We are well into week 4 here and things are really cooking. We spent three weeks working with a Full Gospel Church in Papeari. Papeari is a small country town at the basin of a valley. Papeari means “Water Wet” in Tahitian, and it rains there a lot and is actually kind of cold. We did several community outreaches where we invited young people to come and hang out with us. These were very successful. After the first one the young people began coming over everyday to hang out with us. Relationships formed pretty quickly. There was some resistance as the local Mormon missionaries began coming over to check us out. We didn’t argue with them, but only loved them and invited them to hang out with us on their day off (which was our way of tempting them since they are not aloud to go to the beach, go swimming, or do anything fun on the during their mission). One of the Mormons, a 19 year-old from Arizona, admitted that it was kind of a “drag” being a Mormon missionary because they are not allowed to do much. Could you imagine being in Tahiti and not being allowed to go in the water? A sad moment occurred when we witnessed and helped break-up a fight between the church caretakers (whom are husband and wife). The husband, William, beat up his wife, Olivia, pretty bad. She went to the hospital that night. We were all a little surprised when he checked her out of the hospital and brought her home two days later. In all honesty they are not completely sane. They were homeless and on drugs a few years ago. They have very sweet hearts and are hungry for the Lord, but are definitely a work in progress. The church has separated them and checked them into a Salvation Army counseling program. It was very sad and very disturbing. On a positive note, we saw several healings, including a girl that had a hole in her heart. We had a bit of a scare with the baby (Lisa had lots of cramping and some spotting), but we got to go to the local OBGYN and have an ultrasound done. Everything is as it should be and we are relieved. We got to see Baby’s feet, fingers, knees, elbows and head. We are currently in a city called Taravao working with an Assembly of God church. We are running a week long mini-DTS for forty people aged 13 to 26. Lisa, me, and our students are taking turns teaching on a number of subjects. I taught on how to know God’s ways yesterday, and Lisa taught on God’s plan for our lives. After Lisa taught we had a time of ministry which was very powerful. Brent (one of our students) and I were used to bring deliverance to an 18 year-old kid, which lasted almost 2 hours (it was pretty heavy). The guy got free, and we are all stoked. Things are really cooking here for us. We are thankful for all of your prayer and your support. Please continue to pray for us: 1) For wisdom, patience, etc. as we lead 2) For Lisa and the baby growing in her 3) For God’s guidance and power 4) For unity for our team 5) For our team as we teach this week 6) For healing for Morgan’s back, which is out of whack. Once again thank you all so much. We are so blessed and privileged to be here ministering. Thank you, thank you, thank you, and thank You to Jesus. In Jesus our Lord and friend, Lisa, Morgan, and Baby PS I got to surf a pass at a place called Tiarei (or something like that) on my day off. My friend, Poi, and I took a boat to the pass. We surfed head high waves over razor sharp reef, and than road a jet ski back. It was amazing!

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Wow, we left Kona only one week ago. Seems longer ago, but this week really has gone by fast! Tahiti is a beautiful place. There is only one main road around the entire island, so you look to the amazing turquoise ocean on one side and lush, green mountains on the other. The people are what I am most taken by though. The Tahitians may be the most hospitable, kind, loving, generous and warm people I have ever met! Still, this place is in desperate need of Jesus. Other than the strong religious spirit and disunity among the Church there are the usual island problems of drug abuse, domestic violence and kids living on the street. The Lord has already opened many different doors for us to minister and we are super thankful for the privilege to be here! The couple that takes care of the church grounds, William and Olivia (they are in the team picture with us), came off the streets three years ago. They were strung out on drugs and had all four of their children taken away. They have been joining our team worship and intercession every morning and though they speak only Tahitian and French the Holy Spirit has really been ministering to them through this time and there has been great breakthrough!

I will admit that outreach is a bit tougher this time around than when I WASN’T eleven weeks pregnant! I am just more naturally cautious now in regards to the food I eat, the water I drink, traveling methods, etc. In addition, I haven’t been feeling so great and have had to rest more. A few days ago I confessed all these fears and worries to Him and I heard Him say that Baby will be fine, so I will trust in that. Besides, as Morgan mentioned in the earlier post the Tahitian women are treating me like a princess because of Baby. They always want me resting and eating and don’t like me to have to walk anywhere (I’m really going to have to watch that baby weight while I am here!). Morgan and I have been joking about what a warrior this baby is going to be. He/she will have traveled to at least three different countries before even coming out of the womb! Baby will be use to cold showers (that’s what we have here), cockroaches (a HUGE one crawled up my pajama sleeve while I was sleeping the other night……uugh!) and extensive travel (at least 18 airplanes before he/she is out!). Again, it is a privilege to be here and we will stand firm as a family. Please pray for us! I am attaching a video from our time at a nearby community center. Some of the children have been taken away from their parents because of abuse and some just spend the day there while their caretaker is at work.

Glory to Him,

Lisa

Saturday, July 9, 2011

This "ain't" Club Med!

We are in Tahiti, but this isn’t Club Med. Things were crazy before we left for Tahiti so I wasn’t able to send out an e-mail. We have been here for one week now. We have been staying in a little village named Papeari and we will be there for three weeks. We are staying at a church that has some rooms, a kitchen, and some cold showers for us. I didn’t realize it could get cold here on the islands but… it does. We have been doing the usual YWAM stuff: mime skits, dances, painting kids’ faces, etc. We will be working with the youth while in Papeari doing kids clubs, as well as some local outreaches. The church is down the street from a HUGE Mormon temple. Mormon temples are all over the place here. Most people think it is the same as Protestantism… which of course it is not. We are spending the weekend near the big city of Papeete. There is an outreach to teens at the McDonalds. We will be giving some testimonies, a skit, and some dances. We are staying in the homes of two ladies that are sisters, Henriette and Yolande.. This morning we spent a couple of hours worshipping in Tahitian, French, English and Korean. The house we are at has a million dollar view of a surf spot and the island of Moorea. It is quite breathtaking. We are doing well. We are adjusting well to the Tahitian culture. The food in particular is amazing, not to mention the sights. Lisa has been feeling nauseated quite often and is having a little bit of a hard time, but she is doing well. The Tahitian women are treating her like a little queen: feeding her, not allowing her to walk or carry things, and prohibiting anyone from massaging her (according to the Tahitian ancestors it causes the baby to come out early). Please pray for us for the following: 1) Our time in Tahiti to be fruitful. 2) Unity for our team, especially amongst the leaders (we are co-leading with an 18 year-old girl). 3) God to direct us and to provide for our team. 4) That we would be sensitive to the Tahtians, and respectful to their culture. 5) For Lisa and our growing baby. 6) Pray that we will take more pictures (we are not very good about that). 7) That finances would come in. (We ask that you please prayerfully consider supporting us either monthly or with a one-time contribution.) Special shout out to the O’Briens and their new baby girl, Birdie(?)! Thank you all so much for your prayers, and support. We love you all and miss you guys so much. We are so blessed to be doing this, and incredibly thankful. Jesus is always victorious! Muruuru (Thank you) Morgan, Lisa and Baby Isa 60: Arise and shine for your light has come...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Adventuring with God


About a month ago Lisa was praying and felt God tell her that we were to go to the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri during the DTS we are staffing. She told me what she heard, so I prayed and asked God for some dates and I heard “go June 3rd to the 10th.” I didn’t quite believe it. It seemed odd to leave in the middle of DTS and go to Missouri of all places. Lisa was convinced of what she heard and asked the Lord to confirm it, which the Lord did. We then told our leaders, and after some prayer they too felt we were to do this.
We bought tickets and left it at that. We made no plans what so ever. I just felt like I heard God say “leave it all to me.” On Wednesday, the 1st of June, some students in our class gave us $500 cash because God told them to. So we rented a car for KC. On June 3rd we set out for Kansas City not knowing why. I admit I was a little bummed. My friend, Brian Williamson, was getting married that weekend in Torrance. Also, my good friend Esteban Sanchez and his wife, Michelle, are moving to Dubai soon so I really wanted to go home to see them. Not to mention that Lisa is pregnant and I didn’t think we would get to go home to Torrance any time soon. I was thinking, “Lord, why can’t we just go to Torrance, why Missouri?” But I love hearing God’s voice, and that means obeying God’s voice.
We got to Kansas City and picked up our rental car, which was upgraded free of charge! We headed to the house of prayer. We got there and hung out in the café attached to the prayer house. We decided to look up hotels on the internet; all of the hotels in the area were booked up. We weren’t frustrated or nervous, we were just tired and wanted to find a place to crash. We figured if God called us out here then He has something for us. Just when we were at our weariest a lady walked by us in the café. I had seen her before. Her name was Molly and she had done a DTS in Kona back in September. I walked over to her and reminded her of who I am and told her our dilemma. She lives in KC and began going through all of her numbers trying to find us a place to crash. A lot of people that live near the International House of Prayer (IHOP) rent out basements to visitors. We got connected with a lady that was willing to rent out her basement to us.
Hannah Popa, a friend of ours that went on outreach to Brazil with us, ‘happened” to be in KC at the same time. She was traveling with a family from Michigan. It was really cool seeing our good friend. It was even cooler that when she left, she told us that her friends had rented out a two story duplex directly across from IHOP for the whole week and they wanted us to stay in it for free!

The rest of the week was great. God spoke to us about trusting in Him, faith, obedience, and we got tons of rest. Lisa’s friend, Este, lives in Kansas City and Lisa’s other good friend, Julia, “happened” to be there too, so Lisa got to see some good friends. We also got some information from The Big Guy (Jesus) on Thursday night by way of a dream about our future.

Friday the 10th we set back out for the airport to fly back to Kona. The flight had been delayed which meant we were going to miss our flight from LA to Kona. As I spoke with the gentleman at the ticket counter I caught on to what The Big Guy was doing for us. Could it be possible that He was giving us a couple of days in Torrance? The guy at the counter said there was no way we were going to get back to Hawaii from LA on Friday. So I said, “Great, get us home on Sunday.” I must admit that I was so happy that I had a bit of a weep in the men’s room.

We got to spend two nights in Torrance. It was amazing! Sorry if we didn’t contact anyone, but we felt to just take it easy. We got to see a lot of Esteban and Michelle before they go off to UAE; we got to spend time with my folks; and a “chance” meeting with Nancy McCandless confirmed what God spoke to us Thursday night about our future. The verse “seek first his kingdom and all else will be added to you” came to mind. How wonderful is our God? He is so exciting, and so worth our time.
On Saturday night as we drove down Catalina Ave after a stroll on Torrance Beach we were struck by what we are giving up. We love the South Bay. I mean, we LOVE it! We love California, we love our pals, and we love our folks. We love the comfort, the convenience, but we love Jesus so much more. The song “He gives and takes away” came to mind (which kept coming to Lisa’s mind all that week, but she wasn’t sure why). The reality of possibly raising our kids somewhere else, away from friends and family became very real and not romantic to us.
It was an exciting week where God showed Himself faithful and completely out of the box. We love this God we serve, and we are thankful to have gone on such a journey with Him. And that journey continues…

We pray this letter finds you well.

Morgan and Lisa Keach

ps pray for us: for our outrach team to be filled with a passionate desire for Jesus, for God to make a way for us in French Polynesia, etc. etc. Thank you very much!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Big News!


Dear Friends and Family,

Things are really moving here. We just spent a week learning about the Kingdom of God, and studying worldviews. The speaker, Don Stephens, made a statement that Chris Cannon often makes: “Ideas have consequences!” Don went through several worldviews (Modernism, Post-modernism, communism/socialism, Islam, Gnosticism) and shared the consequences of these views. It painted a grim reality that we are seeing all around us. Don explained the Kingdom of God in such a way that challenged us in how we live and preach the gospel.

Lisa and I are gearing up to lead a team to French Polynesia. Please pray for us as there are many things we need. 1) Jodie, a Chinese girl on our team, has to travel to San Francisco to get a visa. Pray that she gets all of her necessary paperwork. 2) That we would gather more information from our contacts in Tahiti. 3) For unity in our team as we come together. 4) For our fundraising efforts (we need to raise $5,000).

Also, Lisa and I have a special announcement to make. There will be an extra person joining us on the outreach. Lisa is PREGNANT! We have teased you many- a- time dear reader, and for that I apologize, but this time it is for real. As of this day, May 29th, Baby Keach is almost six weeks brewing in the baby kiln. Often people wait until the third month to share the news, but we felt it was important to share with all of our friends and family so that you can all be praying for us. Lisa would greatly appreciate the prayers! She has begun to notice many a weird phenomena occurring in her body.

We want to thank all of you for your prayers, financial support, Facebook messages. We are so encouraged and blessed to be related to and to be friends with all of you. May the Lord bless you and keep you and shine His face all around you.

Love,

Morgan, Lisa (and Baby)


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Sunday, May 1, 2011

DTS Begins!



Greetings from beautiful Kona, Hawaii!

As I was walking from one end of the campus to our home I was taken aback when I saw a huge, bright rainbow. As if a ginormous rainbow isn’t stunning enough, a second rainbow appeared just above it. As I stood looking at these two rainbows the school was having its weekly community church service and the worship band was playing the song “Majesty.” The scene was awesome. In that moment I felt the Lord confirm His calling on our lives, and an excitement for who our God is and how incredibly great He is filled my heart.

Things have been going really well for us over here. We have been in Hawaii for over a month and the DTS is officially under way. We have 20 students from seven nations. It is a diverse and eclectic group. We have two families that came over together; both of the husbands work together for a successful business out of Indianapolis. We have a girl from China that was raised Buddhist; a girl from the outback of Western Australia (Kalgoorlie); a couple from L.A. that literally just got married; several Korean girls; some Canadians; and a 63 year-old jazz musician from France (who is, right before outreach, marrying a Brazilian woman that works for YWAM).

The last three weeks of teaching has been great. Loren Cunningham taught us this week and wrapped up on Friday with a powerful message on denying our rights, taking up our cross, and following Jesus (check out his book “Making Jesus Lord”). We have also had teaching on hearing God’s voice, and experiencing God’s father heart.

We appreciate all of your prayers. It has been a busy week and it will be busy for the next several months. We are currently going from 5am to 8pm five days a week, sometimes six days a week. It is good because all is centered on Jesus, but it sure is draining. We desperately need prayer as we go full throttle these next five (close to six) months. Especially as we navigate some tricky waters such as planning an outreach, getting all the needed visas, praying and counseling people, working within a team, etc.


Please pray with us:
1) That we would take the time to rest in Jesus.
2) For our marriage.
3) For protection and safety of our staff and students.
4) For our fundraising efforts.
5) That we would cultivate thankfulness and belief in our lives.

We are so privileged to be here. God is so wonderful and we pray for more of Him in your lives.

God bless,

Morgan and Lisa

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Back in the swing of things!


Greetings from the big island of Hawaii!


Lisa and I have been back in Kailua-Kona for three weeks now. We have had some trials but there is so much peace for us here. We know that we are in the right place. The DTS we are staffing starts in 4 days! We have been busy going to trainings, preparing for the DTS, and getting to know the team we will be working with. We are so excited to meet the students that we have been praying for. Many of them are super hungry for Jesus and we just know that God is going to do some amazing things in their lives!

It is an honor and privilege to work with the Asia Pacific (A-Pac) DTS (above is a picture of our A-Pac family). The leaders, Ben and Ali, are kiwis (New Zealanders) who have been with YWAM since the mid-80’s. They are full of wisdom and experience and Lisa and I are enjoying learning from them. Ben goes around the world teaching on the Father heart of God, which is his area of expertise. Because of this, and the fact that Ben is Samoan, the A-Pac team has a warm family feel to it. It is an encouraging and loving place to grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and to do a DTS, so come join us next April in Kona or Auckland (a not so shameless plug)!

For the outreach portion of DTS we will get to lead a team to…….. French Polynesia! We are so excited. It will be a big challenge coordinating things, establishing contacts, learning some French, leading people, etc., but we are up to the task. Part of the work is that we will help to re-establish a base that YWAM has in French Polynesia. It is one of the most beautiful places on the earth, but at the same time there is so much brokenness, drug abuse, spousal abuse and divisiveness in the church. As my Aunt once told me, "Everywhere needs Jesus."

Pray with us as we prepare for the students' arrival and as we plan our outreach.

1) For the students to arrive safely.
2) For a deeper hunger for God.
3) For unbelief to be uprooted from our hearts.
4) For Jesus to bless and protect our marriage.
5) For wisdom as we step into a position of leadership.
6) For our fundraising.

Thank you and all and God bless.

Morgan and Lisa
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Back in Hawaii


We got back into Hawaii on the 14th. We got to spend a week (way too short) visitng family and friends in Torrance. Please read the following for more information on what is next for us.

Dear Friends and Family,

As many of you know Lisa and I recently completed YWAM’s entry level Discipleship Training School (DTS). We went on an outreach to Brazil where we were challenged in our faith, and saw God do incredible things. During our time as students we clearly heard the call of the Lord to continue to work with YWAM when we finished our DTS. It is with much excitement that we are writing this letter to inform you that we will be working as missionaries with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) at the mission’s base in Kona Hawaii.
We have committed to one year working with the Asia/Pacific DTS. The schools vision is to train Pacific Islanders and send them as missionaries into Asia. From April to September we will help run the DTS lecture phase which is followed by a 3 month outreach. Lisa and I will be leading a team to one of the following locations: Tahiti, India, Japan, Palau/ Papua New Guinea.

We are requesting two things from you.

1) It is our conviction that prayer is a powerful weapon for those that call on the name of Jesus. We need your prayers for this to be successful. Please pray for our marriage, for wisdom as leaders, for our students, and for our relationship with Jesus to flourish.
2) YWAM does not pay any of its workers. This means that we will need to raise all of our support. We are looking for regular monthly supporters, but don’t let that deter you from giving a one time gift. Prayerfully consider supporting us financially. All donations would be tax deductible. There is no amount to high or to low! You can donate in the two following ways

a) You can make a donation with your credit or debit card using paypal (copy and paste the link below into your web browser).
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b) Or you can write a check made out to : UNKF
Simply attach a sticky note or paper that says : Morgan and Lisa Keach # 5638 and send to: University of the Nations
75-5851 Kuakini Highway #256
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740-2199



Thank you and may Christ be glorified in us all,

Morgan and Lisa Keach
University of the Nations
75-5851 Kuakini Highway #162
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740-2199

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Heading home...


Friends and Family,

We just rounded out our final week of ministry, and boy, oh boy, did God move.
We worked three days with Patrick’s church (his web site is www.encontrocomdeus.org). We went to its Sunday service, which was really wild in a good way. Our team performed a song, a skit and a testimony. A Gypsy woman and her English friend (visiting missionaries) gave testimonies, Pastor Luis (one of the chiefs of the Tirena tribe) preached, and some Evangelical nuns prayed for us. It was a great time.

We also worked with the Baptist Church three days. We were given an opportunity to present a program to students at a public school in a dangerous area of the city (we didn’t find out how dangerous it was until much later). Over a period of two days we performed 10 forty-minute presentations to about 500 students. God moved powerfully as we performed skits, dances, and gave testimonies. After each presentation we invited the students up for prayer. At first not many students wanted prayer, although many had been moved to tears during our presentation. That all changed when a couple of girls came up for prayer and passed out under the power of the Holy Spirit as we prayed for them. One of them began manifesting demons, we cast it out and the girl gave her life to Christ. After that we had a lot of students coming up to us for prayer! Several students made commitments to live for Jesus, even more re-committed their lives to Christ, we saw a few healings, and led a number of students through prayers of freedom/deliverance (a lot of guys struggle with alcohol and drugs and a lot of girls we prayed for dealt with suicide issues). Thinking back on this I find it humorous that our most powerful time of ministry, or at least the visibly most powerful time, took place at a public school. God is amazing.

We are wrapping up our time in Brazil this week by having a few days of de-brief. Lisa and I will be home the 7th through the 14th of March. On the 14th we will return to Hawaii to staff a Disciple Training School called Asia/Pacific DTS.
While we are home we would love to see people. There is going to be a yummy BBQ going on at the Keach residence on Sunday, the 13th, at 2pm. If you can make it, please RSVP to Berndog @ bkeach@aol.com (to ensure we have enough food). Otherwise, we will be going to King’s Harbor Saturday night service. Thank you guys sooooooo much for the financial support, all of the prayers, e-mails, etc. We have been greatly encouraged by our friends and family during this season.
When we get home I will post a blog with some of the statistics from this trip (salvations, healings, re-commitments, etc.). I will also figure out how to post all of our pictures from the trip.
Deus e Bom (God is good)!

Morgan and Lisa Keach

Please pray for:
traveling mercies as we fly home (we fly home the 6th).
spiritual protection for us and our team.
our fellow students to stay strong in the faith when they go home.
our time home with family and friends (wahooooo!).

Monday, February 21, 2011

Wow, only two weeks left!


Hello everyone,

It has been a good long while since we have updated our blog. A lot has taken place since we last wrote and I will do my best to briefly describe what has gone on. Not to mention we are almost on our way back home. We will be arriving in Torrance on the 7th of March.

We spent two weeks in the state of Mato Grosso do Sol. We spent one week in the city of Campo Grande and one week in Sidrolandia (a village of Tirena Indians).
Our week in Campo Grande was excellent. We worked with young Brazilians running a youth camp. We spent the whole week living at a school where we taught the students dances, dramas, etc. during the day and held church services at night. There were between forty and fifty young people (ages 12 to 18). The first night we saw around twenty of them recommit there lives to Christ. We had so much fun playing with the youth, practicing our Portuguese, and playing the game “Ninja.” The week culminated with an outreach in an area of Campo Grande called Jardin Noroeste. Jardin Noroeste is a poor community on the outskirts of town. We walked around and invited people of the community to watch us perform. Our friend, Pastor Raymondo, set up his truck and speakers in front of a house and the youth performed the dances and skits we taught them, and than I got to preach a salvation message. There were about 100 people that showed up for our presentation. By the end of the show we got to pray for over 30 people, mostly kids. Seven people gave their lives to Christ, including a guy who heard me preach from the local bar. God is good.
Week two was spent in the Tirena Indian village of Sidrolandia and Agua Azul. We spent the week going to different churches preaching and praying for people. It was a little frustrating because no one goes anywhere or does anything if it rains. It rained the last two nights we were there, so no one went to the churches we were going to preach at!

We have been back in Curitiba for just over two weeks now. One cool thing we have been doing is working with an Evangelical Church. Sherry Robinette hooked us up with her English friend, Patrick, who is the pastor of the church and started a project there. Patrick runs a shelter for single moms, who are mostly in their teens. The church also runs after (and before) school programs for children in the area. We have been working with the children, doing construction work, fixing their basketball court (which seems like it would be an easy task, but not so in Brazil!), and just about anything else they want us to do. We will be performing some songs, skits, and a testimony at Patrick’s church this Sunday.
On the next blog I will post more information about Patrick’s ministry, including his website so you can check it out, pray for them and support financially if you feel led.

Thank you guys so much for praying for us. It is definitely needed and can be felt! We miss everyone, and we especially miss Burnout.
Please pray for our last two weeks:
Fruitfulness
We are going to be going to some schools this week to preach/ perform
Team unity
Joy
Etc.

Thank you so much and God bless all of you.

Lisa and Morgan Keach

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Putting along here


Hello,

We have been here in Curitiba for three weeks now. We have made a few contacts with a couple of ministries and an Igreja Baptista ( Baptist Church). The Baptist church has adopted us and has gotten some work for us. I (Morgan) got to teach at the church. I taught on faith. Lisa was given the opportunity to share her testimony. We will be working with them for the remainder of the time (I think). They procured a government bus to take us to the various locations. This was a huge blessing since we don’t have any way of getting around town other than public transit. The only scary thing is that they keep having random people drive the bus, and I don’t think any of them are licensed to drive it! A gal drove us to a Teen Challenge drug rehab place the other day; it took her 15 minutes to put the bus in reverse. There were times when I thought for sure that the bus was going to tip, and I don’t think there is any sort of emergency exit.
Anyways, we have been getting a little busier. As I mentioned we went to a drug rehabilitation center the other day. We performed a couple of skits, played some music and two of our friends gave testimonies. At the end of are time there thirty people committed their lives to Christ! It was real exciting.
Today (Saturday the 15th) we are working in some favelas (slums). We will be doing some mercy type ministries, evangelism, etc. We are looking forward to it. We continue to go to the local village, have been to an old folk’s home, are running a youth group at the Baptist Church, and are starting to build a children’s play park at the base.
Some exciting stuff has taken place and we have been presented with a few offers. Part of the Call2All mission is to go to “un-reached people groups” (people who have never heard the gospel). A YWAM leader at one of the bases in the city offered us a ministry opportunity to work with un-reached Indian groups near the city of Campo Grande (on the Paraguayan border). Some of these groups are totally un-reached and “unengaged” (which means no one is trying to reach them). It is about 15 hours by car from here. We will be leaving on Monday and will be there for at least two weeks. Then we will return to Curitiba and continue to work with the Baptist Church

Other than that, we are doing well. Before we left Hawaii God spoke very clearly to us as to what we are to do after DTS. We are going to staff a DTS in Hawaii called Asia/Pacific DTS. Lisa was discerning that was the next move, then the Lord spoke to me in a dream, and we got some words of confirmation from some friends. The focus of this particular DTS is on training Pacific Islanders and sending them to Asia as missionaries. So, we will be in Hawaii for 3 months during the lecture phase and then will most likely lead a team to one of the Pacific islands to evangelize, disciple, train-up, etc. It is also possible that we might lead a team to a country in Asia. But, we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We are in Brazil and our hearts are here. We just wanted to share our near future with all of you.

Thank you guys so much for all of your support. We are blessed to have such good friends and family. God has been so faithful, we are just stoked.
Please pray for:
More translators
Salvations among the indigenous people
For Jesus to be glorified
For peace, joy, etc. (things have been a little hard for us here).

God's Blessings,

Lisa and Morgan Keach

PS Happy Birthday Ed-Factor. We love you man.

PSS If you have any questions, feel free to ask and we will address it in the next blog.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

We have arrived!

Oi, tudo bem? (Hello, how are you?)

We are here in Curitiba, Brazil. Things are a little hectic here right now. The base we are at doesn’t have internet so I we will try to do a post as often as possible. I will try and post some pictures next week.
The JOCUM (YWAM) base is on an old farm about thirty minutes from downtown and a 20 minute walk from a little village.
The base is nice but the people who work here are a little less than pumped to receive us. Over the last ten days we have gone out of our way to serve and bless them and they have warmed up to us. It’s cool to see how serving people softens their hearts.
We recently connected with a Baptist church in the city that wants to use our services to evangelize the community, serve at an orphanage, and fire up their congregation. That will start Saturday night.
In the meantime we have gone into the local village to try and connect with the people. The first day was really successful. We handed out chocolates to children, started soccer games, and started conversations with people. Crowds of people were drawn to us, so we performed skits and prayed for people. Half of our group got invited to the house of a man who just had heart surgery. As we prayed for him he and his family began crying. Some of our team received prophetic words and the people were very touched. They invited us back to the house and wanted to go the church that we will be working with.
The next day all of the girls on our team, except one, went back to the village for a little follow up. All of the guys, except one, stayed and prayed for the girls. The girls reconnected with some of the women of the village who were glad to see them. One lady shared a testimony of how after we prayed for her she was filled with such peace that she slept better than she has for years. As the girls walked back to the base they felt a strange creepy presence as they walked by a particular house. They heard the sound of a dog yelping violently, and than it went silent. Our translator, Cristina, heard a man tell some kids to clean up the dog´s blood. Weird! Later that night as we left to go to the Baptist church we found a box in front of the gate. We opened it up to find a dead dog. We pushed it to the side of the road and went our way. We brought up the dead dog and the story the girls told us to Flavio, a leader at the base. He told us that in the village there are numerous houses that practice witchcraft/black magic. Flavio speculated that we probably made some of the black magic practitioners nervous so they either attempted to curse us or scare us off. It is weird to think that this stuff really goes on, but it does. Oddly enough this morning as we were outside cleaning Lisa happened to glance at the gulley right next to the entrance. In the gully were three abandoned puppies (they were alive). Someone left them hoping the base would take them in. I don’t want to over spiritualize anything but I felt like the Lord was telling us that He has our back.

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Prayer requests:
Opportunties to demonstrate Jesus in the village
The anointing of the Holy Spirit as we minister with the Baptist Church.
Protection from Satan
Unity for our team
For Lisa, she has been getting headaches everyday.

Thank you all. We pray that things are going well for everyone at home. We miss you guys.

Morgan and Lisa Keach