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