Thursday, March 31, 2011
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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P.P.S. If you want to support us financially use this link below (it is tax deductible!)
Sunday, March 20, 2011
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).
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
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org (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!).