Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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.
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
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.
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.