Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The End in Sight!
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!