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