Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting...


Hallelujah! As Morgan and I have reflected on our first 3 years of marriage we have realized and are SO thankful for how easy God has made it on us. What I mean is, He made promises about different things and made good on them straight away; we asked Him for guidance on things (big and small) and He answered right then and there; we asked for confirmation and He gave it…we never really had to do much waiting. Boy has that changed! Since our return from outreach back in September we have had to do MUCH waiting. It has been a tough couple of months with tears, frustration, and even confusion (we’ve had a couple of baby scares…we are about to pack everything up and move to a new room for the 3rd time since we’ve been back…we don’t have a car, which makes doc appointments, etc. quite difficult…really missing home…). To be honest, it has been a bit harder than usual to “forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead…to press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Thankfully, our God is ALWAYS good and ALWAYS faithful and we are holding on to those truths. He has spoken to us and made promises about our baby, housing, finances, a car and we KNOW that they will be fulfilled. Regardless, He is taking this time to refine and strengthen us…to help us better understand what Paul meant when he said, “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him…” Philippians 3:8-9 Tough, but good. As we wait for the arrival of our baby boy we feel that he is symbolic of all else that is “gestating.” Like him, we don’t want any of the other gifts to come early, but rather in God’s perfect timing. So, we WILL keep our eyes on the prize and trust in our faithful Dad.
Thank you for your prayers and encouraging words as we go through this time. You are truly, truly appreciated. Please let us know how we can pray for you as well. I absolutely love receiving messages from home most especially lately since my heart has been longing to be there.
Here are some prayer points:
1) for the health of our little man as he continues to be knit together
2) for grace in our housing situation
3) that the perfect car will come in at the perfect time
4) for wisdom and grace as we (mostly Morgan) continue to teach and disciple the little ones here on campus
5) for a willingness, joy, and peace in our hearts as we continue here

Love and blessings,

Morgan, Lisa, and Baby Boy Keach

"...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kids do the darndest things!


One of the boys in our class had an amazing experience the other day. His mom had come home from class, she is in the Crossroads Discipleship Training School (which is geared towards older singles and families). The speaker that week is an out there Holy Spirit guy. When this guy comes to town people end up with gold teeth in there mouths, gold dust appears on hands and faces, people encounter God in ways that seriously change there perspective on things. Our students mother came home and had gold dust on her hand. It was there all day; she showered, did laundry, homework, still there! Our student (who is a 6 year old rambunctious boy named James) said that he too wanted "gold dust". So they prayed and sure enough gold dust appeared on both of his hands. He prayed for several of our students who than also received the unusual manifestation. Later that day, after all of these cool experiences, James attempted to stab Ben (another student) in the eye with an orange colored pencil because he got a little upset with him. There may be a moral to this story but I will leave it to you to decide what it is.

Morgan

Saturday, November 5, 2011

What Now?

Hebrews 11 verses: 14People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

So Lisa is due in January, we are done with the DTS, we have been going strong for over a year. It would make sense for us to go home, spend time with family, have the baby, and try to raise some prayer and financial support, but God said to stay put in Hawaii and made it very clear. I was praying one day about whether or not we should go home and I felt God direct me to the book of Hebrews chapter 11 verses 13-16. I don’t believe it could be any clearer than that!
So then what will we do until April when the next DTS starts? We will be working for the next few months with the Foundations School. What is the Foundations School? When married couple come and do a DTS and they have kids, their kids will go through Foundations School. It is basically a Discipleship Training School for children. Each week the students will come work on their regular schooling, and then we will cover a topic that their parents will be learning in their DTS. Topics such as: hearing God’s voice, the Father heart of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, etc. will all be covered. On top of that Lisa and I can cover any topic we feel needs to be addressed. For example, if we feel the students need to learn about their identity in Christ (what God created each of us uniquely for), we can do it.
After our last DTS Lisa and I were convicted about not being more specific with prayer requests. This time around we want to have our students and co-workers covered in prayer. Please pray for us and for our students. We will provide a list of each student’s name and needs as we go.
Lisa and I are responsible for teaching 6 to 8 year-olds. Two of which have special needs. One student is 8 but has the mental ability of a 4 year-old. Another student, age 7, refuses to eat breakfast, lunch, and even snacks. We have no idea why. Pray that Jesus would gently uncover the root of this problem.
Our students are Torin, Keira, Katie, Benjamin, Marcus, and Kaleb.

Thank you all so much for praying for us. We appreciate your continued support.

Personally, we long to come home, especially as we prepare to have our boy. But God is clear, and we trust that He knows best.

Also, please continue to pray that all of our support comes in as everyone in YWAM has to raise their own support.

God bless you all,

LOVE,

MORGAN, LISA, AND BABY BOY

PS We would love to hear from you. If you have a prayer request or anything, please drop us a line and we would love to pray for you or just hear about how you are doing.