Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Babies First Outing

Samuel had his first outing after a week of being around (sorry for the lapse in communications, things are different now). We took him to hear missionary to Africa, Heidi Baker, who was here speaking at one of our schools. For those of you who have never heard of her, she and her husband have a very fruitful ministry in Mozambique, Africa. She is commonly known for her unorthodox preaching and unusual miracles that occur when she ministers. She spoke at our weekly open air Thursday night meeting, which was a real treat. She also spoke at one of the sessions for all of the DTS's. I only mention this to highlight a fun and unusual miracle that occurred the day she spoke. The kitchen was preparing cookies for the DTS snack break when they realized they didn’t make nearly enough. There are 500 students on campus, plus staff, plus people from the community came to hear Heidi preach. The kitchen made close to 500, but were probably 300 short. Inspired by the multiplication of food miracles of Jesus, also a common feature of Heidi’s ministry (check out her book “There’s Always Enough”). The kitchen prayed that the cookies would be multiplied. Heidi spoke, the students went to break and lined up for cookies. My friend, who knew of the shortage, looked aghast as she saw students taking 3,4, and even 5 cookies! My friend was sure that the cookies would run out before the line was even half emptied. But a miracle occurred! More students went through, each taking handfuls of cookies, and yet the pile didn’t seem to decrease. Finally, break ended, the students sat down, and there was still a lot of cookies. My friend tried to give them away, but students shook their heads, “No way, man, I already had three… I’m stuffed.” So why would God multiply cookies? Why would I bother even telling this tale?

I tell this story for two reasons:

1) God is great. He cares not only for our great needs, but something as seemingly trivial as cookies.

2) Our son gets to spend some of his most formative years in a place where these kinds of miracles are an everyday occurrence. What an honor and privilege!

Things are going really well for us

here. Samuel is growing daily. He just graduated from newborn diapers to size 1. Lisa and I have been joyful, yet humbled, by the challenges of being new parents. We have a new appreciation for our parents!

Our school is coming up again in April (time moves so fast). It has close to thirty applicants so far and it will be bilingual (English/Korean). The applicants are from countries like: Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Haiti, Korea, China, Ghana, Nigeria, Japan, Tahiti, etc.

There are very few Americans or Canadians. It should be an interesting school.

Thanks for praying for us, reading our blog, and supporting us financially. It means so much to us.

Please pray:

1) For Samuel, that he would grow strong, breastfeed well, sleep and nap well.

2) Grace for us as new parents

3) That our school would get more male applicants

4) For unity for our school leadership

5) For God’s provision

Thanks and God Bless,

Morgan, Lisa and Samuel

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Why Samuel?

In an age where people are naming there kids super hip names like “Rory”, “Kingston”, “ Malibu”, “ Mason”, “Raleigh”, “ Shiloh”, :Tigre", “ Stintson” etc. we decided to ask God what our sons name is. In fact before we ever conceived, or even thought about it Lisa came up to me one day and proclaimed “ I was praying and I feel like we are to have a boy and his name is Samuel!” I was little shocked and to be honest a little annoyed. The only person that I could think of named “Sam” wasn’t exactly the world’s greatest role model. So I shook it off, hoping that we could forget the whole thing. Sure enough I was praying, the thought about a son named Sam came to my mind, and so I decided to ask God if it were true. I felt directed to a certain book of the bible “I Samuel”,,, of course. So I conceded to God and decided that He knows better than us.

One day I got an e-mail from my friend Rency. He was praying for Lisa and the baby in her stomach. He felt strongly that the child would be like “Samuel” in the bible. I called Rency, I could tell that he knew something about my son, but he didn’t want to tell me in a direct way. So I told him that we would name him Samuel. Rency got very excited and said “Oh fantastic brother, I felt very strongly to tell you that his name was to be Samuel but I didn’t want to be weird and tell you what to name him”.

One day in the foundation school here in Kona I was teaching a young 6 year old boy. Lisa was in the room and very pregnant. Lisa yelled “ouch” because the baby kicked her. The boy exclaimed “Why did you say ouch? Was it because baby Samuel kicked you?” We were a little shocked because we had never told him what the babies name was.

The name Samuel means “God hears”, my prayer is that when we look at our beautiful son our will be reminded of God’s faithfulness, and that he is always with us, and always hears our prayers. Not only that but I think that his name is a prophetic insight into what his calling in God is. For more insight into the name Samuel check out the two books of Samuel in the bible.

Why Bernard? The name Bernard is a Latin name that means “Brave as a Bear”. Samuel’s father and grandfather and great-grandfather, and several other great-grandfathers had this name. I think it describes my father and grandfather very well. Both men were and are risk takers, not afraid of much.

There you have it. Samuel Bernard Keach is officially on the scene.

We pray all is well. Please pray for us as we navigate this whole baby thing.


Morgan, Lisa, Samuel