Sunday, September 16, 2012

Students Come, Students Go, Students Come

Hello dear friends and family,
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Holy Spirit.
The Students of the Asia Pacific DTS celebrating at graduation
After a long day of travel Lisa, Samuel and I got back to Kona! I want to share a brief report on what God is doing here.

Asia and Pacific DTS:  We saw teams arrive back from China, Papua New Guinea, Saipan, Tahiti, Fiji, San Francisco and Thailand.
There are many exciting stories from outreach but I want to share one in particular. One of our students went to San Francisco to try and get a visa for Tahiti. She got denied, so decided to stay and work with YWAM San Francisco for the summer. One day as her and a co-worker were walking to Chinatown they noticed a homeless man lying lifeless on the sidewalk. Our student happens to be a doctor, so she checked to see if he was breathing or had a heartbeat. He had neither, he was dead. They decided to pray for him. As they prayed for him the man began breathing again.  He was fully resuscitated. Jesus brought him back from the dead!
Special prayer request: One of our students, we will call him Larry, is in need of prayer. Before coming to DTS he had got into trouble with the police. He had been selling, and using, hard drugs. During DTS Larry had met with Jesus in a powerful way and received a lot of change in his life. The man he is today is not the man he was 6 months ago. When Larry goes back he will have to face the music and appear before a judge. Larry has plans to go to a School of Biblical Missions in Maui in late September. Pray that the judge has mercy on Larry, and that Larry will withstand temptations to go back to any old habits.

OC Ships: We have begun planning for our next DTS that begins late September. So far there are 23 students from the US, South Korea, and many European nations.  We are expecting more! 
Some Exciting News! Brett and Karen Curtis, the leaders of YWAM Ships OC, left for  England. Why? They are going to look at a ferry boat that might be our first major ship. As I write they are “inspecting every inch of the vessel” to determine if it is what we will need, and if it is in good enough shape to purchase. If it is, then we will need to raise the appropriate funds, and then some of us will head over to England and sail it to Orange County!

Samuel is good. He has begun crawling. Everyone loves him here. People always want to hold him, he is all to willing to go with anyone he sees! Samuel is a total blessing and is bringing us great joy.

Please pray:
1)      For our students to return home confident and remain steadfast in their faith in Jesus.
2)      For Brett and Karen to have wisdom and discernment as they look at the ship.
3)      For our new staff team to bond well and to walk in unity.
4)      For the perfect car for our family.
Sam standing in his crib. I didn't catch him in time!

5)      For our hearts to be filled with gratitude

Thanks for praying! God bless.

Morgan, Lisa and Samue