Monday, December 30, 2013

Miracle Needed!



Hello all,
Have you ever needed a miracle? Well, Lisa and I need just that! Before we left Hawaii we felt like God said, "Go home and I will let you know when it is time to leave." Well, sadly we feel like it is time to leave!  We will be heading back to Hawaii, but first... 
We will head to New Zealand to attend a YWAM school entitled Family Ministries School (FMS). The school starts January 21st! We literally just got accepted a couple of days ago, and now we need the money and plane tickets to go! 

About the FMS: FMS is a 12 week lecture followed by an optional outreach (as of now we only plan on doing the lecture). The course covers a variety of topics such as: marriage, pre-marital counseling, child development and child raising, how to counsel married couples, grief counseling, and functioning as a family in ministry.  We are very excited about this course as we see it as an opportunity to gain skills that will help us prepare for a lifetime of ministry.  

In April we will head to back to Kona, just in time to help lead a Discipleship Training School and a Bible Core Course with our ship equipped ministry!

Did I forget to mention that the school starts JANUARY 19th?! That is less than three weeks away! What we need: Tuition: $8,300; Airfare: $1,500-2,000 (x3); Travel Insurance: $420 for the three months.  Grand total we will need $13,000-14,000.

If you would like to partner with us financially toward the FMS, or support us monthly, you can go here to  make a tax deductible donation:
http://www.uofnkona.edu/support/missionaries/?id=5638

Also, if you have any air mileage you would be willing donate, or you want to buy our tickets, please give us a call or email us at: lilkeach@gmail.com

Prayer:
Please pray about giving money towards the FMS.
For all of our needed finances to come in.
Airfare has been super expensive, so for a miracle there.
For God's blessing on the remainder of our time home.

We have seen Gods provision in incredible ways the past three years, but this is a stretching one for us! Let's believe God for amazing things. 

Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support. We are blessed! 

 Colossians 3:17: Whatever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through him.   

Morgan, Lisa, and Samuel Keach

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December 2013


Merry Christmas!
Our ship entering the harbor in Kona and being greeted by a traditional Hawaiian vessel!

Update: The last month has been very busy.  We got to participate in Kings Harbor Church's "What in the World", or "What..." as they call it.  "What..." is a weekend where the church brings attention to its missionaries serving abroad, and to issues that we face in the South Bay of Los Angeles.  It was so cool to see the different ministries birthed out of this church.  From the Barnards that just departed to India to work with Wycliffe to the Velasquez family that minister to surfers in Puerto Escondido ( I was privileged to serve alongside them years ago.. it is a dark place, but God is moving powerfully through their ministry).  There are also three families that serve in the Middle East/North Africa!  What a privilege to be a part of that amazing weekend.  I was truly humbled to be a part of it, and share about YWAM and our ship equipped ministry.
Unfortunately, Lisa and Samuel couldn't attend because they were ill.  In fact, we have been battling illness for the past month.  Please pray for us!

The many islands of Kirabati!
Ship Ministry: Our sailboat is currently dry docked in Honolulu in preparation for its deployment to Micronesia.  The ship will be deployed late December to Christmas Island, which is part of the chain of islands called Kiribati.  The ship will host and transport teams to various islands in the Kiribati island range.  The teams will provide medical, dental, and vision care.  Our Discipleship Training School will send teams to do evangelism on the islands, and our Bible Core Course will send teams to run seminars for pastors.  The bible seminars are something the islanders are often very excited about!  My friend Jonathan often goes to Papua New Guinea to run seminars for pastors and since he is a bible teacher the people elevate him above anyone doing medical clinics, or even the boat captain!  The people are hungry for the Word of God, and we are privileged to bring it to them, on top of all of our other services.

Samuel the hippy enjoying Torrance Beach... it's not Hawaii but it will do!
Preparations: Lisa, Samuel and I are excited to get back to Hawaii.  When are we going back?  It is hard because we want to be with our families, but we feel the pull back to the islands.  We have some clarity about our next step, but are waiting on some things to fall into place before we make a formal announcement.  We should be making a proper announcement about what we are doing in the next week or so, hopefully!

Prayer:
Praise report!  Rita, Lisa's mom, has been showing signs of improvement.  She has a form of leukemia, but it has been showing signs of going into remission.  Pray that it goes away completely!
For our family to get the rest we need before heading back out.
For God to speak clearly to us as we seek Him for direction.
4)  For our ship and crew as they head out into Micronesia.

Interested in supporting us financially? Click on the link below and follow the directions. All donations are tax deductible!  Please know that you are a part of what we do in the Pacific, whether you support us through prayer or finances.
http://www.uofnkona.edu/support/missionaries/?id=5638

Thanks so much. We appreciate all of the love, support, and prayers! We are blessed to be a part of God's family, and to be a part of what Jesus is doing in the nations.

Morgan, Lisa, and Samuel

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Where in the world are the Keaches?!



Hello All,

It has been a while since our last post.  We have been greatly enjoying our time home visiting with friends and family along with periods of rest.
Travels: We were blessed with a cabin in Big Bear, CA for a few weeks in September. This was really nice because it was the first time in almost a year where it was just Lisa, Samuel and I without any housemates!  We are thankful for the good, quality time we had both as a family and a couple (once the little guy was asleep!).
We then got to travel to Reno to take part in my Cousin Elyse’s wedding to Travis Hansen. It was a fun time of our family coming together and boogieing ‘til dawn!

Vagabond lifestyle: The plan was to stay with my parents in Torrance and make day trips to visit Lisa’s mom during our time here at home, BUT my parents have been remodeling the house, which left us homeless!  Thanks to Kings Harbor Church and Dan Bradford we were put up at a couple’s house in Rancho Palos Verdes!  We have been blessed to be living at the home of Tom and Carol Elden.  The Eldens are a fun couple from Oregon that moved to the South Bay to be near some of their children and grandchildren.  They are wonderful, generous people and we are super grateful for them. We will be staying at their house until the 12th of November.
After November 12th we will be staying in a KHC missionary’s house in Lomita.  The missionaries are serving the Lord in Qatar and have generously opened their home to other missionaries that are visiting home.  We will be there until we leave the South Bay…

Where next?  Back to Hawaii?  We will be giving our formal announcement by the middle of this month!

What else?  I have been substitute teaching a couple of days a week.  Working with youth is one area we are called to and have a passion for, so this is a great opportunity to connect with some of the youth of the South Bay.     
We have been reconnecting with our home church.  In fact, I got to share about our Ships Ministry at the Kings Harbor Men’s Retreat.
We will also be taking part in "What in the World..." at KHC this coming weekend.  It will be a fun-filled weekend focused on what God is doing around the world.  Click on this link for more info on this free event: http://kingsharbor.org/what-in-the-world-2013/
Also, Lisa and I are going through a course offered at Saddleback Church on coping with  infant loss and stillbirth. It is painful, but good.  It has been awesome to meet with other couples that are going through the same experience and a good reminder that we are not alone in this.

Hopefully the next post you read will be on our new WEBSITE that a friend is working on for us!

Please be praying for us:
1) That we have a restful time at home
2) For Lisa’s emotional healing
3) Healing for Lisa’s mom
4) For opportunity to minister in the classroom at the public schools
5) For us to get some new financial supporters
6) For a car (we want to buy one and ship it over...)

We hope you are all well. May you find your rest and comfort in Jesus Christ.

Morgan, Lisa, and Samuel

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Graduation x 2...what's next for us?



First of all, I want to thank all that have helped us as we get through the toughest time in our life (so far, at least).  Our precious daughter, Sarah Ruby, died close to three months ago.  There are days when it hurts just as bad as the day it all happened.  Then there are good days (well, as good as they can be).  We have you to thank for carrying us through with your prayers, phone calls, and cards and messages with supportive, loving words.  They have made a difference.  Then of course we have the grace of God, which we couldn’t possibly do without.  Lots of big stuff has happened over the last couple months and lots of big stuff is about to happen. 

For one thing, the students from our most recent DTS (Discipleship Training School) returned from their outreaches to Palau and Central America and graduated!  Boy, did God really use them!!  Here is a quick excerpt from the Palau team: “We were able to get into the prison this week! It's so different from American prison. The men/women aren't in chains or behind walls, but literally just came and sat around a circle with us and worshipped! Rubin and I shared our testimonies, afterwards we were able to pair off one on one and pray with the prisoners. Cool story - Rubin was speaking with a man who is an ex-mafia member, past murderer, had been in prison in America for 10 years, was then transferred to Palau and has a 5 year sentence to finish out here. He has 4 more years left and told Rubin that while he was in prison in the US the "clique" he was a part of told him as "initiation" that he had a to murder a man from the rival gang. Before he went to murder the man he heard God say "what if you prayed for him instead of killed him?" ... Mind you, this is an ex-mafia man. So, oddly he says ok, and prays for the man! And in this prison, instead of murdering the man they ended up worshipping! The worship turned into all the men in the prison worshipping together! Instead of blood being shed, it turned in to love and lives changed! The gangs were able to come together and praise Jesus.. it was intense! After Rubin and I shared our testimonies this man told Rubin that he wanted to give his life to Christ. He then prayed and accepted Christ into his heart!! PRAISE JESUS!! There were many miracles in the prison that night, the Holy Spirit was SO apparent, you could feel His presence and anointing! It was beautiful!”  There are TONS more stories I’d like to share, so I will write a separate post soon!
Most of our students on graduation day!!
As for the second graduation that occurred, my amazing husband completed the Bible Core Course this past week!  I am so proud of him.  The BCC is an INTENSE, time-consuming 12 week inductive study of the Bible.  It will help him in teaching the Bible to others.  He really is a born teacher!  Anyways, many expected him to drop out since our girl died the first week of the course, but we truly felt that the Lord wanted Morgan to complete this course, so he (we!) stuck with it.  As always, God knew what He was doing and was able to speak much to Morgan and comfort him through all his time in the Bible.  At the celebration dinner each student got to stand up and receive encouragements, etc from their fellow classmates.  Most of them talked about Morgan’s humility and that they truly see him as “a man after God’s own heart.”  That’s my husband!  (He’s going to hate that I wrote all of that)
Just a usual day in the BCC!
Lastly, we have some pretty big news in regards to what’s next for us.  From before the time our sweet daughter died we felt that the Lord was talking to us about going home this summer.  We though that it was most likely to help get the YWAM Orange County base going.  Not the case.  After MUCH prayer, thought, and consideration we have come to the conclusion that we are to head home for the next 5-6 months for a time of rest and healing (our housing here is done July 20th, so we plan to head home by then...only 12 days away!!).  Though part of me is excited about this (I mean, I love home!), it is also a tough thing.  We absolutely love what we do and it is hard to step away.  YWAM Ships just acquired the old Hukilau Hotel here in Kona this past week and it will be the Ships base.  Everyone is working fervently to get it ready for the new batch of students that will arrive this coming Friday.  We were asked by Brett and Karen Curtis, the leaders of YWAM Ships, to stay through the summer and help them get the new base up and running.  It is all very exciting and we would love to play a part in it, but we just don’t feel that is what we are to do.  We know God has some awesome stuff planned for our time home though (He’s never boring) and we are excited to see what it is.  We are also VERY excited to see how and what He provides in regards to a living space, jobs, etc.  Do you know of anything either in the South Bay or Orange County (my mom lives in OC)?  Which leads me to the other part of us going home.  My dear momma has been sick with a rare form of Leukemia for 2 years now.  Her condition is very up and down.  Being home for a while will allow me to spend time with her and help her in any ways she needs.  I’d appreciate it if you would pray for her healing. 

So, dear friends and family, we will see many of you soon!  Again, thank you SO much for your love and support through these extremely painful and difficult months.  We love you and appreciate you.  We would love to pray for you too.  Send us a message….give us a call…..let us know if there is anything we can be praying for.
Who can resist that smile?!
Love and Blessings,

The Keach Family

Prayer Requests: For…
1) … our peace and comfort as we continue to mourn the loss of our daughter
2) … a smooth transition period (especially for Samuel!)
3) … housing, a car, and jobs while we are home
4) … my mom’s health

Monday, April 29, 2013

Our precious daughter, Sarah Ruby...



Gosh, I don’t even know how to begin this.  It is with a very sad and heavy heart that I have to let you know that our sweet, precious daughter has gone to be with Jesus.  She passed away on the 11th of April and I gave birth to her on the 17th.  This is absolutely the worst thing that could happen to a parent and I still can’t believe it has happened to us.  I want to thank all of you that have been faithfully praying for our daughter and standing with us in believing for her healing.  Though God did not make her sick or cause her to die, He did allow it and we trust that He knows what is best.  I also want to thank all of you that have already heard the news and have been praying for our peace and comfort and sending us loving messages.  It is definitely part of what is helping Morgan and me get through this.  I have been up and down and have experienced more emotions than I even knew were possible.  Though there is absolutely nothing that can take away the aching pain and emptiness I feel over the fact that I am not going to hold my sweet girl again (at least not on Earth) and watch her grow up, I am so very thankful for my husband and my son during this time.  My amazing husband has been a rock by my side through this all and has brought me much comfort.  Our precious son, Samuel, has been a source of much joy and laughter when we need it the most. 

The biggest thing that is getting me through this horrible time is my faith in our God.  Funny thing is a couple months ago one of our speakers asked our students what they thought could cause them to turn away from Him.  I discussed this with a few of them and told them my answer at the time.  I said the thing that came to my mind right away was the loss of a child.  I figured I would be so mad at Him for allowing this to happen that I might easily decide that He either wasn’t real or just not worth following anymore.  Now I find myself going through that exact thing and I find that He is the biggest help in getting through this.  Knowing that my daughter is in heaven with Jesus being loved beyond my imagination is very comforting.  She will not ever know pain, sadness, rejection….she won’t have to have any surgeries…  Knowing that I will see her again someday brings me so much comfort, hope, and joy.  Thank You, Jesus!  Don’t get me wrong.  I would be lying if I said that I have not felt any anger towards God the past couple of weeks and questioning whether He really speaks and whether or not we actually hear Him.  I’ve told Him as much.  I am thankful though that He is loving, patient, gracious, and gentle among many things.  He is also trustworthy and has proven this to our family time and time again.  So, I trust Him.  Yes, He could have saved her if He so chose.  He didn’t though and I believe it’s because that was the best thing for her and for us.  As my doctor put it, our daughter had “severe problems” with her heart and brain.  She may have come out needing tons of surgeries, etc. and been in lots of pain and we may have lost her anyways.  Neither Morgan nor I want this for our precious girl, so maybe God in His great mercy decided that it was best for her to go straight from her momma to Him.  Needless to say, it still hurts tremendously. 

What will we do now?  We will march on.  We considered moving home for a bit, but we know that He is calling us to continue on here in Kona with YWAM, so that’s what we will do.  There is no better place than being in the center of God’s will.  We will, however, be going home for 2 ½ weeks.  We really just need to be with our family and friends for a bit while we walk through this valley.  We are having a memorial service for our Sarah on Wednesday.  She is being cremated and we will spread her ashes her in Hawaii once we return from California.

Lastly, the unexpected expenses of flying back and forth to Oahu, flying home, and her cremation have presented a bit of a hardship for us.  If you feel to contribute to any of these expenses we would greatly appreciate it.  Just click here or paste into your browser: http://uofnkona.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=652&MN=5638 or send us an e-mail/call us.

Again, thank you so much for your prayers and loving, encouraging words.  They mean a lot to us.

Love,

Morgan, Lisa, and Samuel

Job 13:15 “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”

Prayer Requests
1)      for our comfort and peace
2)      that our time home would bring rest and healing
3)      that our financial needs would be met


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Blast Off Into the Nations




Hello all,

Here is an update on the school we are leading.

The young, timid, and reserved group that showed up in Hawaii nearly three months ago have vanished. In there place are people that are in love with God, excited to make Him known, free from a multitude of shameful things, and are having fun!
One young guy from the south, who dropped out of high school a couple of years ago, can’t put his bible down. Also for the first time in his life is excited for his future!
A girl from Britain, whom had made a suicide pact with friend’s years ago, is bursting at the seams with joy!
One girl from the Midwest has laid down her good plans for the future and is taking the challenge of following Gods path for her life.
A bunch of our students are walking around with a lot more confidence. God loves them; they know it, and they believe they can do anything!

The thing I love about DTS is the way Jesus meets with the students. You really get to know God, and when you get to know God… your life changes! When you are in the presence of God (and I am not just talking about a one off emotional experience) you want to get rid of pride, materialism, gossip, and just all of your crap. And when God changes your life, you experience freedom, peace, joy… oh brother, you just want to tell others.

On March 28th we sent these Jesus freaks to Central America and to Palau.

Team Central America: Will begin in Panama and sail our boat, the Caribbean Reach, up to Mexico. Along the way they will stop in Costa Rica to do bible distribution, in Guatemala to work in orphanages, and in Acapulco Mexico to work amongst the poor. They will also do evangelism everywhere they go. Also I may be visiting this team early in May, when they reach Mexico.

Team Palau: Will circulate between Palau’s four inhabited islands. They will work with a water ministry to help bring potable water to some of the isolated peoples of these islands. They will also be partnering with churches doing evangelism, and youth ministries. Palau is an island that YWAM Ships will be sending teams to ongoing, especially as we get our vessels into Micronesia.

Please pray for these two teams for: unity, open doors, clear communication with locals, safety, etc.

Thanks,
Morgan, Lisa, Samuel, Ruby

PS Lisa's April 1st appointment in Honolulu was delayed (joke was on us!) instead we will be going on Friday April 12th. Please keep praying for a good report. Thanks



Saturday, March 23, 2013

Baby Update



Luke 8:49-50
…Someone from the rulers house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.’ But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well”.

Baby update:

Lisa has an appointment April 1st (April Fools day!) in Honolulu for another ultrasound and an echo cardiogram. Based on how these go will determine if Lisa gives birth in Kona or Honolulu.
It has been a trying season of life but we have been hearing God’s voice clearly, and sensing His presence tangibly. Verses, such as the one above, have been coming up almost daily. The message we seem to be getting is “don’t be afraid, believe, and rejoice”. The peace of God that surpasses understanding, mentioned in Philippians 4, has been very real for us. We just know she is fine. That being written, we both have our moments of doubt, discouragement, and unbelief.
Some of the words God has spoken to us in the bible are as follow (if you want to check them out and pray through them with us): Isa54 and 55, 2 Chronicles 20 (about King Josiah) , Zephaniah 3:17, Psalm 105,  Psalm 103, etc. etc.
While Samuel was brewing in Lisa’s belly, both Lisa and I felt God speak to us a girl’s name. That name was Rumellah… just kidding! We both felt God say that we would have girl named Ruby. Later He told us when to have Ruby (June 2013). That is her name! A few weeks ago I felt prompted, by God I suppose, to look up how rubies are formed. The geologist writing the article stated that they are not sure how rubies are formed. He stated “rubies are a minor geological miracle”. The little gems baffle scientists. There is no way they should come out red, it is a mystery. I immediately drew a connection. The doctors are saying one thing, God is saying another… Ruby is a miracle!

Thank you all so much for your prayers and encouragement. Please be praying with us:
1)      That we would continue to be sensitive to Gods leading.
2)      For Ruby to be totally healthy
3)      For us to believe what God has spoken
4)      For a good report on April 1st



Thank you and God Bless,

Morgan, Lisa, Samuel, Ruby


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Our Little Girl

Isaiah 55: As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Hello Friends and Family,
I want to ask you for your prayers. On Friday Lisa and I went to Honolulu to for a special ultrasound. Our doctor in Kona suspected there was something wrong with our girl. In Honolulu they found three things:
1) The left side of her heart isn't as formed as they believe it should be.
2) There is excess fluid in her brain, they believe the spinal fluid isn't flowing freely.
3) They think she isn't growing as fast as she should.

They than threw out lots of different scenarios that were very troubling to us. We left the hospital feeling defeated and very heavy. We than went back to the words God had spoken to us about our girl. He told us her name two years ago, he told us the exact month when to have her, and numerous scriptures verses. We than asked Him to speak fresh words to us. Words that we can hold onto, believe for, and press into to see his will accomplished for our little girl. Since that time we have been greatly encouraged by what He has spoken to us. 
We are asking that you pray with us for her. I am also asking that you seek God for us and see if he gives you a word, or promise, for our girl. If you get something please pass it on. 
We will return to Honolulu in 6 weeks for another ultrasound. 
Please pray:
1) For strength for Lisa and I
2) For her heart to form perfectly
3) For the fluid to flow as it should
4) For her to grow just as she should

This is a difficult time but we have great faith in what God has shared with us. We are grateful for all of the people that have been praying all over the world for her. 
Also check out this youtube clip it speaks of the promises of God:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtBpQXTzL-w

Also I want to leave you with this encouraging story.

When our ministry leaders, Brett and Karen, were pregnant with their oldest son they received troubling news. The Doctors told them that his kidneys weren't formed, that his spine was not in good shape, and that he would probably be blind. They took it to prayer, and had others pray for their baby boy. When their son was born he had NOTHING wrong with him, he was perfectly healthy. Either the ultrasound technicians and doctors made a mistake or he was miraculously healed. Today their son has a degree in astrophysics! 

Genesis 18v14: Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Thank you for praying.

Morgan, Lisa, Samuel, and baby girl

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Year Ends and Another Begins!

Eph 3:14 For this reason I bow my knee to the Father…

Hello all,

Samuel in some shades!
What an exciting year 2012 was! We had a baby, moved a bunch of times, were provided numerous vehicles at various times, saw the Lord provide financially time and again, saw people get healed, saved, set free, and got pregnant again! What a stretching year it was for us.  Looking back in retrospect I am filled with amazement at how God brought us through so many trying times.

By far the highlight of the year was witnessing the birth of Samuel, and to watch him grow.  This has been the source of much laughter, joy, sleepless nights, and sometimes frustration. He truly is a lot of fun. He is full of smiles and very adventurous… he is a handful!



In January Lisa and I began running our first DTS! As I write, 20 students from North America and Europe are here in Kona, Hawaii learning more about God and preparing to make Him known.
Also, we have close to thirty students ministering in the Caribbean, Kirbati/Fiji, and the Amazon. 

Please pray for our precious little Girl!
Come June we are expecting our second child. We just found out it is a girl! The Lord had already given us a girl's name so we weren't really surprised! What is it? Practice hearing Gods voice and ask Him what her name is. We will be heading to Honolulu this week to have a special ultrasound. The Dr. says she has some swelling in her brain and they need to make sure it isn't serious. Often times theses things just go away. Pray that this thing goes away in Jesus' name! 






Thanks and God bless from the Keach family!
Please pray for us:
1)      For financial support (we are currently under-funded!)
2)      God's guidance for us
3)      For our new bunch of students
4)      Grace for our family as Lisa and I lead a school
5)      That Samuel would be able to put himself to sleep
6)      For opportunities to share the gospel