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