Monday, December 1, 2014

Celebration, updates, mourning...

Greetings Friends and Family,

Where to begin...well, our students returned from Panama and graduated just over a week ago!  They made it back safe and sound, God worked in and through them along the way, and they each say that going through a DTS (Discipleship Training School) changed their lives!  Knowing Jesus better has changed their lives.  The last few months have been hard and while we were in California I (we) really didn't want to come back.  We kind of just wanted to settle into a "normal" life back home: have a "whole" place of our own rather than live in a motel room; work for regular paychecks rather than simply believing in faith that all our expenses will be covered one way or another; be near our family and friends rather than feeling quite isolated and lonely quite often.  Then during their graduation I was struck again by the privilege and honor it is to do what we do and I "counted it all loss" (reference Philippians 3:8).  As one girl in particular stood up and shared where she was when she first got here (drinking, drugs, in a physically and verbally abusive relationship) to where God has brought her to (freedom, confidence, hope) I began crying.  This is what we do for "work!"  We get to be a part of young people being set free from addictions and hurts and stepping into the life God planned for them...into their true identity!  Of our 8 students, 5 are continuing on with YWAM (2 here in Kona, 1 in Australia, and 2 in Panama) and the other 3 plan to return next year to continue on with secondary schools in order to pursue medical missions.  SO awesome!  We are so very proud of them all.

To update your on some issues from our last blog: I am now 21 weeks pregnant and doing well!  As many of you know, we had an appointment on Oahu a couple of weeks ago for a special, in depth ultrasound and all looks well with the development of our baby BOY thus far!  Hallelujah!  We have another appointment there in 2 1/2 weeks for an echocardiograph to check on the development of his heart due to our history.  Please pray all is well.  I am feeling him move like crazy, which is great, and I have a feeling he is going to be a beautiful wild thing like his big brother!  In regards to the housing situation, we were accepted into the housing we mentioned and are praying into whether or not it is the right place/timing for our family.  As you may know, we have been without a car since our return in April.  We are being blessed by my sweet baby sister in a couple weeks as she is giving us her car when she heads back home to California.  Praise the Lord again and so thankful for her generosity and faithfulness!  By the way, it is an '89 Nissan Maxima and we have been praying for more of a family vehicle as we are expecting our 2nd little guy in April.  Yesterday a fellow YWAMer asked us if we would be interested in buying their mini-van come March when their family leaves for Micronesia.  She said they want to bless someone and would sell it for $300-400!  We'll let you know how that goes.  Oh, and Samuel picked up potty training pretty quickly.  Another hallelujah!
Baby Boy Keach...arriving April 2015!
Samuel listening intently to his Sunday school teacher, Ms. Yvette from Camaroon!
Lastly, I have been writing this with a very heavy heart.  We found out today that one of the DTS students from the main campus went missing while hiking on Saturday and they found her body yesterday.  It seems that she drowned in a heavy river current.  When Morgan came home and told me this I began crying and hit the floor praying for her parents.  Even before we lost Sarah I had a real soft spot for parents that have lost children, but now it affects me even more.  I experienced the worst pain I have ever known when we lost our Sarah and I imagine it is only a fraction of what Lindsey's parents are feeling.  I ask that you would please keep her family in your prayers as well as the rest of the students, leaders, etc here.

As always, we TRULY appreciate you and your support.  Please continue to pray for us and PLEASE let us know if we can be praying for you in a specific way.  Also, update us on your life!

Much love,

Morgan, Lisa, Samuel and Baby Boy Keach

Prayer Requests:
1) For a continued healthy pregnancy and baby boy
2) That we would have wisdom and discernment to raise Samuel up in the way he should go, and of course for his health/safety
3) For a happy, healthy marriage with open communication...that we would stand back to back (thank you, Nancy Sanchez!)
4) Clarity on our housing situation
5) For increased monthly financial support

Tuesday, October 28, 2014



let us run with endurance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1)


We just landed in Hawaii. We were welcomed home by some of our wonderful friends and a diabolically wretched smell in our place. Turns out our fridge short circuited, all of the food went bad, mold began to grow, and bugs got in! So gross! I meant to take a picture of it for all of your viewing pleasure, but our friend Jeremy cleaned it out for us before we could get to it… bummer!

I,  Morgan, spent a week down in Panama visiting with, and ministering alongside the team we sent down there. The team is doing well. They have had wonderful ministry opportunities: prison ministry, convalescent homes, preaching in churches, giving their testimonies, working in schools, etc. Unity is good and morale is good, but they are on the home stretch so prayer is much appreciated. Please pray that they would continue to walk in humility and unity, and that God would use them to lead people to the knowledge of the truth. The team returns to Kona on the 18th of November.

Also, we are a little concerned for one of our students. She came to us from a very dark life style. As I sat down with her in Panama, basically she told me she is thinking of going back to that life when she returns home. She acknowledges all of the things God has done in her life, and that He is who He says He is, but she just isn’t convinced she wants to live for Jesus. Pray that God would show her what He saved her from, and pray against the one who blinds the eyes of the people of this age.

Now that we are back I will be staffing an inductive bible study school  (Bible Core Course or BCC). The school ends around Christmas. Pray that the students go deeper in God’s word and thet get opportunities to share it on outreach. Samuel starts Keiki Corner on Friday (a group for 2 year-olds that meets 3 times a week). Also, we will start potty training him ASAP. Pray that goes smoothly!

Lisa is 16 weeks pregnant.  She has made it through a very rough first trimester! We go to the doctor on Tuesday the 28th and may be able  to find out the sex (any guesses?).  Pray all goes well, and for peace for Lisa, as going to these things can be stressful given our history.

Also, please pray for us as we are going to turn in an application for some housing that just opened up right next door to the main Kona campus. They are two bedroom/two bath apartments. It would be perfect for what we do, and for our growing family. Pray for God’s favor, and for him to open and shuts doors as he sees fit. Also pray for us as this will increase our rent by close to $400, and we would also need bed(s), dishes, dinner table, etc, etc.
Testimonies to follow I am sure!

Other than that God is good. Thanks for reading, and for praying.

Morgan, Lisa, Smauel

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Monday, October 6, 2014

From Kona to Torrance to Panama and Back!



Dearest Friends and Family,

Dave with some of the students in Redondo
We arrived in Los Angeles with our team two weeks ago.

The team is now in Panama ministering in prisons, orphanages, doing evangelism in the streets, and working alongside YWAM Panama to establish a coffee shop/ book shop in the heart of the city. God is moving powerfully through this rag tag group of young people!

Before they took off for Panama we all headed to LA/OC for two weeks. We had the privilege of hanging out at Freedom Church in Torrance. Pastor Jeremy Anthony hosted our team and set up some dynamite worship times with Nathan Smith and his worship band. Jeremy spoke for two days on prayer, the Holy Spirit, relationships. Dave Beck flew down from Sacramento and spoke for a couple of days. The students loved Dave! He challenged them to live in God’s presence as opposed to living as if He is not around. Dave taught on personal prayer times, and preached powerfully on slowing down and being fully present in the world (buy his book Luminous).

Me and the boys at the Black Bear Diner in Torrance
The day before the students left for outreach we had a powerful time of ministry. Jeremy had challenged the students to seek the Lord as to whether they needed to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. A few of them had decided that they indeed needed it. As we all prayed for them God moved powerfully through our team.

I will be heading out to Panama mid-October to visit the team. In the meantime we are working with some Ships friends trying to raise funds for some of our sailing yachts.

Lisa had an ultrasound whilst in Torrance that was a little troubling. The baby seems healthy. But the placenta appears to be tearing away from Lisa’s uterus. If that were to happen than we would miscarry.  Three doctors gave us three different bits of advice. 1) complete and total bed rest until the baby comes. 2) Pelvic rest. 3) Don’t bother doing anything special whatever happens happens.
As you can imagine that leaves us a little confused as of what to do. Lisa will go to the doctor again on Wednesday, and from that report we should have a better understanding as to what we should do. Prayers are appreciated.

Please pray:
1) For unity for our team in Panama, and for  God to make himself known through them.
2) For our family as we are apart for a week (while I am in Panama).
3)  For Lisa and I to make deep connections with our friends and family while we are home.
4) For the baby in Lisa’s stomach to be safe and healthy.



Thanks and God Bless,
Morgan, Lisa, Samuel, and little baby

Samuel playing the piano at Unlce Ian's wedding  party














Monday, August 25, 2014

Hurricanes, Pregnancy, and other stuff

Hello Friends,

We had a couple close calls with two different hurricanes. Thankfully hurricane Iselle never touched our side of the island, and hurricane Julio missed all of us. But Iselle did do a little bit of damage on the Hilo side. It was very stressful for us as we did evacuate our base, which is at sea level, and head to the main campus.
Some hurricane damage on Hilo side.

DTS: We are in week 8 of lecture. We have had several weeks of breakthrough in our school. Several students have been set free from bitterness, sexual sin, self hatred, etc. God has also been uniting our school (3 weeks ago none of them would hang out together, now they are becoming inseperable)!
 Pray for 1) continued breaktrhough. 2) For unity between students and staff. 3) For studen Ali who is in remission from cancer. Ali finds out friday if lumps in her lungs are cancerous or benign. Please pray

LA/OC: On the wekend of September 5th our entire school will be heading to LA/OC for two weeks of lecture. God is bringing things together. We have some options for places to stay but are waiting on God for the "right places."  We will also participate in fundraisers for our sailing yacht "El Encuentro." After students leave Lisa, Samuel, and I will stick around Torrance/OC area for four weeks. I will be working with some of our boat crew getting things ready for the El Encuentro to make its way to Panama. Let's hang out!
Ben: Teaching on the heart of the Father!
Please pray: 1) God to open and shut doors for us in LA/OC. 2) That we would have all of the logistics figured out for those two weeks.

Our Family: Lisa is pregnant! We are really excited, and a little nervous ( we had a still birth last year, and a miscarriage earlier this year). We choose to walk in the perfect love of Jesus, who casts out all fear! Please pray: 1) For a healthy pregnancy. 2) For Lisa's health (she is getting over pnumonia and currently has bruised ribs and is experienceing morning sickness). 3) For Samuel who has been getting sick a lot lately.
Thank you all so much. We so appreciate your support and encouragement. Thank you especially for praying for us, it is so very precious to us!

Morgan, Lisa, and Samuel

Monday, July 28, 2014

"Leaving on a jet plane..." Los Angeles or Bust!

Hello All,

"That I may know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed unto his death."   Philippians 3:10

DTS: We are currently wrapping up week three of the Discipleship Training School (DTS). We have 8 students (7 girls and 1 guy), and 5 staff (including Lisa's sister Samantha). Boy has it been a tough ride thus far.  Each of us shared our life stories during the first few days.  There is lots of brokenness.  A few of the different words used were "drugs, abused, suicide, stripping, depression, homeless..." One student in particular has literally come to us straight out of a lifestyle of many of those things listed.  Heavy stuff.  The beauty of it all is knowing what God can do in her life.  She has come here seeking and I know He will be faithful in answering.  That's what I love about working with the DTS.  We have seen student after student come and receive healing, freedom, and their identify through the love of Jesus.  It has been an exhausting and challenging three weeks thus far.  We are still figuring out how to balance our responsibilities as DTS leaders, our family time, our marriage time, personal time with the students, time alone with Jesus, etc.  It's hard to separate this all when you live in such close quarters. Despite all this, it is an honor and a privilege to be a part of this season of their (the students') lives.  We really get to see all that God is capable of. Please pray for God's all sufficient grace for us as we lead this school, disciple staff/students, and live in such close quarters with lots of people.
Dean Sherman teaching on spiritual warfare!

Outreach: We are sending the students to do outreach in Panama! They will spend most of the  outreach on the island of Bastimentos (for more information on this go to ywamships.net website or previous posts!).  We will keep you all posted.
Our bedroom, living room, and dining room.  Thank God for a sofa!

Los Angeles/Orange County? Last friday I (Morgan) had a realy zany idea come through my head. " Take the DTS to LA to finish the lecture." We processed going to LA with our leaders and they were surprisingly enthusiatic about it. Apparently our sailing yacht El Encuentro will be hosting fundraisers in Orange County during the dates we would be down there. So, it would be perfect timing for us to have a team down there to help. Also, that very boat will be heading down to Panama to the exact location where our team is heading to for outreach!

We will be heading to the LA area September 5th or so with our DTS! We have no idea where we will live, do class, etc. Maybe at YWAM LA? In the South Bay? Or in the OC? Please pray that God would open the doors that  need to be opened and that he would make things clear to us as we go.
Our closet converted into a "kitchen."

Also, please pray for Samuel. He is currently sick for the third time in six weeks.  He has an ear infection and terrible congestion that is making it impossible for him to sleep well!
Samuel and his buddy watching the digger from Keiki Corner!

Lastly, we are in need of monthly financial supporters.  Please consider partnering with us in both discipling and sending out young people and ministering to the isolated islands.  A monthly contribution of just $25, $50, or $100 would be awesome!  If you are interested, feel free to contact us or just click here to set it up http://www.uofnkona.edu/support/missionaries/?id=5638&search=keach

Thank you for all of your prayers.

Love,

Morgan, Lisa, and Samuel Keach

Marriage: House of Communication

Hello Friends,

This week we will simply look at and reflect on the "House of Communication" by Don Kirby.
Here are some questions to consider:

1) As a couple or family what level of the house do we most find ourselves on?

2) In which level of communication do we need to improve?

3) What are some concrete steps we can take in order to deepen our communication with each other?

Thanks and God bless,

Morgan

Monday, July 14, 2014

Marriage Post: Communication


Continuing with our weekly theme of marriage. We will briefly discuss communication. Once again this material comes from The Marriage Book by Nicky and Sila Lee.

Communication is key to a healthy marriage. I once was at a buddies horse shoe tournament and met a dude that married a gal from Japan. She spoke very little English, and he spoke no Japanese.... nor did he plan to! Boggles the mind doesn't it? How do they communicate? Lisa and I have a hard enough time communicating and we both speak English!

"Seek first to understand, than be understood"-- Steven Covey

5 Bad Habits to avoid in communicating:
1. Reassuring
2. Giving Advice
3. Intellectualizing
4. Going off on a tangent
5. Interrupting 

I bet you can easily identify the ones your spouse does! But which ones are you guilty of? Lets try an exercise. 
Next time your spouse comes to you with an issue
1. Listen
2. Repeat what they said : "So you\re telling me..."
3. Ask if you missed anything
4. Ask if there is anything more they want to say about it


God bless

Morgan, Lisa, Samuel

PS Lisa will post an update later this week.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Marriage Post part 2

Marriage Stuff:
This is the second week of a series we are doing on marriage. Once again this is stuff we learned in our Family Ministries School at YWAM Mata Mata in New Zealand. The material comes from the Marriage Book by Nicky and Sila Lee, I pray it is a blessing!
This weeks concept: Nurturing one another!
Genesis 2:18 The Lord God said " It is not good for man to be alone. I will make him a suitable helper".
WHY?  We should try and meet each others emotional needs for affection, encouragement, support, comfort, etc.
We all have a longing to be loved and to be known by one another.
We are made for close relationship.
HOW? Be proactive rather than reactive!
Reactive means focusing on your spouses shortcomings. Proactive focuses on their needs.
Proactive behavior draws couples together because each one feels loved. If you feel loved you feel like loving!
HOW (AGAIN)? Study each others needs (usually different than your own).
Make requests not demands.
We cant assume our spouse knows our needs or desire, try telling them what you need or desire.
For example I (Morgan) like to be affirmed , I like presents, etc.
Lisa likes companionship, practical helps, and undivided attention.
That is about it for this week. Thanks and I pray this blesses someone. It blessed me as I wrote it because reminded me to actually live it!

Thanks and God Bless,
Morgan, Lisa, Samuel

PS please pray for us. Our students from the Discipleship Training School we are running this summer just arrived! Also pray  me (Morgan) as I am  teaching on how to hear God's voice this week. Pray it goes well. Thanks!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Marriage Time

Hello All,

Building blocks for a strong marriage!
For the summer I am hoping to write a quick post each week (on top of the regular monthly updates). The focus of the summer will be marriage. I aim to pass on some of the information we learned from the Family Ministries School we took in New Zealand ( we are not experts... just simply desiring to put onto paper what we learned). The contents come from the "Marriage Book", by Nicky and Sila Lee. The book also has a work book and video series. It is out of Holy Trinity Bropmton Church in London England (same as the Alpha Course). The content is fairly straight forward and is useful for believers and non-believers.I pray that this info is a blessing. If you are not married than I pray the info is a blessing. Be blessed!



Building a Strong Foundation:
1. Make Time for Each Other. Sounds simple but this is the area where we mostly blow it. Everything gets priority over our spouse: kids, work, chores, tv, friends, sports, you name it.
 Every week we should set apart 1-2 hours to spend time with our husband/wife. Have some fun, go dancing, swim in a turquoise lagoon (if you live in Hawaii or some other tropical island), talk together, go for a walk, go roller blading,  etc. We call this "Marraige Time"...
The goal of "Marriage Time" is to add a little romance to our marriage, deepen our appreciation for one another, ensure we communicate regularly.
This is a first step in building a strong marriage. There is a lot more that can be written about this. If you want more information find the "Marriage Book" on your favorite book buying website or book store. The video series is a great thing to incorporate into a married peoples home group. You can even invite some of your non-christian friends!

Prayer: Father I ask in the name of Jesus that you bless the marriages of the people reading this. Amen

 Thanks and God Bless,
Morgan, Lisa, Sammy B.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Baseball Restored and Other Blessings



Dear Friends,

“...
let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1

Baseball has been restored to the island of Lib! I bet you never even realized that baseball had been put on hold in Lib, or that there is even an island by such a name(it is pictured above)!
Recently the Hawai’i Aloha (our ministry’s sailing yacht) traveled to the island of Lib, situated in the Marshall Islands. The ship brought a team that was able to perform a number of  services: medical, vision, vaccinations, and the Jesus film. The President of the Marshall Islands asked that we would make it a priority to visit Lib. Apparently Lib hasn’t seen medical services on their island for 10 years! What an honor it is to be able to bring medical services after such a long break. Not to mention a good opportunity to share the gospel!

How did our team restore baseball? Lib is a tiny island. There are only 100 or so people, with a land mass of .36 square miles. On a small island like Lib land is hard to come by.  They have a baseball field though! Recently an organization installed a satellite on the island so that the people can be better connected to the outside world. They had to place it smack dab right in the center of the outfield of the baseball diamond... game suspended! Thankfully, some of our guys raised some money and made a cage to protect the satellite dish from baseballs. Baseball is restored! God has not forgot about the people of Lib, and knows that they love baseball.
 
DTS: The school jumped from 3 students last time I wrote to 7. Also, a young guy showed up at the beginning of June to work with us here at YWAM ships. Turns out he was coming with the intent of staffing the summer DTS. It seems as if God is working on things in the background without us even knowing it… a good lesson in not stressing! Thanks for the prayers, now lets ask God for two girl staff, and a couple more guy students (we only have 1 dude right now).  A friend of ours wants to work with us but is having a difficult time raising the financial support needed to go on staff with us. Pray that he is able to raise the money… and quickly!

Turqoise shag? Lisa isn’t happy, but the turquoise shag is still in our rooms (to tell the truth I kind of like it). We have been able to make our rooms a bit more habitable… removing outdated lamps, tables, bunk beds, and other things people were storing in these rooms. Thanks to those that donated some money. We are buying some things to make a kitchenette! Mahalo.

Some more prayer requests:
1. For a car (someone is letting us borrow a car for the month of June! Pray something more permanent materializes).
2. For the incoming DTS students as they make preparations to leave home.
3. For our marriage to be strong, and Samuel to be healthy and happy!

Thanks to all of you that are journeying with us. We couldn’t be doing this without you.
Morgan, Lisa, Samuel

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Old Hukelau


Hello All,

We hope this communication finds you all well. As many of you know we are back in Kona, Hawaii. We are back in action and loving it. Below is some of things we are doing, and some of our needs.

Communal Living: We live at Port YWAM in Kona. It is a separate property from the main campus. It was the old Hukelau Motel on Alii Drive in downtown Kona (right across the street from where the Iron Man Competition begins and ends). It is a total blessing and provision from God. YWAM Ships moved here in July 2013 shortly before we went home to California. This is where we are running our schools, conducting numerous meetings each week, and where 95% of our staff are living. Lisa, Samuel and I share two rooms with an adjoining door.

The motel was a druggie motel for a decade or longer! The carpets are an old shag teal/turquoise, there’s vinyl wall paper, plumbing is outdated, the building is painted poo brown… it is a sight for sore eyes to say the least.  We will need to renovate our rooms a little: remove the wall paper, put in a new sink, tear out the carpet, etc. Each of us is responsible for both the financial side and physical labor of our room renovations, so if you would like to donate  money and/or time and labor for us to fix up our place it would be greatly appreciated. We need a dinner table, some chairs, a kitchen sink, flooring (tile or a wood laminate) and would like to have a little love seat to relax on.  We feel like God is finally having us settle in for a bit, so we would love to make this feel like home!
Bible Core Course (BCC): I am helping run our BCC this quarter. BCC is a 3 month inductive bible school. The students study 14 books of the bible during this time (and read the rest). They log in about 40 hours of personal study, and about 12 hours of classroom lecture. Please pray for me as I teach through the book of Amos next week!

Discipleship Training School (DTS): We were just asked to lead the summer DTS! This will be a lot of fun and a real good challenge for us. Currently there are 4 students accepted, and we need at least 3 more to be able to run it. Let’s pray for 10 more! We also need some staff, so please pray for quality people that will run with us! In reading the student applications and stories we can already see the great need for healing and restoration in some of their lives, so we are super excited to see what God has in store for them and to be able to put into practice the training we received in New Zealand. DTS students arrive July 3rd.

Keiki Corner: Samuel is getting to go to “school” three days a week for two hours each with a bunch of wild two year-olds. He loves it! Lisa helps run the program. As my mom says, “Working with that age group is like “wrangling kittens”…

Please Pray:
1) For our family as we settle back into Hawaii (we have been experiencing some serious spiritual warfare the past two weeks).
2) We need a car. Please pray God blesses us with a reliable one!
3) For more staff and students for the summer DTS.
4) For our students in the BCC to be forever ruined for the ordinary as they study the bible intensively.

Thanks so much and God Bless!

In Christ,

Morgan, Lisa, Samuel


PS If you would like to donate towards a car, our monthly living, or renovations on our rooms please click on this link and please note what you are giving towards.




Saturday, April 26, 2014

Celebrating Sarah...



“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”  Isaiah 43:2

There was a time shortly before Sarah died that God highlighted this verse to me.  I took it to mean that she was going to be okay.  I mean, He promised that He would be with me…that the waters would not sweep over me…that I would not be burned or set ablaze by the fire.  To me this meant that things would go exactly as I wanted.  That my baby girl would live and be healthy and happy.  After she died I had a true revelation of what He meant.  It says WHEN you pass through the waters and rivers…WHEN you walk through the fire.  Following Jesus doesn’t mean that you won’t suffer in life or have bad things happen.  We live in a world where everyone is free to make their own choices (God doesn’t want to control us) and the world is full of sin.  There are consequences to sin, which results in all the suffering and bad stuff that goes on.  So, though being a Christian doesn’t mean you won’t suffer, it does mean that when you do you have a personal God that will walk with you through it all…that will keep you from being consumed by the waters and the fire (fear, anxiety, hopelessness, depression…).  It has now been a year since we lost our Sarah and I truly understand the promise He made to me before she died.  Though it hurts, I am making it through with continued hope, joy, and peace because He is with me, which has kept me from being consumed by the fire.  He has been by my side through every moment of anger…every tear that I’ve cried…every lonely moment.  He wants to walk with you too.  Simply invite Him into your life.

April 17th marked one year since I gave birth to Sarah.  Morgan, Samuel, and I went to Keauhou Bay to remember our daughter (Samuel’s sister).  The Bay is where we spread her ashes.  We played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version, of course), prayed, and threw some pink plumerias into the ocean as we did last year.  It hurt as it did then, but we released her to God once again and we were at least able to rejoice in the fact that she is in heaven with our Jesus. 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

One Year Later...



Greetings!
“Casting all your anxieties on Him, because he cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7

Sarah in mommies tummy.
On April 12th 2013 we were in Honolulu hearing the worst news of our lives. Our daughter had died! We had been seeking God for her healing, and we believed that God would heal her. We had prayed, and received many words from God that we felt pointed towards her healing. In retrospect we can see how God was preparing us for April 12th 2013.

 
One year later (April 12th 2014) we found ourselves in Honolulu again. This time it was in transit from New Zealand on our way back to Kona, Hawaii. It was a bit hard to be in Honolulu on the 12th, and it seemed like such a a strange coincidence. 

God has carried us, and is carrying us. We are still dealing with the pain of losing Sarah, but God is mighty and in our weakness He has proven to be our strength. On April 17th Lisa, Samuel, and I will celebrate her life (as that was the day Lisa birthed her).

Sammy loves flying

FMS: Our school has ended. It was an amazing time of training, equipping, and healing. We are grateful for all that we learned and are excited to see how God will use it. Pray for God to open doors for us to teach what we have learned to others.Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen: to those who gave money, and to those that lifted us up in prayer and contended for God's breakthrough. What a testimony to God's faithfulness, and provision!

YWAM Ships: We have hit the ground running! I (Morgan) am working with our 3 to 5 month bible school, and Lisa will be working with the Discipleship Training School. (Pray that these schools would run well and that God would meet with us powerfully).
The ministry is super busy, and expanding quite rapidly. One of our ships, El Encuentro, is currently in Wilmington, CA waiting for some work before it can head for Panama. She is needing about $50,000 worth of work! Please be pray for God to release the needed funds.
If  you are interested in seeing El Encuentro contact me: mkeach82@hotmail.com

Prayer Requests:
El Encuentro waiting for deployment in the Carribean
1) For us as we commemorate our daughter’s birth on April 17th
2) For our marriage to be strong and healthy
3) For God’s financial provision
4) For good communication between co-workers (strained relationships is the number 1 reason why people leave the mission field)
5) For opportunities to minister to others from what we just learned


Thanks for all of you prayers and support. We are truly appreciative for each of you.


Morgan, Lisa, and Samuel



Friday, March 14, 2014

A day in the life of the Keach family...


Samuel and Daddy having lunch in the dining hall...pumpkin soup!

Isaiah 58:12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

Kia Ora from New Zealand!

Samuel and his schoolmates listening to a story.
Hope all is well with you and yours!  We'd love to hear what's going on in your life when you get a chance to drop a line.  Wow, as I sit and type this I am amazed by the fact that 8 of our 12 weeks here in NZ are done and gone.  It has been quite challenging and difficult at times, but it sure has been good too!  We have learned SO much in the short time we've been here.  Some of the subjects covered so far are: Learning Styles; Father Heart of God; Ministry to Children and Teens; Generational Issues; Biblical Worldview; Basic Counseling Skills; Family Systems and more.  Through these teachings God has opened our eyes to areas in each of our own lives that needed healing and restoration...stuff from our childhood and personal family system.  We have learned how these things affect our parenting and marriage today...in good ways and in not-so-good ways.  In addition to the weekly teachings, we are going through The Marriage Course.  Topics covered include: Building Strong Foundations; The Art of Communication; Resolving Conflict; The Power of Forgiveness; The Impact of Family - Past and Present; Good Sex; Love in Action.  If interested, click here http://www.alphausa.org/Groups/1000067841/The_Marriage_Course.aspx  We are also working through a book titled Families in Ministry: How to Thrive - Not Just Survive.  This has been very helpful in learning how to function best as a family in full-time ministry!




In addition to the curriculum side of things, we have small groups, discussion groups, work duties, worship, and intercession.  All of this keeps us very busy, but thankfully we still have plenty of time to spend as a family on a daily basis.  In addition, God has blessed us with a car for much of the time that we are here, so we have been able to do a few day trips on the weekends.  It's been fun!

Samuel and his best friend, Michael, from Czech Republic!
The other awesome part of our time here so far is all the international friends we have made.  My small group consists of 6 women; all of us from different nations: South Korea, Brazil, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, and of course, USA.  Samuel's best friend lives next door and is from Czech Republic.  In fact, Samuel has been learning a few German words and is now saying, "Nine, nine" to us when he doesn't want to do something!!  ("Nine" is "no" in German)  He is having a ball here and his favorite pastime is jumping on the big trampoline.  He does "flips" (bouncing onto his buns) and turns in circles while he jumps.  The base is like one big park for him!

Lastly, there has been exciting stuff going on with our ships ministry.  PLEASE take a quick look at the 3 minute video our team in Micronesia put together!  Click on the link and watch the video:  www.ywamships.net  We are excited to return in April and get to work! 

As always, we truly appreciate your encouragements and prayers.  Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is any way we can be specifically praying for you!

Please pray for us:
-     for God's continued work in us while here in NZ
-     a living space and a vehicle when we return to Kona
-     good health

Love and Blessings,
Morgan, Lisa, and Samuel

Sunday, February 16, 2014

New Zealand Update



Greetings from New Zealand!
2 Corinthians 4:7- 9 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed;  perplexed but not driven to despair, persecuted but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed.
Here is a quick recap of where we are at, how we got here, and what is going on.

Samuel waiting to get picked up from school
In December we got accepted to do a Youth With A Mission training school entitled Family Ministry School (FMS) in New Zealand. The problem was that we needed roughly 13 to 14 thousand dollars to do it. So we let out a few lines, did some praying, and released it to God. As the arrival day of the school (January 18th)  approached it was seeming that we weren’t going. In fact, on Sunday the 12th we had told friends and family that we would be staying home for a little longer. Monday the 13th threw us for a loop when some friends said they were giving us 10 grand! Later that week through the generosity of many of our friends we received the remainder of our needed funds! 14 grand in a week! God is amazing. Thus began a mad scramble that had us buying plane tickets and leaving early Saturday morning, the 18th.
Off to school!
The day before we left I met with my friend and pastor, Jeremy Anthony. Before we parted he said something to the effect of “Well when God comes through like this it leaves no doubt He wants you there. That way when things go wrong you know you should be there! And like Peter we can say, ‘Where else can we go, you have the words of life.’”
I thought, “ When things go wrong? What is this guy talking about?”
Not shortly after we arrived Lisa began to feel something wrong in her body. Lisa was 8 weeks pregnant, but when we got to the doctor we discovered that she had in fact lost the baby. Two babies in heaven in one year. No words to describe it.
What are we going to do? Jesus has the words of life. Where else are we going to go? So things are a bit hard for us, but we can honestly testify to the grace of God. We have felt His peace and His comfort like I wouldn’t imagine it possible. Thanks for praying for us. Like the verse posted above, we are perplexed but not driven to despair. He will get us through this! He will yet turn our mouths to laughter and our tongues to joyful shouting. If you haven’t given your life to Jesus, you should greatly consider it. When the trials of life come, Jesus is there to guide you and comfort you through them, you can trust Him.
A lecture on ministering to teens
The school has been great. The teaching has been wonderful. We are learning a lot. The work has been busy, yet rewarding. Samuel has lots of friends his age, and is loving the daycare. New Zealand is beautiful and green! Lots to say here, but we will leave it for another week.
What can I say? We are afflicted in every way but not crushed. May God be glorified through these jars of clay.
Please pray:
1) For our marriage to be strong
2) That we would get from this course all that God sent us here for.
3) That God would give us vision for ministering to families (ours and others).
4) For Lisa to heal and recover
5) For God’s continued grace
Thank you all so much for your love, prayers and support,

Morgan, Lisa, and Samuel 

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Right when you think it's over....then God!



            
Hello All,
Right when we had given up on New Zealand some friends blessed us with a $10,000 donation! So, we are scrambling right now to get things together to leave Friday or Saturday! We still need to raise $2,000 more but...if He has provided 10 He will provide the 2!

So if you want to give towards our school in New Zealand it would be greatly appreciated.
http://www.uofnkona.edu/support/missionaries/?id=5638

Also, we are going to have an information meeting this coming Thursday the 16th from 7-8pm in Torrance. Have you ever wondered, "So what do they even do in Hawaii?" This will be a great time to hear first hand what we are doing in Hawaii and the Pacific region through our training schools and our ship equipped ministry. The evening will last an hour, and will include dessert!  We would love for you to join us!!

Please RSVP if you are going to come: lilkeach@gmail.com

God is amazing!

Blessings,

Morgan, Lisa, and Samuel