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 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  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:  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

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