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...

“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:

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