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!