Monday, January 19, 2015

Carrying On

Samuel's friends praying for him on his B-day

Hello Everyone,

s/y Hawaii Aloha in land fill
Ministry: We are dealing with the aftermath of the our vessel capsizing and running a ground, and the loss of our crew member Aaron Bremner. Pray for us as we grieve the loss of our friend, and as we move forward as a ministry. I have been trying to reach out to a few of the guys that knew him best. Pray that I would get the opportunity to counsel and be there for some of these young guys  that hurting pretty bad over this.
Check out ywamships.net , Aaron's parents wanted to set up a memorial fund in his name for us to get a new boat. Also check out this link to read the West Hawaii Today article, and to see how they dismantled the boat. http://m.westhawaiitoday.com/community-bulletin/kona-sailboat-salvage-prompts-new-insurance-policy-boaters

Family: We recently moved from the ministry base to government housing next to the main YWAM campus. The campus acquired the housing. It consists of 120 or apartments. Half will go to YWAM workers and the other half to people in the community. It is an incredible opportunity to live and reach out to some of the people here that our boats are trying to reach out to in Micronesia. Sometimes we look at our windows ad we think we have been transported to another country... smokey barbeques going, naked boys playing in the drive, people speaking different languages. It is awesome! Pray that we get opportunities to be a light and a witness in this community, and that we make good connections with our new neighbors.
Samuel: Turned 3 last week! We had a birthday party for him on Saturday, it was a rocking good time.
Sammy wanted a shave ice for his b-day!
He also started pre-school last week! He loves dancing, singing, and jumping around during the morning worship times! But he has expressed concerns that they aren't doing a lot of numbers and letters.
He is so much fun, we love him and are proud of him. Pray that he has a smooth transition into preschool, and that he doesn't get sick (he is starting to).
3-D pic of the little guy
Baby boy: Lisa recently flew to Oahu to have a special ultrasound to check babies heart. All looks good. Lisa will not have to return to Oahu again, and we are scheduled for a c-section on April 9th (the same day our students are to arrive for April quarter!). He is a healthy and active baby boy! We are getting very excitred for his arrival. We are still praying about a name, if you have any thoughts, suggestions, or want to practice hearing God's voice... feel free to send us an e-mail with suggestions, thoughts, or ideas.





Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support. It has been amazing to see how God  has provided for all of our needs in the past few months (and years). We know that has a lot to do with your prayers, and generosity.


Morgan, Lisa, Samuel, Baby boy


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Friday, January 9, 2015

Tragedy at Sea

Tragedy at sea:

Its with heavy hearts that we write this first post of the new year. On Saturday morning around 9 am I received an emergency text from our director asking all of the leadership team to assemble in our conference room. Once gathered we were informed that our sailing yacht the Hawaii Aloha had capsized off of the Kona coast and one of our crew members was missing (for a more detailed account of the incident, and status of our crew please visit ywamships.net).
My job was to gather staff and volunteers to go to the site where the vessel had run aground  (at the four seasons hotel north of Kailua-Kona), and begin to pick up debris, and clean up whatever may wash up on shore. For the next two days I helped organize 100 or so volunteers to clean up debris, and to gather the crews belonigns that had washed up on shore.
For three days following I was at the boat site from early in the morning to late at night as I worked with reporters, insurance people, police, fire search and rescue crews, coast guard, and boat salvagers.
Its been a long few days. We are worn out physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Aaron: Aaron is a 24 year old man who was crew on our sailingvessel.  Aaron had been crew on The Hawaii Aloha as it sailed through Micronesia last year and he was committed to spending the next two years sailing through Micronesia, Australia, and Hawaii.
Aaron went to Redondo Union, was a skateboarder, and used to listen to punk rock music. He reminded me of a lot of south bay kids I know and grew up with... kind of had an attitude, super funny (borderline innapropriate), and extra raw in his young faith. Aaron was on fire for Jesus. He had come out of a party lifestly, but had gotten wrecked for God, in a good way, when he did a YWAM school in Australia a couple of years ago.  Most of our conversations centered around Hebrews 12... what weights and entaglements could he cast off so that he could run the race before him. This was a young guy oozing with passion.
It was surreal being at the beach, with the boat crashed on shore, fire guys searching the boat, than searching the coast, coast guard helicopters buzzing off shore, Aarons parents showed up, they mostly ministered to us... heavy.
Wednesday was the first day they didnt search for Aaron, and thursday was the first day I didn't  go out to the site. They haven't found Aaron, which makes it hard to let go of a little glimmer of hope... but the parents decided to have a memorial for him Tuesday night, it was a lot like the one we had for our daughter (almost two years ago).
In 2004 I was in New Zealand when I found out some devastating news. One of my best friends, Ryan Thomas, died suddenly on a Humboldt basketball court from a heart condition he didn't know he had. It was through that incident that I realized my need to surrender to Jesus, and to live for him. It was through that that God grabbed hold of my life.
Today is the start of a new quarter. Fifty young people are showing up to go deeper with God, to get equipped so they can go out and spread the flames of revival. Some of them were going to serve on that ship. Pray for us... its a somber way to start a new quarter. But God often moves much deeper in brokeness than hype... so who knows what He will do.
Pray for us as a ministry: we have to deal with lawyers, insurance companies, salvage companies...
pray for us: we have lost a crew member and a friend.
One last thoguth: Aaron could've died drunk driving, or doing drugs, but God had changed his life majorly. Instead he went down sailing on a vessle that was loaded with gear to reach out and bless some of the most isolated peoples on the earth. It is a total tradgedy.... but his life wasn't wasted.
For more information go to ywamships.net

Lisa and I have a lot of things we want to share about what else has gone on, but for now we feel to leave it at this.
Thank you,
 feel free to write to us with any questions you may have.
We love you guys

Morgan