Monday, September 21, 2015

5 years

Psalm 84:5 "Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage."

This week we are celebrating a milestone as a family. We have been in missions for five years!

Lisa with Barry Gibb in Brazil
It has been five years since Lisa and I have been serving as missionaries with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). During that time we have been a part of training over 150 young people from over 15 nations. We have also led or been a part of sending teams to over 12 nations including Brazil, Thailand, India, China, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Tahiti, and Saipan! During all of this activity we have also found time to have three children:  Samuel (Jan 2012), Sarah April 2013 (she is with Jesus), and Jack (April 2015)!

Sometime before we set out on this journey a friend was praying for us and prayed, "Blessed are those who keep their bags packed" (which is a variation of the psalm quoted above). As our friend prayed this over us he said he saw "bags packed and waiting by our front door at all times." How exciting that sounded at the time of that prayer! In the past five years we certainly have traveled, and moved, a whole lot. Blessed are we because we have kept our bags packed!

Despite all of the moving, we have learned a ton about God and his ways, leadership, and about working with people from vastly different cultural backgrounds. We have seen people radically healed of diseases, delivered from demonic bondage, people forgive seemingly unforgivable wrongs done to them, miraculous provision of finances and food, and lots of people give their lives to Jesus. What an amazing five years. Oh the stories we will tell our grand kids!
Handing out flyers for a party!
Thank you all so much for journeying with us this past five years! We could not have done it without your prayers and your financial generosity. We are so grateful for all of God's people who have committed to the work God is doing in and through us. We are floored by God's goodness reflected in you guys.
Prayer Requests:
1) For us to seek the Lord with all of our hearts
2)For God's continuing guidance and provision
3) For God's presence and anointing on our training schools.

Thanks and God Bless,

Morgan, Lisa, Samuel, and Jack

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