Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
Taking off from Wotje Atoll

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

School Pictures

Here are a couple pictures of the students. They are very excited about the changes in the school. Please pray for our young students and that we will have an impact on them for Jesus!

Running with the vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard
Majuro, Marshall Islands

Two Schools and a Radio Station

Hello from the Marshalls. Well in the two pictures above you see Principal Shawn of Bible Baptist Academy and Brother Steve (Me) of the Christian Training Center. Praise God for His goodness. Now we have the priveledge of running not one but two christian schools here on Majuro with plans to build two more. The vision is growning. Shawn is full time now as a principal and has 42 students at this time. We have ten more committed to start after the first of the year. Already we are growing. We have two full time teachers and one volunteer along with Shawn. It is so awesome to be involved in young lives. CTC is on break for now. Due to the move and my trip to the US coming up, they are now on Christmas break. We have twenty five students full time there and we are expecting more growth in that area.
The desk you see me sitting at is inside the radio station. With the compound we obtained the tower (100 feet) and the radio station building. Total cost for both of these is about 11,000.00. The radio equipment inside the station is under negotiation. The person who donated the equipment would like for it to either be purchased or he will move it. Because we are not in his denomination he would like it to stay within his church or be sold to us. Please keep this in prayer. However though we did get licensed for FM operation (V7AA) and know that the licensing for AM/Shortwave will follow. Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support. We would love to hear from you! Please if you have any questions about the mininstry email us at ClarkMVIMI@hotmail.com
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and the gang
Majuro, Marshall Islands

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Hey What's Going on?

Good morning from the islands. Some of you might say what's going on? Well everything is tied up with the property. We have taken over the school and will start to move on the land this weekend. Praise God! It was truly a miracle and favor from God that we got the property. It is what we have been praying for and believing for. Shawn is already teaching in the school and as you can guess the kids love here. We are blessed to have two teachers on staff working and teaching in the school. We currently have 46 students that are with us recieving Christian education! Isn't God so good. We obtained a lot of assets with the compound. We will start this week inventorying and seeing what we really have. Believe me when I tell you we have got our socks blessed off. Our minstry in just two weeks has jumped ahead about three years. Keep us in prayer as we assume the duties of the property.
The financing was just an act of God. Money came in left and right and was a huge blessing. We still have a balance of 55,500 but we know that the funds will come in soon. Please agree with us for a speedy payoff so that the ministry can be debt free. Be blessed in all that you do and we will update you again next week.
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travie, Stephen and Richard
Majuro, Marshall Islands

Monday, November 27, 2006

Changing the World for Jesus

Good day from the Pacific. We had an awesome day yesterday. We ministered at Ajeltake Full Gospel Church. We had an awesome time in the Holy Ghost. The message was, "What are you doing now"! We asked the question what are you doing now to change the world for Jesus. Are you working for Him or yourself. Are you moving forward in the kingdom and winning souls or are you sitting down waiting on the end. We focused on what will Jesus find you doing when He comes. It was a great day in Jesus.
Things are changing here in the islands. We put a couple of pictures up so you can see a couple of islands. Air Marshall Islands is in dire financial trouble and looks like they are on the way down. The aircraft have not flown for about three weeks now. This effectively cuts off many of our outer island pastors. They now must depend on government ships for supplies. They to can not be counted on to be consistent. So that is where you can help us in prayer. We are moving forward with the project to get boats to pastors. That will give them the ability to fish and provide food for their families and people. We have obtained a boat for the ministry that will help us take supplies to the outer islands and get people back to Majuro for medical help. The boat's name is the Pointman. He is in need of some engine work and we are believing God for a new 75HP four stroke engine for it. We also are needing some other parts/navigational aids. We hope to be operational with this asset the end of Febuary to start helping the outer islands. Please keep this lifted in prayer.
We have submitted the last of the paperwork this morning for the compound. We are standing in faith nothing wavering. Once this goes through we are believing God for a speedy payoff so that the mission is debt free. The bottom line is, things are speeding up in the last days. God is making assets available for all ministries around the world. It is up to us the people of God to strike, take advantage of the time and win souls for Jesus! Please support your local churches and give your pastors 100 percent of you! If you would like to help us in any area of ministry or want to be added to our email/mailing list. Please contact us at Clarkmvimi@hotmail.com
Running with the vision!
Steve, Shawn and the boys

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Believing God!

Good morning! Many of you already know that we have been working on obtaining a compound here in the islands. This morning we wanted to put up a few pictures so that you could see it. It is a complete Missions compound. It has a home on it, a school, radio station and tower. Many other things that we will not list in the post. The total cost of the compound is 85,000. We have already raised 26,000. We are in the process of obtaining a loan for the balance. We have 20,000 on hand so we have applied for a 65,000 loan. So we are now waiting on a decision. We believe that this is another piece of our vision here in the Marshall Islands. We also know that everything will be paid for in less that a year. Just to give you an idea of the on the compound, to build the home that is on the property would cost about 110,000. We are getting everything for 85,000. That in itself is a miracle of God. Please pray and agree with us on this project. If you would like to contribute or need more information on the project. Please contact us through the Missionary Ventures link or at ClarkMVIMI@hotmail.com for more information.

Running with the vision,
Steve, Shawn and the boys

Friday, November 24, 2006

Pictures of Teaching in Rairok Full Gospel

Ministering on the Book of Ruth and Revelation on Majuro. Four Full Gospel Churches attended every night.....

The end to a great trip

Well good day from the Marshall Islands. Monday was our last day with Cathy Bentley and Linda Gallagher. Two awesome women of God. They were a huge blessing to us here in the islands. On Monday Linda and I went down to the ministry of health. Linda had brought some much needed medications from Blessings International and Winter Haven Worship Center. She presented these items to Russell Edwards the Secretary for Public Health. It was an awesome blessing and was much needed.
Last week Cathy ministered at Rairok Full Gospel church. Four churches participated in the four day mini session with her. She shared on Ruth and Revelation with them and updated them on what is going on in the world. In addition to our regular students we had over 100 people attend the teaching sessions every night. Once again it was awesome to have both of them with us here in the Marshalls. They truly blessed the Marshallese and our family. One final note Cathy brought 36 study bibles that were given to our students. These bibles were from the people and missionaries in Guyana. Not the US but other missionaries from other parts of the world praise God. If you would like to donate materials for the students please contact us. We are always in need of Concordances, Bibles, Dictionaries, commentaries and other bible study material. Be blessed in all that you do and may you prosper even as your soul prospers.

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and the boys

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A few more pictures of Ebeye

Just a few more photos of Ebeye.

Special Force For Christ

This is a new singing group on Ebeye. Their name is Special Force For Christ. After my trip there a couple weeks ago they came together and picked this name. Many of you who know my background understand the reason behind this. What is amazing about this is are the people who are in the group. They are three very special couples. Now all saved but not always. The three women pictured there became Christians under Pastor Anwi Morris's ministry. After they became saved they began praying for their husbands. After a long time of praying and believing God the result is all three of these men came to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Praise God! Two of these men were into drugs and were even selling them. They were very bad men and many Marshallese were afraid of them. Now they are serving God and singing unto the Lord. These families have been radically changed by the Word and the power of the Holy Ghost. This is what is happening in the Marshall Islands. People walking in faith and a pastor faithfully preaching the word of God. The results, Lives radically changed for Jesus. Be blessed and we will post their testimonies on our BLOG in a future posting. Please pray for these couples as they continue to serve Jesus. Be blessed.

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and the coconut gang

Pictures of Ebeye Trip

Just a few pictures of our trip to Ebeye..

Steve and Shawn

Teaching Trip to Ebeye

Good morning. We got back Monday night our time and Sunday your time from Ebeye. We left on thursday morning and traveled to Ebeye to minister to the Full Gospel Church there. We had an awesome time in the Holy Ghost. Cathy Bentley ministered every night and it was awesome. She taught on the book of Ruth and the prophetic picture that was shown there. It was awesome every night. She through the Holy Ghost brought great insight into the end times. It was a great blessing to the Marshallese. Cathy has been here five times before but this was her first trip to Ebeye. It was great.
Linda Gallagher ministered to the ladies and the children. She shared her testimony with the ladies and ministered to the children on Sunday morning. She touched many people on Ebeye also. It was great to see these two Holy Ghost women flowing in the Holy Ghost. They are now in Majuro with us and Cathy is teaching the training center students. What was supposed to be just the students has turned into a four church event here on Majuro. So we are expecting great things.
We have to say that both of these ladies are true blessings to us and the Marshallese. Once again keep us in prayer as we continue to minister here in Majuro this week. Be blessed and may you prosper even as your soul prospers.
Running with the vision.
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen, Richard, Cathy and Linda
Be blessed.
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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

On the Move in the Islands

Well today was a great day! The Lord is always so good to us, it never ceases to amaze me to see His goodness. Well on saturday Cathy Bentley and Linda Gallagher arrived from Winter Haven, Florida. They are going to spend the next sixteen days with us teaching and sharing the Word of God. They are both wonderful women of God and we are looking forward to their ministry.

They came in on saturday and on sunday Cathy ministered in Rairok Full Gospel Church in the morning and at the Laura Full Gospel Church on Sunday night. Needless to say the ladies had a full day on Sunday. Monday they rested and relaxed a little preparing to go off island. We were scheduled to go to the islands of Wotje and Ebeye but because of transportation problems we are just going to Ebeye. We will spend five days there and they will be ministering to the whole body of Christ. We are expecting great things.

After we return from Ebeye they will spend four days ministering to the students in the training center. It is a great blessing to us and the Marshallese. A big thank you goes out to their families for letting them come to the Marshall Islands. When they arrived they had a surprise for the students. They brought with them thirty six study bibles! Praise God! A tool that these young pastors need. We will post more on that with pictures when we hand them out. We will follow up after our return from Ebeye.

We so appreciate all of your love and support. Continue to pray for us here in the Marshall Islands as we run with the vision. We as always continually thank God for your prayers and support.

Running with the Vision in the Marshall Islands and the Pacific Rim,
Steve, Shawn, the boy, Cathy and Linda
"May you prosper even as your soul prospers"

Friday, October 27, 2006

Ebeye and Back

Well we are back on island after after trip to Ebeye. We left for Ebeye last saturday morning and returned on Monday. Then once again on Tuesday back into the classroom. There is definitely always something going on here in the islands. Our trip to Ebeye was awesome. We flew in on Saturday and met with the Full Gospel Pastor and deacons. After that off to a birthday party. Hermai Makkoro’s, a deacon of the church, grandson had his one year birthday party. So we went and had a great time fellowshipping with the people.

Sunday we were back in full swing and ministered in both services in the church. In the morning we say the power of God fall. People were filled with the Holy Ghost, bodies were healed and other set free. It was a powerful time. However, no airconditioning in this church. Now I have to say that most churches in the Marshall islands but Ebeye is a little different. Ebeye is a very small island about the size of one airport runway, length and width that is. It is home to about 16,000 people. Believe me, the houses there are about three to four inches apart. It is very crowded and the living conditions are very difficult. Problems with sewer, water and other social problems abound. Most of the Marshallese that live here work on Kwajalien, the US base here in the Marshall Islands. Anyway the full gospel church there has no windows and is cooled by one airconditioner. Well Sunday morning the power was out! That however did not stop the Spirit of God. I have to tell you though my whole body was pouring sweat. I have to say though when God is moving you do not even notice it.

It was an amazing Sunday morning and Sunday was just as powerful! On Monday we went and surveyed the location of the school that they want to build. Land on Ebeye is very precious and this gift from the senator of Ebeye is awesome. It is a piece of land that has a building on it. It will have to be renovated but it is in good shape and should be able to have about ten classrooms. So believe God with us for doors to open to build this school. Our vision is to have this school up and running by August of next year. Then I found a special jewel. Ebeye has its own FM radio station that is not being used! It is fully operational but no one is operating it at this time. When it was running everyone on the island listened to it! So we are going to approach the people in charge of it and see if the Full Gospel church can run it! We are believing God for this tool to be put in the hands of the churches. That evening I flew back to Majuro.

School has been great this week and everything is on track. We are looking forward to next week when Cathy Bentley and Linda Gallagher from Florida come and minister here in the islands. We are planning on taking them off island to two outer islands to minister. We are believing God for great things to happen while they are here. So we are in the preparation mode for them to come. After the outer islands we are hoping they will be able to spend time with the students. Oh yeah, we finally got the stamps and were able to mail out the newsletters. I believe that you should have them next week.

For those of you who email us regularly we have had no phone for most of the week. It has been in and out. We also had a power outage yesterday. The ship came into today and we should have our gear on Monday afternoon. Praise God we are ready to put that generator into action! We ask you to keep us in prayer. We pray for you and believe in you all. We thank you all so much for your prayers and support. May you always prosper even as your soul prospers.

Running with the Vision
Steve, Shawn and the boys

PS: The Pictures above are of Ebeye Full Gospel Church and Ebeye as you come in on the boat.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Busy Busy Busy

Well hello! It has been a long week since the storm. The storm passed with no loss of life, praise God just a lot of trash to clean up. Before we left to come to the Marshalls we remember the year of the four hurricanes that came through Florida. Wow! It took quite awhile for many people to recover and some are even still recovering from that year. Even as the storm was going on here we thought about that time. Here in the Marshalls there is no where to run. When a typhoon comes or a major storm system it is time to batten down the hatches and hang on. It is truly a time a faith and relying on God’s protection. I have to tell you though that we prayed and went to bed as usual. We slept a most peaceful sleep knowing that God had everything in control. The other part of the miracle was that we did not lose telephone or electricity. Praise God, that was a blessing in its own right. God most certainly knows how to care of us, we just need to remember to rely on Him at all times.

In the picture above you see a picture of Pastor Joni Labjanil and his wife Reesa and their son Joe. They are now pastors on the Langnaar atoll to our south. They are the last atoll in the Arno chain. They moved their this weekend to take over a church there. Pastor Joni, was a CTC student and trained under Dr. Lew Davis and when we came he continued under our ministry. Please keep his family in prayer. Arno is very remote and the conditions there are tough. However we have no doubt in this man of God and know that he is walking in the will of the Father. Where there is vision there is provision.

The day after the storm, Sunday the 8th we ministered at the Morning Star church. It was a powerful Holy Ghost service. The anointing fell and lives were changed. We were invited to come back the following Sunday morning on the 15th. In that service people were set free by the power of God! It was awesome to the see the power of God move in the service. Between the 8th and the 15th though we had an extremely busy week. Not only did we have class everyday but we did a pastors seminar for three days for the Salvation Army! Wow, praise God for His strength and grace. We give Him all of the honor, glory and praise for last week. At the end of the pastors conference we ended up with invitations to Ebeye, Jaluit Jaluit and Jaluit Jabor to come and train the Salvation Army leaders there. We praise God for continually opening doors for us here in the Marshall Islands.

Today is Wednsday and class is going strong. I fly out Saturday morning to the islands of Kwajalien and Ebeye. I am going there to minister at the Full Gospel church on Sunday but also to do a site survey for a new Christian School to be started there. We are helping to start a new school there that will start with pre K to third grade to start off. Then every year after that they will add a grade until they reach the 8th grade level. All the schools on Ebeye are private and at this time there are 2000 kids who do not go to school on Ebeye. We have a vision to remedy that problem. Please stand with us in pray and agreement for our vision for Christian education in the Marshall Islands.

Everyone here is doing well and prospering. The boys are well and blessed. Shawn is continuing to excell in everything she does and touches. We praise God for daily provision and the vision that He has placed in our hearts. For as we run with the vision we give all of the praise, honor and glory to our Father in Heaven. Be blessed in all that you do and may you prosper even as your soul prosper. Running with the vision in the islands.

Steve, Shawn and the boys

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Stormy Day in the Marshalls

Good day from the Pacific. It is a wonderful day here in the Marshall Islands. We have been getting a lot of rain as you can see from the pictures. It has been raining now for about three days. The Catchments are full, praise God. It is like it goes from extreme hot and dry to rain in a matter of days. Of course here in the islands we do not have a fall or winter. It is either wet or dry. It looks like that we have several possible typhoons building in the area. The ocean is very angry and not a good time to be in a boat. It is always amazing though that the sea does not cover the entire atoll. It is amazing to see God’s Word at work. He put the tides and seas in place and they still obey the word that was spoken. The tempature is still about 78 degrees Fahrenheit even with the rain. However to the Marshallese it is extremely cold and they all have their coats, sweatshirts and warm clothes on. For us it can even get a little chilly but it always amazes us at what makes them cold. In the above pictures you can see a picture of the ocean and of our Catchments which are full to the brim.

The Catchments are how we get our water. It rains and then the rain from the roof goes into our two Catchments providing us water. This is what we use for everything from drinking to cooking. No rain, than we have to rely on a limited pumping schedule from a shallow water well that the people in Laura have. It only comes on twice a week (if the pump is working) and provides us with enough for drinking and cooking but we really rely on the rain. As I am typing this the storm seems to be getting worse. It feels like we are right on the edge of a typhoon.

This week was an awesome week. Since our last post we have been blessed. Even before we did our last post the blessing was on the way. The answer to our prayer for video and camera gear has been answered. Praise God! We want to thank the supporter who sent in the awesome blessing. Soon we will be doing some video and better photo work so that you can see what is going on here.

I am continuing to train the Salvation Army leaders on Wednesday and Fridays. I am doing a three day seminar next week with all of their leaders here in the Marshall Islands. Praise God for open doors. It is amazing to see what God is doing. Shawn is busy as usual coordinating the next children’s events. She is now working on putting together a Christmas Cantata for Christmas day! She always has ideas in abundance she is a blessing to our family and the Marshallese. She continuing to work with the ladies in our local church and guiding them through a study on prayer. It is amazing to see the hunger that is growing my wife for the Word and how the Holy Ghost is flowing through her. She is well beyond children now and God is taking her to new places in him.

The boys are doing well and as usual getting along with everyone. We allowed Travis and Stevie to get cell phones. Yeah I know it sounds strange here in the middle of the pacific with power outages, phone outages and food shortages but believe it or not the cell phone system works. It is pay as you go and with Travis working he pays for his and Stevie has been doing many extra chores to keep his going. It also helps us keep up with Travis at work and when Stevie is out and about. So it is a good thing. Richard, well he just asks for more books on animals. It reminds me so much of my brother Tim when he was younger. He loved animals, all kinds. Richard is just like that. He is always outside and exploring, and reading about all of the animals he can. He is becoming a walking, talking book. Whoever thought that! Praise God for three awesome healthy boys.
We will close for now. I am ministering tomorrow at the Morning Star church and we are expecting a mighty move of God. Oh yeah, keep me lifted up in prayer, I am on a new exercise program and want to be below 200 pounds by December 25th. If not I promised my students I would shave my head and my mustache. Someone has already said I will look like a naked mole rat and we do not want that. Have a blessed and awesome week. We appreciate so much all of your prayers and support. Words can not express it. Remember, tell someone about Jesus today.
Running with God’s vision for the Marshall Islands and the Pacific Rim.
Steve, Shawn, and the Coconut Gang

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Giving God Praise in the Islands

Well it is Sunday here in the islands. A day of praise and worship. For you in the states we are a day ahead of you. Today it is kind of overcast and the skies are sending down more rain. Praise God for the rain. Today we just want to thank God for all of His provision. He has blessed us in the ministry and continues to bless us. We thank God for all of our supporters and new supporters that God is in the process of sending. We are confident in what the Word of God says, when we sow our seed God always multiplies the seed back to the sower. We serve a God of blessing and not the curse. He is faithful to His Word and He performs His Word daily in our lives as we walk with Him. Our prayer is that just as the Word says “that you will prosper even as your soul prospers”. As you got deeper with Him, He will take care of all of your needs.

Since our return we have been blessed with several things that we want to give God praise for! First of all we recieved a new Air conditioner, praise God relief from the heat. Then we recieved a Laser Printer for the ministry. It is working wonderful and is providing materials for the students and is very cost effective. Our computer was repaired and sent back and is turning out material left and right. It is capable of doing video and multimedia. It is an awesome blessing from one of our supporters. Then another blessing from Wings Of Eagles International, they have provided a 6Kw generator for back up power! Praise God! Now when the power goes out, we will not lose our food anymore. They also provided water filters for our filtration system. Praise God for these blessings. All of our supporters are such a blessing. Our church, Winter Haven Worship Center, always steps up and supports us in so many ways. Family Worship Center in Washington, DC continues to help out as does Pine Castle Methodist Church in Orlando, Florida. Even here in the Islands, Island Memorial Chapel on Kwajalien has been an awesome blessing. Thank all of you who send care packages to us. These are always a blessing to our family. There are to many to list and to name but you know who you are. We praise God for you daily and thank God for your support of the ministry here in the Marshall Islands.

We are still believing God for things and we know that they are on the way. We are working on providing boats to outer island pastors. The Salvation Army here has a program for rebuilding boats and is giving local marshallese jobs and the work. We can rebuild a boat with new motors for about 5,000 and provide a pastor a boat. The radio station license is near approval and once that is done the building process begins. We are also believing God for a boat for the ministry so that we can take teams to the outer islands and deliver food and supplies to the needy. We also believing God for partners with the training center. It takes about $800.00 a month to run the training center.

We are also in need of a digital camera with external flash and a new video camera that works well in low light. That way we can take pictures and make video to send to you so that you can see what is going on here in the islands. We have the computer we just need the tools. These are just a few of the things that we are believing God for. If you would like to help out in any of these areas just contact us and let us know how you would like to help. The most important thing is your agreement in prayer, as you agree with us for the minstry we know that God will do it. Lives are changing here in the Marshall islands. Revival fires are burning. Thank you all so much for all that you do. So on this Sunday here in the Marshall Islands, we give all of the Glory, Honor and Praise to God. It is for Him that we run with the vision. Thank you all for your prayers and support. Tell someone about Jesus today.
Steve and Shawn

PS: If you want to see a larger version of the pictures just click on the picture. Also we are going to open the Blog to comments so that you can leave your email address or a comment. Be blessed.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Friday in the Islands

Hello from the Islands. Great things are happening and as usual God is moving among the people. Since our last post we celebrated the birthday of Davis Paul. He is the son of Paul and Tarbine. He was one year old and we had a great celebration. The first birthday is the most important one to the Marshallese. It is a a party that everyone is invited to. We have a great time celebrating with the family and friends of Paul and Tarbine. Paul lived with Dr Lew and Mariesa Davis for three years and Davis of course is named after Lew. Dr Lew and Mariesa who were here before us are now is Bolivia ministering to the people there. In the picture above you see a picture of Davis at the party.

We also have got to minister in Ajeltake Full Gospel Church and in Rairok. The Spirit moved in both services and many people were touched. We also had a pleasant surprise in Ajeltake. Translators here have to be really talented. They are working with only 1100 words and have to take english and put it in Marshallese. Not an easy task I can tell you. However, on Sunday morning I had a new translator. One of my students It was a man name Belis who is almost finished with training. We I stepped up I thought in myself well I just don’t know about this one. I prayed for him and we started the service. I have to tell you he is an awesome translator. One who is so quiet and reserved turned out to be one of the best translators I have worked with, Praise God. I now have someone else that can help us spread the Gospel.

Shawn is continuing to minister to the ladies in Ajeltake on Thursday nights. She is teaching on prayer and it is awesome. The ladies keep asking her, don’t stop preaching keep going. Needless to say Shawn is flowing in the Holy Ghost and spreading God’s Word in new ways everyday. Planning is going well and we now have the funding to do the puppet stages. Missionary Ventures is going to provide the funds to buy the materials for the puppet stages on the outer islands. Praise God and thanks to Glen Dubois and Missionary Ventures.

Rain has come back to the Marshalls and we are seeing the catchmens beginning to fill up. Praise God we went through quite a hot spell but relief has come. We have more water now and the pump started acting up. I feel like Moses now sometimes when I have to go down and strike the pump to get it working. Ha ha but it is a blessing to have water.

Many things are happening here in the islands. The newsletter will be out this week and will cover a lot of what is going on. Doors with the government are opening and opportunites to minister in other island countries. Be sure to read the newletter and let us know what you think. If you do not have our email address you can contact us through Missionary Ventures International. To keep the SPAM down we have not posted our email address on the BLOG. Be blessed in all that you do and may you prosper even as your soul prospers. Tell someone about Jesus today.
Steve and Shawn

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Busy week.... In Majuro

Good day from the Marshall Islands. Well the last couple of weeks have been really busy. Full of work but also full of blessings. Our new laser printer finally made it in country. What a blessing. It prints really fast and is very economical. It is already helping by providing notes to our students. We are also getting ready to use it to print our newsletter. Yes, we are back in the newsletter business so watch your mail boxes. With the new printer we can print eight newsletters for what it would have cost to print one using inkjet printer. I blessing of speed and economy. A big thanks and blessing to the supporter who provided it to us.
Well after a very dry five weeks we have started to see rain again. Praise God! What we take for granted sometimes is so precious here in the Marshall Islands. You see there is no ground water here. All of there drinking water is caught when it rains. There is one place on the island that has a shallow water well but it tends to be a little brackish and only provides a limited amount. Here on Majuro and the outer islands most people rely on the rain for there daily needs. Praise God He always hears us and answers our prayers.
Things in the training center are going well. We are still continuing in Systematic Theology. We have also now start teach the Salvation Army Leaders and Pastors twice a week. I am now teaching about 50 leaders throughout the week. Wednesday and Friday being the long days. They have also asked me to do a Wednesday night bible study on the other end of the island. Praise God for open doors. Please agree with Shawn and I that we will have wisdom on how to schedule ourselves without burnout.
Shawn is continuing to prepare for our upcoming puppet workshop in October. We send a big thank you to all who have helped and sent support in this area. We send a big thank you to Monica Ford who came last year and did the first seminar. We are using these skills again in October, what a blessing. Another big thanks to Winter Haven Worship Center who helped us by sending us key supplies for this training. Last but not least a thank you to Larry and Betty Clark (our father and mother) who always support us by taking care of so many things there in the US.
Shawn is also now helping teach the women on Thursday nights. Praise the Lord. She is really excited about teaching this Bible study. God is continuing to open new doors for her to minister to the women of the Marshall Islands. Keep her in your prayers and new opportunities for ministry unfold for Shawn. We are stretching beyond the children’s ministry.
Travis is doing great. He is now a licensed driver and is working at the local store. He has seen favor and blessing in his new job and certainly enjoys driving. It has slowed him down a little on his fishing. We are sure though that once he adjusts to his new schedule he will be back in the lagoon.
Stephen is doing well. Growing like a weed and maturing in so many ways. He is back working weekends at the dive shop. He is happy and has adjusted well to his life here in the Marshalls. Richard, is growing and continues to change from day to day. His personality amazes us everyday. It is hard to believe in six months he will be a teenager. Will we survive the teenage years? By the grace of God. We have the victory.
Well that is about it for this week in Majuro. It has been busy and blessed. Thank you all for your prayers and support. Remember to tell someone about Jesus today!
Steve and Shawn

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Happy Labor Day Weekend

Good Morning from Majuro. Well it has been a busy week. To everyone in the US have a great Labor day weekend. I know that most of you have Monday off. Here in the Marshalls they have Friday the 1st off, so we celebrated Labor day yesterday. Well that would be today, your time, at the time of this post.
Class went great this week. We are now teaching Systematic Theology to the students. They are all doing well with the subject. It just takes a little while longer to explain concepts when working in two different languages. The Marshalles only have about 1100 words total in their language so explaining concepts sometimes can be challenging.
It is amazing to watch as they learn more about God and put it to use in their lives and churches. We are seeing the flames of revival in many of the churches here in the islands. This week, the Full Gospel Churches announced their plan to start two more churches in the Northern Islands. Many people in this area have asked for the new churches to be started. So we look forward to go there and to here the reports from these new churches.
The radio station project is going well. Only two more hurdles before we have the license. We are working with the airport and the EPA now for the final approvals. Please keep this area lifted up in prayer. Shawn is busy preparing for a puppet workshop in October. Four outer island churches will be hosted here on Majuro. They will learn how to make puppets and puppet stages. When they leave here they will have curriculum and puppets for their churches on the outer islands.
Travis started work yesterday, Labor day of all days. He now has his drivers license and as usual on the move. It was awesome to take him to work on his first day. Stephen went back to working with Bako divers. Yesterday was his first day back and he to was excited to get back into the water. They have not been working because of boat problems but the boat is back in the water and so is Stephen. Richard, well he is everywhere and continues to make new friends everyday. He is always out with his friends and constantly making new friends. By the way he is the fish expert of the lagoon. If you come and visit us he will be sure to tell you about all of the fish.
New doors opened up this week with the Salvation Army. Two weeks from now we will begin training their leaders. It is a great opportunity to cross denominational walls. We know that the Holy Ghost has opened up this door. The Salvation Army here, Captains Marty and Nancy Cooper have been a blessing to us in many ways. We look forward to teaching the Word and flowing in the Spirit to their leaders. They also have started a boat repair program for the local people. This takes an old boat that needs to be repaired, fixes it and puts a new motor on it for about 5,000.00. This may be the door we need to get boats to Pastors. If you would like to help us in anyway please contact us. Have a blessed weekend and we thank God for all of our partners in the Gospel.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Hello From Majuro

Good day to everyone. This is our first post to our new Blog. It is Sunday here in Majuro and a beautiful day. We have had a full week with classes going continuously in the training center. Also the boys started school this week so we are back to a pretty normal schedule after a very busy summer. After three conferences and a VBS camp it was good to get back to a somewhat normal schedule. This Blog will keep you informed on what is going on here in the Marshall Islands and what is going on in the ministry. We hope that you find it a blesssing. Have an awesome day in Jesus and more to follow.