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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.