Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
Taking off from Wotje Atoll

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Missionaries Around the World Are Sharing the Gospel in Many Ways!

I just wanted to write one short note. After reading the story on our BLOG about the boat I hope that you become inspired about missions. Not only around the world but in your home town. Where you live is your mission field. There are people dying and going to Hell without Jesus everyday. Some of them only you can reach! This is a time to stand up for the Gospel and be a life saver/giver. You can save lives by spreading the Gospel of Jesus where you are. Please think about that today.
Acts 1:8
But you will receive power, after the Holy Spirit has come upon you: and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea, in all of Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the earth.

Be a Witness for Him today.
Finally there are many missionaries around the world who covet your prayers. They are doing great things for God. Dr Lew and Mariesa Davis in Bolivia, Don, and Mary Wolfram in Ecuador, Charles and Jan Thomas in Panama, and Scott and Susan Ledford in Honduras. There are so many I can not name them all. Take time to find out what missionaries your church is supporting and pray for them. If you want to pray for missionaries around the world go to the Missionary Ventures International web site and look at those who are serving around the world.
I thank God for you and your support. I also thank God for the many missionaries around the world who are serving at home and abroad. As you all give Jesus your all, I pray that in every way you have the provision to accomplish your mission/vision for Him. Remember "Dare to Believe".

Running with the Vision,
Steve

Pointman


Here is a picture of our boat the Pointman. We named it that because we always want to point to Jesus and lead the way sharing the Gospel. The boat came with the compound that we purchased here in Majuro. It was part of the deal.

We are now in the process of getting ready to make runs to the local atolls. It is 24' long and has a fuel capacity of 120 gallons. This will give us the capability to reach many of the local atolls.

When we first checked out the boat we realized there were problems with the engines. After having our mechanics here look at them we have decided to purchase new engines for it. We will sell the two engines that are on it (one is not running and the other is questionable) and start raising money for new engines. Being on the ocean, I can tell you, is not the place to have any question about your engines.

On the way back from Langnaar we stopped at several small atolls north of Langnaar. Many have no church and simple need to hear the Gospel. They also depend on boats for medicine, food and help in time of need. It is our heart to put Pointman in the water to share the Gospel and help the people. Please pray with us about this and if you want to do something contact us. We know that this tool is one of the next steps in our ministry here in the Marshalls. Be blessed in all that you do. You can contact us at: Clarkmvimi@yahoo.com or Clarkmvimi@hotmail.com



Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn and the boys

Saturday, July 07, 2007
















In this last post, just a couple of pictures from Langaar Atoll!






Evangelism Teams Already on Langnaar!






Evangelism is already on the move on Langnaar. Here is some pictures of youth who traveled to Langnaar to share the gospel with the people. In the pictures you see them getting the tracts ready to hand out. They even have a Joyce Meyer book translated into Marshallese to give to the people. They timed the trip so they would arrive just before the boat. At the time of this post they are using the boat to get to the unreached areas of Langnaar atoll. Praise God the gift is already giving and working. Be blessed.

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard















The People Rejoiced and Rejoiced!!










Here are some pictures of the people when the boat came into Langnaar. What a celebration. There was music and the people were really praising God for the gift. Many could not believe their eyes. There was a flood of emotion on Pastor Joni’ face. The people of Langnaar spent the evening praising God for His goodness and hearing their prayers. Words cannot really tell about everything they were saying and felt. So I will let the pictures speak for themselves. In a couple of the pictures you see us presenting the boat to Pastor Joni and the Full Gospel Church on Langnaar.

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn , Travis, Stephen and Richard







Here is something else that I wanted to share with you all. I first went to Langnaar in 2005 with Pastor Ronald Matthew. There I met Pastor Tirok and his wife Elentina. We were on a short mission trip to take supplies and do some teaching. We were accompanied by Cathy Bentley from Winter Haven Worship center. This was my first trip to the outer islands and it really touched my heart. I saw the needs of that young pastor and his people.
We had brought a boat with us to carry supplies and also to fish while we were there. Fishing is how the outer island people survive. I saw the pastor and his church use the boat to catch many fish because they had a boat. That night a woman went into labor. The medic was across the atoll which was about a half days walk from the church.
They loaded her into the boat and they took her for medical help and the baby was born with no problems. As I talked with Pastor Tirok and his deacons I saw that they need a boat. They wanted to spread the Gospel all over the atoll. That is when the boats for outer island pastors was birthed in my heart. Now in Langnaar they have a new pastor his name is Joni Labjanil. Pastor Joni was one of Dr Lew and Mariesa Davis’s students in CTC. He is now the pastor of that church.
So on this trip Pastor Tirok was the one who captained the boat back to Langnaar. The Lord has a funny way of doing things sometimes but this one really touched me. It is so like the Lord to send the pastor who started the vision as the captain of the boat. The vision was started by this pastor and completed by delivering this boat to the new pastor. Pastor Tirok and his family are now pastoring a church in the north on the atoll of Ailuk. We again are believing for a boat for him and his work there. God is so good. In the pictures Pastor Tirok is on the right and pastor Joni is on the left. The other picture is of Pastor Tirok leading the morning devotion for the church. The top picture is a picture of myself and Pastor Ronald Matthew, the head of the Full Gospel Churches, who accompanied me on the trip. Be blessed in all that you do.

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn , Travis, Stephen and Richard

The Trip to Langnaar!
















The Trip to Langnaar!

Well Thursday the 5th of July we loaded the boat and headed to Langnaar. In the lagoon it was calm and sunny. After the crew assembled and we prayed we then started out. Upon leaving the lagoon we immediately noticed that the seas were rougher that we expected. The ocean sometimes can be very deceiving. From the shore every think looks nice and beautiful but we soon realized that the swells were seven to eight feet.
I asked the captain “what do you think”? He replied all is well. So we proceeded to Langnaar about sixty miles to the south. It is the last atoll in Arno atoll chain. Arno is composed of three lagoons, each of them very different and quite large. The roughest part of the voyage is from Majuro into lagoon number two. We had quite the bumpy ride but we were determined to deliver the boat.
When we entered lagoon number two the swells of course settled out but the water was still very choppy. We soon found that we were going against the wind. I then remembered that Paul talked about the winds being contrary in his travels. We pressed on. The captain knew of a shortcut from lagoon number two into lagoon number three Which is where Langnaar is located. We raced to the other end with hopes of a shorter route into the last lagoon.
Arriving at the end of the lagoon we found that it was low tide and we could not cross there. We then had to backtrack to the ocean (about four miles) and go back into the ocean for the final leg. It was a battle all of the way. The swells seemed to be higher and winds stronger. As we looked forward to our destination we saw a double rainbow in the sky. One end of it was in Langnaar! It was unbelievable. It was actually like the Lord was saying here is the destination. Our spirits soared and we pressed on!
Then we spotted the pass into the lagoon. As we came back into calm water we stopped the boat and thank the Lord for a safe trip. We then blew up balloons and attached them to the boat. Just like a present for the church. After decorating the boat we then circled the lagoon in front of the church. We could hear the singing of the people and knew they were praising God. Slowly we pulled up to the shore and the ladies began to wade into the water praising the Lord and welcoming us.
The entire church came and many people from all over the atoll walked there to see the blessing of the Lord on the church. It brought tears to my eyes to see the face of the young pastor when we came. Now he would be able to take care of his people and spread the Gospel through that atoll. Even that night after the celebration they were able to take people home that lived across the atoll. They had walked most of the day to come and welcome us. This family and friends many Sundays walk around the atoll just to come to church. That night the young pastor was able to take them home using the boat.
As I write this post already evangelism teams are being sent to four different parts of the atoll to share the Gospel with all of the people. On behalf of the people of the Marshall Islands, Langnaar Full Gospel Church, we send a big thank you to the Christian Motorcycle association for your gift to this young pastor. Thanks to Missionary Ventures International for your support and prayers in our mission here. Of course always thank all of you our prayer partners and supporters for your continued support in so many ways.

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Getting ready for the Trip







Well here are some pictures of the boat on the water. We spent the day with the Marshallese testing the boat and making sure everything is okay. Tomorrow we will set off on the way to Langnaar. The Marshallese pastors are so excited about this new tool to spread the Gospel. Once again Thank you Christian Motorcycle Association and Missionary Ventures International.
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Richard and Stephen



Monday, July 02, 2007

Family Picture





Some of you have asked for an updated family picture. Well here it is, be blessed.






Prices Go Up!

Things here in the islands are always changing. Last week we were notified that the electricity cost is going up again. It has been steadily rising since last July. We are now more than ever believing God for alternate power sources. We know that God supplies all of our needs according to His riches in Glory when we pray.
Because of the change in the electricity cost we have also seen prices go up on food items. This is due to the rise in fuel cost and its affect on shipping. A loaf of bread last month was 1.99 a loaf for white bread. The cost now is 5.00 a loaf. Amazing huh? We do buy local bread and that offsets this cost but just wanted to give you an idea of the drastic change. We have seen this change across all grocery items.
We thank God for His provision in all things. However this not only affects us but all of the Marshallese as well. You see if we have that big a jump here then on the outer islands the price hike is twice that! Please pray not only for the mission here but that all of the Marshallese will have what they need in every way. Be blessed and have an awesome day in Jesus.

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

Preparing the Boat







Wow, a lot has been happening. Our new boat has arrived and is being prepared to be delivered to the outer islands. The boat has been donated by the Christian Motorcycle Association and Missionary Ventures International. It is now being prepared for the trip to the south.

As you can see from the pictures this is an awesome boat. It is going to Pastor Joni on Langnaar atoll. It is about 65 miles to our south and part of Arno atoll.

Myself and nine other men from Rairok Full Gospel Church will make the trip. Please pray for us during this trip. We will go down on Thursday July 5th and return on Friday July 6th. That will be the 4th and 5th for you all in the US. This boat will be used to spread the gospel throughout Arno. It will also help take care of medical needs and provide fish for the people to eat. We thank God for the faithfulness and the blessing from the CMA and MVI. God Bless you all and have an awesome day in Jesus.

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard