Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
Taking off from Wotje Atoll

Monday, December 31, 2007

Christmas on Ebeye











Christmas on Ebeye
Well as many of you know this year Shawn and the boys were in the states for the holidays. I was here in the islands continuing to run with the mission here. While they were gone the school continued to run and everything stayed on track. On December 19th we had the school Christmas party and the next day I was on the plane to the islands of Ebeye.
Even though there are no airplanes going to the outer islands now Continental has service into Ebeye. So I was on my way. For the next six days I stayed with Pastor Anwi Morris and his family. I had a great time with them. He is the pastor of the Full Gospel church. This church is literally exploding. They are seeing a mighty move of the Spirit and people are coming to the Lord every Sunday.
For the next few days as I lived with them I got to see what goes on up close in preparation for Christmas. Just to let you know, the Marshallese do not just celebrate Christmas on one day, they celebrate it all month long. It is not about shopping and buying things it is about celebrating the birth of Jesus.
So they begin the month with Gospel day where they celebrate the Gospel coming to the Marshall Islands. Isn’t it something that they celebrate the day that the first missionaries brought them the news of Jesus. Praise the Lord that a nation remembers when the Gospel came to them. So after that day every Sunday is filled with programs and everyday of the week the groups are getting together practicing for Christmas day.
Then on Christmas Eve the cooking begins and goes all night long until Christmas morning. They all then go home and get a couple of hours sleep. At ten o’clock on Christmas morning we got started. We had an awesome worship service and preached the Word of God. After that we had lunch together and then the programs began. For the next 18 hours we would worship the Lord together. Finally on 26 December at 4 AM we finished. What a time of celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Even though I was separated by thousands of miles from my family I had a great Christmas with the Marshallese. Together we lifted up the name of Jesus and gave Him all of the glory that only He deserves on that day. I will finish this post with something I shared that day. Everyday is Christmas for the people of God. Everyday we have the gift of life and as we walk by faith God the Father meets all of our needs. He is still giving to us in so many ways. Everyday we have something we can give to the world. We have the Gospel of Jesus that can change lives and set people free. Everyday we can give the gift of Jesus to someone. Everyday is a good day to give that free gift of life.
Be blessed.
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and the boys

Special Force Update




Sometime ago I wrote about a singing group that had named themselves the Special Force for Christ. Now it has become so much more. It has now started meeting at 5 AM every morning just to pray for Ebeye and the Marshall Islands. It started out originally with just six members now it is up to 45 and growing.
Praise the Lord! Not only are they singing for Jesus they are calling on the name of the Lord to move by His Spirit and they are seeing results in their lives and the lives of others. As they sang on Christmas they pointed out that nothing can stop the church and that they are on a mission from God. A mission to bring His Spirit down to change people’s lives.
Since this group started out of it started another group called Overcomers for Christ. This group of 40 people also meet every morning at 5 AM to pray. They pray down at the docks. Last week in one of their meeting a man was watching them pray. In the middle of the time of prayer he walked up and said I want to give my life to Jesus. Praise God, no preaching was going on just the people of God praying and seeking Him. God is moving by His Spirit on Ebeye and walls are falling down.
On another note, one of the original members of Special Force has went on to be with the Lord. Praise God he knew Jesus and now he is home. This was a man who by the witness of his family and the church came to the Lord. He was a very bad man here but after he was saved he was a light for Jesus. While we miss him, we rejoice in the fact that he is with the Lord. What started with three women praying for their lost husbands and believing God has grown to mighty prayer teams on the atoll of Ebeye. Prayer changes things! Only Believe!


Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and the boys

Project updates




Seawall and Projects Update
We have many things going on here in the islands. One of them is the need for a seawall. As you can see from the pictures we are continuing to lose ground to the ocean. Please believe God with us for the provision to build the seawall to protect what God has given us. We know that He can provide exactly what we need and that He is always on time.
The power costs here continue to climb. We have a 40 kilowatt ship’s generator that is ready to go. We just need to build a building and then we can put it on line. This will keep the ministry operating even with all of the power outages. It will also offset our power bills because we will be able to operate it using coconut oil. We are also raising funds for the last engine for the Pointman (the ministry boat) She is prepped and ready for service and we have enough funds for all but the last engine.
These are our top projects right now. If you are interested in helping out in any of these areas please contact us a Rikakisteve@gmail.com
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