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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Vacation Bible School



















You know, there is one thing about Shawn, she nevers lets any grass grow under her feet. She is constantly doing things for the Kingdom of God! This week she has been involved with vacation bible school at Ajeltake Full Gospel Church. The theme this year was Outrigger Island. Shawn of course was not the main figure but was there to assist the ladies as they did the VBS. The ladies put the program together and ran everything. It was awesome to see. Shawn, since we have arrived here in the Marshalls has continued to train people how to teach children. We praise God that they are doing the VBS and we are assisting. Teams are great and even doing it is a joy but when you see the result of training leaders, there is nothing that can compare to that feeling. Seeing them teaching children the ways of the Lord is so awesome, knowing that they are changing lives for Jesus! We praise God this week for the ladies of Ajeltake Full Gospel Church and a great VBS! Be blessed and have an awesome day in Jesus.

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

ACA Awards Ceremony
















Good morning. On June 20th we had our awards ceremony for Ajeltake Christian Academy. It was the last thing on the agenda for this school year. It was a great time and a blessing to see the smiles on the faces of the children and the adults. Two of our students completed the eighth grade and will move on to high school this year. This next year we are making a change and will only teach Kindergarden through 8th grade. Because we are a small school right now we have a small high school population. Many of these students expressed a desire to move on to other schools to be with more of their peers. We will miss them, but our prayers are with them as they move on with their lives. Shawn of course moves right into Vacation Bible School but more on that in the next post. Enjoy the pictures. Be blessed and have and awesome day in Jesus.

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

Friday, June 20, 2008

The Weekend of Storms/Father's Day




Well I do want to tell you about my weekend. It certainly was full of surprises. First of all here are pictures Shawn and Travis. Both are doing well and are healed in the name of Jesus. Travis is back to his old self, a little sore but he is good. Shawn, she has never even slowed down. God is so good. Here is a snap shot of the last weekend here in the Marshall Islands. First of all I want to give God all of the glory for what he is doing here in the islands. Some of your who read our BLOGs know that I wrote a post about storms in our lives. This weekend was certainly a stormy weekend. I also want to tell you that in the middle of it all, we glory in our tribulations for God works in the middle of the storm (Romans 5).
Anyway the week was full prior to the weekend. Teaching in CTC and finishing up the last of school for Ajeltake Christian Academy. We also had a funeral going at the same time! The week was full. Friday night we had a healing service at Rairok Full Gospel Church with the youth. It was powerful. The Holy Ghost moved, people were healed in the body, mind and spirit. It was an awesome time in the Lord. I arrived home about 10:30 that night. After sharing with Shawn about the service I laid down to sleep. About 1:30 in the morning Shawn calls me. She is in great pain and we knew it was a kidney stone. I laid hands on her and prayed and we just believed God. We decided though to go to the hospital and have her checked. On the way to the hospital Shawn felt the Lord healing her body. She got checked out, all is well and we are on the way home. I finally got to sleep about five in the morning. What a night.
I got up early on Saturday morning and began preparing to speak on Father's day. I spent the day with the Lord and at 4 in the afternoon, went to a funeral. I was there until about 8 pm and then I returned home. The next morning I was up early preparing for the service and had a great time with the Lord. We all got dressed and headed to church for Father's day. Well in the middle of the service I see Shawn get up and go out. No problem. Little did I know, Travis was in great pain and on the way to the hospital. I finished preaching was told the problem and I was on the way there. I spent all day and night with Travis. Talking with him and praying for him. Trust me it was a time. The hospital was full, no beds so we were staying in the emergency room.
He had surgery the next day to relieve the pressure and get the infection out. Another long day in the hospital but all is well. Finally at 1 am Tuesday morning we take Travis home, Praise the Lord. A long weekend of ups, downs and little sleep but through it all God was there. Peace surrounded us and we knew that He was working. Changing us and making us better. Even in the middle of the storm, when you have Jesus, you are at peace. We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. Especially to those who read our emails and pray. Your agreement in prayer is always coveted by us here. I do want to leave you with a quote from our friends wife, they are missionaries in the Czech Republic. His wife Lucie said "Don't tell God how big your storm is, tell the storm how big your God is!" Be blessed.
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Catie

Circuit Riding Time

Hey there! Someone says why are we looking at this picture for, well I will tell you. This is a picture of Travis's scooter. The one he uses to get around and go to work. We have been praying about ways of conserving and taking care of what God has given us. Gas prices here have now reached $6.65 a gallon and diesel is at about the same price. We are expecting to reach 7 possibly 8 dollars a gallon soon. Our white van runs gas and is the most expensive to keep on the road at this time. However we do believe that a diesel van is coming that will run on coconut oil, but until that time we need to steward our operational funds.
So with that said we are looking for a scooter for me! Yep, that's right for me. We are looking now at a used scooter here with enough power for me to get around. Travis runs all week on about 3 gallons of gas. What we are looking at doing is teaching three days on one end of the island and three days on the other using the scooter to get there. That way we can use God's funds wisely. So now the days of the circuit riding preacher are back. Please agree with us for a scooter that will meet the need. Travis's is a little light at 50cc for me, I need something a little bigger. Be blessed in all that you do and have a great day. May you prosper even as your soul prospers.

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

Seawall is in Progress







Here are some photos showing supplies being delivered for the sea wall. Praise the Lord for a great donation to this project and the generator room. We praise God and pray that He will mightly bless those who have helped out in this area. We have continued to lose of ground daily but now we can put in a sea wall to help us conserve what God is given. Take time and give the Lord some praise today. He is always faithful to take care of us in so many ways. We have several other projects that we are believing God for. If you are interested in helping in our projects drop us an email at Rikakisteve@gmail.com

Be blessed and have a great day in Jesus!
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen, Richard and Catie

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Things are Changing




Good morning,
Things are changing here in the islands. We have seen electricity costs steadily increase from 18 cents a Kilowatt hour to now this month 38 cents an hour. What a jump! Rice was eight dollars for a twenty pound bag, now its sixteen dollars a bag. When we first came gas was $3.25 a gallon now it is $6.25 and going up again this week. Now we are praying and believing for alternate power sources. Wind and solar for electricity and coconut oil for fuel.
Pictured above is the white van. It runs on gas, and as you know that is now $6.25 a gallon. Coconut oil mix is at $4.00 a gallon. This van has served so faithfully here in the islands. It has carried students and disciples all over Majuro. It has participated in outreaches and different ministries but she is wearing out. Parts here are scarce and rust has taken its toll. It is now time to believe God for a new van. So join with us in prayer for a new diesel van to continue the work here in the islands.
With a diesel van we can run coconut fuel and cut our operating expenses by $2.00 a gallon. We are also looking into alternate means of transportation. I will write more on that later. Please keep this in your prayers and if you would like to help us out on this please contact us at rikakisteve@gmail.com
Be blessed and may you prosper even as your soul prospers!
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen, Richard and Catie