Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
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Saturday, September 27, 2008

One of the Discliples




This is a new feature that we are going to start doing with the BLOG. Every couple of weeks or so we want to start highlighting a disciple or a pastor from here in the islands. This week we take a look at Ryan Debrum. Ryan is a disciple in the Christian Training Center (CTC). He is a dedicated student devoted to learning the Word and how to flow in the Holy Ghost. He also is a man of prayer. Ryan is very involved in many areas of ministry. He is a worship leader, involved in children's ministry as well as youth ministry here in Majuro. On top of that he is already preaching the Word of God. He is also very active in door to door evangelism. He is a young man that is full of the Holy Ghost and wants to tell everyone about Jesus.
Why do I highlight him today. On our trip to Arno Ryan asked to translate for me. This is huge step for anyone who has never done it before. It is one thing to hear and understand, it is another to hear it and translate it into another language. That morning Ryan did an excellent job flowing with me in the Holy Ghost. This is just one of the many young men and women that you are helping to build the Kingdom of God. We are so thankful for all of your faithful prayers and support. Your are truly our partners in the Gospel. Please take time today to remember all of the disciples and Ryan in your prayers. Be blessed.
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

Our Three Men!







Hello from the islands. Today I just wanted to update everyone on the men of the house. Of course I have already given everyone an update on Shawn. From the top is Travis, bottom left Stephen and of course on the right is Richard. All of the guys are doing great. Travis having finished school has decided to stay here with us. He is now employed by an airconditioning company here on Majuro. He is learning to repair, service and install A/C and refrigiration units. He is still single and is enjoying life here in the islands.
Stephen this year started Marshall Islands High School. As many of you know our school right now is only going through 8th grade. Because of that, he transitioned over to the High School. He is doing very well. He is involved in the science club, and student body government. He also has the distinction of being the first full blooded American to attend MIHS. On the weekends he is still doing some waitering at the Tide Table restaurant.
Richard as you can see is enjoying a cup of coffee. He is doing well in Ajeltake Christian Academy (ACA). He has great grades and is excelling in every area. We think that he will be (if the Lord tarries) the doctor of the family. He started life with challenges but in the name of Jesus he is an overcomer in every area of life.
All of the men are doing well here in the islands. I just wanted to take a minute and bragg on them. They are very special in so many ways but of course have all of the challenges of life. Please keep them in your prayers when you think about them. Be blessed.
Brother Steve and Shawn
Majuro, Marshall Islands.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Happy Anniversary to my Wife!


















Well today I want to take a moment to say Happy Anniversary to my wife. Of course I am five days late in doing it but we both forgot about it! We have been so busy here in the islands that it completely slipped our minds. Our special day is September 12th but we did not remember it until the 16th! I love what Shawn said though, everyday together is an anniversay for us. Everyday we celebrate the fact that God put us together. We are a team, she is my better half, and without her the team is not complete. Today I want to let the world know that it has now been 21 great years. I would not trade one single second for our lives together.
I know that every man says that his wife is the best and the most beautiful. For me Shawn is all that and more. She is a wife, mother, teacher, principal, counselor and minister. Those are just a few of the things that she does. She certainly has all of the qualities of the Proverbs 31 woman. Of course one minister said joking that the Proverbs 31 woman was dead because she was worked to death. I disagree for me, Shawn is that woman. I certainly found a good thing when I found her. She and I are not what we used to be and we continue to change but we are doing it together! Happy Anniversary Darling Shawn! I just wanted to share that and some pictures with all of you today. Be blessed and thank you for your faithful prayers and support.

Running with the Vision,
Brother Steve






Sunday, September 14, 2008

Solar/Wind Power Needed!






Here in the Marshall Islands, we are still in a state of emergency. Fuel is still on hand at this time, but the government is not sure on the next shipments. Things could change radically in the next thirty to sixty days. One thing I want you to know, that is, that God has provided time and time again. He will continue to take care of us as we walk with him. It is our job though as good stewards to utilize every asset we have wisely. For example, we have cut our energy use in half, and our electricity cost are still over $1,000.00 a month. Energy and fuel prices have continued to climb. With an investment of $15,000 we will be able to be independent of local power. This cost covers solar panels, 3 wind generators, batteries and the miscellaneous equipment needed to provide the power that we need to run the house, radio station, and school. We have sold some equipment here for $3,500. We will now sell our car in the states to raise additional funds for the equipment. If you are interested in a 2004 Ford Taurus with low miles please contact us at clarkmvimi@ntamar.net or rikakisteve@gmail.com
Converting over to Solar and Wind will turn $1,000 back into other areas of the ministry. Within 15 months, the solar/wind generator system will have paid for itself. This is a huge savings that will help us build the Kingdom of God. We are believing for three more wind generators, one has already been sent and is on the way. If you would like to be a part of this please contact us. Here is what we are believing for:
10 100 watt solar panels $550.00 each
15 6 Volt Battery $400.00 each
3 Marine Wind Generators $800.00 each
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$13,900.00
miscellaneous parts $ 1,100.00
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$ 15,000.00
Other equipment we need such as wiring, inverters, and other miscellaneous parts varies in price and rates, but the above are the main items we need to get things moving. Please pray and agree with us that God will meet this need. Be blessed in all that you do and thanks for being our partners in the Gospel.
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

Work Day in the Marshalls







Well here is another day in the Marshalls. It has been a week of plumbing problems. At the school and here at the house. Earlier this week I was under a trailer at the school repairing the lines there. Yesterday I replaced the pump here at the house. It had went out and would stay on contiously using up water and blowing fittings. So I went down and got a new pump and replaced it.
As I was doing it I began to think about how experiences through life teaches us things. While putting together the pump and redoing the lines I thought about my mom, dad and my brothers. All of them in many ways shaped who I am today. Mom and Dad the guidance and wisdom that is irreplaceable and three brothers who inspire me in so many ways. Tim, a man of vision, Scott, who does not see a problem but the solution and Paul who is always excelling in everything he puts his hand to.. All of these things help me get things done here in the islands. As a missionary you not only teach, preach you are also the mechanic, plumber and electrician. As I was doing this, the qualities that I had learned from my family and life came into play. I had a vision to make things better, I did not see the problem I saw the solution and I knew that if I put my hand to it, it would work! Mom and Dad put in the foundation that I would need for life, the Word of God! That is irreplaceable!
We as Christians all need these qualities in life. We need vision, Faith and then we need to do what the Word says. The Word of God gives us all of these qualities. Dive into the Word of God today and dare to believe. Do something that will change the lives of others, give them the Gospel. Have vision, do not see the problem see the solution and then do something about it. Be blessed and have an awesome day in Jesus!
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

Monday, September 08, 2008

Pictures From Arno, Arno










Here are some pictures from our trip to Arno, Arno.
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

Closing Chapter or Introduction?















For the past four months we have had the priveledge of having Catie Bentley living with us here in the Marshalls. Catie quickly became a part of the family and was a complete blessing from the first day. She came to be a part of what is going on here in the islands. For the first couple of months she worked with Mission Pacific with the media. She even worked on the designs for the Marshallese Olympic team. She was an instant asset to them and certainly a blessing in many ways.

She also was a blessing to the Marshallese in so many ways. Many friendships were formed that will last a life time here in the islands. What can Shawn and I say? She is a talented, loving, bubbly, creative, focused, woman of God. She knows the voice of the Holy Ghost, she loves the Word and spends time in prayer. She was a total blessing to our family, the Marshallese and certainly will be missed here in the Marshall Islands.

We know that wherever she goes in the world, wherever God sends her she will be a total blessing. Catie, thank you for coming to the Marshall Islands. Thank you for obeying God! Thank you for blessing the people. You are loved in the islands. May you always hear the voice of God and follow His call. This is not the end of the story it is just the start of Catie's Adventure with God! Be blessed!

Also thank you Weegie and Cathy Bentley and the entire Bentley family for sharing this precious daughter with us!

Running with the Vision,
Your Family in the Islands,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard
and of course all of your Marshallese Family.

Closing Chapter or Introduction?

Trip to Arno and Pastor Charlie











Thursday and Friday of last week we took a trip to visit the Full Gospel Church on Arno, Arno. Pastor Charlie Hoskins went with us and we ministered the Word of God. Pastor Charlie ministered Thursday night and I ministered on Friday morning. It was a great visit with the people there. We were able to deliver food supplies and speak into the lives of the people. The church there is the newest Full Gospel Church here in the Marshalls. It was a great time and we used the Pointman to travel back and forth. The Pointman is currently being used to transport people, food supplies and mission teams into Arno atoll. We want to thank everyone who helped in the rebuild of the Pointman. It is certainly a blessing here in the Marshall Islands.
Saturday morning Pastor Charlie Hoskins was on his way home. We want to send a special thank you to his family and the All Faiths Church in Lehigh Acres. Florida. Pastor Charlie was a blessing not only to the Marshallese but to our family as well. Thank you Pastor Charlie for coming and ministering here in the Marshall Islands. May you be blessed in all that you do!
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

Seawall halfway Done



Here we are at the halfway point. Wow it is really coming along now praise the Lord. The worst points are almost all done now. We are currently headed back the other way and hope to finish soon. We have reached cost over runs but we have the worst areas covered. We want to thank everyone who has helped with this project. The seawall is protecting our entire operation from erosion. My you be blessed in all that you do and look what the Lord is doing.

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

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

A Special Thank You







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I also want to take time to thank two special Pastors, Pastor Ronald Matthew (pictured in the green shirt) and Pastor Anwi Morris (Pastor of Ebeye Full Gospel Church). Pastor Ronald is the superintendent of the Full Gospel Churches and Pastor Anwi the assistant superintendant. These men are truly men of the Holy Ghost and live by the Word of God. They and the Full Gospel churches are continuing to pioneer new works and disciple the people. I want to take time thank them for giving Cathy Bentley and Pastor Charlie Hoskins the opportunity to minister here in the Marshall Islands. Komol tata!

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

Some Pictures