Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
Taking off from Wotje Atoll

Friday, October 31, 2008

Miracle at the Hospital




Good morning from the islands. The story I am about to tell you is a miracle that happened this week. The names have been changed for a couple of reasons. One, the disciple involved wants to give all of the glory to Jesus, two there are sensitive family issues involved.
On Tuesday evening I began recieving messages from several of the disciples. They were all telling me about a miracle that had happened at the hospital. Of course I began praising the Lord and they told me I would hear the story in class the next morning. The next morning the disciple involved gave the class her testimony about what happened. Julie (not her real name) on Tuesday needed to go to the hospital to check on a family member. She was very reluctant to go and just did not want to. Her friend though kept encouraging her and finally she asked a pastor to give her a ride to the hospital. Upon arriving she told the pastor to take her back home. She did not want to go inside. Her friend with her again encouraged to go in and do the right thing.
Julie agreed and went into the hospital. Upon entering the hospital she saw her grandfather who called to her saying Rikaki come her. Now in Marshallese Rikaki means teacher and is a sign of respect. Hearing this Julie was surprised. Her grandfather for a long time was against her being in the Full Gospel Church. He is a pastor from another denomination and did not want Julie to be a part of that church or CTC. Julie went over, sat down beside him and asked "what is wrong". Her grandfather told her he had great pain in his kness. They had been that way for many years and the doctors had told him, "there is nothing we can do".
Julie then began sharing with him about the healing power of Jesus. She felt faith arise in her heart and she asked him if she could pray for him. He said yes please pray. They did not go to a private room, or have a worship band, they were in the middle of an overcrowded hospital waiting room. Julie leaned over and began to pray, as she did she felt the power of the Holy Ghost flowing through her. Her grandfather immediately stood to his feet and said the pain is gone. Then at the top of his voice he said "Jesus is alive". He began praising God and giving Him the glory for his healing. All of the pain was gone and he was healed.
All of the nurses, doctors and people wanted to know what happened. People told them God has healed this man. As he was praising God his wife tried to tell him to be quiet but Julie stopped her and said let him praise the Lord. Julie's grandfather was healed and it was in the middle of a hospital. Not in a church or at a special event but in the middle of sinners and non believers. It has become a great witness to many people who were there. Together with Julie and all of the disciples we give God all of the glory.
She did not go to a special seminar or school. What she did was just simply obey the Word of God. When we obey, God moves. I am telling you right now it is time to take Jesus out of the church and put Him back in the streets. It is the last days and the world needs to know Jesus is alive!!!!! Be blessed in all that you do.
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Garden Begins


















The garden has been started. In these pictures you can see Thor and Travis preparing the ground for the planting. We brought in compost and mixed it with the soil. The location is next to the school. As Shawn and I were walking one day we looked at the ground and thought, this would be a great spot. As Thor began to turn over the soil we could tell that it is rich. We were further blessed when we found out that the dump had started making compost. This is a mix of fish and plant matter that has been ground up into a compost. Wow it is really good stuff.

The location is protected from the salt wind by the trailers. As many of you already know Richard has been experimenting already with planting different seeds. He has had great success and now it is time to plant on a larger scale! As things are changing here in the Marshall Islands we have seen prices go up on everything. Food is continuing to rise almost weekly. To compound that, shipments of fresh vegetables have come to a standstill. We do not expect the next shipment in until sometime next month.

So what did we decide to do? Grow our own. Many of you have begun to send dry goods to us and some have sent seeds. We are so thankful for all of your faithful prayers and support. Please agree with us for a great harvest in the spiritual and the natural. Be blessed and may the Lord bless you continually as you faithfully follow him!



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

Boat Equipment Arrives







This week we received some much needed equipment for the Pointman, our boat. Two cartons arrived from Missionary Ventures New Zealand and United Christian Broadcasters Pacific Partners. In these two cartons were all types of safety equipment for the boat. Life vests, first aid kits, lights, flashlights, GPS, and a emergency positioning beacon. Praise the Lord! We want to send a big thank you to those who blessed the ministry with this equipment. Now we can travel safely between the islands.
The Pointman has been making trips continually between the islands. It has been taking people back and forth. It is used for outreach, transporting food and supplies to the outer islands. It is also being used to fish, providing food to the people here in the Marshall Islands. We want to thank everyone again who has had a part in the boat ministry here in the islands. If you would like to help in our outreach to the outer islands, drop us an email! Be blessed.
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

CTC with a Passion to Share the Gospel


I love people who have passion. Over time CTC (Christian Training Center) has changed into something special. In this picture you just see some of the disciples. We are now up to thiry six students just from two areas. Gone are those who were here just for a certificate. Now we are full of those who have a passion to share the Gospel and serve the Lord Jesus. I thank God everyday for these faithful disciples.
We are now in the process of planning missions trips to the northern atolls. We will be traveling there by ship and are just going to be led by the Holy Ghost as we travel. I announced in the class that the Lord had moved on my heart to do this. I told the disciples anyone who wanted to go was welcome. Since then they have went into a massive fund raising effort. They have been fishing and selling the fish to raise money. Now they are planning to unload copra boats after class to make more money. Copra is coconut husks that are brought in from the outer islands in 55 pound sacks. It takes anywhere from one to two weeks to unload the ship.
These men and women are so passionate to share they Gospel that they will do anything to go. I am humbled and praise God for such dedicated men and women. Please continue to pray for these disciples as we prepare to go to the northern atolls to share the Gospel. Be blessed.

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

Seawall and Pump Project Complete







What a great couple of weeks. God is moving in so many ways by His Spirit around the world. We got two of our major projects finished. One was the seawall which was needed to protect the school and radio station from erosion. All of the major affected areas are now protected. Praise the Lord. We are about twenty feet short on one end and thirty feet on the other end. However the major areas that needed protection are covered. Thanks again to all who participated in helping us complete this project. We had a great team, made up of Marshallese, Kosraen and Fijian men who put it all together. The other project was the water pump for the school. It's in the picture with the fence around it. This well now provides a salt water flush for our school restrooms saving valuable fresh water for drinking. This well is about thirty feet deep dug by hand. I remember the times working with my brother digging irrigation, some times it was hard as a rock. Thor, our worker from Kosrae hand dug this well through coral to get to the water level. Thank you Thor. Two projects complete and we thank you and give all the glory to God for His continued faithfullness. Thank you as well for all of your faithful prayers and support.
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard