Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
Taking off from Wotje Atoll

Monday, September 28, 2009

Farewell to Cathy and Catie Bentley

On Monday of this week we said farewell to Cathy and Catie Bentley. They had been with us for one month ministering to the Marshallese. They ministered to churches on Majuro, two different atolls and to the disciples of CTC (Christian Training Center). These two are a great team and the Marshallese were blessed during their time here. What is really great to watch is them work together with the pastors here in the Marshalls. They were not doing their own thing but ministered side by side with the Marshallese. It is always refreshing to see the people of God working together. That is the church! The body working together to build the kingdom not a working as individuals but as the body of Christ!
They, by this time are both back in the states. Cathy on Monday the 28th will be on her way with a team to Guyana. Please keep her lifted up in your prayers as she ministers to the people there. We thank God for these women who take the time to follow the Holy Ghost and obey the call of God! To their families we send a big komol tata (thank you). To all of you, our faithful supporters we thank you for partnering with us here in the Marshall Islands. It is with your help that we continue to build the Kingdom here in the islands. Be blessed in all that you do and may you prosper even as your soul prospers!

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

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Outer Islands Trip Report!

On August 28th Cathy and Catie Bentley arrived here in Majuro. Since they arrived they have continually ministered to the people here in the islands. On 4 September we left Majuro for the outer islands. First stop was Ebeye atoll. They had both been there before so many people there were excited to see them again. We arrived Friday morning and Friday night ministry began. Friday, Saturday, Sunday were filled with the Word and the power of the Holy Spirit. We saw people saved, healed and delivered by the power of God.
Cathy’s well balanced teaching and illustrated messages really shed light on the Word of God. Her use of slides and pictures really helped the people to understand what is going on prophecy. It is always great to see and to hear this woman of God minister. It was a great blessing to the people of Ebeye.
On Monday morning we were back on the plane headed to Wotje atoll. Catie had been there with us on her last trip in February. Cathy though, had been waiting eight years to visit this small atoll! The arrival was wonderful! The people greeted us with song and food! From the first day Cathy and Catie began to minister. Nonstop for four days they were continually teaching and sharing the Word. Even during non teaching times Cathy continued to teach the people. It was awesome.

Again on Wotje as Cathy and Catie both taught and preached the Word. People were changed by the Spirit of God. In their short time on this small atoll a huge impact was made by this dynamic team! It was wonderful as always to work with ministers of the Gospel who know how to be led by the Holy Ghost.
On a side note, Ebeye had not had rain for three months and Wotje for over six months. In both locations while we were there the rain fell and blessed the people with water! The rain not only fell in the supernatural but also fell in the natural.
Praise Lord! Be blessed and may you prosper even as your soul prospers!

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

Happy Anniversary!!!

This post is a day late but yesterday Shawn and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary. Twenty years ago we became one flesh. Over time we have seen the ups and the downs. I watched God work in her life to change her into something so wonderful. I do not have the words to express my love for her. Everyone always remembers Proverbs 31 but I also remember Proverbs 18:22:
“Whoso finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord”!
Certainly I have found the good thing and she truly has brought favor into the house. She brings balance to me, the family and to the ministry. A tireless partner, who puts everything into what she does. I am never ceased to be amazed at what she gets done. Last week as I was preparing to go to the outer islands I looked at everything that was going on here on Majuro. I was thinking about delaying for a few days.
Shawn then came told me to go, she said “I have peace and everything will be okay”. I left with two computers down, one bus not running, a school to run and not to mention running the household in her hands. On top of that the house was in construction mode with three to four workers in the house. With all this going on I left with peace in my heart and returned in peace.
Shawn did not even miss a beat. Bus repaired, computers repaired, school on track, and construction completed. She was tired but had kept everything running smoothly. I am so blessed to have her as my wife. Thank you Lord for blessing me with her. I know this is a different kind of post but I am very proud and honored to have her in my life. Happy Anniversary Shawn I love you so!

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

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Time for a New Bus

Here is a few pictures of an essential tool that we use here in the ministry. It is our bus. This bus has been used to transport CTC, visiting ministers, vacation bible school kids, and many other ministry events. It has certainly been an amazing blessing. This bus was purchased in 2003 when Dr Lew and Mariesa Davis was here. For six years she has been on the road supporting the ministry.
Now rust is beginning to take her toll. She has had body repairs and engine repairs have become the norm. A couple days ago Shawn was taking students home. She heard a loud noise and then the oil light came on. She put oil in it and got the bus back to the compound. When I came home I opened up the engine compartment to find three head bolts stripped and one missing. Now we have found out that the threads on the block will have to be rethreaded. As I write this we are searching for new bolts and a tap/die set to make the repairs.
The bottom line is, it is time for a new bus. Please agree with us in prayer for a new bus. If the Holy Spirit speaks to you about helping in this area, please email us at rikakisteve@gmail.com
We will post the cost of the new bus on the BLOG at a later date. No worries, God will provide, we continue to build the kingdom. Thank you so much for all of your faithful prayers and support!
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

Cathy and Catie Bentley are Back!

Cathy and Catie Bentley have returned to the Marshall Islands. Cathy and Catie are ministering here with us for the next three weeks. Running a tight schedule, these two women of God are shedding light on current events in the light of prophecy. It is going great. God has certainly blessed us here in the Marshalls with some great teaching.
On Friday we will head out to the outer islands. We will spend 4 days on Ebeye and then travel to Wotje atoll ministering the Word of God. Please keep us in your prayers as we minister to the people! Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and support!
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard