Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
Taking off from Wotje Atoll

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Projects and Current Needs



























This year certainly has seen many things happen here in the Marshall Islands. Challenges have abounded, and in every case God has always provided exactly what we need. He has never been late but always right on time. We now have the funding for our solar/wind project, and the equipment is on the way. Our hold up in that area right now is block for the battery room. As you can see above, the floor is poured and ready to go. We just need the block for the walls. What is the hold up, you might ask? Sand is the hold up! Bricks require a great deal of sand. Currently sand cannot be dredged here, and it has to be made or brought in by ship. We have 200 blocks on order now, and we are hoping to have it this week. The funding we have raised for this will cover our basic setup but we will need to add more solar panels in the future. If you would be interested in being a part of this project just drop us an email.

We have had challenges in the last month with our buses. Our diesel bus went down with a blown head gasket and a cracked crankshaft. We have ordered the parts to repair it and are believing God for the funds. The white bus you see pictured above is on it’s last miles. It is almost beyond what we can do but it continues to run. We recently replaced the water pump and will replace the head gasket on the white bus this week also. We are believing God for a new bus. The cost for that is $18,500 for a brand new bus.

Our computers had their share of problems. Three of our computers went down with bad hard drives all within a month. We thank God we have two of them back up and running. The only downside is that we lost a lot of information and email addresses. Praise the Lord for some individuals who have helped us get them back up and running. We thank God for all of you that help us in so many ways. You are truly a part of what we are doing here in the islands.

While we were in the states a ministry bought two guitar amplifiers for Ebeye Full Gospel. We thank God for that. We still have a need for a lead guitar, bass electric guitars, and amplifiers to go with them. In the midst of all of these challenges we give God all of the glory for we know that He will meet every need.

We also thank God for those of you who hear the Holy Ghost and help us in so many areas. You, our partners in the Gospel truly are helping us build the kingdom of God.

If you would like to help out with any of these needs above, send care packages of food and medicine supplies, if you would like to support us on a monthly basis or one time gift, please email us. Remember though, your tithe to your church is your first priority! Never send us your tithe it belongs where you are ministered to. We love you and thank God everyday for your faithful prayers and support.

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

Christmas Day 2009







































Well, Christmas 2009 was awesome as usual. We certainly love this time with the Marshallese. They actually start celebrating on December 1 because nationally they recognize when the Gospel first came to the Marshall Islands. Here, that day is a national holiday. Praise the Lord! Then the rest of the month is filled with practices and getting ready for Christmas day. Many groups in each church practice songs, dances, and small dramas that lift up Jesus for the Christmas celebration.

Of course, many in the rest of the world see this day as just a holiday. For the Marshallese it is so much more than that. It is not about presents, or shopping, but it is about the greatest gift ever given, Jesus! We started the celebration at 10:00 am Christmas morning. We preached the Word, and prayed for the sick. After service, we all share a great meal together. Then the programs began with the children going first. All through the day and through the night different groups came and presented their program.

From the very simple to the very elaborate, each program was unique. All of these programs were done for one reason, to celebrate the birth of Jesus! From 10:00 am in the morning on Christmas day until 7:00 am on Saturday the Marshallese celebrated Jesus and His gift to the world. Shawn and I hope that you had an awesome Christmas. Jesus is the greatest gift ever given and is the reason for the season. We love you and thank you so much for your faithful prayers and support.

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard













ACA Christmas Party







































The final day before the Christmas break we had our annual Christmas celebration at the school. Last year was a Christmas cantata and family dinner. This year was a field day full of exciting games and competitions. Shawn is always mixing it up, and does a great job of always having Jesus the number reason for doing something. The children enjoyed making Christmas crafts, had snowball fights (using soft plastic balls), a reindeer relay, a water balloon toss and many other games. It was exciting to watch the kids have a great time, and seeing the smiles on their faces. We had prizes and candy for every event so every child was a winner in some way throughout the day.

Shawn even organized a gift exchange so that each child got a gift. It was so wonderful to see all of the kids as they received their gifts. Throughout it all Jesus was the main focus of everything. Jesus is always the reason for the season! As the children left for the day, Shawn and the staff ensured that each child remembered that. Praise God at the school we use every opportunity to share Jesus with the children. Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support. We would also like to thank Momma Clark for making sure all of our crafts, prizes and supplies for our games made it in time for our party day. Thanks to friends who sent baking supplies. Many people enjoyed the treats we made with the supplies you sent. Every day, you are a part of blessing the people in the Marshall Islands.

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen, and Richard


ACA Rugby Team




























On December 12th our school rugby team participated in their first tournament here in Majuro. We had been given about three weeks notice about the tournament. Why do I bring this up? Because that is when the boys decided they wanted to play rugby against the other schools. All of the other schools had been practicing for several months. We stepped into this tournament with about two good weeks of practice.

Needless to say, after five games in the pouring down rain, we came in second place out of all of the schools that participated. Praise the Lord! We are so proud of our team and Pastor Apet their coach. They started the game with prayer and ended everything with prayer. Once again, being a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. We continually thank God for the opportunity to teach and mold young lives for him!

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard