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Sunday, November 14, 2010

News From the Islands

Wow the last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activity here! We finished up the 1st quarter of ACA and are already moving into the 2nd. CTC has been working on the book of Daniel. Tomorrow we will finish the 12th chapter and take the test on Tuesday. It is wonderful to watch these disciples learn more about the Word of God. In doing this study we have tied in many other books of the Bible. Some of the books we tied in are Revelation, Ezra, and Nehemiah to name a few of them. I truly believe that Daniel is the key to understanding the book of Revelation.


Majuro has been experiencing major power outages again. This week we will get the two main wind generators back up and online line. It has been so busy that this project has been on hold. By Friday we should have everything back online. The timing is perfect seeing as the winds are starting to pick up again for the windy season. The main generators for Majuro are truly on their last legs and we are watching to see what happens in that area. We have what we need for the baseline but still believing for provision for complete project.

The silver bus is back online now giving us two operational buses. We got it back on Monday. It certainly has relieved some of the driving pressure by having another bus online. The white bus is close we are hoping to have it back in line by the end of the week. We have also found a diesel engine for it and we are looking into the possibility of changing it out. We are certainly thankful for our Marshallese brother and sisters who have helped us out during this time.

This week Pastor Lawrence Edwards went home to be with the Lord. We have known him since we came here to the Marshall Islands. He will be missed but we know that he is home and in perfect peace. It is always a wonderful thing when a saint goes home to be with the Lord. My heart cries out for those who step into eternity without Him.

All of the family is doing well. We praise God everyday for His faithful provision for the ministry here in the islands. We are planning trips to Wotje and to Ebeye in the near future. If you would like to help us out in any area of ministry here in the islands please email us at rikakisteve@gmail.com ! As always thank for your faithful prayers and support. You are truly helping us build the kingdom of God!

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Island Update!

Good day from the islands. It has been a couple of weeks since our last update. Everyone here is healthy and doing well. Richard, Stephen and Travis are all doing well in school. Shawn and the school are on track and have finished the first quarter of this year. Praise the Lord. They had parent/teacher conferences yesterday and many parents turned out for the meetings!


CTC (Christian Training Center) is back on schedule. We just took the test on the Major Prophets and are now studying the book of Daniel. I have to tell you it is an exciting time to be studying this book. With what is going on in the world right now we can see prophecy fulfilled as we study. In doing this study I am also comparing it to the book of Revelation! This class is exciting because as they begin to understand Daniel, Revelation opens up to them!

We are still working on repairing our wind generators and hope to have at least one back online this week. We praise God for our new bus, it has certainly taken the pressure off of us in that area. The parts came in for our silver bus and we believing to have it back this week. Believing God for favor on the repair bill! We are currently looking for parts to the white bus. It has been down for about two weeks now but praise God it will be back this week.

We want to thank all of our faithful partners for your prayers and support. You are our partners in sharing the Gospel here in the Marshall Islands. If you would like to help out in any area of the ministry, contact us at (rikakisteve@gmail.com).

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bus Update!

Last week we were able to pick up our new bus for the ministry. We are so thankful for those of you who made this possible. As you can see from the picture we have “old faithful” on the left and “blessing” on the right. Our old white bus was repaired last week as well. The dealer let us take the new bus without having paid the full amount. Funds have been pledged and we are waiting on the balance to come in. We are still believing for $1400 to finish paying off the new bus.


We are so thankful for our mechanic who worked on the white bus. Through his efforts we have been able to keep it on the road. We have changed out the engine, replaced the head, water pump and many other things. Here in the Marshalls there are no part stores and we literally salvage parts from other vehicles. We praise God for His continued provision for the ministry here in the islands.

The silver bus is still waiting on a part. It has been off the road for over a month now. We are hoping to have the part this week and have it back on the road. All of these buses are a vital part of our ministry here. They help us take students back and forth to school as well as helping the local churches. We know that soon we will have another new bus and we are continuing to believe God for it. We want to thank all of you for your continued prayers and support. You are truly our partners in the Gospel here in the Marshall Islands. Be blessed in the name of Jesus!

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

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Manit Day!

 


Last Friday we celebrated Manit day (custom day) here in the Marshall Islands. This is a day that celebrates the rich culture of the Marshallese. It is their way of ensuring that the children remember their history. At ACA, Shawn and the teachers had a day filled with culture. They played games, learned how to make Marshallese crafts and of course it would not be complete without a great lunch.


It was a day filled with fun for students and teachers alike. Here are just a few photos from the day. Be blessed.

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




Monday, September 20, 2010

The Windows Are In!

Here is a picture of ACA now.  The windows are in and the building is complete.  Praise the Lord!  Now we will add solar/wind power to it!  That is also part of the funding from the Japanese grant.  We give God all of the glory for what He is doing here in the islands.  We also added a new teacher to the staff last week.  Her name is Hilda!  She will be working with the 2nd and 3rd graders.  I love serving the Lord!  Be blessed and have an awesome day in Jesus!

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

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New Bus News!


Praise the Lord God is good.  As many of you know we have been believing God for two new buses.  Our buses have served and continue to be a major tool in our ministry.  The white bus has had an engine and transmission replaced and the silver one has also had it share of problems.  As a matter of fact both are down at this time.  The white will be back online this afternoon and we are waiting on news on the other bus.
  In the middle of this we have gotten the awesome news of funds coming in for a new bus.  Praise the Lord!  Right now we have 13,000 in the bank, and 7,000 more on the way.  Praise the Lord!  We only need $1,400 more to complete the purchase of the new bus.  The dealer has agreed to let us take the bus this week and pay the balance when it comes in!  God is soooo good.  With the new bus, we can work on the other buses taking some pressure off of our schedule.  We are still believing for a second new bus!  If you would like to help out with the last $1,400 or with any maintenance on the other buses please contact us. 
rikakisteve@gmail.com
  We thank you all for your faithful prayers and support!  We give God all of the honor and glory for what He is doing here in the Marshall Islands.  You are truly our partners in the Gospel here in the islands!

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

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Dedication Ceremony!



Good day from the Marshall Islands.  Friday we had the opening ceremony for the new classrooms.  It was a great day as we celebrated.  On hand for the ceremony was the president of the Marshall Islands seen in the hat and the ambassador for the Japanese embassy.  Even though we are waiting on the windows to arrive we dedicated the building.  It has been a busy week starting the new school year but we give God all of the glory for what He has done.
  It certainly is a priveledge to serve the Lord here in the Marshall Islands.  Thank you for your prayers and your faithful support.  You are truly our partners in the Gospel here in the pacific.  God bless you as you continue to follow Him.

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

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Challenges!

As you can see from the picture we have power now at the new classrooms. Praise the Lord! We thank God for His favor and provision for the vision here in the Marshall Islands. The last few weeks have certainly been full of challenges and victory. We finally got mechanics here on the island to work on the silver bus. We also got in the parts to repair the silver bus. The white bus now has a wooden floor and we were able to fix the water pump. We thank God for His favor. Continue to agree with us for two new buses.


We will also have the handover ceremony for the classrooms on Friday! The Japanese ambassador will come and officially make the handover. They have allowed us to begin classes before this ceremony. Again, thank you Lord for moving on the hearts of men. We have ordered the parts to repair our wind generator. It will take us 300.00 to repair it and to bring it back online. There are so many things happening here in the islands.

Steve ministered for three weeks straight for three conference this summer, Youth conference, Women’s conference, and Pastor Conference. We continue to see souls being saved, healed, and delivered by the power of God.

Tomorrow will be a big day as we start the new school year. Shawn is excited and the staff is ready to go. I have watched them decorating the new classrooms and you can feel the excitement in the air. Keep them in prayer as we transport and teach these children this year! In the midst of challenges, joy abounds on every side. The summer has been long with no break for us but thank God for His grace and strength. He is our sustainer! I love serving the Lord!

We want to thank all of you for your faithful prayers and support. We continue to believe for increase in provision for the mission. Your faithfulness is a constant comfort to us here in the islands. We also want to thank those of you who take time to email us. We so love to hear from you and about what God is doing in your lives. Feel free to drop us an email.

If you would like to help in our ministry here in the islands please contact us for more information. Be blessed and may you prosper even as your soul prospers.

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard
rikakisteve@gmail.com

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Update from the Islands

Good morning from the islands,

It is Saturday morning here in the islands. It is that time of year when the trade winds are still and it gets a little warm. Praise God, our water catchements are full. It is so awesome to know that whenever we call on Him, He always comes through. Lot of things getting ready to happen here in the next couple of weeks. Shawn is on track with the school and preparing to start our school year here. This is a year of increase for that area of ministry and we are certainly are seeing God open doors. Travis and Stephen will be registering for the fall semester of college. These guys are growing up to fast. Richard will start high school on the 16th of Augsut. Praise the Lord God is so good. We will start the next class of CTC starting Monday of this week.

This year has been full of challenges but it has been a year of victory so far! Serving Him and living by faith always produces victory. We just finished up two conferences and one leadership seminar. All of them went very well and the Spirit of God was moving. We are making plans to go to Ebeye atoll and Wotje atoll in the fall. All of our outer islands pastors are requesting us to come and minister to them. I love serving the Lord!

Praise Reports:

1. We thank God for three successful conferences and meetings.

2. We praise God for His provision for the vision.

3. We thank God for the visit by Shelly and Brenda. What a great time of refreshing.

4. We thank God for rain in our catchements.

5. We give Him all of the praise, honor and glory for the lives that are being changed here in the islands.

Prayer Requests:

1. Please pray for one of our disciples, Jenny Janer, as she travels back to her home atoll.

2. Pray for the Youth mission team from Winter Haven Worship Center in Florida as they travel to Guatemala to minister.

3. Please pray that the supplies we need to finish the classrooms will come in and that we will stay on schedule in the area of construction.

4. Please pray that we can find parts for our two buses and agree with us for two new buses.

5. Please agree with us for new partners and those who will step up help us with the vision here in the Marshall Islands

6. Please pray for Drew and Sarah Pitts as they prepare to come onto the mission field.

7. Agree with us for open doors to share the Gospel.

8. Agree with us for 5,000 above our operating expense to meet a need and also for the funding for the outer island trips,

We want to as always thank you all for your continued faithful prayers and support.  May you be blessed as your walk with Him.  You are in our prayers!

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard
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Friday, August 06, 2010

Shelly and Brenda

Well for the last week we have certainly been blessed.  Shelly Clark and Brenda Coffer flew in to be with us.  They were truly a great blessing to Shawn and all of us.  They painted and cleaned.  Ministered to children and refreshed us with good times and lost of laughter.   We want to thank them for coming and making an impact here in the islands.  You will be missed and we hope you come again soon.  To the families who sent them, thank you for allowing them to come.  You are always in our hearts and prayers.  Be blessed.

Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

Great Conferences!

The last three weeks have certainly been busy.  The construction has been going on and maintenance on the existing classrooms.  Along with this we have been involved with two conferences and a seminar here in Majuro.  We have had a youth conference, women's conference and a leader's seminar all back to back.  It was an awesome time in the Lord and it was an honor to work with the Marshallese pastors preaching and teaching.
  The youth conference's theme was "what is in your hand"?  This them was taken from Exodus 4:2 where God asked Moses this question.  The teaching and preaching was all centered around using what God has put in your hand.  Using the talents and resources that God has graced you with and flowing in the Holy Spirit.  Many young people were changed and encouraged during the conference.
The womens conference was based on II Chronicles 7:14 with the teaching covering prayer, the Holy Spirit, forgiveness and marriage and family.  In both of these conferences the Spirit was moving and lives were changed each and every service.  This year the teaching and preaching was divided among all of the pastors.  It was awesome to watch and hear the word from these men of God!
The leader's seminar focused on pastor's this year.  It was an honor and a priviledge to teach these men and women of God.  God by His Spirit is certainly moving here in the islands.  We want to thank each and everyone of you for your faithful prayers and support.  Be blessed and have an awesome day in the name of Jesus!

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

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Things are Happening here in the Islands!

Even though summer time is here, things keep on moving here in the islands. Construction, repairs, renovation and conferences are just a few of the things that are happening. As you can tell from the photos we are busy here on the compound. The new classrooms are getting close to completion, with painting going on and plumbing work happening.


In the other photos you can see Shawn and crew, scraping walls and renovating an old classroom into an office. It has been a major job peeling off the old paint but it is looking awesome. We are moving our office there to be closer to the classrooms and to clear space in our radio room. In other photos, you can see pictures of the desks being made for the new classrooms. Our carpenter, Thor, has been busy building these desks. You cannot run out and buy them here, you have to make them. He and Shawn have come up with a very efficient design. It is very sturdy and will last a long time.
Also in the photos you can see a picture of the inside of our white bus. The floor had begun to rust through and we had to repair it. So, using what we have here on the islands we laided down ¾ inch plywood for the new floor. It should be done first of the week and back on the road. The silver bus also needs repairs. Our clutch master cylinder has went out. There are currently no parts here on the island. We had to order a set from a dealer here on the islands and hope to have it repaired soon.
Tomorrow we start the youth conference followed by the women’s conference the following week. We will post updates and photos throughout the conferences. Agree with us for lives to be changed as these believers from all over the islands come together to seek the Lord!

Please agree with us in prayer for two new buses and the provision to make things happen over the next 30 days. We are believing God for 3,000 above our operating expenses to come in within the next 30 days. We know that God can and will do it. Join together with us in prayer and if God moves on your heart to help in any area of our ministry contact us at rikakisteve@gmail.com
Thank you so much for all of your faithful prayers and support. You truly are our partners here in the islands. Be blessed in the name of Jesus!

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Sarah Pitts Visits US Here in the Islands

Sarah Pitts was a recent visitor here with us in Majuro.  Sarah came and spent about 8 days with us spying out the land.  She and her husband Drew are praying about coming and joining with us here in the work.  Sarah spent the week with Shawn getting the lay of the land.  Drew and Sarah are both recent graduates from Rhema Bible Training Center.  Please keep them in your prayers as they receive direction from the Lord.  Thanks Drew for letting your wife come and visit with us here. 
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Paint and Tile

Here a just a few photos of where we are now with the classrooms.  God is so good, we are right on schedule. 

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

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Construction Continues!

Well here are the latest pictures of our new classrooms.  Everything is on schedule and we plan to be in the new classrooms in August.  Praise the Lord!  God is so good and faithful.  Where there is there is vision there is provision.  We give God all the glory for the doors and opportunities here in the islands.  Thank you so much for all of your faithful prayers and support!

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