Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
Taking off from Wotje Atoll

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thank you Everyone

We want to always let you know how thankful we are for your faithful prayers and support. You are our partners in the Gospel here in the pacific. You are helping us make a difference in people’s lives in the name of Jesus! A big thank you, to Pastor Jeff Connor and Winter Haven Worship Center (www.whwc.org) for helping to bring our two oldest sons home this summer. We cannot thank you enough for this blessing. On behalf of Travis and Stephen, thank you and may God richly bless you in all that you do!

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

Outer Islands News

Outer island pastors are still building the kingdom of God. There are now even more remote than ever. Supplies coming in by ship have slowed down over the past year. Many are waiting as much as two months between ships. Air travel to the major atolls has been better over the last eight months but is still not 100 percent reliable.
We are planning to get back to the atolls of Wotje, Ebeye and Arno after this month. We are also planning a trip to Utrik atoll in the north. In the midst of all this, Pastor Will on Wotje, is continuing to build the new church building there. As soon as we can get there we will post pictures on the new church. If you would like to help support us in our outer islands ministry please email us at rikakisteve@gmail.com thanks.
In the picture above you see two brothers. On the left is Ryan Debrum, and on the right is Harold. Both of these young men are my disciples and they are close to my heart. Harold is now pastoring on the island of Likiep and is doing an awesome job. The church is growing, over 50 now, and lives are being changed every week. We ask you to please keep our outer islands pastors in your prayers. They are building the kingdom of God, one soul at a time. Be blessed and have an awesome day in the name of Jesus!

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

Visitor From India

Last week we had a surprise visit from Benny Prasad. He is from Bangalore, India and he is a gifted musician. He is also a born again Christian. He visited the school, played, and shared his testimony about how Jesus had changed his life. The kids were quiet and did not make a noise. They were so intent on what he was telling them.
This young man had been on the verge of suicide and the Lord radically changed him. He has been serving the Lord ever since. A little over six years ago the Lord told him that he was going to every country in the world to share his testimony. Since then, he has traveled to 229 countries and only has three more countries to go. He has never asked for money, took an offering, or signed a contract. Jesus has paid for it all.
He has played before kings, presidents, and leaders around the world. Schools, assembly halls, everywhere he has went God has opened the door. Praise the Lord! He has walked by faith everywhere he has gone. We were so blessed by this young man. In the pictures you can see his guitar. It is very unique and all handmade. It is a guitar, bongo drums and harp strings all in one. The Lord gave him the design and it makes beautiful music. Thank you, Lord, for sending this young man, around the world with the Gospel.
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Richard, Travis and Stephen

Construction and Repairs

The last couple of weeks have been a flurry of activity here on the compound. We are in the last week of school now with the awards ceremony on the 28th. Along with taking final tests and practicing for the awards ceremony construction on the new classrooms has continued. We had a delay for a couple of days because of no water but we were able to get some yesterday. Today they are finishing the last couple of rows of block and pouring the columns. It is amazing what is going on with the new building. One reader commented on the wheel barrow and mixer, how everything is done by hand. They asked is there not a cement truck on the islands. Yes there is one. However, to get cement that way is very expensive and not very reliable. So a lot of muscle and sweat goes into building a building here.
Once the classrooms are done we will have to fill them with desks and tables. If you would like to help us in that area, please email us at the address listed below!
We also had to do some repairs to the tower due to an accident by the water truck. The truck backed into the guys wires and shook the entire tower breaking one of the cables. Thor, our worker from Kosrae, jumped to the task and repaired the cable. Praise the Lord for this faithful man of God!
The wind/solar project is moving forward. We hope to have the first two wind generators online in the next couple of days. As you can see we have mounted the control boxes, now to put it all together. Someone inquired as to what we need to be completely off of MEC power. At this point, we have the budget to get four more panels and a solar controller for them. What we have left to really get us off of the grid is:
4ea 210 watt solar panels
1 ea 80 amp MPPT solar controller
12 to 16, 6 volt batteries, these are heavy duty solar batteries
If you would like to help out in finishing our solar/wind project please drop us an email rikakisteve@gmail.com
We, as always want to thank you for your faithful prayers and support.

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

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The Construction Begins!

Good day from the islands! As you can see from the pictures construction has started on the new classrooms. Praise the Lord! The started last week and yesterday they began to pour cement into the footers. This is an answer to prayer and will help us expand our reach into children's lives here in Majuro. This is all being funded by the Japanese Government. Praise the Lord for favor.

Luk 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
We thank God that He is always faithful to perform His Word. This promise is not just for preachers and missionaries but it is for everyone in the body of Christ. Thank you Jesus! God will always make a way where there is no way as long as we step out in faith.
Please pray for us as we proceed with this project. Already there has been some subtle opposition but we know that nothing can stop the plan of God. Please agree with us that all will go smoothly, on time, built to specifictions and that we have wisdom as we go forth. Once again praise the Lord. As always thank 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