Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
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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