Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
Taking off from Wotje Atoll

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

Merry Christmas from all of us here in the Marshall Islands.  Thank you all for your faithful prayers and support during the year.  You are truly our partners in the Gospel.  As you celebrate the greatest gift given to the world may your day be filled with joy, peace and happiness.  Blessings to you all in the mighty name of Jesus!


Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Richard, Travis, Malissa, Stephen, Terina and Kanani



Thursday, December 15, 2011

Travis and Malissa!

Well last weekend was a busy weekend.  Travis got married.  Yes, he and Malissa got married and it was as wonderful ceremony.  Many people attended the wedding which was performed at the Marshall Islands resort here in Majuro.  Here are a few pictures from the wedding.  We thank God for both of our daughter in laws Terina and Malissa they are a huge blessing to our family.  Enjoy the pictures...


Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Richard, Travis, Malissa, Stephen, Terina and Kanani




Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Staff Changes!

Good day from the islands.  Well life on the mission field is always changing.  Last week we had say goodbye to Janet Waiti.  She had to leave us to take care of her family.  She has been a faithful, steadfast teacher here at the school.  For four years she has taught with us and so now we say good bye.  What does that mean?  We are believing God for a new teacher for that class.  We will miss Janet and know that God has everything under control in all of our lives.
Even with one teacher leaving God has opened the door for a new staff member.  Ryan Debrum has joined our staff at Mission Ventures MI.  Ryan will be accompanying us to the outer islands and ministering here on Majuro.  One of his duties is the chaplin for our K - 8th grade school.  We welcome him and know that he will be a valuable member to our staff.  Please keep all of our staff in your prayers and we continue to build the Kingdom here in the Marshall islands.  As always thank you for your faithful prayers and support.....

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Richard, Travis, Malissa, Stephen, Terina and Kanani

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Wind Power!

Just wanted to write a quick post on alternate energy here on the compoud.  Right now in the Marshall Islands electricity is at 42 cents a Kilowatt hour.  One of the most expensive in the pacific.  On top of that the generators are all doing major maintenance.  They have been fairly reliable for the last few months but according to experts they are on their last leg.  The power company is behind in paying for fuel and that coupled with  no spare parts causes major problems.
  With out current usage cut down to bare minimums are electricity bill is between 450 to 550 dollars a month.  For the last couple of years we have been putting together a system to get off the grid and on to our own power.  We had three generators online at one time which cut our bill immensely.  We lost a generator a couple of months ago and now we having to use more power plant electricity.  Wings of Eagles in Lakeland, Florida helped us get the wire to get things back online.  Now we are trying to replace the broken wind generator.  The money that we save will help us reach more outer islands with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
  So this post is to give you more information on what we need.  The generator if possible needs to be weather proofed due to the salt air and generate power at 24 volts.  That is all there is to it.  If you would like to help us out in this project please contact us at rikakisteve@gmail.com .  Thank you for all of your prayers and support.

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

Thankful!

Good day from the islands,
  For so many this weekend has been a weekend full of shopping and getting ready for the holidays.  But on Thursday we stopped and gave thanks for all that we have.  For us here in the islands it is not a holiday and the week keeps moving on teaching and sharing the Gospel.  However, all of us take time everday to thank the Lord for the things He does for us on a daily basis.
  This year has been full of challenges and obstacles.  What has looked impossible to us has always been taken care of by our Father in heaven.  It has been amazing to see Him at work in so many areas of our lives and ministy.  Thank you Jesus that you are ever faithful.  This year we have a new daughter in law, Terina.  A new grand daughter, Kanani.  Travis is getting married, Richard is preparing to start college.  We have so many things to be thankful for.
  We want to thank all of Winter Haven Worship center for raising the funds for the engine last weekend.  Thank you so much.  Thank you Family Worship Center in Virginia for all of your faithful prayers and support.  All Faiths church in Lehigh Acres, Florida thank you.  For all of you who send care packages, thank you so much.
  To all of our individual supporters a big thank you and God bless you.  You are truly our partners here in the Gospel.

But most of all, thank you Jesus for all that you have done and continue to do in our lives and around the world........  What a mighty God we serve.

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

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Prayer Requests!

Good day from the islands,
  We have two prayer requests this morning.  We would ask that all of you agree with us for these two needs.
1.  Dengue fever continues to increase here in Majuro.  As of last week the paper recored 154 cases confirmed.  This does not include those who are at home trying to take care of it at home.  We now know that the numbers are much larger than that.  The hospital is full to capacity and all available space is being used for patients.  We continue to pray for the sick and see healings but the number of cases continue to increase.  Please agree with us that this outbreak will be stopped in the name of Jesus!

2. We have found a rebuilt engine in Australia for our diesel bus. To get it shipped in and installed will cost of $4,200 dollars. Praise the Lord. We are believing God for $4200 to cover this cost. We need asap $1700 to lock it in and get it shipped to Majuro. This is much better than 21 to 27000 for a new bus. We still need a new bus but with this bus repaired it will take a lot of pressure off of us in many ways. Please agree with us for the funds.  If you would like to help out with funds for the bus please contact us at rikakisteve@gmail.com

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and support.  Please pass on this blog post and request to others who will pray and believe with us.  It is time for a miracle!

Remember, Something Good is going to happen to you today!  Why?  Because Jesus is alive and He is on your side.

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



Tuesday, November 01, 2011

ACA in the Morning!

On the way to start picking up!

It's getting full!
Here is a few pictures from a normal morning of picking up students for class.  You see for us it is not about just education but it is about changing lives for Jesus!  It is so wonderful to have the privilege of being able to share the Gospel with these kids everyday.  We have a total now of 87 students that attend, Ajeltake Christian Academy.  Over the last five years we have seen so many positive changes in the students that have attend here.  We give all the glory to God for this area of our ministry.  Shawn, Sarah and the entire staff give one hundred percent everyday.  This is a non profit school and we thank God that every need has been met and every bill is paid on time.  I just wanted to share a few images from this morning.  Blessings to you all in the name of Jesus!
Unloading the first load.

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Richard, Stephen, Terina and Kanani
All smiles......


Pitts Update!














Good afternoon,
  I just wanted to take a moment and give you an update on the Pitts family.  All of them are doing well, healthy and happy.  The kids have adapted well and are enjoying island life.  Drew is teaching in CTC and Sarah of course is working in ACA.  Drew at times when there is no CTC helps out in ACA as well.
  Both of them are learning the culture and are adapting to customs and the way things are done here in the islands.  They are learning the language and taking on new challenges every day.  Living on an atoll in the pacific ocean has it own challenges trust me.
  There are no MacDonald's, Walmarts and shopping malls here so getting used to shopping here, well let's just say it is an all day event.  During the semester break all of them got to go on the field trip with the school.  They went and spent the day on a small island and had a great time.  Drew and Travis have been spearfishing and Sarah is playing softball with the ladies in Laura.  The kids as I said before are thriving here.  Of course all of them miss family and friends in the states.  So, keep them in your prayers and when you have time, drop them an email they would love to hear from you!

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

Monday, October 31, 2011

Urgent Needs Please Read!

Good morning from the islands,
  We wanted to present you an urgent need we have here in the islands.  The first one is urgent and we wanted to make you aware of it.  As many of you know we have three buses that we use here in the ministry.  Two of them we have had on the road for over six years now.  That is well beyond what is normal for a vehicle here in the islands.  We have replaced floors and the engine in one of our buses.  A couple of weeks ago we let you know about the trouble with our diesel bus.  We have since found out that the block is blown.  Now that bus is out of commision.
  Our oldest bus is still working but only in a limited capacity, due to some issues with cooling.  So at this time we are runniing on one bus.  This bus is now doing triple duty transporting 80 students to class, supporting CTC and our other ministries here on the island.  Our buses are an integral part of our ministry here.  We use them six days a week.  These are not luxury items or just used once or twice a week.  Buses are the backbone of our ministry.  We are currently looking for a rebuilt engine maybe our of Australia or Fiji but we have not found one at this time!
  With that said we need your help.  Number one, we need you to pray and agree with us for new buses.  Number two, spread the word to others to hook up with us.  Number three, if you feel led to help us please contact us.  We know that God is more than enough and where there is vision there is provision! 
  The second thing we need is two replacement wind generators to help offset power costs here.  Electricity is now at .41 cents a kilowatt hour.  Just at minimal usage that can be up to 600 dollars a month.  The reason we are presenting this need is because of some damage done during a major storm over a month ago.  The money that we save on electricity costs goes into our outreaches throughout the islands!  Here is a link to the type of wind generator that we need, http://www.amazon.com/Windmax-HY1000-5-24-Volt-Residential-Generator/dp/B001JBFJZK/ref=sr_1_3?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1320013299&sr=1-3


If you would like to help out in any of these areas please contact us
at rikakisteve@gmail.com
Once again, thank you for your faithful prayers and support.

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

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Training Week!

Good day from the islands,
  This week our staff of ACA is in training.  Mrs Paula and Abigal Schmidt came all the way from Guam to train our teachers.  The first day was awesome and all of the teachers are enjoying the training.  We thank God for people who come and help us increase in excellence in teaching!  Thank you so much Mrs Paula and Ms Abigal!






Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Richard, Stephen, Terina and Kanani!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Bus Update!

Good day from the islands.  It is a wonderful day to serve the Lord here in Majuro!  This morning I just wanted to give everyone an update on our buses.  As many of you know, supporters and Family Worship Center in Virginia helped us get a new bus last year!  What a blessing that has helped us here in our ministry here in Majuro.  Our buses are one of our key tools to our work here on the main island.  Our buses average about 30,000 miles a year traveling all over this 30 mile atoll.

These buses support the schools ACA and CTC.  They also help doing evangelism outreaches and transporting people back and forth to ministry events.  Over the years we have had stewarded these vehicles and they have last past their life here in the islands.  We have replaced metal floors with wood.  We have swapped out engines on one bus, rebuilt an engine on the diesel bus and have salvaged wrecks to keep them running.  They have been tools that have helped us impact a nation.

Our two older buses are now costing us more and more to keep them on the road!  It is time for a new bus.  We would like to ask all of you to pray and agree with us for a new bus for the ministry here in the islands.  A new bus will cost about 22,000!  Please take time to pray about this issue today.  We know that God is faithful and will provide what we need here in the islands.  If you would like to help us in this area, please email us at rikakisteve@gmail.com  thank you for your faithful prayers and support.

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

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Christian Motocycle Association!


Four years ago a couple of men came and visited the Marshall islands.  One was Steve Beam and the other was the president of the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA), John Ogden Sr.  During that visit several things happened.  One was that CMA saw the need for a boat to help the outer islands.  Within just a few months CMA had provided a boat to help in the outer islands.
  The second thing that happened, happened after a Sunday morning service.  While sitting around the table after lunch with several pastors, John asked how he could help them.  Pastor Ronald mentioned that they would like to have the Jesus film in the Marshallese language.  John said they could do it!  Four years later John, a man of his word returned with the movie in the Marshallese language!
  We want to thank John Ogden Sr and all of the members of the Christian Motorcycle Association for not only this great tool but for all they are doing around the world!  This organization is involved in the Jesus Film project and in providing motorcycles to Pastors around the world!  This is a first class Holy Ghost organization dedicated to spreading the Gospel.  Of course they are reaching out to bikers around the world!  Stop by and check out their web site for details www.cmausa.org
  Once again a big thank you to John and all of the CMA for helping us reach the people of the Marshall Islands!

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

Jesus Film in Marshallese!


Last week we had the privilege of premiering the Jesus film in Marshallese here in the Majuro.  We showed it on Friday and Saturday nights.  The first showing was at Rairok Full Gospel church and the second showing was at the Salvation Army’s building.  Over 1000 people saw the film the first time in Marshallese!  We are so excited about having this new tool to share the Gospel here in the Marshall islands.
We also had several guests here from the US and New Zealand for the showings.  A big thank you to Chris and LuAnne Mcquirk, Lynn and Nancy Mayfield, Matt Anderson, Chase Henry, Adam Jones, Doug Sarver and John Ogden Sr.  It was a privilege to have them here.  They are from different organizations all supporting the Jesus film project!  Praise the Lord for their faithfulness and dedication to share the Gospel around the world.  You can find out more about the Jesus film project at, http://www.jesusfilm.org/


This team also brought us another tool with the film.  They have given us a backpack full of equipment to show the Jesus film anywhere.  The backpack includes a project, sound system, screen, battery and a solar panel.  That means power or no power it does not matter it is a totally self contained system.  Praise the Lord!  And yes that is the projector that you see in my hand!  That means wherever we travel in the out islands we can show the film to the people.  We give all the glory and praise to the Father for this great tool to share the Gospel.  Once again thank all of you for your faithful prayers and support as we share the Gospel here in the Marshall Islands.

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


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Chairs Needed!

It is one of the things that all of us use everyday. The chair!  We relax in it, eat in, watch sports with it and everywhere we go there is a chair.  Portable chairs, soft chairs, rocking chairs we literally have made chairs for every situation to make sure that we are comfortable wherever we go.  Some churches now take pride on how comfortable their seats are.  I remember growing up in a church where the seats were wooden and no padding.   I have been to churches with wooden pews that there was no way to get comfortable.  But now most churches have comfortable seats for the people who come.  What am I driving at?

We need your help!  On the atoll of Ebeye there is a growing church Pastored by Anwi and Wendy Morris.  Through their ministry, over the years the church has continued to grow.  They out grew the building, now they are outside under a shelter.  Even now they have outgrown their current shelter and have filled all of the chairs.  People come and stand around the outside listening to the Word.  Some sit on the ground just to be touched by the Spirit of God.  People are getting saved and healed every week.  They need chairs.  We are not talking about 100 to 200 dollar theater seats.  We are talking simple plastic chairs, 15.00 a piece.  We are believing God for 100 chairs!  Just think, 100 people could make this happen, one church could do it at one swoop.  Bottom line is, if they had 100 chairs they would be filled the first Sunday they had them.  Would you like to help? Are you willing to skip a couple of lunches to help a church fill the house and build the kingdom of God?
If so please contact us at rikakisteve@gmail.com for information on how to help us meet this need.

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

ACA Starts the New School Year!

The kids are back to school at ACA!  During the summer we added ramps and did some much needed repairs to the compound.  We are now in our third week and things are going well.  The kids are happy to be back and so is the staff!  This year we have two new special needs students one who is blind and the other who has to use a wheel chair.  We look forward to working with these new students and seeing what God will do in their lives.
  Sarah Pitts has joined Shawn on the staff and is doing an awesome job already.  Cheyanne, Luke and Sam are in classes and doing great.  It is a joy to see them joining in with the other kids in the school.  Please keep us in prayer this year.  We started off two teachers short this year.  We have filled one position have one more to fill.  Also our principal Pastor Apet will be leaving us in December and we need to fill his position.  Please agree with us for these two positions to be filled quickly.  Thank you for all of your faithful prayers and support.  You are truly our partners in the ministry here in the Marshall Islands.

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