Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
Taking off from Wotje Atoll

Friday, June 17, 2011

CTC, Upcoming Conferences, and Other Things!

Christian Training Center, CTC, has been for the last two day taking their tests on Revelation.  We currently have 15 disciples studying with us.  They are all doing well and sharing the Gospel every day.  We are currently planning outer island trips for them in the fall please keep them in your prayers.  Our plans are to complete one more class before conference time.
With that said people from the outer islands are already arriving by boat here on Majuro.  They are getting ready for the General Conference from 10 July until 17 July.  It is a time for all of the churches to gather together and worship the Lord!  We will be minister both mornings and evening during this week!  If you have time come and join us here in Majuro for a great time in the  Lord!
After the main conference we will be doing a leadership seminar with all of the pastor and leaders.  Needless to say it will be a busy two weeks.  Also during the second week, Drew Pitts will arrive and begin to make preparations for his family’s arrival here in Majuro!  Please keep the Pitts family in your prayers as they come and join us here in Majuro.  After the conference we have trips coming up to Wotje, Ebeye and Utrik atoll.  Please keeps us in your prayers as we plan these trips.
As always thank you for your faithful prayers and support.  Please feel free to contact us anytime at rikakisteve@gmail.com

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

Our New Grand Daughter!

On June 10th 2011, Kanani Michelle Clark was born.  She weighed 5 lbs and 12 ozs.  She is the daughter of Stephen and his wife Terina.  Mother and baby are doing well!  Thank you all for your prayers during this time! 

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

Sunday, June 05, 2011

ACA Awards Ceremony!

On May 28th we had the awards ceremony for Ajeltake  Christian Academy for the 2010-2011 school year.  Like every year it was a packed house.   Many awards were given for academic achievement and there were several special performances.  This year we saw four more students graduate the 8th grade and are now on the way to high school.  It is sad to see them go, but we are confident that they will do well.  Shawn had three special graduates this year Darren, Reab, and Dolores. For a time, all three of these young people worked with Shawn to get their GEDs.  Since we do not have a high school program currently at our school, this was a special tutoring program that Shawn was doing. 
This year these three moved into different schools on the islands.  Darren finished his GED and graduated.  Reab and Dolores attended SDA this year and both graduated. All three students have passed the college entrance exam and will be attending college this fall. Praise the Lord!  All three of these were students who were way behind when they came to us, but now they are going on to college.  Even though they did not graduate from us, we thank God that we provided the help they needed to be able to finish their education.
Last but not least, I want to talk about our high school graduate.  I know we do not have high school, but this young man is very special.  He came to our school in the 2007-2008 school years. His family let us know that he was way behind. In fact, when he graduated 8th grade, he was not able to pass the test for entering any high school in the Marshall Islands. School was over for him. He spent several years out of school before his grandfather came to us. The school system had given up on him.  Shawn took him in and said we will take care of it. After testing Abraham, we discovered that he could not read at all and his math level was about 2nd grade level.  He took an interest in school and worked hard to learn.  Last year, when he found out his family could not pay tuition he worked on the compound all summer so he could stay in school.
He then attended a vocational program for carpentry and passed it with no problem.  He then returned to school to finish up here.  Abraham never gave up and completed all of his requirements.  Abraham is a special education student with multiple learning disabilities.  We are happy to say he is graduated and will start college in the fall.  He was told he could never do it, and would never make it to college.  In the true spirit of the overcomer, he overcame his weaknesses and walked away in victory.  It is a privilege to work with these children and young people.  Thank you for all of your prayers and support.  Thanks as always to Mom and Dad Clark who got us the awards on time, just like every year…     You all are our partners in the work here in the Marshall Islands.

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

Garden Project!

Living on an atoll in the middle of the Pacific certainly comes with its own set of challenges.  Everything that we use comes in either by ship or by airplane.  One of the most important things of course is food.  As I am sure that you have seen even where you live price for food continue to climb.  That certainly impacts us here in the islands.  Imagine broccoli at 4 dollars a pound or paying over two dollars for a cucumber.
We have tried a garden before with limited success.  Some things grow and others do not.  The main problem is nutrients within the soil.  Because the soil is on the top of corral the nutrients are quickly leached out of the soil making it basically dead.  There is one place on Majuro that crops can be grown and that is in Laura.  So we set out to solve the problem.
In the pictures you see vegetables growing in blue containers.  The same containers you can find in Wal Mart or any other store.  The project you see is being done by the Diabetes Wellness Center here in Majuro.  They are successfully growing everything in these containers.  The reason it is working well is that the nutrients do not leach out of the soil.  It is working well and providing all the vegetables needed to run the wellness center.
With that said we have got the information on how to grow vegetables this way.  So what do we need now?  We want to obtain 20 of these containers to start our garden.  Here, these simple blue containers cost between 10 to 15 dollars a piece when they are available.  In the states, they are about 3 to 4 dollars a piece.  How can you help?  We are looking for a few people who will mail three or four of these containers to us here in the islands to help us with this project.  Also we need people who would like to send sends.  If you would like to help us out please email us at rikakisteve@gmail.com for shipping information.  Thanks as always for your faithful prayers and support.

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