Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
Taking off from Wotje Atoll

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