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Monday, September 30, 2013

Water Baptism!


Good day from the Marshall Islands.  Today I want to give a further followup on our trip to Papua New Guinea.  On Monday, the last day we were in the village of Okinai, we finished up our teaching and had water baptism.  It is always a privilege to baptize people in the name of Jesus!  It is always a joy to obey the word of God!  The Bible clearly gives us the directive to baptize new believers!

Matthew 28:19: ¶Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:20: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

As we taught that week we came to understand that baptism had not been done there!  The people could not remember when the last time it was done!  This truly amazed us!  Some were holding on to infant baptism/dedication thinking that covered them!  That was then that we knew we needed to teach on water baptism.  Once they understood the need for it they all asked to us to do it!  Glory to God!

You see we were teaching on leaving the old gods, love, forgiveness, prayer, living a changed life and putting the kingdom of God first!  The hunger in people was overwhelming!  Their desire to obey all that is in the Word is humbling!  They understood that salvation is by faith and faith alone.  They simply wanted to follow the word!

We taught that baptism shows to the world that you have turned from the old ways and you are now a new creature in Christ!  So on that Monday afternoon we baptized 91 in the name of Father, Son and the Holy Ghost!  Praise the Lord!  But let me tell you the rest of the story.  Something I had never seen in my life.  As we baptized them the power of God came upon each and everyone of them.  Many of them as they came up were struck by the power of God and had to be carried from the water!  Glory to God, slain in the Spirit!  We had to lay a tarp on the sand to lay them on.  Testimonies of the power of God are being spread.  Burdens lifted, healing, and of a supernaturally changed life.  They are going to the next level!

Just as I was praising God for what had happened something else begin to happen.  The pastor's wife came forward and asked for forgiveness from the people.  After that, the Spirit of God fell and the people began to weep.  Not in sadness but in joy!  Forgiveness began to take place between families and friends.  Restoration was happening on every side.  They were changed by the Spirit of God!  The old ways of doing things were gone and the way of the Lord was chosen.

We give God all of the glory , honor and power for all that happened and is still happening there!  This was certainly a baptism I will never forget!  Thank you for all of your faithful prayers and support.  God is so good and we thank God for you our partners in ministry here in the Pacific!  God bless!

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

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Awesome Trip!

Good day everyone!  Well we are back from our trip to Papua New Guinea.  I thank God for the leading of the Holy Ghost for this trip.  Brother Robert Leo and I started our trip on the 7th of September.  We arrived in Brisbane on the 7th and stayed with Brother Robert's family and attended church with them on the 8th.  We thank God for the fellowship, and them opening their house for a place of rest on the way.

On the 9th, we flew into Port Moresby and was picked up by Brother Robert's son,Aravapo, and taken to their house.  We spent the evening with them and prepared for our trip to Vakuta!  On the 10th we begin our next journey.  First we flew to Lousia, and then a two hour truck ride down to the point, Gilibwa, to make the crossing to Vakuta!

Once we made the crossing we came to our base, the village of Okinai.  What an awesome place.  For the next week we would teach and preach seeing God move in a mighty way.  This was certainly an appointment by the Holy Ghost.  During our week, we saw lives changed by the Word of God and His Spirit!  These truly are a people who are hungry for the things of God!  The church has prayer every morning at 3 am calling on God!  It is so awesome to see people so hungry after God!

They have seen the provision of God in many ways.  Their gardens continue to overflow with the goodness and the sea continues to provide fish in abundance.  Fish and shellfish that have normally been far away from the village are now right off shore.  They literally catch fish within a 100 meters of the village.  Their nets overflowing with fish!  Why you might say?  They are calling on God everyday and seeking His face and He is providing.

Why did we go?  Because the people were praying.  In Acts chapter 16 Paul wanted to go several places but was limited by the Holy Ghost.  It was in a vision that he saw a man praying.  It was then that Paul followed the leading of the Spirit and went to Philippi in answer to that prayer.  It was the Spirit that led us there to answer their prayer.  I will write more on that later.

We saw salvations, healings, deliverances, forgiveness, joy, and restoration in so many lives.  Families restored and lives being changed by the power of God.  It was through the simple teaching of God's Word that has taken them to the next level.

On the second day we took a walk up to the next village.  There we met a man who could barely breathe.  His lungs were damaged and he was sitting there having trouble breathing.  Brother Robert and I prayed for his healing in Jesus name.  Sunday night he walked to the meeting, and we prayed with him again.  Monday, he walked all the way to the other village to be baptized, and lungs working perfectly.  Praise the Lord!  The report we received before we left was that he was working again, and telling all that he is healed in Jesus name!  Lungs, no problem for God!

Sunday night a woman was also brought who could not walk without help or a cane.  She was carried to the meeting.  That night she walked home on her own.  The next day, she came down to the village to be baptized.  We thought that she walked but when she left, she left on her canoe standing up and poling it home.  Thank you ,Jesus, for your healing power.

There are so many stories to tell ,but what we can say is that this was a divine appointment.  We came back to Port Moresby and spoke with other groups, made new connections, and prepared to return.  On the 22nd we started our journey home arriving on the 23rd.  It was a journey that I will never forget, and I learned many lessons there.  I will be sharing more on our trip in follow up blogs.

  All Glory, Honor and Power belong to the Lord for all that was accomplished on this trip.  For it is He that answers the call of His people when they call to Him!
I want to thank Brother Robert Leo and his family for all of their help and support during the trip.  Also a big thank you to all who gave to support this mission.  Thank you to Pastor Jeff Connor and WHWC for your faithful support and prayers.  Last but not least thank you Majuro English Assembly for all of your support in what God is doing in the Marshalls and the Pacific!  Glory to God!

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