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Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Good day from the Marshall Islands. Shawn, Richard and I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. It is a wonderful time of year to celebrate the birth of Jesus! Truly He is the greatest gift every given to the world. The birthday of the King who came to give Himself so that we may be redeemed. Praise The Lord! I am writing this post the day after Christmas for us here in the Pacific. This entire month has been one continuous celebration of the goodness of God!

The first Sunday of December here in the Marshall Islands we celebrate, Gospel Day. It is a national holiday for the coming of the good news to the islands. It is also called by some thanksgiving day similar to our Thanksgiving holiday in the states. However, they are celebrating the greatest gift ever given. The gift of the good news of the coming of Jesus. The last two weeks of November all the way up to Christmas Day music can be heard everywhere at night. Groups all over are practicing their programs for Christmas day.

Starting Christmas morning churches gather and groups travel all over Majuro. Dancing, singing and celebrating Jesus. It lasts all day and all night with many churches ending early in the morning on the 26th. It is one continual birthday party for Jesus. Glory to God! It is so awesome to watch the people celebrating Jesus without fear of persecution or backlash. Everywhere you go people say Merry Christmas and you know what? They know what Christmas is all about! It is about Jesus. Not about gifts or food it is about the coming of Jesus! Praise the Lord!

At our church Majuro International English Church, (MIEC), we do things a little different on Christmas day. This year we gathered at 10 am at the church and from there we went to the hospital and to the prison. We sang and prayed for the sick and gave gifts to those in prison. It is always a blessing to see eyes light up that seem to have no hope. After that we returned to the church and packed up boxes of food and gifts. From there we went out to our neighbors around the church and blessed twenty families. Glory to God! We finished up this year around 3 in the afternoon.

It was an awesome Christmas. So today as you celebrate Christmas we want to thank you for your prayers and support. Because you are our partners in the Gospel here in the islands. Remember, everyday is Christmas. Everyday you can give someone the gift of eternal life. Step out and show His love to the world today. May you prosper in all that you do in the might name of Jesus. God bless and good night from the islands of the sea.

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn and Richard

Majuro, Marshall Islands

 

 

 

 

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Coming and Going!

Well it has been a busy couple of weeks and we are headed toward Christmas. The last couple of weeks certainly has been a whirlwind. As many of you know, Shawn, has been away for 12 weeks for medical treatment and rest. She returned yesterday after an overnight delay in Honolulu. We thank God for her return and for all of your prayers during this time. It is tough being separated but we thank God for His grace and provision during our separation. Please keep us in your prayers as we head into the Christmas season. We have several events and outreaches planned leading up to Christmas Day. Tomorrow we will celebrate Thanksgiving and the coming of the Gospel to the Marshall Islands. It will be a day of praise, worship, the Word and dinner together celebrating the goodness of God!

We are happy to let everyone know that we have a new member to our ministry. Brother Aravapo Leo from Papua New Guinea has joined us here in Majuro. His father, mother and sister were with us before in ministry at the church. Brother Apo has returned and has already jumped right in. He is not only talented in ministry and worship he is also and artist. He is using this talent downtown reaching out to the Marshallese using art to share the Gospel. Please keep him in your prayers as well.

So we had two come back but we also are seeing one leave. Our precious sister, Jessica Cahiago will be leaving us in the next couple of weeks. She was one of our children's ministers at the church. We will miss her but know that she is following the plan of God. Please keep her in your prayers as she returns to the Philippines for a new adventure in life!

On another note, I will be making a trip back to the states in January. I will leave here on the 12th of January and plan to be there for a month. The ticket price is 1838.00. We already have 1000 committed to the trip. If you would like help out on this trip please contact us at rikakisteve@gmail.com. We have to overnight in Honolulu on both legs of our trip. Please pray about helping us out in this area. Please keep up with our blog and we will soon be anouncing our new web site. We hope to have it online in the next couple of weeks. Shawn and I want to thank all of your for your faithful prayers and support. You are truly our partners in the Gospel. God bless you and have a awesome day in the name of Jesus.

 

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn and Family

rikakisteve@gmail.com

 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Great Weekend!

Praise the Lord for an awesome weekend. First of all on Saturday I actually got to rest most of the day. Thank you Jesus. Sunday we were Pastor Junior and Brenna Matthew are Rairok Full Gospel church. It was such a blessing to be with them and share the Word. While I was a away Brother Divine Waiti spoke at MIEC on the fruits of the Spirit! I thank God for our leaders in the church who step up when I am speaking elsewhere.

Sunday we also got bless our Tongan brother, Mafileo Kaumavae, on His 21st birthday. It was an awesome celebration and we thank God for what is happening in his life. It a total change from when he first came to the church!

In other news for our church Brother Apo Leo will soon be joining us in ministry here in Majuro. He is a talented young man from Papua New Guinea who is connecting with us by the Spirit. His family was with us and they are now in Singapore but Brother Apo is coming back to join with us. We are looking forward to his arrival here in Majuro. Please agree with us in prayer for his travel and connections down to Majuro.

The flu and fever continues to be a major problem throughout the islands. As we posted on a recent blog there is no medication to break the fever. The hospital and clinic supplies are exhausted. There children now sleeping on the floor in the hospital and not enough beds to go around. To complicate matters some of the cases have gone into pneumonia. We have not heard of any deaths as of yet but please continue to pray with us that this epidemic will be broken. We are still in need to Tylenol, Ibuprofen in adult, childrens and infant strengths. This is the normal stuff you buy at the store, over the counter. You can even purchase it online through Amazon and they will ship to us direct. Please contact us at the email address listed below for information on how to get it to us.

That brings us to Monday and it is already starting out busy. It is amazing how the devil will try and steal your joy. I walked out to the bus this morning and found a flat tire. It could be a moment to be mad and sad at the same time. I got out my jack only to find out it was siezed up. After working on it, leatherman, WD 40 and hammer I got it working. As I began to changed the tire I found a few other things. Oh well, God is good and in control. I was able to get everything back in order and ready for the afternoon. I choose to rejoice in the midst of adversity. Praise the Lord! We are in need of tools here in the islands and if you would like to help out in that area please email us at the address below.

We are looking forward to lives changed and growth in the Kingdom this week. We as always want to thank each and everyone of you for your faithful prayers and support. You are truly our partners in the Gospel. Have a super blessed week in the name of Jesus.

 

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn and family

rikakisteve@gmail.com

 

 

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Thankful in Majuro!

Good day from the Marshall Islands. We have been busy as usual here in Majuro. There continues to be a major outbreak of flu and fever here in the islands. At this time the hospital has no form of fever reducers on hand. Literally from what I have been told, they are completely out. One of our parents took their child to the hospital to be sent back home with no medication. We thank God for those that have sent Tylenol and Ibuprofen already. We have passed that out already. We have a limited supply on hand that we are now giving to the people. If you would like to help out in this area please contact us for mailing information!

As many of you know we have been without a main computer now for several weeks. Not anymore! This weekend we recieved a new system thanks to Winter Haven Worship Center and another donor. We are now fully back online! Praise The Lord. This week we also received another system to replace our office computer. This came from a family also in Winter Haven. We want to send a big thank you to everyone for helping out in this area. This link is the main way that we keep people informed on all that is going on here in the islands. We pray that God will bless all of those who helped in getting us back online.

Richard and I are doing well and counting the days until the return of Shawn. Stephen, our son who just moved back to the states has got a job. We praise God for opening the door for him to work. His wife, Terina, and the kids are doing well. Of course all of them are looking forward to reuniting in the future. Travis and Malissa also in the states are moving into a new apartment this week. I thank God for His favor on our family in so many ways. For those of you who have been praying with us, thank you!

Of course a big thank you to Mom and Dad Clark who are there for us in the states. They have taken care of mailing and getting things to us every since we have been in the islands. They also give us a place to stay there and as always took wonderful care of Shawn and Stephen. They are truly a big part of our ministry here in the islands.

Jesus is coming soon and we here are busy about Kingdom business. Please keep us in your prayers. Thank you all for your continued faithful prayers and support. You are truly our partners in the Gospel!

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn and Family

rikakisteve@gmail.com

 

 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Great Week!

Last week was certainly a great week. Of course they are all good when you are serving the Lord! Shawn put out on Facebook that the hospital was short of Tylenol, Ibuprofen and just general over the counter stuff. So many have told us they stuff is on the way, praise the Lord! However, within 48 hours we had a donation ready to go. Tylenol was given by one donor and Bayview Baptist Church sent a duffel bag full of stuff on United from Guam! Glory to God! On Tuesday we immediately took is to the Ministry of Health. Ayako Yamaguichi-Eliou the hospital administrator recieved it on behalf of the hospital. It did my hear good to see the response and to get something right away.

Over the years we have always over the counter stuff here in the islands. We mainly pass these supplies out to our outer island pastors. Just his year, Family Worship Center in Virginia sent two huge suitcases full of supplies. They blessed so many people on the outer islands. It was a huge blessing. Over the counter medication is very expensive here and many times the hospital runs out. The outer islands are constantly out of supplies. Many children and adults are in a great need of simple over the counter meds. If you would like to help out in this area please contact us at rikakisteve@ gmail.com

The rest of the week was busy and getting ready for the 12th Anniversary of Majuro International English Church, (MIEC). On Saturday the church was busy decorating and I got to replace the church pump. Typical life in Majuro. Between rust and use things wear out. We thank the Lord that we were able to get a new pump and get it installed. Praise the Lord!

Sunday was a full day of praise, worship, the Word and food. We were joined by two other churches, Praise Assembly pastored by Telja Anni and Christian Missionary Fellowship with Pastor Jiuta! It was a packed church inside and out.

Pastor Telja gave an awesome message and the service was filled with songs by everyone. Glory to God! We look forward to what God will do in the upcoming year!

Shawn and I want to thank all of you who faithfully pray for us and support us in so many ways. You are truly our partners here in the work. May God bless you in all that you do... Have a blessed day..

 

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn and Family

 

 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Busy Busy!

 

The last couple of weeks have really flown by. Services at MIEC have been great, thank you Lord and the kingdom of God is being built. Two weeks ago we handed out 21 Bibles to the people. One of them way my Bible. It is awesome to know that people still want to hold the Word of God in their hand. We are now on a a series called "Living in the Kingdom"! We are working through Matthew 5, 6 and 7 and talking about what people in the Kingdom are called to do. It is time that we as the church around the world get back to Kingdom business! What is that you might ask? It is reaching the lost with the good news, setting them free, bringing healing and restoration in the name of Jesus!

Our Children's department is doing awesome. We are currently averaging about 65 to 80 children a service. We are now using two areas for the children. One is our new area for the older kids and the other is an area we have setup for pre schoolers! Glory to God! Families continue to bring food to feed the children every Sunday morning! There is even enough food being brought that the youth and adults are eating as well. Praise The Lord! In the midst of a down economy Kingdom people still give and you know what? God blesses the seed that they sow and multiplies it! You can not out give God! We thank God for the family of God who prove this principle every Sunday!

Please pray for the Marshall Islands. We have had several ship delays lately. This has delayed food and fresh produce into the islands. The shelves literally were empty for a couple of weeks. The ships were delayed for various reasons. The big problem is, anything perishable because of the delays are lost because of spoilage. We thank God that last weekend on time containers arrived and produce came in. They do at times do fly in produce but the price is higher for that. Prices here for food are already very high! Please agree with me for on time ships to the Marshalls.

Another area we would like for you to pray about is transportation here in the islands. Because of fuel cost and lack of funds ships are delayed in going to the outer islands. On top of that Air Marshalls Islands continues to have problems keeping their planes in the air. Yesterday, the Dash 8 aircraft was flying once again. I also got the good news that an avionics technician is now on the job. Praise The Lord!

Most of the issues revolve around parts and funding. Please agree with us that the right decisions will be made in government and reliable transportation will be available for the people of the Marshall Islands. Without these forms of transport many are stranded that need supplies and medical help! God is a miracle working God!

I want to thank you all as always for your faithful prayers and support. Living in a remote area of the world is a challenge. We thank God for His grace and for you who stand along side us. God bless you and have a great day in the name of Jesus!

 

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn and Family

www.missionary-ventures.org

 

 

Friday, October 10, 2014

High Tides In Majuro!

Yesterday and last night Majuro was hit with high tides once again. The roads were flooded and yards filled with trash and debris. The road on the way back home last night was flooded but Richard and I made it home okay. There are supposed to be high tides for the next couple of days. We have been told that lasty night was the peak. God is so good, no one injured to our knowledge at this time.

In the discussions of climate change around the world many overlook what is truly happening. Atoll nations through the pacific know what rising sea levels mean. As for Shawn and I here in the Marshall Islands we are seeing it first hand. As the world continues to look at the natural causes we look at it as for what it really is, the earth is in travail. Jesus is coming soon and the signs predicted in God's Word are coming to pass.

Now more than ever we need to reach the lost at any cost. I urge you today, make sure you heart is right with God! It is not the time to hold back but we must declare from the house tops Jesus is coming soon. Support your pastor, outreaches and those in ministry wherever they may be! Get involved in building the kingdom today, tell someone about Jesus each and everyday.

Please keep us in prayer here in the Marshalls as we pray for you. Pray for the Marshallese and the pacific nations that they may be reached with the Gospel! I have posted a link to a video of the travel home last night. Take time to look at it and share it with your friends and family. God bless and may you prosper as you follow Jesus.

 

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn and family

www.missionary-ventures.org

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

What's Going On!

Good day from the Marshall Islands. It has been a busy few weeks and many changes going on. Shawn and Stephen are now back in the states. Shawn is there for medical and Stephen is making the transition to stateside living. Shawn had surgery just over a week ago and everything went perfect. She was up quickly and walking within hours of the surgery. She has not had any major pain or had to take anything but motrin for what little discomfort is there. Praise The Lord for His healing power. We also want to thank all of you for praying and agreeing with us during this time.

Stephen is in the process of getting everything setup there in the states. Getting his driver's license, a job, place to stay and get settled in. It will be a big challenge going from island life to living back on the mainland. Once he is established Terina and the kids will follow. Please keep them all in your prayers during this time of separation. Also agree with us for a job and everything else to line up quickly. We serve a mighty God and He is more than enough. Shawn and Stephen would love to hear from you if you are in Florida or whevever you are. Shawn will be there until the 2 of December.

While Shawn is away, Richard and I are holding down things here in Majuro. Of course without my partner here with me the challenges are there. Richard is doing well in school and our K -8 school has a wonderful staff fully capable of handling things during Shawn's absence. However, I get to deal with school paperwork, shopping and the other many areas that Shawn deals with on a daily basis. I need your prayers! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Of course as we have learned a long time ago absence draws your closer.

We also want to take this time to make you aware of some needs here for the ministry and the church. Seven years ago we installed wind generators and batteries as alternate power. When the new school was built solar was installed for that building as well. Over the years our inverters have been overcome by the salt and the main battery for the house needs to be replaced. However, our batteries for the school and solar panels are okay. What we need right now in an inverter/charger to get our school back online with solar. That will cost us about 1500.00 to do.

For the house because of the expense of batteries at this time we need a generator for the power black outs. We can get one here, on island, 4000 watts for 699.00. At some time in the future we will look at getting our alternate power back online. For the church we need to replace our sound board and need a small sound setup for our children's department. They get them here on island but very expensive, double to triple the cost of stateside. It is cheaper for us to purchase there and ship here. We are looking at a 10 channel sound board/500 watt amplifier for less than 200.00 and also we need to find a small 100 to 200 watt system for our childrens department. If you would like to help out in any of these areas please contact us.

Finally, agree with us for a new bus. Our chariot has been on the road for almost 7 years. Here in the islands most vechicles last 4 to 5 years this one has made it almost 7, praise The Lord. We thank God for provision in this season. Have you wondered why we have not posted lately? Well, both of our main computers went down at the same time. But, praise God, replacements are on the way. We thank God for His provision.

We want to thank all of you who pray and faithfully support our ministry here in the islands. If you would like to help out in any of these areas please contact us at rikakisteve@gmail.com

God bless,

Running with the vision,

Steve, Shawn and the family

 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Clarks Update!

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Good day from the islands.  We just wanted to take time and right an update for all of you this morning.  The last couple of weeks have been super busy.  We came out of summer camp and right into the new school year.  At our school here in the islands we start the first week of August.  Needless to say we did not have much time to breathe.  But on the mission field we keep moving forward at all times.  At the end of the second week our granddaughter, Kanani, came down with an amoebic infection.  We took her into the hospital on Friday night and she was there on IV meds for about 7 days.  Shawn, was constantly at the hospital and making sure the school was still moving forward.  It was a very tiring week to say the least.  Once we knew that she was sick we notified people to pray.  We thank God for His healing and that he is always faithful to His Word.  She is happy and smiling once again and we praise the Lord!  She lost a lot of weight because of no appetite but she is putting it back on.  Glory to God!

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On the 10th of September Shawn and our son, Stephen Jr, we be heading to the states.  Shawn is coming back for some much needed medical treatment.  We thank God that healing is working and that she is healed in the name of Jesus!  She will be there for about 3 months.  We are believing that it will be a time of healing and refreshing for her while she is there.  Stephen Jr. is beginning the transition of his family to the states.  He is coming back to find a job, get a place for them and go to school.  Shawn, Stephen and I know that this is the time for change in his life.  We want to ask all of you to agree with us in prayer for Shawn and Stephen as the travel to the US!  Please agree with us as well for provision for the trip and for everything that is needed for Shawn while she is there.

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Richard and I will be here in Majuro continuing on with the mission.  Richard is back in college right now with a full load!  We thank God for all that He is doing in Richard's life.  As for me, I thank God for the awesome staff at ACA who will keep things running smoothly during Shawn's absence!  Of the course the church continues to grow and move forward and the work with the Marshallese continues.  We are getting ready to open a special service for the Marshallese on Sunday nights.  Please agree with us for wisdom and guidance in all things.  We want to thank you all for your faithful prayers and support.  Every gift means more than you will ever know.  Truly you are our partners in the Gospel here in the Marshall Islands and the pacific!  God bless you and in all you do as you follow Him.

 

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn, Richard, Stephen, Terina, Kanani and Stephen III

www.missionary-ventures.org

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Summer Camp/VBS 2014




Our VBS was amazing last week!  This year we combined with the Christian Missionary Church and transported their kids to the church.  Together with Pastor Jiuta and his church we ministered to over 247 children!  There were over 70 youth and adults involved as well.  This was our biggest outreach ever.  

The church served over 1900 meals during the seven event.  Our whole church was involved and many lives were changed.  We were so blessed by the enthusiasm of the members of the church to participate!  Every night they were there, providing meals and teaching the children.  Each of the groups in our church volunteered to provide meals for two nights.  Our Single young adults ran and directed the most amazing storytelling area.  

They went all out with special effects and everything.  The Bible stories came alive.  All the kids were involved.  They did a fantastic job!  The Women’s fellowship ran the Bible Challenge and taught the kids how to look up verses in the Bible!  They also taught them memory verses in songs.  We taught on God’s amazing grace toward us.  

The focus was Jesus and His disciples around the shore of Galilee!  The men’s fellowship ran all the games.  Those children never had so much fun.  Our men became big kids as well.  What a great week.  

We even managed to build a preschool area in just one weekend in an old garage area that was behind the main sanctuary.  Little did we know we would have 51 preschool children with parents in that area!  Our preschool program was just as amazing as our older kids area.  We are overwhelmed at the motivation and enthusiasm our members to make things first class.  We took all of the children on a picnic on Saturday and had the big celebration Sunday morning with the parents.  What an awesome week.  This is what it is all about!  Changing lives for Jesus.  The new room expansion made it all possible.  We had it all split up into three different areas.  Children's room, main sanctuary and the garage converted into a preschool area!  Praise the Lord! 



 A super big thank you to sister Edna our children's education leader, Shawn and everyone that was involved to make this happen.  On top of all of that a big thank you for all of you who partner with us here in the Marshall Islands.  Next project, a room for the preschool, office and new bathrooms.  We are growing and all glory goes to the Lord for what He is doing in the Marshall Islands!  God bless you all and thanks you!

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and family
www.missionary-ventures.org

PS: If you would like to be a part of what God is doing here in the islands you can contact us at rikakisteve@gmail.com