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Monday, June 23, 2014

I Challenge You To Just Do It!

I want to issue a challenge to all of you who follow this blog!  As a missionary here the Marshall Islands we have really noticed a lot of changes.  Over the last couple of years false religions have increased their missionaries here in Majuro.  There is now a mosque in the main part of town and they are now acquiring land in the Long Island area of Majuro!  This is happening all over the pacific region and of course around the world.  We are seeing untold amounts of money being funneled in to support their push here in the pacific.

During my travels and reading new on the net I know that this is not just happening in this part of the world.  We are seeing the enemy attempting to deceive and hold on to those who need Jesus.  All of these groups around the world are targeting children and those in need.  They are bringing in food, supplying money and free education to the poor.  We are truly in the last days!  It is time that we rise up and stand for what we believe!

All around the world those in the five fold ministry have been given a vision by God to accomplish.  They are praying for people to partner with them to make it happen.  I am not just talking about the foreign field I am talking about home churches as well.  Your pastor has a vision, how many of you are partnering with him to make it happen.  This is not the time to back off giving to help build the kingdom of God!  Be example of the love of Jesus to the world!  He gave it all!

It is time to start living by faith and obeying when the Spirit speaks.  If God tells your to give and you tell God I have to check my budget are you really in faith?  I am not just talking about money here.  I am talking about your time, talent and assets!  When you sow what you have, God can bless it.  You may not have anything to drop in the offering but you have 24 hours in a day to donate to the local church!  Give your time, use your talents and put your assets to work.  Jesus is coming back soon and what will He find when He comes?  A church living by faith or one dependent on the wisdom of man!

I challenge you today to check yourself.  Honor those promises you made to God!  Get involved in your church in anyway you can.  I challenge you to do something for God!  It takes all of us together to build the Kingdom of God!  Accept the challenge, get involved and give!

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

Monday, June 16, 2014

Children's Ministry!

Good day from the islands!  As we write this our children's expansion is going well and right on track.  The new area is wide open and will be a blessing to many children here in the Marshall Islands.

This Friday night we will be reaching out to the neighborhood with a showing of the Jesus film in Marshallese.  We are praying that many youth and children will come and see the movie.

We are currently using a older curriculum by Mark Harper to teach the children.  It is awesome and really works well here in the islands.  However, we are coming to the end of the series and it is really time to replace it.  Shawn and Edna (our children's director), have tried several different but none of them really fit for here.  The newer curriculum has a lot of media and the stories do not work with the kids here.

We need a curriculum that is Word based and adapting to our field here.  This morning we wanted ask all of you for suggestions for another curriculum.  We know that other missionaries read our blog and many in children's leadership as well we would appreciate your input.

If you have something that your church is no longer using maybe an older version of Mark Harper or Willie George's series let us know.  We are open to anything that will help us teach the children here in the islands.  If you have any suggestions or input please contact us at rikakisteve@gmail.com. Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and support!

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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

News Update, What's Going On?

Good day from the islands.  We just wanted to give you all an update on the latest happening here in the islands.  As we posted last week construction in ongoing in our children's area.  The walls are down and the floor is being resurfaced.  It is amazing how much has been accomplished already.  One of the things we found out in redoing that section is that one of the older walls had termites.  This is a blessing believe it or not.  With this identified we are replacing the wood and eliminating the threat.  Praise the Lord.  It is one of the main walls separating the main sanctuary from that room.  Now it will be termite free.

On Thursday of last week we had a major power outage.  Unexpected as always and this delayed some of our construction on Thursday and Friday.  Here is the Radio New Zealand post on it!


We were totally without power for basically two days, Thursday and Friday.  This affected the hospital and all major services.  Power was finally restored by late Friday night.  We are so thankful for the workers at MEC who got it back up and running.  It highlights one of the major problems here in the Marshall Islands, old generators.  Even though they do all they can to keep them running it is a losing battle.  Without major generator replacement soon who knows what will happen.

We are thankful that we do all of our cooking with propane now.  Even in the dark Shawn still pulls off dinner without batting an eye.

At one time several years ago we had battery back up with wind generators and inverters.  Those have to be replaced now due to age and both of our inverters are unrepairable.  We are in the process of getting a bid and looking for battery backups for our main computers.  God is good and in control!

Saturday was a baby show for our new grandson, Stephen III.  Shawn spent the day preparing and it went off without a hitch Saturday night.  It was supposed to be Friday night but no power so we had to adjust.  That is one thing you learn to do here on the mission field, be flexible!

During the day Saturday we took apart the front end of our chariot.  Rust is a major fact here and we had to replace the bulbs in both of our headlights.  Upon opening it up we found out that the mounts have rusted out.

No worries, we got it back together and are now trying to fabricate mounts for the light.  This is our main transportation and it now has 150, 000 miles on it!  Praise the Lord and all of it done on a 30 mile islands.

Finally, I want to thank those who prayed for my hand.  On Friday I managed to pour a pot of boiling water on my hand.  We immediately prayed and took action.  We asked others to agree with us.  I want to report that no major blisters and all is well in the name of Jesus.  God is so good.

As always thank you all for your faithful prayers and support.  We would love to hear from you.  You can contact us at rikakisteve@gmail.com
  May you always prosper as you follow the Lord....  God bless and have a great day.

Running with the vision,
Steve, Shawn, Richard, Stephen, Terina, Kanani and Stephen III

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Construction Begins!

Yesterday here in the islands was full of rain and very windy.  We thank God for the rain but in the middle of the storm something was happening!  In the middle of the bad weather deconstruction began at Majuro International English Church, (MIEC)!  As many of you know from an earlier blog post Family Worship Center in Virginia partnered with us on the project for the full amount.  Glory to God.  After looking at the bids we settles on who would do the project and yesterday it started.

The construction of this new wing will give us the ability to reach more kids for Jesus.  It will also be used for youth and other events but the number one reason, children.  The room that our staff had been working in was small and very hot.  With this project we will increase our area which will let us reach more children.  Thank you Jesus!

Our goal at MIEC is to reach our entire area with the Gospel.  Even though our church is primarily and english speaking church almost all of our children are Marshallese from the neighborhood.  Our focus is not just on a specific group of people but to reach all for Jesus!  In the coming weeks we will be starting a Marshallese service to reach the parents of these kids.  The Lord has moved on our hearts to push harder in these last days.  It is time to build the kingdom.

Please pray and agree with us for open doors to reach the lost.  Our children are under attack by Islam here in the islands.  They are using money, free education and food to lure them in.  However, we serve the devil notice, we will not stop and we will not be defeated.  Once again a big thank you to Family Worship Center, VA for making this possible here in the Marshall Islands.

If you would like to be a part of what is going on here in the Pacific please check out our web site at www.missionary-ventures.org or contact us at rikakisteve@gmail.com

God bless and thank you for partnering with us in building the Kingdom of God!

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

ACA Award Ceremony

Good day from the islands.  Last Friday was the award ceremony for Ajeltake Christian Academy here in Majuro, Marshall Islands.  For those of you who do not know it is a Kindergarten through 8th grade school under our ministry.  This year was another great year for all of the staff and kids.  Many have progressed rapidly and others have overcome challenges in learning.

Shawn and I consider it such a great joy to be able to provide education to children here on the islands.  We have not left our base curriculum, Accelerated Christian Education, (ACE).  This program is perfect for the children of the Marshall Islands.  When properly implemented if makes a huge difference in the ability of a child to learn a second language as well as education.

We continue to specialize in those that other schools have given up on.  In almost every case those children have stepped up and excelled.  We thank God for being a part of their lives.  What make the difference?  It is a system that at the core is the Word of God.  An education that requires the student to memorize scripture to go to the next level.  Combine that with a staff of dedicated Christian teachers, success is guaranteed!

Like any school there are those who do not make it.  We thank God for the opportunity to try!  Praise God though that number is very low, less than one percent.  Now we get done to the credit for this wonderful work.  Number one we thank God for His blessing, provision and favor for making it all possible.  Number two, we thank God for an awesome staff who put in long hours to make sure the children have all that they need.   Number three thank God for my wife Shawn who was given the vision and who maintains the vision to teach children.

With all of that said thank you Lord for an awesome year and we look forward to the 2014-2015 school year!

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