Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
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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


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

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