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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Running with the vision,
Steve, Shawn and the family