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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Celebrating Christmas!


Good day from Majuro, Marshall Islands.  I hope that your Christmas has been an awesome time celebrating Jesus and family.  As many of you know Shawn and Richard are in the states for the holidays.  Shawn traveled back to be with Malissa and Travis for the birth of their daughter Tatianna! Hopefully I spelled it right.  She was born on the 21st of December so needless to say she was the best Christmas present of all this year.

As for me here in the islands it was a great time as well.  On Christmas eve our church, Majuro International English Church, (MIEC), had our Christmas eve service.  It was filled with joy and songs.  Our children's department did an awesome job with their program.  It was wonderful to see them share Jesus with family and friends.  There were other songs as well and a big thank you to all who participated.


 Even our neighbors came and sang for the church as well.  Glory to God.  A big thank you to sister Lavini, sister Janet and all of those who had a part making it an awesome night.







Christmas day members of the church met at the hospital to start our day.
We went into the children's ward and the new born area singing carols and praying for the mother's, families and children.  We also blessed all of them with Christmas goodies.  Afterwards we went to the jail were we sang to the men, blessed them with gifts and prayed for them.  They were so happy to have someone come there on Christmas to share Jesus with them.  We look forward to new opportunities of ministering there in 2016.

Finally, we head back to the church.  There we put together 30 baskets of food for the families of our children who attend the church.  From there we went to 30 houses in the name of Jesus blessing the families.
It is so awesome to be able to bless others on Christmas day.  That is what it is all about.  We have found, as the word says in Romans, that it is the goodness of God that lead men to repentance.  As we continue to share the love of God with others we will reap a harvest.





I hope that your Christmas was as awesome as ours.
What a blessing to serve the Lord here in the Marshall Islands.  Of course a big thank you to all of MIEC who were part of blessing others this year.

God bless you and may you new year be filled with Jesus.  Thank you for your faithful prayers and support.

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and family
Majuro, Marshall Islands



Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Blessings!



Good day from the islands.  As many of you know a couple posts ago I let you all know about the blessings that the Lord had sent our way.  Well Shawn has received the first part of the blessing and I think it is best to let her share it in her own words.  This is from her post on Facebook!

On November 11th, I received this letter. Hi Shawn, how are you doing. I know Don talks with Steve more often than you and I but you are in my heart and in my prayers often. When I got to my office this morning there was an envelope over my desk from our friends and donors in Alaska. The card inside so touched my heart that I began to weep when I read it. It says the following: Enclosed are two checks for a combined total of 25K. The amounts from each company are being donated to Wings of Eagles Int. to help the ministry located in the Marshall Islands. The following words came to me relating to this donation,"This Money is for the Kings' Daughter's New Car", along with the scripture in Eph 3:14-21. I hope that means something to the wife of your friend. Clearly The Lord has immeasurable love for both, her and her husband. We really sensed The Lord's direction on this donation and specifically as it related to her.
I could not hold my tears for I know you both, your love for the people and the price you are paying in the Marshall Islands. I have been praying for Steve, you and your children. Eph. 3:14-21 is a reminder of His Majesty, His faithfulness and HIs love for you both. Yes, The Lord has immeasurable love for both of you!
Alls I could do was cry when I got this letter. I thought I would never own my own car again since coming on the mission field. I praise God that He blesses us with our desires as well as our needs.
Thank you, Lord, for lavishing me with this wonderful gift. I want to give thanks to the couple who generously gave money to purchase this blessing for Steve and I.


Glory to God!  I want to let you all know again that this is a couple that we do not know!  They were moved on their heart to do something and just followed the Spirit!  Thank you Jesus.  Just to give you a further update, I was notified today that the new bus for the school will arrive the end of January 2016.  The batteries and equipment to bring our alternate power back fully online is on the way.  There will be further updates as things arrive here in the islands.  Once again we thank all of your for your faithful prayers and support.  God always answers our prayers and is always on time.  God bless you and may you prosper even as your soul prospers!

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and Family



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

He is Always on Time!

Good day from the islands.  Just reflecting on God's timing this morning and how it is always perfect.  One of my favorite scriptures is Matthew 6:33.

Matthew 6:33: But make His Kingdom and righteousness your chief aim, and then these things shall all be given you in addition. (Weymouth Translation)

I really like this translation!  Everything we do should be centered on His Kingdom and His righteous.  When we are doing that, those, "things", that we need are added.  Certainly Shawn and I strive to live with this in mind.  Of course like everyone else we have missed it many times.  All of us need to keep our focus on the Kingdom and Kingdom life.

Over the years we have learned to trust God is every area of life.  The life of faith is a challenge but in the end we win.  Praise the Lord!  As many of you know we have been believing God for a new bus for the school.  Our bus has served us faithfully but it getting close to the end of its life.  The other need that we had was to replace our wind generator and batteries for our power needs.  We gave these needs to God and continued on with ministry.

In March it was suggested that we put in for a grant for the buses.  We went through the process and left it up to God.  After several months we were notified that the grant was not approved and try again next year.  Needless to say it seemed like a set back but with God it is always a setup!  While all of this is going on the church is allowing us to use their bus to take care of the school.  Thank you Jesus.

Now to the awesome news.  Not long after we got the news on the grant we were contacted by, "Wings of Eagles ministry, in Lakeland, Florida.  Don and Maria Elena Steiner have a dynamic ministry that reaches out to all walks of life.  The are involved not only locally but in Mexico, India and other areas of the world.  They told us that they had a donor who wanted to help out our ministry.

To make a long story short, after the donor's family prayed and sought the Lord they sent a message through Wings of Eagles.  The message was simply, the funds are on the way for the bus and for the solar needs.  Glory to God!  But that is not all, funds were also given for Shawn and I to have personal vehicle here in the islands.  Thank you Jesus.  I want to tell you that we do not even know the donors, they were moved upon by the Spirit of God to do this.  Glory to God!  His timing is perfect!  We also want to thank Winter Haven Worship Center, Pastors Jeff and Kim Connor, for raising funds for Shawn's ticket to the states and vehicle support as well.  We are so thankful!

Please rejoice with us today for these needs being met.  Thank you all so much for all of your prayers and support.  You are truly are partners in the ministry here in the islands.

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and family

PS:  Feel free to email us at rikakisteve@gmail.com



Reaching Children for Christ!

We love children and so does Jesus!  Shawn and I have always had a heart to reach children on every level.  We have done this through, training churches, outreaches, through our children's ministry at our church here in Majuro, and Ajeltake Christian Academy.  We were blessed with an awesome gift from Family Worship Center, (now Summit Church), in DC!  Their gift allowed us to remodel and expand our children's facility! Praise the Lord.

A couple of weeks ago we were blessed to have a training team visit the Marshall Islands.  Shawn and I did not even know they were coming.  They were staying with Pastor Jun and Liezl Domingo here on the compound.  After meeting them, we knew that we needed to join with them for the training.

Theresa Llorent and Chona Alano are trainers with Children's Evangelism Fellowship.  Theresa has been a missionary working in Tonga for 22 years.  Chona is a missionary working in Samoa!  Both of these ladies are on fire for God and a heart to reach children.

For eight days, four churches came together for the training.  Marshallese, Filipinos, Tongan, Solomon islands and Americans all with a heart for children.  The training was intense, filled with practical exercises and homework every night.  Those that had the privilege to attend these classes were so excited they attended every session. It equipped these four churches to reach the families outside of the church by evangelizing our local neighborhoods and schools with the Gospel. Gave them all the tools and training needed to set up Good News Clubs in their area...

I love the timing of God!  This training came at the perfect time!  All of the teachers and workers came out of the training with renewed purpose and vision.  It gave them new tools, new ideas and a renewed passion for children.

We thank the Father for bringing these wonderful ladies to the Marshall Islands.  We certainly hope to see them again here in Majuro for future training opportunities.

There was one other amazing thing about this trip that I want to tell you about.  The Lord had spoken to my heart about going to Tonga several months before these ladies came.  I was in the process of making connections with ministries to meet while I was there.
Theresa's arrival here was not only for the children, but a divine connection for my trip into Tonga.  God knew who to send to help me make connections.  On top of that, she has arranged for me to have a place to stay and transportation to all the meetings while I am there.  Glory to God!

Shawn and I want to also thank Majuro Christian Church, Pastor Jun Domingo and his wife Liezl for providing housing and taking care of them while they were here.  It is so awesome to see the people of God working together in Unity!

We want to thank all of you for your faithful prayers and support for our ministry here in the Marshall Islands and the Pacific.  You are truly our partners in the Gospel.  Please pray for me as I travel to Fiji and Tonga.  I will leave on the 15 of November and will return on the 27 of November.

If you would like to partner with us or learn more about our ministry email us at rikakisteve@gmail.com

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and Family

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Be Fearless!

Take a look at our latest video post and be encouraged.  God wants you to rise up and be fearless in life..

Fearless
Just click on the word Fearless and it will take you there....

God bless and have a blessed day...

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and Family

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Busy Summer!



Good day from the islands.  It has been awhile since our last post so today we want to let you know what has been happening the last few weeks.  When Shawn and I returned from Nauru we both went into overdrive.  About a week after our return the Full Gospel general conference started.  What an awesome time in the Lord we had during that week.  A team from the First Pentecostal Assembly of God church in Ottumwa, Iowa came to be a part of the conference this year.  Pastor Richard Schlotter, Pastor Josolynn Gordon, Pastor Luke and Brother Daniel were the members of the team.


From the opening of the conference Pastor Richard delivered a great Word to the churches.  He also during that first service prayed for the president of the Marshall Islands.  Praise the Lord.  The rest of the week was packed with awesome teaching and preaching from the Word.  
Pastor Josolynn and Pastor Luke also gave an awesome word to the people as well.  It is always a joy to be around men and women who are led by the Spirit!  I was blessed to minister along side these men and women of God.  As always, it is an honor to minister in the churches with Pastor Ronald Matthew and all of the leaders of the Full Gospel churches.

After that week the churches had a men's conference the next week and a leaders seminar the next week.  Needless to say it was a busy three weeks.  I love how that through out the different teaching and preaching that the Holy Spirit always blends it together.  It is something that never gets old and never ceases to amaze me.  Certainly in the conferences there has been an emphasis on the last days.  Even in Nauru there was an urgency for the body of Christ to bring in the harvest and stand up for and righteousness.  I believe that the Spirit of God is pushing for the church to get into the harvest fields like never before.



The week of the leadership seminar we had our summer camp/VBS!  This year the theme was, "Camp Discovery"!  It was a journey through some of the great stories in the Bible encouraging the kids to be all they can be in God!  Again this year we had over 200 children come and attend the VBS.  Every night they received the Word of God and had a meal before they went home.  Glory to God.  We thank God for all of our supporters and those who help in so many ways.


Again this year we had plenty of volunteers, teachers and leaders from the church.  We also joined with Pastor Jiuta from the Christian Missionary Fellowship church this year.  Pastor Jiuta and his team were a great blessing as they ministered to the children.  Of course a special thank you to our children's ministry coordinator, Sister Lavini, who with the team helped pull it all together.  It was her first VBS and trust me she did an awesome job.  Of course Brother Apo and his amazing art work and so many others that we could never thank enough.


We give God all the glory and all the honor for what He is doing here in the Pacific.  Shawn and I are humbled and so blessed to be a part of lives being changed.  However, we could never do it without all of you who faithfully support and pray for us.  So we send a big thank you to all of you who even though you are not here are part of building the Kingdom of God here in the Pacific.  So what can I say?  AWESOME summer, thank you Jesus!  God bless you and may you prosper in Him in all that you do and thank you for being our partners in the Gospel.


Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn and the family

Friday, July 10, 2015

Conference in Nauru!

 What an awesome time Shawn and I had in Nauru.  It certainly was a trip to remember!  New connections and a time of refreshing.  This post is little late but I wanted to give you all an update on this trip.  I was the first to go down on the 8th of June and Shawn came on the 12th.  We were so blessed to stay with Tim and Katherine Owens and their family.  It is so nice not to stay in a room somewhere and feel like you are home.  We had a great time together that is for sure.
The Assembly of God conference started on the 12 of June.  The theme for this conference was, "back to the first love"!  A theme that is certainly what the Spirit of God is saying to the church in these last day.  All of the messages were united together by the Spirit and the Word of God was powerfully delivered.

There were speakers from Fiji, Melbourne Australia and the US.  From Fiji was Pastor Maika, his wife Sue, and Pastor Joe Bolla.

From Melbourne, was Pastor Isa, a Cook Islander pastoring the Cook island community there.  Keith Wheeler from the US was also there, a man who is carrying the cross around the world.

All of these speakers anointed by the Spirit delivered the messages of the hour.

Shawn and I were so blessed to be under such teaching and were refreshed being there.  I can tell you this, the church is thriving in Nauru.  There is a lot of opposition by the enemy but the church is pushing through for the Kingdom of God.  The first night we were blessed with a word from the president of Nauru.  It was great to hear him stand up and declare the motto of the nation, " God's will  First"!  There is a lot of bad press coming against Nauru but I can tell you it is not true.  Nauru, is making a stand for God!

The Nauruans have opened their nation to refugees who are fleeing their countries.  Refugees from Somolia, Iran, Iraq and Sri Lanka to name a few.  They have made place for them while they are in transition.  The nation of Nauru is one of the smallest in the world but is moving forward at a great pace.

With the refugees there the Assembly of God Church in Nauru has opened their doors for them.  New converts, baptisms and Bible studies are happening in the camps.  Every Sunday two churches have refugees attending services.  Many even attended some of the conference meetings.  Praise the Lord!

Needless to say Shawn and I were so blessed and look forward to being back in Nauru soon.  We want to thank the superintendent of the AOG, Rev, David Aingimea, and all of the church leadership for opportunity to be there.  Shawn and I ask you to pray for the churches in Nauru, the government and the president.  Of course please pray for the refugees that they will come to know the Lord and that peace would reign in their hearts.


God bless and thank you for your faithful prayers and support.....

Running with the Vision,
Brother Steve, Shawn and Family



Storm In Majuro!


Good day from Majuro, Marshall Islands.  Last week was certainly a busy week.  Here on the compound with had Pastor Juita and his church for four days.  It was a time for the children to learn the Word, pray and have a great time.  It was awesome to see and be a part of what God is doing in Pastor Juita's church.  However, on Thursday the weather began to change and the winds begin to increase.  We have been going through some unusual weather this year and this is no exception.  You see, normally this time of year is our dry season.  This year though we have seen more rain and typhoons generated than ever before.

By Friday is was evident that this was not going to be just another rainy day.  The winds began to increase and the storm surge began to rise.  We received weather warnings and advisories early that morning.  The lagoon was in chaos.  In the 10 plus years we have lived here we have never seen it like this.  As I traveled to town that day I could see the fishing vessels moving in to the deeper water of the lagoon facing into the wind.  It was then that I knew it was bad.  I soon got a text telling me that the winds were gusting up to 40 knots.

Then another report that boats, big boats, and other vessels were slammed up against the shore.  I soon saw this myself.  Shawn and I began to pray for those involved.  Once again, houses were damaged, docks destroyed and localized flooding.

You see, when you live on an atoll there is no high ground and no where to go.  We thank God that even in the middle of everything that no lives were lost.  Praise the Lord, prayer always works.

The force of this wind was totally different from any we had seen before.  It came from a direction that is not normal.  Even in the middle of all of these back at the compound all was well.  No trees down, no damage and the church was praying and praising the Lord!  We were told to expect bad weather all weekend long but the next morning all was well!

God is so good and always in control.  Thank you for your prayers.  We love you all so much, have a blessed day in the name of Jesus.

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and the Family




Saturday, June 13, 2015

Equipment Needs and Update!

Good day to you all from the island nation of Nauru. I wanted to take a moment today to update you on some current needs we have in the Marshall Islands. As some of you know the power situation in Majuro, Marshall Islands at times is on and off and expensive. Some years ago we placed in a solar system along with wind power as alternate energy sources. This of course reduced our dependency on the electric company providing savings that we could use for ministry purposes.

Over time in the pacific corrosion and rust can overcome even the best of equipment. Our main battery has failed and so has our wind generators. We lost our inverters as well. We are now believing God and moving to replace these key systems. Because we have partial battery supply left we are replacing our inverter first. This will cost us $2300.00 shipped into us here in the islands. This will allow us to have backup power in the event of power outages. This helps us preserve our food and keep us up and running no matter what happens. Shawn and I have stepped out by faith and placed the amount on credit. We know that God will supply this need as always.

The second major item we need to replace is our bus. This vehicle has been on the road for 7 years now and has been a huge assest to our ministry. It has faithfully took people to church, and kids to school and has never failed. Most buses here in the islands only last 3 to 4 years. We have been diligent with maintenance and it has lasted. However, now rust and corrosion is starting to wear on the bus with holes in the floor and other places. So it is time for a replacement. The next vehicle will be used for our main ministry as the school is now in the process of getting a grant for vehicles. We are believing God for the school vehicles and for our replacement vehicle for our ministry.

We are planning at this time to use "Go Fund Me", to raise support for the bus. If you use that route to help us it will be non tax deductible! You will also be able to give through Missionary Ventures as well and that would be a tax deductible gift. We will post more on the fund raising project once we are ready. Please pray about this with us and agree for the new vehicle.

If you would like to help out with either of these projects or just want more information please contact us at the email address below. Thank you all so much for your faithful prayers and support. God bless and have a great day.

 

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn and the family....

 

 

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Update, Nauru, ACA and Chikungunya.

Good day from the Marshall Islands. It has been awhile since our last post but a lot has been happening here in the islands. Last month I was able to go into Nauru for a week. What an awesome time in the Lord. It was such a joy to be with the church there and see what God is doing there. During the week I was honored to speak in some of the churches and share the Word of God. I can tell you that God is doing great things through the church there. Two of the churches are ministering to refugees that are there in Nauru. These are people who have fled their country in search of freedom. There are several camps in Nauru and it is a joy to see the church reaching out to them. Not just displaced Christians but Muslims as well. Glory to God. Lives are being changed by the Word and the Spirit of God. I stayed with Tim and Katherine Owens while I was there. It was such a blessing to catch up with Tim and His family. As a matter of fact I will be returning to Nauru on the 8th of June to join them for their conference. Shawn will be flying in on the 14th and we will be there until the 26th of June. Please keep us in your prayers during our time in Nauru.

Last month also saw the end of the school year for Ajeltake Christian Academy, (ACA)! We finished up with our award ceremony and it was such a joy to see the smiling faces of the children. This year marks a milestone for Shawn and I with the school. As of this year the school will be turned over and run completely by the staff. It will still be a part of and under our ministry but we will be just oversight. I will no longer be on the road constantly in the bus. All of that responsiblity will now be taken care of by others! Praise the Lord! It will be a new season for the school but we know that all will be well in the name of Jesus. God is in control and will know the next year will be awesome.

As many of you know we have been battling Chikungunya disease here in the islands. We are now geting word that it is spreading throughout the south pacific. You can look it up online to get more information. Needless to say it is very similar to Dengue fever but without the possiblity of bleeding. The initial fever goes away after a couple of days and then the pain lingers on for weeks, months and sometimes longer. The joints and extremities swell and it weakens the whole body. We are standing in prayer for God for stop the plague and bring healing to the people. Please agree with us for the mosquito to be one that is carrying the disease and that the people affect will be totally healed in the name of Jesus.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. You are truly our partners in the Gospel here in the pacific. God bless and have a great day..

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn and the family

 

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Why do it?

 

Many times where I am back in the states I am asked, why do it? Why missions? Hasn't the whole world heard the Gospel? It would be easy to answer and say, I answered the call of the Lord or quote Matthew 28:19. It is true that we are called to make disciples of all nations and to preach the good news around the world. But really until the Lord comes there is always someone who needs to hear the good news and there are always new disciples to make. But when people who are in ministry, especially those who work overseas, it cause many of us to ask ourselves questions.

Like, why did I sell my house, leave my family, security, and move 8,000 miles away? Why did I leave the comforts of the US? Why put up with a poor medical system, little or no communication, and to a life of faith in another country? I can not tell you how many times I have entertained these very questions in my mind. In the beginning, when these things crossed my mind, they would weigh very heavy on me. As time went by, my perspecitives have changed. Even though I still ask myself these questions at times, now it does not weigh me down but, helps me focus on the vision.

After a few years on the field, God begin to help me see the Marshall Islands and the pacific from His perspective. The purpose became clearer each and every day. As changes came, the bigger picture began to be more clear to me. I began to understand more and more that you have to take a step each and everyday to get a clearer picture of what God wanted. For Shawn and I, it began as just a Bible school, working with children and strengthening the churches throughout the Marshall Islands. We were here in the beginning to build up and support Marshallese churches.

Then one day, all of that changed once again. Three years ago, when Shawn and I were home together, the Lord spoke to us about a new direction. He dealt with our hearts about working with the English speaking people in the Marshall Islands. Upon our return, before we could do anything, we were contacted about taking over as pastors of the English church in Majuro. Glory to God! He was already working before our return. That was three years ago. From the time of accepting that position, the vision changed again. Now we are now ministering to up to more than eleven nations in the church. The church is a place where we are ministering to those who will go back to other pacific nations with the Gospel of Jesus.

In just a short time, our focus expanded from just the Marshalls Islands to one that not only would touch the pacific but southeast Asia as well. Truly God has something more for us to do in these last days!

Matthew 28:19 (KJV) 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:

Check back soon for Part II of "Why Do It"!

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn and family

 

 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Radical Return!

Take a listen to our video message from the islands.  If you like it pass it on and please subscribe to our youtube channel.  God bless and have a great day..

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and family
Majuro, Marshall Islands


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Power Packed Times!



 Wow the last couple of weeks have been power packed that is for sure.  On Friday the 13th we were with the youth of the Full Gospel Churches here in Majuro!  Young people from four different churches came together in Ajeltake to worship the King.  Along with them were some of the youth from Majuro International English Church, (MIEC)!  It was a powerful, the message focused on the need to get into the harvest and build the Kingdom of God.  It was a great time of praise, worship and Word!  At the end of the service many came forward to be prayed for dedicating their lives to service!  Praise the Lord!

That Sunday I ministered at Rairok Full Gospel Church!  The message was focused on unity in the last days.  It was a call to be aside our differences and come together as one to bring in the harvest.  While I was ministering in Rairok Shawn was at our home church ministering there.  She encouraged the people to get busy and do their part in the house of God.  I am so blessed to have a wife that is also my partner in ministy.  MIEC continues to grow and we are seeing increase in the house of God!  Glory!

That week I taught on the things of the Spirit at Rairok.  We spent four days going through the Word on the things of the Spirit.  I thank God that through Him I can do anything.  On Friday night we prayed for those that wanted to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.  Praise the Lord, many came forward and received the gift of the Spirit!  We are going deeper here in Majuro and God is doing great things in the Pacific!  Of course we were back at MIEC this last Sunday with our people there.


There is a new connection, new fire, new wind and new doors opening here in the Marshall Islands and the Pacific.  We are so honored to be a part of what God is doing here.  Glory to God!  The army of God is rising all over the world to declare the good news!  The end of April we are happy to say that we will be traveling into Nauru!  My visa has been approved and the door is now open.  We are looking forward to meeting the pastors and people of Nauru.  I believe it will be an awesome time.

In May we will be traveling back into Papua New Guinea to attend a conference there.  It will be a meeting with leaders from several island nations.  We are believing for an awesome time in the Lord while we are there.  We are trying to setup up some time in the Solomons and Vanuatu while we are down south.  Please agree with us for open doors.  Thank you Jesus for leading us by your Spirit!

The airfare into Nauru is $539.91.  If you would like to help out with this trip please contact us.  Our email address is listed at the bottom of this post!  The only thing we ask for to do these trips is airfare. Once we get there we know God will take care of all the other needs.  This is a powerful time around the world.  Doors are opening now like never before.  Please agree with me and others around the world that doors will swing wide for the Kingdom to advance!

I want to thank you all for your faithful prayers and support.  It means so much to us here in the islands.  God bless you and may you prosper in all that you do as you follow Him!

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and family

rikakisteve@gmail.com

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Forward for Jesus!

Wow, we have been running since we returned from our trip to the states. We want thank all of those who made the trip possible. We were blessed and refreshed while we were there. I was able to get a lot accomplished while I was there. Shawn of course kept everything moving forward here in Majuro. Our ministry never missed a beat while I was gone. I also want to thank all of the leadership of the church and Brother Divine for ministering it my absence. It is wonderful to know that nothing drops while I am gone. As a matter of fact, peace reigns in my heart wherever I go. Thank you Jesus.

As many of you know our bus was in an accident while I was gone. The bus now has 175,000 miles and is still going. Because it is seven years old we were concerned about getting it back on the road. We want to thank the Lord that we were able to get the parts and she is back on the road. Shawn had favor with the insurance of the other driver and it all came together. I thank God that when we pray things happen. Glory to God!

It has been awesome to be back with our church here in Majuro. The church continues to grow and reach out on so many areas. The night I returned we had couples night and the place was full. Glory to God. It started out as just the church but the people invited the parents of our children that do not attend church. I am happy to say that many attended. So not only was it a time for our married couples in the church it was also a time for outreach! Glory to God! Our children program continues to grow. Shawn and I are believing God to triple our outreach to the children. God dropped it in my heart that all areas of ministry will increase and the children three times! At this point we are using every area of the building. What a great challenge to have.

 

Our Wednesday night School of the Spirit continues to grow as well. Last Sunday night we met with our leaders! We spent the evening in the Word and praying for what is going to happen this year. Coming soon we will be combining with churches to do outdoor crusades here in Majuro. We believe that the Kingdom is going really grow here in the coming year. Also starting in April will be our Sunday night Marshallese service as well. We see the open door and we are moving through it! Glory to God! Also in April we are planning to restart out Bible school training pastors and leaders. Not only Marshallese but reaching out to the pacific nations as well.

What does that mean? It means that the vision is not shrinking but it is growing and moving forward faster. This is not the time to draw back but to push. Jesus is coming soon. We are in need of a drum set, bass guitar and microphones. It you would like to help out in that area please contact us! Also we have upcoming trips this year into Nauru, Vanautu, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Please agree with us in pray for the right timing and provision.

Also agree with us as we reach out to leaders throughout the pacific. We believe that there is great open door to reach the lost. This is the time to rise up and take the land. We must not miss this opportunity. This is not just for the pacific but I believe the call is going out to the church to rise up and declare the goodness of God! Please partner with your local church and reach out to the lost in your area. If you would like to partner with us, all I can say is, we need you. Partner with us in prayer to move forward this year. If you would like to know more about how to support. Please contact us at rikakisteve@gmail.com

God bless you and may you prosper in all that you do! Thank you for your faithful prayers and support.

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn and the family

Majuro, Marshall Islands