Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
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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