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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