Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
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Friday, July 10, 2015

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

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