Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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