Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
Taking off from Wotje Atoll

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