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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Celebrating Christmas!

Good day from Majuro, Marshall Islands.  I hope that your Christmas has been an awesome time celebrating Jesus and family.  As many of you know Shawn and Richard are in the states for the holidays.  Shawn traveled back to be with Malissa and Travis for the birth of their daughter Tatianna! Hopefully I spelled it right.  She was born on the 21st of December so needless to say she was the best Christmas present of all this year.

As for me here in the islands it was a great time as well.  On Christmas eve our church, Majuro International English Church, (MIEC), had our Christmas eve service.  It was filled with joy and songs.  Our children's department did an awesome job with their program.  It was wonderful to see them share Jesus with family and friends.  There were other songs as well and a big thank you to all who participated.

 Even our neighbors came and sang for the church as well.  Glory to God.  A big thank you to sister Lavini, sister Janet and all of those who had a part making it an awesome night.

Christmas day members of the church met at the hospital to start our day.
We went into the children's ward and the new born area singing carols and praying for the mother's, families and children.  We also blessed all of them with Christmas goodies.  Afterwards we went to the jail were we sang to the men, blessed them with gifts and prayed for them.  They were so happy to have someone come there on Christmas to share Jesus with them.  We look forward to new opportunities of ministering there in 2016.

Finally, we head back to the church.  There we put together 30 baskets of food for the families of our children who attend the church.  From there we went to 30 houses in the name of Jesus blessing the families.
It is so awesome to be able to bless others on Christmas day.  That is what it is all about.  We have found, as the word says in Romans, that it is the goodness of God that lead men to repentance.  As we continue to share the love of God with others we will reap a harvest.

I hope that your Christmas was as awesome as ours.
What a blessing to serve the Lord here in the Marshall Islands.  Of course a big thank you to all of MIEC who were part of blessing others this year.

God bless you and may you new year be filled with Jesus.  Thank you for your faithful prayers and support.

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and family
Majuro, Marshall Islands

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Blessings!

Good day from the islands.  As many of you know a couple posts ago I let you all know about the blessings that the Lord had sent our way.  Well Shawn has received the first part of the blessing and I think it is best to let her share it in her own words.  This is from her post on Facebook!

On November 11th, I received this letter. Hi Shawn, how are you doing. I know Don talks with Steve more often than you and I but you are in my heart and in my prayers often. When I got to my office this morning there was an envelope over my desk from our friends and donors in Alaska. The card inside so touched my heart that I began to weep when I read it. It says the following: Enclosed are two checks for a combined total of 25K. The amounts from each company are being donated to Wings of Eagles Int. to help the ministry located in the Marshall Islands. The following words came to me relating to this donation,"This Money is for the Kings' Daughter's New Car", along with the scripture in Eph 3:14-21. I hope that means something to the wife of your friend. Clearly The Lord has immeasurable love for both, her and her husband. We really sensed The Lord's direction on this donation and specifically as it related to her.
I could not hold my tears for I know you both, your love for the people and the price you are paying in the Marshall Islands. I have been praying for Steve, you and your children. Eph. 3:14-21 is a reminder of His Majesty, His faithfulness and HIs love for you both. Yes, The Lord has immeasurable love for both of you!
Alls I could do was cry when I got this letter. I thought I would never own my own car again since coming on the mission field. I praise God that He blesses us with our desires as well as our needs.
Thank you, Lord, for lavishing me with this wonderful gift. I want to give thanks to the couple who generously gave money to purchase this blessing for Steve and I.

Glory to God!  I want to let you all know again that this is a couple that we do not know!  They were moved on their heart to do something and just followed the Spirit!  Thank you Jesus.  Just to give you a further update, I was notified today that the new bus for the school will arrive the end of January 2016.  The batteries and equipment to bring our alternate power back fully online is on the way.  There will be further updates as things arrive here in the islands.  Once again we thank all of your for your faithful prayers and support.  God always answers our prayers and is always on time.  God bless you and may you prosper even as your soul prospers!

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and Family

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Trip to Tonga!

Good day from the islands.  Last Saturday I returned from my trip to Tonga!  Let me tell you about my trip!   I left here on Sunday the 15th of November and arrived in Nadi, Fiji.  I was there Sunday night, Monday and flew out Tuesday for Tonga.  On Monday I stayed in the town of Lautoka with Mue and Lavini Metusela's family.  On Monday night I was honored to share the Word with the family and their cell group.  We also dedicated the home to the Lord as well! What a priviledge to share the word with the family on my way to Tonga!

On Tuesday we flew to Tonga.  There I was met by Theresa Llorente who is with, Children's Evangelism Fellowship.  If you remember from one of our earlier posts it was Theresa and here her co worker Chona who came and did training here in Majuro.

During my stay in Tonga she provided me with a place to stay and everything I needed while I was there.  What a blessing!  Theresa has been in Tonga for twenty two years sharing the good news with children and teaching others how to do it.  She has started Good News clubs everywhere.  Praise the Lord!

Wednesday we attended a Kindergarden graduation in Kalonga!  Much to my surprise I became part of the celebration handing out gifts and speaking to the children.  It was such blessing to me.  As you know Shawn and I have a big heart when it comes to children.  Afterwards we joined in with the families for the feast (celebration), ending the school year.  Awesome time!

On Thursday we met with Brother Willy Florian who runs 93 FM christian radio in Tonga.  We did an interview with him for the station.  What a blessing!  Brother Willy is a part of so many things in Tonga as well as having 4 discipleship groups each week.  He is not only reaching via radio he is also reaching people with the Gospel one on one!  Glory to God!

Friday afternoon we got to be a part of the Scripture Union's meeting at Tonga High School.  This a group of young people that meet in all the high schools every Friday to share the word and pray.  As a matter of fact they just celebrated 50 years of doing this.  Glory to God!  On Saturday we were with sister Lavini's family.  We got to the share the word with them and dedicate the home to the Lord!  It is always a priviledge to share the Word and to meet the families of those in our church here in Majuro.  God is so good!

Sunday with visited the Equippers church in Tonga and met with Brother Vae's Uncle who is the pastor of the church.  Afterwards we had lunch together.  Great time as well.  Sunday night we shared with the Sister Theresa's group, the english assembly.  It reminded me of our church in Majuro.  I so enjoyed meeting all of them.

Afterwards I was picked up by Brother Willy and it was off to one of his discipleship groups.  This group has been going for two years now.  It was wonderful to hear and see what God is doing in that group.  It is a true example of the New Testament church.  Making disciples, one on one, from house to house!  Overall what can I say?  I am blessed!

Last but not least I want to mention Zack Woolwine and his family.  He is the Youth for Christ coordinator in Tonga.  I had a several reasons for going to Tonga and one of them was to meet Zack.  Zack is an on fire disciple maker sharing the love of Christ with everyone he meets.  He and his family have been in Tonga for five years sharing the Gospel and making disciples.  I wanted to meet him and see what he was doing there.  Zack made time in his schedule which is really busy to meet with me.  I was able to see first hand what he is doing.  Needless to say I came away with new tools and ideas to support our vision here in Majuro.

On Tuesday I flew back to Nadi, Fiji and then up to Suva, Fiji where I was able to rest before coming back to Majuro.  There I was able to stay with Brother Divine Waiti who is part of our church in Majuro who was there working on business.  We were able to spend time together sharing about the good things of God.  Needless to say the trip was a huge success!  I am so blessed and stirred up by what I saw and was a part of!

I met so many people and there are so many to thank.  Needless to say to those who I did not mention thank you for everything.  I would like all of you to pray for Tonga,  Theresa, Brother Willy and family and also Brother Zack and his family as well.  I do not give out contact information but if you would like to support any of these ministries in Tonga contact me and I will connect you with them!

Thank you all for your faithful prayers and support.  It is such an honor to serve the Lord here in the Marshalls and in the Pacific!  God bless and have a great day..

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and Family