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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Big Change In the Marshall Islands

Good day from the islands.  In November 2015 the Marshall Islands had it's elections.  From the very beginning of the campaign we say several new faces.  A generation rising up to take it's place in leadership here!  In that election we saw one third of the senators replaced by newcomers.  Several of those became the solid 6 and eventually became the solid 10.   Of course, opinions vary on whether it was 8 or 10.  The importance of what has happened can not be overlooked.

This is a true milestone of change in government leadership here in the Marshalls.  Not only was there major change in numbers but we also have three women as senators.  The election was certainly a reflection of the people's desire for change.  It is seen by many as a changing of the guard.  The new young senators reflect a people looking for a younger, fresher approach to government here.

On Monday, January 4th, the new president was selected.  It was a vote between a new senator and a seasoned veteran.  In the end the new senator won by one vote.  The new president, Casten Nemra, is the youngest president elected here in the Marshall Islands.  He is also the second commoner to hold the position of president.  Along with the new president, a new speaker was selected, Senator Kenneth Kedi!

Our congratulations go out to President Casten Nemra and Speaker Kenneth Kedi.  The president is now selecting his cabinet and that will be presented soon.  Shawn and I would like to ask all of you to join with us in praying for the president of the Marshall Islands and his family.  Agree with us for a strong government for the people.  Agree with us for the cabinet to be one of integrity and truth.  We are believing with the people of the Marshall Islands for change.

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

Monday, January 04, 2016

Reaching Out To The Children!

Good day from the islands.  You know children and children's workers are sometimes the most overlooked part of the church.  Yet this ministry within our churches and ministries should be elevated and supported.  Here in the Marshall Islands there is a constant battle for children.  A little over three years ago the first mosque was established here in Majuro.  Since then their major focus has been on the children of the Marshall islands.  

When people are asked about what they think about this, most point out the good things that they are doing.  Certainly they have done good things.  They offer free education, tutoring, medical and continue to bring in humanitarian aid to the people here in Majuro.  However, we also see that the goal is to convert people, mainly children to Islam.  Many would think of this as a negative but for us this has increased our passion to reach a nation for Jesus!

A few months ago I wrote about our children's evangelism training given by Theresa Llorente of Children's Evangelism Fellowship!  Since the completion of that training our children's leaders have done weekly outreaches.  

Sister Lavini, Sister Janet and Shawn have taken a new approach to reaching children for Christ.  They are on the frontline sharing the Gospel with children of all ages.  Glory to God.  We have determined as a ministry and a church not to sit by and watch!  We have been ignited by the Spirit to push harder in these last days.

I thank God for all of our teachers and leaders that teach children every week.  Many providing food on a weekly basis to take care of these little ones!  It is awesome to see so many stepping up to reach others for Jesus!  Look at the news, movies, video games and the world today.  It is a constant battle for the minds of our children and young people.  

That is why I thank God for those who work with children around the world!  So I want to take time to encourage you to stop by your children's area in your church.  Take a look and see what is going on, see how you can be involved, encourage and thank those who are ministering to the children.  

Shawn and I want to thank you for your help in our ministry here in the Marshall Islands and the Pacific.  If you would like to be a part or help out in anyway please contact us at rikakisteve@gmail.com .  God bless you and may you prosper in all things as you follow Jesus!

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and the family