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Friday, March 18, 2016

High Winds, King Tides and Drought in the Marshall Islands!


You know living on an atoll in the middle of the pacific ocean certainly brings challenges at times.  With that said, we thank God for the honor of being here in the Marshall Islands.  I wanted just to take a moment and update you all on what is going on here in the islands.

As you may know from a previous post we are currently in the middle of a drought period.  This have been brought on by an el nino that is currently in progress.  The last substantial rain we had was back in November 2015.  There have been occasional passing showers since then, but not enough to replenish the water supplies.

The water company here has been doing and outstanding job of distributing water to the people.  Reverse osmosis machines are set up and producing limited amounts of water.  This happening not only in Majuro but in the outer islands as well.  However, according to the Marshall Islands Journal the northern atolls are running out of water and food.  There are just not enough machines for every atoll.

These conditions are affecting plant life and trees as well.  A little over a week ago we had 4 days of king tides.  These higher than normal tides combined with high winds brought some flooding to the islands.  Kili was once again flooded almost completely.  Kili is the atoll where the Bikini people were resettled after the nuclear testing.

There were no lives lost and damage in most places was minimal.  We thank God for His protection and your prayers during this time. Please continue to agree with us for rain over the coming months and also protection from the king tides.  Thank you all for your prayers and support.  God bless, you are truly our partners in the Gospel here in the pacific.

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



The New Bus is Here!


Good day from the islands.  It has certainly been a busy time here in the Marshall Islands.  This morning I just wanted to let you know that our new bus is here!  We wrote about the blessings from the Lord a few months ago.  I will post a link to that story at the bottom of the post for you to go back and read if you missed it.

Basically, we received funding for a new car, new bus and supplies to repair our solar/wind power setup.  The car we were able to purchase here on the islands but the bus was a different story.  You see we only have two car dealers on the island and they did not have what we need or wanted.

However, a company here helped us purchase a new bus in the Philippines and shipped it down for us.  As usual living on an island the new bus would come on a ship and take several months to arrive.  During that time the church allowed us to use their bus to continue getting our students back and forth.

Well, the bus is here!  It arrived about two weeks ago and immediately went into service.  It is a Mitsubishi, runs on diesel and even has air conditioning.  The layout and everything is perfect for our students and ministry.  It is such a huge blessing.  The kids love it and once again as always God has provided.

Our older bus is still on the road and doing a shorter run to Laura.  Someone asked, how long will you continue to use that one?  I simply said, until she can't run no more.  We literally use what God provides until it is unusable.  Shawn and I have found that as stewards we must maintain what God has provided.  When we are good stewards God takes care of the rest.  Trust me, the old bus is still blessing many here in the islands.

To the unknown supporters, thank you so much for following the Holy ghost.  I also want to thank you all for your prayers and support.  Most of all we give God all of the glory for providing the new bus to our ministry here in the islands.

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

If you missed the other blog post you can see it by clicking on the link below!

http://clarksmarshalls.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-blessings.html