Kasalehlia! We are the Kihleng family and we are missionaries to the island of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia. This blog is to keep friends and family (and whoever else is interested!) updated on what we are doing in the islands. So check back here often to see updates on our ministry as well as our ever growing family!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Photo Album

Take a look at our new photo album if you haven't already!  Will be adding more pictures soon!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Our February Prayer Letter

Here is the  latest newsletter we have sent out.

Kasalehlia!  We have much to update you on!  God is blessing in our lives and in our ministry!
I know many of you are anxious to hear about our January revival meetings with Dr. Ron Comfort.  We were thrilled to have the Comforts come to our island January 14th for a week of meetings.  The meetings went great!  God really worked that week and some nights we had over 600 in attendance!  It was exciting to see more than 50 accept Christ as their Savior during the week and several more have come to know Christ in the weeks since as we have followed up with visitors.   It was just such a blessing to have Dr. and Mrs. Comfort here with us for a bit and see God use them here.  And I’m sure they probably had some interesting stories to take back to Grandpa and Grandma Stevens in the US after spending a week with the Kihleng kids!
The Baptist Bible Institute of Pohnpei started up again after the holidays just after the revival meetings.  Please pray for these students as they train to serve the Lord here in the islands.  We also currently have 5 young people from our church off island in Bible college and several more preparing to leave this summer.  We have prayed that God would bring up more Micronesians with a passion for Him and His service and these young people are answers to our prayers!  We do not take lightly their decisions to go into full-time Christian service and want to do everything we can to encourage them in their studies and training.

   We recently said a temporary farewell to one of the founding members of our church.  Mr. Elter       Samuel went home to be with the Lord on February 5th.  He will be greatly missed in our lives but we are comforted by the knowledge that we will see him again someday! 
Many of you are praying for the John Boylston family as they raise support to come here to Pohnpei to work with us.  Please continue to pray for them, for safety in deputation travel, for funds needed, and for their support to increase quickly so that they can be here within the next year!
Update on Kaylinn:  Thank you for your continued prayers for our little Kaylinn.  She is doing well.  We have had two minor breathing incidences with her since returning from Hawaii but nothing too serious.  We are thankful that it appears her problems have passed.  She is still on medication but the doctor has reduced her dose and will be taking her off it entirely within the next month.  We also thank those of you who have helped financially with the medical bills and expenses of taking her to Hawaii for testing and treatment.  God has really blessed in providing through you all!
The rest of our children are also doing well.  There have been a lot of bacterial infections going around the island lately and it seems the kids have really been plagued with these this year.  Currently they are all doing well though.  School has been a challenge as well lately as the island is having daily power outages from early morning until noon.  We also had no water for awhile too but they seem to have that problem straightened out now!  We are thankful for that!  You don’t really realize how much you take electricity and running water for granted until you have to go for awhile without it!
Thank you all for your continued prayers for our family and for our ministry.  We are looking forward to what God is going to do in our lives and our ministry in 2012 and thank you for being such an integral part of our being here on Pohnpei!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Finally, an Update!!!

I apologize for being 'gone' for so long!   The past few months have been so busy!  We had great holidays though they were some of the busiest we've ever had here!  In mid January, Dr. Ron Comfort and his wife were here for meetings.  It was a great week and we were so blessed to have them here.  We saw over 600 in attendance some nights of the meetings and over 50 accepted Christ as their Savior that week!  We were sad to see the Comforts go but praising the Lord for such an exciting week.  
We've had some 'adventures' lately in that the island has had to go back to doing scheduled power outages each day.  Our scheduled time is no power from 8AM till 12 every day.  It has made it rather difficult to keep up with our homeschooling!  And they are now also shutting off water!  Fun!  We had no water for three days this week but are now getting enough of a trickle to catch up some on laundry and dishes!  
Many of you have probably already heard about Kestra's mishap.  She is very allergic to mango trees - if the leaves or bark touch her skin she has a bad reaction.  She must have gotten too close to a leaf this week as she came in from playing with a rash starting to break out on her leg in the shape of a leaf.  I gave her Benedryl and cleaned it, but within about 4 hours it started to swell and began to look infected.  By night, she was running a high fever and in a lot of pain.  We took her to the ER and they put her on an antibiotic as it was already badly infected!  I am amazed at how fast the infection set in!  The antibiotic wasn't strong enough though and within another day her leg was hot, swollen, and very painful and she was continuing with the fever.  We took her back and they wanted to admit her right away as cellulitis had set in but there were currently no available beds at the hospital.  So they put in the IV and we just took her back for each dose.  Three days later, she is now doing much better and they took the IV out this morning.  Thank you to those of you who knew of the situation and prayed for her!
Bible Institute is back in full swing.  We have a smaller group this semester - only about 35, but we are excited to be working with these!  
I hope you all are having a great week!  I will try to do better with updates!