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!