For the past 7 weeks our team of nine has been working hard and ministering to different areas in the Marshall Islands. We have partnered up with the Sudernos, an amazing family of four who have been working long term for YWAM Ships in the Marshall Islands. They live on Ebeye, one of the main islands in the Marshall Islands, and take their 57 foot sailing vessel to reach more isolated islands.
Our first week in Ebeye was spent celebrating Christmas and New Year’s while living and working alongside the Marshallese people.
We were able to partner with the Suderno family in their established ministries with Good News Club for the children in the north area of the island called Dump Town and spend time in wound care ministry. This island has so many children, many of which don’t go to school because of a lack of money or a lack of motivation.
Our time with those kids included sports ministry, nail painting, sharing our skits and the gospel with them.
One night we were able to put on a Ladies Night with dessert and a Bible Study in order to encourage and empower the mothers of Ebeye, letting them know how valuable they are to the Lord. 10 women there were prayed over and encouraged by the word of God.
We also put on a kids event for New Year’s with over 110 kids in attendance who heard the gospel and built relationships with our team. After the New Year, we prepared for our next adventure of sailing to the outer islands and doing ministry there.
The team, alongside the Suderno family, sailed to the Ailinglaplap atoll. An area that had yet to be reached by YWAM. After a 33 hour sail we anchored in the island of Jeh. The island itself is 5 miles long, with one road stretched across the side. The population is about 200 people including adults and children.
Over the course of our 3 weeks there we were able to reach 5 different islands. We ministered in a variety of different ways. We hosted health clinics where people on the island could come get tested for diabetes, receive reading glasses, treat wounds, and get prayer.
We were also able to distribute Bibles in the Marshallese language to every house hold on each island. We personally visited each home, prayed for families, and gave them a Bible of their own. It was incredible to experience their hospitality and excitement.
By the end of our trip we had helped 164 health care patients, given away 115 pairs of reading glasses, donated 126 Marshallese Bibles and provided food and clothing for over 500 people. It was amazing to see how God moved in the lives of the Marshallese people and it was an honor to be able to live on the island and be a part of their community.
Thank you for your continued prayers as we go onto Guam and participate in the ministry there.
Team Marshall Islands