See Video of our last Outreach to Wotho & Ujae here:
Going to the isolated is what YWAM Ships does so that has been our one of our goals here in the Marshall islands, to go to outer islands every quarter of the year. It has been hard for us due to the weather this last year. Barely making it from one side of the atoll to the other without fearing how long we would have to “weather” out the storm. We are excited to finally get to do what we have planned.
While living in Ebeye we have been building relationships that could further the YWAM mission here in the Marshall’s. As some might understand everything happens on “island” time and more. We are not here to change the system but learn how to work with it. Our family, along with so many financial & prayer supporters, are trying to do the great commission here. It sometimes seems like its going so slow, but overtime we step forward and see hearts changed and see that they are aware of Gods heart and that He loves the Marshallese people so much that it propels us forward to do more. After all we are only a family of 4, just how much impact can we make? Thats just it right? Its not us – IT IS GOD WORKING THRU US…
We are tentatively looking at leaving Ebeye on April 15th for Wotho then depart to Ujae on or around April 20th. We will be taking along with us a husband & wife team from Canada that are joining us April 7th. Our goal and mission this time besides taking bibles, medications, food, clothing and wound care is to teach about diabetes prevention education. Along with teaching the outer islands we will be seeing around 7-8 schools and as many children as we can get in front of about diabetes prevention education.
The day starts just like any other day with getting the kids started with school with the goal of leaving for the community of Gugeegue which is an 40-60 minute ride on a taxi across a causeway made out of coral to connect several islands together. With the target of leaving at 5 pm as the goal. Being that we are in the equatorial latitude everything is in approximate times. Well we ended up arranging a taxi which for this ride which is about 4-5 miles cost about $20.00 american dollars for one way. So all in all we left around 6 pm and arrived early enough to set up a booth and start processing individuals that needed glasses. By using the bible and seeing if they needed it closer or further away to get an idea where in the spectrum of eye glass strength they might need we were able to at least get close to what they needed without the proper testing tools.
We believe that we gave away around 20-25 glasses to this community. We know that we did not reach everyone in Gugeegue but we can plan another clinic down the road. As a family we still have to balance life with missions and the balance of this sometimes can be troubling but in the end is always rewarding!
To see a short video of this visit click here: