Marshall Islands location on the globeOur calling to the remote islands of Micronesia

When we were called to the mission field, we were given good advice to ask God about a specific location where he wanted us to serve. We heard “Micronesia”. We did not even know where it was at the time! As we educated ourselves and prayed, God confirmed that it was really the right place for us to be.

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Our vision for the Marshall Islands

In 2014, we were serving with YWAM Ships Kona on one of their boats in the Marshall Islands. When we left RMI, our family all felt a strong stir to come back, that it was the place we were supposed to be and more specifically on the island of Ebeye where there are so many needs.

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Everyone should have access to primary education, medical services, a bible in their own language, health education, food, clothing and clean water. In the Marshall Islands that is not always the case and we feel that these are the areas that God is directing us towards.

  • Education: On Ebeye, there are over 2000 school-aged children that are not attending school.
  • Bible poverty: Many do not have a bible written in their mother tongue of Marshallese
  • Diabetes: This disease is seen as an “epidemic” in the Marshall Islands
  • Food and Clothing: Many of the inhabitants of the outer islands only see a supply boat 3 to 4 times a year
  • Reading Glasses: Little to no opportunity for Optometry consultation
  • Medical Services: Wound care, Primary Health care and the education about health is sometimes unavailable or non-existent
  • Menstrual Health Services:  There are very few options to supplies and education about menstrual health for women

Changing Focus Ministries feels driven to make a difference in peoples spiritual, physical and mental well-being.

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Action that we are taking as an organization:

  • Education: We run and ESL Class for the children in our neighborhood that do not attend school and we have sponsored over 75 students in private schools on Ebeye
  • Bible poverty: Our goal is to take a Marshallese bible to every household on every island in RMI
  • Diabetes: We conduct diabetes health education in every school on Ebeye and the outer islands
  • Food and Clothing: When sailing to an outer island we bring a healthy supply of clothing and food to give away
  • Reading Glasses: We provide optometry consultation and give out free reading glasses & sunglasses on every island we go to
  • Medical Services: We perform wound care, Primary Health care and the educate about many health issues to the outer islands and Ebeye
  • Menstrual Health Services:  We use the “Days for Girls” platform to educate and provide reusable menstrual kits to the outer atolls

With God’s help and generous sponsors, we are making an impact to the holistic over-all well being of peoples in the Marshall Islands.

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Our progress

Our mission is to reach all the inhabited islands of the Marshall Islands with the love of God and to give a Marshallese Bible to every household. We also believe that we need to attend to their physical needs. That’s why we give freely reading glasses, medical services, health education activities, clothing, food, etc. With the help of teams of volunteers serving with us, we have reached 38% of all the inhabited islands. Here are some visual statistics and information about our progress through the Marshall Islands and the extent of what still needs to be done.

  • 38% islands reached
  • 1384 Bibles
  • 3134 medical services
  • 76 sponsored school children
  • 6472 health education
  • 346 Days for Girls kits
  • 1048 reading glasses / 306 sunglasses
  • 2526 people given - clothing / 1818 food

Marshall Islands Map

Reached Unreached Uninhabited

Marshall Islands List

Reached Unreached Uninhabited
  • Population: 1729
  • Bibles: 173
  • Medical services: 354
  • Health education: 213
  • Reading glasses / Sunglasses: 117 / 18
  • Clothing / Food: 469 / 219
  • Population: 339
  • Population: 499
  • Population: 706
  • Population: 664
  • Population: 84
  • Population: 1 788
  • Population: 548
  • Population: 11,408
  • Bibles: 319
  • Medical services: 1718
  • Health education: 5264
  • Days for Girls kits: 26
  • Reading glasses / Sunglasses: 500 / 69
  • Clothing / Food: 223 / 366
  • Population: 347
  • Bibles: 86
  • Medical services: 145
  • Health education: 176
  • Days for Girls kits: 124
  • Reading glasses / Sunglasses: 45 / 32
  • Clothing / Food: 434 / 148
  • Population: 155
  • Population: 401
  • Bibles: 121
  • Medical services: 82
  • Health education: 240
  • Days for Girls kits: 86
  • Reading glasses / Sunglasses: 31 / 68
  • Clothing / Food: 27 / 14
  • Population: 27 797
  • Population: 682
  • Population: 348
  • Population: 738
  • Population: 508
  • Population: 780
  • Bibles: 109
  • Medical services: 349
  • Health education: 260
  • Reading glasses / Sunglasses: 94 / 14
  • Clothing / Food: 290 / 290
  • Population: 79
  • Population: 364
  • Bibles: 74
  • Medical services: 213
  • Health education: 162
  • Reading glasses / Sunglasses: 42 / 7
  • Clothing / Food: 120 / 120
  • Population: 435
  • Population: 97
  • Bibles: 36
  • Medical services: 94
  • Health education: 43
  • Reading glasses / Sunglasses: 23 / 3
  • Clothing / Food: 80 / 45
  • Population: 1004
  • Bibles: 188
  • Medical services: 179
  • Health education: 301
  • Days for Girls kits: 124
  • Reading glasses / Sunglasses: 107 / 47
  • Clothing / Food: 260 / 116

Would you like to help us reach the rest of those islands? Have a look at our volunteering opportunities.

Our ministries

Over the years, we have a started multiple ministries to serve our community in Ebeye and the outer islands. Here is a list of all our active ministries. We are dreaming for a lot more though with the help of our faithful supporters and volunteers.

Gifts on Cloud Nine's deck to distribute on outer islands

Outer island outreaches

We plan quarterly trips to the outer atolls to take Marshallese bibles, perform medical services, take supplies and to serve the isolated.

Distributing bibles in the Marshall Islands

End Bible poverty

Many Marshallese in the outer islands have never possessed a Bible in their own language. Our goal is to personally deliver one Bible per household.

Marshallese children

Children sponsorship

Around 2000 children in Ebeye don’t go to school, because public school are full and parents can’t afford private school. We help those kids to be sponsored.

Kids playing duck goose at Good News Club

Good News Club

This ministry is all about sharing God’s love with kids and sharing the good news. We play games, sing songs, tell a Bible story, provide snacks and do wound care in the least reached parts of Ebeye.

Katie teaching english to kids in Ebeye

English as a Second Language

We offer weekly English classes to the children in our neighborhood who don’t go to school. They learn the basics and hear about Jesus’ love for them.

Katie teaching about germs at primary school in Wotje

Health education

We teach a combination of Diabetes Prevention, Healthy Eating Habits, Dental Care and ways an individual can improve their overall health by increasing their knowledge.

Young Marshallese girls with their Days for Girls gift

Days for Girls

Days for Girls is a global movement that prepares and distributes sustainable menstrual health solutions to girls/women who would otherwise miss school or work during their monthly periods.  A non-profit organization, www.daysforgirls.org

Students at the High Tides art club

High Tides Art Club

High Tides Art Club is an after-school-program that we sponsor in alliance with SDA Pastor and artist Alex Riano.  Alex teaches the how to’s of art & the kids produce artwork that is then put on display at an art exhibit at the end of the year.

Treating an infected wound on a Marshallese girl

Wound Care Clinics

In the tropical climate of the Marshall Islands it is easy to find yourself with a wound that become infected.  We do free wound care clinics frequently in different locations on Ebeye and provide much needed supplies for the participants.

You want to help us fulfill our mission? Please consider volunteering with us or financially investing in our ministry.

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