Micronesia is a subregion of Oceania, comprising thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean, including the island countries of Guam-Marianas, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau and The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) consisting of Yap, Chuuk (Truk), Pohnpei and Kosrae.
Suicide: From Tragedy to Transformation
by Palau MIssionary Nick Krake
"We began believing for breakthrough at the school that is just around the corner from the Assemblies of God Church in Palau. We tried to break down some barriers by blessing the teachers with some school supplies and simply letting them know we were there to serve the school in any way. We prayed that God would open doors for us.
The next morning, we received word that Dillon, a boy in the sixth grade class had committed suicide on Saturday night. What a blow it was to our spiritual faith! We had just prayed for breakthrough, and now the devil goes on a counter-offensive and does this. However, this is when the Holy Spirit began a mighty work. That Sunday afternoon, I felt a strong nudge in my spirit to just show up at the school on Monday morning to simply be available.
At 8:00 in the morning I arrived at the school. Fortunately the staff remembered me from when we brought the school supplies. I told them I had heard about the tragedy from the weekend and was there just to help in any way. The principal arrived late and informed me that there was another death— that of a sick husband of one of the teachers. Two blows to the school in one weekend! What transpired next, I will never forget. The Principal held a general assembly with all the students and handed it over to me. I was able to give a message of encouragement, hope, and love—and pray with all the students. Then, one by one, I went into each 4th-8th grade class and shared on the subject of death and suicide and took their questions. Most importantly, though, I was able to share the hope of Jesus Christ and assure them the same fate of Dillon did not have to be theirs. As the nature of children goes, just about every student wanted to accept Christ—we know they have all heard a solid Gospel Message and many seeds have been planted in their lives.
The greatest testimony during this tragedy is not what has happened at the school but what has happened to Dillon’s family. His mom, a back-slidden member of the Evangelical Church, found her way into our church with her three daughters. Today, the family is on fire for Christ. They rarely miss a Sunday and have gotten involved in various ministries and outreaches.
Policeman Finds Freedom!
by Pohnpei Missionary Scott Jackson
A young Pohnpeian man named Jason was a prisoner to sin through drinking and violence. One of our Bible college students led Jason to Jesus and invited him to the International curch. Jason was baptized in the Holy Spirit and led his girlfreind to Christ. They got married and are living for the Lord. Jason was discipled and also started taking Bible college classes. He brought missionary, Scott Jackson to his 90 year old grandma who talked to her about heaven. She said, "I want to go to that place, help me go to that place." Scott led her in the sinner's prayer. The next year, grandma went home to be with Jesus. Jason continues to grow in his walk with the Lord. He is man of God with a call upon his life. As a Pohnpei State policeman, Jason shares with people how they too can be set free through Jesus Christ.