July is in the Books

1 08 2012

Aloha!

The month of July began with saying goodbye to First Baptist Birch Tree and setting out for Hawaii.  Well, we are here!  Most of our time here so far has been spent trying to settle in to life in Hawaii.  We have found a place to live in Ewa Beach, we have purchased furniture and other household goods.  We have enrolled Caleb in school and he is off to a good start.  We have purchased a vehicle, and we have begun to learn the ins and outs of life in west Oahu.

There have been some unexpected hurdles mainly in the way of finances.  We lost the money we had saved for a vehicle in a lemon.  We most likely fell victim to a common scam here.  Now we know, but that was a hard and costly lesson.  The plus side is that I have learned a few things through it, such as relying on God and reaching out to others for help.  Also, we had some unexpected dental bills in an emergency root canal yesterday (I’m still sore.)  However, God has provided for us thus far, and we have no reason to believe He will not continue to do so.

We have connected with other pastors and church planters.  It is great to learn about what God is doing on Oahu and these new friends are such a source of encouragement to us.

Many have asked about ministry.  Planting a church is a slow process.  Our goals right now are to meet people and become a part of the community.  We have been blessed to meet our neighbors: Kim, Alan, Derrick, and Pat, as well as some of the children on our block: Sam, Paul, Casey, and Kara.  Caleb spends a lot of time with Sam and Casey.  Little Kara has yet to pass me on the street without saying “Hi!” at least three times.  We have also begun to meet people in the community such as Joel and Sapavith and Ashley.  We take any introduction seriously as we are always praying that God will put people in our path.  Also, Facebook is proving to be a valuable tool in finding people locally that are interested in what we are doing.  A recent advertising campaign has brought 23 new “likes” to our Facebook page.

We continue to look for ways to be involved in the community and learn the culture.  Soon, we will begin with organized prayer walking and some surveying efforts.

For now, let me share some praises:

  • We have a house that we love and it was under our budget!
  • Caleb has made friends both at school and in our neighborhood.
  • Caleb is adjusting well to a new school with a new way of doing things.
  • We are enjoying our community; its stores, restaurants, and its way of life.
  • We have a car!

Some prayer requests:

  • Pray that we can find volunteers at our partner church to join us in prayer walking and surveying.
  • Pray that we continue to meet people and find interest in starting a home bible study.
  • Pray for opportunities to share the Gospel.
  • Pray for Caleb as he continues to adjust.
  • Pray for our health and safety; spiritually and physically.
  • Pray for our finances as we absorbe some unexpected expenses.
  • Pray that the Lord moves in a mighty way on Oahu.

Mahalo!

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