One Crazy Summer!

3 08 2013
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The first baptism for Aloha Community Church

On the last Sunday of July, I set up the chairs and the pop-up canopy and all the other things we set up for our monthly worship services.  It was exciting.  I was wearing my swim trunks under my clothes because we would end that service with an ocean baptism.  It was bound to be a different day.  It was a day of firsts.  It was the first baptism for Aloha Community Church and the first time we collected an offering.  It was also much more.  As one of our members shared with me some pictures of the day, I was struck by something.  A church was gathered.  A church gathered to worship.  A church gave joyfully.  A church walked together to the shoreline and cheered as one marked his faith with baptism.  A church shared lunch together and talked and  visited for a while;  everyone enjoying the fact that we were gathered together.  Yes, a church was gathered.  Praise the Lord!

Church Planting By The Numbers

I do not care for numbers.  Church planters often have to provide numbers, and I generally do not care for it because so much is missed when we just focus on numbers.  However, sometimes the numbers are a real joy to share, so let me begin our July report with some numbers:

  • We hosted 2 back yard Bible Clubs with our friends at Child Evangelism Fellowship
  • These clubs had a total of 20 kids
  • These clubs saw 6 kids make professions of faith in Christ
  • We now have 3 ohana groups which meet during the week
  • On average, 17 people are involved in our ohana groups each week.
  • 21 people attended our monthly worship service
  • Our first ever church offering collected more than $1500
  • We had 1 baptism

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    Bible Club at the Waterfront at Pu’uloa!

What do these numbers say?  I believe these numbers say that God is working in Ewa Beach and that Aloha Community Church is part of that work.  Each of these numbers represents a pretty exciting moment in the life of our little church and the people behind them are people who’s lives are being changed.

The Last Mission Team of the Summer

Over the summer we hosted three different mission teams from Missouri.  The last of these just left.  It was a team from Trinity Baptist Church in Willow Springs, MO.  Pastor David Cox was here with his team and they spent a lot of time prayerwalking through Ewa Beach.  They also hosted a cook-out to introduce a neighborhood to our Ohana Group.  They hosted a birthday party for our 2 year old foster son, and they were with us to celebrate our first baptism.  It really was a great week!

Life in the Davis House

Life in our home has been a little crazy ever since we brought in little Kerry.  Kerry just turned 2 years old and has really changed things.  He is full of energy so he keeps us moving.  Many people have asked if we can adopt Kerry.  The fact is, that adoption is way down on the list of priorities in child welfare cases.  The state will first try to reunite Kerry with his parents and barring that, with other family.  Chances are, it will be at least a year before the state will begin to explore Kerry’s permanent placement options.  In the meantime, we will strive to give him the love and care he needs and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has helped us to do so!

Meanwhile, Caleb is doing better all the time.  He has started 5th grade at Holomua Elementary.  This year he is involved in the school’s enrichment program.  He has also joined a team in the Cal Ripkin baseball league.  He will be playing with the Ewa Beach Rebelz through the fall.  Welcome to the land of year-round schools and year-round baseball!

Looking Ahead

I have given up trying to predict what the future holds for our church plant.  I can tell you that in August we will try to do the following:

  • Continue to grow the ohana groups that exist
  • Look for new possibilities for ohana groups
  • Look for ways to serve our communities
  • Begin one-on-one discipleship within our church.

What I am most excited about in August is that the Lord is moving!

Prayer Requests

Please pray for the following:

  • Kerry’s ongoing case in the Child Welfare System
  • Caleb as he faces new challenges in 5th grade
  • Our ohana groups as they grow
  • New ohana groups to begin
  • Also, there is a development that I am not at liberty to speak about.  However, if it is the Lord’s will, it will be HUGE!  Please pray for wisdom and guidance.  Pray for open doors where they need to be and closed doors where they need to be.

Peace and Grace to you,

Aaron Davis

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