Updates

8 05 2015

Aloha!

It has been a busy couple of months at Aloha Community Church.

On April 12 we officially launched with our Grand Opening service!  This was an exciting day with a lot of visitors.  We have seen new families continue to attend as well as more visitors each week.  Growth is slow, for sure, but it continues, and we are excited about that.

We also celebrated Easter with TWO BAPTISMS!

We have a lot of other things going on.  Please take time read about them:

Ministry Connections

There are more important things in churches than numbers and we are seeing them.  Recently, S. began attending.  I know him through volunteer work I do in the courts.  S. is working to get his children back and to stay clean and sober.  We were able to introduce S. to a man in our church who has been down a similar road and can mentor him and witness to him now.

One woman in our church is letting her pre-Christian life to be a burden for ministry, leading us to new ministry.  This is exciting!

One young man in our church is about to transition out of the military.  He and his wife (and by then, their daughter) will be relocating in order to attend Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO.  He will be studying International Church Planting.  We hate to lose them, but we are excited to see what the Lord does.

Mission Trips and a Summer Missionary

Lately, we have had a lot of people helping us.  In April, we had a group from Louisiana.  We also had Dalton Patterson from Second Baptist Church of Springfield, MO serving with us.  In May, we will have a group from Georgia and a group from Arkansas.  These groups are a huge help.

We are very excited to have a summer missionary this year. Max Bolin from Alabama will be spending eight weeks with us.  He will focus primarily on youth and children outreach.  We are looking forward to his arrival.

Ministry Beyond Ewa

Looking forward, we see two locations to focus on ministry beyond Ewa.  One is our on-going efforts in Waianae through our intern, Matthew Lincoln.  Each week, Matthew leads a Children’s ministry in the housing projects there.  He also conducts a youth Bible study.  Lately, we have seen as many as 17 teens in his youth Bible study, with a handful involved in regular discipleship.  He has had as many as 30 kids in his children’s ministry.  This area is the often forgotten side of Oahu and it is far from “paradise.”  Matt’s work is with disenfranchised people groups, primarily Micronesians.  Our hope is to build this work.  In 2016, Matt will become a church planter and we will transition this ministry into a church plant that can continue to serve the community for decades to come.

In May, we will begin ministry to a homeless community in Waipahu.  Our church has some personal connections to this community.  We are dreaming big with this outreach.  It is common to do homeless ministry by providing food and water but can it be more?  Can we conduct a worship service in the community?  Can we plant a church in the community?  Dream with us as we embark on this road.  Pray for leaders to carry out a big vision.

Prayer Needs

  • Pray for growth to continue in our church.  Pray for visitors and new families.
  • Pray for God’s provision.  As we approach 3 years in Hawaii, much of our funding decreases as scheduled.  Please pray that these funds are replaced in other ways.  Also, our intern, Matt Lincoln receives very little support and his ministry expenses come out of his own pocket. Pray that the Lord provides for him.
  • Pray for some of our original core group as they leave the island.  Ricardo and Kristen Hosein are ending their term with Child Evangelism Fellowship and are seeking what the Lord has planned for them.  Sam and Faith Graf will be leaving for Seminary soon.
  • Continue to pray for Kerry’s adoption.  It should take place within a few months.

We appreciate your support!

If you would like to donate to either the Davis Family or Matt Lincoln, send your support to:

Aloha Community Church

4913 B Mokupea Place

Ewa Beach, HI 96706

Please write in the memo the intended purpose of your support (eg. “For the Davis Family” or “For Matt Lincoln”)

We also enjoy cards and letters!

Aloha in Christ,

Aaron Davis

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