A Difficult Decision

30 08 2015

Recently, we made a very difficult decision.  After three years in Hawaii, we will close the work of Aloha Community Church, and my family and I will return to Missouri.  This decision has not been an easy one for our family or the people of Aloha Community Church.  I have been through frustration, anger, fear, and great sadness over this.  However, after much discussion, thought, and prayer, we rest in the fact that we are being obedient to the Lord.

As you know, in July the vast majority of our external support was reduced.  This created a deficit between our income and our required living expenses.  A recent survey on Oahu concluded that a family of four must make one hundred and twenty thousand per year in order to live comfortably.  We have always lived on much less, choosing to rent a town home, own a used car, rely on a moped, etc.  In July, we attempted to cover the deficit in three ways:  We sought new church partnerships, we asked our prayer partners (and anyone else that would listen) for help, and I found a full time job in retail.  The retail job provided several great new friendships and replaced our insurance, but it did not come close to our deficit.  Several small donations and a few large ones got us through until now.  We have not been able to find any new church partners or ongoing donations.  Meanwhile, as we expect a decrease in our funding from the North American Mission Board and an increase in our rent, the deficit grows wider.

Thus, we concluded that it is simply no longer economically feasible to remain in Hawaii.  In 2012, several church planters arrived on Oahu to start new churches.  Of that group, only we remain.  This is the reality of church planting in “paradise.”  I hope and pray that a new method can be found to reach this island and I look forward to being a part of that discussion.

Reflecting on what the Lord has done in three years, I am happy to report six baptisms, much discipleship, sending one family to seminary in order to study international church planting, people finding the courage to lead out in ministry, and much more.  No one is leaving Aloha Community Church the same way that we came in.

I realize that everyone who contributed to our ministry may be disappointed in our decision.  I share this disappointment.  Three years ago I used a poker illustration and said that I was “all in.”  I walk away from the table empty handed.  A good friend of mine, an avid poker, player tells me that many times one can have a good hand, go all in, and get “taken down.”

To those of you who have very recently contributed, please let me assure you that your donations have not been in vain.  We live by your support.  We have and will continue to be witnesses here until the day we leave the island.  During this time, we are assisting our members through this transition, helping to secure new positions for our interns so that their work in Waianae may continue, and remain until Kerry’s adoption is final on October 5.

After that, my family and I will relocate to Springfield, Missouri where we will seek out the next chapter.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call me at 808-551-1908 or email gospelforhawaii@gmail.com. We appreciate your prayers and support during this difficult time.

Aloha In Christ,

Aaron Davis





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