Lots of Change, Lots of Excitement

7 01 2015

Change is never easy!

That was made abundantly clear to us in the past couple of months.  I apologize for missing reports.  Please accept this as my report for both November and December.  As you will see, Change and Chaos have been the hallmarks of the past few months.

Change in our Lives

In November, Samantha and I learned that the home that we have rented for 2.5 years was being put up for sale.  Immediately, we were expected to have our home “show ready” and to accommodate the schedule of the realtor.  It was clear to us that we needed to get out sooner rather than later so we moved to a new neighborhood.  We are now located in Kapalina Beach Homes.  Folks here on Oahu know the place as Iroquois Point.  This neighborhood was once a navy housing community and has now been turned over to a private company as an apartment community.  There are just over 5000 people in this area.  We now realize that even though the change was difficult, God was moving us to an area where we will meet a lot of new people.  We are thankful for new ministry opportunities!

Also, the end of 2014 marks financial changes for us.  Our NAMB funding begins to taper off in 2015 and in the Summer, our financial relationship with Second Baptist Springfield, MO comes to an end.  We are committed to our work here and are trusting the Lord to provide.  He is showing us that He will.

Change for our intern, Matt

If you do not know about Matt Lincoln, you should.  Matt is devoted to reaching one of the least reached and most difficult groups on the island: Micronesian teenagers.  He pours his life into these kids, teaching two Bible Studies per week (one in an apartment complex most people would fear to venture into) and spending countless hours hitting the streets and finding kids to disciple.  It is truly a blessing for us on Sundays to see Matt come in with about 5 young men who chose to wake up early and worship!  Even more so to go to Waianae and witness Matt showing and sharing the love of Christ with these kids.

But change came for Matt as well, as he learned that in January he would no longer be able to live in the room he had at the PuuKahea Conference Center.  Because he has not been here long, Matt was not able to find a landlord in Waianae that would rent to him.  However, a member of our core group had a room available and now Matt lives in Kapalina Beach Homes.  Though this has increased the drive to Waianae (we gave him a car, who will give him some gas money?) this has also been a huge open door for Matt.  For starters, Matt now lives just around the corner from me, making it much easier to keep in contact and begin his church planter training.  Two, it puts him in more frequent fellowship with the people of Aloha Community Church.  This was something he needed.  And three, it gives him opportunities to also do ministry in Ewa Beach as we look to begin a youth group.

Changes for Aloha Community Church

One fact of life in Hawaii is that some people are only here temporarily.  As 2014 came to a close, we said good-bye to a few that have been with us from the beginning.  It can be disheartening to see us reach new heights in attendance and then drop back to previous numbers.  However, ministry is not about numbers.  (Even Jesus saw a most of the people leave).  We do not define the past couple of months with that negative change but with some great ones as well.

First, Aloha Community Church has a great place to meet INDOORS at the beautiful Ewa Beach Golf Club.  This has been a tremendous blessing to us.  Also, we have seen a new family attend the church.  We are initiating a launch plan for April (that’s right we are finally going to launch).  This is an exciting time for us with a lot of amazing things ahead.

And some minor changes

We have really made some changes to our online presence lately.  Our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/gospelforhawaii) is a lot more active.  We encourage you to like the page then like, comment, or share the posts (this increases visibility).  Also, on our website (www.alohacommunitychurch.net) you can now listen to sermons online!  Check us out and see what we are up to!

I ask you to pray for the following:

  • For our family and the transitions ahead.  2015 will be a year of change as we will (Lord willing) finalize Kerry’s adoption, see the arrival of our “Hanai (Hawaiian word for family, though not be blood) son and daughter in-law” and transition to bivocational ministry.
  • For Matt Lincoln and his ministry in Waianae and in Ewa Beach.  Pray that he is continually refreshed and encouraged.
  • For the church that we will move forward with enthusiasm and embrace all that the Holy Spirit is doing.

If you would like to support Aloha Community Church, you may do so be sending your checks to:

Aloha Community Church

4913 B Mokupea Place

Ewa Beach, HI 96706

If you have a specific reason for sending support (such as to help Matt Lincoln, etc) note it in the memo.

Aloha in Christ,

Aaron Davis





Update and Prayer Requests

11 11 2013

Aloha!

Things are moving very fast for us right now and there are so many things on the horizon.  October was our first month of weekly worship services.  We average 23 people in worship and 23 people across 4 home groups.  More important, we have seen people begin one on one discipleship meetings and one of our brothers lead a coworker to Christ!  We are extremely thankful for how the Lord is working in October.

Looking ahead, we have many questions.  We hope to officially launch on Easter 2014.  What does that look like?  How do we get there?  These are the questions we must answer over the next couple of months.  Thankfully, I have a group of great men (Sam Graf, Ricardo Hosein, and Grant Takiguchi) who are serving as overseers and will help with those answers.

What is most exciting is seeing this group truly come together as a church.  We worship together, we fellowship together, we minister to one another, and we reach out to our community together.  I have had numerous people tell me this month, “This church is my family.”  Recently a group of men from Aloha Community Church began assisting NAMB missionary, Darla Richardson, in her work with Chuukese teens in Waianae.  I can only imagine what will grow from such a beginning.

Please continue to pray for us as we continue to share the Gospel in Ewa Beach.  Please also pray for the following: 

  • For wisdom as we work through the practicalities of meeting and doing ministry together.
  • For the possibilities to work with other area churches for a common goal.
  • For a long-term meeting location.  Wether we remain in the park or find another place, pray for the right location.
  • Personal, pray for the Lord to provide.  Our van (our only vehicle) had to have a transmission rebuild last week.  This is a costly repair but we had to do it in order to have transportation.  I used a personal credit card.  Please pray that the Lord provides and we do not have to pay interest, but rather can pay the bill when it comes due.

Aloha, In Christ,

Aaron Davis