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





Let’s Wait and See What God is Up To!

2 04 2013

With Easter behind us, I am filled with hope for the future of Aloha Community Church.  Recently, we have really seen everyone stepping up and getting involved in sharing the Gospel and working to plant a church here on Oahu.  This is no easy task, but there are signs that the Lord is moving, and we are excited!

I am often asked, “When will you launch?”  I admit, sometimes I am discouraged by this question.  The answer is this:  I do not know.  I know that we should not launch, or attempt to launch too soon.  It is better to go slow and wait on God’s timing.  Sometimes, that slow pace is tough.  I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to see immediate results, then I am reminded of how long Noah waited for rain, how long Abraham waited for a son, and how long the world waited for a Messiah.  I find comfort in the fact that God’s timing is best.

We are certainly seeing the Lord move.  Two new couples have attended our Ohana group (home Bible study).  Two neighbors have expressed interest in coming.  Over the past month we hosted a video night focusing on evangelism training.  After that, we saw many of our small group members reaching out to others.  Also, on Easter, 14 of us gathered at Ewa Beach Park for worship.  This was a great time for our group and everyone is excited about the future.  We even managed to distribute some Bibles to a few people that were curious as to what we were doing.

Moving forward, we are increasing what we are doing as a group.  We will continue to have our weekly Ohana group and will be expanding to a second group soon.  One member of our group is trying to organize a Bible study for his coworkers.  This is an elite military group and we are excited about the Lord will do there.  Meanwhile, we are also gathering for fellowship, for video training nights, and to do some mission projects in our community such as feeding the homeless and cleaning bus stops.

Please pray for the following:

  • For a location in Iroquois Point for an Ohana Group.
  • For God to stir the hearts of the people with whom we are sharing the Gospel and inviting to join us.
  • For opportunities to serve our community.
  • That we will continue to build relationships with those around us.
  • For Tyler and Rebecca Green, who are planning to relocate to Hawaii to join our efforts.
  • Samantha and I are now certified as Hawaii foster parents.  We stand ready to welcome a child in our home as soon as the state calls us.
  • The doctor believes that the bacteria in Caleb’s stomach is gone (Praise the Lord!).  His stomach is still sensitive.  Please pray for continued healing.
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Aloha Community Church worships at Ewa Beach Park on Easter Sunday!





October Update

1 11 2012

One more month has passed and what a month it has been!  In October, we began our first home group.

ImageEach Wednesday, we host an average of 10 people in our home for dinner and a Bible Study over the book of Colossians.  It is exciting to think of the foundation this group is laying for a church.

On Halloween, our small group met to use trick or treating as an outreach.  We gave out candy to more than 240 kids.  Meanwhile, we gave the adults invitations to our small group.  In all, we handed out 42 invitations.  Some were very well received.

I have had some great opportunities for ministry and fellowship with local churches.  I work alongside another church plant (The Church of Kapolei), visit with local pastors: David Hockney, Shane Sowers, and James Shiroma, and preached at the Mililani Fil-Am Baptist Church.

Even more exciting things are ahead.  In January, we will host a missions team for the first time.  This team will do a lot of prayer walking and surveying.

We hope to cover several neighborhoods with prayer as well as meeting more and more people and getting into some conversations about the Gospel.  We will be surveying in order to identify various needs in the community.  I have recently met with a local missionary for Child Evangelism Fellowship and we hope to partner with them for some after-school clubs once we can identify where they would be most effective.

Meanwhile, Samantha and I are making good contacts through volunteering in our community.  Samantha is volunteering weekly at Caleb’s school.  This is a large elementary school and somewhat of the hub of our community.  Samantha is getting to know faculty and staff there and making great inroads into building relationships.  I have recently begun training as a Court Appointed Special Advocate.  I will be working with children that have been brought into the Child Welfare System on Oahu.  I will be working with children and families in very difficult situations and hope to bring light into dark places.

In the coming month, I am working towards four goals:

  1. To continue to build and grow our current small group
  2. To make plans toward a 2nd small group.  This one will be in the Iroquois Point neighborhood.
  3. To work with one of our small group members as we begin to define the structure and mission of this church.
  4. To meet with community leaders to discuss the needs of the Ewa community.

Please pray for the follow:

  • That we will see a response from the invitations to our small group
  • That through our volunteer opportunities, Samantha and I will find ways to share the Gospel.
  • For Caleb, who has been dealing with some stomach issues for over a month, to be made well.




Our Prospectus – Video

7 02 2012

This video answers the who, what, where, and how of this project.  Please watch and consider how you can be a part of this mission.

Note:  Watching in High Quality or Large Player and full screen is recommended.





What This Is All About

13 09 2011

God often calls us where we least expect to go. To be sure, I never expected to say what I am about to say. Two years ago, Samantha and I begin to sense that God was calling us to the field of church planting; beginning new churches. We prayed about it and sought out some advice from various folks. At the time, the doors just didn’t open and we knew it was best to simply wait. We continued in our ministry in Birch Tree until very recently when we begin to hear that call once again. This time as we began to seek advice, various doors began to open in this direction. It became apparent that God was indeed calling us to church planting and that it was time to move in that direction.

At that, we begin to pray and ask God where He was calling us to plant. The answer came to Samantha and I independently. It was not what we expected. Granted, it was a place that God had placed on our hearts years ago, but the idea was just too far, too “out there,” too crazy. So we shared this idea with a few people, waiting for someone to say, “that’s just nuts!” Instead, one person after another confirmed it. There was one week where I prayed daily, “God if this is really your will, show me something today that confirms it.” And He did.

We did our research. This place is truly a frontier mission field. It is one of the most international locations in our country. It is truly a global mission field in one small part of the U.S. It is also one of the least evangelized. Evangelical churches reach approximately 3% of this growing metro area. The idea is exciting, if not completely overwhelming at the same time.

So, after much prayer, we have decided to plant a church in Hawaii. (I told you it sounded crazy!)

I know that leaves people with a lot of questions. There are a lot of things unknown right now as we are nailing down all the specifics and remaining flexible to do as the Lord commands. We are currently discussing the possibility of partnering with Second Baptist Church in Springfield, MO. Second Baptist is on the forefront of missions and we are really excited to work with them.

As for First Baptist Birch Tree, I will continue to pastor this church until the time comes to relocate (most likely next summer). We love the people of Birch Tree and First Baptist. We hope to take this journey together with First Baptist being one of our partners.

We pray this for you as well. We need people to partner with us in many ways. We will need people to provide financial support and we will have plenty of opportunities for people to come for short-term mission trips on Oahu. In the meantime, what we need most of all is prayer. If you would be willing to pray for us during this time, please contact us and let us know.