So What Now? An Update

2 09 2015

So what now?

Since our big announcement, many people have asked me, what is next.  The simplest answer is that we do not know.  We do know that we are moving to Missouri.  Samantha and Kerry are set to arrive in Springfield on October 8.  Caleb and I (who are bringing a car home) will arrive a week later.

After that, my first priority is to find a job.  Samantha will be looking too, once she can secure a preschool for Kerry.  Once we have an income, we will begin looking for a place to rent in Springfield.  Until then, we will be staying with Samantha’s folks.  We most certainly plan to plug into a church.  Hopefully the Lord will lead us to a place where we can help and serve and be the kind of members we always appreciated having in our churches.

Anything after that is the big unknown.  We are considering a couple of things.  One plan is for me to go back to school.  I realized this past year that our churches can really be lacking in how we handle mental health.  That is a story for another time.  However, one possibility is that I may pursue a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  This is not to say that I am leaving ministry.  Far from it.  I have seen a ministry need and it may be that the Lord is leading in that direction.

It will take some time time to get settled in, so schooling is probably a year out.  In the meantime, I will also be working on some writing projects.  My novel, “Street Preacher,” is complete, but rough.  I need to polish it up and then see if anyone is interested or if I can publish and sell the thing myself.  A couple of other novel ideas are in the hopper.  I have learned a lot in the past three years regarding ministry and church planting.  Once I get my head clear, it would be nice to share those things.

What about from now to October?

We have not quit yet!  Aloha Community Church will still meet twice in September.  Once for worship looking to the future, and one final time for worship, fellowship, and testimony.  By the way, if you would like to write anything to the members of Aloha Community Church, feel free to send it to gospelforhawaii@gmail.com

We also have much to do before we leave.  I have two interns who work tirelessly with at risk kids and teens in Waianae.  They go where many are afraid to go and they work with gang members and others in the fringe of society.  I must find them a church to sponsor them and they need financial support.  Interested?  Let me know.

And finally is the major transition that is ahead.  We need to pack and plan.  We need to ease our children through this.  We need to complete Kerry’s adoption.

During this time, we need your support.  Your prayers and donations will get us through this time.

Here is a prayer list:

  • Pray for Kerry’s adoption.  It has been delayed twice.  It really cannot be delayed again.  Pray that October 5 is the day.
  • Pray for Caleb.  He just got used to middle school here and now he must get used to another middle school in Missouri.
  • Pray for jobs for Samantha and I.
  • Pray for a smooth move and transition.
  • Pray for peace of mind.  This has been an emotional time for all of us.
  • Pray for the Waianae ministry, particularly Matt Lincoln and Celeste Williams that they are supported.
  • Pray for the members of Aloha Community Church that they find places to plug in and serve
  • Pray for Ewa Beach and West Oahu, that the Gospel is preached.

Donations for Aaron Davis, Matt Lincoln, and Celleste Williams may be sent to:

Aloha Community Church
4913 B Mokupea PL
Ewa Beach, HI 96706

Please be sure to specify how you want the donation to be used.

Aloha in Christ,

Aaron Davis

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Ministry, Life, and The Future!

17 07 2015

Aloha!

In this update, I want to let you know about all that is going on in Aloha Community Church, our everyday life, and what we are looking towards in the future.

Ministry

We continue to grow at Aloha Community Church, but we are also in a time of transition.  It has been three years, and we are seeing our original families move on.  In just a few weeks, a member of our leadership team, Sam Graf, will be leaving with his wife and daughter to attend Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO.  Sam will be studying International Church Planting!  We are sad to see them go, but we can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store!

We have also had a great time this summer with our Summer missionary, Max Bolin.  Max is a high school student from Gadsen, Alabama.  This summer, he has helped with our Waianae ministry, hosted a backyard Bible club, helped out with Wednesday night small groups, and made lots of contacts in the community.  This has been a chaotic time for us, and he has been a Godsend!  This Sunday, he will be preaching at Aloha Community Church, and all next week, he will be leading out in several small outreach projects.

We are bringing our homeless ministry closer to Ewa Beach.  We have begun to reach out to the homeless communities in Waipahu and Hau Bush Beach Park.

Our Waianae Ministry is growing, thanks to our intern, Matt Lincoln.  He leads a teen Bible study every Friday and a children’s group on Tuesdays.  He is reaching a marginalized people group there and we hope to see this grow into a church someday.  We just welcomed and addition to his team: Celeste Williams.  She just moved to Oahu from Memphis, TN in order to minister in Waianae.

Life

Things are a bit crazy these days, but they are good.  A couple of big changes are ahead in just a few weeks.  Caleb is about to begin 7th grade.  We just completed registration and he is ready for the big intermediate school.  Meanwhile, Kerry will begin head start.  This year, they opened a head start program in our neighborhood school so it will just be a short walk.  He is excited to go to school.

Another exciting moment to come is August 10.  Lord willing, this is Kerry’s adoption hearing!  It has been delayed before, but this time, all the paperwork is in, so we think this will be it.  We are excited and thrilled to finally make Kerry’s place in our family official.  He has been with us for two years now, and its hard to imagine what life would be like without this little guy.

Samantha is also looking forward to the school year.  It means some free time for her.  She is planning to work on her stained glass projects which will be for sale in the near future.  Let us know if you are interested.

Things are really different for me these days.  I recently took a second job.  I work full-time at Petco in Pearl City.  I really enjoy the people I work with and we are thankful for the addition income.  This does make things a bit difficult with available time, but we are figuring it all out.

The Future

If you are on our email list, then you already know that we made some pretty desperate pleas for financial support.  When a large portion of our support ended in June, we were not sure how much longer we could afford to continue here.  Churches grow slowly here and expenses are high.  At the end of June, we did not know if we could last another month.  However, many have given and we are now good into October.  We are committed to this ministry as long as the Lord provides.  However, we still need your help.

Here is what we can use:

For individuals:

  • Pray for us often
  • Consider a one time or regular donation
  • Share our updates on your facebook page, with your Sunday School class, and your friends!

For churches:

  • Remember us in your prayer meetings
  • Get to know us with video chats, letters, etc.
  • Consider giving through your missions budgets or a love offering.

To send donations:

Either go to http://www.alohacommunitychurch.net/online-giving and give safely and securely using the “church planter support” option.

Send checks to:

Aloha Community Church

4913 B Mokupea Pl

Ewa Beach, HI 96706

Aloha in Christ,

Aaron Davis





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





February Update!

6 03 2015
Aloha!
It has been a while since I have sent out any updates. A lot is going on and it gets hard to keep up sometimes!  But that is a good problem to have.
Much has happened
Here are some highlights of things that have happened in the last couple of months:
  • We lead our church through our New Members class
  • We constituted as a church on February 22
  • We began a new series in one small group and used the opportunity to invite new people.  4 new people began attending!
  • We began a preteen class on Sunday Mornings
  • We have seen 3 new families attend our Sunday morning worship services
A lot coming up
  • On March 29 we will host a Preview Service
  • On April 5 we will conduct an Easter celebration in the park
  • On April 12, we will host a grand opening service
  • We have at least two people waiting to be baptized!
  • We will participate in the Pride For Ewa festival at the end of April
  • We will have a summer missionary joining us in June and July

Thank you for praying

I want to thank you all for praying.  When we sent out word that Samantha was having abdominal pains, you responded with prayers and encouragement.  She is doing well.  The doctor’s believe that it was a cyst and then an infection.  Both are being taken care of.
I also want to thank you for praying for our intern, Matt Lincoln, and his father.  He has told me of all the encouraging emails he received from you and I was proud to have you on our prayer team!

Prayer Requests
Please be in prayer for the following:
  • A church member who is recovering from surgery
  • A church member who is witnessing to his coworkers
  • Kerry’s adoption, set for May 18
  • Financial provision as we transition away from outside funding.  Our NAMB funding is being scaled back over the next few years.  Our funding from Second Baptist Springfield will end in June.  We are confident that the Lord will provide.
  • Our launch in April.
A final thought
Earlier this week, I road my scooter (JonWay Neo, 4-stroke, 80cc) on a 147 mile ride around the island of Oahu.  One thing I noted.  Hawaii has religion.  I passed historic church buildings, I passed buddhas and other idols.  I passed a Mormon temple.  Hawaii has religion, but Hawaii needs Jesus!  Remember Luke 10:2 and pray that workers are sent to the harvest!
Aloha in Christ,
Aaron Davis




June Update

3 07 2014

Still in the Park

Many people ask if we are still in the park. The answer is yes, and that is a good thing. In the past month at the park, we have been able to reach out and minister in ways we would not have if we had not been there.

Of course, we would love to have a permanent place to worship and minister, but Hawaii real estate is a tricky thing and we are content with whatever the Lord has for us.

Seeing Growth

I am happy to see solid growth. By this, I mean that not only are we growing in size, but we are growing spiritually as well. We are teaching, emphasizing, and encouraging the small steps of the everyday walk with Christ. In doing so, we are seeing new growth in our people and a desire to be on mission. This is very exciting.

Networks and Exciting Plans for the Future

Recently, I have taken on the task of networking Oahu’s church planters. We have had two great meetings. One in which we met and discussed one planter’s new work and another where we ministered to seafarers and prayed for a future ministry at Honolulu Harbor. This network is good for fellowship, increasing awareness of the needs on Oahu, and supporting one another in ministry.

Further, we are in the early stages of planning for an internship that will eventually result in Aloha Community Church planting another church on the island. We are excited about this possibility.

Prayer Requests

Our church has military families that are currently dealing with overseas training and deployment. Please pray for these men and their families.

For two years, we have constantly prayed that God would lead us into the lives of those who need Christ. We are seeing it at every turn now. Please pray for these opportunities as they arise.

Recently, our foster son’s mother asked us to care for him permanently. We are more than happy to do so and overwhelmed with her trust in us. Obviously, the case in court is slow, but as always, we ask for prayers for the case, for this little boy, and his family.

Over the past two weeks, I have dealt with two medical issues. One we now know to be a herniated disk at the base of my neck. The other is still unknown. There are no tumors, so we are assured that it is not major, but we still need answers. As for my neck, this is familiar territory. Please pray for healing and guidance. Please pray that the ministry of Aloha Community Church does not slow in this time. Is it any wonder that as we see the Lord working, we are hindered in such a way? Pray that this is a time of great work for the church!





April Ends With Promises of BIG Things To Come!

5 05 2014

Aloha!

Let me show you a picture. 

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On the left is Easter 2013.  After meeting for a while in home groups, we decided that Easter would be a great time to head over to the Beach Park, set up a canopy and have a time of worship.  It was great.  On the right is Easter 2014.  That took two pictures, because not only did we have several visitors, we had a full children’s service as well!

It was a real blessing not just to see the growth we have experienced in a year, but more so in that at least 5 families brought visitors!

The following week, we had a booth at Pride for Ewa festival.  There, we gave out over 200 bags of cookies (they were labeled with our church information), 20 Bibles, and a ton of “Lifebooks” (youth oriented publications of the gospel of John).  We also gave out a lot of balloons to the kids who came by to play our game and we were able to speak with a a lot of families.

April has been a great month, but it is only the beginning.  We are looking forward to some very exciting things on the horizon.  Here are some things we are planning.  Please be in prayer for them:

  • Setting a calendar full of ministry and outreach to our community where everyone in the Aloha Community Church ohana takes part!
  • Beginning a Church Planter Institute to begin training our members to plant churches
  • Partnering with Child Evangelism Fellowship to offer 5-day clubs throughout the communities of the Ewa Plain.
  • We have arranged to rent space in the busy Kunia Shopping Center for our Sunday worship services!!!  Please pray for us as we work out all the details and as we enter a new phase in the life of Aloha Community Church.
  • Spearheading a network or convention wide effort to begin mission work and establish a church on a remote island in Chuuk.
  • It is exciting to try to imagine what the Lord has in store.  I hope you will continue to pray for us.  Please pray for our Aloha Community Church family.  Our people are facing surgeries, illnesses, births, combat deployments, weddings, and much more.

Aloha in Christ,

Aaron Davis





Update and Prayer Requests

19 03 2014

This latest update comes at a peculiar time (middle of the month) because February and March were not normal months for us (what is normal?).  We spent three weeks in Missouri attending the Global Missions Conference at Second Baptist Church of Springfield, MO and visiting friends and family.  This was a much needed time of rest and recharge.  We were blessed to participate in the conference and to speak at Trinity Baptist Church of Willow Springs and First Baptist Church of Birch Tree as well!

Meanwhile, Aloha Community Church continued forward with our overseers at the helm.  I am happy to report that during my absence, the church saw 12 visitors!  When we returned we found everyone excited with new ideas for the future.

Now, I want to dedicate the rest of this update to our biggest prayer requests for Aloha Community Church.  I listed them last month, but I want to explain them and ask you to pray earnestly with us. 

Regular location to meet for worship

Most of our mainland friends envy us for having our worship services in the park.  However, the park has its disadvantages as weather frequently disrupts things.  We need to find a place that will consistently be our meeting place.  This is very difficult to find as the most affordable places are either in use or not available and the available places are not affordable.  Please pray that the Lord leads us to the right place.

More and more people come to know Jesus

When planting a church, it is easy to focus on attendance numbers or finances.  However, the primary reason we are here is to share the Gospel and see people come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.  Please pray that our church becomes a mobilized force of evangelism, sharing our faith with those around us.  Pray that the Lord blesses us by letting us see changed lives. 

People to serve faithfully in the church

Please pray that everyone in Aloha Community Church uses their gifts to serve.  We do not want to be a church of one or two people doing while the rest watch.  Pray that from the very beginning we are all working as a team. 

Opportunities to serve in our community

Please pray that we see and seize opportunities to serve in our community. Pray that we can be a light in dark places and truly show the love of Christ. 

Our long range planning

Samantha and I are deeply convicted that ministry in Hawaii CANNOT be temporary.  We must be committed for the “long haul.”  Please pray for us as we make plans both personally and in ministry to ensure that we can be as committed as we need to be. 

Partnership opportunities with other churches

Please pray that as we work with other churches, both on the island and on the mainland, we will find ways to serve together for the Kingdom.  Pray that we will see effective mission teams join us from the mainland and pray that local churches will join us in spreading the gospel as well! 

Future church plants

Even as we are getting started, we already discuss the possibility of more churches.  In fact, just last week, two different members of Aloha Community Church spoke to me about planting churches.  Please pray that the Lord makes us a church that plants churches! 

Leadership training for new leaders 

In order to accomplish our goals, we want our church to have well training leaders.  Please pray as we implement training.

New small groups form and are successful

Please pray for our small groups.  Some of our members have said that these groups are a lifeline for them.  Please pray that these groups exhibit true Christian fellowship.  Pray that these groups grow and multiply. 

The health and security of our family

As always, pray for our family.  Pray for our health.  Pray for our spiritual health.  Pray for Kerry’s case in family court.  Pray for Caleb as he lives in the unbelieving world of school and baseball.  Pray for our finances that we can meet this ever-present challenge of life in Hawaii.  Pray that the Lord keeps us safe, secure, close to Him, and provided for. 

Aloha in Christ,

Aaron Davis