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

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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




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





Are You Praying?

15 01 2014

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Last month, we asked for prayer for a few specific things.  I want to address those in detail for this month’s report.

A facility

Currently, we meet in a park.  This works great for us now, but its limitations are showing. We have had to relocate twice for rain and met in my garage instead.  We’ve lost a canopy to winds.  The space in the park is first-come first serve so we never know if we will be in the shade or the sun.  We would love to have a regular place that meets our needs.  This could be a school, community center, or retail space.  Please pray that we can find something that will be affordable.  We believe that establishing something more permanent will make it easier to publicize our worship services.

Small Group Leaders

ImageWe believe that small groups are going to be the key to growing a healthy church that plants churches.  With that in mind, in March, we will begin using curriculum from the Timothy Initiative to train small group leaders.  We hope to train up everyone in our church to use their gifts for ministry, but especially train up small group leaders.  Many are hesitant, feeling that such a ministry is reserved to a pastor.  Pray that people answer God’s call to make disciples in this way.

Finances

I am proud that Aloha Community Church is a giving church.  However, we are a small church and growth will come but it will come slowly.  Please pray that as a church, we can have the resources we need to do the ministry to which God has called us.

Personally, I am well taken care of.  We are blessed to have sponsor churches that provide for our needs.  However, I do have two requests in this area as well.  First, please pray that as our current sponsors taper their funds down, new sponsors will come along side of us in this work.  Second, though our daily expenses are provided, unexpected expenses can catch us off guard.  Please pray for the Lord’s continued provision for our family.

People

ImageWe desire to see people come to know the Lord and join in the fellowship of Aloha Community Church.  I was very excited by a couple of things this month.  The first was our Christmas party.  It was great to see so many people gather for fellowship.  We are a diverse bunch, but the love we have for one another is evident.  Also, we have seen some visitors in our weekly services.  Please pray that this continues all the more.  Please pray that each person in Aloha Community Church will begin to invite others and to share the gospel.

We are also involved in outreach to Chuukese teens in the community of Waianae.  We partner with NAMB missionary, Darla Richardson in this effort.  We were glad to host a Christmas party for these kids and begin weekly Bible study.  Please pray that this can be used to change lives among the Chuukese.

Clear Vision

Plans change.  A lot.  I know that when you are a church planter, you are supposed to have a clear and concise plan and stick to it.  However, with every step we learn more, we adjust and sometimes, we just have to find a different path.  Please pray that as Aloha Community Church journeys together, we will be granted a clear vision for all that we should do.

Finally, I ask that you continue to pray for my family.  Please pray for our foster child’s case as it moves through family court.  Pray for us as we make travel plans to visit Missouri in February.  Pray for our continued health and safety and pray that daily, we grow closer to Christ.

As I look back over 2013, I am overwhelmed with the love and support we receive.  We cannot say enough to express our gratitude for all of your prayers, gifts, and messages.  2014 is sure to be a huge year in the life of Aloha Community Church.  I am glad that you and I can watch this together!  





Answered Prayers in November

11 12 2013

Steady Progress

It is a joy to watch Aloha Community Church truly become a church.  By that, I mean more than just meeting and holding services.  Granted, we do meet and we do hold worship services, but there is much more.

Recently, when one man in our church was in the hospital for a few weeks (and it looked like he might be there for several more) our Men’s Ohana Group moved their group to his hospital room one night.  They were prepared to do so for the extent of his stay.  I’ll tell you why they did not do that in the next section of this report.  I have seen our group pray for each other, comfort each other, and support each other.

And, we continue to minister and reach out together.  A small group of people have begun working with Chuukese teenagers in Waianae.

Answered Prayers

We see God continuing to work in our lives and ministry.  The reason our Men’s Group is not meeting in one man’s hospital room is that we prayed for healing…and God granted!

Last month, I mentioned that I had to have my transmission rebuilt.  Typically, I do not put anything on a credit card that I cannot afford to pay when the bill is due, but what could I do?  We have one vehicle and it had to be fixed.  We put the bill on the credit card and prayed that the Lord would provide.  As I write, that credit card bill has not reached its due date but it HAS BEEN PAID IN FULL!!!  We are overwhelmed by the Lord’s answer to prayer through your support and love.

Looking Ahead

As we look ahead to the new year, we are very excited about one particular idea:  our leadership training.  We intend to train every small group leader as a church planter.  This way we can instill multiplication as a natural part of the life of the church.

Prayer Requests

Moving ahead, please pray for the following:

  • A facility.  Currently we meet for worship in a park.  This is good, but has its limitations.  Please pray that we can find a facility that we can afford.
  • More small group leaders.  Please pray for the small group leaders that we have as well as the future small group leaders.
  • Finances.  Please pray that we will have the finances we need to do as God calls us.
  • People.  Pray that more people are drawn to the Lord through Aloha Community Church.
  • Clear Vision.  Pray that God continues to show us the road ahead, even if it is only one step at a time.




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