Newsletter – August 2008

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Are You Driving With Aloha?

by Pastor Dennis K. Sallas

Aloha Kakou,

Living in Waimanalo has its ups and downs. We are far away from the crazy driving and traffic of the city, but those who live in the city or are visiting our island have a habit of bringing their habits to our little town.

I remember one instance when I picked up a teenager who needed a ride and he said that according to his dad, the reason Waimanalo has traffic is because almost everyone is polite in their driving. They will stop and let others get into the lane. They wave and honk their horns to say hello.

A family member of mine said that she was backing out of a parking space in Waimanalo when she noticed cars on the opposite side stopping. She thought that there was some kind of emergency, but as she looked, they were waving her out of the space she was in, so she could exit safely.

However, it is hard for me to get the nose of the car to enter the roadway when other people from around the island or from out-of-state drive in my town. No one wants to let others into the street. Why are they in such a rush? Where is their etiquette in driving? Where is their aloha?

I sometimes drive without focusing on the road and forget to let other vehicles which are waiting to get on the main road into the lane. By the time I realized it, I had gone by them. I was driving the way that I see other people drive: in a rush, impatient, no aloha, unfocused.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2)

There are times in our lives when we as Christians don’t like what the secular world is doing and we criticize them not knowing that we do the same thing. We need to refocus our thoughts and eyes and fix our eyes on Jesus.

Let’s take time in our lives to relax and stop rushing. You will get there. Be good to others. Lead others into God’s path. Most of all, do the things Jesus would want you to do.

A cheerful heart is good medicine. (Proverbs 17:22)

See what happens when you drive with Aloha.

Now that our surf contest is over and done, I’ve been able to reflect on the many positive sides of our outreach. In the last couple of months, there were a few new recognizable faces at church of those who participated, watched, or came to our surf contest and banquet.

We’ve planted seeds where we didn’t imagine. People from all over the world joined with Hope Chapel Waikiki in helping the children of the Dikito family in their time of need, by volunteering, through donations, or just support.

We need to continue reaching out, focusing on those in our backyards, and driving ourselves for Jesus. Remember this song, Reach out and touch somebody’s hand. Make this place a better place if you can.

Na pomaika’i (blessings),

Pastor Dennis K. Sallas

 

Spiritual Warfare

by Donna Sallas

It’s Thursday and I’m sitting in the front office of the Waikiki Community (WCC) Center to cover for the lack of staff. I am feeling sad, discouraged and stressed. This is just the kind of opening the enemy can use to his advantage.

The WCC office staff has not been able to stick it out for anymore than six to eight months at a time. In those months, I have made good friends, shared memories, and have had lots of laughs. But then the pressure that comes along with this job becomes too much for them, and they leave.

This has been going on for the last three years. The most recent time hit me the hardest. Two of my dear friends left on the same day, and the stress level tripled along with the heat. As you can imagine this makes for a very long day.

I’m sad to say that it took me a week to realize this is spiritual warfare. The devil was having a party in our office. This should not have been happening, but I knew what had to be done.

There are also two new people who needed to feel welcomed at their new job. I let the devil sit with me a week too long. With prayer and a different attitude, I can already feel the stress level leaving, and in its place, the Lord’s love filling this office.

Prayer and a change of heart would give this office a new life. My workplace would once again be filled with laughter and fun. God has a way of making these things happen.

Instead of looking at losing my friends, I am thanking the Lord for bringing two more people into my life. I know they will also be a blessing. Only God knows how long they will be here, but I will embrace them with the love and kindness the Lord has continuously shown me.

 

Waikiki Surf Contest Raises Funds for the Dikito Children

Hope Chapel Waikiki announced today that sponsors, surfer participants, and public provided support to benefit the Dikito Children through Hope Chapel Waikiki’s First Annual Surf Contest. Approximately 150 people participated in the church’s surf contest held at Kuhio Beach on May 24-25, 2008.

The net proceeds of $2,123.65 raised are being given to the family. The funds provided through this Waikiki activity show Aloha to the family. The Dikito Children lost both their parents during an apparent murder suicide on April 25, 2008, in Ewa Beach. The funds will assist in day-to-day costs.

Dennis K. Sallas, Senior Pastor of Hope Chapel Waikiki, stated: We wanted to reach out in the community and teach others about the love of giving to those that are in need. Giving is always a blessing to the giver, as well as to the receiver. There is no better way of teaching than to have others participate with us through surfing, volunteering, and sharing our love and energy to those in need. It is truly a blessing to give what we have received. We want to recognize all those who supported this activity through giving support, funds, time, and prayer. So many people came together at this difficult time for this family. This was a true outpouring of Aloha through a community effort. Mahalo to all who helped to raise these funds.

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