Newsletter – February 2009

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Got Whales?
by Pastor Dennis K. Sallas

Aloha Kakou,

It’s whale season in Hawaii.  This is when the humpback whales migrate to Hawaii to breed and give birth in the warm tropical waters. As you drive along the coast, you can see these huge creatures swimming, playing, jumping, and frolicking in the ocean. They are so beautiful to watch, so graceful yet so strong.

Many times, you see the little calves swimming alongside the mother or father. Actually, they are not that little. A newborn baby humpback can weigh 1.5 tons to 2.0 tons and range from ten feet to sixteen feet in length.  Next to the mama and daddy which weigh up to one ton per foot, or fourty-five tons and reach lengths of up to fourty-five feet, the calves look small.

After a calf is born, the mother remains close to the shore, resting, and nursing her newborn. Calves have very little fat and need the warm waters. They survive on their mother’s fat rich milk (40-60% fat) for eight to eleven months in their first year.

The whales teach the little one how to feed itself, and fend for itself until it can take care of itself on its own when it is time to go back to their far away home. The whales generally spend summers near the Aleutian Islands of Alaska or near the Farallon Islands off the Central California Coast.

God has been teaching us many lessons in life. There are hard times, but He is guiding us, feeding us, and taking care of us. Maybe we do not have all of the comforts we once had, but He is watching over us and taking care of us.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6:25-27)

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)

So take time to laugh, play, pray, and seek God and see what He has in store for you!

 

Listening to His Voice
by Donna Sallas

I manage a thrift store in Waikiki and meet many people from all over the world, as well as locals. This keeps my job interesting, and I love the opportunity to hear many outstanding testimonies.

A long distance phone call came from a woman who had come into the shop a few weeks ago. I recall her being very happy, outgoing, and she made several large purchases. Her visit was short, and I had not expected to hear from her again, but she had left a message at the office regarding a lost earring. She asked me to call if I found it. Unfortunately, it had not turned up. I called and left that message on her answering machine. I never gave it a second thought.

To my surprise, she called back and said, “I need to tell you something very important.” She related that her mother and aunt passed away this past year, and she had a hole (void) in her heart and felt so empty. She said, “I found myself buying things I didn’t need or want, going on trips to places I didn’t really care about. Then my relief came when I turned to God to fill that void caused by my loss. His still voice was loud and clear, and I found the peace I needed. Then He wanted me to share my testimony with you.”

It was a blessing to hear from a woman that I had only met for a short time. No wonder our precious and loving Father works in mysterious ways. Her testimony confirms what Jesus said.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear. (Mark 4:9)

The words in this passage are found 6 times in the Bible: Matthew 11:15, Matthew 13:9, Matthew 13:43, Mark 4:9, Luke 8:8, and Luke 14:35.

 

God At Work
by Barb Freda

Out of tragedy comes blessings. My twenty-six year old granddaughter is home from thirty days of incarceration. She was arrested for the use and distribution of methamphetamine. This was her second arrest. The first arrest was at a Meth House for using.

The family had no knowledge of her drug addiction until the second arrest. For the past two years, she has avoided family. She telephoned, but had little personal contact.

Her mother was devastated. She cried endlessly while contacting attorneys and police (she works for the State Police) to learn what could and could not be done to get her daughter out of this terrible ordeal.

Through the years, my daughter avoided attending church with us and hearing our conversations about God, Jesus as our Savior, and the ultimate everlasting life in heaven. While my daughter was here with me during Bill’s last days on earth, I asked her if she would wear a cross necklace if I bought her one. She said she would and put it on every day. This was her first acknowledgement of Jesus. I was so elated. Many prayers were said during the last two weeks she was here, but none that I know of, by my daughter.

While I was talking with my daughter during her devastation, she admitted she was praying to God for help and guidance. Hallelujah! In addition, my granddaughter is home under the supervision of her parents on a “no tolerance” parole. This family is now looking for a church home.

Thank you God for answering our prayers twofold.

 

Church Updates

More than a dozen attended the Friday Night of Prayer on January 30. Let us continue to pray for each other, for our homes, for our neighborhoods, for our churches, and for our leaders.

We had a great time at the Sunday Night Jam Session on January 18. Folks came with their instruments and voices, and enjoyed a joyful informal time of fellowship.

We enjoyed more fellowship and even saw a few little miracles, watching the Superbowl together on the big screen after Sunday services on February 1. (100-yard run for a touchdown!)

 

Mahalo

We want to thank those of you who have continued to support Hope Chapel Waikiki financially and spiritually. Hard times are here for all of us.  I hope you continue to help support God’s church in Waikiki. The giving support has been hard hit. We understand the financial burden, but do not give up hope. Things will turn around.

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Posted by admin in Newsletters on February 28, 2009