Newsletter – July 2009

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Press On!
by Pastor Dennis K. Sallas

Aloha Kakou,

It is summertime and the kids are either in summer school, in summer programs, or just hanging out. This time every year, I run a junior lifeguard program. I teach the young adults, ages thirteen through seventeen years old, lifeguard skills along with C.P.R. (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)

There are some young adults who come to the program and are gifted in swimming and surfing, or who have knowledge of the ocean, whereas some kids are not so fortunate. Every year there are always those young adults who will say “I can’t do it, it’s too hard!” or “I am not a water person” before they even start.

Well, every year, I take the time to encourage those with defeatist attitudes, and to try to steer them in the right direction: showing them that we all have limits, that we need to know our limits, to apply the gifts that we have been given, and to use our gifts so that we will be successful in what we are challenged with.

It’s so awesome to see the improvements in just a short week: what they have learned, the smile on their faces as they paddle a surfboard through the surf, or when they rescue someone in the deep ocean, where just a few days ago it was impossible in their minds.

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)

There will be times when we will feel defeated, when we will feel like there is “no ways” or “I can’t do it” but remember that we have a GOD that has given us all the spiritual gifts from heaven for us to use. So PRESS ON.


by Donna Sallas

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love my dog, Hoku. When she injured her leg on Memorial Day, I was very upset. I could tell she was in a lot of pain. Every time she walked, Hoku’s eyes called out,”HELP ME.”

I called her vet and received horrible advice on how to care for her. They wouldn’t even give me an appointment for three weeks, so I went to another vet.

I couldn’t sleep and was worried sick. I was praying and asking family and friends for prayer. Hoku just wasn’t getting any better, and her new vet referred me to a specialist. The specialist told me Hoku would need an operation and intense after-care. I would have to take time off from work. That was scary but necessary.

When I was told the cost, it was a staggering amount. I was crying “Lord, is this some kind of test?” How was I going to get this kind of money? Why now, with a recent pay cut at work and a full house for the summer? How could I take time off from work for at least two weeks? I felt alone and scared.

Then my dear friends offered to help. One would cover for me at work. The other would come over to watch Hoku when I had to return to work. Every day my friends would call and ask for an update on my dog and to pray with me.

I felt at peace and finally started looking at what I do have, instead of what I don’t have. I am blessed to have these wonderful women in my life. Each of them is busy with her own challenges but they came to my rescue. Thank you Nita, Lehua, and Marcia for being there for me.

God has shown again that we are not alone in His presence, and He will send us what we need to get through all circumstances.

May you and all those you love be so blessed to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from things that are binding you.

Praise God for friends.


Posted by admin in Newsletters on July 23, 2009