Newsletter – August 2009

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He Will Calm The Storm

Aloha Kakou,

Hurricane, tsunami, rain, flash flood. That was our weather forecast for a recent week. The winds were barreling down on us, the surf was rising. Rain and flash floods were shouted in the streets it’s coming. It’s coming. It’s coming!!! Have you ever been in a storm?

The book of Mark 6:47-51 reads, “When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake and he was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

Many of us will face storms in our lives, and some of us are experiencing storms right now, but Jesus is saying “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” He will see us through the storms and He will get us through it. Sometimes our lives are filled with stormy weather, but take heart. He will calm the storm. We need to be still and watch for Him. When we think we can’t handle it anymore is when He shows up. It’s about faith; it’s about believing; that is the true test of where you are with Him because He will show up and get you out of the stormy weather. Are you trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit to get you through some of the toughest times? Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid. He will definitely calm the storm.

I prayed a prayer request with Robert that God would simmer the storm that was expected to hit the islands. That night God calmed and simmered the storm. If He can calm the weather, how easy it is for Him to calm whatever you are going through. Give it to Him.


 

A Day of Pampering

The Women of Hope were given a gift of love and pampering. Marcia Eovino and Debbie Kohut wanted to treat the ladies to a day of relaxation. Taking time out of their busy schedules they turned the little room we had rented into a beautiful looking spa, with candles flickering and seashells scattered around the table. The ladies were given mini gift bags and facials by Debbie while Marcia gave manicures with all her own supplies. These women pampered us all day. This was truly a gift, given straight from the hearts a servants. The day just kept getting better with Lehua Sureda serving fresh smoothies and Wendy Clark jumping in with a wonderful demo on dental care and new toothbrushes for all. We even had Susan Weiss doing hair trims for anyone who wanted to do away with spit ends. The food and fellowship flowed throughout the day. What a blessing!

Mahalo to all who were there to share their gifts and make it a special day to remember.

Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 3:13)

Wonderful, inspiring, fun, pampered, yummy food, women bonding

This is how I would describe my experience at the Women of Hope Spa Day with the other women from HCW. Thanks to all who put together this wonderful event. I had a GREAT time!

– Eddi Pelton

There was candlelight, soft music, ocean breezes, aromatic scents and relaxation.

Our spa afternoon was a great success and a wonderful time of sharing and fellowship for the women of Hope Chapel Waikiki. We had a joyful time giving and receiving as everyone was sharing their gifts for each other. Some were praying over each other. Some were helping serve lunch and making smoothies. Others were using their professional skills giving facials, massages, hair cuts, dental care instructions, polish changes, etc. Some of the ladies passed around fresh plumeria, and others brought fresh fruit to make smoothies.

It was a wonderful time deepening our relationships with current members and a special time getting to know our new ones. All helped to set up and tear down. Some stayed to swim and enjoy the pool in the late afternoon. The youth were having fun and were especially helpful. It was a joy to have them attend.

– Marcia Eovino


 

A Journey Through A Journal

My participation in spring cleaning came late this year, or maybe August is just early for next year. Today, I have been going through desk drawers, boxes, copies of files, and even old notebooks. Sure enough I got distracted by, nothing less than my old journals. I keep a small separate notebook (journal) for my weekly Bible Study on Tuesday’s at Zippy’s (a small Hawaii chain restaurant located near Waikiki, where we gather weekly.) There isn’t a big crowd, (where two or more are gathered in His name, He is there.) Often only two or three men meet and acknowledge that “God is in control.”  Yes, I finally gave in to the idea of God being in control. I get really tired of trying to do everything by myself.

First, however, I need to back up a bit. Anyone who knows me has heard about my favorite story from a book of short stories called Real Ponies Don’t Go Oink! (Today, I didn’t clean enough to find the book to find the author’s name, and I didn’t want to get distracted by going to the internet to search for it, because it would keep me from writing. Some of you will probably wish that I had stopped writing.)

I found one of my many journals. It was nothing fancy, a small red covered spiral memo book manufactured by Mead with 40 ruled sheets, that I had purchased on sale for thirty cents in 2002 at the Office Depot back-to-school sale. The real point is that I do journal now.

Upon looking inside, I found that I started using the 2008 Journal on my birthday February 23rd. I started to look at what I had written and was actually amazed that I able to read my own handwriting. Let me set the record straight. The importance is not what I wrote in my journal about the particular Scripture or Observation or Application or my Prayer to the Lord Jesus. The point is that I actually had been obedient enough to read, think about, and document my thoughts on every one of the forty pages, in the continuing path to a relationship with my Lord.

The most important notes were written in the margins at the top or bottom of the page. These were added as as reminders to me of other people’s prayer requests, or someone on my mind or even someone whose name I didn’t even know, but had crossed my path. Perhaps the Lord had placed there for me, not because they needed me, but because I needed to keep them in my prayers.

One note read Easter a busy but most important time. We need the Levites to turn out in droves and to make sure we know the what, who, why, where, and how details. By the way, the Easter Sunrise Service 2008 was awesome, thank you Jesus!

I perused another month, and a note caught my eye, Welcome our Visitors with Shell Leis. Pastor can probably buy in bulk and get a discount at Hilo Hatties. He knows everybody and he needed to talk to Joe. By the way, the price Pastor got was even better than reasonable.

The elevator ministry is working, even though it has its ups and downs. It has me talking to the neighbors, and they are a captive audience until they get out of the cage.

Note on April 1st, Pray for a couple in our church and their son, God knows. By the way, we’re still praying for them in 2009.

Another note, “Expelled – No Intelligence Allowed.” Since it was in my journal, there must have been a reason for writing it. I don’t remember why. Later, I found the answer after watching the movie: Expelled – No Intelligence Allowed, an excellent 2008 documentary by Ben Stein.

One note was Use Scripture to interpret Scripture. I was reminded that I need to dig deeply into Bible verses. Another note written on the same day read,”BIBLE = Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.”

A September note was “Pray for J, B, K, and J.” All are neat ladies in our congregation. When it came to December, they were all praying for me!

Note to self: “Lord, let us all hear your instructions for all things and change us to be obedient servants.”

The final note in December 2008, read “Write down when people are blessed.” I will have more journals to read and I will know more of the many miracles, signs, and wonders the Lord has done. This is not a New Year’s resolution, I never keep those.

P.S.: The book Real Ponies Don’t Go Oink! was written by Patrick F. McManus. It is a fun read, especially the story about a person who started out looking for a pencil and getting totally distracted all day long!


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