Newsletter – February 2010

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The Winning Team

Aloha Kakou,

It was 1:00 PM on Super Bowl Sunday. The biggest professional football game of the year was about to start. I didn’t have a favorite team, but I do like the underdogs when watching sports.

As the game progressed, the New Orleans Saints were ten points behind. The game looked like a blowout. Then something happened. The Saints started to chip away at the score, scoring field goals instead of touchdowns that brought them closer to their opponents’ score. In the end, the Saints won –not by a narrow margin, but by a blowout.

In the Book of Exodus, Moses was leading the Israelites out of Egypt when Pharaoh and his army came after them. The Israelites were no match for the enemy. It looked like a blowout. Moses told the people, “Do not be afraid, stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today…” (Exodus 14:13)

Sometimes we feel defeated already; the chips are down; there is no way to turn and win. GOD tells us to stand firm and move; don’t give up. We need to chip away at the problem a little at a time. Then we will see the results that God has for us. Whatever the outcome may be, we will be on the winning team, and we will blow away the enemy.

Na Pomaika’i (blessings)

Pastor Dennis K. Sallas


Friday Night Of Prayer

Prayer night is always a blessing. We all come as one, at the feet of the Father, to share what is going on in our lives, or to tell what the Lord has revealed to us, or tell about the miracles he has done.

Every time we meet, it is different. The Holy Spirit navigates our prayer group and brings forth wonderful testimony on how God is working in each of us. The Lord uses times like these to build us up and restore us. We usually have the same people at prayer night, but we prayed that the Holy Spirit would touch the hearts of others. We weren’t disappointed. This past prayer night was the biggest yet! Praise God for another prayer answered. To me, it’s God’s way to reassure us that he is always on the throne, listening to our needs. If you haven’t experienced a “Friday Night of Prayer,” I encourage you to join us. You won’t be disappointed. You will leave refreshed, with a renewed spirit that only God can provide.

…If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. (John 7:37-38) (NIV)

P.S. The next “Friday Night of Prayer” is scheduled for April 30 at 6:00 PM.


Never Give Up!

I was 24 years old when my husband asked me for a divorce out of the blue, leaving me and our three children without any support. I was devastated as I felt I was the perfect wife, housekeeper and mother. How dare he do this to me? Leave me for a younger woman, who now was his delight. My thoughts were to get even. I was so angry and hurt. I started to go to bars, get high on cough medicine, and then had a one-night stand with a man who came to the restaurant where I worked. I can’t remember for the likes of me, the day, time or place. My thoughts were on getting even with my husband. “Two can play the same game,” I thought.

Up until that point in my life, I was considered a miss-goody-two-shoes and did everything my parents told me to do. The drinking got worse. One night, as I laid on the floor, half out of it, a neighbor came in my apartment yelling, “Don’t you hear your kids crying their heads off?” I didn’t. She must have said something that woke me up to what was happening in my life. I must have talked to my mother, telling her I couldn’t handle my life or my children and I needed help.

The next thing I knew, we were moving to my parents’ country home in the Catskills. My stepfather and I would go to work, and Mom would watch the children. I was to do the cooking, laundry, and prepare the children’s clothes. I started working, and a month or so later, I found out I was pregnant. What was I to do? I was lost. My parents had just started a business in a small town, where everyone knew everyone else’s business. How could I bring them that shame? What about my children? My doctor suggested an abortion. I could never even consider that, being a Catholic at the time. I think part of me died that day. My doctor found or had heard of a couple that really wanted a baby and arranged for an adoption. I begged my surgeon to please help me. How could we keep it a secret? He said he would diagnosis me with a tumor in the ovary. That would explain my tummy growth. The adoptive parents promised me that they would tell the child of my sacrifice of love when he was old enough. I hid my pregnancy well. My family and friends knew I would need surgery soon. Meanwhile, I was promoted and moved to Albany, where it was easier to hide my pregnancy. I would come home on my days off and do all my chores. When I left, everything was ready for the following week. Even though I was a strong Catholic at the time, I put my sin away and didn’t think about the son I had given up.

The most painful moment I can remember was when I held him for a moment, kissed and blessed him, and handed him to the adopted mother. When he turned 18, I started to look for him. I couldn’t imagine why he hadn’t come looking for me. I almost had a nervous breakdown. I was in Hawaii when my oldest child turned 25, and it was time to let my secret out. I explained it all to my children, my mom and my friends. It was heartbreaking for me. I did all I could to find Matthew. (I had named him in the hospital.) All I ever wanted was to know if he was healthy and safe. Two years ago, I told my son, John, who always helped me look for Matthew, “Son, I give up. I surrender all to Jesus and will not bug Him any more. I will be satisfied seeing him in heaven.”

On January 1, 2010, I received the call from John that Matthew had been found. The rest is history. Most of you know what has happened. A miracle has come to Hope Chapel Waikiki and the blessing has already stared to overflow among us. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11: 6) (NKJV)

God Is Faithful! Amen!

Thank you to everyone who supported me in welcoming Matthew.

Blessings,

Lehua

Editor’s note: This past month Matthew, now 44 years old, came to Hawaii to meet his mother. What a wonderful time they had getting to know each other.


Photos

February 2010 Newsletter Pictures set on Flickr

Volunteers preparing the January Newsletter for Mailing
Volunteers preparing the January Newsletter for Mailing

Katherine and Stanley
Katherine and Stanley

Barbara and Alan
Barbara and Alan

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Barbara, presenting the communion
Barbara, presenting the communion

Communion
Communion

Heath
Heath

George Sevcov, guest speaker
George Sevcov, guest speaker

Barb praying for the offering
Barb praying for the offering

Lucy singing a solot for special music on Feb 14
Lucy singing a solot for special music on Feb 14

George Sevcov, guest speaker
George Sevcov, guest speaker

What's Karen reading?
What’s Karen reading?

Reyn Nylen is the organizer for this year's Easter Sunrise Service
Reyn Nylen is the organizer for this year’s Easter Sunrise Service


 

Aloha from the South Pole

I just wanted to say Hello. I am currently in Antarctica and this Sunday I worshipped in the southern most part of the planet…the South Pole. It is amazing seeing that the Lord is truly everywhere. It was -40 when I was out taking pictures. I look forward to being back in Hawaii wearing slippers.

God Bless and Aloha,
Maria Angles

Maria sends greetings from Antarctica

Maria went to Sunday service in Antarctica

Aloha from Antarctica

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