Newsletter – March/April 2010

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by Pastor Dennis K. Sallas
Aloha Kakou,

I remember many years ago when I first left the island of Oahu to attend college in California. I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep. I didn’t know what to expect in California. When I watched TV, I saw how the students dressed. I got my pants, shirts, and, yes, shoes ready for my journey.

When I got to the airport in California, the school’s coaches were waiting for me. They were waiting for another athlete to come in on another flight. They told me that their car was right outside, at the curb, and that I could wait in the car if I wanted. I got to the car, and I took off my shoes.

After a while I went back to where the coaches were. The other athlete they were waiting for just arrived. We went back to the coaches’ car, but the car I had waited in wasn’t there anymore. I had been sitting in the wrong car and it was gone and so were my shoes!

Recently, I took a trip to Israel with Oka and Kila. It was our first time to the Holy Land and we certainly didn’t know what to expect. (Just like my experience of leaving Hawaii for college in California).

When you go to the Holy Land, there is much to see. There are the ancient ruins, the history, and the many places where Jesus walked. There was something spiritual in the air, something we couldn’t define at that moment. We went to the Wailing Wall. When I put my hand on the wall, my hand sank right into the rock wall, as though Christ was holding my hand. Then a dove flew over me as I entered the library next to the wall. It was as though I was being greeted by a glorious invitation. At the Jordan River, I got to baptize my son Kila, where his body floated right up off the water as though the Holy Spirit was holding him up. Praise GOD!

A couple of days later, we took a taxi to Jericho, and saw Zaccheus’ tree. Later, we took a tram to the top of the Mount of Temptation. We left a part of us in that town that we will always remember. We will never forget the experience of seeing the landscapes that Jesus saw, and walking the roads that Jesus walked. Everything reminded us of His love for mankind.

Also, I began to appreciate our own Hawaiian hometown because Jesus and His Spirit are also there. His Spirit will never be driven off or lost. (Unlike, my shoes that were in the wrong car and gone.) His Spirit guides us, teaches us, and speaks to us. You can never lose Him as long as you set your sights on Him.

Jesus said when He was being tempted by the devil in the desert, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.” (Matthew 4:10)


Na Pomaika’i (blessings),

Pastor Dennis K. Sallas

P.S. By the way, the students in California didn’t dress like the kids on TV, and the new shoes that I had bought and lost would have been very uncomfortable for me.

“May your unfailing love be my comfort.” (Psalm.119:76) Sometimes we will lose things only to find out that God has something better for us.


Pictures from Dennis, Kila, and Oka’s trip to Israel

March 2010 Pictures set on Flickr

Oka, Kila, and Dennis overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City area from atop the Mount of Olives.

The Wailing Wall and the Temple Mount, upon which Solomon’s Temple and the 2nd Temple were built.


Oka, Dennis, and Kila standing in Jesus’ empty tomb. HE IS RISEN!

The Pillar of Absalom in the Kidron Valley in Jerusalem

Ruins of the ancient town of Capernaum

Dennis, carrying the cross along the Via Dolorosa, which is held to be the path that Jesus walked, carrying his cross, on the way to his crucifixion.

Dennis Zech
Dennis Zech, a Christian illusionist, presented the Gospel message during the Sunday evening service through humor and illusion. The only way to stop from being deceived is to know God’s word.


Pastor Dennis with the Kato family from Japan
Special guests from Japan, the Kato family. Pastor Dennis met them while training lifeguards in Japan.

Baptism of Paul Jones
Baptism of Paul Jones

Baptism of Walter Bunnis
Baptism of Walter Bunnis

Jack and Betsy
Jack and Betsy

Naomi and friend

Dennis and keiki
Dennis and keiki

Kaleo and Bob
Kaleo and Bob

For more photos, go to the Hope Chapel Waikiki Flickr Group


Posted by admin in Newsletters on April 1, 2010