Newsletter – May 2010

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April Showers With A Scent of May Day

As it got closer to Resurrection Sunday, the rain continued to pour. It seemed as though the rain was coming down in buckets for days on end.

I got up at 3:00am to pray and seek His voice. The rain continued, and I said, “LORD, we don’t start until 6:30am. You think you can do me a favor and stop the rain?” It was not a pour-out- your-heart kind of prayer, but a casual prayer like speaking to a friend.

At 5:00am, we (church volunteers) were ready to take the equipment to the beach, and it still was raining. 
I spoke quietly to the Lord, “Lord, you reign Lord, let it not rain.” The rain didn’t stop. I said, “Lord, I am doing this for you, not for me.” I was a little concerned at that time, it was 6:00am — Easter Sunrise Service would start in thirty minutes.

The setup crew asked, “Do you want us to put up a tent for you and the Worship team?”

“No need,” I said. [Pidgin English: We will not need it.]

To complicate the rainy situation further, a groundskeeper came up to me and said, “You can’t have a service in this area.” What else could happen?

I replied, “I have been holding a service here for at least 10 years.”

The groundskeeper replied, “I was told not to let you start or to call the police.”

I thanked the man for the information and I walked toward the water. “Lord, this is a good one — first the rain and now the groundskeeper. What can be next?” As I walked back to where the groundskeeper was standing, there were two policemen who wanted to talk to me and to see the permit.

Again, I prayed, “Lord, do I follow You, or do I follow man? I haven’t done anything wrong. I am not running a rebellion in the rain.” It was 6:30am, time to start the service. So I did what Peter did in Acts. I walked up to the microphone and greeted the crowd, “Aloooohhhaaaa.” The rain stopped in perfect timing. It continued to rain intermittently, and toward the end of the service, God filled the sky with rainbows more glorious than I had ever seen. The rainbows came up out of the water into the sky in double arcs. God treated everyone with His glory.

I had everyone turn around and look at God’s glory. There were over a thousand people at the service in spite of rain. His small voice said to me, “These people love and honor God.” I prayed that the City and County of Honolulu would allow us to continue the Easter Sunrise Service by the beach.

Easter Sunday turned out to be a beautiful day. Seventeen people were baptized, with rainbows in the background.

“You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then Jesus got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (Matthew 8:26 NIV)

Na Pomaika’i (blessings),
Pastor Dennis Sallas

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We worship and praise, rain or shine, for our Lord is risen.


2010 Easter Sunrise

Easter Sunrise Service on Waikiki Beach is always remarkable. It’s full of God’s promise and a wonderful chance for so many to receive Jesus Christ in their lives. People are also given the opportunity to be baptized. One of my favorite parts of the service is coming together and receiving communion as one. Sharing that moment with hundreds of people is powerful. You can feel the Holy Spirit moving in the crowd. Nothing is stronger than our Lord and His love for us. When the wind and rain came Easter morning, He calmed the winds and the beauty of huge rainbows could be seen in all its glory! Proving again and again our Lord is still and always will be on the throne. It reminded me of one of my favorite worship songs “Let the Glory of the Lord Rise Among Us, Let it Rise.”

Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these things. (Isaiah 40:26)

Easter Sunrise photos are posted on this web link:
http://tr.im/easter2010

IMG_0161Scott is one of the many volunteers who served with a smile. Mahalo to everyone who helped out!


Letter

Dearest Pastor Dennis,

Aloha. I experienced a truly life altering, spiritual experience attending Hope Chapel Waikiki last week while visiting my folks, Anita and Vince.

I cried soft tears of joy and let Jesus into my heart. I wanted to stay in Hawaii just so I could do the wonderful things you have laid out in your program. I wanted to go on the womens walk, attend the bible study and volunteer in any way possible. You made an amazing impact on my life. Everything you shared seem to be speaking right to me, through me, for me. I am a recovering alcoholic and I have struggled with God a bit. I’ve always believed in God, I never had a structure for my beliefs. I loved that I could be myself and hear the truth…it felt right. Thank you once again! When I return to Hawaii again, I will be there again! I was so inspired that I even looked at apartments and rooms for rent near your sweet church. I feel drawn there…to the congregation…to just, plain, good people.

If you are ever in California, please come and speak/share in 
our town.

God Bless,
Amari Fey Bella (Bradley-clan)


Photos

May 2010 Newsletter Pictures Set on Flickr

Good Friday Reenactment in Waikiki

Kazu, Donna, and Ida serving at Easter Sunrise ServiceKazu, Donna, and Ida serving at Easter Sunrise Service

Singing in the rain
Singing in the rain

Maria distributing communion

Double rainbow
Double Rainbow

Manu
Manu

Canoe Paddling in with the Bible
Canoe Paddling in with the Bible

Anne White at the Easter Sunrise Service
Anne White at the Easter Sunrise Service

Baptism after Easter Sunrise ServiceSeventeen people were baptized after the Easter Sunrise Service. Please pray for their continued walk with Jesus

Rick and Noah
Rick and Noah

Kids dressed up for Easter
Kids dressed up for Easter

Eddie and Carol
Eddie and Carol

Pastor Dennis at the pulpit
Pastor Dennis at the pulpit

Praying for Barb as she leaves for the mainlandPraying for Barb as she leaves for the mainland

For more pictures, visit to the Hope Chapel Waikiki Flickr photos group.

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