Newsletter – October 2010

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Reaching Beyond

Aloha Kakou,

If you visit our website, read our newsletters, or attend Hope Chapel Waikiki, you are well aware that 10/10/10 was the final day of one of our many Hope Chapel Waikiki outreaches. We held a surf contest, wanting to break the barriers between Christians and surfers. Our outreaches go out into the community to reach the lost.

The third annual “Come Surf With The King” aka “Surfing With The King” surf contest was held in Waikiki at Kuhio Beach Park. There was surfing, music, food, fun, prayer, a church service on Sunday morning. Yes, it was a lot of work!
In addition to our church volunteers, young men and women from Surfing The Nations volunteered to help at the surf contest. They helped at the prayer tent, prayed for people on Waikiki Beach. Praise God! What a witness!

On any given day in Waikiki there are thousands of people from around the world who are hanging out at the beach, swimming, surfing, or frolicking in the sun and water, or just walking around enjoying their day. “Come Surf With The King” is a great way to witness, bearing the name of our King, Jesus Christ.

Jesus said “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19 NIV)

Stand with us as we continue to plant the seed of Jesus throughout the world through surfing, feeding the hungry, praying over people, businesses, streets, and buildings, by “Claiming Waikiki for Jesus,” or having church on the beach. All we need is to find one lost soul and the heavens will rejoice. Hallelujah!!

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NIV).

Na Pomaika’i (blessings),
Pastor Dennis Sallas

Faith is Victory

A few months back my best friend Nita went through one of life’s hardest trials: losing her father to cancer. Mike fought a courageous battle for a year, with his wife Phyllis and daughter Nita by his side all the way. Many times I was at a loss of how to comfort my friend. We were praying for a miracle but God called him home.

Nita had some definite ideas on what to do for her mom but it was a struggle. Nothing was going as planned. She finally said, “Lord I give it all to you I can’t do it.” I asked Nita to share how God turned those battles into victories. Here is her story below.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for. (Hebrews 11:1)

My dad passed away on July 8th. It was a loss that has hit my family very hard. No matter how well prepared you think you are, it still comes with so many unexpected emotions and situations. One thing our family was not prepared for was my mom not wanting to live in the same condo that they had shared for so many years. After it became very clear she could not continue to live there, we began to look for other living arrangements, but not being prepared for this, we didn’t really know where to begin. Mom (Phyllis) is handicapped and depended on Mike so much. The condo is not handicap friendly and she was like a prisoner in the building. As well as needing some company, she needs assistance.

We began looking for one big house for the family to share. Of course my worldly side came into play as I have a slice of paradise in the middle of the big city and I wasn’t so sure I was ready to give this up, as well as my independence of living in my own home. Lots of houses came up in our search. As adequate as they seemed, I was getting very picky: wrong neighborhood, right neighborhood, wrong street, too big, too expensive, too small, too expensive…

Every day for about a month, when I was going back and forth from home, I noticed some renovation on one of houses on my lane. I never thought much about it other than wondering what happened to the lady that lived there. I even asked one of the workers one day what was happening and he didn’t know, so that was all the thought I ever gave to it.

Then one day, when my friend Joe was at my house, he mentioned to the neighbor that we were looking for a big house in the neighborhood. Floyd said that house over there is for rent. Joe went immediately to the owner’s door and got the realtor’s info. Little did we know that someone had already rented the place, but it wasn’t working out between them and the owner. The owner began to be very choosy and was looking for the right “fit.” Within 24 hours we looked at the house and signed all the paperwork.

My mom loves it. In her words, it’s “delightful.” The morning sun streams in and there is a small yard. Mike bought Phyllis a Pikake lei every Friday. There is pikake in the yard (new ones sprouting up now that we are watering). It is on flat ground so she can access the outside world. The handicapped handholds are already installed in the bathroom and the neighbors are all widowers about her age and the best neighbor of all is me, about 50 yards away.

God truly works miracles.

2010 Surfing With The King Surf Contest Pictures

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2010 Surfing With The King Surf Contest
Come Surf With The King!

From left to right: Annie, Donna, Nancy, Erin, Wendy, Marcia, Lehua
From left to right: Annie, Donna, Nancy, Erin, Wendy, Marcia, Lehua by Hope Chapel Waikiki

2010 Surfing With The King Surf Contest
Worship team warming up.

2010 Surfing With The King Surf Contest
Guest speaker, Kaala Souza

2010 Surfing With The King Surf Contest
Young (but really awesome) surfers at the awards banquet

2010 Surfing With The King Surf Contest
Awards banquet

2010 Surfing With The King Surf Contest
Julie and Dan, volunteers from Surfing the Nations

2010 Surfing With The King Surf Contest
Willard and Chris, cheerful volunteers

2010 Surfing With The King Surf Contest
Awards banquet

2010 Surfing With The King Surf Contest
Awards banquet

2010 Surfing With The King Surf Contest
Awards banquet

2010 Surfing With The King Surf Contest
Three sisters performing lovely Hawaiian music at the awards ceremony

2010 Surfing With The King Surf Contest
Dancing to the music after the awards ceremony

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