Newsletter – February 2011

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Dancing For The Lord

Aloha Kakou,

“Come on let’s twist again, like we did last summer. Yeaaah! Let’s twist again like we did last year! Do you remember when things were really hummin’? Yeaah. Let’s twist again, twistin’ time is here!” Those are the lyrics of Chubby Checker’s famous song, “The Twist.”

We, at Hope Chapel Waikiki, had a “Heart for Jesus” Valentines Dance on February 13, 2011, inviting anyone to come dance and have clean fun. We danced and danced. People from the community enjoyed a night at church. Dance was used as a tool to allow visitors to know who we are in Christ Jesus. Can we remember the fun times when things were humming with clean fun, good thoughts, and peaceful actions? Let’s share the joy of being Christians so people will come to know Jesus by our peaceful, joyous lives, showing that we are normal people who do things similar to the world does but in a different atmosphere. We want to thank Marcia, Kaleo, Bruce, and all of the other volunteers in making our Valentine dance a success.

After the dance, Donna was at work. People came to her and raved about the dance. These were people who never thought about going to church. One woman said, “I have never been to church, but I think I will go to church this Sunday.” Praise God!

“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent, O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.” (Psalms 30:11-12)

“Sing to the LORD, you saints of his; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalms 30:4-5)

By the way, twisting can be dangerous. We need to watch ourselves. I had a side pain from twisting but the pain went away and the joy remained. So let’s twist again for the LORD and let our hearts dance for Him.

Na Pomaika’i (blessings),
Pastor Dennis Sallas

Why Worry When You Have The Lord

I will never forget the day our daughter Cheyenne was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It was a Saturday afternoon, and we decided to go the doctor and check a sty she had in her eye that wasn’t getting better. After a brief meeting with the doctor, we were being told that she might have diabetes, and she had to be admitted into the hospital right away for tests. It was such a shock. We were not prepared at all. My first thought was, “Lord, please just give it to me, or better yet just heal her!!!” We were just talking about what she wanted to do to celebrate her sixteenth birthday, which was only five days away. This was not in our plans.

The doctor gave us our first ray of hope when he said she might not need Insulin. But the next day he came in with her results and told us Cheyenne had full-blown diabetes. My heart broke for her. She was in the hospital for four days. We needed to take classes on how to care for this disease. Cheyenne would have to test her blood sugar levels daily and need injections four times a day. It was all a blur. All I could do was hold our daughter and tell her everything would be OK. I prayed, but to be honest all I did was WORRY. My problem was doubt and unbelief in the Lord. I should know that this is exactly what the devil wants.

Once we lose sight of God, all our hope diminishes and that is what happened to me. All I seemed to do was WORRY!

“How will she deal with this?” “What if she doesn’t take her insulin?” However, God never lets us down even when we cast Him aside and try to do it on our own, something which never turns out right. God’s word says in Matthew 6:27 “And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure to his stature or to the span of his life?”

When I look back on those days, I remember how God brought us through and I’m so thankful. Cheyenne was released from the hospital just in time to celebrate her milestone birthday with friends and family. She handles her diabetes with such maturity, strength, and courage that it still amazes me. That is the best gift this mother could ask for! Thank You Jesus.”I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Photos

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Dance Floor
Dance Floor at the “Heart for Jesus” Valentines Dance

DJs Kaleo and Bruce under the disco ball
DJs Kaleo and Bruce under the disco ball

Wendy and Scott
Wendy and Scott

Eddi and Bob
Eddi and Bob, dancing elegantly

Linda and Al
Linda and Al

Tables and decorations
Marcia overseeing the event and the lovely decorations

Fran and Teresa, putting out the tablecloths
Fran and Teresa, cheerful volunteers

Worship
Sunday Service

James
James

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