Newsletter – March 2011

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Repairing The Wall

Aloha Kakou,

In the Book of Nehemiah, chapter 3, it tells of people from different places and different backgrounds, who worked side by side to rebuild the wall in Jerusalem. They were priests, Levites, laborers, and many others. The interesting thing is that they come full circle at the end of the chapter. (Nehemiah 3:1-32)

Nehemiah and the Jews are rebuilding and repairing the walls of Jerusalem under duress from the enemy. The walls were left in rubble by the enemy and Nehemiah came back to Jerusalem to rebuild it. Almost everyone was helping and doing their part, including goldsmiths, perfume makers, and women. When we are building the wall for Christ, we will have opposition, but we will need everyone to be part of the task at hand to work side by side. No one is too big or too small to help build the wall for Christ.

In the month of February, a few of us at Hope Chapel Waikiki participated in claiming Waikiki for Jesus. Some of the women and men of HCW and visitors walked the streets of Waikiki in the afternoon praying over people, buildings, streets, businesses, homes, condos, apartments, etc. At night, a few men, women, and myself, got together and finished the streets of Waikiki by praying over our community where our church resides and beyond. We walked side by side rebuilding and repairing the walls of Waikiki, claiming it for Jesus in prayer, for our Island, our State, the United States, and the world that has been left in rubble by the enemy.

We want to repair our country. We want our city back for Jesus. We are in a spiritual warfare.

“Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!” (Nehemiah 4:20)

It is God who fights for us. It is God who brings us the victory. It is God who gets the victory. So when you are repairing the walls of your life, remember “Our God will fight for us!” Also, remember to pray for your homes and your own families before going out to war.

May Jesus be exalted in Waikiki and around the World.

Na Pomaika’i (blessings),
Pastor Dennis Sallas

What Are We Waiting For?

First and foremost, our prayers and our love are with all of those who were in Japan when the earthquake and the tsunami hit. I can’t even comprehend what it was like, considering the magnitude of both events, and that we were spared here in the islands. It was a wake-up call for me and how much I take for granted. When I’m watching the news and seeing the ongoing devastation, our Lord’s words keep coming into my head. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day the Lord will come.” (Matthew 24:42)

Be right with Him. If you have a relationship with Jesus, then keep His commands embedded in your heart. Pray and encourage those who don’t know him and start planting the seed. Shame on me for not being more active in spreading His word. What am I waiting for? Does it have to be such a life altering event to get me moving?

It’s never too late. I asked my co-worker who is not a Christian if we could pray for her family in Japan. I felt blessed she was so opened to pray and we have continued to talk about the miracles of those who were found alive, from a infant found in the mounts of rubble, to an 80 year old woman.

I wanted to share some of the letters to Japan from our church family here at Hope Chapel Waikiki:

Jesus Loves You!!!
by Lehua Sureda

To my Japanese neighbors. As a Christian, I stand on God’s word that he won’t ever leave you or forsake you. Be strong and open your heart to salvation in Christ Jesus. He loves you. We in Hawaii and our church are praying for all of you. God Bless you all.

In A Blink of an Eye!
by Maryann Jenkins

We are both awed and horrified by the natural disaster that struck Japan. I think God is also saddened that part of his flock has been lost. We are thankful that the rescue teams are still finding people alive. Praise God that he is there guiding them and keeping them safe. The news media says Japan is the most prepared country for earthquakes, yet in the blink of an eye, destruction and devastation caught them unprepared for this and its aftermath.

1 Corinthians 2:9 says, “No eye has seen no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

We may not fully understand their pain and suffering, nor the trials and tribulations to be endured now and for years to come, but with God watching over them they need only reach out to Him for His love and comfort. We should all remember to stay prepared 24/7 for we never know when our “blink of an eye” will come.

Pray For Japan
by Kaleo Prescott

While listening to the news surrounding the aftermath of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, I was praying that night for Japan, and also for the island of Hawaii. I know that many thousands of other believers were also doing the same for the safety and relief in Japan.

The next morning, I was calling friends and family in southern California. I was talking to my son Dale, who told me about my granddaughter Denise, who has been in the USAF for more than 5 years. Her role is like that of FEMA, the civilian organization that helps in disasters. She does the same but, through the Air Force. She was deployed in Asia and was leaving Tokyo, Japan. Her plane was taking off to go to her base back in the Pacific. Her airplane was the last one to leave because the earthquake hit as hers was leaving. As Dale was telling me about Denise, I praised God for protecting Denise, but I also am grieving for the families who lost loved ones.

As we continue to pray for Japan, lets remember that God loves them, and will send helpers, money and other items that they need for the ensuing months.


More Pictures online at Flickr »

Ray of light through the clouds (picture from Neil Kato)

Worship Time At Hope Chapel Waikiki


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