Newsletter – August 2011

Movie, Music, Food and Reaching Out

Aloha Kakou,

On Sunday August 14th we at Hope Chapel had what we call a movie night. We did something a little different this past movie night. We made flyers and distributed them to the kids that bodyboard at a place called “Walls.” Also, we looked for more kids at the beach at Waikiki who are runaways, living on the beach and just hanging out all day with friends. We wanted to invite them to see “Soul Surfer.”

Some of our volunteers thought it would be a good idea to extend the invitation of free food, live music and movie to those who were staying in the Hostel in Waikiki. Although I didn’t think of that, I’m glad our volunteers stepped up to make things better.

We started a 4 PM with music and the movie started at 6 PM. I was cooking hotdogs and hamburgers for those who were hungry. By the time I finished cooking and went into the auditorium to pray for the food, the auditorium was almost packed. “We are Hope Chapel Waikiki and we are glad that you are here,” I said, “Let’s pray.”

Praise God for all of the people who came – we ended up with a full house of people eating, listening to music and watching an inspirational movie based on the faith journey of a young Christian surfer.

At the end of the movie, someone came up to me and asked about getting baptized. Others wanted to know when our church services start each Sunday. Praise God for using this movie night to draw people to him.

I want to thank the volunteers who stepped out and followed God’s lead to bring people to Him.

People came for a movie, music and food but left with a burden in their heart for God.


Na Pomaika’i (blessings),
Pastor Dennis Sallas

Highlight of the Day: Women of Hope

On Saturday night, our daughter came home from work and went straight to bed. She had been fighting a bad chest infection for some time. The chest infection would come and go, but on that particular night, it flared up.

We were up most of the night. When Sunday morning came, I was ready to take her to the Emergency Room. I knew we would not be at church or be able to pull off the “Women of Hope” lunch gathering. I started making calls at the crack of dawn to some of the ladies for prayer and healing for Cheyenne and also for their help in hosting the fellowship event without us.

I was truly blessed to have such wonderful sisters-in-Christ, the Women of Hope, who were willing to jump in at short notice and help with joyful hearts.

Their prayers reinforced what I already knew – our God is a God of healing and miracles. They also assured me the “Women of Hope” event would carry on, and that I should focus on taking care of my daughter.

After the phone calls, I was sitting on the couch praying and thinking of what to do next when I heard this raspy voice said, “Mom, aren’t we going to church?”

“Cheyenne, we should go to the doctor,” I suggested.

“No, I want to go to church. I’m feeling better we can go to the doctor on Monday.”

Praise God, He is always listening and answering our prayers. So, off we went. It was such a blessed day to see my daughter in church and then joining the women’s day of fellowship. It made the day even more special, that was truly the highlight for me.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30)


Photo set on Flickr

Dennis and Bruce battling the flames at the BBQ

Hawaiian music during the cookout

Kids enjoying food, music, and movie

Women of Hope event

Women of Hope event

CJ, Sean, Neil, and Reyn hanging out before service

Congrats to Michael and his proud father and coach Rick, for earning a Silver medal in the 2011 National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships

Congrats to Kimber, who was baptized in the ocean on August 21, 2011


Posted by admin in Newsletters on August 24, 2011