Newsletter – September 2011

Resilience

Aloha Kakou,

Many of us remember where we were on the 9/11 morning ten years ago. I was driving on the road to Ala Moana Beach Park to teach a lifesaving course to the Japanese students from Tokai University. I received a phone call from my wife Donna. She said an airplane flew into a building in New York.

Not knowing that it was a terrorist attack, I casually said wow! I went on to teach lifesaving to the Japanese students at the beach without knowing anything that was happening around the world.

Hours later when we found out what happened, the Japanese students became scared about flying back home and scared for their lives and for their families back in Japan. I can’t remember what I said to them but I got to pray for their families, for their safety, and that they would be comforted.

The atmosphere changed from crying to laughing, but the Holy Spirit truly was in control. Although we are different in culture, race, and religion, the Japanese students realized that there is power 
in Jesus.

Thank you, Jesus. The peace in Christ is greater than our fears and insecurities.

The LORD will keep you from all harm, He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Psalm 121:7-8

KNOW THAT YOU KNOW THAT YOU KNOW

Na Pomaika’i (blessings),
Pastor Dennis Sallas

Through it all He is with Us

A little over a year ago my best friend’s father, Mike, passed away, leaving behind his adoring wife, Phyllis, to figure out how to live alone. It has been really hard for her to move forward without him by her side.

They were not only husband and wife, but they also shared a love for the business they ran as a family. They were each others best friend and constant companions. The loss was at times too much for Phyllis to handle and her decision on how to cope ended up with her in the emergency ward more them once.

The last time she was rushed to the hospital, the doctors told her that she may not walk again; we were told she was going to need extensive physical therapy to restore the movement in her legs.

Where would she end up? There are many physical rehabilitation facilities, but most are dark and dreary, not places where you would want to put someone who is already in a deep depression. The one that is top of the line, with a great rehab facility and a very attentive staff was always full. We were told the first bed that comes up is where she would have to go.

We prayed for a miracle, but things just kept getting worse. The Long Term Health Care Insurance that Phyllis had been paying into for 20 years was cancelled by her when she found out her husband was not going to recover from his illness, and she took it upon herself to terminate the policy.

When we found this out, we were in shock. How can we ever get this policy reinstated despite her recent choices which resulted in her hospitalization? She was now considered a high risk to insure.

It seemed as though our prayers were going unanswered but God always hears our prayers. He blessed us beyond our hopes and prayers by placing Phyllis in the best skilled nursing facility and reinstated the Long Term Care. Through it all He is with us.

I will instruct you, says the Lord, and guide you, along the best pathway for your life, I will advise you and watch you progress.
Psalm 32:8


Photos

Photo set on Flickr


Ken gives thanks with a grateful heart


Thanksgiving “Feed the Hungry” volunteers


Thanksgiving “Feed the Hungry” Planning 2011


Let’s praise the Lord


Worship at Waikiki Community Center


Worship at Waikiki Community Center


Worship at Waikiki Community Center


Greetings


Greetings


Greetings


Kaleo sings with the worship team before he preaches. Go to hopechapelwaikiki.org for a recording of his sermon on
Proverb 6: 16-17.


HCW ladies brainstorming ideas for the upcoming “Feed the Hungry” Thanksgiving event


Tim Wyma shares about his missionary life in Bolivia. You may find this inspirational sermon at hopechapelwaikiki.org

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