Newsletter – October 2011

Choices

Aloha Kakou,

Have you ever watched the Super Bowl, or the NBA final game, or the World Series that come once a year? The athletes are trained all year round to get to the “dance,” a.k.a the final championship.

I have trained for the “Super Bowl” of paddling year after year. I would compete in race and look forward to the day of the race.

During the year, there are many races before the Molokai canoe race. However, the Molokai canoe race is considered as the most grueling, hardest, and treacherous of all. It’s a 9-hour, 42-mile, open ocean, team-paddling race from the Island of Molokai to Oahu.

For the last seven years, my team was favored to win our division and finished well. There are over a 100 canoe entries from all over the world. Imagine seeing over a 100 canoes line-up at seven in the morning, pointing their waa (canoes) toward the finish line forty-two miles away.

This year, my team won the Molokai canoe race. The only problem was I didn’t paddle the race. It wasn’t really a “problem”–instead of participating in the race, I chose to go to Arizona, where my son, Wailele, got married to his longtime sweet heart, Allie. They chose the same date as the canoe race to get married, it was a last minute choice for them.

Wailele called me and said, “Dad, I am getting married.” I said, “Great.” He said, “It’s on October 9th, the same day as the Molokai race.”

We all have choices in life: to follow the ways of the world, or to follow the way of our Lord and Savior.

In the Book of Luke, Jesus addressed Martha.

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:41-42

What important choices do you have to make? Make sure your choices are godly.

By the way, the wedding was beautiful and so was the bride and groom.

And for me, I am starting to train for next year’s Molokai canoe race.

Na Pomaika’i (blessings),
Pastor Dennis Sallas

A Cup of Fellowship

I must admit I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of “high tea.” First, I’m not a tea drinker. Second, it seemed a bit expensive.

My mind and attitude were set on me, myself and I. However, I noticed how excited some of the ladies were about going to the tea party, dressing up, wearing funny hats, and eating finger sandwiches. But most importantly, the ladies saw this gathering as an opportunity for fellowship. Seeing their points, the tea took on a whole new light for me.

I really didn’t know how much fun I would have until I was actually there. The fellowship was wonderful and I was able to spend time with some friends that I have not seen in awhile. I was truly blessed and humbled at the same time.

I learned a lot about tea and myself that day. You can’t go wrong with fellowship. It is priceless. Praise God for the Women of Hope.

Thanks to Dorothy and Lynn for taking the photos and capturing the fun we all had at our Tea.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25

The Healing Hand of God

My friends in Southern Indiana have had problems with their son, Jeff, since he was a toddler. Jeff was diagnosed with diabetes and the family struggled for years trying to keep Jeff healthy. His pancreas wasn’t producing enough insulin. In his 30’s, Jeff’s Doctor surgically implanted an insulin pump under Jeff’s abdominal skin, but he just wasn’t getting better. Jeff had little appetite, but was forced to eat to in order to use the insulin the pump was putting into his body.

He was placed on peritoneal dialysis., which was a 3-hour regime of filters cleaning the impurities from his blood. He was also put on the Organ Transplant List for a kidney and a pancreas.

Once on the list, there were many other restrictions placed on his life. The biggest one was that Jeff had to be ready in a moment’s notice to go to Indianapolis for his surgery. He had a 3-hour window, and Indianapolis is 1.3 hours away. He packed an overnight suitcase and began the wait for a phone call from the Transplant Team.

In the wee hours of the morning, on September 16, 2011, Jeff got the long awaited call. His mom and dad hurriedly made the drive to Indianapolis for Jeff’s surgery.

Calls went out for prayers, his surgery was a success. After hours of surgery, Jeff was sent to the Intensive Care Unit for the wait game. The doctors said Jeff would be there for about seven to ten days. Jeff was slowly walking the next day and even though bruised and swollen, he finally had pink color.

The doctor told Jeff’s family as soon as the pancreas was in place, and good things started happening. Five days after surgery, to everyone’s surprise, Jeff was allowed to go home. He was told he had to go back to Indianapolis for follow-up checks twice a week for several weeks, then once a week for several weeks

Jeff’s parents drove him back to the doctor two days after discharge for his first check up. Then in a matter of days, made the trip again, as instructed. That visit, Jeff told the doctor that he has been experiencing an elevated temperature of around 102 degrees. The doctor changed one of his anti-rejection medications and by the time Jeff was back home, his temperature was normal.

On the return visit later that week, the doctor was so impressed with Jeff’s improvement, and told Jeff to return once a week. Everyone was celebrating God’s wonders. Jeff felt well enough to start walking around his neighborhood every day. He had to wear a mask, and keep away from people, but he was enjoying his new gift of life.

Two weeks ago, he went to church, but had to stay away from people–which was hard because everyone wanted to hug him and congratulate him. He and his family thank everyone for all the thoughts and prayers.

Last week, Jeff went to church riding his motorcycle! When I heard that I called him and asked him if he was pushing things a little. Jeff said the doctor had given the OK.

God is awesome! The speedy recovery from surgery was a blessing. If you’ve ever owned a bike, you know why he was glad to start riding again. To put it into the Hawaiian perspective, it’s like having your surfboard, and not being able to ride the waves.

Some Scriptures on Healing

“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,” declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 30:17

He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.
Psalm 107:20

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. Gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9


Photos

Photo set on Flickr


Keith represents the HCW congregation to honor Pastor Dennis during the Pastor Appreciation Month.


Love in action. Nancy visits Ron’s mother.


James Judd shares about his faith journey. Find his sharing at the following URL:
http://bit.ly/James_Judd_Sharing


Women of Hope gather for tea and desserts, with adorable hats and cute smiles.

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