Newsletter – January 2012

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Reflection

Aloha Kakou,

Christmas Eve service was very special for me this year. For the very first time, I had my son Wailele and my daughter Koalani join with me in worshiping with ukulele, guitar, and voices. Both of them were back home from California for the holidays.

That evening, I shared that Koa had a rare disease as an infant, and that the doctors said that this type of disease has a 90% fatality rate. We prayed for her. God had other plans for her. Now she is in her twenties.

I also shared about how Wailele was hit by a car as a young boy. The doctors said that he would not play football for the remainder of the year. But after two weeks, he was already on the field, and scored three touchdowns. We also prayed for him. God had other plans.

Then I shared about how my daughter Cheyenne is battling diabetes. I believe God has another plan for her also. I spoke of other incidents that has happened and how God has other plans in store.

Plans to prosper us and not to harm us plans to give us a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

During those times of my life when Wailele and Koalani were suffering, I wasn’t a true believer in God, but God heard my voice and He answered me. Now I get to listen and look at all my children and thank God that I am now a true believer in our LORD JESUS.

Now I get to see that God doesn’t only have a plan for my children, but He also has a plan for me and for you. He has got something great for you and for me in the coming year.

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)

Na Pomaika’i (blessings),
Pastor Dennis Sallas

He Is With Us Through It All

We ended the year with a bang, and I don’t mean fireworks. Our daughter Cheyenne had an infection that would not go away. We spent a lot of time in and out of the doctor’s office, but they kept sending us home with antibiotics and told us to just give it time, and that she would be fine.
However, it did not get better – it got so bad that we ended up spending the last days of 2011 back in the doctor’s office. Then, when they could do nothing else, they sent us to the emergency ward on the day before New Years. To me, there is nothing worse than watching my child in so much pain that I feel totally helpless.

We did a lot of praying, but to be honest, I still felt at a loss of what to do.

When the doctor finally came in, she told us that it would take a while because the infection had to be removed. This meant making a 3-inch incision under her arm and then putting in a drain. At that point, we just wanted her to be pain free and out of the hospital.

Ten hours later, when we were finally out of the hospital and on the way home, Cheyenne asked me why this was happening now. She was on winter break after her first semester of college, finals were over, and she was given a few precious days off of work. I did not have an answer. All I could think about was getting her home and let the healing process being.

Later, when I saw that she was finally able to sleep peacefully, all I could do was thank the Lord for seeing us through it all. He never leaves us. Even when we think we’re not getting the answers we want when we want them, He is with us. Cheyenne is back in school and on the mend and we still were able to bring in the New Year at our home with our church family and friends.

My soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge. (Psalm 57:1)


Photos

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Reading His Words
Reading His Words

James Judd gave a message on “Rest” on January 15. You can listen to this message, as well as all of our other messages online at: www.hopechapelwaikiki.org
James Judd gave a message on “Rest” on January 15. You can listen to this message, as well as all of our other messages online at: www.hopechapelwaikiki.org

Welcome to all the new visitors and old timers!
Welcome to all the new visitors and old timers!

Yearly snowbirds, Alan and Barb Thom

Kazu, serving the communion

Shaka from da braddahs

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