Newsletter – September 2012

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God Can Do Anything Anywhere

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. (Psalms 139:9-10)

Aloha Kakou,

I traveled to Calgary, Canada for the World Sprints Canoe Paddling contest. I went there with other paddlers from Hawaii. We rented a house and made it our home for eight days.

What I thought was a time for us to paddle and compete became a time for God to show himself. On the first day before our race (there were five days of racing) one of our teammates had some pain to his stomach. He was in a lot of pain, so I asked if I could pray for him and he said okay. The next day he still had pain, but then the day after that, he said it had passed (some kind of stone or something). Praise God!

Earlier that morning as we were walking toward the race area, I saw a crowd of people surrounding a man lying down on the ground. Being a first responder/lifeguard, I immediately took over and administered aid to this man until the ambulance and the fire department arrived, and they took him to the hospital in good condition.

The next morning when we were making our way to the race area, there was a big jumbo screen showing the races taking place, and I saw a canoe with only five people in it (it was a six man canoe), coming to the finish line. Then havoc broke out, and people were waving their paddles for help. I was helplessly watching the screen from afar. There was an emergency condition at the race site. Everything was chaotic. Sad to say, that sixth paddler from the canoe lost his life.

Two hours later, they continued the races. We were racing and I saw only five people going into the finish line in the canoe in front of us. But this time, I was yelling for our canoe to get to the pier so that we could help. We pulled up on the other side of the pier where I jumped in the cold Canadian water. I swam to the pier as people were pulling this man out of the canoe. He was unresponsive.

People were in a chaotic state again, so I started pulling people out of the way so that I could administer aid, but people were screaming at me to stop what I was doing. The unconscious paddler was not breathing, so I gave him mouth to mouth resuscitation to help him breathe. He was lifeless but with a slight pulse, so I continue to breathe for him and yelling to him to breathe.

I yelled BREATHE, people were yelling at me to shut up, but I continue to yell to him breathe. And all of a sudden, like a miracle, he takes a deep breath. I yell at him to take another breath and he sucked in deeply and breathed deeply. His eyes rolled forward as he looked up at me. I said to him “You’re back, brother. You’re back.” Thank you Jesus!

The next day, as we were making our way home on the plane to Honolulu from Vancouver, the flight attendant announced over the P.A. system, “Are there any doctors, firefighters, etc on the flight? We have an emergency on the plane.” So there I went again. That person made it okay. She had an allergic reaction to something.

Praise you Father! I thought I was going for the World Sprints of canoeing, but God had other plans. People started asking me all kinds of questions about what happened, and I can safely say to them that Jesus was there giving breaths of life. I had the opportunity to share about Jesus and God’
s power.

We raced a double hull race and came in second. In two other six man races, we came in fourth.

Oh by the way, I raced a V1 (a one person canoe) and came in 900ths of second behind the world champion in our division. I was just happy to race, but being the second fastest in the world isn’t too bad. With Jesus on your team how can you go wrong.

Thank you Jesus.

The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)

Na Pomaikai (blessings),

Pastor Dennis Sallas

The Spirit of a Warrior

This was Hope Chapel Waikiki’s 4th year holding the Surfing with the King surf contest. Every year, the surf contest proceeds are donated to a worthy cause. This year it was an honor to be able to give to the The Wounded Warriors.

Words cannot express the admiration and respect I have for these men and women. Without their sacrifice, where would we be today? There were four men who came down on Sunday to participate in the contest who were either in a wheelchair or missing a limb, but there was no self pity – just joy and delight to be at the beach with all of us. It was a wakeup call for me. With all the things I take for granted,it really put things in perspective.

It was a two day event and I want to thank all of the wonderful hardworking volunteers who made it possible to give back just a small portion to our wounded warriors who have given so much to us all. God Bless all the men and women who have served and are still serving in our military today. We are forever grateful!

Two are better than one … for if they fall, one will lift up his companion. (Ecclesiastes: 4:9-10)

The Blessings Flow

Just as the Lord’s promises are true, we were all showered with blessings. He sent us two beautiful days in which to honor Him. The prayer tent was busy and the outstanding materials were handed out.

Each prayer warrior was blessed with sharing, praying and seeing God’s love overflow.

A Korean couple stopped by on Saturday with a prayer request for a friend. We gave them a scripture quote and a salvation plan. They returned Sunday for service on the beach.

A gentleman came up to me and was asking about our function and I handed him a bible. I asked if he had a home church, he answered yes. I asked his background and he said “I’m Korean.” I called the Korean couple over and they had fellowship before service started. Our God is so good. Praise the Lord!

Each prayer warrior also had great testimonies to share. Two people accepted Jesus into their lives and a honeymooning club asked for a special blessing and to be added to our church newsletter mailing list.

If we had the space I could go on and on about God’s moving. For now church, be encouraged and know that your faithfulness will have its rewards in heaven.

Everyone did a wonderful job, and from the bottom of my heart I wish to thank my fabulous prayer team, Tracie, Amyjo, Karen, Gordon, and Jason for their time devoted to the Lord. God bless you, until next year.

Weekend for Our Warriors

This is my second year to volunteer for Surfing with the King. Though there was organized chaos, and chaotic confusion at 5 AM Saturday morning, there was also an air of excitement as tents, tables, stage and sound equipment were being set up.

The registration table was busy as usual, but to see the number of surfers readying for their heats, it makes you excited for them to do well – especially the kids.

Although everyone was tiring by Sunday afternoon, my best memory will be when the “Wounded Warriors” arrived for their heat. I went down to great them and talked for awhile. I asked who they were rooting for, and they all pointed to someone other than themselves, laughing and joking with each other. At that moment there were no wheelchairs, no disabilities, just good friends waiting for their time on the water. There was so much positive energy and support for each other. That’s all you could see.

Thanks to all our warriors for keeping us safe. Bless you!!

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)


Glenn Morgan Sr.

Our dear friend Glenn Morgan Sr. went home to be with the Lord on Friday September 14th 2012.

You will forever hold a place in our hearts. Rest in peace and continue to spread your strong spirit in the heavens above. 
May you soar with the angels … but don’t give them a hard time.

To the Morgan Family our love and prayers are with you always. Blessings from the Hope Chapel Waikiki Ohana.

Our dear friend Glenn Morgan Sr. went home to be with the Lord on Friday September 14th 2012.


Photos

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Surf Contest Awards Ceremony Photos on Flickr »

Worship Time
Worship Time

Worship Time
Worship Time

Surf Contest - Registration Table
Surf Contest – Registration Table

Prayer before surf contest
Prayer before surf contest

Prayer before surf contest
Prayer before surf contest

Tristian on the horn
Tristian on the horn

Saturday morning music
Saturday morning music

Registration Table
Registration Table

Registration Table
Registration Table

Prayer Tent
Prayer Tent

Sunday Morning Worship on the Beach
Sunday Morning Worship on the Beach

Church on the Beach
Church on the Beach

Pastor Dennis Sallas
Pastor Dennis Sallas

Surfing with the King banners
Surfing With the King banners

Hope Chapel Waikiki banner
Hope Chapel Waikiki banner. Can you tell where that is?

Surfing with the King trophies
Surfing with the King trophies

Surf Contest Banquet
Surf Contest Banquet

Surf Contest Banquet
Surf Contest Banquet

Surf contest volunteers
Surf Contest Banquet

First shortboard for the drawing
First shortboard for the drawing

Girls' Shortboard
Girls’ Shortboard

Senior Women's Longboard
Senior Women’s Longboard

Custom jewelry
Winner of custom jewelry from Bruce Workman

 

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