“What is your dream?” July Newsletter

Outreach from Hawaii

I really wanted these wonderful ladies Faith and Joy from Hope Chapel Waikiki to share their experience going out into a mission fields in California.  I was blown away with all they were able to do in such a short time.. This first story is from Faith a beautiful soul and servant for the Lord. I know it will bless and encourage you as it did me.

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Donna Sallas


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What is your Dream? 

That’s the first question a candidate for services of The Dream Center is asked. Once a crumbling, abandoned hospital in Los Angeles, California in 1994, the building is now, step­by­step over 22 years, a thriving Christian ­based healing center with over 270 ministries serving the poorest / neediest people and families with food, clothing, shelter, medicine, education, rehabilitation of every kind, to teaching and filling the deepest need ­ knowing Jesus. They help rebuild people with forgotten dreams as hundreds of volunteers, year round, help every month to deliver 1,000,000 (yes million) pounds of food, serve 36,000 hot meals, sort / prepare and give 15,000 pieces of clothing, and on and on.image004

Founder Matthew Barnett only 19 in 1994, was the only “white boy” in the most dangerous area of L.A. Nobody took him seriously. They thought he was the “Home Alone” actor grown up just trying to do some good. I read about him for years, read his books, his father’s books and his wife’s book. For years I had hoped to meet and serve with them. But ­­ I was afraid of getting on an airplane. No, I wasn’t afraid of crashing or dying ­ I was afraid of being closed in. This fear had stopped me many times from vacationing around the world with my daughters. I was doing things for Jesus right here in Honolulu but I knew the time had come to really walk my faith. I had to face my heart­pounding fear to show our Father in Heaven I meant it when I said I trust Him no matter what happens. Joyce Meyer says,

“when God calls you to do something, just because you’re afraid doesn’t mean you don’t have to do it. You have to ‘do it afraid’ in order to get to the next level of your faith.”

For me, getting on a plane was like Peter’s getting out of the boat and walking on water. For 7 days at the Dream Center we formed human chains to help load heavy crates of fruits, vegetables, canned goods… on to Food Trucks. Then out in the community, right on the sidewalks of L.A., helped fill bags to hand out to people lined all the way down the street. We helped get rid of rotting trash, picked up rubbish in neighborhoods, knocked on doors to minister, played with children, sorted through a mountain of donated clothes, serving alongside volunteers from all around the world. It was a life ­changing decision to get on a plane to do a short term missions trip. The only way I did it was I knew Jesus kept calling me ­ for years ­ from across the ocean saying, “Come”, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” “Nothing is impossible with Me.”….. Now I can say WOW!! I got out of the boat! I W​alked O​n W​ater with Jesus!! So what is Your dream? Does it scare you? Good! I challenge you to get out of your boat! Step into the next level of your faith…. God is calling you.

-Faith Tanikawa

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Posted by admin in Newsletters on July 13, 2015