As I previously posted, by Hawaii scout trip was a great success. It sure is nice being home, but if you have to be gone doing business, Hawaii is a great place to be. For those who check the blog to get a report on the ministry side of things, this report will hopefully serve you well! I sure appreciate you serving us well through your prayers!
Elisabeth and I have a family friend, Angela, who lives on Kauai. She books vacation rentals (so if you are looking for a family vacation, we’ll give you a contact to make). Angela was my one contact on the island of Kauai before we began planning this mission (which is one more contact than I have for a couple of the regions we’re doing). When I told Angela about the scout trip she gave me the email of the guy (Jimmy) who leads the youth group at her church. I emailed Jimmy and immediately knew I would click well with this guy (he sent a humorous reply with a few fun photos attached).
Angela and Jimmy picked me up at the airport on Monday night and I was delivered to Jimmy’s place to pick up my sweet ride, the Bible Bus. I was able to briefly meet Jimmy’s family and then I followed Angela about 25 minutes north to Princeville to the Condo I was blessed with for my three nights.
On Tuesday morning Jimmy and I met at his church in Anahola. I asked him to share about Anahola and about the ministry. Jimmy is a REMAX agent to pay the bills (I can tell he really enjoys doing this as well, he’s a people person), but it was evident he is quite passionate about the students in his group and the community of Anahola. In meeting Jimmy at his church I really thought he was going to be a help to me in giving me names of folks I could contact around the island.
However, after his sharing for about 10 minutes about Anahola, his students who attend Anahola Baptist Church (ABC) and his passions, I knew that Youthmark needed to partner with him/ABC! So, essentially, with one team coming to Hawaii and with the one place confirmed, I could hit the beach the rest of the time and call it good. But God had other plans (and really, I knew I would be doing more).
After I share my heart/vision and a time of prayer Jimmy and I toured around Anahola and then had a great lunch at a BBQ place in Kapaa. After lunch Jimmy went back to his real job and I hit the town of Kapaa in search of wi-fi and conversations. This became the theme for the rest of my trip (Kauai Contacts Part 2 will follow later).
Later that night I had the honor of going to ABC youth group. I think there were six students and then Jimmy, Daniel and Jen as leaders. Daniel and Jen are 6 months into marriage and are leading the students on their Tuesday night Bible Study (studying Titus). Jen led us in a couple songs on her Uke and then Daniel led the study before we broke into a guys discussion group and gals. I was blessed to have been with this group. They will team well with the team coming to Kauai. Looking forward to sharing more, but here are some pics of Anahola and where ministry could take place…
Pray for the ministry of ABC, for Jimmy, Daniel, Jen and the others working with these great teens in this very needy community (more on that later too)!