In Matthew 23, Jesus rebukes the Pharisees because they were focusing on appearances (the outside of the cup) instead of looking at the heart (inside of the cup). This message has relevance in so many ways because what we see in a person or situation is often different than what is beneath the surface.
We find this principle true in Hawaii. When you envision Hawaii, most people think of the pristine beaches and overpriced tourism attractions. And while that side of Hawaii certainly exists, if you look “inside the cup” and beyond the tourism, you’ll find a very different world.
The rising cost of living is pushing more and more people and families onto the streets. “Tent cities” spring up along roads, in parks, and on beaches and people live in those areas until the government conducts “sweeps” and forces everyone to relocate to another area. “Hawaii is the worst state for per capita homelessness in the country, and ties with California for the second-highest percentage of unsheltered homeless youths, according to data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 51 of every 10,000 Hawaiians are homeless.” (Source) To read more about the homeless crisis, click here.
Standard of Living
Locals who are able to afford housing, often live simple and frugal lives. Houses like the one shown here in the town of Wahiawa where we will be working are small and often in need of repair. It’s not unusual to find multiple generations living together in what is called “ohana style” because housing prices are so high.
Houses or apartments are often small and families move outdoors to eat and socialize since there is not enough room inside.
Houses like this are typical in the town of Wahiawa.
People Need the Lord
Faith and love for God is not a taboo subject on the island like it can sometimes be on the mainland. It’s not unusual to hear God mentioned in families, public schools, and casual conversations. However, there is a real need for truth to be taught and other religions are out-pacing Christ’s church in effort and numbers. Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, and belief-only Christianity is taking the island by storm and people think they are being saved while their souls are being lost. 62% of the islanders say the believe in God, but only 28% belong to any church. Less than 1% belong to the Lord’s church.
The Wahiawa Church of Christ was once a thriving and vibrant congregation, but in the past, the truth was twisted, and members left. Today a very small group of committed Christians are working hard to restore this congregation. Their goal is to reach as many souls as possible with love and sound Bible teaching.
Can we count on you?
Our brothers and sisters at Wahiawa are seeking to raise funds for a full time minister and evangelist in order to reach more souls. If you are interested in supporting this important work, please contact Donnie Mullins at the Wahiawa Church of Christ.
Individual / Congregational support:
This is a breakdown of what we need pledged for the year to reach our goal. Would you fill one of these slots? Donations can be given at one time or on a monthly basis.
- 1 individual or congregation at $5000 / year
- 6 individuals or congregations at $2000 / year
- 9 individuals or congregations at $1000 / year
- 12 individuals or congregations at $500 / year
- 15 individuals or congregations at $250 / year
You are giving to a lasting work
Our goal is not just a year of ministry but the start of a dedicated, self-sustaining congregation on Oahu. Success will take time and we are prepared for the long-haul. With your help, families will be reached, lives changed, and souls saved. Can we count on you for this important work?
Wahiawa Church Of Christ, 1881 California Avenue, Wahiawa, HI 96786