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Missions–Hawaiian Style

There's joy in the poi

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Music filled the air and the excitement was electric as Lineo, Lucia, Tracy, Michelle and Mary decorated our church with flowered walls and tables. Bernard, Marcus, Winnie, Jerad and Mindy helped prepare the food, and Kendric, Pastor Jim and Takashi roasted the pig! A Hawaiian luau in a Brazilian church? This is short-term missions?

Short-Term Connection

My wife, Wendie, and I have been in Brazil for almost 27 years, and we have prayed for God to call Alliance missionaries from our churches in Hawaii. God answered part of that prayer by sending us a short-term missions group of eight men and women that turned out to be an eternal blessing.

After our own short-term missions trip to Japan, Wendie and I stopped for a week in Hawaii to see my family and speak at the Kapahulu Bible Church (C&MA) in Honolulu. The pastor, Rev. Jim Stern, asked me if we could use a short-term group in Brazil. I excitedly said, “Yes!”

Approval was granted by field leadership, and the wheels started to roll. The Short-Term Missions Office of the C&MA sent the Kapahulu church videotapes on how to prepare, a list of documents needed, recommendations for spiritual and medical preparations, tips on how to form a group and other practical information.

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A year after we visited Hawaii, Pastor Jim led a team from Kapahulu to Brazil. After the team arrived, the members were given a quick tour of the city before they settled into their hotel. An orientation session was followed by a Brazilian barbecue dinner with national pastors, their families and church leaders.

After several days of preparation, the team members held a three-day “English Weekend.” This was a fantastic time to work one-on-one with a small group of Brazilians who spoke English but wanted to practice and improve their skills. We sang American and Hawaiian songs, participated in group conversations and ate American barbecue that Wendie had prepared. At the end of each day, we roasted treats over a bonfire and shared the gospel message.

After the English Weekend, the team built a platform for our church and toured Alliance churches in São Paulo. In the evening, the group taught more English classes, and Victor, a Japanese college student, accepted Jesus. Team members also shared their conversion testimonies in evening cell groups and were able to spend one day with a Brazilian family.

Party with a Purpose

Team members spent their last full day in Brazil preparing to honor their hosts with a Hawaiian luau that was also designed to be an evangelistic outreach for the community. Many church members helped with decorations of real flowers and banana trees.

Along with the roasted pig, the team served poi, lau-lau, lomi-salmon, coconut pudding, Hawaiian punch and tropical fruits. They taught everyone a Hawaiian dance and song and gave Hawaiian gifts as door prizes. Amid the festivities, two team members shared how Jesus had changed their lives, and Pastor Jim presented the gospel. Of the 225 people who attended, 11 made public decisions to follow Christ.

The team members were ecstatic at how God had used them! They worked hard and were flexible in making many changes to their schedules. Although half the team got sick, they still put all they could into serving the Lord and the Brazilians.
The results did not stop after the team returned to Honolulu. The Brazilians continue to speak of the team members’ living testimony of Christ’s love, their hard work, gifts, joyful spirit, financial sacrifices and the true evidence of Christ in them. Victor has now been baptized. An atheist friend of our daughter was very much affected by the short-term team and later accepted the Lord.
A short-term missions trip can have many appearances. It can be a simple prayer focus, a children’s outreach, a construction project or even a luau. The Short-Term Missions Office takes the spiritual gifts and desires of short-term team members and matches them with the needs of the field to allow the greatest blessing for all involved.

What is short-term missions? It is directly connecting with the mission field by working in partnership with our missionaries and the national church.

Alliance Short-Term Missions

The Short-Term Missions Office exists to connect C&MA people with overseas churches/missionaries for limited-time missions experiences.

SERVE: Impact lives by serving in a cross-cultural situation. Serve the field by doing street evangelism, drama or puppetry; distributing tracts; sharing the JESUS film; developing or renovating ministry sites or working on construction projects.

ENCOUNTER: Build relationships with nationals around the world. Share your faith with nonbelievers. Connect with people through teaching English, national church outreach projects and camps.

AWAKEN: Encourage church leaders in U.S. inner cities. Bring hope to those living in our cities. Be a part of a team that ministers to people in a variety of ways. Experience different cultures God has created within our borders.

PRAY: Intercede for the ministry on site. Take time to walk the streets of places where the missionaries and pastors serve. Intercede for those who have devoted their lives to bring Jesus to that region.

COMPASSION: Invest your life in a missions trip that continues after you return home. Continue working with a ministry site for months or years following your initial visit. Commit to praying, loving and serving for a lifetime.

SPECIALIZE: Share unique skills in a purposeful way. Bring specific training and expertise to fill current needs on the field.

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Find out how YOU can become connected. For more information, visit www.cmalliance.org, send an e-mail to: stmo@cmalliance.org or call (719) 265-2034.

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