Sunday, March 28, 2010

Palm Sunday: Enter...Jesus

These pictures are taken by 2 of our students...I wish we could take these kind of pictures but we are so grateful for all the pics taken by our students

Can you believe it is Palm Sunday? Easter or Resurrection Sunday more appropriately named is a week away. It is so easy to be swept away into our own business, and let another Resurrection Sunday pass. Instead I pray that you allow this week to be a launching point that radically changes your life. You may already know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, make sure He's Lord over your life. You may already know Him as Lord, make sure you know Him as Savior. You can't have one without the other. Even those who know Christ and having been walking with Him, can still die to things about themselves and know Him in a more deep and intimate way.

Our students at SONLIFE have been working hard at dramas, signing, hulas that all point to Jesus Christ being Savior. We pray that the Holy Spirit solidifies the Lordship in all of our lives as well.

Well David and I had a great time with my Grandma. We were able to show her little bits of our lives in Hilo. My folks left yesterday all nice and toasted. We keep trying to convince them to move out here. But believe it or not, as of now, they do not have another trip planned yet...that could change in the matter of seconds.

Yesterday we had a huge Garage Sale/Car Wash and raised almost $1200. We of course need a lot more trying to send almost 20 people, however, God is providing in some incredible ways and we are so thankful for the parents who are helping plan large group fundraising opportunities.

This week should be a little less busy (I always think that, and it never is the case). I'm trying to get over a head cold...yuck! I think this is the first time I have been really sick in our marriage, and I have an amazing husband who has been waiting on me hand and foot which I am so thankful for and I think has led to my speedy recovery. David and I are going to help take care of our friend's mother/mother in law (for Art). Art and Donna are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary and we have the privilege of being with Mamacita while they are gone, we are looking forward to that. After they get back we move to another house where we will be chilling with some of our youth students while their parents are in Oahu. Not babysitting (because they are old enough to take care of themselves) but what a wonderful opportunity to spend some time together with 2 of our students.

We are very blessed! We pray you are too!
Let us know what God has been doing in your life

David and Kelsey

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

busy busy

Aloha friends and family,
Gosh, it's been a while since I last gave you all the update. Let's just say it has been pretty busy here on the Big Island.
A few weekends ago we had a group of Bethel students come and stay with us. They were coming to recruit/be counselors for a Missionary church camp in Oahu. It was so good to see familiar faces, and even meet a new freshmen. I love when people from different backgrounds and different majors unite to 1)recruit for Bethel but 2) most importantly devote an entire week to share Jesus Christ to teens from all over the islands! I pray their efforts were fruitful.

David then launched into his own spring break activities with our hmc teens. We started off with a pi retreat on March 14...I'll let you figure that one out (answer is below). He, along with some parents and leaders, took the kids to the beach on Kona side, while I sadly had to work, *sigh*. What was great about the retreat was that we had about 4 new faces show up, we love meeting new teens! David then had beach Olympics at Bayfront Tuesday. My husband came home nice and toasty after two days from being in the sun. Wednesday we had a family movie night at the dollar theatre where we watched the Blindside. If you have not seen this movie, it is a MUST SEE! What an excellent movie. David and I looked at each other and said, "We want to have hearts/compassion/sacrifice like that family".

My parents and Grandma are currently here visiting. We realized after them, we don't have anyone visiting until our Bethel interns in May. So if you are longing for that vacation with sunshine, white sand beaches, and surf...well Hilo may not be for you (that is Kona side). But if you are longing for beautiful ocean, black sand beaches, and awesome fellowship...well we'd love for you to come visit!

Prayer requests!
-Strength especially in my job (it requires a lot of time and energy)
-Communication and Direction for HMC youth
-A house to live in/ not an apartment one that allows us to have our teens over and allows us to have a pet
-A Bethel semester abroad opportunity starting Jan 2011 (maybe?)
-More youth leaders/worship leader for the youth group
-God reveals himself in a real way to us, and to our youth

Love you all!
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David and Kelsey

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Bethel visitor and movie set all in one weekend

Whew, what a busy week! Where do I begin? Well David and I had our first Bethel visitor *drum roll please* Joel Runyon come visit us Thursday night through Saturday night. And what fun we had! After work David and Joel went diving, and as the story goes they shot a puffer fish...why shoot a puffer fish you environmentalists ask? I don't know, you'll have to ask my husband. Friday after work I brought home pizza, and we just sat around and talked. I was about ready to talk them into going to go see a movie, when they came up with this brilliant and strange idea of camping and seeing the stars at the top of Mauna Kea. Well, I'll let you guess what we did between movie and camping/stars? Yep, you guessed it, camping and stars. We actually had a really great time. We got as close to Mauna Kea as we could and watched the stars for about 45 min in sub zero degree temperatures...ok...not that bad but super cold! Looking at the vast universe with the millions of stars led to some incredible conversation. God is so BIG and we are so small was our ultimate conclusion. It really was an incredible time. We then made our way down to Kona side where we parked and the three of us decided to camp in the back of our Ford explorer. It made for an interesting and cramped night. Saturday we went to the beach and snorkeled and threw the frisbee, watched the dophins, went grocery shopping at Cosco and spent way too much money, played tourist with Joel as our tour guide, and had a fabulous dinner (says the cook).
Sunday was a very busy day for us. We had youth group, our college/jr/sr small group and David went Noni picking and I went to Oahu. David and I felt that we haven't spent enough time away from each other that another weekend apart would be fantastic (please note the sarcasm). David and the students raised a lot of money in just one day for the Colorado trip...hurray! I went to Oahu to meet my dad since he was invited by Sony to be on set of a new film being made called Soul Surfer, a story about Bethany Hamilton's life. For those of you who don't know, Bethany Hamilton when she was 13 lost her arm in a shark attack while surfing. 3 weeks after the losing her arm, she was back in the water...surfing. She now, at age 20, is ranked the 14th best female pro surfer in the world. Pretty cool stuff. I had the privilege of hanging out with the producers, promotion guys, media experts, and the entire Hamilton family including her youth pastor, Sarah Hill, who had tremendous influence in Bethany's life. Meeting Sarah was probably my favorite part of the whole trip. She was genuine and so passionate for the Lord, I could see how the Holy Spirit has used her life to influence others. We exchanged phone numbers and hope to do some youth ministry together in the next few years. Oh, I almost forgot, I joined all the media-guys for an all expense paid surf lesson by instructors and Bethany Hamilton. Needless to say I am in so much pain today. I didn't know I had some muscle in my arm, shoulder, back, and neck...ouch!
Well it's back to work for both David and I (although he worked Monday as I took surfing lessons). We would ask that you join us in prayer for next week especially. David has planned a 3-day SPRING BREAK event, and we want to see new students come, old students come, fun, safety, and most importantly that the Holy Spirit would come in and radically transform and convict all of us in supernatural ways.

We are also having a big drug problem with our neighbors next door. I'm beginning to think that we need to move, and move in the next month. So God has to open up affordable and practical doors for us to move in Hilo and prefferably a house that allows us to have a pet.

We have 4 Bethel students coming this weekend to recruit for Bethel. Speaking of Bethel, I have a proposal out there to the VP of Bethel, and I've been praying God really opens some doors in the next year with this proposal.

Patience and endurance with my job. Love my client, but there are some things that are getting weary. I need the strength of God each and every day.

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David and Kelsey