"Rich" on HIM

"Rich" on HIM

IT WASN'T OUR FIRST HIM CONFERENCE.

When we went in 2010, we were in one of the general sessions. We had been talking the whole time – and my husband Rich was very excited about the offerings in the breakouts.

We came into the last General Session and Dan did an altar call. Rich had been listening intently to the speaker, and then Dan came up and spoke about God’s Presence in our lives. Dan said that all of us could have more of God's Presence if we just invited Him into our hearts, and then invited everyone to make a commitment if they wanted to. Rich got down on his knees, and then I went down with him, and he prayed quietly and rededicated his life to Christ. He said, “I want more. I am seeing what more is, and I want more.” 

What we're listening to now. #Devotion

All my affection. All of my praise.
All my devotion for all of my days.
Pour out my worship, lift up Your name.
Jesus, You’re all that I needed and more.

You have my heart, You have my soul.
You have my yes. You have my all.
 

Last July, we had the privilege of taking part in Worship Central's THE WEEK, an annual event focused on tuning up in worship and tuning into God to help lead others into His Presence. We heard about The Week and were encouraged to attend by Luke and Anna Hellbronth of Worship Central when they led worship at HIM 2016. 

Devotion was one of the worship songs we learned and loved at The Week. Written by Luke Hellebronth, Tim Hughes and Dean Ussher, the song had not yet been recorded and released but it stayed with us. Worship like this sinks in deep.

When Devotion was released in late May on Worship Central's new album Mercy Road, my heart broke open hearing it again and knowing it now belongs to the whole Church, to the world. It expresses the inner cries of those who have been touched by Jesus. We are never the same.

 

Take a listen. 
What is your heart saying? What is God saying over your heart? Where is He carrying your thoughts, your burdens, your cares? Where is your affection and how is God molding it to become TRUE LOVE, DEVOTION, RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM?

 
 

This acoustic version was released by Worship Together and recorded at St. Luke's Gas Street, where Tim Hughes is pastor/vicar and Anna Hellebronth leads worship. Don't miss the interview with Luke at the end to learn how Devotion came into being. And hang on to the end bit about intimacy with God, space and how "part of our relationship with God is, as G.K. Chesterton says, a passionate love affair." Good stuff. 

 
 

Want more?  If you're free next week, break out the passport and head over to Birmingham, England—THE WEEK starts this coming Sunday, June 25, More info here.

Or, even if you can't be there in person, watch below to worship with Luke and Anna Hellebronth, Tim Hughes and others at Worship Central and St. Luke's Gas Street in Birmingham.

 
 
Pam & Dan Chun
 

P.S. If you do get to Birmingham, say "hi" to Luke, Anna, Tim, Josh, Nick Herbert and everyone else at Worship Central!

 

Snapshots of HIM 2017

Thank you, God, for the pastors of your flocks. We pray for them, support them, encourage them, bless them.

"HIM 2017 helped me understand the profound changes in society, the internet’s resources for folks who’ve been burned by the church, and changes in evangelism."

Nearly 400 pastors and pastors spouses' registered for HIM 2017.

We are thankful for the shepherds wherever they tend Jesus' flocks — big and small, in the city and marketplace, in neighborhoods, prisons, schools and homes, in rural areas where resources are few, on all the Hawaiian islands, on every continent, wherever God sends them throughout the world through many dangers, toils and snares. We bless you!


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Sometimes the youth are the teachers and we're the pupils.

"At HIM 2017 I learned that I shouldn't rely on anything or anyone except God.He gives us love, grace, mercy and more.
I [heart] HIM!"

Thank you, God, for the youth that come to be part of the HIM family. We pray for them, we love them, we bless them.

In the last five years, 500 youth made decisions to follow Christ and GIVE THEIR LIFE TO HIM because He GAVE His life TO US. 

500 youth = 10% of the 5,000 youth who've come to HIM the last 5 years at HIM.  Our students come from every Hawaiian island, from differing family circumstances, cultures and experiences. Some have been brought up in the church. Some are encountering the Family of God for the first time.

We love loving on them. We're better for having them as part of the HIM Conference. We're humbled by their stories. We're honored that God entrusts young, tender, malleable and open-hearted lives to us. 


 

Thank you, God, for loving on your people in areas where we were seeking help.

when HIM 2017 came to a close, we asked participants, "In what areas did HIM 2017 help you?" 

Here's what they said:

 
 
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"Joy is the weapon used to battle your circumstances."

"The most important was learning that God never condemns me when I make a mistake, but helps us back on the right tracks."

"Mercy is difficult to live out. I really gained a better understanding of mercy and how you need to receive it in order to give it."

"I’m really accepting how God loves me unconditionally! Wow!"

Praise God because His mercy endures forever. It helps me extend mercy beyond my comfort zone and to love.

"I am a lot stronger in my faith and I feel ready for whatever life throws at me."

 
 

"God is still here, even if I 'moved.' God is still good, even if circumstances don’t look like it. God still wants to work in and through my life to love me and to love others."

 
 

 HIM does all it can to help people where they are — in every circumstance, life stage and season, wherever you're called, or just sometimes where you find yourself.


MERCY

Mercy is at the core of God’s character and one of the most active muscles in His relationship with His people. We see that in scripture, in history, in His Son Jesus Christ and in the presence of His Holy Spirit.

Our PRAYER is that we all grow more and more into the likeness of Christ by practicing mercy, giving and receiving mercy, loving mercy - WE the Church, WE the Body of Christ, WE the members of God's household and family, WE all brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters loved by God.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. - PSALM 23:6
 
 
 

Registration is open for HIM 2018.

Confirmed speakers include Francis Chan, John Ortberg, Margaret Feinberg,
David Choi, Mike Pilavachi - with more announcements coming.

 

Help us make the match!

 

Now through June 30, 2017, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar!

A generous foundation is willing and wanting to match every gift to HIM — up to $50,000! This extraordinary $50,000 grant matched with your gift will provide $100,000 in needed support for HIM.

This is a huge blessing and it needs all of the HIM family to complete it. The matched grant will cover expenses that registration fees don’t meet. It will close HIM’s June 30 fiscal year without a deficit. It will train thousands of believers from hundreds of churches to go where God calls them. It will continue what HIM does best: gather and train the Body of Christ as many yet one for renewal and revival!

Every gift and any gift you make will be matched dollar-for-dollar. We are utterly grateful for how this will help HIM. We are also astounded by the tremendous encouragement it is to you and every person who supports, attends, and serves with HIM. 

 
 

This matching gift opportunity powerfully reminds us:

 
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God always multiplies.

Whether wine for a wedding feast, fish for five thousand or seed sown, God does much with what seems little. God IS the "thirty, sixty and hundredfold." Please give and watch God grow it!

 

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We are never alone.

We work, live, pray, serve, toil, worship and rejoice together. Others are always alongside us. This is what HIM and the HIM Conference is about.

 
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God always ask us to be part of what he is doing.

When you give to HIM, you are giving to the Body of Christ — not any one church denomination, movement or fad — but men, women and youth who come to HIM and return to their churches, workplaces, homes and schools massively connected to God's bigger purposes.

 

 

Please make a gift today so HIM can make this match.

Your gift combined with this matching donation yields even more than it can on its own. Thank you in advance, and may God multiply His blessings in you today.

 

Why Your Gift Matters

We want to share a story from HIM 2017 that touches us deeply:  

I served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army, and was deployed three times into the combat theatre in Iraq. I got out of the service a few years ago, and this was the first talk I heard that made sense to me as a veteran. It was profound. Now I can have some sort of healing.

It helped me get out of myself and relate to characters in the Bible we studied, Mary Magdalene and Jesus. When I identify with Mary, I see that I had a lot of the same hurts, just different experiences. She was hurting. I am hurting. But in her discomfort and brokenness, she was just there in front of Jesus. So I can say, even in my mental discomfort, I can discover and be with Jesus, too. She had trauma, did wrong things, maybe shame and guilt, all in all, not too different from me.

When I came back from war, I came back to the church out of external obedience not because I wanted. I didn’t know what I wanted. I had no motivation. It was hard to stay. I was not committed to persevere. 

Then little by little there were small “helps” for me to stay. One of them is this HIM conference. You take one step and someone will lift you up, then another step. This HIM conference, for me, is not a little step but a big step.

As a veteran you are so much wounded and so alone. Then you hear this message and you don’t feel alone…because someone had this problem a long time ago and is calling out to you and saying, “Hey, I’ve been there, done that…keep going! There’s nothing new here, keep going!” It meant the world to me. It touched me deeply.

Doing good work like this conference shouldn’t stop because people need it. HIM gives a sense of unity that everyone is here to improve their spiritual life. It makes you know you are not alone struggling as a child of God.

I think HIM is just a gift of God to Hawai‘i. Who would have thought of doing such a thing? 

 

Who would have thought of doing such a thing? God.

God, who gave this vision to HIM nearly 35 years ago. God, who in Jesus Christ shows us how to serve, support, forgive, love one another in our hurts and shortcomings and human messiness. When we do, as the above says, we don’t feel alone. We take big steps. We are healed.

Please support HIM with a gift today. We ask because it matters. We ask because we do it together, never alone.

In Christ,

 
            Dan & Pam Chun for HIM

            Dan & Pam Chun for HIM


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Now through June 30, 2017, your gift will be matched dollar-for dollar!

A generous foundation is willing to match every gift — up to $50,000! This is important to HIM ending its June 30 fiscal year without a deficit..

Let's do this together!

 

HIM 2017 Trivia. Never Trivial.

 

We learned A LOT at HIM 2017! It was a wonderful three days learning together, worshiping, praying, receiving God's mercy.

We also learned some interesting trivia about our HIM 2017 speakers

Did you know that…

 
TOM SMITH, our HIM 2017 worship leader is related to MARTIN SMITH of Christian rock band Delirious? Tom grew up watching "Uncle Martin" (brother of Tom's father) leading worship with Delirious in the tiny English coastal town of Littlehampton. Tom also nearly hit the big screen when he was cast to be a stormtrooper for the Star Wars movie Rogue One, but came up an inch too short in height when he reported for costuming at England's Pinewood Studios.

TOM SMITH, our HIM 2017 worship leader is related to MARTIN SMITH of Christian rock band Delirious? Tom grew up watching "Uncle Martin" (brother of Tom's father) leading worship with Delirious in the tiny English coastal town of Littlehampton. Tom also nearly hit the big screen when he was cast to be a stormtrooper for the Star Wars movie Rogue One, but came up an inch too short in height when he reported for costuming at England's Pinewood Studios.

SUMO SATO,  is not only in the West Coast Surfing Hall of Fame but was also recently inducted into the MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME?! That's right. Sumo trained under Kung Fu San Soo grandmaster Jimmy Soo, and back in the day Sumo was an anonymous stunt double in unknown numbers of martial arts movies. Seems Sumo can both ride boards and split boards.

SUMO SATO,  is not only in the West Coast Surfing Hall of Fame but was also recently inducted into the MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME?! That's right. Sumo trained under Kung Fu San Soo grandmaster Jimmy Soo, and back in the day Sumo was an anonymous stunt double in unknown numbers of martial arts movies. Seems Sumo can both ride boards and split boards.

MARGARET FEINBERG takes like a duck to water when it comes to surfing. She recently has become an avid surfer. No wonder. Her father is surfing pioneer Bill Feinberg, founder of Oceanside Surfboards, the first large company of its kind on the East Coast and a member of the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame.

MARGARET FEINBERG takes like a duck to water when it comes to surfing. She recently has become an avid surfer. No wonder. Her father is surfing pioneer Bill Feinberg, founder of Oceanside Surfboards, the first large company of its kind on the East Coast and a member of the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame.

DAVE CHOI is a wizard. No! Not in a Harry Potter sort of way but according to someone who prophesied over him. (Yeah, those SAT scores, Dave) More importantly, Dave is a bonafide, make-me-cry, I-wouldn't-lie, my-oh-my rapper. CLICK HERE. (And Dave, should you be readin' this, we be callin' you to do somefin different next HIM Conference, you know what I'm saying?)

DAVE CHOI is a wizard. No! Not in a Harry Potter sort of way but according to someone who prophesied over him. (Yeah, those SAT scores, Dave) More importantly, Dave is a bonafide, make-me-cry, I-wouldn't-lie, my-oh-my rapper. CLICK HERE. (And Dave, should you be readin' this, we be callin' you to do somefin different next HIM Conference, you know what I'm saying?)

PAUL SHEPPARD and his wife Meredith, who have been associated with HIM since the 1990s, flew into HIM 2017 after being part of the surprise proposal/engagement party for their daughter, Alicia! Congratulations, Paul and Meredith! We're looking forward to expanding the HIM Family!

PAUL SHEPPARD and his wife Meredith, who have been associated with HIM since the 1990s, flew into HIM 2017 after being part of the surprise proposal/engagement party for their daughter, Alicia! Congratulations, Paul and Meredith! We're looking forward to expanding the HIM Family!

DON COUSINS learned that his son Kirk Cousins (yes, that Kirk Cousins, QB for the Washington Redskins) and his wife Julie are going to be first-time parents! Watch Kirk find out the sex of their baby! See the reaction of their former only child, dog Bentley.

DON COUSINS learned that his son Kirk Cousins (yes, that Kirk Cousins, QB for the Washington Redskins) and his wife Julie are going to be first-time parents! Watch Kirk find out the sex of their baby! See the reaction of their former only child, dog Bentley.

TOBY KIM, who played electric guitar in our HIM 2017 worship band, has superpowers. He's played back-up for pop boy-band One Direction as well as with Christian songwriter and worship leader Phil Wickham. And we got to worship with Toby LIVE for three days! #RealTime

TOBY KIM, who played electric guitar in our HIM 2017 worship band, has superpowers. He's played back-up for pop boy-band One Direction as well as with Christian songwriter and worship leader Phil Wickham. And we got to worship with Toby LIVE for three days! #RealTime

BRANDON AHU, our HIM 2017 co-emcee is blessed!!! He and his wife Kara welcomed Alana Hope Kekahililani Von Yuk Ha Ahu on March 26th - days after HIM 2017! Congratulations, Brandon and Kara!

BRANDON AHU, our HIM 2017 co-emcee is blessed!!! He and his wife Kara welcomed Alana Hope Kekahililani Von Yuk Ha Ahu on March 26th - days after HIM 2017! Congratulations, Brandon and Kara!

JIM BURNS, our in-house HIM parenting expert for more than 30 years went home after HIM 2017 to a new member of the family. Meet Miloh, Jim and Kathy Burns' Golden Retriever puppy. Awwww!

JIM BURNS, our in-house HIM parenting expert for more than 30 years went home after HIM 2017 to a new member of the family. Meet Miloh, Jim and Kathy Burns' Golden Retriever puppy. Awwww!

 

have trivia or other HIM moments to share?

We'd love to hear them! Send stories, photos and new discoveries to yourstories@himonline.org.

 

 

 

 

Check out the HIM 2017 schedule changes

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Brent Eldridge

 

Mike Pilavachi will not be speaking at HIM 2017 due to a health issue. Please pray with us for complete healing for our friend Mike.

Josh Riebock, our youth plenary speaker, is stuck in the blizzard blanketing New York City and cannot make it out to the conference. We learned about this Tuesday morning, March 14. #luckywelivehawaii. Read about "Winter Storm Stella" here.

Brian Holland is warming up his voice to take Josh Riebock's place as our main HIM Youth speaker. Brian is lead Pastor for FLOOD Next Generation Ministry and College /Young Adults at Purpose Church in Pomona, California. He was already on his way out here to speak in at Hume Lake Hawaii's spring camp the week after HIM 2017. We're so thankful our youth ministry partners Hume Lake have a deep bench, strong relationships, and love HIM and the youth of Hawai‘i. 

NEW! Thursday night, 8:30-9:45 pm, Seminar Series 1 > Jim Burns: Balancing Marriage and Parenting in Your Family

NOW! Friday afternoon, 1:30-3:00 pm, Youth General Session > Nate Stratman is replacing Mike Pilavachi

NICE! Saturday afternoon, 1:30-3:00 pm, General Session 6 > Jeff Vanderstelt: Go with His Presence and Power (John 20:21-22; Luke 3:21-22; 4:1-2; 16-22)

Coming to HIM 2017? Get the HIM App

With the HIM App on your smart phone or tablet, you will have the latest, most current, and always updated HIM 2017 schedule at your fingertips. Access expanded speaker profiles, participate in polls and surveys, create a personal conference agenda, get tips from others at the conference — and more!

HIM 2017 Conference FAQs

 

Before the Conference

Make sure you are registered and have your ticket(s). Tickets were sent to the email address provided by the purchaser on HIM’s online ticketing site. Print and bring your ticket to conference check-in. 

What if I can't find my ticket?
Contact HIM by 3/13/17 to have the email link resent. Email info@himonline.org or phone (808) 988-9777. At the conference go to the “Customer Service” table on the 1st Floor Lobby on Thursday or to Conference Headquarters (3rd Floor) for assistance.

What if I need to buy tickets?  
Buy tickets anytime at himonline.org/register—even after the conference begins!

Can my friends and I register at the conference?
Absolutely. Walk-ins are welcome at Conference Headquarters (3rd floor).

Who is speaking and when?
Find the full schedule, speaker and seminar information on the HIM website at him2017.org.

Will the HIM office be open during the conference?
No. The office will close Wed, 3/15/17. Find us at the conference at Conference Headquarters, 3rd floor.

Get the App!

The HIM App is the BEST way to get HIM Conference updates.
Have the schedule at your fingertips, get to know our speakers, explore seminar descriptions, be notified about room and schedule changes, participate in polls, check out exhibitors—even fill out conference evaluations—all on your phone or tablet. Download it free at himonline.org/app.

At the Conference

Begin by checking in…
Check in begins Thursday, 3/16/17 at 5 pm and continues throughout the conference. Please wear your name tag at all times—your admission to sessions. Worship Concert wristbands are required for admission to the concert. If you have tickets for the entire conference and the concert, please present them together at check-in. 

Check in where?

  • THURS Preconference Sessions: 3rd Floor, 8:00 AM
  • THURSDAY 5:00 – 6:30 PM: Ground Floor Lobby
  • ALL OTHER TIMES: Conference Headquarters, 3rd Floor

Youth and Youth Leaders
At check-in you will get a wristband and a name tag. You will need to wear both all 3 days for admission to the youth sessions and worship concert.

Take-A-Peek Ticket Holders
Check in at least at 30 min before the first session you are attending. TAP holders using their tickets on opening night, Thursday, March 16, check-in on the first floor in the main lobby. All other times, check-in at Conference Headquarters, 3rd Floor.

Worship Concert Only Ticket Holders
Please check in by 8 pm Friday at Conference Headquarters, 3rd Floor. If checking in on opening night, Thursday, March 16, worship concert tickets may be turned in for a wristband on the first floor in the main lobby. 

Parking

Parking is available at the Convention Center. Enter on Kalakaua Ave. 
The garage can accommodate 690 vehicles and has ADA accessible parking in Row A. Maximum vehicle height is 8’11”. The parking lot opens one hour before and closes one hour after an event. Overnight parking is not allowed. Fee: $10 per entry (cash or credit card). No charge if exiting within 30 min of entering. For more information call (808) 943-3500 or the parking hotline at (808) 943-3081. Traffic and advisory information can be found on radio station 1610 AM.

Helpful hints:

  • Convention center parking fills up quickly, so come early! 
  • Pay at the kiosks on the 2nd floor before exiting the convention center.
  • Be aware: exiting parking at the end of each evening takes extra time

In the unforeseen event that you cannot use a ticket at the last minute:

  • Give your ticket to a friend.
  • Sell your ticket to someone else.
  • Bless someone in need by leaving your ticket at Conference Headquarters. Many have done this in the past, and the amazed faces and gratitude of unsuspecting recipients is priceless.
  • For full-time tickets only: you may transfer your 2017 ticket to 2018. Please email info@himonline.org by 3/16/17 to request this accommodation.