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BECAUSE OF YOU
In 2017 Hawaiian Islands Ministries served, trained, supported, renewed, encouraged, inspired, resourced, filled, refreshed, came alongside and blessed more than 5,500 in attendance at HIM programs:
- The Art of Human Resources / January 2017
- Improve Your Serve / January 2017
- HIM 2017 / March 2017
- Fish & Poi / September 2017
- Life in the Spirit / November 2017
- Worship in the Spirit / November 2017
- Kingdom Come Worship Night / November 2017
TOGETHER, WE LEARNED
Joy is the weapon used to battle your circumstances. Mercy is to be lived and redistributed. Live in Grace. Walk in love! 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. The Lord will fight for you. All you have to do is be quiet. God loves us at our worst. You can ask God for help with temptation. God changes hearts. The magnitude of God, how minuscule I am, and the graciousness he imparts to us. Love EVERYBODY. See to it that no one misses the grace of God.
Together, we learned about MERCY - God's mercy that is unceasing, generous, forgiving, loving, tender and powerful. Mercy changed us all in 2017. Click below to see the profoundly meaningful HIM 2017 Conference Mercy Interviews.
WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST
These people... PLUS you... MULTIPLIED BY the churches, ministries, families and communities we belong to... EQUALS the Body of Christ.
Because of you, in 2018 HIM will celebrate 35 years gathering the Body of Christ across churches, denominations, demographics, cultures, traditions and generations. We are grateful for your prayers and support. May God bless you extraordinarily in 2018!
Dan & Pam Chun, for HIM and everyone we serve
Give Aloha grows HIM
HIM has participated in Foodland's Give Aloha matching gifts program ever since Give Aloha was introduced in 1999. Give Aloha is a wonderful, community-sourced event that gives back to Hawaii in two major ways:
- It encourages the people of Hawai‘i to support nonprofit organizations in our island community.
- It allows the average "Malia and Kimo" to help determine how Foodland and the Western Union Foundation distribute their charitable giving. This year, that's $300,000!
Here's how it works:
Throughout September, Foodland customers are invited to make donations up to $249 to their favorite participating Hawaii non-profit organizations at checkout. To make the doation, customers must have a Foodland Maika‘i card — available at no charge from Foodland customer service). Donations to each organization are tracked, and Foodland’s matching gift is divided proportionately among all participating organizations based on customer donations.
Your gift through Give Aloha blesses HIM.
- IT MAKES SENSE. It's easy. All you have to do is stop by by your nearby Foodland or Sack 'N Save store and make a gift at the check-out register. You can buy milk, ice, poke, cold drinks at the same time!
- IT MAKES CENTS. Every dollar is worth more than a dollar when you Give Aloha. Whenever you give, you automatically instruct the Foodland/Western Foundation to also give to HIM, allotting a portion of their $300,000 to HIM.
- AND IT MAKES SCENTS. When you give to HIM, you are helping train God's people to spread the good news of Jesus Christ's saving love throughout the world. As Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 2:14, God "uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere."
Please Give Aloha to HIM at your local Foodland or Sack 'N Save Store! Give $1 to $249 throughout the month of September!At the register, tell the check-out clerk you want to make a Give Aloha gift to HAWAIIAN ISLANDS MINISTRIES. Or use the HIM Organization Code: 77430.
Click here to find a Foodland or Sack 'N Save Store near you.
Click here to make a gift online to HIM now if you don't have a Foodland or Sack 'N Save conveniently near you.
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.”
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.
P.S. If you do get to Birmingham, say "hi" to Luke, Anna, Tim, Josh, Nick Herbert and everyone else at Worship Central!
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!
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:
"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 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.
Registration is open for HIM 2018.
Confirmed speakers include Francis Chan, John Ortberg, Margaret Feinberg,
David Choi, Mike Pilavachi - with more announcements coming.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
have trivia or other HIM moments to share?
We'd love to hear them! Send stories, photos and new discoveries to firstname.lastname@example.org.