Revolution Hawaii is Revving up for it’s 5th year. In just 10 days we will meet our amazing 2010-2011 team of 8 passionate, crazy lovers of Jesus who are ready to spend the next 12 months living their lives fully committed to Him! Every year is a new adventure and we are stoked to see how God works in and through these champions in the days, weeks and months to come.
We thought we would take this opportunity to look back at the incredible teams of the past 4 years and “thank God” for all he accomplished in and through them. As you look over these photos, please ask God “who began a good work in them” to “carry it on to completion” and that their “love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that they may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:3,6,9-11
by Matthew McQuade
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men” This past weekend, God allowed me to see this verse come to life. You see, on Saturdays, we go out into different neighborhoods and visit with people in their homes, asking how things are, seeing if they want prayer. As a part of the Revolution Hawaii team, this is one of the ministries I get involved in throughout the week.
What was special about this particular Saturday, was a guy by the name of “D”. He lives in a low-income housing project, here in Honolulu. As I talked with him, I found out that he was what they call a “street pharmacist”, aka a drug dealer. The more we talked, the more I learned about him. In fact, he told me that he was originally from Portland, Oregon which is where I am from. That right there was a window of opportunity to get to know this guy and build a strong relationship.
He wants to get out of the drug business. At age twenty, I told him that he has such an awesome future; if he sets his mind to it. Later that day, I ran into him again, and talked with him some more. He said, “what you do is what I call the good life; I want that.” It was truly a God thing. The streets are rugged and fast-paced. It is so easy to get caught up. But in what many would consider a “saltless” environment, I saw the salt.
See, somebody had told ”D” who Christ was at an early age in his life. Now, there has been some more exposure to what following Christ is all about. “‘For I know the plans I have for you’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. This is a promise to all people, I believe, especially for “D”.
We took a bunch of our Fight Shirts to WYI and they were a hit. We sold out the first day. Luckily, we have a whole lot more here in Hawaii. If you would like to get your hands on one of these bad boys there are two ways to do it.
The easy way is to send your name, address and size along with $20.00 (check or money order) to:
2950 Manoa Rd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
The best way is to join us on Sunday nights, 8:30 pm at the Kauluwela Mission Corps for “The Fight” China Town Outreach, (after The Upper Room worship service at 6:00 pm) where we reach out to the lost, hurting and marginalized with PB&J, prayer and the love of Jesus. Come with us 3 times and you earn yourself a shirt. More importantly, you will experience the joy and blessings that come from serving God and living out your faith. You will also be able to read Matthew 25 in a whole new light.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
We have just returned from The Salvation Army’s Western Youth Institue (WYI) held at Camp Arnold in Washington State. It was a spirit filled, super fun week with close to 200 young adults from 13 states getting together to love Jesus. The worship band was tight and the speakers were on point as they tackled the theme of the week, “Love”. Our new Territorial Commander, Commissioner Jim Knaggs brought an awesome message. Other great speakers included Lt. Col. Dave Hudson, Major Ivan Wild, Captain Terry Masango, Captain Ivan Wild and Michael Collins. Porn night featured Jake Larson from www.xxxchurch.com who delivered a powerful message regarding the destructive effects of pornography in the lives of believers and unbelievers alike. (Check out their website for some great info and free tools to combat this evil.)
The week was full of electives, workshops, and fun activities. Hawaii, the reigning dodge ball champions, were sadly knocked out of this years tournament early. Thursday saw everyone put into groups and sent off to different service projects around the Seattle area. My group hit the downtown area to do some street evangelism. Good times!
Another highlight was reconnecting with Revolution Hawaii/Micronesia alumni from the past four years and hearing how God has been working in their lives. We were also able to meet a few of the new team coming this September. The 1st Annual WYI Revolution Hawaii/Micronesia Dinner was a blast and we were able to encourage, be encouraged by and pray for this amazing group of Jesus freaks. The only down side was that not all the alumni could be there to join us. They were missed!
God is so good and we thank Him for all he has done, continues to do and promises to keep doing in the future. The best days are ahead. Fight hard, love harder. Jesus is Lord!
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