Pastor Steve Gray
There are so many great blessings about living here in Hawaii. The many friends, amazing food and of course, great weather. One of my favorite things in Hawaii is the simple word, aloha. It means hello! When used a a greeting, aloha must always be delivered with a smile. It also means love. One of the first phrases I was taught after arriving in Hawaii was aloha ke akua - which means God is love. A coworker once told Dee Ann, "we have such aloha for you." He was communicating not only love but also deep respect and value for her as a teacher, friend and colleague.
The spirit of aloha is seen in so many wonderful ways in the life of First Baptist Church of Wahiawa. Aloha was shown to the keiki during our 5-Day Club held in July as they learned about the love of Jesus and His plan for each of their lives. Aloha was demonstrated in the gathering, preparing and distributing of over 400 backpacks to children on Oahu, Molokai and Maui. We are preparing to send aloha to the Philippines in the form of a $4,000 grant to finish construction of an orphanage for native children in Barangay. There is even aloha in planting of new flowers across the front of the church building. I see flowers as God's expression of aloha to us all!
In the coming weeks we will experience the joy of aloha as we begin new Bible Study groups and celebrate God's faithfulness to our church 'ohana. On August 29th we will celebrate the 87th anniversary of First Baptist Church of Wahiawa.
Above all else, I am thankful for the gift of aloha we have received from Jesus Christ. He showed his aloha in this, while we were sinners, Christ died for us. Thanks be to God!