Central SDA Church

Oahu, HI

As many of you know already, my family does not enjoy traveling with me when I do a long series. But for some strange reason (wink, wink), last October they made an exception. I had been invited to conduct a weekend series in Oahu. For those who have been to any of the Hawaiian Islands, you well know I could go on and on describing their natural beauty. But honestly, what struck me most about the whole trip was the genuine and overwhelming kindness of the people we met in the church there. We are told, “The strongest argument in favor of the gospel is a loving and lovable Christian” (White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 470). Jesus himself said, “By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13.35). Well, this church has it down! I was so impressed. Four presentations were given and hearts were stirred as we moved in close to the heart of God. Many of us say the “correct” thing about God when in our hearts we are holding misunderstandings and misperceptions of His heart toward us. This weekend, lives were changed for time and for eternity as long-held misconceptions were dispelled by the truth of His character. Light shone in the darkness and heart-level healing took place. Suffice it to say, as much as we loved the islands we visited, we loved the people there even more. I wish you God’s best, Oahu church. And thank you, sincerely, for the love that you have shown to us.