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Hawaii missile alert spurred witness, goodbyes to familyHONOLULU (BP) -- Praying, sharing the Gospel and contacting loved ones were among Hawaii Baptists' reactions when a mistaken alert message Jan. 13 said a ballistic missile could strike them within minutes.
Shortly after 8 a.m. local time, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent an alert to cell phones on the islands stating, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill." A television banner added, "A missile may impact on land or sea within minutes."
State government officials revoked the alert after 38 minutes, according to media reports, and later said the message went out because of human error. But amid heightened tension with North Korea, some Hawaiians and tourists thought their lives could end within the hour. Read More
Hawaii Baptists restructure budget, urge cooperationHONOLULU (BP) -- Messengers to the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention restructured their budget and adopted a resolution urging churches to give through the Cooperative Program.
Gathering around the theme "People of the Word -- Celebrating 75 Years of the HPBC," 264 messengers from 70 of the convention's 151 churches met Nov. 9-10 at Hawaii Baptist Academy in Honolulu. Messengers came from churches across Hawaii and also represented Guam, American Samoa, Okinawa, South Korea, Japan and Thailand. Read More
Hawaii Baptists receive Russian-speaking churchKONA, Hawaii (BP) -- Messengers to the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention annual meeting welcomed a Russian-speaking church into their fellowship and held steady the convention's percentage of Cooperative Program receipts forwarded to Southern Baptist Convention causes.
Gathering around the theme "charting the course together," drawn from Acts 20:24, 214 messengers and 60 guests convened the HPBC's 74th annual meeting Nov. 17-18 at the Courtyard King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Read More
Hawaii convention welcomes Asian associationHONOLULU (BP) -- Hawaii Pacific Baptists held steady their percentage of Cooperative Program gifts forwarded to Southern Baptist Convention causes and recognized a partner association with all of its cooperating churches in Asia.
Centered on the theme "Great Awakening!" based on 2 Chronicles 7:14, some 247 registered messengers and 73 guests gathered Nov. 5-6 at Olivet Baptist Church on Oahu. Read More
Asia churches forming Hawaii Pacific assoc.
KIHEI, Maui (BP) -- Five churches in South Korea and Japan are working to establish a new association of Baptist churches within the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention.
The churches voiced their intentions at the HPBC annual meeting, Hawaii Pacific Baptist executive director Chris Martin told Baptist Press. The churches are already aligned with and supporting Hawaii Pacific convention work, he said, but want to officially organize an association across the Pacific Ocean. Read More