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  • Hawaii Baptists offer help to volcano victims

    by David Roach, posted Monday, May 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    PAHOA, Hawaii (BP) -- With a volcanic eruption on Hawaii's Big Island in its third week, the state's Baptists are preparing to feed evacuees at area shelters and requesting prayer for the region's tourism industry.

    "It's a very complex situation out here," Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention (HPBC) disaster relief director Darrell McCain told Baptist Press. "The media" wrongly "makes it sound like the whole state" is affected. "But it's a very small area" on the Big Island. Still, to those in the lava flow's way, "it's devastating." Read More

  • Hawaii volcano blasts churches into action

    by David Roach, posted Friday, May 11, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    PAHOA, Hawaii (BP) -- Amid a lava flow that has destroyed three dozen structures and the threat of a violent volcanic eruption, Hawaii's churches "are working in really neat ways," said Chris Martin, executive director of the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention (HPBC).

    Congregations on Hawaii's Big Island have banded together to pray, secure housing for some of the area's 2,000 evacuees and, beginning next week, operate a mobile shower unit.

    "The main focus of our people so far," Martin told Baptist Press, has been ministry "to the needs that are immediate. But our history and our practice has been a long-term presence with those that have been affected by disasters." Read More

  • Hawaii missile alert spurred witness, goodbyes to family

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    HONOLULU (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 cooperation

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    HONOLULU (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 church

    by Faith McFatridge, posted Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (one year ago)

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    KONA, 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 association

    by Faith McFatridge, posted Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    HONOLULU (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.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 (3 years ago)

    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