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  • Hawaii Baptists get missions training, tweak budget

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    HONOLULU (BP) -- Messengers to the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention received evangelism training from International Mission Board personnel and welcomed into their fellowship congregations in Okinawa, Japan, and the Philippines.

    Gathering around the theme "We Are Hawaii Pacific Missions," 191 messengers and 87 guests met Nov. 8-9 at Olivet Baptist Church in Honolulu. In addition to churches in Hawaii, the convention's 155 cooperating congregations include churches in Guam, Saipan, American and Western Samoa, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and now the Philippines.

    The 2019 budget of $2,375,000 marks a 9 percent decrease from the current year. The decrease is attributable largely to a shift in the way some expenses are classified, according to the HPBC. Anticipated receipts include $1,300,000 in Cooperative Program receipts from churches; $150,000 from the North American Mission Board and $65,000 from LifeWay Christian Resources. Read More

  • Hawaii sees 'incredible witness' amid hurricane, fire

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 27, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    HILO, Hawaii (BP) -- Though Hurricane Lane dumped more than four feet of rain on some parts of Hawaii, the state's Baptists say the storm will be remembered for God's protection far more than destruction or injury.

    Prayers for Hawaii offered by fellow believers "have been amazing," said Darrell McCain, disaster relief director for the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention (HPBC). "God has answered the prayer by just taking a Category 4 storm and basically destroying it before it had a chance to do anymore damage. We're real thankful for that." Read More

  • Hawaii hurricane, fire met with 'hope & healing'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    HONOLULU (BP) -- As Hawaii braced Friday for Hurricane Lane's impact, the state's Baptists were poised for disaster relief ministry. Meanwhile, one Maui church sprang into action at 2 a.m. after a large brush fire, fueled by Lane's winds, threatened its facility and forced evacuations.

    Lane weakened Aug. 24 to a Category 2 hurricane, according to media reports. But the Big Island already had received 30 inches of rain in one location, with flooding in some areas. Maui and Oahu, including the capital city of Honolulu with nearly 1 million area residents, were expected to experience hurricane conditions Aug. 24 or 25. Read More

  • Hawaii Baptists offer help to volcano victims

    by David Roach, posted Monday, May 21, 2018 (9 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 (9 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (2 years 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 (3 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 (4 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