Pacific Connector | 2017, issue 5 (Sep Oct)

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Let Them Give Glory to the Lord and proclaim His praise in the islands. Is aiah 42: 12

T h e Ko o l a u m o u nta in s a c ro s s Ka n eo h e Bay o n W i n dwa rd Oa h u , Hawa ii

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2017 | volume 47, issue 5 | September


Building the Kingdom Small Steps at a time

Chris Martin

Executive Director & Editor 808-356-8329


ust like your ministry occasionally, your staff team at the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention is in a period of transition. And as I am halfway through my fourth year of service as your HPBC Executive Director, I see this progression as the turning of a new day. The remainder of 2017 and all of 2018 will see some of the greatest changes to our staff team function in the history of our convention. We are completely restructuring our staff team to be able to better serve you and meet your needs in missions and ministry. The success of the future is deeply connected to the efforts of the past, so I want to take a minute to recognize the wonderful ministry of our directors who have served with us over the past four years and have now shifted through to new areas of life and ministry. Faith McFatridge brought a dual role of ministry experience into our HPBC team, first serving as a ministry assistant, then serving as an outreach director for many years. She still serves our HPBC churches, even as associate editor of all of our Pacific Connector magazines (she will be reading and editing this that I’m writing—hopefully she won’t edit me too hard!).

Jerry Sulliban, Clyde Kakiuchi and Michael “Bong” Abagon have been wonderful team members and have brought many, many years of incredible service to our churches through the HPBC. Their departures this year will end an era of faithful Kingdom building in their specialized areas of ministry impact. They will continue to serve our churches in limited HPBC ways, serving with us periodically for us to maintain the highest level of ministry support. We will have to work diligently in these coming years to replace their expertise, hospitality, and interaction with our churches and ministry partners. As we move forward, we will continue to restructure our staff team. We want to provide services and resources to assist you in any area of ministry that you may need. Our goal is to help you maximize the God-given vision for your calling— whatever that may entail. We have exciting days ahead in the work of God’s Kingdom—and we desire to be alongside of you through it all! As always, your HPBC staff team is ready to assist you in pursuing the vision and plans that God has given you for ministry. If we can serve you, please call on us at 808 356-8329 or email me at Mahalo



Mully Children’s Family Mully at Dole Cannery Stadium BGR: Making a Difference Together Sharing the Gospel Through Henna

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FEATURE Abounding, Sue Nishikawa Missions Offering for HPBC and Week of Prayer Guide




Around the Islands


Fresh Ideas


Business Administration


Around the SBC


HPBC Calendar


MINISTRY RESOURCES / EVENTS Living Proof Simulcast with Beth Moore


Hawaii Pacific—WMU Annual Meeting & Mission Celebration 11 Joy Break 2.0


HPBC Annual Meeting — 75 Years


3 2042 Vancouver Drive Honolulu HI, 96822 Phone: 808-946-9581 Fax: 808-941-2309 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EDITOR Chris Martin 808-356-8329 ASSOCIATE EDITOR Faith McFatridge 808-224-4967 CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Brandon Pickett MANAGING EDITOR & DESIGN Patti Spencer CONTRIBUTORS Diana Davis Chris Martin Mike Martin Teresa McCain Jeff Palmer Scott Werner The Pacific Connector highlights people and churches that work to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ by reaching the Pacific region. For more information about Pacific Connector or the HPBC, email:, or call (808) 946-9581, fax (808) 941-2309, or write to: Pacific Connector Hawaii Pacific BaptistConvention 2042 Vancouver Drive Honolulu HI, 96822

This publication is provided online, free of charge and is available at: The Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention magazine was created exclusively for the HPBC by Innovative Faith Resources.




orldCrafts, the fair-trade division of WMU, is partnering with Mully Children’s Family (MCF) to help share the story of Dr. Charles Mully and expand WorldCrafts impact among impoverished artisan groups around the world. MCF, a nonprofit organization in Kenya that seeks to transform the lives of street children and youth living in poverty, was founded by Mully. Mully was the first born in a family of eight, living in poverty in Kenya. At age 6, he was abandoned by his parents as they left in search of a better living. He grew up begging on the streets and became a Christian as a teenager. When Mully was 17, he walked more than 40 miles to Nairobi to seek employment. He found work and met his future wife, Esther. He became a wealthy entrepreneur and respected community leader, and he and Esther had eight biological children. In 1989, the Lord laid it on Mully’s heart to help other children living in poverty in Africa. He sold all his property and businesses in order to provide street children in Africa with shelter, medical care, education, and more. Since then Charles and Esther Mully have taken guardianship of more than 12,000 abandoned children.

“We are delighted to be a part of sharing this life-changing story about how one man’s obedience to God has transformed a nation,” said Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director of national WMU. “Beyond a gripping storyline, watching this movie will inspire Southern Baptists to examine ways God is calling them to personally serve and minister to others.” Wisdom-Martin describes this project as a natural fit with WMU’s vision of challenging Christian believers to understand and be radically involved in the mission of God and WMU’s existing ministries. “This partnership will bring more visibility and support for WorldCrafts’ artisan groups in poverty and coming out of sex trafficking so we can minister to exponentially more artisans and their families,” Wisdom-Martin said. “It will also underscore the Kingdom impact Christians can make through orphan care and adoption.” The movie will be shown October 3-5 on Oahu at the Dole Cannery Stadium 18, on Maui at the Maui Mall Megaplex, and on the Big Island at Makalapua Stadium 10 in Kailua-Kona and Prince Kuhio 9 in Hilo. Tickets, as well as group tickets, can be purchased online at: Don’t miss this powerful documentary.

About the Movie: Mully by Scott Werner

What Else do I need in this world if not to put long term smiles on the faces of children and youth whose lives were once tormented in poverty, abuse and abandonment? Charles Mully

What happens when a six-year-old boy in Kenya is abandoned by his family and left to raise himself on the streets? MULLY is no ordinary rags-to-riches tale. It’s the true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, MULLY sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing. Experience the miracle of MULLY and see how one man’s commitment to being a father to the fatherless has transformed a nation. Go to to see the movie trailers. ------------------MULLY greatly touched my heart. Webster’s dictionary defines the word savior as “one that saves from danger or destruction”. Surely this man is a savior and he speaks

of his own personal Savior Jesus Christ as the reason for all he and his amazing family have done. Each of us can do something. More than something actually. One man, one woman can change the world. May we all find the courage and obedience to follow our Savior and thereby change the world of a child and be saved ourselves. Step one—join me in telling everyone you know about this amazing movie. Step two—Ask God what YOU should do. Step three—Change the wolld!! @ TheMullyMovie #TheWorldsLargestFamily. ~ Scott Werner ------------------Dr. Charles Mully is a man who gave up riches and power to help the more than 2.6 million abandoned children living on the streets in Kenya, Africa, and a portion of the proceeds from the theatrical release of the award-winning docudrama based on his life’s testimony will go to support orphans domestically and internationally. #MullyMovie — Focus on the Family



the Islands Farewell Singspiration for the Stanleys

DEAN AND RHONDA STANLEY — Kona Baptist Church bid

Word of Truth in Ewa Beach, Oahu

DANIEL CAPINPIN, shown above with his wife Ivy Grace, has been called as pastor of Word of Truth in Ewa Beach, Oahu. As a youth, he served at the church and earned his theology degree in the Philippines where he met his wife.

Sympathy To

THE CHONG FAMILY — Our deepest sympathy goes out to Alfred and May Chong on the passing of their son, Melvin, in July. Chong is a retired minister of education and radio pastor.

Sympathy To

THE ASKEW FAMILY — Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Dr. Curtis Askew who served as pastor of the Japanese congregation and the English congregation at Olivet Baptist Church. Dr. Askew and his wife, Mary Lee (deceased), had previously served as missionaries in Japan. Service for Dr. Askew was held in Duck Hill, Mississippi.

“Aloha” to Dean and Rhonda Stanley as they leave Hawaii to pastor a church in Arizona. This past July, the church held a Farewell Singspiration for the Stanleys. During the service Alter Call, one received salvation and another accepted Christ later that morning after the service! Five were baptized and another twelve accepted membership into the church. Kenny Tagavilla was ordained as a deacon, and Sean Cowin and Kai Carvalho received their license to preach.

Central Baptist Church Calls

NELSON CHAPMAN — According to

associate pastor, Johnny Hom, Nelson and his family are scheduled to arrive in October. Pastor Hom expressed, “Central Baptist Church is excited to announce that they have called Nelson Chapman to serve as their new Senior Pastor! Nelson plans to arrive in Honolulu in early October, along with his wife, Michelle, and two children, Graham and Abigail. He is finishing his Doctor of Ministry in Global Missions at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Please pray for Nelson and his family as they transition from Korea to Hawaii this coming Fall.” Pastor Chapman served for 12 years as the English-Speaking Pastor of Songtan Central Baptist Church in South Korea.

Stewardship Summit

GIVING IN THE SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY was with the theme of the recent Stewardship Summit held in Hawaii this past July. The Summit was sponsored by the Oahu Baptist Institution, Oahu Baptist Network with support from the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention and the Shiraki Foundation. On the island of Oahu, 71 people from 10 churches attended the two-day workshop at Olivet Baptist Church. Workshops were also held in Kona, Hilo and on Maui with some 10 churches involved. Presenters included Dr. Kenneth Priest, Director of Convention Strategies for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention; Bart McDonald, Executive Director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Foundation; and Spencer Hutson, consultant with the Missouri Baptist Convention. Topics included Basic Budgeting for Church and Family, Strategies for Stewardship Development, Practical Ideas for Stewardship Promotion, Preparing for the Challenge of a Changing Church and Pastoral Leadership and Congregational Giving. Coordinating the event was Dr. David McQuitty who leads the Oahu Baptist Institution. Kenneth Priest, director of Convention Strategies for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention challenges Summit attendees at Kinoole Baptist Church.

Bart McDonald, Executive Director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Foundation, led one of the keynote addresses at Olivet Baptist Church

MAKING A DIFFERENCE TOGETHER: IMPACT REPORT 2017 by Jeff Palmer, Chief Executive Officer, Baptist Global Response

Baptist Global Response

(BGR) is a disaster relief and community development organization with a heart for helping people in desperate need. They seek to demonstrate the love of God so that people in need have the opportunity to experience the full and meaningful lives God created them to enjoy. Their desire is to see people live their lives with hope and peace, inspired to raise their families in confidence, build their communities with dignity and share this life with others. BGR and its partners respond to people with critical needs, whether those needs arise from chronic conditions—like extreme poverty, contaminated water, or endemic hunger—or acute crises—such as natural disaster, personal trauma, or social upheaval.

BGR undergirds the work of Southern Baptists worldwide and partners with others who are like-minded. Baptist Global Response is not an official entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, but it is rooted in the soil of Southern Baptist life and committed to helping Southern Baptists who care connect with people in need around the world. The writer of Proverbs says, “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil…a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Proverbs 4:9-12). As you read this report, I ask you to celebrate what God has done in the lives of so many this past year through your efforts together with BGR. Each fact and each figure represents a life, family, and community touched by

the love of God. In many cases, it was at a time when they had little or no hope. But your generous partnership in prayer, giving, and even going made a difference in their lives. To read the report online, go to: . When Jesus sent his workers out, he sent them two by two. Thank you for being one of those partners who have walked beside us in His sacred task. Thank you for making a difference together, Jeff Palmer, CEO


Week of Prayer for Hawaii Pacific Missions and Sue Nishikawa Offering



Join with churches around our convention for the Week of Prayer, Sep. 3-10, 2017, as we pray for God to help each of us become Abounding in the work of the Lord!

SUNDAY—First, Obey!

THURSDAY—Future Generations

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22 NIV)

This will be written for the generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord. (Psalm 102:18 NKJV )

Ask God to: ▶ Renew your focus and to abide in Him (John 15:4) ▶ Give boldness to share the gospel today (Ephesians 6:19) ▶ Give wisdom to know what He is asking you to do (James 1:5)

MONDAY—Reach the Lost Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you… (Matthew 28:19-20 KJV) Pray for: ▶ The lost people all around us (Proverbs 11:30) ▶ Our churches to engage people with the Gospel (Acts 1:8) ▶ Passion for the lost around us (Mark 16:15-16) ▶ God to lead you to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20)

Pray for: ▶ Baptist Collegiate Ministries ▶ International Student Ministry ▶ College students serving God locally and around the world during their school breaks ▶ Ways you can minister to international students (Hebrews 13:2, Leviticus 19:33-34)

FRIDAY—Revitalizing Churches Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. (I Corinthians 16:13-14 NASB) Pray for our churches to: ▶ Be renewed in love, strengthened in focus, and bold in witness (Philippians 3:12-14) ▶ Be intentional in sharing the Gospel (Psalms 105:1) ▶ Have a renewed love for one another (Hebrews 10:24-25) ▶ Show members how to be a part of revitalization of the church (I Thessalonians 5:11)

TUESDAY—Serving People

SATURDAY—Help in Times of Disaster

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. (Ephesians 6:7-8 NIV)

Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward. (Mark 9:41 NIV)

Ask God to: ▶ Use you and your gifts to reach people (I Peter 4:10) ▶ Give you a passion for people (I Corinthians 9:19-23) ▶ Guide you to a specific ministry to serve (Matthew 25:35-40)

Ask God: ▶ To show you how you can be a part of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief — Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers stand ready at a moment’s notice to help the hurting and bring hope during a catastrophe. When Jesus saw the people, He had compassion on them and met their needs.

WEDNESDAY—Meeting Needs

SUNDAY—Planting New Churches

Defend the weak and fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 82:3-4 NIV)

Then (the church) having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. (Acts 13:3 NKJV)

Ask God to show you: ▶ How to serve those in poverty (Hebrews 13:16) ▶ Ways to meet the needs of the poor (I John 3:17) ▶ How you can help children in poverty by providing school supplies or tutoring (Mark 9:36-37)

Pray for: ▶ The 9 new churches planted across HPBC this past year ▶ The 8 new churches that are in process of joining HPBC ▶ The church planting strategists ▶ More partners to help start new congregations ▶ Ways you, your family, and your church can be involved in planting new churches

Fresh Ideas by Diana Davis

Get Ready for Kickoff! “And And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 CSB Diana Davis is author of “Fresh Ideas for Women’s Ministry.” For more information, visit:


great beginning can set the pace for a great year. These eight tips are written to help plan your women’s ministry kickoff event. The ideas may also be tweaked to launch youth group, choir or other church ministry. Get ready for an awesome kickoff day! INVITE. Invite. Invite. Don’t skip this step. Make a detailed plan for every female attender of your church to receive both a printed and a verbal personal invitation. Build anticipation. Create a Facebook event. Send an e-invitation to members, asking them to forward it to friends. Publicize in your church publications, church website, and community newspaper. CONSIDER FIRST IMPRESSIONS. Every detail counts today. Does your meeting space need fresh paint or updated art? Are restrooms and hallways spotless? Update directional signs. Create a quick registration process. Add fresh flowers, extra greeters and extra seating. Delegate preparation assignments, and involve new church members. “Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people” Colossians 3:23. WORTH HER MINUTES! Demonstrate that you value their time by planning every meeting well, beginning on kickoff day. Keep a relaxed atmosphere, but be purposeful with every minute. Begin and conclude precisely on time. Put long announcements in print. Overview the fall schedule and unveil new groups, plans and ministry projects. When the program is purposeful and top quality, they’ll come back and bring friends. MAKE IT SPECIAL. Add some extra touch to make the kickoff memorable, such as a unique guest speaker, a brunch, a surprise decoration or gift. How about a funny ministry fashion show or scavenger hunt, a hands-on ministry project, a unique how-to demonstration? Make this an annual event no one will want to miss.

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ENCOURAGE FRIENDSHIPS. Help women develop old and new Christian friendships. Wear nametags. Draw names for prayer partners or assign mentors. Understand that coffee break offers valuable conversation time. Introduce guests to new friends. Take someone to lunch. Plan a group picnic in the park. Ascertain that every attender leaves with new friends. ADD ACTION. Explain how your group plans to impact your community and your world for Christ. Your Bible study group—or quilting guild, mission organization, even exercise class—can add simple outreach ministry projects. Redirect your group’s focus from inward to upward and outward. Today’s women love to make a difference! Be “doers of the Word and not hearers only” James 1:22. POINT TO JESUS. Never forget that Jesus is the focus. From kickoff day to year’s end, every action or spoken word must honor Him. Be joyful. Pray. Share your personal Jesus story. Play Christian music. Chat often about God’s blessings and power. Invite every newcomer to Sunday worship. Impact your community. This is no generic social group; this is a Christian women’s group! ASK FOR A COMMITMENT. At the close of your kickoff event, ask women to register to join a group. Group leaders should call or email their class members before next week. Have signup sheets for snacks, retreats, projects, volunteer jobs, etc. Snap digital headshots for an online directory. Provide a printed list of fall dates, special projects or events, and church-wide events. Oh, this is no ordinary day. A great opening day requires lots of prayer, planning and work, but when people come together to know and serve our Savior, it will be worth it all. Get ready to kick off!

Eighteen women from four HPBC churches participated in a Women’s Ministry Henna Party where they learned how to use the art of henna to share the Gospel and their testimony. One former IMB missionary and one current IMB missionary to North Africa demonstrated how henna is used in this area and others as a Christian witness.

Save the Date

2- 3- 18

Hawaii Pacific—WMU Annual Meeting and Mission Celebration


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FEATURING: Sandra Wisdom-Martin Executive Director, National WMU


FROM THE Business Service Administrator Mike Martin

Budgeting 101 In the course of the year, whether a new ministry or one that has been established for many years, the issue of “BUDGET” comes up. Just the thought of the word, “budget” evokes many different emotions and can be an overwhelming experience for those involved.

are three general categories to consider when putting an operating expenses together: Personnel costs, Program costs, and Administrative costs.

Churches can take a new approach putting a budget together and use the time to glorify the Lord in how we show stewardship both on the individual level and corporately as a church body.

WHAT IS A BUDGET? There are many different definitions associated with the word. Here is a way to look at it — A budget is a thoughtful analysis of limited resources to maximize effectiveness of serving God. Every individual and ministry has a limited amount of resources (or revenues) that they can use towards ministry related items (expenses) in meeting the mission of a church ministry. How does a church develop a budget to maximize its effectiveness as a good steward of the resources been given? First, evaluate the resources coming into the ministry. Most resources come through the giving of tithes and offerings. Evaluate giving historically and/or project future growth in giving. Second, evaluate the expenses that you need to pay out during the year. You can break this into two major areas of expenses: operating and capital. Operating expenses are those expenditures that a church incurs to carry out the daily operations. Capital expenses are those expenditures that are associated with buildings, equipment, vehicles, and any item that is not considered to be an operational expenses. Capital expenses are items that you expect to use for more than a year.

WHAT IS A GOOD STARTING POINT IN DETERMINING OPERATING EXPENSES? You can group together as many categories you feel for expenses for the budget. There

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In determining your personnel costs, determine what salary and fringe benefits you will offer to the employees along with meeting any labor laws and tax requirements expenses. In determining your program costs, take in consideration cooperative program giving (usually 5% -20% of undesignated giving), our three special missions offerings (Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and The Sue Nishikawa Hawaii Pacific Missions Offering). Other items in your program costs would include but not limited to, Sunday School, youth programs, other missionary support, and any programs that a ministry be involved in (i.e., homeless or food ministires). In determining your operating costs, you will need to take in consideration items like office supplies, different insurances, utilities. This budget framework starts the discussion of thoughtful analysis of preparing a budget. If we can assist in helping put a church budget together, please feel free to contact us at or (808) 356-8339.


Southern Baptist Convention

HOUSTON — Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) Disaster Relief is helping Texans recover from Hurricane Harvey. Feeding units and recovery units stand ready while other units are poised to provide showers for survivors and volunteers, purify water, assess needs of homeowners and provide childcare. Chaplain teams are providing spiritual counseling. All Southern Baptists are urged to pray. Read More:

PARENTING — Parents are powerless without the Gospel, said J.D. Greear, lead pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh/Durham, N.C. to a capacity crowd on the first day of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s national conference. “It is faith, not technique, that is the most important element in parenting. Read More:

CHURCH PLANTING — Every believer can pray, and every church can help plant churches. Pray regularly for your planters and lead others to join in with you. Ask God to save lives and transform communities through church planters across North America. Read More:


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SEPTEMBER 3 Single Adult Sunday 3-9 HPBC Week of Prayer for Hawaii Pacific Missions and Sue Nishikawa Offering 4 Labor Day — Office Closed 16 HPBC Executive Board Meeting 17 Anti-Gambling Sunday


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Cooperative Program Emphasis Personal Evangelism Commitment Day Global Hunger Day HBEEA Conference

NOVEMBER 5 Disaster Relief Appreciation Day 6 BWA World Day of Prayer 6 HPBC New Workers Orientation 7-8 HPBC Missions College, Olivet Baptist Church 10 Veterans’ Day — Office Closed 9-10 HPBC 75th Annual Meeting, HBA 23 Thanksgiving Day — Office Closed

DECEMBER 3-10 Week of Prayer & Mission Study for International Missions and Lottie Moon Offering 15 Hawaii WMU Joybreak 2.0, Olivet Baptist Church 25 Christmas — Office Closed

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