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Kenilworth Union Church

Serving In Hawaii
June 18, 2022
Community: Oahu
Partner: Kailua United Methodist Church, Life Christian Church, Parker United Methodist Church
Staff: Adam Hildebrandt, Michael Mayor, Laura Norman, Joshua Ely

Welcome to Hawaii

by Michael Mayor | June 19, 2022 7:13 PM

The team arrived on Saturday and got to experience the beauty of the Island of Oahu. We arrived at our host church and began to set up for the night amazed but the mountains around us. Everyone is in good spirits hanging out and spending time together in worship! Ready to get some rest tonight.

Welcome to Hawaii

Christian Life Church

by Michael Mayor | June 19, 2022 7:18 PM

Teams Alohomies and Uke-lei-lei was blessed to experience worship at LIFE Christian Church today. We were blessed to lead some kids services and hear from a couple of high school students sharing their testimonies in preparation for baptism next week. Afterwards, Squire shared a message with the congregation, we shared a meal and learned about the Pastor's heart for the Island and people of Hawaii.
Christian Life Church

Parker UMC

by Michael Mayor | June 19, 2022 7:22 PM

Teams Hoke Poke and Soul Surfer got to stay at our hosting church to participate in worship. The team was introduced to the congregation at Parker UMC Church in this special way. We were given leis, a symbol of love and being welcomed to Hawaii. We loved our time here today and look forward to getting to know the people throughout the week.

Parker UMC

Lunch on the Beach

by Michael Mayor | June 19, 2022 7:33 PM

Team Lokahi got to visit another church across the Island. We had a great time sharing life together. After the service, we got to eat sandwiches on the beach amazed at the beauty of God's creation. We are looking forward to seeing what God will do in this place this week.

Lunch on the Beach

Pearl Harbor

by Michael Mayor | June 19, 2022 7:37 PM

After lunch with our new church friends, we visited Pearl Harbor. Such an interesting and informative experience. There is so much to learn here. We are humbled and thankful in light of our experience.
Pearl Harbor

Waikiki Beach

by Michael Mayor | June 20, 2022 2:53 AM

We got to visit Waikiki Beach and meet a wonderful new friend who played the ukelele for us. He even taught some of us how how to play. We got to sing and enjoy the beach together. What a great way to prepare for the work to be done this week!

Waikiki Beach

Mountain Top Dinner

by Michael Mayor | June 20, 2022 3:58 AM

Our last stop before heading back to our host church was a delicious dinner on Tantalus Outlook overlooking Honolulu. We spent time taking team pictures and were amazed at how much of the Island we saw. A great time of fellowship before heading back to worship as a group. God is so good!
Mountain Top Dinner

Morning Greeting

by Michael Mayor | June 20, 2022 4:05 PM

This morning while we were doing our send off prayer, God gave us a beautiful rainbow to remind us of His promises. We were so blessed to begin the day in this way. We are now even more eager to work hard for our first service day of the week.

Morning Greeting

Bathroom Wash

by Michael Mayor | June 20, 2022 4:11 PM

Team Alohomies is geared and ready to deep clean the bathrooms on the site of LIFE Christian Church. They did a great job removing the old stuff and preparing for the new. We are reminded of the deep clean God gives us when we trust in him!
Bathroom Wash

Demolition Crew

by Michael Mayor | June 20, 2022 6:36 PM

Team Alohomies are in good spirits as we cram into our bathroom demolition project. We removed sinks and toilets, powerwashed, and prepared for painting tomorrow. We're excited to be a part of the make over.

Demolition Crew

Thrift Store Clean Up

by Michael Mayor | June 20, 2022 9:53 PM

Team Hoke Poke spent today working on cleaning and scraping the walls of the church's thrift store that serves the community's. The next step will be to paint the walls and shelves before we move everything back in. We can't wait to see the end result of this project!

Thrift Store Clean Up

Church Make Over

by Michael Mayor | June 20, 2022 10:00 PM

Team Lokahi got to help Pastor Olivia do some deep cleaning in her church. We are bringing renewed life in a church that has been mostly closed since Covid. God is so good at making all things new. We are happy to be a part of his work here in Hawaii.
Church Make Over

Fostering Community

by Michael Mayor | June 20, 2022 10:05 PM

Team Uke-lei-leis split groups and Squire's team went out to work with Harvest Family Life. We stayed busy sorting clothes, cleaning, and organizing a free store. The store is open to foster families and adults who were in the foster system. It goes to bless so many people in the community! 

Fostering Community

New Friends on the Job Site

by Michael Mayor | June 20, 2022 10:11 PM

Team Soul Surfer helped clean some clutter at a local Hawaiian charter school today. We enjoyed sorting trash and doing landscaping. We even got to meet a new friend along the way who shared some local Hawaiian tradition with us as well. We are learning so much as we serve here together!
New Friends on the Job Site

To the Streets

by Michael Mayor | June 20, 2022 10:18 PM

Team Alohomies met up with part of Team Uke-lei-lei to pass out some free gifts in the community. We were blessed to hear stories and pray with our local neighbors. We are so excited to help LIFE Christian Church spread the good news of the Gospel! Looking forward to seeing what seeds take root to support our brothers and sisters here.
To the Streets

Morning Prayer

by Michael Mayor | June 21, 2022 3:46 PM

Another great day of service coming. We gathered together for another prayer this morning as we celebrated Anna's birthday. After a great night of sleep we are all ready to get back into the community and shine the light of Jesus wherever we go.

Morning Prayer

Painting Lessons

by Michael Mayor | June 21, 2022 4:02 PM

We jumped into our work project today again priming the bathroom walls. The Alohomies are eager to continue blessing our new friends here at this local Hawaiian school. We got into a good rhythm and rotation to accomplish our goal! Our friend Mike helped us become master painters.
Painting Lessons

Lunch Break

by Michael Mayor | June 21, 2022 6:19 PM

Team Hoke Poke is taking a break from work to enjoy lunch in a beautiful location! After a good morning of work, we were able to enjoy the rest in the shade.

Lunch Break

Supporting Moms

by Michael Mayor | June 21, 2022 7:05 PM

Team Uke-lei-lei is working hard on day 2! We continue to sort clothing and have started prepping bags for new mothers in crisis with clothing, burp cloths, blankets, etc. So grateful to practice being the hands and feet of Jesus!

Supporting Moms

Hawaiian Shave Ice

by Michael Mayor | June 21, 2022 10:38 PM

Team Alohomies cooled off after our service day with some Waiola Shave Ice. We enjoyed the famous Hawaiian dessert for the hard work for LIFE Christian Church!

Hawaiian Shave Ice

Nightly Worship

by Michael Mayor | June 22, 2022 11:10 AM

We ended our second service day with another time of worship. It is a refreshing way to wind down and focus on Jesus. We even had a "guest" worship leader come help Team Uke-lei-lei sing Million Little Miracles. Ella did a great job, and even followed up by singing Moana for the group.

Nightly Worship

Service Day 3

by Michael Mayor | June 22, 2022 1:07 PM

The week is flying by. We started our 3rd day of service with prayer and stretches. We definitely want to work hard today as we begin fishing up our last couple of service days. 

Service Day 3

Gift Packing

by Michael Mayor | June 22, 2022 4:46 PM

Team Alohomies spent some time this morning packing gifts for community outreach for LIFE Christian Church. The painting is still underway, but we are happy to have another way to help out. We got to hear a little more about the culture in Hawaii and heart of the church from our friend David!

Gift Packing

Family Supprort

by Michael Mayor | June 22, 2022 5:57 PM

Team Uke-lei-lei group 2 has been working hard to serve an adoptive family who has a mother healing from cancer treatment and a father coming home soon after a long term illness. We are deep cleaning and organizing the families apartment and encouraging them as we spend time together. 

Family Supprort

Checking the Boxes

by Michael Mayor | June 22, 2022 9:05 PM

Team Hoke Poke is moving through our project of cleaning and painting the thrift store! We knocked out putting together the household items room and are moving on to the clothing room. We're so close to being able to show off our final product! 

Checking the Boxes

Pink Wednesday

by Michael Mayor | June 22, 2022 9:07 PM

On Wednesday Team Uke-lei-lei wears pink! We're still hard at work cleaning an apartment for a family in Kaneohe with one team. The second team has moved on to helping another family with projects around their house including a little demolition. We are so thankful to be representing Life Christian Church and spending time with these families.

Pink Wednesday

Deep Clean Day 3

by Michael Mayor | June 22, 2022 9:10 PM

Team Lokahi is hard at work restoring a church near the beach that is bouncing back after COVID! In addition to the congregation, the church is also serving a homeless community in the area.
Deep Clean Day 3

Fresh Coat

by Michael Mayor | June 22, 2022 9:12 PM

Team Soul Surfer is connecting with the students at the school while giving the main office a much needed coat of paint. We are loving the opportunities we have to connect to the community in this way!
Fresh Coat

After Service Hang Out

by Michael Mayor | June 22, 2022 10:39 PM

The teams all gather back together to prepare for the Pot Luck tonight with the church. We played hacky sack, threw frisbees, and talked with some new friends. We are really looking forward to sharing a meal with members of our host church. 

After Service Hang Out

Church Pot Luck

by Michael Mayor | June 23, 2022 1:13 AM

We shared an incredible meal with our friends from our host church. We all brought delicious food to share, but our church friends really brought the good stuff. We are so blessed to not only have a place to stay while we are here this week, but these new incredible connections will stick with us forever. 
Church Pot Luck

Morning Celebration

by Michael Mayor | June 23, 2022 11:59 AM

We woke up today ready for our last service day this week. In addition, we also have the amazing opportunity to celebrate Silvi. This is her last mission trip with KUC so we all wore matching "Silvi" shirts as a way to say thanks for all her hard work. We love you, Silvi!

Morning Celebration

Together for Lunch

by Michael Mayor | June 23, 2022 9:30 PM

Team Lokahi and half of team Alohomies are finishing up some paint projects and cleaning for next week, and the church trustee brough lunch from up the street! We had a great time sharing a meal together.

Together for Lunch

Toilet Training

by Michael Mayor | June 23, 2022 9:34 PM

Team Alohomies spent time finishing up the bathroom install. We got to learn some new skills and make the bathrooms look nice again for our friends at LIFE Christian Church. It is hard to say goodbye, but we are looking forward to our ice cream social tomorrow!
Toilet Training

Team Hoke Poke pt1

by Michael Mayor | June 23, 2022 11:13 PM

Team Hoke Poke worked very hard this week to give the church's thrift store a facelift! We cleared everything out of two different rooms, painted, then moved everything back in. We sorted, condensed, and cleaned items before organizing them onto the shelves. It was a big job, but we worked together as a team to get the job done! 

This is one of the before pictures.....

Team Hoke Poke pt1

Team Hoke Poke pt2

by Michael Mayor | June 23, 2022 11:17 PM

The finished result of the thrift store facelift, we are amazed at the difference! 
Team Hoke Poke pt2

Team Hoke Poke pt3

by Michael Mayor | June 23, 2022 11:18 PM

One last picture of a job more than well done! 
Team Hoke Poke pt3

Good Morning Hawaii

by Michael Mayor | June 24, 2022 12:00 PM

Some of our group got to wake up a little early this morning and hike the pillbox trail to see the sunrise. It was a beautiful time to see God's amazing creation and give him glory!

Good Morning Hawaii

History Lesson

by Michael Mayor | June 24, 2022 9:30 PM

The Soul Surfers and Hoke Pokes ended their work projects with visiting a few historic sites with our host partner! It is always fun learning about the place we are serving!
History Lesson

Ice Cream Social

by Michael Mayor | June 25, 2022 3:27 AM

After a beautiful day at the beach, the team got to participate in an ice cream social with LIFE Christian Church. What a great way to end our week together! We learned to say "a hui hou" as a way to say "until we meet again" instead of goodbye. We thank God for the friends we made this week.

Ice Cream Social

Community Impact

by Michael Mayor | June 25, 2022 12:50 PM

Pastor Kisi sat some of us down yesterday and shared about the impact we have made in the community and with him. 

He also gave us gifts from the church as a sign of appreciation and love. His joy is contagious, we will miss him so much!

Community Impact

Hawaiian Gifts

by Michael Mayor | June 25, 2022 5:37 PM

The leaders were given traditional Hawaiian sarongs and were taught how to properly put them on. 
The students were given gift cards to 7-11 where you can find amazing traditional Hawaiian food. Who knew?!
Hawaiian Gifts

Baptisms

by Michael Mayor | June 25, 2022 8:10 PM

We got to experience a few beach baptisms during our recreation day. Going to the beach and shopping was nice, but it was cool to see God working in the lives of our students and friends.

Baptisms

A Hawaiian Farewell

by Michael Mayor | June 25, 2022 8:18 PM

We cleaned up the church this morning and said our goodbyes. We met so many amazing people this week, and our lives have been impacted for the better. We are sad to leave our new friends and the beauty of this place, but we are eager to get back home to share our experiences with our families. God has been so good to us! Hope to see you soon, Hawaii!

A Hawaiian Farewell

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