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Living Gospel Church

Serving In Hawaii
June 25, 2022
Community: Oahu
Partner: Wai'anae Baptist Church, Wai'anae United Methodist Church, Westside Alive
Staff: Carissa Hildebrandt, Michael Mayor, Adam Hildebrandt, Taytum Gonglach, Joshua Ely

Aloha Hawaii!

by Taytum Gonglach | June 26, 2022 11:43 AM

The team made it safely!!! We can’t wait to update you on the amazing things God does this week through the team! 

Aloha Hawaii!

Packed Day!

by Taytum Gonglach | June 27, 2022 1:49 AM

We are preparing to lead a worship service at the Small Boat Harbor. We will be leading worship, sharing testimonies, preaching, and leading small groups. We can't wait to get to know more of the people invested in West Side Alive.

Packed Day!

Sunday Service

by Taytum Gonglach | June 27, 2022 1:50 AM

We got to participate in the service at our host church this morning. Each member of our group was given a lei as a thank you. We feel so blessed by the kindness of our hosts here!
Sunday Service

Go Wesley!

by Taytum Gonglach | June 27, 2022 1:51 AM

Wesley was able to use his sign language skills to sign for one of the community members that joined us for service this evening. 
Go Wesley!

A Great First Day!!!

by Taytum Gonglach | June 27, 2022 1:54 AM

Today was such an amazing day as a team!! We got to experience so much joy and see the Lord work in so many special ways. We cannot wait to share more tomorrow! 
A Great First Day!!!

Preparation Bible Study

by Michael Mayor | June 27, 2022 7:27 PM

Ed and Joel came this morning to lead a really engaging Bible study with our team. We read through a portion of 1 Thessalonians and compared Paul's ministry with our own pursuits. What an engaging time to lean into God's word before our service in the homeless community.

Preparation Bible Study

River of Life Ministry!

by Taytum Gonglach | June 27, 2022 7:27 PM

Some of the team got the opportunity to serve at River of Life Ministry this morning. Here, we made meal packs, silverware packs, and fortune cookie packs. These will be distributed to the community this evening!! 

River of Life Ministry!

Community Clean Up

by Michael Mayor | June 27, 2022 7:37 PM

We got to spend the morning cleaning up in the community. Though we were able to clean up a lot of trash today, we were more blessed through our prayers and conversations with those we encountered. It is so amazing to see what God has been doing here already with Westside Alive!
Community Clean Up

VBS Outreach

by Michael Mayor | June 28, 2022 3:47 AM

This afternoon we had the privilege of supporting Westside Alive with an outreach for a small group of kids. We sang songs, played games, shared stories, and made crafts.

We are so excited that we get to see these kids two more days this week. We know God has amazing things planned for each of these young lives!

VBS Outreach

Clean Team

by Michael Mayor | June 28, 2022 11:13 PM

We spent a little time this morning cleaning the church. We had so many diligent hands working hard together. We also got to take a trip to the dump and got the bathrooms up and running again. Such a productive morning!

Clean Team

Northshore Picnic

by Michael Mayor | June 28, 2022 11:25 PM

We traveled to the Northshore to partner with a ministry that distributes food for some of the locals here. We were so happy talking and getting to know these people. Some of our group did some beach evangelism, and Jake did a great job grilling our hotdogs today too!
Northshore Picnic

Bread to Share

by Michael Mayor | June 28, 2022 11:47 PM

We also got to help with food distribution for our guests today. What a great time to hear stories and share hope. We loved showing Jesus as the bread of life in practical ways today!

Bread to Share

Beach Reach

by Michael Mayor | June 29, 2022 1:15 PM

In the afternoon the team was able to spend some time on the beach. We shared stories and passed out some Gospel tracts to those we encountered on the beach. We did get some water time in as well. We ended the night with a slip and slide, and are ready for some good sleep!

Beach Reach

Fresh Coat

by Michael Mayor | June 29, 2022 7:51 PM

One group stayed at the church today to clean and paint the walls. We are so excited to be a part of brightening up the church. We also got a visit from Pastor Olivia who was such an encouragement to us. We had so much fun working and seeing the changes being made!

Fresh Coat

Trash Collection

by Michael Mayor | June 29, 2022 7:58 PM

Another one of our groups we back to the boat harbor to clean up some of the community. We were blessed to see some of our new friends from Monday again. It is so great getting to know this community and seeing how God is moving through Westside Alive!
Trash Collection

Pizza Delivery

by Michael Mayor | June 29, 2022 8:01 PM

After lunch, we headed out to share some pizza with our friends at The Harbor. We split into smaller teams to deliver pizza and water. We had many chances to share the hope of Jesus through Gospel conversations. We have so much love for these people, it is a joy getting to know them better!
Pizza Delivery

Kid's Connection

by Michael Mayor | June 30, 2022 12:29 PM

Our second day of VBS brought in many more students. We had a great time seeing the ones that came on Monday and meeting their new friends as well. Even more people were able to hear the Gospel story as Gabbi shared her heart with the kids. We can't believe we only have one more day with these guys, but we love supporting Uncle Joel with his ministry!

Kid's Connection

Basketball Goal

by Michael Mayor | June 30, 2022 12:32 PM

We also got to be a part of helping to set up a basketball goal for the neighborhood. The smiles that came as we all played together were such a blessing!
Basketball Goal

Sanitation Engineers

by Michael Mayor | July 1, 2022 3:20 AM

We spent our last day working the the boat harbor community. We moved trash and wood pallets out of the walking paths. We ended helping a man named Bully and reconnected with others we had met earlier in the week. It is so sad to think this is our last day with these amazing people!

Sanitation Engineers

Biggest Crowd Yet

by Michael Mayor | July 1, 2022 3:31 AM

Today was our last day at the kids outreach. We had a water balloon fight and shave ice today. Aaron and the skit crew performed a Gospel center skit and Ian shared the Bible with the kids. We had the biggest crowd we have had had week. So many friends were made and tears were shed at the end. God, be in this place!

Biggest Crowd Yet

Worship on the Beach

by Michael Mayor | July 1, 2022 3:37 AM

We took some of the kids from the VBS to the beach tonight to eat hot dogs and s'mores. It was a beautiful night of fellowship. Before we left, we got to spend time worshiping on the beach and reflecting on God's awesomeness. What a perfect way to end our primary service time this week. 
Worship on the Beach

Late Night Tradition

by Michael Mayor | July 1, 2022 3:57 AM

One of our group traditions is the late night hair dye session. We stayed up a little later than usual to add a little spice to our hair. Mariah did a great job convincing participation and helping us all look nice for our rec day tomorrow. Looking forward to our new looks!

Late Night Tradition

Pillbox Hike

by Michael Mayor | July 1, 2022 7:24 PM

We started off this morning hiking the Pillbox trail. We got to see a beautiful panoramic of the east side if the Island. We got to take some good pictures and marvel at the beauty God created!

Pillbox Hike

The Harbor

by Michael Mayor | July 2, 2022 6:36 PM

After spending some time at the beach, we got to see Pearl Harbor. It was informative and good to see. We spent a good amount of time in the air conditioned gift shop as well. It was a great way to close our rec day.

The Harbor

Goodbye for Now

by Michael Mayor | July 2, 2022 6:39 PM

We arrived back at the church and ate dinner with the Pastor. It was a hard night to say goodbye to so many new and dear friends. We cleaned up and got finished tidying up the church. It was an early morning to the airport, but we are excited about the connections we made here in Hawaii! Thank you, Jesus, for all you have done this week.
Goodbye for Now

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