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ITOWN Church

Serving In Hawaii
January 21, 2023
Community: Kauai
Partner: West Kauai UMC - Kaumakani Sanctuary
Staff: Benjamin Gosnell

Early Morning Worship

by Justin Jones | January 22, 2023 12:05 PM

We got here late last night and went straight to bed. This morning we got up early and had a little worship time and a short devotion to get our day started. 

Early Morning Worship

Power Washing

by Justin Jones | January 22, 2023 5:08 PM

This afternoon we started on the work projects around the church. Howard volunteered to do the power washing. 
Power Washing

Church with West Kauai UMC

by Justin Jones | January 22, 2023 5:12 PM

This morning we got the opportunity to join West Kauai UMC for their worship service. Pastor Nafe was out this week, but his wife Mele gave us a great word from God today. 
Church with West Kauai UMC

Sanding

by Justin Jones | January 22, 2023 7:25 PM

We are sanding everything inside the church to get it ready for painting later in the week. 
Sanding

Beach Time

by Justin Jones | January 22, 2023 9:49 PM

After a long day of hard work, we decided to go the Salt Pond beach.  What a great way to end the day!

Beach Time

Sunrise Devo and Worship

by Justin Jones | January 23, 2023 11:34 AM

We started our day today on the beach with worship and a devotion. It's awesome to learn about God surrounded by His beautiful creation. 

Sunrise Devo and Worship

Painting the Cross

by Justin Jones | January 23, 2023 2:27 PM

Rachel is working on sanding, priming, and painting the cross from the front of the church. 

Painting the Cross

We Have Begun Painting

by Justin Jones | January 23, 2023 4:00 PM

After prepping for the last 24 hours we have begun to paint. 
We Have Begun Painting

Caulking the Walls

by Justin Jones | January 23, 2023 4:02 PM

Some of our team have been caulking all of the holes in the church so that we can paint later today. 
Caulking the Walls

Morning Prep Meeting

by Justin Jones | January 24, 2023 12:21 PM

Getting ready to start our work day with a prep meeting, it's going to be an amazing day!

Morning Prep Meeting

Breaking Down Doors

by Justin Jones | January 24, 2023 3:32 PM

We have been working on "breaking" down the doors of the church so that we can sand and repaint them. 

Breaking Down Doors

Replacing the Cross

by Justin Jones | January 24, 2023 3:35 PM

Today we were able to place the cross back on the church after we gave it some new love and care. What a beautiful reminder of Jesus' sacrifice for us!
Replacing the Cross

Sea Turtles!!!

by Justin Jones | January 25, 2023 1:11 PM

Last night we went to the beach to go snorkeling and got to see so many sea turtles, it was so a cool experience!

Sea Turtles!!!

Still Going Strong

by Justin Jones | January 25, 2023 1:13 PM

Day 4 of work projects and we are still going strong. David is sanding the post that we repaired earlier in the week. 
Still Going Strong

Painting the Trim

by Justin Jones | January 25, 2023 5:02 PM

Some of us got to start painting the trim today.  Doesn't it look so good?!

Painting the Trim

Ho'opi'i Waterfall

by Justin Jones | January 26, 2023 7:16 PM

This morning we went on a hike to Ho'opi'i Waterfall. We loved walking through God's creation and seeing the beauty of Kauai. 

Ho'opi'i Waterfall

Finishing Up the Painting!

by Justin Jones | January 26, 2023 7:18 PM

After our morning hike, we returned to the church and are now trying to wrap up the painting projects before we leave tomorrow. We have gotten so much done!
Finishing Up the Painting!

Locals Praying Over the Team

by Justin Jones | January 26, 2023 9:41 PM

This afternoon, some locals from another church stopped by to pray over us. They heard about what we are doing for West Kauai UMC and wanted to bless us with prayer. We were also able to reciprocate and pray over them. 
Locals Praying Over the Team

Community Dinner

by Justin Jones | January 26, 2023 11:08 PM

Tonight we wanted to say thank you to the community so we cooked them dinner. They wanted to say thank you to us so they also brought food. We have so much food!!!

Community Dinner

Last Morning Devo at the Beach

by Justin Jones | January 27, 2023 11:50 AM

This morning we went to the beach for our last morning worship and devo. It is a little bittersweet, we are sad to leave, but also excited to share about our amazing week with our loved ones back home. 

Last Morning Devo at the Beach

Prayer Walk

by Justin Jones | January 27, 2023 1:18 PM

Before we leave for the airport we wanted to surround the church with prayer. We prayed over the church, the members, and the community. 

Prayer Walk

One Last Ice Cream

by Justin Jones | January 27, 2023 1:42 PM

Chelsea is obsessed with ube ice cream and had to have one last scoop before we leave. We all think she will have withdrawals once she gets home. 

One Last Ice Cream

At the Airport

by Justin Jones | January 27, 2023 4:20 PM

We are at the airport and ready to get home. We are sad to leave Hawaii and this awesome community and hope to return again!

At the Airport

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