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Women Meet for Week of Prayer

(También español) I was at work on that Wednesday and got a call about an appointment I had to attend. This appointment would interfere with the women's week of prayer I had been attending. I was conflicted.

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Ho`ike June 2024

Beginner Sabbath School teachers from across Hawai’i and Children’s Ministries conference leaders from California and Arizona met at Camp Waianae on Sabbath, April 13, for the Alive in Jesus training event. 

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Embrace Grace: A Powerful New Ministry at Kaneohe Church

(También español) On Sept. 7, 2023, the Embrace Grace Ministry was born at Kaneohe church. Under the leadership of Mandy Bourne, Embrace Grace became a safe space for two single "Brave Girls" experiencing unplanned pregnancies to receive support spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

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Ongoing Relief Efforts

(También español) By the time the wildfires that engulfed the western portion of Maui were officially extinguished, efforts to help the community were already well underway.

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Ho` ike October 2023

Waking up to the news that the town of Lahaina was on fire and had mostly burned was devastating. I was in Phoenix, Arizona, at the North American Division Educators’ Convention when I received the news.

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Never-Ending

(También español) Family issues at home, vast weather changes around the world, travel restrictions, problems that arise and are out of our control: While this is the reality in some of our lives, for a brief moment at summer camp, these issues fade away as our campers and camp staff understand how much bigger our God is.

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Freedom Week

(También español) In a display of shared purpose, two local churches—Kailua Adventist church and New Hope Kailua—partnered together in May for a transformative event known as Freedom Week.

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Open to Participation with God

(También español) Pastor Ben Williams has been serving the Kihei and Lahaina churches on Maui for about a year and a half. Living in Lahaina, he and his wife, Casey, are active in the local scene and motivated to encourage the people around them to develop a vital relationship with Jesus.

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Why Go to Summer Camp?

(También español) While this could still be the sentiment of many who attend youth camp today, this statement was written way back in 1936! Some things just don’t change, and enthusiasm for the summer camp program continues to inspire both campers and staff in 2023.

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Celebrating Graduates! AZC & HIC

Celebrating graduations! No matter the grade level, graduations represent an important and significant milestone in a person’s life, and we are here to celebrate and pray for blessings on their next steps!

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THE BULLETIN - May 12, 2023

"Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." - Proverbs 31:31 Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible moms, mums, mommies, and mamas!

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REACH Hawaii

(También español) REACH Hawaii continues to provide specialized services to students in Adventist education in Hawaii schools. Influenced by the North American Division’s REACH (Reaching to Educate All Children for Heaven) initiative

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STEAM Fair

(También español) Hawaiian Mission Academy Ka Lama Iki has been working to integrate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) into many areas across the curriculum.

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THE BULLETIN - March 10, 2023

Opening doors for collegiate young adults is part of the ongoing vision for the Tempe church. Located adjacent to the Arizona State University campus and right across the street from the performing arts center, the church has often been a location for Adventist students to worship. When Pastor Mike Soto became the pastor of the church in 2022, he brought with him a vision of continuing the outreach to the entire student body of the campus.

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A Marathon Friendship

Leila Ventar, a resident of the island of Kauai in Hawai’i and a member of the Kapa’a church, thought Dec. 11, 2022, was going to be the day she carried herself across the finish line of the Honolulu

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THE BULLETIN - January 6, 2023

2022 was designated as a Year of Evangelism. Over half of all Arizona churches participated in the evangelism effort. “Praise God that our church leaders and members are uniting their efforts to reach their communities with the gospel of Jesus,”

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Worship Your Creator

If you were to come to my office, you would see most of my shelves are rather empty—in fact, bare. I’m still getting settled and trying to decide what...

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THE BULLETIN - November 11, 2022

“Adventist education is a mission field,” said new Arizona Conference Superintendent of Education Chris Juhl. “We have to truly view ourselves as missionaries and be willing to be called by God and view the calling as just that—a calling.”

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Field Trips and Chapels!

Two stories from Hawaiian Mission Academy Maui. From monthly field trips where they can learn and witness about Jesus to others, to worshiping together in chapel where they may participate and grow in leadership skills, the students are not only enjoying learning inside the classroom but also out!

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Remember

On the shore of the Jordan River, after God miraculously led Joshua and the Israelites through its waters, a pile of stones began to grow. One after another,...

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Emotional Learning and Turtles!

Two stories from Hawaiian Mission Academy Ka Lama Iki! Students are learning what constitutes having a good character, and they are enjoying the new turtle habitat—a place where they can learn and spend quiet time.

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Pathfinders

I have had the privilege of serving as coordinator for Pathfinder, Adventurer, and Youth Ministries for the Pacific Union since 2012. For the last 16 years,...

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Hawaiian Mission Academy

Today we bring you two stories from Hawaiian Mission Academy. Students spent three days connecting with each other during Ho’okui, a retreat. And two students had the opportunity to lead and share Jesus with younger elementary children from Mauna Loa.

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Heavenly Voices

Malama Elementary has begun a traveling children’s choir called Na Leo o Lani—Heavenly Voices—and they are already blessing others through this ministry.

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Loving Hawaii

The young adults of the Kapolei Sāmoan church spent Global Youth Day 2022 loving the forgotten in Hawaii. Their outreach began at the shores of Waikiki,...

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Hawaii Conference Elects New President

Erik VanDenburgh was elected Hawaii Conference president at the 11th constituency session on April 24, 2022, held at the Honolulu Central church. He succeeds the retiring Elder Ralph Watts III, who faithfully served Hawaii for the past 16 years.

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Mahalo Nui Loa, Hawaii

Ralph Watts reflects on 16 years of service as president of the Hawaii Conference   Rather than running off to Hawaii upon retirement, Ralph S. Watts III...

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Hawaii Conference Pathfinders Embrace a New Challenge

​​​​​​​When people are learning about Pathfinders, often the kinds of activities that get highlighted are the ones that take place outdoors or the ones that build physical skills. It can be easy to overlook one of Pathfinders’ fundamental aims: the spiritual development and discipleship of young people.

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The Joy of Acceptance

During one of the difficult times our church was going through, one of the members confessed, "This class is the reason I'm still here." My husband and I...

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Adventist Women Pioneers

Georgia Anna Burrus was born July 19, 1866. Despite family opposition, she joined the Adventist church at age 16 and enrolled as a working student at Healdsburg College in California. She then taught in the Bible Training School in Oakland.

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Top Tier Leadership

I have been involved in church work all my adult life. I was a taskforce worker. As an intern in Southern California, I ran a VBS and day camp for an entire summer without having conducted either one before. I worked briefly as an associate pastor and as a pastor. I’ve worked in communication and public relations at all levels of the church.

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Ministry Spotlight - Women's Ministries

The Lord has a work for women as well as for men. They may take their places in His work at this crisis, and He will work through them.... They can do in families a work that men cannot do, a work that reaches the inner life.

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