“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
Toward the end of 2017, the Oʻahu Church was blessed with several, new additions to the ʻohana. Pictured above is three- fourths of the Oliphant family (from left to right: Jackie, Matt, Marty) at Matt’s baptism in November of last year. In September, wife and mother Kristen Moux was also baptized and given a new life in Christ. Back in August, Marcus Dequina also confessed “Jesus is Lord,” and was baptized surrounded by family and friends.
While some were joyfully becoming “new creations,” others started new chapters in their lives by moving to our island home. Students Aurora Hall and Brandon Thomas moved from California and started their first semesters of college at UH Manoa this past August. Our sisters Lydia Grasso (from Boston) and Rachel Brito (from California) are also new residents of Oʻahu and are successfully pursuing their careers in Social Work and Nursing, respectively. The newly-wed brides, Jackie Wemple née Blanco (from California) and Tam Alonzo née Nesbit (from New Zealand) now call Hawaiʻi home and are enjoying married life. Lastly, Ben and Ziggy Simpson recently moved from Guam to a home located a stone’s throw from Waikele Elementary School.
With all of these new faces in just the latter half of 2017, it’s easy to believe God when He says He is “doing a new thing” (Isaiah 43:19). Let’s pray that God works even more powerfully in 2018 as we keep our vision in mind: to devote ourselves to spiritual maturity in Christ and transform lives, ʻohana, and communities. We hope you had a memorable and joyful time with your friends and family over the holidays—Happy New Year!