Archive | November, 2012

Our Alpha Team

27 Nov

Part of the wonderful volunteers and staff who put on the most recent Alpha Course at Church. More than 500 have taken the course in just over a year at First Prez! 23% of the Alpha attenders found a new relationship in Christ. Next one will be in March 2013!



Meeting My Compassion Child in El Salvador

19 Nov


I met my Compassion child during my trip to El Salvador with 17 other pastors last week. I believe it was the best sponsorship visit I’ve ever had. My sponsored child’s name is Francisco. He’s 13 years old. Very sweet kid, very polite, very spiritual, and very grateful. He lives in a very dangerous part of town in El Salvador. His father abandoned him when he was young. His mother died from brain cancer four years ago. He now lives with his older brother, an aunt, and his grandmother.I gave Francisco one of our First Prez logo t-shirts! 


I am blessed to have Francisco as my Compassion child.


My Men’s Dinner talk on “When Men Pray”

16 Nov


11 Nov

With happy kids at a Compassion project in El Salvador, where I am this weekend with 17 other pastors from Hawaii and San Diego.

Snack time with the kids at a San Salvador Compassion project.


With Pastor Nelson, a former gang leader in El Salvador, and who had been shot five times in the chest in his old life. He has given his life to Christ, and today he serves as a youth pastor in one of the churches that work with Compassion International. His church has a special ministry to gang members. 


Here I am playing Twister with kids at a Compassion project in the capital city of San Salvador in El Salvador.


Here we are, our group of Pastors from Hawaii and San Diego who are in El Salvador to see first-hand how Compassion International is helping release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.




10 Nov

I’m in El Salvador this week with 17 pastors from Hawaii and San Diego. We’re here to visit Compassion projects and see first-hand how Compassion is helping children in need in Jesus’ name.

At the home of a Compassion child. L-R: Peter from the Compassion USA office (born in Uganda and was a Compassion sponsored child himself); Brandon Ahu (New Hope Church), me, Elwin Ahu (New Hope Church), Rick Bundschuh (Kauai Christian Church), the pastor of the church that heads up this Compassion project (in the foreground), and the Compassion child’s mother and brother.


Here’s another shot of us in the Compassion child’s home. The mother was so grateful for what Compassion is doing for her family that she broke into tears.


Why do we give through Compassion? To release a little boy like this from poverty in Jesus’ name.


Brandon Ahu and I making funny faces as we pose with one of the Compassion children there.


Playing soccer in one of the Compassion projects in El Salvador. I was on the Roja team, and we played again the Azul team. The game ended in a tie.