Monday, January 16, 2017

Aloha India

 
  
Aloha India Family! I'm super excited to see you all in a couple of months & I can't wait to meet you if I haven't met you back in 2010!  Excited to hear about your lives and learn more about what God is doing in India. Love you all!



 


 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always 
perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Chinese Girl Going to India

Aloha, I am CyNtHiA and I kNoW no English.  
I am originally from Hong Kong.  At the age of 11, my family and I moved to Baltimore, Maryland (the worst state you could be in while don't know no English).  I grew up in a Buddhist family and worshiped ancestor.  When I first moved to the state, I attended a Catholic School from 5-8 grade.  Apparently, as a non US citizen, it is cheaper to attend a private school than a public school.  In 9th grade, I went to a Lutheran High School.  The Lutherans are strong in their faith especially the teachers.  As a non Christian going to a Lutheran School, I didn't realize my life was about to change FOREVER.  With my little English, I argued with the existence of God to my teachers.  Teachers always win.  Me always loose.  In 10th Grade, with friends encouragement, I attended a weekend camp.  Yes, CAMP!  The camp was a retreat.  The retreat turns into a "Jesus" retreat.  Funny or what?  For the first time in my life, I experienced God's love and forgiveness.  I gave my life to Jesus that weekend.  On my baptism, I promised Jesus that I will do all that I can to go to the end and share His love with others especially the little ones.  To fast forward in my life, God called me to resign from my teacher position in 2008 and attended YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS).  During DTS, I thought I was to do my outreach in India instead I went to South Africa for 3 months.  9 years later, I responded to God's calling and will go to India in March.  
My favorite bible verse...Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  Matthew 22:37

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Psalm 125 I cannot be shaken

Aloha brothers & sisters :)

My name is Channel, probably the most interesting fact about me is that I have 6 other siblings (including me is 7) and I am an identical twin (we are the youngest in the family). We are both going to India :)
It is going to be our first mission/first time in India so we are super excited. I've met most of the team, and I love you all so much already. Thank you for being so welcoming. You've all touched my heart.

The scripture that I have chosen is Psalm 125. I recently just started reading the Bible and every time I open the Bible, I've been drawn to psalm almost every time. 125 is also my birthday so those numbers are very special to me (lucky numbers) so it led me to this passage which is exactly what I've been looking for.

"Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever." -Psalm 125

Being somewhere new for the first time can be terrifying. I've been worried about the dangers that could happen. I know that India will change me, for the better. It will open my eyes to new things that I need to grow and learn. I know it's going to strengthen my faith in the Lord as well as my relationships with those in my church. This passage helps me to remember that as long as I put all my trust into the Lord, everything will be okay. I cannot be shaken.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Having a Heart like Samuel


Aloha Friends in India,

I can't wait to meet all of you! 
My name is Carissa and I'm an island girl, born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii. I come from a family of five, with an older brother and sister--making me the baby of the family. I'm equal parts extrovert and introvert. I enjoy having lively, boisterous conversations with friends but also live for quiet nights reading alone on my couch. 

Being from a melting-pot like Hawaii has given me a love for diversity! I love exploring new places and meeting new people. One of my favorite things to do is to learn and observe social and cultural differences. It always amazes me how people are alike but wonderfully unique at the same time. I'm so excited to learn and serve the Lord with you. I can't wait to see what God has been doing in your community! 

A verse that I have planted in my heart for India is 1 Samuel 3:4,10,
"...'Here I am...speak, Your servant is listening'."
In the middle of the night, God called Samuel's name and this was his quick response. I love this verse because it demonstrates Samuel's heart and willingness to proactively serve God. When the Lord called on Samuel, he immediately woke up and submitted to the Voice in command. He wasn't fearful or hesitant--he was ready. There are so many times where I don't feel worthy of carrying out the Lord's work, but this scripture reminds me that if I have a heart like Samuel, God's instruction is not based on our ability but His! He looks at the size of your faith and the willingness of your heart. It's a clear reminder for me to be prepared for the Lord to work in any place, time, and through anyone He chooses!

He's already doing amazing things in India and I would be honored to help in any way that I can. 
See you all very soon,

Carissa

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hello Family!!!!... I'm coming Back to India!!!

I'm very excited to see each one of you and to spend time with you learning and sharing God's word and also playing and having fun while we keep growing in our faith and relationship... Last year meeting you was by far one of my biggest highlights :)
Sending you a big hug with lots of ALOHA!...SEE YOU SOON! :)

Mathew 10: 27 " What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops"

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Hey guys! My name is Sean and ill be heading to india soon. Can't wait to see how God moves through everyone involved in this mission to our friends in India. I'm really excited to see and meet everyone, as well as develop relationships with friends who share the same faith, but have different cultures. I'm sure I'll be encouraged and this experience will deepen my relationships with God, and through that process, all of you as well!

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing" - John 15:4-5

I picked this passage to take with me on this mission because I feel a need for authenticity at this point in my life. I want to make sure that I am a friend of God and his spirit has filled me to the point that it can overflow onto those around me. I want my life's journey to be what God has planned for me, not just what I can deem as a good life for myself and those around me. This to me is true sacrifice as well as service to God, and I pray that he will reveal his plans for myself as well as all of you. Love you guys and aloha!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Pure Love

Excited to see my family in a couple of months.  Excited that we get to partner with Impact Fellowship (TJ) and Brother Joe.  Excited for the team that God is putting together and how we will grow closer to God and one another.  My heart is expectant of what God will unfold to touch the nation of India with His pure love.  

Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with the Lord's people who are in need.  Practice hospitality.  
(Romans 12:9-13)


Monday, December 26, 2016

Aloha Mussoorie!

Aloha my future India family! My name is Jon Fujii and I am the father of Juliana Fujii. This will be our first trip to India and our first mission trip together. My wife Karyl and 14-year-old son Koa will be our prayer warriors at home in Hawaii. This is a picture of our family.
 
God has called us to India in 2017 to go on mission, to share life and love with each other, and to serve the people of India with the gifts that God has given us. We look forward to meeting each and every one of you, and to see and hear the great work God is doing in your lives. 

My scripture rudder for this mission is from Matthew 20:26-28:
But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Aloha India

Aloha everyone!

My name is Max Mukai, and I am very excited and privileged to be attending the mission to India this upcoming Spring.

I am born and raised here in Honolulu, Oahu and I cannot wait to be able to share the aloha that I have learned with India.

The verse that will guide me through this journey is, " We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19. This speaks to me on many levels, one of which is that I have been given much and I see it as a duty and honor to be able to give back.

Mahalo ke Akua.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Hi Guys!


Hey India family!
I'm Juliana, and I'll be coming to India with the mission team for the first time with my dad, Jon.  I love spending time with him, my mom, and my awesome brother, Koa, who's pictured here with me! I'm a senior in high school, and I enjoy playing the violin, reading, and messing around with all things that have to do with art.  It is such an honor to be a part of all that God is doing in you; super excited to meet you guys!

I'll be holding on to Romans 5:3-5 throughout the trip. I'm still learning to glorify God in hard times, and these verses are so full of hope.
"Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hi!

My name is Kelci, and I am so excited to meet you. I have never been to India, but it is a place that I have been drawn to for many years. I have already heard so many incredible things about you, and am looking forward to putting faces with these names.


Let’s see….I enjoy spending time with friends and family, meeting new people, drinking coffee, being in the ocean, and trying new things.
See you in March!
As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.- Psalm 41:1-2

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Aloha!! :)

Hi everyone, my name is Steve, and I'm a first-timer to India.  As with the other team members who are new, I am very excited to meet you and get to know you.  You have been a source of inspiration beyond what you know!

A bit about me: I'm married to a truly amazing woman, and we have 3 wonderful kids. If you couldn't guess, the kids are dressed up as Star Wars characters.  :) Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Yoda.

I love sports, both watching and playing.  I enjoy working with computers and helping people use them well.  AND...I cannot wait to see what God has in store for all of us during our time together!  :)

While thinking about Scripture for this trip, I felt led to Psalm 31:5 - "Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God."  What better place to be than in the hands of God, and we can never say enough about redemption.  :)

Friday, December 9, 2016

Dreams Do Come True


Aloha from Hawaii...


My name is Amanda.

A Little About Me: God called me to Hawaii over 10 years ago, and I'm so grateful He did. The adventure has been EPIC and life-changing. I love to meet new people and learn about different cultures and experiences. I work as a career advisor at a local university. My natural giftings are used in such neat ways. I get to encourage students, staff and faculty to be the best they can be all day. I am motivated to use my life to help others experience Jesus in tangible ways and see themselves as valuable. I serve on our worship team at church and I'm involved with women's groups and young women's conferences annually. My purpose goes far beyond myself, which is one thing that keeps me in this race to advance the kingdom of God.

I am thrilled to meet each of you. I've already begun to pray for our time together. This trip is long overdue, yet I believe this is the time God has purposed for me to come and serve my family over in India. Dreams and promises do come true!

My anchor verse for this trip is Hebrews 10:24:  "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds."

Looking forward to getting to know you, serve with you, and pray with you for the needs and purposes of God for your city and country.

AHHHHH....So excited to MEET YOU FAMILY!!!!!!

Much Love,
Amanda

Hi, I'm Eric. Looking forward to meeting you!



2 Thessalonians 1:3
"We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater."

For me, this mission trip to India will be my first, and really a new start in my walk with Christ. The growth I’ve experienced while digging in and being developed at Impact Fellowship is like none I’ve experienced in the past. As I felt God pushing me toward this mission, I was overjoyed and so excited to be able to use my passion for construction to serve in a capacity beyond my comfort area. I’m feeling so blessed to be able to serve on this unique team mission. I cannot wait to meet you all.