The last two months have been very pa’ahana (meaning “to be hardworking, busy, and industrious”) in the life of our family. July started off with securing and locating the meeting place God has for us for now; getting our materials finalized, printed, and shipped; and then moving into our location and trying to figure how to best utilize it while working with others in our complex.
The Lord has allowed us to lease 800 square feet of office space daily, along with an additional 1,000 square feet of lobby space on Sundays. We are able to set up for our Sunday service in the lobby and then use our offices for classroom and nursery space. There is another church called New Hope that also meets in our office complex, primarily with their administrative offices and some classes during the week. They have been very gracious and welcoming toward us, but please pray that they will continue to like us and that we can work harmoniously with them for the great cause of Christ.
At the end of July, we were privileged to host the Troy Baptist Temple. They were an absolute joy and blessing to us in many ways, but especially in the distribution of thousands of Gospel invitations and John and Romans for our start-up. We were able to completely saturate several areas of Central Oahu, and the Lord blessed with fruit and visitors to our Grand Opening as a result of their sacrifice and hard work. We are thankful for the many who contributed in the canvassing and distribution of the Gospel throughout our region of the island. As a church planter, I cannot overemphasize how important I think the process of getting these Gospel invites out into the community really is. I wish we could have gotten more out, but I am content to know we did our best at getting out approximately 20,000 Gospel invites.
As a result of the prayer and hard work, the Lord saw fit to give us approximately 53 souls at our Grand Opening service. We also had 2 expecting mothers that day, so our final tally for our first service was 55. Praise the Lord! The highlight of the day was a young lady responding to the invitation and receiving Jesus Christ as her Saviour.
We have started the church having an afternoon service that has been well attended with visitors each Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. We have also been having a midweek time of prayer and Bible study and will kick off our Keiki Club and discipleship time this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. We have had visitors to this already, and folks have shown a great interest in being a part of our discipleship class. Please pray that we will be sensitive to the Lord’s leading and be conduits to help grow His people. We have had 3 Sunday morning services so far and have averaged in the low 40s in attendance. This past Sunday, I took notice that about 90% of our people are in the Army or affiliated with it somehow. We are excited about the excitement and good momentum we have started off with.
The next grand event that happened this month was the birth of our fourth boy on August 29! We have named him Kyler Kaimana after Krista’s brother Kyle, who passed away from cancer at three years of age. Thank you for your prayers, especially during this busy and exciting (and also exhausting) time in our lives. We appreciate you so much.
The Marasco Family
Praise Report and Prayer Requests
· The Rock Point Baptist Church is off to a great start!
· Praise the Lord for His provision for start-up materials.
· Please pray for the growth of those recently saved and as we start our Wednesday discipleship classes.
· Pray for our family and neighbors to come to know Christ.
· Pray for us to be soul-conscious, and pray that God’s power will be evident in our lives.