Greetings from the Big Island! We have had some milestones the last couple of months in adding a couple of new ministries to the church. The first of those was a Junior Church service this past Easter. While we won’t have this every Sunday as of yet, I was encouraged by the servant leadership of one of our men and his wife in spearheading this for the day.
The other milestone was the addition of our addiction/discipleship ministry called RAM, which stands for Rebuilders Addiction Ministry. We recently had Pastor Kevin Akana from Windward Baptist Church over to help kickoff this ministry, which will initially consist of a Bible study on Thursday evenings.
We currently have eight enrolled in the RAM program at this time. The ministry consists of twelve biblical foundations; each contains Scripture memorization, along with a question-and-answer section at the end of each lesson. The course is geared to last twenty-four weeks before someone can graduate with a certificate.
This was a ministry we had planned on incorporating the week that my sister-in-law passed away. I am very excited to minister to our community through this Bible-based program. It also helps that one of our church members employs three of these eight students and is forcing them to go—nothing like positive peer pressure to keep you in check. Please keep this ministry in your prayers, as it most definitely will be a valuable resource in seeing souls saved and discipled in Christ.
The month of March was very exciting, as our attendance reached back in the 50s for a few weeks.
For Easter Sunday we had a potluck after church and had some wonderful local food. One of our ladies makes the most awesome lilikoi cheesecake desert. The rest of them make wonderful dishes as well. During the potluck we were able to get to know some newer families who have been coming to church.
Above pictured is our RAM logo for the new ministry. Above that, from left to right, is a photo of a good crowd during a service in our building. The middle picture is a sweet family named the Gomes at the potluck. The last one is Pastor and Mrs. James Reid, who were a blessing to us and the folks of our church.
We have seen several trust Christ as Saviour during our personal soul-winning efforts. Please pray for us to have productive follow-up and discipleship of new converts. Please also pray for the IRS to grant us 501c3 status, as we were encouraged to officially apply for this. Also, please pray that the Property Tax Department of Hawaii would acknowledge us as exempt from these taxes as well. Sometimes in dealing with these tax issues, they seem as a bureaucratic hole of no hope. I am reminded in Scripture, though, in Proverbs 21:1, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”
Thank you for your prayer and support.
Sam, Krista, Sammy, and Karson Marasco
We worked hard to pass out invitations for our special services on Resurrection Sunday. We had wonderful music, including my wife who sang a special number called “He Is Risen.” We planned to have many visitors that day, and one of our men and his wife, along with my wife, went out after the music in order to have our first Junior Church service. Although we didn’t shatter any records this Easter, Brother Dave was used of God to preach the Gospel, and a young boy named Kekoa trusted Christ as his Saviour that day. After a thorough presentation of the Gospel, Kekoa was very thankful and said, “Thank you. I’ve prayed a prayer like that every week for a long time at our old church, but now I know what it means to be saved.”