Tuesday, August 2, 2011

True Strength

I stumbled across a Bible verse while I was doing my daily devos the other day.....

"The lion which is mightiest among beasts and does not turn back before any..."
--Proverbs 30:30

This verse really spoke to me and I could tell the Holy Spirit was tugging on my heart as I read it and it was as if a voice was whispering in my ear:

"Zach....you are a LION.
Be Brave. BRAVE. Courageous!
Don't turn back...
Be faithful and step out! RAWR!"

I've been told that I am a strong young man. I know that strength comes from God.

True Strength.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Waiting is tough. Plain and simple, its not easy for me to wait. I have this constant battle within myself. It's because I still have the mentality of "individualism." Being home is not a piece of cake. I have to deal with the fact that, my younger brother lives with his best friend's family. He won't be home for the week, except on weekends. Then my parents having full time jobs. Then the house being empty, with me home to clean it. Having my parents work full time, my brother living elsewhere, my grandma coming back from California, my full time job coming soon, doing chores, going school. Wow, and I find myself waiting. Waiting for when I get to do "me" but it doesn't work like that. The Holy Spirit is my accountability partner. He continues to show me, that this is the Lord's plan. I could easily leave to Eugene for school, but His plan is cut out for me. Its to be home.

Psalm 27:14- Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous.Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

I need to be patiently waiting for the Lord. I need to be doing things that please Him, not me. This is total conviction. I could patiently wait for a guy, but not wait patiently for the creator of my being? Wow, right to the heart. Lord, please help me to serve you while I'm waiting for you. Help me to think of others, not as burdens but your children as well. Please forgive me for my sins. In Jesus name. Amen.


I think it is prophetic I still have to plan it out in my head and correct it a couple of times before I get the spelling of Tennessee correct. How can I live somewhere when I can not spell the state? Thank God for spell check, or I would be in deep spelling error often. Sometimes I spell it so poorly the suggested words do not even match my spelling, now that is badddd! The Holy Spirit is my checker these days, when I want to cry about moving away from my friends, family and church and the islands I have called home for 7 years now the Holy Spirit lets me cry and reminds me that He will be there with me. When I get a stink attitude about my husband and I want to store resentment and angry towards him for allowing this to happen he reminds me that He has something bigger for us if we can learn to work as partners in ministry. When I want to give up and say I have done all I can do with my adopted daughter and send her to a residential home for children who do the things that she does, the Holy Spirit says, "I am not done with her yet". I love you Holy Spirit and my life would be like a paper written by me with out spell check a big fat "F", yet thanks and glory be to God I have His SPirit to check my minute by minute. Thanks Holy Spirit for coming with me and going before me and living within me.

Friday, July 29, 2011

[[LEGACY: highlight of my year/life changing]]
Now that Legacy is done, this is just the beginning, the start of something new and something good. I am currently in Australia for family vacation and wish that I stayed for the last week of Legacy and the sponsorship banquet. I heard of good things about the banquet and that it was a success! This was a awesome experience and I would've loved to rewind the tape all the way to day 1 of the retreat and do it again. I am beyond blessed to have such amazing leaders and pastors that value and care so much about the interns and I. Now that it's over, I am still helping out with New Hope Manoa with Pastor Sam Kapu until I leave for NHCC. God is working and has been faithful all the way :))

A BIG FAT THANK YOU TO LEGACY [interns/leaders/pastors/sponsors]!!!

My family and I recently went to the Sydney Tower, Australia's tallest tower (around 880 ft) and It was a fun experience! The view was so beautiful and I automatically thought of how big God is. This is only one part of Australia and I said to myself, "WOW, imagine how big the world is". God created the earth and everything in it...it's HUGE!!! God is bigger than life! God deserves more than we think and can ever imagine! One day left of this trip and im back in the 808! ...Thank you Lord for this trip and for providing for my family :))

Monday, July 25, 2011

A new beginning

The time I was in Hawaii change my life forever and I am very grateful for this.
Thank you Jesus, thank you Pastor Creighton for let me part of this amazing internship. thank you Jules for taught me time management, thank you Pastor Rod for spend time loving us. Thank you Leslie for all the good food, Thank you Will for be a good leader, Thank you Neyda for speak with a smiling face. Thank you Christie for sing with a pure heart. Thank you Devin for let me know you. Thank you Josh for your support and the funny moments. Thank you Billy for be our Pastor. Thank you Elaine for be a good friend. Thank you Stephan for be humble. Thank you Zack for be a wise example for me. Thank you KK for be a beautiful innocent girl. Thank you Tia for be worry about me. Thank you Joaquim, my lover to be open to learn. 

My e-mail is amandaprussak@hotmail.com
My phone number is 541 409 9228
My facebook is Amanda Prussak

This is my written report for Pastor Wayne Cordeiro
Legacy Internship Program was an amazing journey. I will carry a lot God’s knowledge and a little bit of New Hope’s heart inside of me forever. I was impacted and challenged during the program. Also, I had gleaned many God’s concepts from the DNA of New Hope church.
I was deeply impacted when Pastor Elwin Ahu shared his testimony. It reflects a lot of New Hope’s DNA - he was a judge during weekdays and a Levite, who was in charge of cleaning rest rooms on the weekends – that is servanthood. God was cleaning his heart during this period. Also, he said, “if you forget about music, the Hula, programs, multimedia, and all the ministries, the only thing that will stay is the heart.” I realized that a person’s heart is the most important thing to New Hope and to God. Also, the Legacy Sponsorship Banquet had the theme “Refocus” before this Fireside Chat and as he was sharing I had the inspiration to develop the Banquet theme to “Refocus in the Heart.”
I had gleaned during these eight weeks two important principles: discipline and the importance of being a servant leader. First, I really liked the phrase “honor people’s time” since I was not worried about being on time and I was not good about time management. So, if I want to have the people’s respect I must honor their time. Plus, I need to discipline myself in little things and then I can easily nail big things. The Legacy schedule had taught me about time management and let me practice. As a result, I will become an effective godly leader who accomplishes goal. Second, during the Legacy when the pastor washed interns’ feet God taught through their example the concept of a servant leader. When I saw that Pastor Rod was washing Joaquim’s feet on the retreat I fully understood this. Later, Joaquim washed my feet and it was the new powerful beginning of our marriage.
Before I came to Legacy I didn’t know that my marriage was not going well. I was trying so hard to be a good wife that I forgot about myself and because of this I got deeply hurt. I realized that God had brought me here to heal my marriage and to teach me about my main ministry, which is to be a godly wife to Joaquim. How can I be a godly leader in the church if my house and my marriage is falling apart? So, my marriage is much better nowadays since my husband and I have learned to go to the cross more frequently and our communication is getting better day-by-day. One more significant change was about leadership concepts. I realized that I had done ministry the wrong way so far. I grew up doing church with my parents but I relied on my gifts and my own strength. During Legacy I learned to develop my character through God’s grace. Plus, I have to rely on the Almighty One to build up people instead doing a church myself and by the power of people.
Three things in the program had challenged me the most. First, because of my language barrier, I had to be very attentive in every single moment during the internship to understand what had been taught and what was happening around me. I didn’t want to miss anything. I could see my progress during the classes and assignments since I had learned a lot here. Second, time management is one of my low planks and it has challenged me. Throughout the internship I worked to improve it because I have learned how important it is that I mange my time to accomplish the tasks first. Later, I can spend more time doing fun things. Third, I was the leader of First Impression Fractal to the Banquet and it had challenged me in how I manage people as servant leader and it was really hard. I know that be a servant leader is God’s way to be a godly leader.
I am so blessed to be part of Legacy 2011. Through these eight weeks God has healed my marriage, changelled me, and taught me a lot of His wisdom. I will carry with me the amazing experience of being a part of the heart of the New Hope Church. I have seen and felt its DNA - which is God’s DNA. In conclusion, I loved it.

Journey Begins!

Since saturday (7/23/11) I have been slacking off. I have been missing everyone deeply. But God is forever our strengths! So much things ran through my mind on saturday. Like we need to come as a group and be on the same page. But my mind was clear, when I felt the presence of the Lord in the lead center. He had his hand on our legacy internship. As tenny said, we are interns for life. But God has been faithful to us. When banquet ended, I was truly sadden because Joaquim and Amanda had to leave to Eugene right away. So I hugged them and let them do God's will in Oregon. Now our journey begins and we shall keep each other updated!

Joaquim: you showed me how to let God rebuild your character.
Amanda: you showed me God is able to break barriers of anything.
Will: you showed me that you could worry a little, but over all God is in control!
Neyda: you showed me how to give grace.
Leslie: you showed me passion and to remain teachable always.
Billy: you showed me that God can keep molding you & still be in the process.
Joshua: you showed me that being from Hawaii is okay.
Christie: you showed me that God is still helping you progress with your low plank.
Stephan: you showed me that God is able to move in you, no matter how long you knew of Him.
Elaine: you showed me that you are a mighty confident woman of God.
Keli'a: you showed me God can use "grilling" to have good as an outcome.
Devin: youu showed me gifts are not enough, but your heart is just enough.
Zach: you showed me how to let & trust others to stand by you.

Pastors, friends, family, & Jules thank you oh so much. For helping and investing in us 14 interns. We have been the product of transformed lives by God and His people. I love and miss you all.

Have a blessed day!

Love, Litia Feagai Faitele.

Legacy 2011 is over!

Saturday was the Legacy Sponsorship Banquet and Im so proud because Im part of that because all of the Interns did their best. As a result, we nail the "do together" project!!!

I want to share my written report and leave my contacts below.

"Thank you Jesus" (Pr. Rod Shimabukuro).

Joaquim Emilio de Almeida

Facebook: Joaquim Emilio
E-mail: joaquimalmeida@newhope.edu
MSN: joaquim.emilio@hotmail.com
Skype: j.emilio1

Legacy has changed me in many ways such as, my behavior, my personality, my marriage, my life principles, and etc. Also, the opportunity to be part of the New Hope Church for eight weeks and glean from some godly things of New Hope gems. A church which is formed of amazing people. I will remember these eight weeks forever. I have learned so much here that I need divine help to unpack all of that knowledge now.
The Fireside Chats were amazing to me because I had the opportunity to know a little bit deeper about the New Hope DNA and also to meet God's pioneers of the New Hope church. First, the New Hope Core Value # Seven caught my attention since I read for the first time. Also, I could clearly feel and see genuine love and caring relationships during the testimonies. Second, New Hope is a volunteer-driven church for sure since the way that the Levites set up the churches around Honolulu is something beyond my understanding of being a servant of God. Third, the sense of community inside of New Hope is something very powerful since it provides a safe place to everybody.
The Paddling Ministry had amplified my understanding of leadership, which was so selfish and task-oriented before. I got the first seat in the canoe this position is responsible to give pace to the canoe. So, my thought was "I would make these guys paddle really fast". As we started to paddle I was paddling faster than I can. Also, I was paddling faster than my team and I realized that I was responsible to make my team paddle together. As a result, the canoe could go faster if we paddle together. At that moment, God taught me in my heart about godly leadership that focuses on relationship because we have to paddle/walk as a team instead pushing people too hard to accomplish church goals. So, a godly leader must build up the team.
The Legacy program was a life changing to me. I have been married for eleven months and I didn't know that in eleven months I had deeply hurt my wife. I realized this in the retreat because a pastor shared his testimony about his marriage. I realized I wanted her to be me because I thought that I could do things better than her such as, laundry, dishes, clean, etc... but I was completely wrong because I had showed no respect to her at all. However, I came to Legacy to learn how to be a good Leader but God brought me here to teach me first how to be a godly husband. So, I will never forget the Legacy retreat because it had saved my marriage and today my relationship with my wife is softer and more gentle since she can be herself and I stop getting angry with her since I understand how to now respect her as a God's queen.
The Character Class and "to do together project" had challenged me the most and helped me with my low planks. First, I was born in a Christian family and it gave me a good Christian foundation. Moreover, the Character Class challenged all of my Christians ideas and principles, which were not wrong but they are "christianize". So, the challenges during the class help me to expand my foundation and made it stronger on God. As a result, it will help me in my future. Also, the character class showed me low planks and that I should daily ask for God's grace. Second, in the beginning of "to do together project" I took charge and I was all in but I got so frustrated during the planning time. Through this, God had used my frustration to teach how to keep my peace and to listen more than speak.
In conclusion, I'm so proud to be part of a group of interns, which became mature as a group in many ways that I have never seen before. Also, I'm so thankful for all the Legacy leaders and all the pastors that I met during the program. They had impacted my life because they are God's people. So, my behavior, my personality, my marriage, my life principles, and many other things had changed during Legacy. Finally, I learned from a pastor to pray asking for a season to apply all that knowledge to become part of my character as a godly person.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Legacy 2011

Yesterday I was running around at the banquet, fixing this and instructing this and that. Just for a moment I took a deep breath and God opened my eyes to what was really going on. It was not the music, the food, the speakers...it was all about God and his desire to reveal himself to the hurting world through Legacy. He will and is using the knowledge, the instruction, and the wisdom we have received in these 8 weeks to build a foundation of good, solid leadership. It is up to each of us to continue to build on that foundation. What brick and mortar will we chose when no one else is watching us is all about our character. Chose wisely Team Legacy as God has plans for each of us to reveal him to Brazil, Oregon, Hawaii, California, Colorado and even Tennessee!
Just as the new converts to Christ were percacuted in Jerusalem and fled all over thier known world witnessing and church planting all the way; let us do the same. Victory in Jesus as we disperse and live out the Legacy.
Love and Blessings Leslie


Acts 2:42-47
They were continually devotion themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

In this past season of my life, God has been revealing to me His heart and what His Kingdom looks like. It varied in many different shapes and forms. Sometimes it was words, pictures, images, so on and so forth. It took me eight weeks to realize this but this whole internship was a revelation of His Kingdom to me.

After the banquet, I was driving home really sad and almost depressed that this was all over. Suddenly though, a smile out of no where came on my face. God spoke quietly, as he usually does, and reminded me of these verses in Acts that I so love. He told me that I was a part of that today. As I read this passage again and look back at this internship, those verse describe us almost perfectly. We devoted ourselves to learning and fellowshipping with each other. We were constantly in awe of what the Holy Spirit was doing among us and in us. Though we were extremely different, we were united together as one body in one spirit with one God, and because of that we had everything in common. Daily we would come with one mind into His presence and in his temple, eating together with gladness and sincerity. We praised God together and had favor with all people. And as we were witness to today, God brought more people to be a part of this Legacy movement. I now know what the early church was like because I experienced something similar to it... Legacy.

In two months, we got to do life with each other. We saw each other's low planks. We saw each other's strengths. We saw each other grow and mature. We got frustrated with each other. We forgave each other. We cried together. We laughed together. We went through revelation together. We prayed together. We served together. We shared in pain with each other. We were transparent and weak in front of each other. We sacrificed together. We worshiped together. We lived together... we loved together.

I don't know why God invited me to be a part of this and of your guys's life but I am so thankful that he did. I am humbled by the fact that I got to serve with you all. You all have been examples to me in various areas and your love has truly touched my heart. I have learned so much by just watching the way you guys live and represent Christ.

Billy: You showed me how to love other's exactly how they are
Stephan: You showed me how to always have the joy of the Lord
Will: You showed me how to be a servant-leader
Neyda: You showed me how to show grace ;)
Amanda: You showed me how to have passion for seeking God
Joaquim: You showed me how to love my wife as Christ loves the Church
KK: You showed me how to not let anyone look down on me in my youthfulness
Elaine: You showed me how to be reliable and faithful
Christie: You showed me how to rely on the Holy Spirit and His strength
Leslie: You showed me how to always be teachable
Devin: You showed me how to listen before speaking
Zach: You showed me the importance of meditation
Tia: You showed me the simplicity of life

Thank you to the interns for the role you have played (and are still playing, and will play) in my life. Thank you to everyone who helped plan, direct, coordinate, supported, and volunteered in Legacy; you guys made every revelation, relationship, growth, and maturity possible. And thank you Jesus for inviting us all to be a part of something way bigger than ourselves.

I love and miss you all.

- Joshua Daniel Zenhan KwiHong Luke

Saturday, July 23, 2011

New Journey Awaits...Holding Close To My Heart

"The end of Seasons
Classes, learning and growing
A new journey waits."


As Josh said earlier: We entered the program as 14 interns.....

But we leave as 1 family.

Love ya guys. You all have a special place in my heart. ^_^
Until again,

best thing of my entire life? i think yes.

This internship was incredible. In the beginning, I had no idea what I was signing up for. I had no clue that it would be like this. I had no idea how God would work. This was, no doubt about if, one of the best things I've ever done.
I made lifelong friends in the interns and others.
I saw lives changed, and people come to Christ.
God revealed things to me about myself that I never realized before.
He changed my entire mindset and my heart.
He brought healing.
He showed me that dependence on Him is key, and He showed me what He can do through me when I completely depend on Him.
He taught me so many lessons that will affect my life and ministry.
I am forever changed, and I am so grateful for what Gos has done and continues to do.


Tomorrow, we have the climax of the internship, the "Do Together Project" which involved us interns throwing a sponsorship brunch. It was amazing for me to see everyone operating in their gifts as we were setting up tonight for the event. I never really saw anyone standing around because all of us were constantly helping each other out in any way that we could. I saw that we all knew that in order for this event to go as planned, we all had to sacrifice together and work as a team. During tonight, there was laughter, excitement, stress, frustration, forgiveness, communication, joy, and love. These things are something that really only families go through. We entered this program as 14 interns, but we will leave it as 1 family.

Legacy Banquet Set up

Wow! What a night we had today, it was full of blessings. Tonight we were setting up for our sponsership banquet and it was a success. Everybody working together to accomplish what needed to be done. Guys, you guys are amazing thank you for all your help. A special thanks to Josh too. We are one body in Christ and we are going to make this banquet rock.

Romans 12:4-5 “ Just as our bodies have many parts and each have a special function,5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other."

Friday, July 22, 2011

Warrior of God

"And the LORD sent an angel, who cut off all the mighty warriors and commanders and officers in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he came into the house of his god, some of his own sons struck him down there with the sword."

O)Hezekiah is showing full dependence on God, knowing that even though the army might be HUGE on the other side, we have a greater army because the KING of kings and LORD of lords fights next to us, leading every battle. Even though the king of Assyria screamed and told all of Hezekiah's people that it was nearly impossible to win, Hezekiah still believed and CRIED out to God in prayer, not by himself but with Isaiah the prophet, like that verse says when two or more are gathered God is there. And then an angel came down and powned everyone.

A) I walk this earth a warrior constantly in battle. I know that I am victorious through Jesus' name. These scriptures remind me to never lose faith and hope and dependence on GOd. As big as the enemy may look, our GOD is much bigger, and greater and powerful! How dare I say that the God of the universe is not able to overcome anything, like addiction, or illness, or spiritual battles. In moments of craziness sometimes i forget to come back to the ONE who delivers and conquers, dispite of what the world may tell me, I know that my God is BIGGER.

YOu are so HUGE and POWERFUL, you're words created the heavens and earth, JESUS, your sacrifice cleansed the sins of ALL the people that ever lived and all the people that are still to come. Who am I to even question. I'm sorry for ever doubting your amazing power to overcome my battles. Im sorry for allowing the enemy to speak lies to me. Close my ears to what the world may say and open them to your truth. Clothe me with your armor Lord, I depend on you to give me the strength to endure and stand victorious in your name. The enemy is good at destroying and distracting, Lord I pray that you keep my eyes focused on YOU, never looking to my right or my left. Lord speak to me daily, through your word, visions, signs, and other people. Open my heart and mind to you so that i can be open and willing to draw near.

Legacy by Nichole Nordeman

I don't mind if you've got something nice to say about me
And I enjoy an accolade like the rest
You could take my picture and hang it in a gallery
Of all who's who and so-n-so's that used to be the best
At such'n'such ... it wouldn't matter much

I won't lie, it feels alright to see your name in lights
We all need an 'Atta boy' or 'Atta girl'
But in the end I'd like to hang my hat on more besides
The temporary trappings of this world

I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy

I don't have to look too far or too long awhile
To make a lengthly list of all that I enjoy
It's an accumulating trinket and a treasure pile
Where moth and rust, thieves and such will soon enough destroy

Not well traveled, not well read, not well-to-do or well bred
Just want to hear instead, "Well Done" good and faithful one...

This is the song that Me and Christie chose to do for tomorrow's banquet. We really felt that this was the perfect fight, that best exemplifies the Legacy program. Although we had the great opportunity of being in this program, the heart behind it was not for us to be exulted but for us to be good servants to God. This song talks about how its not about the fame and glory, but about the heart behind it all.

Be a faithful servent

 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Matthew 25:21
 This is one of the last lessons that I take from this internship is not just to be faithful but to be a faithful servant of the Lord. As Pastor Kyle said yesterday I also need to change my vision to see what is behind the dirty things. Thank you Pastor Kyle! :)
Love you LEGACY! 

Be a faithful servent

 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Matthew 25:21
 This is one of the last lessons that I take from this internship is not just to be faithful but to be a faithful servant of the Lord. As Pastor Kyle said yesterday I also need to change my vision to see what is behind the dirty things. Thank you Pastor Kyle! :)
Love you LEGACY! 

Lessons that I learned #2

The Fireside Chats were amazing to me because I had the opportunity to know a little bit deeper about the New Hope DNA and also to meet God's pioneers of the New Hope church. First, the New Hope Core Value # Seven caught my attention since I read for the first time. Also, I could clearly feel and see genuine love and caring relationships during the testimonies. Second, New Hope is a volunteer-driven church for sure since the way that the Levites set up the churches around Honolulu is something beyond my understanding of being a servant of God. Third, the sense of community inside of New Hope is something very powerful since it provides a safe place to everybody.

Tonight was the last Fireside Chat for 2011 Legacy. Thank you so much Uncle Kyle to wrap up with a great lesson "keep a broken heart but not a broken mentality".


"The seeds will sprout forth
Coloring from green to brown
A new harvest waits."

A season is ending...and a new adventure awaits me. It's time.

Our last Fireside Chat

Today was our last fireside chat with Pastor Kyle. It was such a humbling experience to be able to sit with a Pastor that truley has a servant heart. Somthing that Pastor Kyle said was that many times God will place us in situtions or struggle were we are going to cry and get on out knees. But those moments are the moments were God is building our character. Do not ignore thoses moments becauses thats were God is the closes to you and he want to teach us somthing.

The End is Near

I can not believe that we are so close to the end of the program. There has been so much poured onto us! We have built long lasting friendships, that I will miss dearly. I am so proud to be part of a group of young men and women that love God and that seek to be nothing more than just His servants. I have learned so much from every intern and I want to thank them for sharing this time with me. Legacy has blown away all my expectations! I can not wait to see where God will be taking us in this new season of “application.” As far away as we may be we will always be Legacy!