The first day that my friend John brought me to Hope Chapel I had this overwhelming desire to be a part of what God was doing here! I had no clue how I could help, but I just kept showing up to anything and everything. It was in all the relationships that were formed here that God began to work in my life, to reveal His plan and open my eyes to the power of the body of Christ and the power of life together.
It was on September 20th, 1980 that Craig and Kathy Englert along with a handful of others said yes to God and planted this mission here in the middle of Kihei called Hope Chapel. Celebrating our 40th Anniversary this past September was a glorious time recounting the thousands of lives that have been impacted for eternity, and honoring Craig and Kathy upon their retirement.
Unlike our bodies as they age, the great thing about the church of Jesus Christ is that as it gets older, it gets stronger! Our love for God matters more than any achievement, success, or ministry. It matters more than any possession or relationship. When we pursue loving God above all else, all other things fall into their proper places.
God is always looking for people who care about what he cares about. A kingdom vision is one beyond our own personal flourishing. Growth and comfort can never coexist. We can’t control the cultural climate but we can control our trust in the Gospel.
Our community and our world is in desperate need for the hope, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love that only Jesus can provide. The last time I checked the population of South Maui was around 27,535 people. Our island as a whole is around 168,815 people. A conservative estimate would be that 7% of our island population attends a Bible believing church on this island, that means there are still 156,997 people to reach on this island for Jesus! Thats not even counting any visitors! We have the nations coming to us here on Maui!
When Hope Chapel moved from our old Ohukai warehouse location into our current campus 14 years ago, my mentor Kit Lauer said, “God doesn’t just want this to be a move, he wants it to be a movement.”
That’s why for the next 40 years, if the Lord doesn’t return before then, I am committing my life to the mission of Hope Chapel and asking you to do the same for however long the Lord has you here. Amidst all the changes that we have experienced in 2020 I am so encouraged to share with you this year end update.
A note from Founding Pastor Craig Englert
Greetings church family,
As we look forward to our new year, 2021, obviously we have many challenges ahead of us. In light of that, what I am so thankful for is the Church leadership that God has provided us for this time.
Often lately I have been asked how I feel about retiring from my position as Founding Pastor for all these past 40 years. In all honesty it is a great feeling! The reason I can say this is because by the grace of God I’ve been obedient to God’s call in 1980 to plant this church here in Maui. Now it's time for me to take more of a supportive role to another lead pastor God has raised up to take on the challenge. Ben Prangnell is not only a highly gifted pastor and visionary but is blessed with such a strong group of staff and elders working alongside of him. Most importantly he has such a wonderful congregation such as yourselves to strengthen and continue our mission we started 40 years ago.
That, I have to say, is a good feeling! And now Kathy and I are fortunate to be a part of the continuing work the Lord is doing. What a great God we serve! Thank you all so much for being part of the greatest 40 years of my life.
From a grateful child of God,
Baptisms at Hope are always such a significant part of our year. We get to gather around those in our 'ohana and support them as they publicly proclaim their faith to friends, family and community. In 2020, we baptized 38 of our 'ohana into new life in Christ! What a joy to watch people make this commitment and walk in the freedom of the Lord.
Because of the uncertainty earlier in the year we postponed our Memorial Day Baptism, the first time we've done so in many, many years. On Labor Day we decided we needed to publicly proclaim our hope in Christ to the world! We gathered early in the morning at Wailea Beach and as the worship songs lifted up to the Lord, 9 adults, 1 youth and 5 children dipped under the waves and were raised up to new life in Christ.
Mya Hollifield, one of our Youth students, shared with us the "why" behind her decision to get baptized. Her testimony of God's faithfulness is encouraging for all believers. Watch the video to hear her full story!
In March, when the island abruptly shut down, our dedicated Media, Production, and Storytelling team sprung into action to deliver Hope at Home! We moved our services completely online, and launched the Care Page as a one-stop place for updates, info, and resources. Hope@Home emails brought daily video devotionals from our staff and interns, encouragement from God's Word, and fun family activities for all of us parents who suddenly shifted to caring for kids at home, full-time. Our online prayer wall carried the needs and praises of the church to one another, and we saw our Hope 'ohana here in the islands, the Mainland, and as far away as Europe join our weekend livestream to be encouraged in virtual fellowship.
Since then, we've broadcast 38 weeks of online services, recorded weekly videos for our 'Ohana Groups to come alongside our all-church series, and now we're assembling a Broadcast team to livestream our services from the Courtyard in the New Year. Whether we are able to meet in person or virtually in your home, the mission remains the same: bringing the hope and saving grace of the Gospel to the world.
Want to learn more about our Broadcasting or Storytelling team? Let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org
At Hope, our 'Ohana Groups are a place where you are known and connected to others. For so many, meeting week-to-week with a group forms deep relationships, fosters accountability and strengthens their personal walk with the Lord. This year in our 'Ohana Groups we've seen our leaders step further into their roles, inviting and including many who are longing for community. Many of our 'Ohana Group members stepped into a new role of leadership this year in their groups and have told us how life giving it has been to take that new step and lead others! We've also had many new faces joining groups this year and we are just so excited that God has brought everyone together for a time such as this!
If you've been looking for community, now is the time for you to get into one of our 'Ohana Groups- we have groups that meet in person and virtually on Zoom. Come and grow alongside others, be built up through His word, & become equipped to reach others with the Gospel!
2020 has brought many changes to the way we gather our Hope Chapel family for weekend services, but it's been incredible to see God's faithfulness in each transition this year! In June as we aimed to comprehend and comply with the ever-changing guidelines, we thought "why don't we try an in-person, outdoor service on Saturday nights?" God has blessed us through this as the Hope 'ohana meets each week, from new folks to old friends, keeping our church family safe and healthy. Each Saturday nearly 300 people, including 30-50 kids, gather outside to worship, be inspired by God's Word, and stay connected in community and fellowship. Haven't visited yet? You need to experience worship in God's amazing creation!
PS- Stay tuned for details as we shift our Saturday evening service to Friday, and expand to an in-person Sunday morning service in January!
What started as a passing interaction in March with a Sysco food rep trying to keep food destined for closed hotels from going to waste, has turned into a weekly ministry serving over 1,000 families on Maui each week.
The Maui Food Bank has been an invaluable partner, and many of you in our 'ohana at Hope have stepped in to give both financial support and the literal heavy lifting to move over 30,000 pounds of food each week. Under the leadership of Alana Rucynski and facilities pastor John Martin, a team of over 50 volunteers rally together and have a blast as they serve! The best part is that each family that comes onto our campus is asked a simple question: "How can I pray for you?" Food, hope, and an encounter with the Living God each week.
Thanks for partnering with us, Hope family!
I have been incredibly blessed personally to watch our team work together each week and get food to so many on Maui. We've had challenges with too little, too much, food coming late or being hard to sort and each time GOD SHOWS UP, supports us and makes it happen. To go 38 weeks and never run out of food is a miracle. Each week I see Jesus at work in the smiles of people in line, the relief in the eyes of people as they are prayed over and the camaraderie of our team through it all. In the days that it seems too much, Jesus lifts me up with the needed phone call or message from another volunteer that reminds me why we are doing this.
Food Drive Lead
"Then Jesus declared, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'"
The desire for young adults to grow in the Lord and grow in community seems stronger right now than it has in years. This year, as restrictions were being made on our island it made it difficult for our ministry to meet in large groups. However, as Christians we are called to live together in community no matter how that looks. I was really encouraged to see many of our young adult 'Ohana Groups continue to meet weekly via Zoom during that time. Since then, we have started meeting on the first and third Wednesday of every month, along with several different 'Ohana Groups meeting throughout the week on different nights. We are seeing God bring new people into the ministry each week! Moving forward, we are excited to provide more consistency for young adults to know the Lord and each other. All the glory goes to our faithful God. We look forward to all that he is going to do with young adults on Maui!
Our Children's Ministry team has adapted & grown this year, moving many of our lessons and activities online earlier in the year and pivoting to running kids ministry fully outdoors when we began to meet in person again. The kids services on Saturday nights have evolved into meaningful times of bible study, fun activities, relationship building, reaching kids with the message of the Gospel and connecting within small group time with our leaders.
The emphasis this year has been on developing lessons, both in person and virtual, that encourage families to spend time learning the Bible together. Our ministry is devoted to reaching all kids for Christ. In the months to come our focus will continue moving forward in connecting with our kids both in person and virtually, producing materials to help create strong families, and equipping parents as spiritual leaders in the home. We are also continuing to build and nurture our valued team of volunteers that serve the kids of Hope Chapel alongside us.
Toni Spence & Jena Luplow
Co-Directors of Hope Chapel Kids
Hope Chapel's Youth Ministry kicked off 2020 with one of our best Winter Camps to date! We saw many of our kids enter into a deeper relationship with the Lord and saw others come to know Christ for the first time. A few months later, when we had to make the shift from meeting in person, we started meeting digitally through Zoom, both our large gatherings and our 'Ohana Groups moved online.
When we were able to begin meeting in person again we saw a great turn out with our youth gatherings, reaching up to 70 students each week outside in the courtyard. Through this change, we saw the opportunity to be more intentional with our current students and create more space to reach more kids by changing our current format to have High School and Jr. High meet on separate nights. In October we did just that: High School gathers on Thursdays, and we kicked off our new Jr. High meeting on Friday nights.
We are looking forward to how God continues to use and grow each of these nights, and for us to really be intentional with our outreach, our Gospel focus, targeted messages, and deeper relationships with both our Jr. High and High School students.
Hope Chapel's Celebrate Recovery Ministry has continued to come together throughout 2020, encouraging one another and growing together. At the beginning of this year, many of our CR groups moved online and continued to faithfully meet multiple times throughout the week. Through Zoom, our CR ministry is doing 3 daily morning Bible studies and a Wednesday night virtual family meeting. Recently, CR has been able to go back to meeting together in small groups in-person on Sunday nights, as well as continuing all of the Zoom meetings during the week. In 2021, CR will be adding more in-person step groups, in addition to those that are currently happening. The miracles are happening daily in this ministry as individuals and families continue to love, heal and grow together in community!
Our worship teams are devoted to bringing the gospel to our Hope Chapel family through music. This year, they have all been so faithful to put in many extra hours as we've shifted to having both online and in-person services. We're so thankful to our teams for leading us each week in powerful and intentional worship.
We're also so excited to have re-launched our worship choir this year! The choir has worked hard to bless us with special performances for our 40th Anniversary, Thanksgiving Eve and upcoming Christmas Candlelight Services, with more planned in the new year. We're thankful for the gifts of the choir and our worship team members as they lead us in worshiping our King!
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you"
For over 40 years, God has called Hope Chapel to reach the people of Maui with the love of Christ- and each year, without fail, He has richly provided through the faithfulness and generosity of His people. When the world paused in late March of 2020, the future was unclear... but instead of slowing down, we've become deployed like never before.
We're continuing to disciple and invest in the next generation of believers and leaders. And it's never been more clear: the Gospel will go forward and Jesus will continue to build His Church!
From March through the end of the year, we quickly adjusted our spending to prepare for financial uncertainty ahead. Here are some highlights:
Join me in thanking the Lord for His provision! As we enter December, I ask that each of us would pray and seek the Lord to how He is leading you to be a part of finishing this year of ministry strong, filled with faith and expectation for all God will do in 2021!
Let's finish the year strong! By making a year-end gift to help meet our $189,600 adjusted December budget, we will finish the year on budget and ready for all that God has prepared for us as a church in 2021.
God bless you and your family!
This year has been an incredible opportunity to build relationships with our youth through sports! Early in the year we did everything virtually; basketball, soccer, baseball and crossfit. Those clinics happened every week for 3 months before we were able to meet in-person at Hope Chapel. We have been doing basketball and soccer clinics each week since July! During each session we have the amazing opportunity to also share a Bible message and pray with the kids. Every week we see around 70 kids, often seeing new faces at every practice. These weekly sessions have been a great outreach opportunity, since many families have been doing distance learning. To be able to provide these clinics has allowed us to meet a great need in the community! This year, one of our basketball players decided he wanted to get baptized, so he went straight home and told his parents. His Dad was so encouraged that he decided to give his life to Jesus and get baptized together with his son! It's amazing what you can teach a child through sport!
The Gospel is not only advancing on Maui this year, but is continuing to spread throughout the world like never before. Our missionaries are dedicated to bringing the message of Christ to those who don't know Him yet. We've heard so many powerful stories this year, stories of the hungry being fed, those in need getting provision, and the lost being saved. God is moving! Continue to pray for our missionaries as they do Kingdom work in these different areas. Pray for their families, pray for their ministries, and pray that the Gospel would continue to advance.
Sammy and Marcia Diab, our missionaries to Brazil, have planted seven Hope Chapel's in the south of Brazil. In early July 2020 their area received 3 weeks of heavy rains. Cool temperatures and rain caused the river to swell and created massive flooding in the area. Hundreds of families lost their homes and all of their possessions in the floods. Many in the area turned to Hope Chapel Brazil for help. The church was able to house many families in their buildings, serve food, and started clothing/blanket drives to meet the needs of those that were affected. Once the rains stopped they began helping people in their neighborhoods clean up the destruction that had been caused to their homes.
Hope Chapel Maui was able to send financial support for Sammy and his team to purchase groceries for 367 families. The team in Brazil delivered the groceries to those who were unable to come to their church buildings and pick up food.
"A lot of the people we helped never came to the church, and when they came to pick up the food, they kept asking why we were doing that. So I shared with them Mathew 25, where Jesus separated the goat and the sheep. The sheep asked the Lord, "When did we see you hungry and feed you?". I said that I wanted to serve Jesus in their lives, not just preach a good sermon, or by church planting, but by serving. Many people were moved and gave their lives to the Lord. It was powerful."
Sammy Diab, Hope Chapel Brazil
Sammy shared with us that Hope Chapel Maui's generosity spurred many in his church in Brazil to begin to give what they could to help their neighbors in need. People donated food, clothing and blankets to those in their community. Praise the Lord for how he is using our church family! Let's keep praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ at Hope Chapel Brazil and for our missionaries around the world.
WORSHIP PASTOR, COUNSELING & BENEVOLENCE
PASTOR OF 'OHANA GROUPS AND MISSIONS
ASSOCIATE PASTOR / PRODUCTION DIRECTOR
FACILITIES AND TRAINING PASTOR
CO-DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
CO-DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY ASSISTANT
YOUNG ADULT DIRECTOR
VERTICAL SPORTS DIRECTOR
"He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love."