Stories

 

I love Kona Church of God! This is my house. I have been raised in this church and I love everything about it. My favorite part of our church is our youth group, L.I.F.T.’D. Life I Find That Delivers! We are a bunch of crazy teens that love God and love to live life for His glory. I know that through youth group, youth camps, and retreats, my life has been greatly changed to live through the POWER of God. I have been refreshed, renewed, and am resilient. I have learned that life here is not a game. We are in the Battle zone. Ephesians 6:12, For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the Heavenly realms. Stop faking the funk, and start fighting for God. You must know who you are, and why you were created. Step out of religion and take risks.

 

 

 

When I was in sixth grade, I was so innocent. I was into school. I never lied. I never wanted a boyfriend. In seventh grade I started haning out with bad people. I started swearing and got into MTV. I started doing the whole boy girl thing and I started dating a lot of boys. I was going from relationship to relationship. I was with boys that I shouldn’t have been with. They got me to do stuff I shouldn’t have done. I used to have competitions with dirty dancing. I was also introduced to the wiccen religion. Because of that there was evil surrounded my life. In eigth grace I got with the wrong friends and they got me to run away from my family. They got me smoking cigarrettes, pot and interested in other drugs. That is when I started cutting myself. I was looking for attention from the wrong people. They would say stop cutting yourself. Because they showed concern, I would keep cutting myself to get love. My freshman year I started doing shrooms. I fried my brains. Before I was smart and now it is hard for me to concentrate in class. I had some bad trips. Once this giant mosquito was calling my name and saying it was going to suck all the blood out of my body. It was really scary. I would borrow books from the school library about witches. I liked this boy who was wiccan. I hung out eith the school “goths” they got me interested in many things. Some pulled me away from God, others questioned my reletionship with God. It was a lose, lose situtaion. I craved many things I shouldn’t have. I wanted to sleep with this one boy. I tried so hard to be in a relationship with this boy. When I finally got my braces off, he finally asked me to be his girlriend. After many conversations with this boy. Many perverted conversations. We would talk about sexual things that should be saved for marriage. I was scared to lose that one special thing I could never get back, so that prevented me from sleeping with this boy. I also took a abstience class with another church youth group.My girl friends home church. I got a purity ring that reminded me of my promise of being pure before God, even to my future husband.
My family started coming to Kona Church of God. I didn’t like going to church at all. I was all emo. I would go to church and be all quiet and depressed. One night I got saved at a youth service and filled with the Holy Spirit. It lasted for a while. It was like a spiritual high. I really enjoyed that. When I went to youth camp during the summer I got filled with the Holy Spirit and I was really on fire for God. After that, every time I did something bad, I actually thought about how God felt. When I went back to school my sophmore year, I started falling away because of the influences around me.
I was baptised, then my family life went bad. Right now its hard for me. I really struggle. My spirit wants to read my Bible. But then I wouldn’t do it. Going to Kona Church of God, playing on the worlship team and being in the youth group really helps me to overcome my struggles.

 

 

 

At a very young age I started attending Kona Church of God. I said my first prayers here, took my first communion here, and was baptized here. For many years I took for granted what it meant to be raised and surrounded by such a Godly setting, and never fully understood the depth of what God was doing and preparing me for. When I turned four I began attending Church of God youth camps, and have experienced God's majesty in ways most people could never dream. During those times I always felt the Spirit calling me to something deeper, but I was never able to relate it to my every day life. Two weeks before my senior year began I attended my last youth camp as a camper. While I was there I felt God speak to me, and say that no longer could I be a child of this world, a follower, but it was time for me to rise up as a leader. He was calling me not to be apart of my generation, but to lead them. For so many of us that is the case, yet I look around and our leaders are still being followers. Some thing needs to change.
Over the past two years of leading this youth group I’ve learned the importance of obedience and to always trust In God. No matter how much I want things my way I have to always surrender them to Him.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart as a prophet to the nations.But Ah sovereign Lord I do not know what to say for I am only a child?Do not say I am only a child you must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them for I am with you and will rescue you. Then he reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, Now, I have put my words in your mouth. Today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant."
Jeremiah 1: 5-10

 

 

 

I was born as a pastor’s kid in the Philippines. My mom was the sunday school teacher so I pretty much knew Jesus my whole life. When I was five or six, I don’t really remember, we moved to Hawaii. My whole life changed when I started going to public school in Kauai. I didn’t know much English so I couldn’t tell what was right from wrong. Most of the time I was just trying to impress my parents on how I was such a good Christian boy, by then I thought Christianity was just an act. I skimmed through Genesis and made my parents think I was reading and doing my devotion. And one time we were praying and I saw my parents crying, so what I did was get a little spit and rub it in my eyes, acting like I was crying but just “acting.” So any way years go by and there’s this dude who came by our church, and was from our own Church of God, and invited the children to a youth camp. The youth camp was truely a life changing experience for me, but what I didn’t know was that I was going to change back. So I made it a tradition that when I go to youth camps each year I would just rededicate my self to Jesus Christ in that week, at youth camp; then I would act like a fool, a sinner, the rest of the year and that was it. But there was one night when I felt everything didn’t matter anymore but that it was just me and God. I felt Him for the first time, he was so alive, I was so alive. That night, I’m not sure which night because I offen have nights or even days like that now, my whole life changed and I dedicated my life fully to the Living God. I promised Him that I would always serve him and that I would use my talents to further his kingdom. I still often fall into sin, but I have assurance that he loves me, and I get back up to finish my race after I repent.

When I was twelve I moved to the Big Island. Back then I thought it was the biggest mistake my family had made. I felt that I had a future back in Kauai. I had plans to be the best singer ever and be in band until high school was over (so conceited). I had friends and the best director ever. I guess it was just God’s plans to move me here in the Big Island. I believe that he put me here under authorities that I can look up to. One person who I feel that God has really put in my life is this guy named Aaron. I think that he was the first person I ever told my personal feelings to. I believe I can still tell him and ask him about life and he would be able to explain things with God speaking through him. And the place where we met was actually at youth group and so my life has just improved ever since I moved here. I thank God that he has given me even more friends and an even better director in my life, so that no matter what I face in life I have been given power ot overcome. And there’s just one verse I wanted to share with you, it’s kind of my second life verse, Galatians 2:20 it says “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”