2021 YEAR IN REVIEW
As I reflect on all God has done this past year amidst the challenges and crazy times we live in, I can't help but to be filled with gratitude and praise to God. Ralph Moore, the founder of the Hope Chapel movement who sent out Craig, Kathy and the team to start Hope Chapel Maui 41 years ago wrote:
"Our churches exists to train ordinary people to do God's work. We are in the business of loving broken people. The task is often costly and often difficult, but always simple: with one hand reach out to Jesus, with the other hand bring a friend."
This year's report is the continued story of God's faithfulness and the fruitfulness that we have been blessed with as we have stayed focused on this mission. Later on, I want to give you the opportunity to join with us in reaching our year-end giving goals. I hope you are encouraged, inspired and moved to take greater steps of faith in being a part of God's work here with us in Maui!
Celebration Through Baptism
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20
In 2021, we had 65 new believers come forward to be baptized!
A Place to Ask Questions
& Grow in Your Faith
"We are known around the church as Uncle Bill and Aunty Kuuleilani. We have been with Hope Chapel for 10 years now and attended our first ALPHA series in 2012. We were amazed to learn how Jesus Christ paved lots of ways for many of us. My husband Bill and I are private people, but ALPHA gave us an opportunity to learn about who God was, why Jesus Christ sacrificed himself for each of us, and also why many people follow him.
Each week, we would gather with up to eight others at a table to learn about each other's walk with Jesus Christ and share our knowledge about God. We all come from different walks of life and by the end of the 10 weeks we were able to learn much about the group and their perspectives and how they have grown in their walks of life. This was such a wonderful place to build and grow relationships with others. Because of the relationships built, we are able to call on each other for prayers, engage with each other at services of worship and have continual support in the church community.
Since 2012, we attended ALPHA for 4 sessions and now we serve to encourage others to attend."
–Kuuleilani & Bill
History of Christianity in Hawai'i
In 2021, in partnership with Ka'eo Decoite & Jan Apo, we held two sessions of a 6-week class on the History of Christianity in Hawai'i. Ka'eo's teachings better equipped the church with historical & factual evidence on the impact of Christianity throughout the islands. God has been moving in the islands since the very beginning, and this was evident in everything that Ka'eo taught.
We also had the opportunity to have our very own Jan Apo share a condensed message of the class at a weekend service. Knowing the history of Christianity in Hawai'i shows us how God's hand has been upon our islands, and how we are part of a special spiritual heritage to continue sharing the message of Jesus in Hawai'i today. We'd love for you to check out his impactful & informative message!
The way we stay connected.
We're all about doing life together! This year, 684 members of the Hope family were a part of an 'Ohana Group where they met weekly for fellowship, learning and growth. In October, we came together for our all-church series, which guided us through Danny Lehmann's book, Clues: How Can We Know We Know? In those 7 weeks, 884 books were given away! We believe we're better together, and 'Ohana Groups are the perfect place to encourage and be encouraged by one another!
"Matt’s job in the Air Force brought us to Maui this summer. As a newly married couple, starting our lives together in a place where we knew no one was exciting but also a little nerve wracking. We were hopeful to find community to make Maui our home and not just another military assignment.
We both grew up in the church and have seen and felt God’s presence throughout our lives and knew that looking to Him would fulfill this desire for community. Not knowing anyone on Maui, I Google searched “churches” in our area. After attending a couple different churches, we eventually found Hope Chapel and felt the potential of amazing community the first time we went. 'Ohana Groups were mentioned multiple times, and it sparked our interest - this was something we wanted to get involved in.
One Friday night, Josh Duinker stopped Matt & I as we were walking out and introduced himself. I think Matt’s 6’6” height caught his attention as someone he could relate to. We talked to him and his wife, Courtney, and felt so welcomed & encouraged to be a part of the church. Not much time passed when they invited us to be a part of their 'Ohana Group.
We joined our group at the start of the all-church series and have truly loved it. We have met the most amazing group of people that have welcomed us, taught us, put effort in to connecting with us, celebrated with us, prayed with us, and ultimately just shared life together with us. We feel the 'Ohana meaning behind this group deeply.
God works so intentionally, and even though we’ve only been on this island a short time, He’s been planning to have us here, connecting with these people and building this community."
–Aubrey & Matt
Serving Our Community
What started as a passing interaction in March 2020 with a Sysco food rep trying to keep food destined for closed hotels from going to waste, turned into 15 months providing groceries to over 1,000 families on Maui each week. With over 120 volunteers, the food drive gave our church family the opportunity to come together and serve. When the food drive came to an end, our volunteers had distributed 1.5 million pounds of food! The Lord’s provision was evident throughout the entire process & we are so thankful for this opportunity to serve our community.
The Gospel at Play.
"2021 has been a big year for Vertical Sports! For the first time, we launched our Flag Football & Athletics programs, continued our Basketball & Soccer programs and hosted tournaments in each sport. We hosted our first Elite Basketball Camp, bringing NBA players and coaches to Maui to provide our youth world-class training. In July, we held our Sports Camp in partnership with Hope Chapel, hosting over 300 kids, flying out 11 coaches from the mainland to lead 8 sports.
This year the need for kids to develop physically, mentally and spiritually has only magnified and we have been able to see our youth thrive through our sports programs. We saw lives transformed, faith strengthened and kids living with purpose. We had 13 people get baptized who were impacted by Vertical Sports! Because of our generous supporters, all of our programs were made affordable and accessible to all. We are capable of so much more than we think, and sport is one of the best tools to help us step into all God has for our lives!"
Vertical Sports Director
It Takes a Village.
Village of Hope, one of our 12 local missions, helps provide support & resources to those in the foster care community on Maui. In 2021, Village of Hope hosted their annual Journey Bag Drive, where church members fill backpacks with essentials for keiki entering the foster care system. This year they collected 250 backpacks! The ministry also matched 13 mentors with foster youth through their mentoring program & hosted five Resource Caregiver Night Out events, providing a night out for foster parents. We love partnering with Village of Hope & seeing the impact their ministry has on the Maui community.
Our 12 Local Missions
Feed My Sheep
Provides groceries and prayer for the needy every Saturday at Hope.
Assistance Dogs of Hawaii
Provides trained service dogs for full time hospital care, those with disabilities and courthouse dogs for victimized children.
Brings worship and Bible study to the elderly in nursing homes and shut-ins at home.
Village of Hope
Supports foster families and caregivers, with a goal to give every child entering foster care an age-specific Journey Bag filled with basic necessities and love.
Brings a smiling face, gifts and prayers for healing and salvation for those who are hospitalized and experiencing health challenges.
Maui Rescue Mission
A mobile shower and laundry center for those experiencing homelessness to receive prayer and counseling every week.
Ka Hale A Ke Ola
Partners once a month with the homeless shelter to provide meals, friendship and community.
Malama Pregnancy Center
Help and hope for those with unplanned pregnancies, including free supplies, counseling and care.
Inspires and equips youth by incorporating the gospel through sports.
Operation Christmas Child
Sending shoeboxes filled with gifts and the gospel message to children in need across the world.
Giving Christmas gifts to children on behalf of their incarcerated parents.
Prison Ministry/Camp Pilialoha 'O Maui
Gospel outreach and community to prisoners, and an annual camp for kids of incarcerated parents to bring the message of love, trust and forgiveness.
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.
Bobby and Noemi Pino, Philippines
Phyllis Oblander, Philippines
Diana Georgieva, Bulgaria
Marek and Cori Tylova, Czech Republic
Derek and Jenn Van Ryckeghem, Philippines/Borneo
Danny Lehmann, Hawaii
Sammy and Marcia Diab, Brazil
Dori and Ikaika Hobbs, Mexico
Linus and Sharon Morris, Abroad
Mike and Laura Bagby, Nicaragua/Utila
We also support 2 missionary families who work in remote parts of the world. We work closely with these missionaries from Global Hope Network and Wycliffe Bible Translators to further the Gospel in these areas.
Lives Changed at Camp
From Marek & Cori Tylova, our missionaries to Prague
"God has multiplied your gifts, and the gospel is being shared through an amazing ministry led by our first disciple couple, Marek and Petra Vicany, in their new hometown, Děčín, located an hour and a half north of Prague. Marek Vicany not only received the DINO, game equipment and supplies that the Hope Chapel team brought to Prague for Aloha Camps but was also given the opportunity to take 14 of his youth to a Young Life Camp. He also led a camp in his own home town of Děčín at which Tea and I volunteered this summer. During the camp, an adult leader came to faith and a couple weeks after the camp, Te'a got a message from one of the youth boys that he believed. Recently, two more young people from the camp were baptized!
Please continue to pray with us that circumstances will allow us to have an Aloha Camp in the summer of 2022. Thank you to all who have come alongside us and for your years of prayers and support for our mission."
Equipping Families Through Kids Ministry
This year we thanked Toni Spence for 41 years of faithfulness as our Kids Ministry Director. From day one, Toni had a heart to see the Gospel shared with every kid who came through our doors. She has impacted the lives of so many over the last 41 years. We are so grateful for her commitment to our kids.
Toni knew exactly who she wanted to step into her role, and we couldn't think of anyone more equipped for this job. Jena Luplow has stepped into the role of our Kids Ministry director and is excited to continue to equip families & share the Gospel with our kids at Hope.
Our Kids Ministry is intentional in their mission that kids would know the call of God in their lives and make His name known. They created four devotionals this year, including one for the whole family that paired with our all-church series. These devotionals led our children through daily activities aimed to foster spiritual growth and discipleship in the home.
The ministry also re-opened our 2 & 3 year-old classroom, allowing more kids to join Kids ministry during our Sunday service. The team is looking forward to what the Lord will do in 2022 and plans to continue building bridges between the classroom and home.
Youth: A place to be
A big goal of ours this year has been to be consistent, to be a place where our students feel welcomed, safe, cared for and significant. Our volunteer leaders and interns have played such a huge role in this, as well as the Mauka Tent and concrete pad in the back, both of which have helped to create a space where these goals can be accomplished. We are excited to see what God does in the ministry next year and hope to add more volunteers to reach more youth on Maui.
"This year, Hope Chapel Youth has helped me to grow in my faith and interact with fun people who are passionate about God. I have been encouraged to follow God and to know Him personally to the point that I decided to get baptized in February!
Throughout this year, God has worked in my heart to make me love serving Him. The support and fellowship of this youth group has been influential as I come to better understand the character of God."
In 2021, Hope Chapel Young Adults have enjoyed the commitment and encouragement of this community. We worship and study God’s word every Wednesday night. We get together often to share our stories over a meal, and we also love to have a good time! Whether we are playing volleyball, going on a whale watch, or doing a game night, the goal remains the same - to connect in community together while seeking the Lord!
"I have always been a very self-reliant and independent person. I grew up with the impression that I could become successful in life by myself. I was happy to "follow God's will" when it aligned with my own, but I didn't want to put God's will over mine because I thought I knew what was best for me. I silently resented having to give credit to God when I felt like my accomplishments were mine alone because of all the time and effort I put in. I was aware of this pride in my heart, but I could never dethrone it on my own. God chose to work powerfully in my heart through a Young Adults worship night, where I was deeply convicted to put God over my own ego & ambitions. The Young Adults community at Hope has been a living example of what it means to love God and others. They have shown me through their words and actions that by God's grace, a Christ-centered life as a young adult is not only a possible life but one that thrives even in the face of great adversity.
God knows what's best for me much better than I do. I still struggle with pride and selfishness to this day, but by God's grace I've grown to trust God and lean on Him more as I seek and follow His will for my life."
Over the course of one year, our worship choir has gone from being a special element at Holiday services, to leading worship with the church every 5 weeks! It's such a blessing to watch us grow from just a few singers in the beginning to 25 and still growing. We are believing we will reach 50 worshippers in the next year. The choir meets weekly at Hope Chapel for practice & fellowship, we would love to have you visit a rehearsal & worship with us!
Hope Chapel's Celebrate Recovery Ministry has continued to come together throughout 2021, encouraging one another and growing together. Last year, many of our CR groups moved online and continued to faithfully meet multiple times throughout the week. Since then, 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!
DivorceCare: Hope & Healing
"I wasn’t planning on taking the DivorceCare class at Hope — I was divorced over 30 years ago. I thought, “How can this help me now, especially since I had a great second marriage that ended up giving me the title of ‘widow’?” When I looked at each of the class topics I found myself saying, "This doesn’t apply to me", but by the end of each class I found everything was exactly what I needed to hear. This class was a place where we all were able to take a real look at ourselves and, in safety, share with each other openly. Through my changed attitude, the Lord graciously began to restore, or rather create a new relationship with my adult children. Even in my 7th decade of life and having known Jesus for over 50 years, I know I'm still being transformed into who Christ wants me to be: a broken vessel at the foot of His cross, being made new."
"I'm almost retired, I would like to have a boat and spend my days deep sea fishing, but when I prayed about that, it became obvious that God had other plans for my life. Luke 9:23-24 says, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me". These same verses are repeated five times in three of the Gospels. When I serve, it's the place where I am the happiest. It's where I feel encouraged and fulfilled in my walk with God."
A Note From Our Finance Team
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you"
We continue to see the Lord’s provision financially through this tumultuous year – in a time where everything seems to be changing, our calling as believers to honor Jesus with our time, talents, and treasure remains the same. It’s a testament to His faithfulness and also to the commitment of all those who support Jesus’ mission at Hope through tithes and offerings!
In 2021, we maintained a conservative budget approach- here are some highlights:
We continued with a reduced budget (-13%, -$368,420 compared to pre-Covid spending) by reducing costs + expenses in many areas.
Our new courtyard tent, installed in February, was made possible by a $134,000 gift from a donor and has helped us to reach more people in person during all the uncertainty caused by Covid. By being creative and flexible, our campus continues to facilitate ministry every day of the week.
Between our food distribution and caring for those in need, we have given away $47,751 in benevolence.
We've contributed a total of $197,611 in support to our 12 missionary families throughout the world and for our 12 local missions here on Maui.
By God's grace, this year's tithes and offerings have covered our trimmed-back expenses, with a small deficit of $56,951 remaining. Our savings and emergency fund remain intact, and we enter December with the goal to finish strong and meet our budget of $189,660 for the month.
Every year we undergo a voluntary comprehensive audit- for more details you can review Hope’s 2020 audited financial statements here
I’ve personally been so encouraged and my faith built up by the stories of our church caring for one another all across the island, and seeing so many lives changed. I’ve never been more hopeful for what the Lord will do in us and through us! Excited for what He has in store for us, church family.
God has been so faithful to us!
"Hope Chapel exists to train ordinary people to do God’s work. We are in the business of loving broken people. The task is often costly and often difficult, but always simple: with one hand reach out to Jesus with the other hand bring a friend."
As we approach two years of navigating through Covid we are grateful for how God has used Hope Chapel and our campus as a beacon of light and hope in our community and throughout the world. Upon the onset of Covid, the Elders directed to make any budget cuts we could that wouldn’t affect our ministries and outreach. We carried this conservative approach into 2021, ready to respond as the Lord guided.
By God’s grace, with your faithful giving along with prudent stewardship, we have navigated this difficult season and as we close 2021, our spending is on target and our giving is close to our budget. We have successfully transitioned several key roles, we’re investing in the next generation of leaders at Hope, our ministries and local missions vibrant and active, and we’re serving the community in the name of Jesus in real, tangible ways. In addition we continue to maintain a healthy reserve fund to be able to stay strong and minister at every opportunity.
Investing in the future
Our campus has been a bustling ministry site throughout the past two years and the time has come to make some investments to move us forward. The highest needs in particular are our main public bathrooms that are in need of a full remodel, and our parking lot light fixtures need to be replaced or have more added for additional safety and security, along with several other items to both care for the facility and equip the church.
We estimate the cost to remodel the bathrooms, replace and add many needed parking lot lighting standards and other upgrades to be $395,000. We are able to draw $100,000 from our Building Fund reserves toward these needs.
Our goal as this year draws to a close is to finish on budget and raise an additional $295,000 for the Building Fund to be able to attend to these needed repairs and updates.
Please join me in a special year-end gift to finish this year strong and prepare our hearts and campus for a new year of ministry for the Glory of God!
WORSHIP PASTOR, COUNSELING & BENEVOLENCE
PASTOR OF 'OHANA GROUPS AND WORLD MISSIONS
ASSOCIATE PASTOR / PRODUCTION DIRECTOR
FACILITIES AND TRAINING PASTOR
KIDS MINISTRY DIRECTOR
KIDS MINISTRY ASSISTANT
KIDS ELEMENTARY COORDINATOR
PROJECT MANAGER / TECH & IT
YOUNG ADULT DIRECTOR
COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA DIRECTOR
VERTICAL SPORTS DIRECTOR
COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA
COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA
'OHANA GROUPS & WORLD MISSIONS