Where do I even begin?
First of all, Hawaii is absolutely beautiful, and I am so blessed to call it my home for the summer. If someone told me last year that I would be living by myself on an island 4,434 miles away from home for over 10 weeks, I’m not sure that I would have believed it. But that is exactly what’s happening right now!
It is currently week 6 of my trip, and I’m already dreading the thought of leaving. I’ve been fortunate enough to do and see so many things that I never could have imagined.
These have been some of the highlights thus far:
Hiking Kuliouou Ridge
I tackled this 6-mile hike on my second day in town, and it was killer, but the view was definitely worth it.
Swimming at Makapu’u Tide pools
There may or may not have been some rock climbing involved to get to this location.
Hiking Kokohead Crater
1,048 steps up an old railroad track led us to this gorgeous overlook.
Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay
Taking photos and videos underwater while trying to chase after fish and not inhale water through the snorkel was a lot harder than I anticipated.
Just a “casual” spot for a picnic lunch.
I got up close and personal with a giant green sea turtle.
Worshipping at Sunset Beach
Watching the sunset is one thing. Watching the sunset on a Hawaiian beach while listening to the sounds of people praising Jesus is an entirely different experience; I highly recommend it!
I promise that I am actually working! It’s not all fun and games. The majority of my photos are from my days off, but I spend most of my time in the church office.
I’m a children’s ministry intern at First Baptist Church of Pearl City. I make copies, create fliers, and edit things for the weekly bulletin. Most recently, I’ve been helping with Vacation Bible School. The VBS at our church spans a 5-week period. This year’s was a big success, with approximately 60 kids attending, and nearly 20 who made decisions or had questions about salvation by the end of it. Now that VBS is over, I will be working to prepare for the outreach events hosted by the church each weekend.
I cannot say enough good things about my experience so far. This place is wonderful. The people I’ve encountered have been so generous and kind. I am constantly in awe of the beauty around me, and frequently find myself thinking of the song lyric, “How can I stand here and not be moved by You?” I am moved and overwhelmed by the magnificence of God’s creation here in Hawaii.
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me on this journey, whether it was through an encouraging text, a single prayer, or financial assistance. I am unbelievably grateful for you!