Doing the Most Good- Hawaiian and the Pacific Islands
Field guide to practical Christianity starts in September
Seeking to ignite a passion in young adults for hands-on Christian ministry, Revolution Hawaii is set to open its doors in Honolulu this September.
island of Oahu doing urban missionary work, and two months in the Marshall Islands, where they will be engaged in third world missions.
“The concept for this began four or five years ago after I heard Bart Campolo speak at a conference about ‘mission year,’ where kids 18-29 give one year living in inner cities in the U.S.,” said Rob Noland, director of Revolution Hawaii.
Headquartered in the Manoa Valley on the divisional headquarters’ campus, the project will have two active stages on Oahu. The first involves personal discipleship, where the youth will address personal spiritual issues including discipling, mentoring, and disciplines of the Spirit; reading the Bible through during the year, along with fasting and solitude. “I hope this will become a habit, and therefore their walk with the Lord will be rock solid for the rest of their lives,” noted Noland.
Guest speakers are slated for this part of the project, and meetings will be open to the public.
The second part will involve outreach—living and working among the Army poor. “They will be assigned to one of four corps on Oahu, where they will learn to be involved like good soldiers,” explained Noland. “They will build relationships within corps and the neighborhood, with the goal of bridging the corps and community.”
To Noland, the revolution starts when the participants go back to their home corps and start discipling others or mentoring others, and when they go out into the community and build relationships.
“I noticed that many of my peers left The Salvation Army for other churches; dropped out all together; or stayed and complained about the Army,” he said. “I thought a mission year is what the Army needs.”
The program runs from September 2006 to August 2007. Please go to www.Revolutionhawaii.com for more information.