The Wild, Wild West

wrangler-s-steakhouseThose of you who have been followers of Christ for a while know the truth of the verse, “A person plans his course, but the LORD directs his steps.” We have learned this again, first hand, as we prepared for our DTS students arrival. David and I moved into the staff house in Kapa’a (see map below) on the East side of Kauai. Upon our arrival we had yet to secure a student house in the same location. Hawaii, and Kauai in particular, is notoriously difficult in this area. Nothing was opening up. We waited, and prayed, and looked. And nothing opened up. In fact, we had nothing up until four days before our first students were about to arrive. Then our classroom fell through. So essentially we had no living space or learning space for our new, soon-to-arrive students. Then, on September 7th, in the span of 2 hours, we were provided both a large house for the students and a beautiful classroom space – on the opposite side of the island – in Waimea (see map).

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Although this required us to change plans, change community outreaches, change some of the DTS schedule – we were excited to see what this new location would open up in the form of ministry and new relationships for YWAM Kauai.

Waimea is an hour drive away from Kapa’a. For all our mainland friends, please try not to laugh, but in Kauai, this is like packing up and moving to Mars. It’s the other side of the island. It’s the wild, wild west. It’s nicknamed “The Walking Town” because of its size. This means that our students can be seen parading through town each morning from our YWAM house to our classroom, near the church  gym. There is a little movie theatre which shows one movie per day, an arcade, two shave-ice joints (both with the same name “Joe-Joe’s” – don’t ask), a few churches, the post-office and a “fine-junk” retail store. The store fronts are done-up like old saloons, the town is dusty, roosters are everywhere, and we’ve even found a few wild cacti growing. For someone whose spent a lot of time in the real wild west, it’s always a shock to walk one block over and see the ocean. I often think, “Where am I?”

We passed this little cutie on our walk to class today. He is often found in various places around town (like being tied up to a mailbox). The cacti provided a nice backdrop.
We passed this little cutie on our walk to class today. He is often found in various places around town (like being tied up to a mailbox). The cacti provided a nice backdrop.

The town of Waimea has welcomed us in with open arms. The first church we attended presented each of us with knitted, yarn lei’s and other believers have informed us that they have been praying for YWAM to come to Waimea for years. (How’s that for confirmation?) Being the first place that missionaries landed in Kauai – they feel that Waimea will be the place which revival starts on the island. Already, the students have made an impact on the town. It’s a small town. We’re a big group. People know who we are. One owner of a retail store (named Candy) described the students as lights to the community. On the walk to class one morning, a group of older men having coffee on their porch asked our staff for, “The Word of the day”. Our students have already been able to pray with numerous individuals in the community. We are so excited what God will do over the next months (It’s only been one week!).
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For all of our prayer-warriors – David and I ask that you pray we will be able to find affordable housing in Waimea ASAP, so we can officially move near the school/students. Right now we are commuting from Kapa’a during the week. That being said, we still haven’t unpacked since arriving! But I guess that’s what makes life interesting, right? Thank you all for your prayers and love! We are so blessed. 🙂

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