Sowing seeds in paradise: Young missionaries from Tennessee follow God’s call to Maui

Pukalani, Hawaii

A tourist paradise of sparkling water and incredible beaches, roaring waterfalls and memorable sunrises also has a darker side hidden from the average tourist’s eyes. But God sees what others may miss: homeless people who sleep on the beach, feel hunger and pain, and despair brought about by addiction.

The name of the town, Pukalani, a Hawaiian word, means "window of heaven.” A loving God sees this town, and has put compassion into the hearts of the congregation of the Pukalani Community Church of the Nazarene to bring hope and to reclaim these who are lost in “paradise.”

In the past year a young couple, Bobby and Alyssa Forest, have come to the church to join this ministry. Bobby and Alyssa are uniquely gifted by God for such a ministry and have a vibrant passion for missions. Bobby grew up on a farm in Tennessee and always had a love for agriculture. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Plant and Soil Science and felt a calling to use his degree to help people. Alyssa is a Nazarene preacher’s kid, and always had a love for missions, participating in five mission trips. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Olivet Nazarene University in 2007 and began her nursing profession.

For the rest of the story, see Engage magazine.

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