Hurricane Ana Update 10/18 2pm

Thank you for praying for the Hawaiian Islands,and we offer a continued praise as the storm seems to be by-passing the entire island chain.  This afternoon the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said the storm will pass dangerously close to Kauai.  This ,of course, is reminiscent of Hurricane Iniki (1992) which is one of strongest hurricanes to make landfall in the United States, an Iniki caused massive damage to the island of Kauai. As with Ana, Iniki seemed to be on path clear of the Hawaiian Islands, so please pray for their fears to be calmed in the face of this potential threat from Hurricane Ana, and please pray for the safety and protection of all the people on the Islands of Kauai and Ni’ihau.

Hurricane Ana Update 10-18 2pm


Hurricane Ana 10-17-14: Update, Praise and Prayers

Tropical Storm Ana is now Hurricane Ana, and the current track (below) shows the storm passing all of the Hawaiian Islands.  This is a huge praise, and we still need to be praying for the storm to go past the islands and to weaken.  We are also dealing with heavy rains from the outer bands, so please pray for there to be no flash flooding.  Please pray for the health and safety of all people on the islands, until this storm system completely passes through.

Hurricane Ana Update 10-17 11pm update

Hurricane ANA

Please Pray for the protection of all people and property on the Hawaiian Islands as Tropical Storm ANA approaches this weekend.

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TROPICAL STORM WATCH posted for the island of Hawaii. #ANA slightly weaker, track going farther south with regards to the island of Hawaii then jogging northwest tonight or early Thursday.

Tropical Storm ANA

Maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, gusting to 75 mph with tropical storm force winds extending 65 miles from the center of the storm.
Moving toward the west at 9 mph
Expected to gradually strengthen peaking in intensity at 80 mph sometime on Friday.

On satellite imagery Ana’s structure has taken a bit of a hit and appears less organized and more ragged. Models are indicating sea surface temperatures are warm enough to continue to fuel the storm and wind shear conditions are favorable for further intensification of the system over the next 48 hours. On the other hand, several other models are no longer forecasting Ana to become a hurricane.

A NASA Gulfstream jet collected data this afternoon from the surrounding atmosphere around the system and we should have a better understanding of the system for the next update.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say they are leaning toward the models that indicate Ana is forecast to strengthen through Friday, becoming a hurricane by Thursday. The track has been nudged farther south with regards to the Big Island before jogging northwest tonight or early Thursday.

Potential Impacts:
Heavy rain may reach the Big Island late Friday potentially causing dangerous flash flooding and mud slides.

Large dangerous surf conditions are expected to begin impacting the eastern end of the Hawaiian islands late Thursday. In the best case scenario ANA goes well south and is nothing but a high surf event. The worst case scenario is landfall which could bring flooding rains, extreme winds, storm surge and coastal flooding.

Texans Serving Maui!

“However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).


 Do you see these beautiful people? We love them! Do you know why? Is it because they are from the country of Texas? Is it because they love pineapples? No, well, maybe, but really it’s because they came to Maui this past summer not to sit in a resort and drink mai tais, but rather, they came to SERVE.

Do you know how rare it is to find a group of people willing to spend their own pretty penny, fly to Hawaii, then serve the people? Wow! We are grateful for our friends Retha, her two sons Barrett and Brent, as well as fellow teammates Vickie and their long-time Sunday School teacher, Keith. They worked hard during the week on Maui, and I wanted to share a glimpse into what they did here.

But before I share, I want you to know that the Lord truly had this ministry trip planned long ago…It was planted as a seed in Retha’s heart many years ago, and it was through our friendship that it came to pass. Glory be to God for using His children, placing calls on our lives and asking us to take steps of faith. He is worthy!


The team wasted no time: right after leaving the airport we headed to the newly opened Malama Pregnancy Center. They brought with them tons of handmade shopping bags to be given as gifts to the expecting mamas at the center. (They also shared their bounty of beautiful bags with other local churches. There’s a ban on Maui against using plastic shopping bags, so these gifts were not only beautiful, but practical as well!) They helped fill ‘s “Zeyah’s Closet” and also shared handmade crosses. My boys even got some to share with friends! What a blessing for all!


Over the week the team worked closely with Feed My Sheep Maui, picking pineapples in the field in the hot, hot sun, serving the homeless and helping in any way possible. The Director of Feed My Sheep, Joyce, said this regarding the team’s help, “We really enjoyed meeting this great team of servant leaders.  Thank you for referring them to us.” I know that the hard work and ministry time will be treasured in the team’s heart for years to come.


Living Way Maui and God’s House, both local churches, were also blessed by the team with their prayers, presence, and gift offerings.



Finally, after a week of serving, our family was able to take them on the infamous “Road to Hana,” to stay with more brothers and sisters in Christ at a lovely home, dedicated to allowing people space to rest and rejuvenate.


Ben and Jenny are the gracious hosts to this amazing Hana hale, and we were humbled by their generosity and aloha spirit. If you live on Maui, you probably know Ben and Jenny, and you may have even stayed in their home as well. :)



A special thanks to Lakeview Baptist Church in Belton, Texas, for sharing your sweet folks with us this past summer. We were blessed by their presence here, and I know that many others were as well.

With mucho aloha,

9 1 1: Prayer for Jerusalem

Copied from AnGeL Ministries

NOTE:  This prayer may be prayed in one hour, or it may be prayed section by section over a longer period of time. Although it is patterned after Daniel 9, it is my personal prayer. It comes from deep within my heart, because I believe the rapture of the church may be imminent.  When that moment comes, and every born again believer is caught up to be with Jesus, along with the Holy Spirit who indwells them and presently restrains evil, Israel will be more alone in the family of nations than she ever has been since her rebirth in 1948. And I wonder…is it at that moment that God will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication?  Is it at that moment that they will look on the One they have pierced, and recognize Him as their Messiah? I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I am utterly convinced it’s time to pray for Jerusalem.

Our Father in Heaven. God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are the Eternal I AM.  The One who is age to age the same. There is no shadow of turning with You.  You are fully present in every generation—past, present, and future. You are the All-Mighty.  Your power has not been deleted or depleted over the millennia of human history. We know that You so loved the world that You gave us Heaven’s treasure when You sent Your only Son to die, so that anyone and everyone who places their faith in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. Yet we also know that Your great heart of love still longs to pour out Your blessing on the City and the people that You have uniquely chosen as Your own. Jerusalem. The House of Israel. The Jews….Read More Here

Hurricanes Iselle & Julio: Pray for Hawaiian Islands

Aloha to all who love Hawaii:

We are asking for prayers even more during this severe tropical weather season. The news, as well as the “coconut wireless,” have all been a buzz with the word that hurricanes Iselle and Julio are heading toward our beloved Hawaiian Islands.

Pray Hawaii - Iselle - Julio

According to the following watches/warnings are in effect as of this morning:

  • A hurricane warning is in effect for Hawaii County.
  • A tropical storm warning is in effect for Maui County (Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe) and Oahu.
  • A tropical storm warning is in effect for Kauai County (Kauai and Niihau).
  • A flash flood watch is in effect for all of the Hawaiian islands.


Ways to Pray:

  • For peace, wisdom & preparedness for all who reside on the Hawaiian Islands.
  • For Iselle & Julio to weaken greatly & divert away from the islands.
  •  For minimal damage to occur.
  • For provision for any clean-up and repairs (if needed).
  • For everyone to be safe, without harm.

How to Stay Connected:

via Instagram: Pray Hawaii . Island Gypsy Hawaii

via Twitter: Pray Hawaii . Island Gypsy Hawaii

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Where to Find Weather Updates & Storm/Safety Information:


Hawaii County

Maui County


Kauai County

Mashable created an interesting article about storms & hurricanes on the islands: here.

Photo from outside our home: (Wednesday afternoon, left; Thursday morning, right)

Our family resides on Maui, and our kids are home from school for the next two days in anticipation of the storm, as are all Maui kids. Thank you for your prayers for all of the Hawaiian Islands, our ohana and the land. We’ll update this blog as we’re able. Mahalo for your prayers!

Jennifer Poppy