We were blessed to lead 16,000 Urbana participants into worship with our Hui Poly original song “Holy Spirit Fiyah.”
February 2016, Urbana was amazing! Moanike`ala Nanod-Sitch
The Urbana Student Missions Conference was an amazing time where students & delegates from around the world engaged with the Word of Truth, were humbled by the courage of the persecuted church & were challenged to enter into the stories & lives of others while allowing our Lord to write His story through them. Stirred by the needs of the world & provoked at the injustice all around us, hundreds responded to ke Akua by giving their lives to Jesus, thousands stood in solidarity with the oppressed, committed to pray for the persecuted church & to serve on short and long-term missions! One of our very own feels a tugging to serve in North Korea. Though her grandfather escaped in his early 20’s & forbid his family to ever return there, she has resolved to be open to ke Akua’s calling.
I see a generation rising for the glory of the Lord that will press forward even in the face of death. When I bumped into a student who attended last year’s Ho‘olohe Pono & asked if he’d heard from the Lord for anything specific to his calling, he responded with a smile, “Yeah, I think I may be called to a persecuted nation – maybe North Korea.” He continued with a small chuckle (as if it was crazy), “What will I tell my mom?” I asked the Lord for the words to say in response & said, “It seems like this is the worst news to bring home to your family, but in the Kingdom of Heaven & in the spiritual realm, as you listen & obey God’s call, this brings such honor to your family.” Please continue to pule for those who have heard the call of God as they continue to say “yes” to our Lord after Urbana.
Mahalo a NUI loa for pule for Hui Poly! We have many stories of ke Akua’s faithfulness through challenges people faced to get to Urbana itself & how He moved in our hearts & spirits there & in the Native & Indigenous Lounge! When it came time to share the song “Holy Spirit Fiyah” at Urbana, many of the students were very nervous, but as they stepped onto the stage, Holy Spirit answered our pule & brought comfort and the peace that surpassed understanding & we were able to worship ke Akua freely in Spirit & in truth! It was as if we were in the student lounge at UH-Mānoa on a Monday night! It felt very intimate & at home though we were sharing with the large ‘ohana of 16,000+! Our Native & Indigenous ‘ohana at Urbana felt empowered as we carried them with us in our hearts to represent all of our nations (two of whom joined us with Lakota & Yupik language & dancing)! Check some videos at http://tinyurl.com/holyspiritfiyah and https://urbana.org/message/story-god-culture-and-song-pacific-islands.
Ke Akua has given some beautiful testimonies! From Darfur to Pakistan, Alaska to Poland, the nations were able to enter into worship with freedom & joy! A young woman said she was on the “edge of her faith” & disheartened that the church did not address the injustices she sees in society. But when she watched Native students pour out their worship despite the many injustices their peoples have faced over generations & continuing today, she was moved & touched deeply & hope was restored!