June 7th, 2006
What a day it has been!! My heart is so sad and broken at the moment for the people of Molokai. I was awoken this morning at 7:15 to a friend calling to inform me that a car accident had occurred this morning about 1am involving some of our youth. She really didn't know any details but was calling to make sure my roommate, Jasmine, wasn't involved. Praise God she wasn't but as I later found out four of our young people were involved. One killed, three in critical condition.
Living on an island of 7,000 people news travels quickly through coconut wireless and everyone knows everybody. So when something like this happens everyone is affected. The young lady that was killed was an exchange student from New Zealand. I met her when I went to New Zealand in March. (She was traveling to New Zealand with Molokai's Hawaiian Immersion class). She returned home to New Zealand and came back out to Molokai recently for the Hawaiian Immersion graduation last weekend. I also knew the driver of the car.
On my way to school this morning, I had to take a detour through Kualapuu because they closed a two-mile stretch of the main road. The accident took down two telephone poles. On my way home this afternoon, the road was reopened and there were friends and family cleaning up the remaining debris from the accident sight. After seeing that, I felt like bursting into tears, screaming at the top of my lungs, and stopping to pay my respects. I did the only thing that would do any good- I prayed!
Why are situations like this so tough???? God has promised in his word that he can turn a situation intended for evil and make it out for good. I have seen this happen where someone dies but through their death so many of their relatives and friends come to know Christ as the Savior of their life. A couple of years ago on Molokai, we had three of our youth die in separate incidents. God used these incidents to convict hearts and get our kids back on track. Our Tuesday evening youth Bible Study grew so much that there was no sitting room available.
I know in my own life it took losing a friend to an accident to get me back on the right track with God. It is a chilling thought- If you died tonight, are you going to heaven? If you can't say for positive that you are going to heaven, then I give you Jesus. He is the only way to heaven!! Just believe and receive. Acts 16:31 says, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved." It is not by works but by accepting the gift of salvation. I love each one of you and want to spend eternity worshiping Jesus with you!!
Please be praying for Molokai- that God would use this accident to turn hearts and lives back to Him!!!
Much love and God's blessings,