Over 100 Make Decisions for Christ in Lahaina, Hawaii

Over 100 Make Decisions for Christ in Lahaina, Hawaii

Greg Laurie and Harvest Christian Fellowship brought the Gospel to Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, last week, with around 100 people making decisions for Jesus.

The California-based church held an event called “Hope for Lahaina,” in which worship was led by Leeland and Danny Gokey, and Laurie preached the saving message of Jesus Christ.

The deadliest wildfires in the U.S. in over a century ravaged Hawaii last year and, in Laurie’s words, “people are hungry for a message of hope.”

Hope for Lahaina consisted of two services on April 28, one in the morning and one in the evening, drawing a total of 3,000 people. In a recap video, Laurie can be heard telling attendees, “I want to talk to you a little bit tonight about hope for Lahaina, but more specifically, hope for you.

“So, what do we do when crisis hits? What do we do when the bottom drops out? What do we do when we don’t think we can make it another day? We look to God. And there’s a book that God has given us that has hope in it, and that book is called the Bible.”

Hope for Lahaina was hosted by Harvest Christian Fellowship, which merged several years ago with Kumulani Chapel, now called Harvest Maui. It was held at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua Hotel.

The church provided people who came forward with a “New Believers’ Bible,” a New Testament compiled with notes to help new Christians. Harvest is following up with those who made professions, trying to integrate them into a church.

“You need hope,” Laurie said from the pulpit. “Hope has a name. It’s Jesus.”

In a post on X from May 5, Laurie said, “Hope was found in Christ! 100 professions were made for Christ. To God be the glory!”

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplains deployed to Lahaina in the aftermath of the wildfires to minister emotionally and spiritually to the hurting people, with some coming to faith in Jesus. Samaritan’s Purse sent tons of supplies and more than 700 volunteers to help sift through the ashes of homes for sentimental keepsakes and salvageable personal belongings that survived the fire.

“When you’ve lost everything,” said Edward Graham, chief operating officer of Samaritan’s Purse, “you’re numb. You don’t know where to start … there is no hope. And that’s what sifting will help bring, closure. It brings up conversations of hope. … And we want them to know that Jesus has not forsaken them, that Jesus loves them.”

Photo: Screenshot from the recap video of Hope for Lahaina

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