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Mike Kai, The Pound for Pound Principle and Douglas Kozub, Transparent Gratitude

Mike moved to Oahu where he became a single father raising a daughter.  A friend and co-worker brought Mike to Hope Chapel where he became a Christian in 1989, met his wife, and sat under the ministry of Ralph Moore who saw a future in Mike that was very different than what Mike saw.

Mike soon became the youth pastor at Hope Chapel, and he and his wife Lisa fell in love with ministering to the young people there.  Mike was an excellent youth camp speaker; a second daughter came along, and he and Lisa were delighted to be in the service and will of God in one of the most respected churches in the State.

Mike writes about lessons learned in his early years of pastoring.  He weaves his love for sports into his thinking pronouncing that a leader’s call is to be the best pound for pound person one can be.  Then God began to speak to Mike through a respected prophet, others and through God himself.  It was time for Mike to go and that meant stepping down to pastor a struggling church of 40 people in Waikele, a part of Oahu that is hot and dry.

Mike was not pleased with this eventuality though he and his wife both put their hearts and souls into the new venture.  He writes of the difficulties they faced though they were locals who were easily embraced by the community which they were serving.

Mike and Lisa have built the Waikele church to several thousand attendees each week. Even the building they lease for meetings seems beyond possibility. His story is a moving retelling of a successful response to a call from God.  His book is well written, moving and particularly worth reading by those who are beginning to respond to a call to ministry.


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By Douglas Kozub

I was attracted to Doug and his wife Tyla when they arrived in Honolulu in 2000 to serve as interns at New Hope Christian Fellowship.  The attraction arose since they came from Southern New Jersey where I had lived for many years.  They were in their 30’s. Doug had been a youth minister; he had a MDiv from Westminster Seminary and Tyla had been a national class swimmer at Memphis University.  They added a son to their two daughters after they arrived, worked hard at the church, and then felt led to pioneer a church in Lihue, the largest city on Kauai, one of our State’s three major neighbor islands.

I wondered about this since the people of Kauai are not particularly welcoming to outsiders, and moreso to haoles from the East coast.  I questioned them as they were making plans to move, but they were convinced that God had called them to Kauai.  They have now been there for ten years, and they struggle with attendance, finances, setting up church in a school each weekend, and more.  They also have had some real success in their church of a hundred or so.  Tyla ministers to the women of the church with Bible studies and special events. Doug’s teaching is from an educated spirit filled background tempered to suit his audience.

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About the Author: H. Murray Hohns went home to be with Jesus on November 28, 2012. He was on staff at the largest church in Hawaii and served on his denomination's investment committee from 1999 until his death. Hohns held two degrees in Civil Engineering, an MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary, and served as an instructor at Foursquare's New Hope Christian College (formerly Pacific Rim Christian College) in Honolulu. He wrote six engineering books and hundreds of articles in every type of newspaper, magazine and journal.

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