‘God can change lives’

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    Will Graham speaks with Victoria Franks while Pastor Vill Galiza looks at at Aloha Church following Wednesday’s launch of the Kauai Celebration scheduled May 3-5 at Vidinha Stadium.

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    Rhonda L. Cabello of New Hope Lihue prays Wednesday at Aloha Church during the rally to launch Kauai Celebration with Will Graham next year.

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    Pastor Lon Malapit offers a prayer for cooperation on Wednesday at Aloha Church in the launch of Kauai Celebration with Will Graham.

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    Cathy Simao prayers while Will Graham bows in his head during Wednesday’s breakfast at Aloha Church to launch the Kauai Celebration set for next May.

LIHUE — Why Kauai?

That, said John Cass, is what people ask when told evangelist Will Graham with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is coming here for a three-day crusade next year.

It’s not by a spin of the globe or a decision to go somewhere amazing and have fun.

“You guys are going to hear this over and over again, it’s based on prayer,” said Cass, a BGEA executive director. “It’s based on Will’s heart, Will praying, ‘Where, God, are you leading me?’”

“It’s also the heart and cry of the people who say, ‘Please come to our community,’” he added.

Will Graham later said, “When God says to do something, you gotta do it.”

About 275 pastors and church leaders met at Aloha Church Tuesday morning to officially launch planning for the “Kauai Celebration with Will Graham.”

It was an event marked by praise, prayer and raised hands and talk of a revival to pierce the darkness. Pastor Rocky Sasaki, at one point, sang and then called on everyone to stand.

“I want to challenge you to be fishers of men,” he said with a smile.

The outreach is scheduled May 3-5 and is expected to pack Vidinha Stadium all three nights. It will be free of charge and will feature music from Christian artists and messages from Will Graham, the grandson of well-known evangelist Billy Graham, who died earlier this year at age 99, and son of Franklin Graham.

A stream of activities and planning will take place across the region between now and the celebration in May, including prayer rallies, workshops, and community gatherings.

Cass made it clear why BGEA is coming to Kauai, and that is to share a faith and save souls.

“We want to start something amazing right here,” he said. “It goes from this island to the next island, then over to the lower 48 and don’t forget Alaska, because they need some help too, right? People need Jesus.”

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. said it’s about relationships and staying strong. He spoke of how God uses people with different gifts, abilities and interests to come together in faith.

Carvalho thanked Graham for bringing the “good news” to Kauai.

“Faith, hope and love makes everything possible,” he said. “Faith to stay strong, hope to never give up, and to love unconditionally. This the aloha spirit, and this is exactly the message Will Graham is bringing to our island.”

Will Graham toured the North Shore prior to Tuesday’s rally.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, a ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, deployed alongside Samaritan’s Purse to address the needs of those who were affected. Franklin Graham is president of both organizations.

From its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association directs a wide range of domestic and international ministries.

Will Graham said during this visit, he spoke to a pastor about spiritual darkness on parts of the island.

“That’s going to be true in everybody’s society,” he said. “There’s spiritual darkness, my friends, the only way you can pierce it, to break it, is like a mighty, rushing water.”

“That’s what God did,” he said, referring to an Old Testament story in 2 Samuel about David defeating the Philistines.

He called on the crowd to pray that God will “break through the darkness.”

“God will break through in a mighty way, a special way, in the weeks to come,” he added. “God can change lives here in Hawaii. He can change people’s hearts.

Graham has preached in the United States, Australia and Scotland thus far in 2018, with events in Canada and Thailand on the horizon. He told the crowd that in preparing for the Kauai Celebration, not to put God in a box.

“This is all about what God’s going to do,” he said. “God is the one that chooses how the battle is won. It’s not us. We just have to be obedient to what God reveals to us.”

He warned people that they will face spiritual warfare in the coming months at church, in the community, at home, and at work. He called on them to read their Bibles and above all, pray. There is a spiritual battle ahead, so they must stay unified and stay focused.

“It’s real,” he said. “But God’s won.”

Graham believes the Kauai Celebration will ignite hearts and bring people to Christ. He spoke of a spiritual awakening on Kauai.

“Wouldn’t it be great to know there is a great revival taking place here on this island that could reach all the other islands?” he said. “It could start here.”

13 Comments
  1. Kootz October 17, 2018 12:31 am Reply

    Yes! Very excited for this event!


  2. harry oyama October 17, 2018 5:03 am Reply

    Only the foolish and ignorant get swindled by these carpet bagging religious opportunists who prey on the weak and make huge profits that are usually tax free from make believe fantasy.


    1. Jill October 20, 2018 8:06 am Reply

      Harry – I was taught the same thing growing up but when my life started to fall apart I reached out to God and found out that indeed He does exist. We serve Him, not for money but because of all He’s done for us. The New Testament can be read in 3 months just reading 15 minutes a day – try it. May God richly bless you.


  3. Reverend Malama Robinson October 17, 2018 8:16 am Reply

    Does anyone else find it ironic that the tycoon land baron and venture capitalist Steve Case who owns Grove farm and thousands of other properties and was married to his second wife by Billy Graham…..

    Has anyone seen who is paying for the fire and brimstone event?


  4. tunataxi October 17, 2018 8:22 am Reply

    Wonderful a visit from the American Taliban coming to Kauai


  5. MisterM October 17, 2018 1:33 pm Reply

    Why is this charlatan/conman being promoted in this publication??


  6. Objectivity October 17, 2018 4:01 pm Reply

    Yay! The God who commanded the slaughter of every Canaanite man, woman, and child (aka GENOCIDE) wants to change your life and he is sending us a guy from North Carolina to help. Break out the red MAGA hats and confetti!


  7. numilalocal October 17, 2018 4:51 pm Reply

    I have yet to see any proof of the existence of God.


  8. Craig Millett October 17, 2018 10:11 pm Reply

    “Spiritual war…spiritual battle” This was allegedly said in the name of “Jesus”. Are you serious? What a delusional pack of lies. This belief stuff is the most addictive drug of all.


  9. Jimmy Johnson October 17, 2018 10:49 pm Reply

    Wow. Haters are gonna hate. Wil Graham is going to bring good news to Kauai: if you don’t want to hear it, don’t attend. Just stay home and watch the (bad) news on TV. Although, it sounds like you might benefit from some love and good news yourself. See you there?


  10. Kayla H. October 18, 2018 8:11 pm Reply

    Can’t wait for the celebration! We need a mighty move of God. Thank you Jesus for sending BGEA. Lord heal this land! We love you guys and are praying for all that are involved. What a wonderful launch!


  11. Holiday Efhan October 18, 2018 10:22 pm Reply

    Praise God for Will Graham and his team… It will be an awesome revival in May 2019 for Kauai… God is good ,all the time!!!!!


  12. Sheatafoya October 19, 2018 9:55 am Reply

    Get ready for a mighty outpouring of God Kaua’i! Prepare in prayer. The devil does not want this to happen, be on guard. Thank you Jesus, the blind will see 🙌🏼


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