Aren’t those boys great? They are between the ages of 13-18 and are so precious. On Sundays our community outreach is to go and teach Sunday school. The church is filled with Marshallese kids. I will give you a real short rundown of who this group of people are. There are a large group of islands in the middle of the Pacific ocean.
Many years ago the US government proceeded to removed the natives of these islands and place them here in Hawaiian and other locations. They wanted to use their islands for testing sites for nuclear weapons. So, after they were all done using their island, they brought the people back. Well as we know radioactivity causes all sort of disease and death. So the people began dying and getting very sick. So, once again they have been taken from their home.
There are many who decided to stay but many have been shipped off to other parts of the world. Many of the Marshallese have been placed here in Kona. Families have been torn apart, children do not live with their parents and family relationships have been very strained. It’s a very sad situation. And to add to the heartbreak they are not received by the natives here in Hawaii. They just don’t have a place to call their home. When you talk to many of the children, if they could go anywhere in the world they would want to go back to their islands.
The Salvation Army here in Kona really has a heart for these kids. We help tutor them and also help to teach in their Sunday schools. They are some very special kids with massive amounts of talent and life. They are so joyful.
These kids are amazing and are just needing people to love them and to believe in them. So every Sunday these boys get up and sing. They have such power in their voices and the smiles on their faces literally bring the biggest smile to my face. My cheeks hurt every time after they get up and sing.
I hope you enjoyed their sweet voices. I feel so lucky that I get to be a part of pouring into the lives of these young ones. God’s got some big plans for them, but we also are called to dump some crazy love on them, to encourage them and to pour into their lives.