Despite a global pandemic and the restrictions in place to stem the virus’s spread, “ministries throughout the Hawaii Pacific [Baptist] Convention continue to move forward,” said Diana Ventura, director of women’s ministries with HPBC and executive director of Hawaii Woman’s Missionary Union. “The way in which we share about Christ has changed in many ways as we continue to navigate through the pandemic; however, what we share has not.”
Diana said churches are providing online and in-person services and finding different avenues for ministering in their communities. In addition, HPBC is not only engaging in a new program to support the work of International Mission Board missionaries, it’s also helping to strengthen the HPBC churches in Asia Baptist Network.
With the IMB partnership, HPBC churches are encouraged to “adopt” an IMB missionary unit by learning the culture and needs and praying specifically and actively for the ministry work, Diana said.
Even though travel restrictions have prohibited HPBC’s leadership and ministry helpers from visiting their sister churches in Asia Baptist Network, “the convention continues to develop its relationships on an ongoing basis,” she added.
Pray for HPBC churches and their leadership, for unity among believers in telling others about Jesus Christ, and for a fervent focus on discipleship.
Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention is featured in the November 2021 Missions Mosaic This Month’s Spotlight article. To subscribe to this monthly women’s missions lifestyle magazine, visit wmustore.com.
Leigh Pritchett lives in the southeastern United States, a vast missions field.