Missionaries to Hawaii:
Mark & Mhia Krogstad
Update: May 2017
Aloha Heart of the Canyons,
As fellow brothers and sisters in the same body of Christ, we here at Shelter of Wisdom want to say welcome as you have dedicated a piece of yourselves to us. We are so very happy that you have chosen to fight with us in this season for the souls of the lost, so that they may be found. We want to say thank you with much gratitude, knowing that we don't deserve any gift. But your continual gifts are appreciated and the seeds you sow will reap fruit to everlasting. We will do our best to show you tangible fruit that you continue to sow into. With our best efforts and your generosity we will do a great work here in Hawaii.
With that said I would like to give you a 4 month update.
January: This month was the first full month that I was going to be working with Shelter of Wisdom. It was off to a great start, then Mhia and I took a trip to California for her best friends wedding and to join with more partners. We had a blast. Such a blessing to see family and church family. We came back ready with good news for SOW and all those who we got to share with. It was a productive time. Once we got back, I started more of my training under Carolina, basically shadowing her in all she does, which has been challenging but wonderful.
February: Our last month in our Waikiki Apt. I was preoccupied with cleaning the apartment and I tried to go over the top and save as much of the security deposit as possible, lol. It paid off. But it was also an emotional month because we had our house pastor Gary also leave to the mainland. It was tough to see him go, but we knew it was my time to shine. Other great things happened as well. Like 24 donated KJV bibles were given to the shelter, Anghilito (young man in the home) used to be a drug dealer and possessed by demons and is now FREE of them! We also had lots of men moved in to our houses. Which means we had a total of 6 men get into their own place with public housing and back on their own!
March: We started off the month by moving in to our new Home. A 3 Bedroom house in the mountains with 90% of our furniture given to us. Praise Jesus! Carolina's son Sai has become the unofficial leader of our morning SOW Chapel and the Lord is using him in powerful ways to preach the word with boldness and gentleness. I got a new membership to YMCA gym basically for free! In the Lord giving so much he also took away. March 8th was the day we found out we had a second miscarriage. Such a turn of events! Mhia is such a trooper and is a wonderful woman of God who understands the hand of God and the Lord in his timings. We know the Lord will give us a child. We are not afraid one bit, even in the midst of the sorrow of a 2nd miscarriage. The Lord has given us His Holy Spirit to comfort us.
April: A wonderful and trying time. It started off with many surprises that the Lord has brought to light concerning some of our men, some men relapsed, some got secret sins exposed and lost privileges. An eventful start to April to say the least, but in the midst of all that most of the men repented and others took new steps in faith following the Lord and have been receiving the Lord powerfully. A fruitful April it was and God is moving, we believe that our bible studies and morning chapel times are the cause of uprooting evil and planting gospel seeds. Three people got baptized as well. It was awesome. Also, Mhia is moving up in the Starbucks world and is starting in the Assistant Store Manager program. The Regional and District managers love her, giving her a powerful position to live and shine bright for Christ in the workplace!
With our faith held on to Jesus and believing for the Lord to continue his work. We wanted to say thank you for your prayers and partnership. And also we wanted to share with you our needs and are asking if you would join in continual prayer with us for...
-The men of the Shelter. That there will be peace, love, and long suffering between the believing men. And the ones who are not truly believers to repent and have a change of heart.
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