Monday, May 3, 2010

St. Aidan's: A gathering place.

In Hawaiian, Oahu literally means "the gathering place". And in a similar way, St. Aidan's Mission Church is a gathering place, where dozens of people from many difference spiritual backgrounds and persuasions come to help and volunteer. Our church is blessed to have dozens of volunteers and people who are eager to help. This story marks the first of many stories of people who work behind the scenes to make things happen with our ministry.

I want to share with you the story of one of our volunteers, Andy Fegan. I first met Andy several years ago when he called me to see if he could arrange for some community service for his daughter who was a student at The Priory.  No problem, and happens all the time. But therein began our discussion of lots of things, ranging from spirituality to politics, and of course sports. Andy is probably the nicest guy I know who supports the University of Michigan, which is tough to say as a Buckeye fan!

This was not a one time thing. Andy was attracted to the simple yet beautiful work that we do each Sunday in feeding the homeless, and wanted to help out in some way. Early on Andy volunteered to our ministry in a weekly fashion and he has continued on now for nearly four years. This is not unusual. Our church is fortunate to have volunteers such as Andy who who give up their valuable time, and go out of their way to make things happen. We are truly blessed to have you! A special thanks to you Andy and the many volunteers at St. Aidan's Mission Church, Honolulu, Hawaii!

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