About a few weeks ago, my wife Mary and I visited Mr. Clarence Kanja. He is at the Plaza in Pearl City. He lived here in Wahiawa until early last year. He served our church as a treasurer of the foundation committee for a long time. He often came to the church during the week and did a lot of work. He had been suffering from his eye disease for many years.
I think that you still remember him working in the church. Last year, one of his eyes completely lost its vision, and the other eye is gradually losing its vision as well. He has been living at the Plaza in Pearl City since last summer. His daughter and son live nearby, and they often visit and take care of him. Since he came to our church and worked with us until last year, he remembers many things about our church and misses our church senior members.
This past Tuesday, my wife and I visited Mrs. Ruth Honma at Hale Kuike in Kaneohe. She is 97 years old. Now her daughter, Mrs. Karen often visits her and takes care of her. She has been living there for over five years. Before she moved to that place, she had lived in a house near our church for many years. She remembers some of the past. She traveled to Israel with her husband. When she could not drive, some of the church members offered her rides and regularly ate with her at restaurants in Wahiawa or Mililani. She said that she has enjoyed spending time with them. She asked if Dr. Leo Pascua continues to play the piano during the worship service, and she also asked me about some other members. I told her a little bit about them. In the past, she was a treasurer of our church finance committee. Her daughter remembers her mother had brought many documents for the finance committee home to work on them. The work of the church treasurer is never easy. Sometimes, it causes us to have a headache. But Mrs. Ruth did her job quietly and faithfully. She now uses an oxygen tank to breath and sits in a wheelchair.
Mary and I learned a great lesson from Mr. Clarence Kanja and Mrs. Ruth Honma. When they were not sick, they did a lot of work for the church. Now, though they are sick and cannot come to church regularly. They still love our church and miss the church members. I believe that God is so pleased with them. I also believe that he will bless the lives of their children. We must never forget their hard work and dedication. We must thank them. We must love our church with all our hearts and do our best to do the work of the church and the kingdom of God.
I pray that God's grace and blessings will fill your life during the month of February.
Rev. Dr. David Choi