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University of the Nations, Hawaii









Our new home

So here we are! We arrived safely and mostly in good spirits on Monday morning, July 30th, to the Kona Int’l Airport.  Met at the gate by a crowd of happy faces, the whole Crown Team was waiting!  Driving up to the campus was like returning home again, only with a few more people in the mix. We have a nice room, #207, over looking the ocean, with a great breeze (Thank you Jesus), that also overlooks the park!

A small piece of our view, the park has three more structures!

We are getting into the flow of eating at the cafeteria (how to do that with 4 boys), figuring out things that are going on, and what life is like here on campus.  We met up with another family, Semi and Laura Ratulele, and their daughter Noela.  Tia knew him from before and it’s nice to know some one on the “inside” that we can get tips and hints from.  They’ve been a huge blessing already.

Noela, Tia and Naca at the dining area.

We were able to take the boys to the beach once this week, and it was a blast!! The blessing of just watching their joy and experiencing this great gift the Father has given us, words are not enough.

Tia is looking forward to jumping into work on Monday; his skill is a big need because most of the staff in Crown are programmers not hard wire kind of guys.  It’s exciting to see how he will fit in to the team and I know he is really looking forward to learning more about the software and programming, there is knowledge in abundance!  He has already been helping out around campus, painting, and now up participating in a “mini-surge” project with some housing and clean up that needs to be taken card of before the next  quarter starts.

I have been hanging out with the boys, who have a lot of free reign right now and they are loving it.  The campus is such a safe place that you generally see kids roaming all over the place.  We’ve established some rules and boundaries and the boys are doing a great job.  There is a basketball gym close by, skateboards and scooters lying around every where, not to mention the park, trees to climb (the top favorite) and clubs to be made with the many other boys and girls around.  I met up with people from the different schools they’ll be attending and am excited to help out as they get ready for the new school year.  I also found out about a mom’s group on campus (through my new friend Laura!) coming up on the 13th that I am going to help out with.  It will be a great way to connect with the other mom’s on base.  I have made some connections and am thanking the Lord for His leading.  Mostly I’m resting and trying to help Naca transition, the time change has been hard on him and the humidity makes his head sweat which really annoys him!  Last night was our first good night of sleep, and now he’s taking a great nap.  So we are getting there!

We are all grateful for God’s preparation of our family for this transition and how gracious He has been to us in this time.  We are surrounded and protected and astounded at the Greatness of our King.  We have only seen the beginning of this work and are waiting in confident anticipation of His purpose and leading as we walk forward in this as a family.

“O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth — you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. You have kept your promise to your servant… with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it — as it is today.” 2 Chronicles 6:14-15

With love and thanks,

Tia, Haley, Josh, Jr, Maia and Nacanieli



About rakafam

Awesome family of 6, 5 guys and a mom! Called to serve Christ through missions, bringing the gospel to the nations, championing young people to reach their full potential in Christ.

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