Clarence meeting with leaders from the Waianae Neighborhood Board and homeless village leaders: Clarence lives in Waianae, serving the people of Oahu, the third largest and most densely populated of the Hawaiian Islands. Clarence partners with those in the community to address the issues of poverty and homelessness which are so prevalent in the community.
Workers at a homeless shelter in Waianae: Within a three-mile radius of the church, there are three homeless shelters, as well as 450-800 people living within the bushes of the homeless campsites. Within this community of 13,000, 29% of those under age 18 live below the poverty line. Estimates of more than 7,500 people live on Oahu's streets and beaches.
WHEREAS, Isaiah 61:1 says, The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound, and Native Hawaiian, Clarence, of Lutheran Indian Ministries, is ministering to Native Hawaiians on the island of Oahu; and
WHEREAS, Clarence DeLude III, who has a master's degree in Lutheran education, is enrolled in the Cross-Cultural Ministry Center Program at Concordia University, Irvine, California, leading to ordination in 2019; and
WHEREAS, The majority of Native Hawaiians live in poverty which contributes to dysfunctional behaviors in families, substance and sexual abuse, violence and suicide that leave many hurting with little hope; and
WHEREAS, A former church building is available for various Gospel-oriented programs for youth and adults such as: Vacation Bible School, Teen Camp, Bible studies, seminars, training of facilitators, and cultural arts program to draw Native Hawaiians to Christ and His church, thus bringing hope and restoration; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the delegates gathered at the 2017 Lutheran Women's Missionary League Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, vote the sum of $75,000 to help fund theological training for Clarence and support Gospel-oriented programs for Native Hawaiians to know Jesus Christ, the only source of Truth, Restoration, and Hope.
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