Our Mission... And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
OUR GOAL: 100% of Living Waters Members who are Prayers, Disciples, Serving & Giving!
The founder of this church was Ignacio Gualderama who was born in 1903 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. His conversion was as follows...
As he was attending a cottage meeting where his sister-in-law was sharing how the Lord had touched her life and wanted all of her family and friends to know of God's goodness. As she went around the room asking others to share, she asked him if he would like to share anything God has done for him. He stood up and as he did he saw a book in front of him with the pages being turned by an unseen hand. This book revealed his past, present and future. Being caught up with this vision he began to speak. Right then the Holy Spirit fell on him with such force he fell to his knees and began to sob uncontrollably. This encounter with God was so strong he wept all the way home and spent several hours after the meeting weeping. The following week he didn't feel like eating and spent it weeping, fasting and praying. During this time the Holy Spirit revealed to him in dreams what would happen to him and his family. Hilo Calvary Church was born (1943-1984) with several families. They used to meet in the basement of a small house and when it was apparent the facilities were getting too small a family donated 1/2 acre of land to this growing church. With the need to build a building for this growing church, the elders decided to subdivide and sell a portion of this land in order to pay for a new sanctuary.
On June 22, 1961 this new building was dedicated with about 200+ attending the celebration. Many of the local churches came to celebrate with Hilo Calvary. Brother Gualderama eventually turned the church over to his Japanese son-in-law, Hiroshi Imaizumi, who spoke Spanish. Brother Hiroshi received the Lord through his relationship with Brother Gualderama. Hiroshi helped him with gathering bamboo for his rake making business and other things concerning the church. This is how Hiroshi met Margaret Gualderama, the Pastor's daughter, and eventually married her. Today, Sister Margaret Imaizumi is the only original member alive.
After many years of fruitful ministry Pastor Hiroshi Imaizumi suffered a stroke and felt that he was not able to lead the church in a way which the people deserved so, in 1984 he and an elder, Bro. Renasis, turned the church over to the Hawaii Assemblies of God. The Superintendent of the Hawaii Assemblies of God, Woodrow Yasuhara, appointed a young minister by the name of Harry Pishura to the post as Pastor. This is when the new minister and his new board of directors changed the name of the church to Living Waters Assembly of God.
You see, it was a traumatic time for all involved. This little church was experiencing the death of one very familiar way of doing things while being excited about the new life it would experience with their new Leadership and Minister.
On July 30, 1989 Pastor John L. Trusdell, Jr. was asked by the Hawaii Assemblies of God to fill the vacancy created by Pastor Harry & Dawn Pishura. Little did everyone know God's hand was orchestrating every move, because God was already speaking to Pastor John about doing a great work with and for Him.
Living Waters Assembly of God has experience growth and decline over the past 28 years since Pastor John's appointment. Since Pastor John has take the helm, Living Waters has gone from about 30 to 141 in attendance and averages 75 today. Living Waters supports many missionaries and mission endeavors each year with 10% of our annual income and have created a safe place for the whole family to grow, learn, be encouraged and keep dreaming.
Living Waters presently meets in two (2) locations on Sunday Morning and for Bible studies during the week. Our offices are located at 89 Maikai St. Hilo, Hawaii where our 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning service, 9 a.m Wednesday Women's Bible Study and our 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer is held. Our other location is in the town of Honomu, Hawaii. We meet at the Honomu Hongwanji. We used to meet in Mr. Ed's Bakery. This service is held each Sunday at 7:30 a.m. plus a bible study at Mr. Ed's Bakery on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
Our goal is to fulfill God's plan by having 100% of His church involved with praying, discipleship, serving and giving. This will set the foundation for a Spirit Led, Bible Based, Community Concerned, Education minded, Morally Sound, Excellent facility geared towards Sharing Aloha with Everyone.
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