*17 Year Football Career with the NFL
*15 Year Career with the Denver Broncos
*15 Year Record for the longest Field Goal in NFL History
*Star Placekicker with the University of Hawaii Warriors
It was a divine providence that God allowed two regions to be blessed by the presence of one of the most famous NFL players of all history. Jason Elam, a Bronco Denver football kicker for 15 years joined with local churches to help reach the lost. Leeward Oahu and Hilo Big Island took advantage of this evangelism outreach (April 10 & 11). Pastors from both areas gathered together for a time of planning, a time of prayer and a time of soul winning. “It was surreal” says Karl Sunagawa, associate minister at Kinoole Baptist Church. “How often do you get this opportunity to have a fine man of God come alongside and reach lost people?” Pastor Alan Krober of Mililani Baptist Church comments, “we will adopt this as our evangelism strategy – we will even cancel our evening service.” A prayer gathering happened a week before the event. It was graced with scripture verses, reminding the baptist ohana that “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain (Ps. 127:1). The prayer meeting focused on praying for collaboration, communities, clarity and connections. Also in Oahu praying for Jason’s clearness, boldness and good health were the focus. Jason Elam is no stranger to Hawaii. He played for University of Hawaii as a place kicker for four years. During these years, UH made significant headlines in the college football world. Jason recalls one of the games they played against the rival team BYU, who at that point were 3rd in the nation, and they were the best. UH Coach Bob Wagner encouraged his team to stick with a surprise play that no one will expect even though they were underdogs. UH won by a big margin 56-14. The two-time NFL Superbowl champion recalled his days of searching for God. As he studied the bible and other evidences, all his questions undeniably pointed to His existence and to the reality of His Son Jesus. He encouraged the listeners to seriously consider the same. He recalled a story of how important it is to trust in instruments designed to keep you safe. He was flying a plane in the midst of a storm where all of a sudden all instruments indicated immanent failure, but he felt just fine. It’s a good thing he remembered his early training that pointed him back to trust his instruments. In the same way, the Bible is God’s instruments to point us away from immanent danger and towards safety through His Son. This back-to-back outreach brought tremendous result that will surely keep local churches busy. Collectively, 40 salvations, 3 baptisms, 7 need connection with church, 9 not ready and 35 asked for prayer requests. Participating churches gets to help harvest and follow up. Kahu Zeke put it in proper perspective when he said, “do not let the authenticity of the response concern you, just be thankful that people responded by filling out the card, and that He has given us an OPEN DOOR (Col. 4:2-4) to make a personal gospel connection with the individual.” Without a doubt local churches who joined in should not wait long to connect with the individual.