By Alfred Acenas
EBC Hawaii Bureau
HONOLULU, HI (Eagle News) – The Hawaiian Island of Molokai, located between Oahu to the west and Maui to the east, is sometimes described as the most Hawaiian of all islands because of its predominantly agricultural and natural landscapes. Also known as the “Friendly Isle,” it has a population of just over 7,000.
Rosemarie Ewing, a Molokai resident since 2006, indicated that people on the island do live up to the moniker: being friendly and looking out for one another. Another resident, Lynn Motas, further described that they generally welcome visitors.
While there may be positive features about the Aloha State’s fifth largest island, there are some notable setbacks as well. A lack of resources normally available on Oahu and other islands forces Molokai to constantly depend on outside help to sustain their lives and livelihoods.
Given this situation, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) conducted its most recent Aid to Humanity effort in the “Friendly Isle.” Led by Supervising Minister Brother Raul Adalla, INC members and officials from Oahu and Maui, along with their guests, gathered at the Molokai Community Health Center in Kaunakakai, the island’s largest town. Island residents later received free gift bags containing personal and other relief goods. Church members also offered them brand new reading glasses for free.
Brother Noel Gasmen, INC Assistant Supervising Minister, stated that the Church of Christ will always have a deep concern for mankind as it tries to reach out to different people, especially those in need. He emphasized that this outreach event is just one example of how Church members show their love and concern for their fellow citizens.
Ewing, Motas and other local residents who benefited from the INC’s generosity expressed their appreciation. The event in Molokai Island was also in conjunction with the Church’s other outreach missions in various locations worldwide.
(Eagle News Service)