Northview attendee keeps blog on mission trip and everyday Christian journey
BY GLENN TOREN
Not that long ago, Ryon Kaopuiki, an attendee of Northview Church’s Carmel campus, decided to say “yes.” If you ask, he can’t point to an exact time or place. The experience may have been at a Discipleship Walk that he describes as a “mountain top” or after a “go big or stay home” Bible study challenge in his Life Group; the opportunity also may have been during a conversation at Starbucks with his friend Bill. Yet at some point the links in the decision were joined and Ryon decided to say “yes” to the tug of the Holy Spirit. “Yes” to a mission trip to Ghana. “Yes” to leading a worship service with two hours notice. “Yes” to joining God where he was working. “Yes” to making sure this trip and other future mission trips were more about running what the Apostle Paul called a “good race” rather than a temporary spiritual high.
The key for Ryon is to stay obedient, keeping his focus on how God wants to use him during his daily walk of faith. For Ryon, that meant keeping a blog not only before and during his mission trip but during his “normal” life in central Indiana. What began as “ramblings about my daily attempt to move forward” has changed over the past few months to a full-throated call to live out the words of the Great Commission.
“The words ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ isn’t a suggestion, it’s a commandment,” Ryon said. “We all have the responsibility to be obedient and go, whether it is at their kid’s school, or work, or across the world.”
The blog, http://hawaiianhoosier.blogspot.com, has become Ryon’s testimony to the amazing grace freely given to each of us. Starting the year with the “Countdown to Ghana” blog, to a recent blog titled “Serving on a Saturday,” the focus has been on how to take the next step of obedience in faith. For Ryon, that includes a renewed effort to build relationships at work, with the students of Harrison College, and at home, especially with his children – one of whom has now committed to going on a mission trip of his own this summer.
Ryon had his share of excuses about why he should not be the one to step outside of the central Indiana “bubble” but the pull to get involved became too clear, too insistent.
“If God can use me, he can use anybody,” he said.
The blog has become a great tool for friends, family, acquaintances, and even strangers to follow Ryon’s walk of faith and how a mission trip has turned into so much more.
All you really have to do is say “yes.”
For more information on future available mission trips through Northview Church, please visit http://www.nvcl.org/goodneighbor.by