Welcome to Katina Missions!
First and foremost, we would like to thank you for your continued prayers and financial generosity in partnering with us to fulfill God’s call on our lives. It’s amazing people like you that make it possible for us to continue to fulfill our mission of “Reaching the Lost and Encouraging the Body of Christ” wherever we go. We hope you know just how much we appreciate you!
We sincerely apologize for the lack of communication on our end, as it has been quite a long time since we’ve sent you an update. It’s not because of the lack of activity or ministry. We value your partnership and will do a much better job at keeping you informed on what we are doing together for the Lord and His Kingdom. Again, thank you for your continual support.
Tourists often dream of that blissful vacation to Hawaii, where all you do is lounge around on a white, sandy beach and enjoy the cool, tropical breeze under the South Pacific sun. On the other hand, when you’ve grown up in the islands, you learn that the Aloha State is much more than a vacation hotspot – it’s a mission field in desperate need of Jesus Christ. Like any other state, Hawaii has its share of crime issues, but it has grown to be a particularly significant problem among young Polynesian men, namely Samoans. Being Samoan men ourselves, it became crystal clear to us that our ministry needed to reach families in Hawaii broken by the consequences of crime and heartbreak of imprisonment, specifically those children who are now left without a father figure in their lives. This calling, however, did not start in Hawaii. It was birthed months earlier, in a little place called Eloy, Arizona…
“You guys ready to go to segregation?” the warden asked us as we walked along the cold, cement floor of Saguaro Correctional Center. We had never visited solitary confinement at a prison before, but we knew we were supposed to go and be with these men. Saguaro was specifically built to only house inmates transported from Hawaii. This became “home away from home” for many of our Samoan brothers, some temporarily and some for life. As we went from door to door, these big, muscular guys (who could easily size up with the fiercest players in the NFL) with tattoos and scars on their bodies eagerly greeted us with those huge Samoan smiles and kind words of welcome in our native language. We sang our song “Thank You” for them, in English and Samoan, which was by far the most powerful moment we shared with those men. Tears began streaming down their faces as
they sat in their cells, some on their knees with hands raised in brokenness , as we lifted our song of gratitude to God. We couldn’t hold back the tears ourselves as we sang into the small openings in their cell doors. It was one of the greatest life-changing experiences we have ever had.
Fast-forward to just a few months ago, when we found ourselves singing for little children in Hawaii who resembled the faces of fathers locked away in Saguaro Correctional Center. What a powerful connection! Even though they were thousands of miles away from each other, these children were united in the same spirit of gratitude to Jesus Christ as their dads. They knew He loved them and loved their daddies, no matter what they had done in the past. Witnessing fathers worshipping God on the floor of a jail cell and then seeing their children laugh with the joy of the Lord only months later is a more profound experience that can be put into words – one we will never forget.
We want to say “thank you” for helping us accomplish God’s good work in these families from Hawaii and the men at Saguaro Correctional Center. Your support is making mission moments like this one become reality. May God bless you and your home as you remain faithful to Him in all you do!