REVIVAL IN HAWAII
During the annual G12 conference in Hawaii of 2016, Pastor Cesar Castellanos, filled with the spirit of God, challenged Pastors Art and Kuna Sepulveda with one goal: to fill the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena with leaders who have the fire of God in them to win the Hawaiian Islands for Jesus, something that was not taken lightly. One year later, along with the team of leaders from Word of Life Church, the Hawaiian couple saw their dream of expanding into a macro venue come to life as the arena filled one chair at a time. With 6,718 attendees, this massive growth in the conference is testament to the revival we are starting to see in the farthest state from the mainland of the United States. Along with the main event, 1,402 children also attended a special G12 Kids Life Conference, being trained as the next generation for God.
The two day conference was not just about raising up new leaders, but an opportunity for the church to reach out to new believers. Both days were filled with many physical and spiritual miracles. Because the heart of the church is to win souls, the conference ended with a miracle catch they called, “Son-Day”. They prepared for this special day for months through prayer and fasting. With the word and final altar call lead by Pastor Cesar Castellanos, 1,500 people came forward to start a new life in Jesus. This is one of their greatest achievements in winning souls since adopting the G12 Vision years back.
The G12 Vision is a vision that restores marriages and families. Sean and Rachel Wela share their testimony of how the vision brought healing to their lives and empowered them to become a priesthood family.
My mom left us when I was five (I grew up without a mom. She left us when I was just 5 years old.), and although my dad did his best to provide us with a loving home, I still grew up feeling insecure. Unfortunately, (when I grew up and got married to Sean,) I took that insecurity with me into my marriage when I wed Sean. I felt unwanted, and did not know how to be a good wife or mother. Sean was very critical towards me, and often said harsh words that made me feel more insecure about who I was or what I was doing. I never felt good enough.
I didn’t have a strong father figure in my life, and didn’t realize how much that would affect my marriage. I did not know how to treat a woman, be a husband or father. Although I went to church and served others, there was something missing in my relationship with Rachel. I just didn’t know what it was.
Unfortunately, all of this lead to me have a relationship outside our marriage. This separated me from God and our church. In spite of what our leaders shared and ministered, I still allowed a lot of guilt and condemnation in my heart. With everything we were going through and all of the marital problems we had, we eventually left the church.
We didn’t just leave the church, we also walked away from God (we also left God). I felt insecure and questioned myself as a husband, asking myself, “Where did I go wrong?”
We tried to fix things on our own, to reconcile our marriage without any help (on our own). We knew that we wanted to be together, but the guilt I allowed kept us far from our real home, the church.
We constantly argued and blamed each other for what we had done in the past. On the outside it looked like we were doing well, but we were tormented on the inside. This not only affected our marriage, but our 13 year old son as well, who was caught in the middle of our arguments. (our family life as well. ) (hearing that his mom and dad would not be together really affected him! He was caught in the middle of these arguments and it pulled him away from us.)
Because of this, our son lived in constant fear. He always tried to make it better between Sean and me, bringing us together. (He would always try to be the one that brought us together.)
The turning point for our family was last year. One of our son’s friends attended the Encounter Weekend, and our son asked us to go to church that Sunday to celebrate him. We went together and that night his friend shared his testimony about God’s goodness and faithfulness and his realization that God’s hand was upon him throughout his entire life. God began to minister to my heart. He reminded me about the promises and dreams that I had believed for our son, that he would see the faithfulness of God in this house.
So Sean and I decided to go back to church, without getting involved. The very next day, Pastor Donalee Pang, one of Pastor Kuna Sepulveda’s 12, texted me. She invited me to her new Life Group, something I believe was a divine appointment. (had been reaching out to me and wanted to let me know that she was starting a new Life Group, and invited me to attend). I was able to share with her everything I had been dealing with, all of the guilt and condemnation I was feeling, and had the opportunity to repent to her for walking out of the church.
It wasn’t until the G12 Hawaii Conference in 2016 that I really had some breakthrough. Pastor Cesar Castellanos shared on forgiveness and not letting unforgiveness hold us back. That’s when I decided I had had enough. From that moment on, I made the decision to walk in forgiveness. God took off the weight I was feeling and I was able to love my wife again, and see her as God sees her.
After the conference, I began to attend church consistently again, and connected to a Life Group. Everything got better from there.
We made a decision to get all we could: Sunday morning services, Sunday night services, Wednesday night training classes, the Encounter Weekend, and the Re-Encounter! We were desperate to receive everything God had for us because we knew that that’s where the strength was. We were experiencing God’s life in our marriage again, allowing us to serve together in the G12 Vision as a family. (it was strengthening us to experience God’s life in our marriage again and to really reconnect Sean and me, and to serve together in the G12 Vision as a family.)
Not only has our marriage been restored, but our son as well. God has done a tremendous work in his life. Now all three of us are leading our own Life Groups because we know what this vision has done for our lives. It literally saved us!
We want to allow God to work in us. (That’s what helped me overcome the unforgiveness, hurt and pain that I was experiencing. (The G12 vision is not only a vision for yourself but it is a vision for the entire family, and you can see that in us. (our lives). Along with our son, we are committed to and involved in the vision of Word of Life. (and so is our son.)
That’s what the G12 vision is all about. It’s a way to strengthen and encourage us in God’s Word, in His love for each and every one of us, allowing us to be an encouragement to others.
We Thank God for restoring our family, restoring our marriage, and for the G12 Vision!
The G12 Vision is doing great things in the United States and we can see how important Hawaii is in this season. God chose to ignite the embers of revival and salvation in our land.
Art & Kuna Sepúlveda