Many people say that the heart can be measured by a person's thoughts, words and deeds. That being said, ordained ministers Matt and Lei Jim unquestionably do the work of the heart--the Lord's work. They are "Fishers of Men," who are both working full-time jobs, yet pay out of their own pockets for food they cook and feed to the growing homeless population of Kihei.
At their Maui Intersection Church, the Jims meet with every age group.
"All are welcome," said Matt. "We believe the Lord has called us to share His Word to increase faith and give hope to everyone."
Pastors Matt and Lei Jim call their ministry the Maui Intersection Church because, “just as you come to a street intersection and must decide to go left, right or straight ahead, you can find Jesus when you come to an intersection in life.”
The Jims, married 26 years, have been involved in different ministries in the U.S. as well as various outreach ministries abroad. They both attended the Pacific School of Ministry as well as Berean University, and were ordained in Arizona in 2007.
"We call it the Maui Intersection Church because, just as you come to a street intersection and must decide to go left, right or straight ahead, you can find Jesus when you come to an intersection in life. He is waiting for you!" said Matt.
What earns our admiration is their compassion for others.
"Most might have given up by now, but big-hearted Matt and Lei Jim are still at it every Sunday down at Kalama Park in Kihei," said Darrell Hall, whose family is a priceless addition to the couple's congregation and ministry.
Determined, yet lacking any big sponsors, the Jims and a small band of volunteers step up to Maui's big homeless challenge and make a real difference.
"Every Sunday at 12:30 p.m., they play music, pray for the sick and needy, and give an inspirational message," Hall said.
Previously experienced professional chefs, the Jims know how to prepare a tasty lunch. A hot meal is provided at the end of the service, and volunteers help to distribute food bags that include donations from the Maui Food Bank. However, it is also the food for the soul that the Jims offer that is helping to change lives.
"The spirit of prayer is a pressing forth of the soul," said Matt. "It is a stretching with all its desire after the life of God."
What the Jims provide is a way to empty oneself of lusts and natural tempers, and to open for the light and love of God to enter in. In their view, nothing does or can keep God out of the soul except the desires of a heart turned away from him.
"It may sound extreme to some, but good old-fashioned kindness and aloha for our brothers and sisters really work!" said Matt. "Seeing so many recover makes it all worthwhile."
Many formerly homeless individuals have even become volunteers, helpers or donors.
"Our second service on Sunday starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Roselani Place assisted living home at 88 South Papa St. in Kahului," said Matt. "There, we minister to many Maui seniors as well as the Roselani staff.
"We started going there when MEO stopped taking the seniors to church," said Lei. "We wanted to bring church to them."
On Thursdays, the Jims meet for Bible study from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Roselani Place, where they sing, worship the Lord and share His Word.
"By sharing the Word of God, we have seen lives changed," they said. "Even men and women in their senior years have come to know the Lord."
In today's world, we need to reach out to one another, share faith, hope and love.
"We shouldn't let different denominations get in the way," said Matt. "We are reminded of the words of Jesus in the Gospel of John: 'By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.'"
The vision for the Maui Intersection Church is to minister to all those who are in need.
"We would like to build a center and have a farm where people can come to rehabilitate themselves, work the land and have a place to live," said the Jims.
However, above all, Pastors Matt and Lei Jim wish for all to find the King of Peace--the Lord Jesus Christ.
For more information, go to www.mauiintersectionchurch.com or call Pastors Matt and Lei Jim at (480) 225-3974.
If you would like to bless this ministry, please send donations to: The Maui Intersection Church, P.O. Box 330343, Kahalui, HI, 96733.