Revival changes nature of island
(March 24, 2002)
On a Saturday night in Maui, James Marocco leads a worship service
at one of the extension churches planted by Kings Cathedral First
Assembly of God, which has grown from 100 to 4,000 people in 22 years
and become a hub of revival in the Pacific basin.
|Revival site: Kings
Cathedral First A/G has become a Hawaiian renewal center.
The group here tonight, of mixed ethnicity and age, is unified by enthusiasm
for prayer and praise.
"Whether you need healing, physically or emotionally, come on up,"
Marocco says. "Were going to anoint you with oil and pray for
you." Half a dozen come forward for prayer while the band continues
The meeting is evidence of the miracle God has done on Maui, turning
it from an occult-centered island into a place open to the life and
power of the Holy Spirit.
Today, the people of Kings Cathedral meet in five locations on
Maui, and the church has started extension churches on the neighboring
islands of Molokai, Hawaii, Kauai and Lanai.
When Marocco came here in 1980, the largest non-Catholic church on
Maui drew 150 people. Marocco was pastoring a church in Honolulu when
he says the Lord called him to First Assembly in Maui.
Attendance doubled that first Sunday and has grown ever since, drawing
about 4,000 a week in the Maui locations and reaching as many as a third
of Mauis population through outreach and evangelism activity.
But the revival didnt stop in Hawaii.
Marocco began to sense that God had called Kings Cathedral to
reach the Pacific basin. Soon, doors opened to help start churches in
15 locations around the world.
At the Saturday night service, Marocco leads in a time of intercession
"Im thankful for a church that prays," he says. "I just sense
the Spirit of the Lord here tonight. Lift your hands. Were in
He paces, speaks in tongues and lays hands on people.
The following morning at the main Kings Cathedral sanctuary,
located in sugar cane fields on the outskirts of Kahului, thousands
are raising the roof with songs and shouts. The gymnasium next door
is full of children involved in their own worship experience. The music
is loud and a youth band sings, "We want to see Jesus lifted high!"
The church has changed the island. "When I came everybody said, Dont
go to Maui, its a graveyard of preachers," Marocco recalls.
"They even said demons were sitting on Haleakala [the islands
volcano]. What they didnt understand was that when God creates
an anchor church in a given locale, He changes the spiritual temperature
of the entire island. Now this is called revival island
and people are starting churches all over the place."
The church operates a Christian high school, a social service organization,
a radio station, and for several years has hosted conferences for ministers
with hundreds in attendance.
Joel Kilpatrick in Maui