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Jason BalkenPahoa, Hawaii — An auto body repairman, Jason Balken, provided the low bid to do body work on my van.   Meeting him for the first time in the town of Pahoa, Hawaii, he was in a wheelchair, I was shocked. It was a pleasant surprised to find a diligent man who did not have a “pity party” attitude, you know the “woe with me” kind of person. Jason showed me his past work and I gave him the job. Finding him to be an intriguing person, I began to ask questions which led me to a very faithful spirit. Here is their story.

Coos Bay, Oregon – Involved in a horrific motorcycle accident in 2005, a couple of months before Christmas, Jason Balken shatter his skull, broke his back in three places, broke his sternum, and wrist.  As Jason lay on the ground choking in his own blood, he remembers thinking he was going to die. Then he felt his crying daughter grab his hand and say, “don’t leave me”.  It was Jason’s wake up call, he hung on to life until the emergency team arrived at the scene. Jason felt he was dealt “a dealt blow, but with by God’s mighty hand made it through”.  The emergency team later agreed, telling him “you should be dead” and was very close to being a quadriplegic. Jason’s best friend Todd Casey said “it was divine intervention that saved Jason”

At the hospital Jason was induced by the medical team into a comma to cope with immeasurable pain.  While in a comma, Jason remembers clearly being alone on a desolate white sand beach on a tropical island; he felt very happy and at peace, it was like heaven. Fish would swim to him and he would catch them with his hand then cook the fish on an open fire place. Then one day in a storm he saw two big men approaching him, Jason had no fear and experienced a peaceful encounter.  The two men escorted Jason into the ocean and they began walking under water, at this point he woke from his comma, and was back at the hospital.

Jason and his faithful wife Valerie were married for seven years before the accident, they have four children, Geran, Mary, Grace, and Kyah. Before the accident they owned and operated a coffee shop called Kaffe 101, which they converted to a Christian Coffee shop. People said the shop would fail as a Christian coffee shop, instead it did very well.  Eventually, Pastor Matt Fox of  Brandon Christian Fellowship, purchased the coffee shop and the shop successfully continues today.

In the hospital Jason had hundreds of friends and customers visit him, so many that Pastor Fox asked the church to limit their visits, and made the same announcement on a local Christian radio station.

Jason was transferred to the Medford Oregon Rehab Center that had about 10 patients. The professional staff at the rehabilitation center told Jason it would be years before he could drive. Jason had faith in God healing him, although the staff said he was in denial. One month later Jason drove away!  Jason was also informed that the average life expectancy of patients like him who experienced that amount of trauma, was ten years. It’s been now twelve years, and Jason says his medical vital statistics are better today than they were at the time of the accident.

When I asked him if the accident had given him a new purpose in life, he replied he is “being used by God”.  Jason’s favorite scripture is “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” Job 13:15 NIV

Yes, Jacob is most certainly being used by God to give hope and faith to those who have been physically afflicted. Never give up.  “Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible”.  Matthew 19:26 (KJV)

Testimony of Healing by Jason Balken

by Carl Okuyama

 

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#MommyHelp Andee having fun with baby brother Cody.  Now we need to teach her to make sacrifices for him, sharing is a good start.

#MommyHelper Andee having fun with baby brother Cody. Now we need to teach her to make sacrifices for him, sharing is a good start.

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Aloha makes the world a better place, it heals.

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By Carl Okuyama

NA’ALEHU, Hawaii – It’s such a wonderful coincidence and feeling when you shared something about someone on social media that you never met, then accidentally meet the person.  That’s what happened when I met Robert Beck and on a another separate occasion his sister Wanda Pasco-Gionson.  Robert was so happy and proud to introduce me to his sister while shopping at Island Market in Na’alehu.  I could see the joy and excitement in his heart. Robert Beck and Sister Wanda Pasco-Gionson

Now, if Wanda is coming to Na’alehu to visit her brother Robert he tells me,  “She coming, she’s coming”; she lives in Honolulu. Below is the article shared on this blog on August 1, 2010; they have a wonderful story to share.  In the end it’s not the bling and money that makes you sing, its starts at home with your family.

Thank you Robert and Wanda; we love you!

Hawaii News Now, by Stephanie Lum – bioemail

HILO, Hawaii – We often joke that Hawaii is so small, chances are there’s someone you’re related to and don’t even know it. It turned out to be true for a Big Island man named Robert Beck.

The story of the 65 year old isn’t that unusual. He grew up in Ka’u, played football for his high school, enlisted in the military, got married and raised a family, but his whole life, he lived with a mystery he could never solve.

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=12874132

Encouraging Parents

“Parenting is the most challenging and is the most rewarding job there is” says, Christian Ross, Dad

Starts at Home encourages parents with children under seven years of age. You’ve heard it said it “starts at home”.  Children don’t come with instruction manuals.  Starts at Home are people who love parents and children, who are devoted to helping children achieve the best in whatever God given talents they have.

Parents are empowered to teach good attitudes and skills like faith, sharing, obedience, honoring parents, reading, math, memory, budgeting, and other practical life skills. We want our children to be the best they can be, giving them the freedom to choose their path in life.

We believe that parents whether married, single, or custodial, can teach children and protect them against the temptations they will face in the world like, unhealthy eating, sexual permissiveness, illegal drugs, internet safety, selfish pride, and excessive materialism.

We have a lot of work when it comes to loving the children and encouraging parents. There’s a lot of traumatized children out there.. Charles Manson, a life-sentenced murderer,  is an example; he grew up without the love of nurturing parents and eventually release his ugly anger.  When Charles Manson was born his mother did not give him a name, later, his mother sold him for a pitcher of beer.

In the United States, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics,  “the homicide 1) rate doubled from the early 1960s to the late 1970s, increasing from 4.6 per 100,000 U.S. residents in 1962 to, 2)  9.7 per 100,000 by 1979,  3) in 1980 the rate peaked at 10.2 per 100,000,  and 4) subsequently fell  to 7.9 per 100,000 in 1984. 5) The rate rose again in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s to another peak in 1991 of 9.8 per 100,000. 5) The homicide rate declined sharply from 9.3 homicides per 100,000, 6) in 1992 to 4.8 homicides per 100,000 in 2010″.

The poverty of no love and rejection can lead to many forms of mental illness. With hope, faith, and love, we come to serve. We are a group of individuals, businesses, organization working together to help families because children are not born with instructions.  For more information on this group see the Organization in this website.

We would be pleased to have you be part of Starts at Home, call us at (808) 937-4392,  or email us at startsathome@hotmail.com.  Have a wonderful and joy filled day!

  • This article was originally published on April 4, 2010

By Carl Okuyama