One of the joys of being a part of HBA’s ministry is supporting our students and their families with the love of Jesus Christ. One example of this is Max Okazaki. Max is an active first grader who enjoys playing, exploring and learning. Yet unlike many of his peers, Max has faced many physical challenges, starting at birth. Born six weeks early, Max only weighed four pounds. At the age of one, he was diagnosed with Kawasaki’s Syndrome, and at the age of two, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. At the age of four, he was not able to attend preschool due to limitations from his feeding tube.
When it was time to begin searching for an elementary school, Max’s parents, Brian ‘92 and Yulee, sought God’s will to find the best school for Max. They prayed for a school that would appreciate Max as much as they would appreciate the school. This is what they have found at HBA.
After Max passed all of our admissions requirements, our administrators and nursing staff committed to supporting Max so he could focus on schoolwork. Since then, Max’s teachers and the HBA team have kept him motivated, and he continues to grow as an individual.
Since his first day at HBA, Max has been excited about going to school. Every morning, he is greeted by a half dozen high-fives or waves from students of all grades. His classmates, who tower over his small stature, fully accept and love him. Max even has a personal relationship with God that has a profound impact on his family. Several months ago, Brian said to Max, “I am the boss.” Max corrected Brian by saying, “No, God is the boss.”
In the best-selling book Love Does, Bob Goff describes people who are humble and not boastful as secretly incredible. To the Okazakis, HBA is secretly incredible. Now you can be secretly incredible too.
At HBA, we strive to achieve a balanced learning experience that includes strong academics, a nurturing environment, and an emphasis on faith. Your gift to Hawaii Baptist Academy will ensure that our families will be provided the opportunity for a quality, Christian education for their children. Please consider making a contribution to the 2015-2016 Annual Giving Campaign and be secretly incredible!
Mahalo nui loa,
Richard T. Bento, President
Ron Shiira ‘75 Executive Vice President & COO