Five Months From Now

Five months from now marks the 12th anniversary of my time at Word of Life Christian Center, a church I call home.

Had it not been for God in my life and Jesus doing a work in me I would not be free and not be alive. I am grateful and thankful to my Word of Life family, Pastors Art and Kuna Sepulveda, Pastor Wally and Patti Matanza, Rick and Nicole Abordo, John and Lexi Lum, and our men's Life Group growing together in the Word of God, and the things of God.

I am grateful God came into my life as early as He did.

Those of us in our current walk with God, let us rejoice each day that Jesus rescued...
Forgave...
Restored...
Redeemed...
Freed...
Healed...
Delivered...
Made whole.
Renewed...
Pruned...
Counseled....
Taught...
Disciplined....
Refined...
Favored....
And clothed you and I in His majesty.
This Jesus is available to you and I, our family, friends, our neighbors.


In 1998, I accepted Jesus in into my life at age 15 while I was a student at McKinley High School. Prior to that I had gotten my copy of Charlie's Victory signed by Charlie and Lucy Wedemeyer with Philippians 4:13. I was a new born again Christian, but not yet a committed one.

In 2008, age 25, I sought after God. My friend Janel invited me to a Christian conference at the Sheraton Waikiki that featured the Katina's. That night, I opened up my heart to God, and I rededicated my life to Jesus.

I shared this with my music business classmate John Tussey, and he encouraged me to find a home church. To get planted there, grow in my walk with God, and get to know Jesus. I prayed to God to make a way.

Days following my prayer to God, my music business classmates Lei and Cherry Anne encouraged me to enter the Word of Life Emerge Talent Show on Friday, October 24. I answered, "yes."

Jason Tom Beatboxing at Word of Life Emerge Talent Show

Video Credit: Isaiah Viernes

That same day, my audio engineering professor James Hearon asked if I'd be interested to teach a beatbox workshop at Word of Life Academy on Monday, October 27. I answered, "yes.

I got to Word of Life Christian Center on Friday, October 24th, and I got greeted by Cherry Anne. I met Yumi, and she took care of the sign up of the contestants. She interviewed me, and I met the age cut off to enter. I was the twelfth out of twelve contestants to sign up for the Word of Life Emerge Talent Show Semi Finals. The order of the contestants was the order of our sign up.

I met 11 amazing talent including Kevin the Kwalified Emcee who I met then as "Kevin."

I asked Kevin, "what talent are you going to perform tonight?"

"I'm going to rap," Kevin responded.

Kevin asked, "what about you?"

"Beatbox," I responded.

When it was Kevin's time to go on stage, he asked the host Jarmal to beatbox while he rapped.

Then I told myself I will bring my A game beatbox mode.

When I got on stage, host Jarmal asked, "so Jason, what are you going to do for us tonight?"

I said, "I'm going to beatbox." The crowd made a thunderous roar before I began.

During my performance the crowd was so loud that it felt as though I was on a roller coaster ride.

I won first place at the Word of Life Emerge Talent Show Semi Finals, and I advanced to the Word of Life Emerge Talent Show Grand Finals.


I rededicated my life once more to my personal Lord and savior Jesus Christ that night. Jarmal equipped me with my first bible, which I still have to this day. I then began my bible reading plan with the Gospel of John. Word of Life Christian Center is a church I call home.


 

13 comments

  • Cherry-Anne Satterfield
    Cherry-Anne Satterfield Los Angeles CA
    Yes I remember the first time I seen you. You were smiling 😊. My thought were he looks so nice. I talked to you. You were quite for the most part. I said to my self a little prayer. As the bus came I asked my mother if I should go to first Thursday that you invited me to. I looked and couldn't find it. I kept running into you on the bus with my mom and at the school. I was working on some personal things in my life not seeing her for 10 years before I met you. I wanted to share the love of Christ my mother showed me. As you showed up I was pleased to see that you brought friends. I said another prayer. I watched in amazement as you went up there fearless and confident. I remember before the talent show you said your birthday was soon and it was God's plan that you made it in time. I also remember you saying after the talent show that it was Jesus that helped you win. And when I fell you gave me the since to get back up. It's always a pleasure my friend, always.

    Yes I remember the first time I seen you. You were smiling 😊. My thought were he looks so nice. I talked to you. You were quite for the most part. I said to my self a little prayer. As the bus came I asked my mother if I should go to first Thursday that you invited me to. I looked and couldn't find it. I kept running into you on the bus with my mom and at the school. I was working on some personal things in my life not seeing her for 10 years before I met you. I wanted to share the love of Christ my mother showed me. As you showed up I was pleased to see that you brought friends. I said another prayer. I watched in amazement as you went up there fearless and confident. I remember before the talent show you said your birthday was soon and it was God's plan that you made it in time. I also remember you saying after the talent show that it was Jesus that helped you win. And when I fell you gave me the since to get back up. It's always a pleasure my friend, always.

  • Gale
    Gale Oahu
    No matter what venue you perform at Jason, the crowd loves you! The energy that you put out, it's no surprise that you would get that kind of response from the audience. All that cheering and screaming from your fans is evident of the amazing talent God has given you. I'm glad that you are planted at a church where you can call home. Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7

    No matter what venue you perform at Jason, the crowd loves you! The energy that you put out, it's no surprise that you would get that kind of response from the audience. All that cheering and screaming from your fans is evident of the amazing talent God has given you.
    I'm glad that you are planted at a church where you can call home.
    Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7

  • Nate
    Nate Oahu
    Thanks Jason for sharing your story! Awesome and inspiring! I've never heard your story told with all of the details you just shared and seeing the video of your performance was special. I too thank Word Of Life and Jesus for it is a church that I call home and God has blessed me tremendously since.

    Thanks Jason for sharing your story! Awesome and inspiring! I've never heard your story told with all of the details you just shared and seeing the video of your performance was special. I too thank Word Of Life and Jesus for it is a church that I call home and God has blessed me tremendously since.

  • Jeannie
    Jeannie Washington
    Thank you for sharing with me, Jason. The video was such a spectacle, it showed your talent, and it was on Word of Life stage. What a great performance. How wonderful to watch. I'm ecstatic to read what you wrote, how you are celebrating the choice to love and live through Jesus as Lord and yup, an anniversary coming up. Yay! PTL. God bless you, Jason!

    Thank you for sharing with me, Jason. The video was such a spectacle, it showed your talent, and it was on Word of Life stage. What a great performance. How wonderful to watch. I'm ecstatic to read what you wrote, how you are celebrating the choice to love and live through Jesus as Lord and yup, an anniversary coming up. Yay! PTL. God bless you, Jason!

  • Kimberley Guillermo
    Kimberley Guillermo Aiea
    Well guess the covid - 19 still going anyways I hope you will go and do it next year because of the social distances and to much people cannot gather for your program to entertain the audience to you for you to sing. Have a nice day hope this covid - 19 .

    Well guess the covid - 19 still going anyways I hope you will go and do it next year because of the social distances and to much people cannot gather for your program to entertain the audience to you for you to sing. Have a nice day hope this covid - 19 .

  • maka
    maka Japan
    Mahalo for sharing your stories Jason! The video you show is just maika’i!!! Please stay safe always:-)

    Mahalo for sharing your stories Jason! The video you show is just maika’i!!! Please stay safe always:-)

  • Marilena
    Marilena România
    Great article. Proud of you Jason.

    Great article. Proud of you Jason.

  • LAUREN OSUMI
    LAUREN OSUMI Wailuku, Maui
    Hey Jason, Wow, where do I begin? We've known each other since FOREVER it seems... Kauluwela Tiger Cubs c/o 1994 1st grade in Mrs. Honda's class is where I first met you...geez that was ages ago... goodness we're OLD... hahaha I'm kidding 🤣😂 Thank Goodness for the miracles of Facebook, huh? 🤣😂 Anyway, great to see that you're doing so well... 😊 We shall keep in touch more often despite our busy lives...whether via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or whatever, you know how to find me. 😊💕

    Hey Jason,

    Wow, where do I begin? We've known each other since FOREVER it seems... Kauluwela Tiger Cubs c/o 1994 1st grade in Mrs. Honda's class is where I first met you...geez that was ages ago... goodness we're OLD... hahaha I'm kidding 🤣😂

    Thank Goodness for the miracles of Facebook, huh? 🤣😂

    Anyway, great to see that you're doing so well... 😊 We shall keep in touch more often despite our busy lives...whether via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or whatever, you know how to find me. 😊💕

  • Tiha
    Tiha Germany
    Outstanding performance like all the ones I am watching of you on yt! 😃Your energy and joy are contagious🙌

    Outstanding performance like all the ones I am watching of you on yt! 😃Your energy and joy are contagious🙌

  • Mitch
    Mitch Oahu
    Very good article keep up the good work I'm impressed

    Very good article keep up the good work I'm impressed

  • Kendal Rodt
    Kendal Rodt Costa Rica,
    Heyaz Jason, Great testimony bro, Keep shining and spreading the good message,

    Heyaz Jason,

    Great testimony bro, Keep shining and spreading the good message,

  • Elizabell
    Elizabell Hawaii
    Jason, Thank you for sharing your testimony of how God's grace brought you to him in an amazing way! You are that brave and courageous believer that ushers into the kingdom of God. You are that disciple he has chosen. Your gifts and talents is what our young people need during this time. You are called and chosen to bring in a new wave of believers during this era of pandenmic times! Keep using what God has given you to make a difference in this world. And influence each one with God's love and forgiveness.

    Jason, Thank you for sharing your testimony of how God's grace brought you to him in an amazing way! You are that brave and courageous believer that ushers into the kingdom of God. You are that disciple he has chosen. Your gifts and talents is what our young people need during this time. You are called and chosen to bring in a new wave of believers during this era of pandenmic times! Keep using what God has given you to make a difference in this world. And influence each one with God's love and forgiveness.

  • Tim
    Tim Mililani
    Thanks Jason for sharing your talent, testimony and love for Jesus..Keep sharing His love with others. Music is one of many ways to reach people with Jesus..God's continued blessings! :)

    Thanks Jason for sharing your talent, testimony and love for Jesus..Keep sharing His love with others. Music is one of many ways to reach people with Jesus..God's continued blessings! smile

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