The goal: to reach Native Hawaiians with the love and hope of Jesus Christ by connecting with them on a personal level.
Clarence's vision for LIM in Hawaii involves sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the Native Hawaiian people, discipling the Native leaders to share the Gospel with their brothers and sisters, and addressing social sufferings in such a way that values their Hawaiian culture.
Embracing the Kanaka culture, involving the family, and meeting the “real” social needs of Kanaka people where they live - We believe that this unique approach to LCMS ministry is important to successfully engaging Kanaka people in the Christian faith and critical to providing the support and assistance that Kanaka people need to begin to overcome the serious social issues that have plagued them since annexation and colonization.
In March of 2014, Clarence DeLude III (Native Hawaiian) joined the staff of Lutheran Indian Ministries. Seeing the striking similarities of pain, suffering and the plethora of social issues suffered by Kanaka people on the Hawaiian Islands and Native American and Alaska Native peoples, we believed it was time for a Hawaiian Native to be God’s instrument of bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to fellow Kanaka people as a called and ordained servant of the Word
Clarence De Lude III (Native Hawaiian) serves the Native Hawaiian people on the island of O’ahu, the third largest and most densely populated island comprising the state. Having received his master’s in Lutheran education and serving many years as vice-principal, Clarence is now enrolled in the Cross-Cultural Ministry Center (CMC) Program at Concordia University, Irvine, Calif., leading to ordination.