Matt Perez was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. Matt loves the quiet and secret place with Jesus. He loves standing on truth and holding fast to what Jesus is saying and will always aim to have an overflowing relationship with his Creator. Matt is one of the most radical and willing servants. If you need help with anything, you can always count on him! He is also one of the funniest people you will ever meet.
Favorite hobby: Playing guitar and listening to music
Starbucks drink: Caramel Macchiato
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Lisa Isaak is from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the Great White North where everyone lives in igloos, rides a polar bear to school and ends each sentence with “eh”. She has an incredibly difficult time doing nothing, so if you’re ever in need of an adventure partner, Lisa is your girl. She is full of the Lord’s love, joy, laughter and energy, and isn’t afraid to be honest and ask the hard questions. Lisa so desires to see hearts awakened and transformed by the power of Gods love, and has been gifted with a willingness to follow his call wherever He may lead! And if you can’t find her, she’s probably gone for a run, on her bike or chillin’ in a tree.
Life Theme Song: Any country song…. I don’t know
Starbucks drink: White chocolate mocha with a shot of mint
Favorite hobby: Going to the beach (that can be considered a hobby eh!?)
Matthew Thomas Clarke was born in Funville, USA, which is also known as Cincinnati, Ohio. He had a pretty sweet life ahead of him before he met Jesus, but when the time came that he met the God-Man, Matthew was left broken and humbled in the face of an almighty and all loving God. His passion is now to see the Hope of the Gospel reach those who have been placed in the margins of this world and to find creative ways to show the love of Jesus to any and all who will listen.
(P.S. He is standing with his beautiful wife, Samantha :)
All-time favorite movie: The Goonies
Coffee or Tea? Tower of London tea from Harney and Son’s NYC
Favorite Hobby: Tie between Hantis and laughing
Tim Lenz was born and bred in Little Chute Wisconsin and will be quick to tell you in great detail, with many statistics and facts why the Green Bay Packers are the only team worth supporting. His love of football is only matched by a compassionate heart. He is always willing to go the extra mile to see someone else achieve their full potential. He loves everyone he meets with an authenticity that cannot be faked. In short, he loves well and lives without regrets.
All-time favorite movie: Tommy Boy
Favorite hobby: Super Smash Bros./ Mario Cart
Starbucks drink: Caramel Mocha frap
Sandra Jensen is from the lovely nation of Norway! Her love for the Lord and relationships is so evident in how she lives her life. She has such a servants heart and is always putting others before herself. And, not to mention, she is one of the most adorable people that you are ever to meet, considering her favorite hobby consists of listening to music while making things on her sewing machine.She’s a peach!
Life theme song: Anything Bon Iver
Last meal: Honestly.. a really good burger
Favorite hobby: Listening to music and making things on my sewing machine!
Gabriella Brennan is a lovely woman of God who has dedicated her life to seeing hearts transformed through the love and power of the gospel. Minnesota is the place she calls home and wishes to one day reside in a place full of deciduous trees and mountains. She also has a passion for the arts and history and wishes to one day open up her own antique shop!
Life theme song: “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson
All-time favorite movie: Forrest Gump
Celebrity Look-alike: Kiera Knightley
Charlene Capehart is a Liberian-American from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has a passion for seeing people find who they are in Christ and walk out their identity in Him and also seeing and helping others use their gifts for the Lord. She enjoys welch’s grape juice, sports and loves music. If feeling hipster, enjoys iced chai… in a mason jar.
Starbucks drink: Chai Frapp
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Favorite hobby: Playing sports or jamming
Sarah Jayne Gunderson hails from Mckinleyville, California. Sarah carries an enormous capacity to understand others as well as an incredible ability to relate to them. The Lord has placed a thriving curiosity and zealous hunger for the Word in her heart, making it evident that that is the place that she operates from. She is a natural story teller-making any story from the Bible come alive.
Life theme song: “Don’t Stop Believing” -Journey
All-time favorite movie: It’s a Wonderful Life
Coffee or Tea? Coffee. All day, every day.
Erin Nicole Hill is from Orange County, California. Erin has an amazing eagerness to know Jesus in a deeper way and the Lord has gifted her with a willingness to pursue His kingdom, whatever it may cost. Erin is a person that will readily stand with you and believe in whatever you’re doing, so don’t hesitate to get to know her! She also really loves Cheez-it’s and Sprite…so if you want to love her well, buy her these things.
All-time favorite movie: The Goonies
What would your last meal be? Pizza
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Denise Kan is from the city of Irvine in Southern Cailfornia. She loves to see people receive the joy of the Lord, and explore the talents and interests that God has placed in them. Her ideal day would include the beach, a guitar, lots of candy, and a Wes Anderson movie squeezed somewhere in there.
Daniel Chae is from San Jose, California. This man bleeds “it has to be you, Jesus.” He furiously pursues God and seeing the kingdom come on earth. He does whatever possible to see righteousness in his own life and will inspire you to greater abandon to Jesus. Possibly the biggest goober you’ll meet, Daniel loves to laugh and you’ll soon be laughing with him. He loves so well and genuinely cares for his brothers and sisters. He may be goofy, but he’s intentional and sincere about what matters.
All-time favorite movie: Rambo
Starbucks drink: Tazo Iced Tea’s…or a Mocha
What would your last meal be? A nice rib-eye.
Dani Naber is from the the Great Lake State of Michigan. She wants to see others transformed by the love of Jesus Christ through Community, Photography, Prayer and Worship. She takes her coffee black, She has an addiction to eating full watermelons and her passions include hiking and the Disney Channel.
All-time favorite movie: The Parent Trap
Starbucks drink: Peach Green Tea Lemonade
If you could be any animal, which one would you be: Panda Bear
Kathrine Fosstveit is from the most beautiful nation in the world, Norway. She loves to see people fall in love with Jesus and walk with them through the freedom we have in Christ. She takes her coffee black and her chai dirty, and you’ll often find her at the café drawing or reading her Bible. She also really loves cold weather and snow, and her choosing to live in Hawaii doesn’t make any sense at all.
All-time favorite movie: The Chronicles of Narnia
Starbucks drink: Iced Honey Cinnamon Latte
If you could be any animal, which one would you be: A unicorn or a dragon. Even though neither of those are real.
Emmilee Randolph is from Laguna Beach California. She has a passion to see breakthrough for women in their identity. She loves baking and will eat anything cotton candy flavored. Her favorite thing in the world,besides God, is her puppy Cleopatra Naples Randolph.
All-time favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Starbucks drink: Chai Latte
If you could be any animal, which one would you be: Jaguar
Daniel Zebedeo is from Coeur D’Alene, Idaho and has never seen a potato farm. Turns out there’s more to Idaho. Who knew? Daniel is one of the most generous, caring, humble leaders this side of the International Date Line. He has a passion to see the Kingdom of Heaven come to earth and see revival break out globally. And without a doubt no one comes close to looking as good on a Razor scooter as Z-Baby.
Childhood nickname: Dizzy
Life theme song: “22” -Taylor Swift
Celebrity look-alike: Seann William Scott
Carly Bannister is from music city; Nashville, Tennessee. She is passionate about seeing people walk in freedom and loves to declare truth in song. She is an extremely talented singer and brings glory and freedom when she leads worship! She loves candy, all games, and coffee that is iced (because we’re in Hawaii…and it’s hot here).
Childhood nickname: Pooh Bear
Life theme song: “Party in the U.S.A.” -Miley Cyrus
Celebrity look-alike: Mandy Moore
Sadie Krahn is from Kelowna, British Columbia. She has a passion for people and loves to identify the characteristics of God in others. Sadie is a gifted artist and loves to co-create with her Creator as she draws and paints! Sadie loves Hi-Chews (that’s a candy), coffee (that’s a beverage), and swimming/boating/water in general.
Childhood nickname: Toodles
Life theme song: “Sugar Sugar” -The Archies
Celebrity look-alike: Scarlett Johansonn
Michael Dyer is from the great city of Chicago but has lived in England yet claims to be an Aussie by decent. Aside from being confused about where he is from he is a man of many talents. Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles, and warm woolen mittens, these are just a few of his favorite things. He is an amazing musician as well as an eloquent poet. His leadership and love for the Lord is one that many look up to. He has a heart for the Muslim world and longs to bring more revival to them.
Childhood nickname: Dumbo
Life theme song: “Take my Breath Away” -Berlin
Celebrity look-alike: Tobey Maguire
Okay, so this question is the one that comes up the most. What do we pack, do we need long skirts, do we need backpacks, do I need bedding?
So let’s get this thing cleared up. We totally want you to feel as prepared as you possibly can upon arrival.
One thing you need to be aware of is most airlines do make you pay for even your first bag. Call the airlines and figure out the specifics. DO NOT go over 50 US lbs or 22.5 kg in a bag, they will charge you an insane amount.
The thing I am going to start with goes mostly for girls, but we all have this weird thing in our minds that since we are going into missions, we have to dress like missionaries. If that is your personal style, please continue to bring those clothes with you to Hawaii, but one rule of thumb I have continued to go by is wear what you love. Wear the clothes that make you feel pretty. But you DO NOT need to bring your entire wardrobe!
Remember, Hawaii is hot and it is humid. You probably only really need about one or two pairs of jeans, a hoodie, and one or two light weight cardigan/jackets. Otherwise, tank tops, shorts, dresses, skirts, and other summer things.
Another one for girls, please bring at least one tankini/ one piece bathing suit for school events, or if you don’t have one make sure you wear tank tops over your swim suit please.
For bedding, you can buy pillows at Walmart when you arrive for between $5- $12. Bring a fitted and flat sheet for a twin size bed. Also bring some sort of blanket/ comforter, it doesn’t need to be very thick because again, this is Hawaii, but some nights it can get cool and you will want something. During my DTS I bought a blanket from Walmart which worked very well, but if you can fit it in your suitcase you should. With bedding especially, it is good to get a vacuum seal bag so it will not take up as much room.
Toiletries. Bring what you need, but you can buy things while you are here. Keep in mind that giant bottles of shampoo will add a ton of unnecessary weight.
For class, all you really need is a journal to take notes in and a bible. If you have a large study bible it may be wise to also bring a smaller one that is easier to take with you around campus. You do not need to but it is just a suggestion.
For outreach we will have locations all over the globe. About one week after being here you will know where you are going, but upon arrival you will have no idea. You could potentially be in China in the freezing cold, or in South African summer. My suggestion (for U.S. and Candian students) would be to pack a box of winter clothes, coats, gloves, scarves, sleeping bags, that you could leave at either your parents house or a friends house that would be willing to ship it to you if you need it. (Shipping things through the post office will be the less expensive option.) For warmer climate outreaches, majority of the time you will be able to find either a couple long skirts from Ross, Walmart or Target or from thrift stores around the island. So don’t stress.
Hiking Backpacks. Sometimes they are helpful, sometimes it really doesn’t matter. I personally do not like to travel with a backpack, but some really prefer it. I would say if you do not have one don’t go out of your way to buy one.
Computers. Bring them if you have them! There is wifi all over the campus and you will want to Skype family and friends and connect with them.
- Bedding (see note above.)
- Towels, bath and beach.
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, hair dryer, flat iron, shampoo, soap, (any other toiletries you generally use.)
- Workout clothes and shoes.
- Sandals and flip flops.
- Shorts, tank tops, t shirts, dresses, etc.
- One- two pairs of jeans and lightweight jackets.
- At least one nice outfit. (Semi formal, nice shoes.)
- Cell phones/ I pods
- Water bottle
**If you have any other questions about what to pack please leave a comment on here and we can update the answers.
I know that some of you had questions about having friends and family visit during DTS—we greatly encourage this! We do want to let you know that while your guests are here, you are still required to attend everything that is on the DTS schedule. Even if your family is coming on vacation, this does not excuse you from the schedule. There is a place on campus where your guests can stay—this is called the Go Center. The Go Center is by donation-but there is a suggested donation of $72. If you would like to get in touch with the Go Center on campus, here is their email address:
Another thing that we wanted to clarify is that you are NOT allowed to leave during DTS—this includes Thanksgiving and Christmas. If family wants to come visit for Thanksgiving-this is fine-but you will most likely be in your outreach location for Christmas. There is not a break in between Lecture Phase and Outreach—so you will not be going home until the end of the 6 months!
I hope this helped answer some of your questions!
—Comm Trans Staff
Campus Tour with Hans William!
For those who don’t have health insurance…
We’ve also been getting a few questions about health insurance so we are going to pass on all our knowledge on this topic!
First of all, YOU MUST have health insurance as soon as you step on campus; from September 26 (arrival day!) until December 31.
For outreach, the campus will get health insurance that is generally with a company called Talent Trust so that we are covered all over the world! This WILL be included in the outreach fees. It will cover you for all of outreach AND for debrief week when you’re back in Kona.
A great place to start to look for insurance would be to google missionary health insurance (we cannot recommend any specific insurance company due to liability issues) or look at local insurance companies and ask for estimates. Don’t stress about it, it won’t be a huge extra cost but again it is REQUIRED.
Let us know if still have any questions,
Love from the application office CommTrans Staff!