Straight Thinking



July 2017

Recent family photo from Taylor’s wedding.

J.D. and Kim Crowley

J.D. was raised in Japan and Hawaii, while Kim grew up in South Carolina. Both J.D. and Kim Crowley trusted Christ as Savior at an early age. After meeting in college, they were married in 1980 and moved to Hawaii, where J.D. pastored Kea’au Bible Church for twelve years. But their hearts were always drawn toward work among the unreached. In 1994 Hampton Park Baptist Church commissioned J.D. and Kim as missionaries to pursue this long-held dream. Following a year of training with New Tribes Missions, they contacted EMU to pursue the prospect of missionary service under this organization. Although the mission had expanded into Chile, it had no tribal missions experience and no missionaries in Asia. After months of prayer and a meeting with the Board of Directors, the Crowleys were accepted as missionaries with EMU. Among the Crowleys’ early goals in Cambodia was reducing the Tampuan language (a minority language) to writing in preparation for a Bible translation. They accomplished this task – slowed by many linguistic and bureaucratic hurdles – during their first two terms on the field. J.D. and Kim have also witnessed God establishing over 50 churches in 5 different language groups in NE Cambodia, and they have helped disciple the church leaders and their wives. In 1999 J.D. began the Ratanakiri Bible School, an indigenous training program for tribal and Khmer church leaders. This school is now directed largely by the nationals. The Crowleys have also worked to produce doctrinally-sound Christian literature in the Cambodian and tribal languages – geared to the culture of SE Asia. J.D. is the author of The Kingdom of God: Studies in Matthew in Khmer and English; Commentary on Romans for Cambodia and Asia (English language edition available at; The Tampuan/Khmer/English Dictionary; and co-author of Gospel Meditations for Missions (available on J.D. and Kim have five adult children and a sixth, Nathaniel, still at home.

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Recent photos from Steve and Celeste’s trip to Nicaragua.

Steve and Celeste Bailey

Naomi Crowley Whitney

Joel & Naomi Whitney SEX TRAFFICKING PREVENTION AND AWARENESS IN HAWAII Hilo Aglow Community Lighthouse will be hosting Ho’ola Na Pua which is an organization that is working on the Big Island to help bring prevention and awareness to the community. Sex Trafficking ... What is it and Where is it? Is Sex Trafficking really happening in Hawaii? Where and What does it look like? Most of us know about the drug problem we have here inHawaii. But many are unaware of the even bigger problem regarding the Sex Trafficking that’sgoing on right here in our own community. Many would like to know what they can do to stopthe Trafficking. The upcoming event at Hilo Church of God will answer those questions and more. For more information on this event contact: Naomi Whitney 808-747-0650 / Rhoda Simeona 808-747-6560For more information about Trafficking here on the Big Island contact:Renee Perrington at Ho’ola Na Pua 808-445-5908 / or visit www.hoolanapua.orgFor more information on the Starfish Mentoring Program email: