March Madness, Hawaiian Style

[Disclaimer: this post has nothing to do with basketball]

Wasn’t it just yesterday we took our Christmas decorations down? Ah no, that was 2 months ago! Oops! As the saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” The Randerson Ohana has proven that saying to be true thus far in 2016. The time is literally flying by, so it’s time for an update!

We are excited to announce that our family will be in Washington this summer! We’ll be in Whatcom County from June 5th to July 1st. Our first trip back in 3 years!! It’s going to be great to catch up with friends and family. Of course, there’s no way we can spend individual time with everyone, so we plan on having an open house style event. Details will come later, so you can save the date in your calendars.

An update on Paul’s role: at the end of last year, Paul stopped doing the accounting for two local ministries, and began serving in a new ministry called Chosen & Dearly Loved. “Chosen” focuses on orphans with special needs. Paul is really enjoying working there, and his accounting gift has been really appreciated,  as this ministry continues to grow. For more info on Chosen, check out their website at


Paul has also been involved again with the Justice Ships DTS which has been running since the beginning of January at Port YWAM, our “twin” base just down the road from the University of the Nations. The school was again led by Sean. We’ve known Sean and his family since 2002. Paul really enjoys working alongside him, and working directly with a school. It’s quite a bit of extra work though, so doing it once a year is enough! The school has an amazing group of students and staff. Outreach teams will be leaving soon for Panama, Haiti, Germany, Togo, Papua New Guinea, California and South-East Asia. A few of the teams are staying longer than the required 8 weeks of outreach. The Cambodia team is doing a 9-month outreach!

The student call center continues to operate from the DTS office. This is the second quarter it has run, and it really is such a valuable thing to be calling all applicants promptly after they start their applications. This quarter, the call center was managed by another staff, who did an excellent job! Paul was able to teach the call center crew on personal fundraising, taxes and finances. Please pray for someone to lead the call center for the April quarter!

This month has been particularly mad! Two sets of visitors at the same time, combined with Paul’s crazy time for teaching. Paul’s brother Dave, his wife Tiffany, and their 2 kids were here. At the same time, friends of ours from Lynden were here too, so we did our best to get quality time in with both visitors. Paul also had to juggle his regular training sessions: training the April school leaders on finances, and training the January outreach teams on outreach finances. He was also invited to speak in a debrief, preparing the students for life after DTS.

YWAM Kona continues to focus on Bible Distribution as one of it’s core initiatives. Our teams are currently distributing bibles in Nepal, in some of the most difficult areas in the world to reach. Outreach teams are being trained for this purpose: both in how to do this, as well as receiving physical training to do this at altitude….remember, Himalayas! It’s not just giving people bibles. It’s interacting with them and praying for them at the same time. Teams have found people eager for God’s word, and there have been many testimonies of God working through this work.

Click this link to watch a great testimony about Bible Distribution [Facebook video].

For more of what YWAM Kona is doing, “like” them on facebook at: Here’s another example. One of our DTS’s ran a local outreach at Josiah’s high school last week. So amazing!


Thanks for reading our update! We hope you are doing well. We’d love to hear from you too. Let us know if you have any specific prayer requests that we can be praying for.

God Bless you.

Summary of Outreach to Cambodia

I asked Josiah to write a report on his and Lynnette’s outreach to Cambodia. Here it is, along with some pictures of the trip.

Going to Cambodia was the best experience I’ve ever had. I learned so many things about myself. It was such a fun trip and I miss that beautiful country so much. I could have stayed way longer, but I had to come back to start High School. Thanks to everyone who donated and contributed to this trip, whether it was donating money, or giving by having me wash your car. I couldn’t have done this trip without you guys!

I’m definitely shocked as to the differences between here and there. I’ve also grown in my faith and my behavior. I met so many amazing people while I was there and got to do things that I wouldn’t be able to do here. Young guys like Sat and Lang were so amazing while we were there, and I got to know them very well.

We got to join in with two visiting teams from the U.S.: a team from Washington State. We did some amazing stuff with them. We got to play with a big group of kids at a school out in a village. We also got to join a team from Texas that arrived right after the Washington team left. For three days, we helpped build bathrooms for another village school. They were both such fun groups! I also got a chance to help at Café Eden with some of the new work being done upstairs. That was a lot of fun. If you are ever in Battambang, go to Café Eden, and try the French Toast and Syrup, it is the best. Also, try the Limenade! (Lemonade, but with limes.)

For fun, I also did something called the “Bamboo Train,” where you sit on a bamboo platform and ride this rail track. Luckily, we got the young guy as our group controller, so we asked him to go really fast, which probably wasn’t the smartest idea. (We gave him some extra money so we would go fast. Shhh, don’t tell anyone!)

My highlight of the trip was everything! Except for when I got sick the last few days of being there, but no worries. Once again, thanks to everyone that helped me and my Mom complete this amazing journey!


Josiah at the local market

Josiah holding two baby crocodiles, just born that day!

Our view out of the window of Cafe Eden, a ministry of YWAM Battambang

This is how we got around every day

Josiah and Lynnette in a TukTuk

Josiah and Sat, one of the amazing Khmer guys he got to know

Josiah with the Washington College missions team

Josiah doing tricks with yarn with some kids

Lynnette’s very favorite picture from outreach!

Josiah with his “scavenger hunt” team


Starting the foundation and floor of the toilet block for a village school




Finding the “treasure in a basket” (candy) after learning about the hidden treasure story in the Bible

Josiah and I on a Moped – Yes, there’s 3 of us!

Josiah washing dishes at the YWAM base

Group shot with Washington team, traveling in back of pick-up


With the awesome Childers family

Hanging out with 2 YWAM staff kids





Lynnette with Sopheap, our contact while we were there

Working on metal for the foundation

Working at Cafe Eden

Josiah with 3 of the Khmer guys he really connected with

Lynnette and Suel Pratt – her amazing family serves with YWAM Battambang full-time

Josiah and Lynnette with Anna Milligan – Anna is the founder, the heart and the mind behind Cafe Eden, an amazing cafe/ministry in Battambang, as well as a key leader there.

Josiah and Lynnette, just left Cambodia, now on the Thai side of the border

Outreach Training for DTS

Last weekend, Paul was involved in an outreach training event for the various discipleship training schools here at the campus. There is a real push right now for DTS to be more intentional in training our staff for overseas outreach. With that emphasis, Paul was part of a crew that organized the event, which ran from 1pm Friday to 6pm Saturday.

It was a fantastic event for our staff. We had over 100 staff in attendance, and all who attended were blessed by some of the gifted teachers that serve here at YWAM Kona. The training was on numerous topics related to outreach: What is an outreach? Outreach Requirements, Budgeting for outreach, Dealing with Emergencies, Cross-Cultural issues, and the list goes on.

Paul was so excited to be involved, as training staff to be more effective in their role is one of his passions. Paul shared for 45 minutes on how to properly budget for outreach, walking the staff through some financial guidelines, as well as an excel budget template on the big screen. This topic is important given that we send hundreds of thousands of dollars with our teams who go on outreach each quarter, and we want to be wise stewards of these funds. This quarter, around Christmas-time, we will have approximately 40 outreach teams with almost 400 short-term missionaries who will go out and preach the gospel in many locations around the world – primarily in Asia and the Pacific, but teams are also being sent to Europe and the USA.

The goal of this training is that our outreaches are even more fruitful, and ultimately that more people make decisions for Christ, and then are connected to their local church for further growth and discipleship.