Singer, song writer, Dove and Grammy Award winner Amy Grant said, “…my experience is that people who have been through painful, difficult times are filled with compassion.” When you go through the dregs of life, you dont find solace in a hardened judgmental person (and they may even – sadly to say be at your church holding a Bible). You want someone who has compassion – empathy – who can feel with you.
Sepe Ochoa was born and raised in Kosrae (Koshae), Micronesia. Through working with missionaries, her grandmother was one of the first Bible study teachers on her island. Sepe grew up in a Christian home, but didn’t have a personal relationship with God until after living in Hawaii while attending college. Afterwards, she helped to start the first Kosrae home church on Oahu. Later on, with her husband Eddie, she joined the care team at New Hope, served with homeless ministries like River of Life, and helped with outreach events through hula. She’s worked for Parents and Children Together on the campus of Kuhio Park Terrace – currently, she is the office manager at Kalihi Union Church where she also co-leads the hula and sign team ministries. She is married to Eddie and has four children: Stewart, Cruz, Yolanda, and Daniel.
Eddie Ochoa grew up in Fullerton, California. He was a drug addict from the age of 15. In and out of prison (12-35) about 20 years (Juvenile Hall even Tehachappee Maximum Security).
Romans 12:15 “Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.”